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Trinity Tidings March 28, 2021

Posted on: March 28th, 2021 by Brad Peterson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Maundy Thursday worship, April 1, 7 pm. In person and online.

Good Friday worship, April 2, 7 pm. In person and online.

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

 Last week during worship I mentioned my hatred of the Easter Bunny.  For some of you, this is nothing new.  But for others, this might have come as a shock.  So let me take a few moments to explain my take that the Easter Bunny is an abomination. 

   Now, first off, if you love the Easter Bunny, if it brings you joy, if you think it is cute and cuddly and harmless, then God bless you.  We can still be friends and yet disagree.  But to me, I have always disliked the Easter Bunny and that dislike has only grown over the years.  In the list of things I dislike the most in life, it would be something like this: 1. Peas.  2. Aaron Rodgers.  3. The Easter Bunny 4. Ryan Braun 5. Chicago White Sox fans as a general rule 6. The bacon tray being empty in a breakfast buffet.  7. The lack of connection between Padme & Anakin in Attack of the Clones.  8. Lima Beans. 9. Country Music.  10. Did I mention Ryan Braun? Of all these choices, I fully understand that my dislike of the Easter Bunny could be the most irrational. 

   There are many things I love about the secular (ie, outside of Jesus) trappings of Easter.  The candy.  Easter eggs.  Naps. Easter baskets.  But I have never liked the Easter Bunny, even as a kid.  First, what sense does it make to have a bunny that delivers eggs?  Makes no sense.  Easter chicken?  Sure.  Easter platypus?  Super awesome.  Easter Bunny?  Dumb.  Love Easter Baskets but why is it delivered by a bunny?  Never made sense to me.

   Plus, have you looked at Easter Bunnies?  Have you seen the costumes?  Heck, I’ve worn one of the costumes.  Creepy.  Like killer clown creepy.  The only thing scarier than seeing someone in an Easter Bunny costume is watching the Bears quarterbacks trying to play football.  It is scary.  Nightmarish.  Why should something that creepy be so front and center at Easter? 

  Also, I’m not a big fan of rabbits in general.  Delicious to eat, sure.  But also a scourge on many a garden and flower bed.  They have weird eyes that just creep me out. Whenever I see one on a walk I think it might attack me in some way.  They cannot be trusted.

  Finally, the Easter Bunny really has nothing to do with the resurrection of Jesus in any logical way.  You can make a case for Easter eggs and they can be an interesting symbol.  But the Easter Bunny?  Nope.  Don’t even bring your Santa arguments at me.  After all, Santa is based on the Christian saint St. Nicholas and in many homes at Christmas there is a Nativity scene right next to Santa.  I don’t see a lot of empty tomb scenes in people’s homes next to the Easter Bunny. 

  If the Easter Bunny brings you joy, may God bless you.  As for me, I will continue to pray that we can find an adequate replacement.  Like the platypus.  Easter Platypus.  Has a nice ring to it!

   Have a blessed Easter everyone and may you know the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in your life every day.    

Website: www.trinityboyceville.com

YouTube: www.youtube.com/TrinityBoycevilleWI

Facebook: www.facebook.com/trinityboyceville

Trinity Tidings March 21

Posted on: March 21st, 2021 by Brad Peterson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lent 2021: “Healer of our Every Ill:  The Healing Stories of Jesus” Holden Evening Prayer worship at 7 pm in person and online

March 24   Topic:  Jesus Raises Lazarus           Scripture:  John 11:38-44

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

Maundy Thursday worship, April 1, 7 pm. In person and online.

Good Friday worship, April 2, 7 pm. In person and online.

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

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

     I was driving the other day and on the radio came the song “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You,” sung by Michael Buble (though made famous by Dean Martin.  Both versions are great).  As I heard the song, I understood the sentiment of the lyrics, that you might have all the worldly possessions at your disposal but if you don’t have love, you are a nobody. 

  But here is the thing: there are many people out there who already feel like a nobody.  They feel invisible.  They feel unloved.  They feel alone.  They might be surrounded by all sorts of people but yet feel unloved, unwanted, and forgotten.  Maybe you are feeling that way today.

