Stewardship Project Day Sept. 12

Trinity Lutheran Church Women (TLCW) will meet from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, September 12 in Parish Hall to assemble school kits and personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief. Anyone is welcome to join us to help assemble the kits. Thank you!

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2018 Day of Service

Words only GWOH - no dateSunday, September 9, 2018 is the ELCA National Day of Service

Trinity’s Service Project Continues Throughout September

New Heights Lutheran Church, and many of its members, experienced flood damage in the past weeks. To assist them, we are collecting items of particular need to be donated to the New Heights Food Pantry. See this week’s bulletin insert for more information on what we are collecting.

Hands-on Flood Relief Training and Service

Trinity also will be joining the efforts of Lutherans United After Disaster (LUAD) in serving our flooded neighbors. First, there will be a brief LUAD training in the Fellowship Hall at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 9. Anyone who wants to volunteer to do hands-on flood relief with LUAD must participate in this training.

Following the training, there is a family in Mazomanie who is working with LUAD that needs some help. If you are willing to make a little road trip to help pack and move some items from their flooded home to a storage facility in Arena, we can immediately put our training to good use!

Even if you cannot help this Sunday, you may still want to participate in the training, in order to be eligible for other flood relief efforts in the future.

 

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Blessing of Backpacks

backpack-with-school-suppliesAs we return from our divergent paths over the summer, we rededicate our energy to being church together. Sunday, September 9 is the first day of Sunday School for this school year, and we will bless students’ (and teachers’) backpacks during the Children’s Message.

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Sermon: September 2, 2018

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
Psalm 15
James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

It’s important to notice that Jesus is not talking to unbelievers when he goes on his rant in today’s reading from Mark’s Gospel; he is talking to deeply devout religious people—people who want to please God. Frequently we read the Gospels with the sense that the scribes and Pharisees are the bad guys, but that is not the case. Continue reading

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Diakonia Courses Return to Trinity

Diakonia is a Greek word meaning spirit-empowered service guided by faith. The Diakonia program is a two-year process of spiritual formation and theological education for baptized members of the ELCA or anyone wishing in good faith to study the teachings of the church. Courses will be offered at Trinity on Saturday mornings beginning Sept. 8. Details and registration forms are available in the Narthex. Interested participants do not need to sign up for the entire series, but are encouraged to attend the courses of interest to them that work with their schedules. The cost of each course is $60, with a nonrefundable $25 enrollment fee.

Trinity members JoAnn Fabie and Ericka Short have both been a part of the synod’s Diakonia program. You are welcome to see them for further information or if you have questions about the program. You also may contact Barbara Zimmerman at (608) 535-0264 or scswdiakonia@gmail.com.

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