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Trinity Tidings November 13

Posted on: November 13th, 2021 by Brad Peterson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MISSION MADNESS: DOUBLE TROUBLE!  October 31-December 5. Give towards missions, from October 31st to December 5th, and you get “double trouble!”  Both PB and Katie will do crazy things at each giving level we reach.  Come have some fun, support our mission partners, and get PB and Katie into Double Trouble!

$500  PB will give up meat for a week and Katie will give up coffee for a week.  GOAL MET.  GOING ON RIGHT NOW

$1000 PB will eat canned tuna and Katie will eat candy corn (that’s right folks, she hates candy corn).  GOAL MET.  WILL HAPPEN ON NOVEMBER 21

$1250  Katie & PB will get a Pie in the face. You can purchase a ticket for a chance to hit each of us in the face with a pie.  GOAL MET.  WILL HAPPEN ON NOVEMBER 21

$1500 PB and Katie will have a spaghetti eating contest (no hands).  GOAL MET.  WILL HAPPEN ON DECEMBER 5

$1750  PB and Katie will ride tricycles around an obstacle course. GOAL MET.  WILL HAPPEN ON DECEMBER 12

$2000 PB will wear bicycle shorts in public & Katie will wear her Christmas tree costume in public for a day. $120 AWAY FROM MEETING THIS GOAL!

Last chance to directory photography on December 7th. Spots available!  You can sign-up online Monday-Friday at www.ucdir.com.  Enter the church code of wi128 and the password photos and then follow the instructions. 

Calling all 3rd thru 6th Graders! The Crew is back! We will meet on November 17TH  from 3:30pm-5pm. We are excited to have you back!

Deer Hunter’s Worship Service on November 17th at 6 pm.  Wear your orange and camo!

Spaghetti Feed, November 17th, 5 pm till 6pm.  All are welcome!  Served by church council. 

Community Thanksgiving Worship Sunday, November 21st, 7 pm, at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Boyceville.  Bring a non perishable food item for the food pantry. 

Poinsettia’s for Christmas Eve.  Cost is $9.50 per plant.  Make checks payable to Trinity.  Deadline is December 12th.  Look for the forms in the Narthex, in the bulletin and Good News, and posted on the website.

Lefse making  December 8th & 9th, starting at 9 am both days.  Sign-up sheets in the Narthex. Help us with the Trinity tradition! 

Pre-order your lefse!  Sign-up on the table in the Narthex or call the church.  $4 per package with three lefse per package.  Deadline is December 5th for pre-orders. 

Silent Auction items needed for the Youth Gathering Silent Auction on December 11th!  New items only please.  Please have items to the church by December 8th.

Snacks are needed for The Crew. If you would like to supply snacks, please sign up on the sheet on the table in the narthex. Plan for 65 kids.  Want to volunteer?  We would love to have your help at Crew!  Talk to Katie or PB if you are willing.  Please feel free to partner with another family. 

Snacks and teachers needed for Sunday School!  Sign-up on the table in the Narthex or stop in the Sunday School hallway to volunteer. 

Don’t forget that you can support Trinity through the GivePlus app OR using the donate form on our website.  Download the free app, search for Trinity Lutheran Boyceville, and go from there! 

MUSINGS FROM PASTOR BRAD

 A few things happened today as I write this on November 14th.  The first is that I took a nap. The second is that Amy and I decorated the house for Christmas (save your judgement.  We love Christmas).  The third is that today is the 15th anniversary of the my Mom’s passing from lung cancer.  As I was putting some of my childhood ornaments on the tree, I thought of my Mom who loved Christmas and I always think of her when I put a particular ornament on the tree, which is a bell that has a shepherd in the style of Precious Moments. I think of my Mom because she loved Precious Moments and when I look inside the bell I see her handwriting, which says “Brad 79” on it, which was the year I received it.  It is one of my most “precious” (see what I did there) ornaments and I always put it in a prominent spot where I can see it. 

  I miss my Mom, but today isn’t necessarily a sad day.  It is a day to remember, a day to give thanks for the wonderful Mom who everyone said I looked like, who taught me the faith, encouraged me to be myself, who told me what took me so long when I told her I felt the call to be a pastor and who, when I had to chance to leave Boyceville after Trinity separated from Our Savior’s that the town and me were made for each other and that I should stay.  And as I’m on the 6th of 7 days of not eating meat, I’m reminded of all the sacrifices my Mom made for my sisters and I and for her students.  My Mom taught all of us the importance of service, to your family, your community, and to God.  She got up at 2 am to make our lunches and do our laundry but also stayed late at school for meetings and to take care of students as a guidance counselor.  And despite the hard things that happened in her life, losing a son and a husband, she always kept the faith and knew that Jesus loved her and blessed her.  She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind for the things she was passionate about and sang in the church choir until she died. 