   But you are somebody and you are loved.  You are loved by God.  No matter what.  You are loved so much that God sent his Son Jesus to die for you sins.  Nothing and no one can ever take away the love that God has for you in Jesus Christ.  As it says in Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

  You are not nobody.  Not to the Lord.  Not to the Lord who gave his life for you.  Not to the God who created you. Not to the Holy Spirit that sustains you in life.  You are somebody to the Lord.  Don’t ever let the world tell you that you aren’t anyone.  You are loved.  You are saved.  You are somebody.  Always.  May you feel and know the love of the Lord every single day. 

Website: www.trinityboyceville.com

YouTube: www.youtube.com/TrinityBoycevilleWI

Facebook: www.facebook.com/trinityboyceville

Trinity Tidings March 14, 2021

Posted on: March 14th, 2021 by Brad Peterson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lent 2021: “Healer of our Every Ill:  The Healing Stories of Jesus” Holden Evening Prayer worship at 7 pm in person and online

March 17    Topic:  Jesus Heals a Woman         Scripture:  Luke 8:40-48

March 24   Topic:  Jesus Raises Lazarus           Scripture:  John 11:38-44

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 in May.  https://store.myfundraisingplace.com/e86c34d2-6233-4e9d-935c-d80370a08f19

Easter Lily and Tulips:  You can order flowers to be part of the Easter service using the form provided in the bulletin or that is on the church website.  Order deadline is March 21st.  Make checks payable to Trinity and put “flowers” in the memo line. Tulip-Lily-Order-Form-2021.pdf (trinityboyceville.com)

Join us for worship on March 21st as Luther Park Executive Director Keith Newman and Program Director Rebekah Defoe will be visiting us.  Also, there will be a special announcement from Pastor Brad!

Maundy Thursday worship, April 1, 7 pm. In person and online.

Good Friday worship, April 2, 7 pm. In person and online.

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

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 year ago I was sitting on a plane and I have to admit I was kind of freaking out.  I was coming back as the was world was in chaos and everything was shutting down due to COVID.  I was thinking about the council meeting we were about to have after worship, the fact that the Bishop was coming to the church that Sunday, what steps we needed to due in worship that day to keep everyone safe, and then all the other things that would need to happen regarding confirmation, activities, and more.  It was a lot to process and, at the time, I had no idea just what was in store for all of us.

   Now, one year later, as we start to open up again and see the light at the end of the tunnel, there is a part of me that doesn’t want to forget that feeling on the plane and those first few days of a new normal.  I want to remember the heartache, the pain, the fear, and all that came with it.  I want to remember what we all had to give up in this past year.  I want to especially remember the almost 525,000 of our fellow Americans who lost their lives to this terrible virus.  Why?  Because I want to make sure to appreciate things more as we get back to normal.  I don’t want to take for granted a handshake or a hug.  I don’t want to take for granted seeing family and friends.  I don’t want to take for granted the experience of hearing a congregation sing or handing out communion to people up front in the church.  I don’t want to take for granted visiting the nursing home and leading worship for the residents.  I don’t want to take any of the things that we haven’t been able to do ever again.

   Throughout the year, I have been thankful for the grace of God that has gotten us through so much.  I’m thankful for the people of Trinity and their patience, perseverance, and faithfulness during this time.  I’m thankful for the love of my family and friends.  As we begin to turn a corner and see the end of this thing, may we continue to trust in God and to never forget the past year so that we might appreciate the future. 

Website: www.trinityboyceville.com

YouTube: www.youtube.com/TrinityBoycevilleWI

Facebook: www.facebook.com/trinityboyceville

Trinity Tidings March 7, 2021

Posted on: March 7th, 2021 by Brad Peterson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lent 2021: “Healer of our Every Ill:  The Healing Stories of Jesus” Holden Evening Prayer worship at 7 pm in person and online

March 10    Topic:  The Man With a Withered Hand  Scripture:  Mark 3:1-6

March 17    Topic:  Jesus Heals a Woman         Scripture:  Luke 8:40-48

March 24   Topic:  Jesus Raises Lazarus           Scripture:  John 11:38-44

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 in May. 

