Planning Council minutes: March 2018

meeting-min-hiThe minutes of the March 13, 2018 Trinity Planning Council meeting were approved at its April meeting.

Planning Council Minutes – March 13, 2018


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Sermon: April 15, 2018

Third Sunday of Easter

Note: Even though we didn’t worship together due to the inclement weather, here is the sermon I wrote for the day. ~SS

Today’s Gospel lesson from Luke is the second half of an Easter story commonly called the Road to Emmaus—a story which culminates in the scene the painting next to our pulpit depicts. Two disciples walk away from Jerusalem on Easter night, filled with sorrow, when they are joined by a stranger who explains how all that happened to Jesus was foretold in the scriptures. When they eat dinner together, the disciples suddenly recognize the stranger as Jesus when he breaks the bread. They run the 20 miles back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples. That’s where today’s Gospel lesson begins: “while they were talking about these things”—right in the middle of their sharing that profound experience—when suddenly Jesus shows up in their midst. Continue reading

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News from Hong Kong: April 2018

Dear Friends at Trinity in Wisconsin and in Texas, St. Peter’s, Triumphant, United, First United, and Lutheran Church of the Redeemer,

I thank God with you in this season of Easter that Christ has arisen and we, too, were raised with him in baptism, so that every ending becomes for us a beginning.

Attached you will find my Easter newsletter, describing my visit to Indonesia during our Easter break to see my former DTh (Doctor of Theology) student, Casthelia Kartika, who has now graduated, ending her time at the Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) in Hong Kong and beginning her work as a professor of Church History and as the President of her church’s seminary in Jakarta.

Casthelia and I began our time at LTS together, and we are ending our time at LTS together, too. My four-year contract with the Division for Global Mission will be completed this summer, and I am so very grateful for your partnership over those four years. I will be in the States this summer and look forward to seeing some of you to thank you in person.


Carolyn Schneider
Associate Professor of Church History
The Lutheran Theological Seminary
50 To Fung Shan Road
Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong

Easter 2018

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April 15 Worship Cancelled


Due to winter storm conditions, the worship service for Sunday, April 15 has been cancelled.

Please stay safe at home. Pray for those who must be out in the weather for work, especially law enforcement and emergency personnel, first responders, health care workers, and utility crews.

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Bishop Election Forum

You are invited to attend a forum hosted by the Synod Bishop Election Task Force to hear from the pre-identified persons participating in the discernment process.

Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Holy Wisdom Monastery
4200 Co. Hwy. M, Middleton

Each candidate will have a short time to speak, followed by moderator-led questions. Some of the questions will be preselected. You are encouraged to bring a question with you or submit one the day of the forum. A limited number of questions will be selected. Please note, these are pre-identified persons and not nominated candidates. The nomination process will begin with the first ecclesiastical ballot of the bishop’s election at the Synod Assembly on May 5, 2018. All of the ten pre-identified persons have submitted detailed biographical information, which can be viewed here:


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