   This upcoming week, many people in our area will get ready for deer hunting, where they will pass on traditions from generation to generation.  People will be getting ready for Thanksgiving, time spent with family and also remembering those who aren’t there.  Maybe you will be putting up Christmas stuff like we did and thinking about those whom you have loved and who have loved you.  No matter what is happening, take a moment to remember and to give thanks for the people who have shaped and impacted you in life.  Take a moment to remember the faithfulness of God, a God whose faithful love spans from generation to generation, whose saving grace through Jesus Christ means we will see those we remember in glory one day. Finally, remember that in life it isn’t the things that we accomplish in life aren’t nearly as important as the love we share with others. 

  May the Lord bless you and keep you today and always!

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Trinity Tidings Sept. 12, 2021

Posted on: September 12th, 2021 by Brad Peterson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sign-up to schedule your photography appointment for our new Church Directory!  You can sign-up at church on Sundays or online Monday-Friday at www.ucdir.com   Enter the church code of wi128 and the password directory and then follow the instructions.  Photography dates are November 3rd-6th and each family photographed gets a free 8×10 and a directory.

Calling all 3rd thru 6th Graders! The Crew is back on September 22nd!  You are invited to be part of The Crew meeting at Trinity every other Wednesday. We will have games, activities, faith time, snacks, and much more. The Crew is meant to be somewhere your kids can hang out, grow closer together, grow closer to God, and become stronger in faith. Friends are welcome to attend with you. Our first meeting will be Wednesday, September 22nd from 3:30pm-5pm. We are excited to have you back!

Crew Snacks needed!  See sign-up on the table in the Narthex

Bibles will be distributed on Sunday, October 3rd at 9 am.  Please let Sunday School or PB know if your child needs a Bible.

Mission Trip Presentation has been moved to October 3rd at 9 am.

2022 ELCA Youth Gathering Informational Meeting is Sunday, October 3rd at 10:15am. All youth currently in high school are eligible to attend the Youth Gathering in Minneapolis on July 24 – 28, 2022.

Oktoberfest Craft & Vendor Fair. Saturday, October 9th, 9 am till 2pm at Tiffany Creek Elementary.  Sponsored by the Women of Trinity!

Fall Family Fest, Sunday, October 10th, 3:30 pm till 5:00 pm Inflatable, food, games, and more!  All ages are welcome! 

Sign up to mow the church lawn: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E49AEA62FA2FB6-mowing

Sign up to water and weed our garden: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E49AEA62FA2FB6-gardening

Don’t forget that you can support Trinity through the GivePlus app OR using the donate form on our website.  Download the free app, search for Trinity Lutheran Boyceville, and go from there! 

MUSINGS FROM PASTOR BRAD

  Today the NFL season begins and I’m very excited because I love watching NFL football (yes, I know the first game was Thursday.  But it really starts to today.  To me at least).  There is a weird thing going on amongst the fan base of my beloved Chicago Bears: hope.  Why is there hope?  Well, the Bears drafted a new quarterback in the first round named Justin Fields who had an incredible career at Ohio State and seems to have a lot of the skills needed to be a successful quarterback in the National Football League.  I’ve been asked my many of you what I thought about this new player and my response is always the same: I assume that since he is wearing a Bears jersey he will stink.  I know, a glum take by me.

   However, the overall fan base is not feeling that way.  They are full of hope, believing that Justin Fields is the answer to our decades of terrible quarterback play (want to know how bad it is? Check out this article right here: Ranking All 45 Bears Quarterbacks Since the Team Last Won the Super Bowl – The Ringer).  They are thinking that Fields is going to be the savior of our franchise and help us to get to the Super Bowl.  Justin Fields has brought them hope and hope is a powerful thing.

  You know who brings hope in our daily lives?  The actual Savior, Jesus Christ, the Messiah.  This Jesus comes defeating sin and death, forgiving us of our sin, promising to be with us always till the end of the age, and reminding us that he is our resurrection and life.  Jesus comes every day to you to lift you up, give you strength, comfort you in the midst of your hardship and grief, and bearing your burdens.  Jesus is a real Savior who day after day gives his life for your life, day after day reminds you that you are loved, day after day giving you grace and mercy.  Jesus has come to save you and give you hope.  Always.

   Look, I don’t know if Justin Fields is going to lead the Bears to the promised land of a Super Bowl victory, but I do know this: my Savior Jesus Christ will bring me to eternal life.  I know that as I cry after another Bears defeat to the Green Bay Packers, the Lord will be there to comfort me.  I know that in Jesus I always have hope, for my faith resides not in a quarterback but in the Son of God, the Word made flesh, the Messiah, Jesus Christ.  May you place your faith in this same Savior and receive the hope that all receive in Jesus Christ.  Thanks be to God!

