Kitchen cleanup time

kitchen cleanupWe will be giving the church kitchen a thorough cleaning on Monday, October 9, beginning at 9 a.m. We can use all the help we can get—men and women—to reach all the high and low places! Please help if you can. Contact Maxine Chamberlain if you have any questions. Thank you.


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Madison CROP Walk is Oct. 15

crop walk logo

Trinity has been invited to collaborate with St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Monona as faith communities all over Madison join together in walking to raise funds for hunger-related causes. The money raised is divided between local agencies and international ones.

This year’s CROP walk is Sunday, October 15.

First Congregational UCC
1609 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53726
(click here for map & directions)

Registration: 12:45 p.m.
Walk: 1:30 p.m.

Distance: 1 & 3 mile walks

New this year—family fun activities! Enjoy jugglers, a photo stop, face painting, a bouncy house, ice cream, and an accordion band!

To register or donate, visit: For more information contact Becky Mitchell at

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Help for Puerto Rico companion synod

Together we can make a big difference! Each of the 65 regional synods in the ELCA has a partner synod. Ours is Puerto Rico. As you know, their suffering is acute in the wake of two hurricanes.

We have learned that our dollars will stretch farther if, instead of shipping donated food and water, we send on our financial offerings to their synod office for purchasing food and water there. The synod office in Puerto Rico will have volunteers distribute to those in need throughout the island.

Please donate to help our companion synod. Make checks payable to SCSW-ELCA and note PUERTO RICO in the memo. Leave it with your local church, or mail to:

South-Central Synod of Wisconsin
6401 Odana Road, Suite 20
Madison, WI 53719

Thank you for your generosity,

Rev. Steve Kottke
Assistant to the Bishop
Puerto Rico Partner Synod Liaison

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Sermon: September 17, 2017

butterfly_greenFifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

There are at least three topics about which I am supremely, spectacularly unqualified to offer any thoughtful, nuanced perspective: football, finances, and forgiveness. Fortunately, none of today’s texts require me to offer any insight about football. Unfortunately, I do need to address both finances and forgiveness. Just know this sermon is as hard for me as it is for you. Continue reading

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Reformation Hymn Sing is Oct. 1

luther_roseMusic of the Reformation

Celebrate the music of Martin Luther and find out how the Reformation influenced church music through tunes and texts at a hymn sing commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.


When: Sunday, October 1, at 2:30 p.m.

Where: St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church sanctuary, 5700 Pheasant Hill Rd., Monona

The hymn sing will be followed by snacks, conversation, and a sampling of Reformation beer.

There is no charge for the event, but a free will offering will be taken to offset costs.

Retired pastor Terry Peterson will provide background on Luther’s times, and information on some of the 39 hymn texts Luther wrote. Bruce Bengtson, director of music at Luther Memorial Church, will play the organ and lead the singing.

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