Easter Lily and Tulips:  You can order flowers to be part of the Easter service using the form provided in the bulletin or that is on the church website.  Order deadline is March 21st.  Make checks payable to Trinity and put “flowers” in the memo line. Tulip-Lily-Order-Form-2021.pdf (trinityboyceville.com)

Maundy Thursday worship, April 1, 7 pm. In person and online.

Good Friday worship, April 2, 7 pm. In person and online.

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

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 the NBA All-Star Game and I have a hot take for you.  I don’t care.  Not at all.  But that isn’t because it is the NBA All-Star Game, even though I watch about six total hours of NBA basketball all year.  It is because I don’t care about All-Star games at all.  I think they are useless, pointless, and a waste of time. 

  This wasn’t always the case in my life.  As a kid, I loved the baseball All-Star game, especially since it was the only time outside of the World Series that you got to see American League and National League players face off against one another.  I also loved the Home Run Derby.  I used to take pride when players from my favorite teams were selected to an All-Star game, no matter the sport.  But now?  I could care less. 

   Why is that?  Well, no one really tries in an All-Star game or the rules are so changed it doesn’t really look like the sport.  I also realized to pick someone to be an all star in the middle of the season is really dumb.  Finally, the debate over who gets picked and who doesn’t and all the rules around that is just exhausting.  I think they should select the All Star teams at the end of the year, give them a little plaque or something, and be done with it.  Maybe do a fun skills competition or something after the season is over and make it for charity or something like that.  Otherwise, to All-Star games I say: bye-bye.

  Yesterday I completed a 1000 piece Star Wars puzzle and is the third puzzle I’ve helped put together in the past 9 months or so and the first one I did mostly on my own (Amy helped with the border at the start).  This is three more puzzles that I had done in past 43 years.  One of the things I’ve learned doing these puzzles is to have more patience.  It can be frustrating as things aren’t coming together as fast as you want or that you are sure something goes in a particular place but it doesn’t fit.  It has helped me not get so frustrated, to look at things from multiple angles, to consider different possibilities, and to sometimes to just stop and come back to it another time.  I’ve also been surprised at the feeling of satisfaction that comes when it is all completed, no matter how long it took.  I often would work on it for a little bit each day and over time to see it come together, to take shape, was really gratifying.  

    The lesson for me here is this: take some time to look at life from different angles, to think of different possibilities from what you think something is.  To be patient and to take everything a little bit at a time. And lastly, always wear a long-sleeved shirt so that the pieces don’t stick to your skin when you are hunched over the puzzle!

   Have a great week and may you know the love and grace of God in Jesus Christ! 

Website: www.trinityboyceville.com

YouTube: www.youtube.com/TrinityBoycevilleWI

Facebook: www.facebook.com/trinityboyceville

Trinity Tidings March 3

Posted on: March 3rd, 2021 by Brad Peterson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lent 2021: “Healer of our Every Ill:  The Healing Stories of Jesus” Holden Evening Prayer worship at 7 pm in person and online

March 3     Topic:  Jesus Heals a Paralytic        Scripture:  Luke 5:17-26

March 10    Topic:  The Man With a Withered Hand  Scripture:  Mark 3:1-6

March 17    Topic:  Jesus Heals a Woman         Scripture:  Luke 8:40-48

March 24   Topic:  Jesus Raises Lazarus           Scripture:  John 11:38-44

2020 Giving Statements have been mailed to your house.  If you have any questions, please contact Becky Nyhus.

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.

Easter Lily and Tulips:  You can order flowers to be part of the Easter service using the form provided in the bulletin or that is on the church website.  Order deadline is March 21st.  Make checks payable to Trinity and put “flowers” in the memo line. Tulip-Lily-Order-Form-2021.pdf (trinityboyceville.com)

Maundy Thursday worship, April 1, 7 pm.