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Trinity Tidings for August 9, 2021

Posted on: August 9th, 2021 by Brad Peterson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lunch & Pie Social Sunday, August 22nd, 10 am till 4 pm. Sign-up to work or donate in the fellowship hall.  We appreciate all you do to make this Trinity tradition happen!

Float riders needed!  We are looking for people of all ages to ride our “May the Lord Be With You” float in the Sunday Pickle Fest parade!  Kids get a candy bag and get to keep the inflatable light saber they will have for the float! Contact PB or Lenny Lange if you or your child is interested.  Float will be near the end of the parade this year. 

Fire Pit Worship Service, Wednesday, August 18th, 6:30 pm. S’mores will be served after worship!

No Wednesday worship on August 25th.  Join the Men’s Band at First Lutheran in Cumberland at 6 pm.  Corn Boil prior at 5 pm.

Confirmation Parent Meeting, September 1st, 6:30 pm.   This meeting is for all confirmation students and parents in 7th & 8th grade for this school year.

Sign up to mow the church lawn: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E49AEA62FA2FB6-mowing

Sign up to water and weed our garden: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E49AEA62FA2FB6-gardening

Don’t forget that you can support Trinity through the GivePlus app OR using the donate form on our website.  Download the free app, search for Trinity Lutheran Boyceville, and go from there! 

MUSINGS FROM PASTOR BRAD

 1 Kings 19:4-8

But Elijah himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Get up and eat.” He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.” He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.

   I have always gotten a lot out of the above story.  Elijah is one the run, running for his life.  He wants to give up.  He is tired, he is exhausted, he has had enough.  He has given up.  Have you ever felt like that?  Like everything has become too much and what is the point of it all?  I know I have.  There were moments, especially during the pandemic, where I wondered if anything mattered at all.  There have been times when it seems like I won’t be able to get to the next day, or the next one after that.  I think that is one of the reasons I resonate with this story.  Sometimes everything just seems to be too much.

  But just as Elijah has reached his limit, when he ready to give it all up, the Lord appear through an angel.  The Lord feeds Elijah and gives him something to drink.  Then the Lord does it again.  The Lord strengthens Elijah so that he can make it to the end of his journey.  The Lord helps Elijah and not only renews him in body but also in spirit. 

   The same is true for us.  The Lord feeds us, feeds us with his word, his Spirit, his hope.  The Lord brings people into our lives to help us keep going, our own “angels” if you will.  Even in the midst of the hardest times of our life, the Lord is there to strengthen us for the journey.  I have felt this many times in my life, finding strength and hope where I thought there was none there.  That didn’t come from me.  It came from my Savior Jesus Christ, my Lord, the living bread from heaven.  

   It is so easy to give up.  Sadly, I have given up too many times in my life, forgetting that my Lord was there for me. I forgot that we have the promise of our Lord who will sustain us, strengthen us, and guide us.  No matter how bad it gets, no matter what despair we find ourselves in, we are not alone.  The Lord is there to feed us, to give us something to drink, a drink of hope, love, strength, and grace.  We can get through anything because our Lord is there with us. Every moment of every day. 

   Today, I pray that no matter what journey you are on, no matter how hard it is, that you will see that you do not travel alone.  Your Lord is with you.  Your Lord is feeding you, strengthening you, and your Lord will be there.  To be your strength.  To be your guide.  Today and every day.  For that we can say, “Thanks be to God!” 

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Trinity Tidings June 6, 2021

Posted on: June 6th, 2021 by Brad Peterson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Small group activities can be without masks if everyone participating is vaccinated.

As of June 6th, 8 am worship becomes mask optional.

Fellowship returns June 6th after the 9 am service.  To serve fellowship, please sign-up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E49AEA62FA2FB6-sunday

Starting June 9th, Wednesday worship becomes mask optional

Starting July 1st, all activities at Trinity will be mask optional.

Starting on July 11th, Sunday worship will only be at 9 am inside, mask optional.

Wednesday Worship moves to 6:30 pm starting in June.

Vacation Bible School June 14-18.  You can register for Vacation Bible School now online at: https://lutherparksummer.campbrainregistration.com   Please put in TrinityDayCamp when you register.

Sign up to mow the church lawn: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E49AEA62FA2FB6-mowing

Sign up to water and weed our garden: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E49AEA62FA2FB6-gardening

Don’t forget that you can support Trinity through the GivePlus app OR using the donate form on our website.  Download the free app, search for Trinity Lutheran Boyceville, and go from there! 

