Online giving now available

Trinity Lutheran Church is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account or processed using your credit or debit card. Our electronic giving program offers convenience for you and much-needed donation consistency for our congregation.

To give online, simply follow these easy steps:

  1. Visit the church website at http://tlcmsn.org/giving/
  2. Click on the Give Online button
  3. Click on the Create Profile button
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to create a profile and schedule your recurring contributions.
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You are welcome here!

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Trinity Lutheran Church is a Reconciling in Christ congregation that celebrates our unity as God’s people. We welcome the participation of people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, political persuasions, physical and mental abilities, educational backgrounds, marital or partnered status, and economic conditions—all  who want to join in community to honor God and be of service to others. Trinity is a place for all people to shine in their own unique gifts.

For more information about the Reconciling in Christ program, go to http://www.reconcilingworks.org/.

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Personal growth in stewardship

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Ten Days of Prayer – Day 10

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

– Matthew 6:19-21

Thank God specifically for those material blessings that God has entrusted to you. Make a mental list of them. Acknowledge before God how tempting it is to imagine that you have these things because of your own deserving, and that they are yours to do with as you wish. Ask God to give you a gracious heart. Ask God’s Spirit to stir you to give generously, that your treasure may lead your heart closer to Jesus.

 

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Financial support for the ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’ program

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Ten Days of Prayer – Day 9

Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.

– II Corinthians 9:7-8

Thank God for the material blessings that have been showered upon you and the other members of our congregation. Acknowledge before God that everything you have belongs to God, and is given to you as a trust under your care. Ask God to fill our congregation with cheerful hearts as we respond to the opportunity before us. Ask God to move us to generosity as we dedicate to God’s work the financial blessings that God has entrusted to us.

 

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Thank you for your amazing response to the Refugee Resettlement Program!

Jean Berg and our synod’s Refugee Resettlement Team have expressed their gratitude for all of the wonderful household items that Trinity members donated to help refugee families.

Because we collected so much, Jean and her team have spent time at Trinity sorting the items into groups—there is a bedding section, towels, personal items, pots and pans, etc.—so they can access things as needed when new families arrive.

We will continue to store these household items as well as donated furniture on the stage in Fellowship Hall. Some items are already earmarked for a family that came to Madison on November 5.

If you are interested in continuing to help with this ongoing project, Jean has informed us that they can always use more blankets, mattress pads, and drinking glasses.

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Sermon: Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

November 9, 2014

Amos 5:18–24
Wisdom of Solomon 6:17–20 (alternate Psalm)
1 Thessalonians 4:13–18
Matthew 25:1–13

Today’s Gospel lesson from Matthew is one parable in a flurry of parables about the kingdom of God. We’ll hear two more in the next two weeks. Today’s parable compares the coming of the kingdom to a wedding. If you’ve ever planned a wedding, you know that it’s sometimes possible— perhaps I speak from experience—to get all tangled up in the details, and lose track of the main thing. That’s also possible when picking apart a parable. Continue reading

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Planning Council Minutes – November 11, 2014

The October 14, 2014 minutes were approved by the Planning Council at its November meeting:

Trinity PC Minutes – October 14, 2014

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