Good Friday worship, April 2, 7 pm.

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

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

  “Hoping against hope . . .” Romans 4:18a

  This phrase from Romans is in the context of talking about Abraham and his faith, of trusting in the Lord that he would be the “father of many nations” despite his advanced age, and of how his faith, of not just hoping but like hoping in a supersized sense, hoping against all sense, all knowledge, all expectation, in trusting that God would come through with God’s promises.  Which, of course, God did.

 I’m feeling this phrase today.  I hope against hope every day in the grace of God which saves me and will bring me to eternal life through the death and resurrection of Jesus.  I’m hoping against hope as the snow starts to melt and the temperatures warm for time on the golf course, walks with Amy without four layers on, and time spent in the backyard with the dog on a warm sunny day.  I’m hoping against hope as more and more people get vaccinated of when we can return to normal activities and see people’s faces again instead of masks.  I’m hoping against hope that we might spend more time listening to each other than attacking each other.  I’m hoping against hope that Cubs will finish with a winning record this spring and that the Bears will finally get a real quarterback.  I’m hoping against hope that those who are suffering find peace and comfort.

   We can have a supersized hope because we have a faithful and loving Savior who gives us that hope.  We can have faith because we have been given that faith by a merciful and gracious God who is with us.  We need this hope every single day.  Don’t be afraid of hope.  Embrace it.  Drink thirstily from it.  You can be hoping against hope because of the faith given you in Jesus Christ.  Hang onto that hope. Today and every day. 

Trinity Tidings February 14, 2021

Posted on: February 14th, 2021 by Brad Peterson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lent Worship begins on February 17th with Ash Wednesday. Worship will move to 7 pm.  There will NOT be any Lent meals.  Worship will be inside and live streamed.

If you would like ashes for in home worship, you can pick some up on Wednesday from 7 am till 11 am and 5 pm till 6:30 pm

Lent 2021: “Healer of our Every Ill:  The Healing Stories of Jesus” Holden Evening Prayer worship at 7 pm

February 24 Topic:  Jesus Cleanses a Leper      Scripture:  Matthew 8:1-4

March 3     Topic:  Jesus Heals a Paralytic        Scripture:  Luke 5:17-26

March 10    Topic:  The Man With a Withered Hand  Scripture:  Mark 3:1-6

March 17    Topic:  Jesus Heals a Woman         Scripture:  Luke 8:40-48

March 24   Topic:  Jesus Raises Lazarus           Scripture:  John 11:38-44

Mission Trip Meeting February 21st  at 6:30 pm.

Blood Mobile on March 2nd from Noon till 6 pm.

Church Directory Pictures have been moved to November 3rd – 6th, 2021.  Look for more information in the late summer.

2020 Giving Statements have been mailed to your house.  If you have any questions, please contact Becky Nyhus.

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.

Volunteers needed to remove snow from the church sidewalks. A snowblower is provided by the church. Sign up sheet in the Narthex or follow the link below to sign up.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E49AEA62FA2FB6-snow

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 like to go to sleep listening to something, often music, and I have playlists with select songs to help me do that.  The other night, as I started to drift off to sleep, I heard the following line being song from Eric Clapton. “Lately I’ve been running on faith, what else can a poor boy do.”  The song is from his “Unplugged” album, one of my favorite albums from when I was younger that I used to listen to obsessively.  I was a huge Clapton fan and this was my favorite album of his.  I listened to the CD so much I wore it out. 

   I think that we all have, at one time or another, just been running on faith.  Sometimes we are so spent from grief, from hurt, from injustice, from suffering, that we barely have any gas in the tank.  It is like we are stuck with no way to get out, get moving. We feel the disappointments and grieves of the world, both the big and small.  Things at our job aren’t going well, strive in the family, seeing the hurt of the world, relationships that wound and injure.  They pile up into a heap of pain so big it threatens to crush us.  To destroy us.  It takes everything to get up in the morning and get through the day.  Sure, we put on a brave face and show the world that we are ok when we aren’t.  Not by a long shot.  We are running on faith.  Faith that it, at least for a moment or for a day, might just be a little better.  Faith that the Lord will keep us afloat, and as the song says, “that all our dreams will come true.”