MUSINGS FROM PASTOR BRAD

  Recently Amy and I were having some time with some friends when the subject of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” came up.  During the conversation, we all agreed that the movie wasn’t very good and was possibly the least favorite of the Indiana Jones movies (though “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is pretty bad).  After that conversation, later that night, Amy and I decided to watch “Temple of Doom” again.  And, though it still doesn’t vault over the original or “The Last Crusade,” it was better than I remembered.  I found myself really digging some parts of it a lot more than I had before.  I had given it another chance and was surprised.

  Sometimes we make judgements about things in life and we never give something a second chance to have our mind changed.  I do this a lot with food (shocking, I know).  For years, I hated cold pasta salad.  A staple of funeral meals, picnics, and the dinner table of my youth, I really disliked it and tried to avoid it.  Yet, the other day Amy made a pasta salad I really enjoyed it!  I even had seconds!  I gave it a second chance and I was pleasantly surprised. 

   Too often we make a judgment about something and never give it a second chance or thought.  Our minds are made up.  Maybe it is due to pride or stubbornness, but we might be surprised when we give something a second look or opportunity.  Especially people.  We make a judgement on a person and that’s it.  But that is not how the Lord works.

   The Bible is littered with stories of people who didn’t always make the best decisions or did wrong things and yet the Lord gave them a second chance, forgave them and changed them. Peter denied Jesus and yet is the chief of the disciples.  Paul persecuted Christians and yet became the greatest of proclaimers of Jesus. After all, the Lord doesn’t make his mind up about you.  Despite your sinfulness, your mistakes, your wrong choices, the Lord always gives you another chance when you come to him in repentance.  Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, there is always grace, forgiveness, and renewal close at hand.

   Give some second chances.  Take a chance that you might be surprised.  And remember the second chances you have in your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who loves you, forgives you, and will always have a place for you.  For that we can say, “Thanks be to God!” 

Trinity Tidings May 23

Posted on: May 24th, 2021 by Brad Peterson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thank you to everyone who bid on the Mission Trip Silent Auction!  The youth raised over $4,300!  Thank you for your support of our youth!

Ultimate Crew!  THIS Wednesday, May 26th, 3:30 pm till 5:00 pm for all 3rd-6th graders.  Snacks, games, music, and more!  All your favorite things about the Crew! 

Small group activities can be without masks if everyone participating is vaccinated.

Starting June 6th, 8 am worship becomes mask optional.

Fellowship returns June 6th after the 9 am service.  To serve fellowship, please sign-up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E49AEA62FA2FB6-sunday

Starting June 9th, Wednesday worship becomes mask optional

Starting July 1st, all activities at Trinity will be mask optional.

Starting on July 11th, Sunday worship will only be at 9 am inside, mask optional.

Wednesday Worship moves to 6:30 pm starting in June.

Congrats to our 2021 graduates!

Vacation Bible School June 14-18.  You can register for Vacation Bible School now online at: https://lutherparksummer.campbrainregistration.com   Please put in TrinityDayCamp when you register.

Don’t forget that you can support Trinity through the GivePlus app OR using the donate form on our website.  Download the free app, search for Trinity Lutheran Boyceville, and go from there! 

MUSINGS FROM PASTOR BRAD

  This time of year, with graduations happening, I always find myself looking back a bit to my childhood and my time in high school and college.  My elementary and middle school years were in the 1980’s and my high school and college years were in the 1990’s, so I lived in a glorious time.  Nowadays, 90’s trends are coming back and my own Goddaughter over the past few years has asked for movies from those time periods for Christmas and birthday gifts (I’m incredibly proud).

  So I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite pop culture items from that time period.  We are all shaped by the time and place we grew up in.  Remembering that past can bring us joy but also inform how we are in the future.  From the embarrassing fashion (there is much) to the impact of movies, TV, and music, we look at the world through the lens of those influences and that time and space.  I hope these lists either give you chuckles, make you say “What is he thinking?” or inspire you to check this stuff out for yourself.  Have a blessed week!

My Top Ten Movies of the 1980’s:

 Note: two Star Wars movies were made in the 1980’s.  They are not included in these lists because Star Wars movies, even the really bad ones, are better than any other movies ever).

  1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  2. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  3. Footloose
  4. Karate Kid
  5. Dirty Dancing
  6. The Breakfast Club
  7. Die Hard
  8. Top Gun
  9. Say Anything
  10.  Bull Durham

(I can think of at least ten more movies I could easily add here that I didn’t.  I picked these because these are the ones I tend to watch the most or stick with when they are on cable.)

