Open Doors for Refugees

open doors logoPublic Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.
Trinity Fellowship Hall

Open Doors for Refugees is a non-faith-based volunteer organization founded to help settle refugees arriving in the Madison area. We work both independently and in conjunction with Lutheran Social Services and Jewish Social Services (the two refugee resettlement agencies in Madison). A few of our activities include collecting furniture and household donations, setting up apartments, providing transportation, and cultural orientation.

Come learn more about what we do and how to get involved with Open Doors!

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Sermon: Oct. 7, 2018

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 2:18-24
Created for relationship
Psalm 8
You crown us with glory and honor. (Ps. 8:5)
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
God has spoken by a Son
Mark 10:2-16
Teaching on marriage

I am divorced. Not once but twice. I have to put that out there right away in order to deal with integrity today’s texts from Genesis and Mark. Some people might excuse my first marriage as a mistake made by 21-year-old one week out of college. And, though it’s sometimes harder for people to fathom the mistake I made at 40, anyone who has loved someone with mental illness or addiction usually gets it. (Thank God, it turns out third time’s a charm in marriage, at least in my case!) Continue reading

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Planning Council Minutes: September 2018

meeting-min-hiThe minutes of the September meeting of the Trinity Planning Council were approved at its October meeting and are available for viewing here:

Planning Council Minutes – September 11, 2018

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Bread for the World Sunday

bread-for-the-worldOctober 14 is “Bread for the World” Sunday at Trinity.

Bread for the World’s 2018 Offering of Letters is one way we can raise our collective voices to ask Congress to invest in and protect key programs that help improve the lives of men, women, and children facing hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.

Please download and read the attached flyer for ideas on how to write meaningful letters to push your legislators to make funding decisions that can jump start and accelerate progress against hunger.

We will also have copies of this flyer and space for you to write letters on Sunday at church.

2018-offering-of-letters-sample-letter-to-congress (PDF, one page)

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Virtual Blessing of the Animals

This online-only (Facebook) event commemorates Francis of Assisi (the patron saint of animals) whose feast day is October 4. It is open to all. Let’s share our thankfulness to God for the animals who bless and enrich our lives!

How to participate:

Go to Trinity’s Facebook event page at

Post a photo of your pet(s) along with their name(s) in the discussion thread, and Pastor Sue will give them a personalized blessing!

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