   Life can feel very lonely.  It disappoints.  It hurts.  Its hard.  But that is not all that it is, even when it is all that we can see. There is still love, as Clapton sings, “love comes over you.”  Love of family, of friends, of spouses, of children and grandchildren, and most especially the love of our Lord.  When we are running on faith, we don’t run alone.  There are people there for us.  The Lord is there for you.  It might be hard to see, but it is there.  It is there. As Jesus reminds us, “I am with you always until the end of the age.”

   One of the reasons I love this song, “Running on Faith,” is even though it doesn’t mention God, it is hopeful.  Hopeful that dreams will come true.  Hopeful and trusting that love is there.  It is sung by a man who struggled with terrible addiction issues and who lost a son tragically.  I can hear the pain in his voice but also the hope. 

   If you are reading this today on this Valentine’s Day and you feel like you are running out of hope, if the future seems bleak and the path isn’t clear, keep running on faith.  Keep going.  Jesus loves you. There are people who love you. And in time, the path will become clearer as you take it each and every day. Love will come over you. 

Website: www.trinityboyceville.com

YouTube: www.youtube.com/TrinityBoycevilleWI

Facebook: www.facebook.com/trinityboyceville

Trinity Tidings February 7, 2021

Posted on: February 8th, 2021 by Brad Peterson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Next Sunday’s, February 14th, Worship Schedule: 8 am inside worship, 9:00 am FACEBOOK ONLY DUE TO EXTREME COLD

Lent Worship begins on February 17th with Ash Wednesday. Worship will move to 7 pm.  There will NOT be any Lent meals.  Worship will be inside and live streamed.

Lent 2021: “Healer of our Every Ill:  The Healing Stories of Jesus” Holden Evening Prayer worship at 7 pm

February 24 Topic:  Jesus Cleanses a Leper      Scripture:  Matthew 8:1-4

March 3     Topic:  Jesus Heals a Paralytic        Scripture:  Luke 5:17-26

March 10    Topic:  The Man With a Withered Hand  Scripture:  Mark 3:1-6

March 17    Topic:  Jesus Heals a Woman         Scripture:  Luke 8:40-48

March 24   Topic:  Jesus Raises Lazarus           Scripture:  John 11:38-44

Mission Trip Meeting February 21st  at 6:30 pm.

Thank you to Sadie Bygd and Troy Kostman for their six years on church council!

2021 Church Council Officers: President: Brent Larson; Vice-President: Lenny Lange; Secretary: Sandy Wheeler; Treasurer: Amy Hellmann. 

Church Directory Pictures have been moved to November 3rd – 6th, 2021.  Look for more information in the late summer.

2020 Giving Statements have been mailed to your house.  If you have any questions, please contact Becky Nyhus.

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.

Volunteers needed to remove snow from the church sidewalks. A snowblower is provided by the church. Sign up sheet in the Narthex or follow the link below to sign up.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E49AEA62FA2FB6-snow

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

  “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. 11Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? 12And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

  I was thinking about these verses this weekend, especially verse 11, about warmth.  It was incredibly cold this weekend and being outside at all was a hairy proposition and was very dangerous, hence the reason we moved our worship service and annual meeting inside. 

   I thought about this on Saturday when I got a call from a home bound member whose furnace had gone out.  They needed some heat until they could get it repaired.  So I took over our space heater from the entryway in the church and I called a couple of members to help as well as put a post up on Facebook.  And the response was awesome.  I have to get major credit to Lonna Borgert for getting some space heaters and even getting someone over there to fix the furnace much faster than normal.  I want to thank all those who messaged me with offers to help in any way they could.  A few hours later, the furnace was going and people were warm. 

  It was the epitome of these verses.  They are often used in weddings, and appropriately so.  But these verses are about how, together, we can be strong.  How we can come together in common purpose for the sake of our neighbor, held together by our common faith in Jesus Christ. 