Top Ten Non-Ballad Songs of the 1980’s

  1. Jump-Van Halen
  2. Sweet Child O’ Mine-Guns ‘N Roses
  3. Walk this Way-Run DMC with Aerosmith
  4. Let’s Go Crazy-Prince
  5. The Way You Make Me Feel-Michael Jackson
  6. Footloose-Kenny Loggins
  7. Back in Black-AC/DC
  8. Fight for Your Right-Beastie Boys
  9. Old Time Rock & Roll-Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
  10.  Bust a Move-Young MC

Top Ten Ballads of the 1980’s

  1. Lost in Your Eyes-Debbie Gibson
  2. You’re the Inspiration-Chicago
  3. The Lady in Red-Chris De Burgh
  4. Carless Whisper-George Michael
  5. Time after Time-Cyndi Lauper
  6. Wonderful Tonight-Eric Clapton
  7. She’s Like the Wind-Patrick Swayze
  8. Angel Eyes-The Jeff Healey Band
  9. Angel-Aerosmith
  10.  In Your Eyes-Peter Gabriel

Top Five Hard Rock Songs not listed above

  1. You Shook Me All Night Long-AC/DC
  2. Panama-Van Halen
  3. Nothing But a Good Time-Poison
  4. Livin’ on A Prayer-Bon Jovi
  5. Welcome to the Jungle-Guns N Roses

Top Five Songs I Love Now but Never would have admitted it in the 1980’s so that I would be thought of as cool

  1. Only in My Dreams-Debbie Gibson
  2. Hangin’ Tough-New Kids on the Block
  3. I Think We’re Alone Now-Tiffany
  4. I Wanna Dance with Somebody-Whitney Houston
  5. Sister Christian-Night Ranger

Top Movies of the 1990’s

  1. Goodfellas
  2. Silence of the Lambs
  3. Dazed and Confused
  4. 10 Things I Hate About You
  5. Tombstone
  6. Heat
  7. Happy Gilmore
  8. The Matrix
  9. The Usual Suspects
  10.  The Shawshank Redemption

Top Ten Non-Ballad Songs of the 1990’s

  1. Sabotage-Beastie Boys
  2. No Diggity-Blackstreet
  3. Big Poppa-Notorious BIG
  4. Give It Away-Red Hot Chili Peppers
  5. Ants Marching-Dave Matthews Band
  6. All Apologies-Nirvana
  7. Mmm mmm mmm-Crash Test Dummies
  8.  The Sweater Song-Weezer
  9. 7-Prince
  10.  Shoop-Salt ‘N Peppa

Top Ten Ballads of the 1990’s

  1. More than Words-Extreme
  2. One-U2
  3. It Must Have Been Love-Roxette
  4. Everything I Do, I Do it For You-Bryan Adams
  5. Nothing Else Matters-Metallica
  6. I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing-Aerosmith
  7. Kiss From a Rose-Seal
  8. It Must Have Been Love-Roxette
  9. Bed of Roses-Bon Jovi
  10.  To Be With You-Mr. Big

Top Five Songs I Love Now but Never would have admitted it in the 1990’s so that I would be thought of as cool

  1. …Baby One More Time-Britney Speaks
  2. Hold On-Wilson Phillips
  3. MmmBop-Hanson
  4. Wannabe-the Spice Girls
  5. I Want it That Way-Backstreet Boys

Top 5 Disney Movies of the 1980’s & 1990’s

  1. The Little Mermaid
  2. Beauty and the Beast
  3. Aladdin
  4. The Lion King
  5. Toy Story

Top 5 Disney Songs of the 1980’s & 1990’s

  1. Be Our Guest-Beauty and the Beast
  2. Kiss the Girl-The Little Mermaid
  3. A Whole New World-Aladdin
  4. Under the Sea-The Little Mermaid
  5.  Friend Like Me-Aladdin

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Trinity Tidings May 16

Posted on: May 16th, 2021 by Brad Peterson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mission Trip Silent Auction Begins online on May 9th.  You can go to www.hansenauctiongroup.com/auctions/detail/bw63343  Auction runs till May 19th at 6 pm.

Graduate Recognition Sunday is Sunday, May 23rd, at the 9 am worship service.

Ultimate Crew!  Wednesday, May 26th, 3:30 pm till 5:00 pm for all 3rd-6th graders.  Snacks, games, music, and more!  All your favorite things about the Crew! 

Wednesday Worship moves to 6:30 pm starting in June.

Vacation Bible School June 14-18.  You can register for Vacation Bible School now online at: https://lutherparksummer.campbrainregistration.com   Please put in TrinityDayCamp.  

Don’t forget that you can support Trinity through the GivePlus app OR using the donate form on our website.  Download the free app, search for Trinity Lutheran Boyceville, and go from there! 

MUSINGS FROM PASTOR BRAD

   I found this poem looking through some old stuff.  Thought you might all like it.

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve;

I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health, that I might do greater things;

I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.

I asked for riches, that I might be happy;

I was given poverty, that I might be wise.

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men;

I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life;

I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am among all men most richly blessed.

