You are invited to attend, “Reformation Then and Now: Building Bridges of Understanding,” a special community commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (by Martin Luther in Wittenberg, Germany) on Sunday, October 29th at 2 PM at the Stevens Point Area Senior High Auditorium. The afternoon’s program will include music from the Reformation period to today performed by an ecumenical choir, brass ensemble, handbells and you, the audience. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point History professor Brian Hale will share about “Reformation Then,” while an ecumenical panel will discuss “Reformation Now.” Visit www.eflock.org/reformation to learn more about this unique community opportunity!
News & Events
We all lead busy lives. Our priorities show what is important to us. We seek enriching experiences that bring meaning to our lives. When planning your schedule, see what is available this week at Trinity.
There is always something happening here.
Trinity is very excited to welcome Christian comedian and radio host Daren Streblow on Sunday, October 1st beginning at 6 PM. Daren, a Minnesota native, will share his unique brand of observational comedy in a fun-filled evening. Come prepared to laugh (a lot) as this self proclaimed “humor opportunist” shares of his life and faith. A free-will offering will be received!
Trinity’s annual Drive-In fundraiser will kick off our summer season in the church parking lot on Sunday, June 4th from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Grab a bite to eat following worship that morning or stop back throughout the afternoon to enjoy hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, chili dogs, and ice cream treats. Enjoy the great food in your car, order it to go, or take a seat in the tent. Trinity youth will serve as resident car hops for the day.
All proceeds will benefit our youth group’s participation at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston next summer.
We really hope you can make it out!
The theme of this year’s Vacation Bible School will be Cave Quest: Following Jesus, the Light of the World. It will be held in conjunction with Redeemer Lutheran Church and is open to children 3 years of age to 5th grade. Participation is free of charge.
When: Monday, August 7- Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 9 am to Noon
Where: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 900 Brilowski Road, Stevens Point
In an effort to reach more families, we’re adding something new –7:30 – 9:00 a.m.child care! We will ask families to pre-register and charge $6 per day or $20 for the week of child care.
Volunteers to assist with music, projects and snacks should contact the church office. Donations of supplies are appreciated.
Thrivent has an obligation to give a lot of its money back to communities and churches. They have a new way of doing this through Thrivent Action Plans. It’s very simple. We apply for a $250 grant to help with an event at the church and, if approved, receive a gift card to use toward the event expenses. We have up to 100 of these available to us – one for each Thrivent member at Trinity. There is only one catch – we need to know who to approach to make application for these funds. If you are willing for us to use your allotted Thrivent Action Plan dollars for church events, please contact the church office and we will put you on the list.
Pastor Clay Schmit is leading a study series designed to teach about some of the basic questions that Christians ask about the faith these days. It is based on a series of videos from Southern Seminary. Here are the upcoming video and discussion topics:
- April 23: How is Jesus Present in Communion?
- April 30: Living Among our Non-Christian Neighbors
- May 7 : Faith and Science
- May 14: What is Postmodernism and What is Missional Theology?
Middle Hour on Sunday mornings is between services at 9:30 in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome.
Also, Pastor Ann Kavano will tell of her missionary work in Papua, New Guinea during middle hour on May 21.
Looking for something exciting for your school-age child for the summer months? Why not enroll your child in Trinity Adventures or Trinity Adventures JR. Program?
Our Trinity Learning Center & Pre-School summer program includes exploration, academic, and fun-filled activities. These well-organized activities will benefit your child’s learning experience in a safe and caring environment providing a sensational summer experience for your child.
Call us for more details at 715-344-2227.
If you are having trouble with technology, help is on the way. Trinity Tech Translators can help you understand your computer, tablet, cell phone, etc. Stop in on the 2nd or 4th Tuesday of each month from 4:30 to 6:30 when Trinity youth will be available to share their knowledge and provide whatever assistance they can with your technology questions.
Trinity’s north, west and sanctuary roofs are in need of replacement so we are launching a “Radical Roof Rally” to raise the much needed funds! The north and west roofs are 30 years old and the sanctuary roof is 26 years old. Yearly repairs and patches are no longer an effective option. Consider assisting us in our efforts and help prevent potentially costly interior water damage to our building. You can make a donation using the “Radical Roof Rally” envelopes that can be found in the Trinity narthex, by indicating “Roof” on any envelope, or by making a one-time online contribution from the “Give” page of this website.
When Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-Five Theses” on the church door in Wittenberg in 1517, no one expected the breadth of evangelical reforms in Christian teaching and practice that followed. In every dimension of Christian faith a renewed trust in God’s forgiving mercy replaced a reliance on teachings and practices that, like the sale of indulgences, were vulnerable to abuse and corruption.
Preaching a few years later, Luther said, “I opposed indulgences…but never with force. I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. I did nothing; the Word did everything.” When he began to propose reforms in worship, he wrote similar words. “This is the sum of the matter: let everything be done so that the Word may have free course.”
Nearly 500 years later, the results of this evangelical confidence in God’s forgiving and liberating Word are evident today in Christian communities of all types. In 2017 ELCA members, congregations and synods will observe the anniversary of this evangelical reformation in a variety of ways with numerous partners.
Check out the Luther Reading Challenge. For more resources go to the ELCA Reformation site at www.ELCA500.org.