  We can withstand anything together and the church is all about supporting each other, helping each other, lifting each other up.  And frankly, not just the church.  This is what our communities, schools, and nation should be about.  Helping each other.  Working for each other.  Supporting each.  Joined by common purpose for the sake of the neighbor. 

   I’m very thankful to all who helped this weekend to make one person warm.  I’m thankful for all that you do to help your neighbor.  May the Lord be with us and help us to always be there for each other.  Have a great week and may God bless you today and always! 

Website: www.trinityboyceville.com

YouTube: www.youtube.com/TrinityBoycevilleWI

Facebook: www.facebook.com/trinityboyceville

Trinity Tidings January 21, 2021

Posted on: January 31st, 2021 by Brad Peterson

ANNOUNCEMENTS

First Communion Class will be offered in-person on Sunday, January 31st at 6pm for youth in 3rd grade and above. If you are uncomfortable attending class or you can’t make that day, please contact Pastor Brad at 715-702-2755 to schedule an individual class. 

First Communion Sunday is Sunday, February 21st at 9am worship.

2020 Annual Meeting is on Sunday, February 7th, after the 9 am worship.  It will be held in the parking lot.  You can access the 2020 Annual Report with this link: 2020-ANNUAL-REPORT.pdf (trinityboyceville.com)

Wednesday worship moves to in person on February 3rd.  It will continue to be live streamed as well at 6 pm.

Lent Worship begins on February 17th.   Worship will move to 7 pm.  There will NOT be any Lent meals. 

2020 Giving Statements have been mailed to your house.  If you have any questions, please contact Becky Nyhus.

2021 Offering Envelopes are available. You can pick them up on the table in the Narthex or have an usher grab them for you. 

Volunteers needed to remove snow from the church sidewalks. A snowblower is provided by the church. Sign up sheet in the Narthex or follow the link below to sign up.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E49AEA62FA2FB6-snow

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 have a fascination with cooking shows.  I love to watch the “Great British Baking Show,” “Top Chef,” “Chopped,” “Sugar Rush,” and more.  Of course, as a man who loves to eat (I mean, look at my waistline.  It’s obvious), I think the reason I love to watch these shows as I’m in awe of the artistry.  I think it is crazy how people can take things, even random things, and in a time crunch make delicious food.  My wife Amy can do this.  She can take all sorts of things and make something delicious from it.  I think I’m in awe of it because I can’t do things like that.  I have to follow a recipe and I don’t have the confidence to toss things together to make something delicious.  I think cooking is an art and since I’m not artist, I’m envious of those that have the vision and the ability to do amazing things with food. 

   I think of God as an artist.  When we stare out at the creation, even here in the depths of winter, there is such beauty in the world.  The way snow can glisten, the evergreen trees draped in snow, the colors of the sunrise and the sunset.  Then you take a wider look at creation, the bright colors of animals and plants and the sheer variety of human beings and the beauty that is found within and without.  You also look at all that humanity has created, from music to literature to art to the sheer scope of technology and more, and the artistry of God is evident. Throughout the world, there is art everywhere.  There is beauty everywhere, beauty that moves us, inspires us, challenges us, and humbles us. 

   I may be humbled by the art created by the chefs I see on TV and the one that lives in my own house, but I’m also humbled every day by the beauty given and created by our God and God’s creations.  But I’m also reminded that though I’m not a culinary artist, nor a fine artist, nor not much of an artist in almost any other sense other than being loud, because I’m created and loved by my God means that I bring some beauty into the world.  And so do you.  You are a work of art and a sign to the world of the majesty and creativity of our Creator God.  You are a work of art that has been freed from sin and death through Jesus and through that freedom you bring your own art and creativity to bear. 