   Anonymous Confederate Soldier

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Trinity Tidings May 9

Posted on: May 9th, 2021 by Brad Peterson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mission Trip Silent Auction Begins online on May 9th.  You can go to www.hansenauctiongroup.com/auctions/detail/bw63343  Auction runs till May 19th at 6 pm.

Adopt-A-Highway May 15 at 8 am.  All are welcome as we do our part to clean up Hwy 170. Please wear pants and bring work gloves. 

Graduate Recognition Sunday is Sunday, May 23rd, at the 9 am worship service.

Ultimate Crew!  Wednesday, May 26th, 3:30 pm till 5:00 pm for all 3rd-6th graders.  Snacks, games, music, and more!  All your favorite things about the Crew! 

Wednesday Worship moves to 6:30 pm starting in June.

Vacation Bible School June 14-18.  You can register for Vacation Bible School now online at: https://lutherparksummer.campbrainregistration.com   Please put in TrinityDayCamp.

Sign up for VBS snacks!  You can sign-up in the Narthex or email PB if you are willing to provide snacks for VBS.  You can donate whatever you want for 50 kids. 

Don’t forget that you can support Trinity through the GivePlus app OR using the donate form on our website.  Download the free app, search for Trinity Lutheran Boyceville, and go from there! 

MUSINGS FROM PASTOR BRAD

  Today is Mother’s Day, a day in which we celebrate our mothers or mother like figures in our lives. It is a day in which families get together, loving kids go to church with their Mom, where wonderful buffets are consumed, flowers and cards are given, and the mother and mother-like figures in our lives are rightly honored, celebrated, and appreciated. 

  I must admit, however, that Mother’s Day is not necessarily a day of joy for me.  It isn’t because I didn’t love my Mom.  My Mom was awesome and she did has an impact on me daily.  Same is true for my mother-in-law Carol, who was the best mother-in-law a guy could ask for.  One of the reasons Mother’s Day isn’t as joyful as it could be is because these two amazing women are no longer here and Mother’s Day reminds me how much I miss them.  I always think of those I know who have lost their Mom and how this holiday can be difficult.  But if I’m being honest, for the past 28 years, which is much longer than my Mom has been gone, Mother’s Day has always had a veneer of sadness.

   May 8th, 1993 was the day before Mother’s Day.  It also happened to be the day of my junior prom.  That morning, I headed to the hospital to see my Dad who was there having received a terminal cancer diagnosis.  I came to spend a few hours with him, talk sports, tell him about the baseball game from the night before, and then go home and get ready for prom.  It had been a couple of days since I had seen him and I was not prepared for what I would encounter.  My Dad was yellow.  Yellow, due to the jaundice that was setting in as the cancer had spread to his liver from his pancreas.  He was incredibly weak.  I mean, weak.  I had never really seen my Dad weak, this tower of strength I had known my whole life, and it really shook me.  Even worse, he couldn’t really talk or make sense.  There was already fluid coming to his lungs from the cancer and he was breathing heavy and not making much sense.  After about 20 minutes or so, I just couldn’t take it.  I was going to lose it and I didn’t want to cry in front of my Dad, so I said by and left the room.

  As I walked down the hall, I could hear him trying to call to me, and to my shame I was ignoring it.  I was almost at the elevator when I nurse grabbed me and told me to go back in there.  At that time, tears were already coming for while in that room I finally knew the truth: my Dad wasn’t coming back from this.  He was going to die.  I composed myself and went back into the room.  My Dad looked at me in the eye and with a lot of effort, got out the following words: “Did you get your Mom a Mother’s Day card?”  That is what he urgently wanted to tell me.  Did I get my Mom a Mother’s Day card.  I said I had and he relaxed and I left.  48 hours he would be dead.

   So the last words my Dad ever said to me what whether I got my Mom a Mother’s Day card.  We would find in his drawer after he died Mother’s Day and birthday cards for my Mom (whose birthday was on May 5th).  Ever since then, I can’t separate that moment from Mother’s Day.  It will always have a twinge of sadness.  It will always be difficult, even when my Mom was alive.  Yet, in that moment, I realized that my Dad was giving me my last lesson, teaching me one last thing.  Life is about caring for the people you love.  It is about putting them first and not yourself.  I believe that my Dad knew his time was very short.  Even though he fought to the end, I think he knew.  And he wanted to make sure to remind me that you need to care for the others in your life.  That they come first. 

   So Mother’s Day always has sadness attached to it for me.  I hope on Mother’s Day you will do two things.  I hope that you will give thanks for your mother and for the mother like figures in your life, past and present.  I will remember my Mom, my mother-in-law, my grandmothers, the Mom’s I’ve had in the congregation that have passed like Lois Oakland and Mary Slind and those who still take care of me.  I also hope that you will send a prayer for those who will be hurting on this day.  For those that are grieving or who maybe didn’t have positive mother figures in their lives.  Most importantly, I hope that you will remember to care for those you love, not just on the holidays, but every day, and living as best you can to our Savior’s command to love one another.  May God bless you today and always.   

