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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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.    

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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. 

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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. 

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