   Everywhere we look we see the artistry of God.  And the first place we can see it is in ourselves.  God has created you and you are God’s amazing work of art.  The skills and talents you have, no matter what they are, brings beauty to the world.  Take a moment today to remember that you are God’s wonderful creation and take a moment to appreciate not only the artistry of God that can be found all around you, but how you bring some of that artistry in the world.  And then, if you would be so kind, watch a cooking show and bring me some delicious food!  May the Lord bless you today and fill you with awe, wonder, and appreciation for the beauty that is you and is found all around you. 

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Trinity Tidings January 24, 2021.

Posted on: January 23rd, 2021 by Brad Peterson

TRINITY TIDINGS

January 24th, 2021

ANNOUNCEMENTS

First Communion Class will be offered in-person on Sunday, January 31st at 6pm for youth in 3rd grade and above. If you are uncomfortable attending class or you can’t make that day, please contact Pastor Brad at 715-702-2755 to schedule an individual class. 

First Communion Sunday is Sunday, February 21st at 9am worship.

2020 Annual Meeting is on Sunday, February 7th, after the 9 am worship.  It will be held in the parking lot.  You can access the 2020 Annual Report with this link: 2020-ANNUAL-REPORT.pdf (trinityboyceville.com)

Wednesday worship moves to in person on February 3rd.  It will continue to be live streamed as well at 6 pm.

2020 Giving Statements have been mailed to your house.  If you have any questions, please contact Becky Nyhus.

2021 Offering Envelopes are available. You can pick them up on the table in the Narthex or have an usher grab them for you. 

Volunteers needed to remove snow from the church sidewalks. A snowblower is provided by the church. Sign up sheet in the Narthex or follow the link below to sign up.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E49AEA62FA2FB6-snow

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

  Amy and I were snowshoeing the other day at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation despite some chilly temperatures.  But when we are snowshoeing, I always have to maintain a delicate balance.  In order to not fall, (which has happened more than once), I have to focus on what is right in front of me as we walk along.  But at the same time, I also want to enjoy the scenery around me, to take in the valleys, the woods, and all the cool things that are surrounding us at the Arboretum. Because what is the point of going if you aren’t going to enjoy all the cool things around you?  (Side note: If you would have told me five years ago that not only would I go snowshoeing multiple times a year AND enjoy it AND even encourage it, I would have told you that you are crazy or that the world has turned upside down and the Bears have a capable QB). 

   It is a delicate balance.  Keep focus on what is right ahead of me but also take the time to look around and enjoy the view. I think that there is something there about how we lead our lives.  Sometimes we can focus so much on the stuff in front of us, both the good and the bad, that we miss out on the bigger picture around us.  We forget we are part of a world that is so much larger than ourselves.  We miss seeing our neighbors, our communities, and their needs and joys.  We miss out on things that can lift us up, enrich our lives, and help us grow.  We miss out on the squirrel that is scampering through the woods, the way the trees have a coating of ice on them that makes them shine, the vista of a valley that can take your breath away. 

  At the same time, if we only look to the horizon all the time, we miss the things in front of us.  We miss our purpose and mission. We miss the immediate needs of our neighbors.  We neglect ourselves to the point where we can’t help anyone else.  We stumble and fall and damage ourselves and those who we are close to.  We trip over our snowshoes and faceplant right into the snow (true story, by the way).   It can be tricky to find the right balance and, if you are like me, you often go from one to other a lot, often overcorrecting from one side to the other.

   But what we must remember in all of it, as we try to live with the balance of focusing on ourselves and our own well being as well as seeing the bigger picture of life and the needs of our neighbor that the Lord is guiding us.  Our Savior is reminding us to “be still and know” that he is God as well as reminding us to care for the orphan, the widow, and the stranger right in front us.  Our Savior is there for us, leading us and guiding us to remind us to live as fully as we can but also to live for our neighbor and our God. 

   As I snowshoe, I give thanks for the fact that the Lord is there guiding my steps, keeping me focused on the task at hand and keeping me safe.  And I give thanks for those times the Lord reminds me to look around and take it all in, to see all the glory and majesty that is around me.  Today, my friends, notice that the Lord is there to guide you, the Lord is there to help you on what is right now and also what is all around you.  For that we can say, “Thanks be to God!” 