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Trinity Tidings May 2

Posted on: May 2nd, 2021 by Brad Peterson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mission Trip Silent Auction Begins online on May 9th.  You can go to www.hansenauctiongroup.com There will be a specific link that will come out closer to the date.  Auction runs till May 19th

Adopt-A-Highway May 15 at 8 am.  All are welcome as we do our part to clean up Hwy 170. Please wear pants and bring work gloves. 

Graduate Recognition Sunday is Sunday, May 23rd, at the 9 am worship service.

Ultimate Crew!  Wednesday, May 26th, 3:30 pm till 5:00 pm for all 3rd-6th graders.  Snacks, games, music, and more!  All your favorite things about the Crew! 

Vacation Bible School June 14-18.  You can register for Vacation Bible School now online at: https://lutherparksummer.campbrainregistration.com   Please put in TrinityDayCamp.

Sign up for VBS snacks!  You can sign-up in the Narthex or email PB if you are willing to provide snacks for VBS.  You can donate whatever you want for 50 kids. 

Don’t forget that you can support Trinity through the GivePlus app OR using the donate form on our website.  Download the free app, search for Trinity Lutheran Boyceville, and go from there! 

MUSINGS FROM PASTOR BRAD

Psalm 139.14: “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

  One of the things that Amy and I enjoy when we visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in the spring are all the tulips.  Invariably, in a tulip bed that all has one color, there will be a an outlier, like in the picture above, that is different then all the rest.  I think it is a beautiful sight to see that one, lone, different tulip amongst all the others.

  So often we work so hard to try to fit in.  This is ingrained in us in elementary school as we deal with the social and peer pressure to look like and be like everyone else.  That feeling never really goes away.  We are sometimes ashamed or afraid of our uniqueness.  It might be how we look or dress.  It might be how we talk.  It could be the things we are interested in, our hobbies and passions.  It could be a hundred thousand things, but so often the world tells us that different is bad.  That it is bad to be that lone, different tulip in the sea of all the others. 

   But as it says in Psalm 139, we are fearfully and wonderfully made.  We are each a unique creation of God.  Instead of hiding our uniqueness, we should celebrate it.  Instead of working hard to suppress those who are different than us, we should appreciate it and learn from it.  We all are unique and wonderful creatures of God.  We all bear fruit off the vine of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who died and rose from the dead to give us eternal life.  Our fruit is unique, just as we are unique. 

   It is ok to be that lone pink tulip in the sea of red tulips.  It is ok to be yourself in every way possible, even if it is different than your neighbors.  Celebrate your uniqueness.  Remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made and that the Lord loves you.  For that we can say, “Thanks be to God!” 

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Trinity Tidings April 26

Posted on: April 26th, 2021 by Brad Peterson

TRINITY TIDINGS

April 26, 2021

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Men’s Band Worship Sunday, May 2nd, 9 am in the parking lot.  There will NOT be 8 am worship that day. 

Mission Trip Silent Auction Begins online on May 9th.  You can go to www.hansenauctiongroup.com There will be a specific link that will come out closer to the date.  Auction runs till May 23rd.

Adopt-A-Highway May 15 at 8 am.  All are welcome as we do our part to clean up Hwy 170. Please wear pants and bring work gloves. 

Register for Luther Park Summer Camp!  Go to www.lutherpark.org to see all the awesome programs for people of all ages.  Put in code TrinB21 when you register. EARLY BIRD DEADLINE ENDS ON APRIL 30TH!

Vacation Bible School June 14-18.  You can register for Vacation Bible School now online at: https://lutherparksummer.campbrainregistration.com   Please put in TrinityDayCamp.

Don’t forget that you can support Trinity through the GivePlus app OR using the donate form on our website.  Download the free app, search for Trinity Lutheran Boyceville, and go from there! 

MUSINGS FROM PASTOR BRAD

  I always enjoy when our young people preach.  In all the years now that I have asked one or two seniors to preach, I always come away incredibly impressed.  I’m impressed by their faith, they way they connect it to their lives, and the openness they have in often talking about difficult things.  It can be hard and daunting to stand up and give a sermon in front of family, classmates, and people who have known you your whole life.  It is why I’m always so impressed.