Trinity Tidings January 17, 2020

Posted on: January 17th, 2021 by Brad Peterson

TRINITY TIDINGS

January 17th, 2021

ANNOUNCEMENTS

First Communion Class will be offered in-person on Sunday, January 31st at 6pm for youth in 3rd grade and above. If you are uncomfortable attending class or you can’t make that day, please contact Pastor Brad at 715-702-2755 to schedule an individual class. 

First Communion Sunday is Sunday, February 21st at 9am worship.

Volunteers needed to remove snow from the church sidewalks. A snowblower is provided by the church. Sign up sheet in the Narthex or follow the link below to sign up.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E49AEA62FA2FB6-snow

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! 

Wednesday worship moves to in person on February 3rd.  It will continue to be live streamed as well at 6 pm.

2020 Giving Statements have been mailed to your house.  If you have any questions, please contact Becky Nyhus.

2021 Offering Envelopes are available. You can pick them up on the table in the Narthex or have an usher grab them for you. 

MUSINGS FROM PASTOR BRAD

  On Friday, which is my day off, I sat down to eat lunch after finishing my house cleaning and my workout.  As I flipped through the channels, I came upon TCM and one of my favorite musicals of all time, “Kiss Me Kate.”  I was in “Kiss Me” Kate” my junior year of high school and it was my favorite musical I was in, even though I wasn’t the lead.  As I was watching it on my TV, mouthing the dialogue and singing the song, it brought back a warm and joyful feeling.  I remembered late nights building sets, working on the dance numbers (I got to choregraph some of my dances and I used the movie as reference), and the fun we had doing the show. 

  And yet, as I thought about it, I’m not really sure why I have such fond memories of that show.  As I thought about what was going on in my life during that show, which occurred in late March of 1993, my life wasn’t going really well. Not well at all.  My girlfriend and I had broken up and she was in the show as well, which made for some awkward moments.  Even worse, I was flirting with one of my friend’s ex-girlfriends (with his permission) which made the situation worse.  All my friends knew that my ex-girlfriend and I would get back together but that didn’t make things great.  Along with that, I was struggling in an advanced English class (term paper) and arguing with the teacher.  I was trying to earn a starting spot on the varsity baseball team so I was stressed about that.  Worst of all, we had just found out my Dad had cancer and as we got ready for opening night, he had just come home from the hospital. I was relieved that he was going to be there to watch my sister and I in the show but there had been a lot of sleepless nights worrying about him, praying that he would be ok, and that we would be ok. 

   As I sat in the chair watching the movie, thinking about all these things, I had a realization.  The reason I looked upon that time with such fondness was because not too long after that, my life would change forever.  My girlfriend and I got back together (at the wrap party, of course). I earned a starting spot in baseball.  I got the grade up in English.  But six weeks after the show, my Dad died.  My life was forever altered and so I look back at that time BEFORE then with rose colored glasses, a time when my biggest worry was girls and grades and sports.  Life was simpler, easier, and comfortable.

   I know I think the same way when I look back to early March of 2020.  Amy and I were on vacation in Disney World and having a great time.  Then the world shut down and it hasn’t been the same since.  Maybe you are like me and you look back at that time wistfully.  Maybe you wish you could return to that time.  Maybe you have used the term “I can’t wait till we can get back to normal.”  But there is something I learned in back in 1993: we can’t go back.  We aren’t Doctor Strange with the Time Stone and can turn back time.  The things we experience in life change us and we are changed.  We might see our lives get back to “normal” but we won’t be the same.  And that’s ok. 

   We go forward into life knowing that the Lord is with us.  And we can look back at our life and fondly remember those times before our lives changed.  There is nothing wrong with looking back.  But we can’t live in the past.  We live with hope and with the future always before us.  And though we will remember much of the horrible things that have happened since March 2020, over time we might also remember the good things that occurred as well.  And we will remember fondly a time before our lives were turned upside down but hopefully take the lessons we learned from this time to help us succeed and grow in the future. 

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