   It also takes me back to my first sermon, which I gave in the summer of my freshmen year of college in my home congregation.  I was serving as an interim youth director and we had a youth service but couldn’t get any of the youth to preach, so I did.  When I look back on that sermon, the thing that surprises me the most is that it was one of the first times I ever talked about the death of my Dad publicly.  I had shared about it senior year of high school in a retreat setting, but not like I did in that sermon, nor in something was going to be broadcast on the radio.  As I look back, I’m surprised I was willing to talk about such a difficult thing but my pastor told me to preach what meant the most to me, in how faith had helped me, and I have passed that wisdom down to our current high school preachers. 

   In fact, I’m not sure that wisdom has ever left me.  If I can’t find myself in the sermon, then I don’t believe it will connect with you.  So often sharing our faith is about relationship, about connecting what is going on in our lives with what the Lord is doing in our lives.  Yet, unlike our high school preachers, we so often are not willing to talk about our faith.  Connect our faith with what is going on around us and in the lives of the people around us.  Share that connect with others.  But when we do, we make a positive impact on the lives of others.  We let the Spirit do its work to create and sustain faith.  

   One of the reasons that we are so moved by the sermons of our young people or whenever our young people share their faith, is that it is unexpected.  It isn’t often given with polish or perfection, it is often raw and real, and the authentic way they share their faith moves us.  It is something I strive to do every Sunday.  It is something you can do every day.  Talk about your faith with others.  Connect your faith with what is going on around you.  And encourage others, especially our young people, to continue to share and live out their faith.  May the Lord bless us and be with us today and always. 

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Trinity Tidings April 4, 2021

Posted on: April 3rd, 2021 by Brad Peterson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Easter Sunday Worship  7:30 am & 9 am.  7:30 am worship is inside and requires a reservation.  9 am will be in the parking lot.  Both worship services will be live streamed on Facebook.  To make your reservation for the service, please go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E49AEA62FA2FB6-730 CURRENTLY FULL

Register for Luther Park Summer Camp!  Go to www.lutherpark.org to see all the awesome programs for people of all ages.  Put in code TrinB21 when you register.

Butter Braid Sale: Help our youth go to Luther Park this summer!  Click on the link and then on a seller and order your Butter Braids!  Delivery is April 28th.  https://store.myfundraisingplace.com/e86c34d2-6233-4e9d-935c-d80370a08f19

Trinity Activities Returning: Quilting April 6th, Card Club April 8th, Bible Study April 12th. Masks are still required to be worn for these activities.

Mission Trip Youth Looking for Items!  We are holding an online Silent Auction to help our Mission Trip Youth go to South Dakota this summer.  Looking for all sorts of items for the auction.  Drop them off at the church by April 18th.

Clean Out Your Closest for the Women of Trinity! We are collecting gently used household items, clothes, textiles, bath linens on every Saturday in April from 9 am to Noon.  The more we collect, the more money we raise!  Please put clothes and textiles in bags and everything else in boxes.  Questions?  Contact Peggy Schutz

Don’t forget that you can support Trinity through the GivePlus app OR using the donate form on our website.  Download the free app, search for Trinity Lutheran Boyceville, and go from there! 

MUSINGS FROM PASTOR BRAD

 Happy Easter!  Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and in doing so, we celebrate our own salvation for Jesus died and rose to bring us to eternal life!  It is a day of joy, of hope, of celebration, and of thanksgiving.  Jesus is Risen!  Sin and death are defeated!  We are saved!  Alleluia!

   I see resurrection all around us.  I see it in nature as spring comes forth as buds are on trees, flowers are peaking out of the ground, the grass is turning green.  I see it as my beloved Chicago Cubs are playing baseball once again and fans, though small, are in attendance (like I will be on Tuesday!).  I see it as people get vaccinated and get a chance to reunite with people they haven’t seen in over a year.  Not only will I get to experience this on Tuesday, but I experienced it this past week in my first visit to Glenhaven since February of 2020.

   It was very emotional to see our residents for the first time face to face.  I had done video visits with them but it just isn’t the same.  Even though we were masked and kept distance, to sit and talk with them and not worry about a camera or if they could hear me clearly or not, was really awesome.  I was very moved to talk with them, share scripture with them, pray with them.  And to top it off, as I left my last visit, as I was walking out the door, the resident said, “I really missed you Pastor.”  I missed them too.  And so I cried in my car, tears of joy that I could visit with them again.

  There is resurrection all around us.  It can be seen in every aspect of our lives.  Though we will still need to do be safe, to keep masked and distant when appropriate, we are coming out of this year of pandemic.  We are getting a chance to reconnect with each other.  We are watching the renewal of the earth.  There is resurrection because there is Jesus, the Son of God who defeated sin, death, and the devil through his resurrection and will bring us with him to eternal life.  Every day you are renewed in Christ.  Every day you rise because Jesus has risen.  May you have a blessed and happy Easter and may you see and feel the power of the resurrection in every aspect of your life.  Christ is Risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!

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