Crew is on October 5th for all 3rd-6th graders Crew is 3:30 pm till 5:00 pm and this year we will be taking a Journey Through the Bible.
Oktoberfest Craft & Vendor Show, Saturday, October 8th, from 9 am to 2 pm at Tiffany Creek Elementary. Lots of great vendors, food served, all benefit the Woman of Trinity and their ministry and mission.
Fall Family Fest, October 9th, 2:30 pm till 5:00 pm Inflatables, Gaga, Games, Activities, Food and more. For all ages. No cost! Join us for some fun!
Crew Snack Sign-Up. Please sign-up in the Narthex to provide snacks for the Crew. Please prepare to serve 60 kids and you can bring anything you want.
Cross Generational Worship service is on Sunday, October 16th, at 9 am in the Fellowship Hall.
Mission Trip registration deadline is October 16th. We will be meeting after church on the 16th as well.
Don’t forget that you can support Trinity through the Vanco 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 woke up late this morning. Now, I don’t mean I woke up 5 minutes late. I mean I woke up an hour late. I thought I had an alarm set for 4:30 am and instead I woke up at 5:30 am. When I realized what time it was, I shot up out of bed and got ready at the speed of light, rushing around the house getting stuff together so I could get here to the office. My heart was racing and I was freaking out a little bit. Would I be able to get everything done in time? How could I have been so stupid to as not double checked my alarm? Even worse, did I hear the alarm and turn it off in my sleep? Even an hour later as I write this, I think my heartbeat is still going a little quicker than normal. I hate being late more than almost anything in the world and even thinking about being late puts me into a tizzy.
But here is the thing: I didn’t have anything to worry about. Other than not having this musing written yet, everything was well in hand. The baptism stuff is set up. Sermon has been written for awhile and just needs to be practiced. The lights have been turned on, the sound system is going, and the doors are unlocked. Children’s Sermon is prepared. What was I worried about? Why was I freaking out when I could have slept in till now (which is about 7 am as write this) and still be fully prepared for everything today?
I have no idea. Sometimes we freak out about things that we don’t need to freak out about. I have seen brides freak out about the smallest things before a wedding. I have seen kids lose it because they couldn’t buy a foam Prince Phillip sword at Disney World. I have seen grown man freak out and call that a game was over when their team didn’t convert a third down in the second quarter while said team was currently leading in the game (that one was me.). Of course, the thing that we think is minor to freak out over is really big to someone else. My guess is that I freak out over being late because my parents drilled into us that being late was incredibly rude and also a desire to make sure everything is ready and perfect for the job I have to do. I think it is a desire to be prepared in case something crazy happens. It probably is about trying to be in control of an uncontrollable life.
And maybe that is the thing. We freak out over things because we are trying to control our lives when so we can’t control everything. Life is crazy, unpredictable, and surprising. It takes twists and turns, has ups and downs, and almost nothing ever goes exactly according to the plans we have. Sometimes we don’t set an alarm. Sometimes it rains when the forecast says it is supposed to be clear and sunny. Sometimes your favorite football team runs a fourth and goal play from the one yard line from a shotgun formation (sorry. That still stings. Stupid Bears). Life is uncontrollable and we can’t control it, no matter how hard we try.
And that’s ok. Because God is in control. This God who has created us, sent his Son Jesus to die for us, and the Holy Spirit to create faith in our hearts, is in control. And this God has promised to save us. To be there for us. To walk with us, even in the shadow of death. To give us refuge even in the biggest storms of life. God is in control and God has got us. God has got you. Even when you aren’t sure God has you, God does. Even when we are freaking out, God is there. Always.
I don’t think I will ever stop freaking out over being late. It is just who I am. But maybe, just maybe, by the grace of God I won’t freak out too much. My prayer is that in those moments of panic and freaking out, that I will remember that God has me, that everything will be ok and everything will work out. And I have the same prayer for you. Remember that your Lord is with you every day, no matter what, and that you are loved, saved, and redeemed by the grace of God in Jesus Christ. Even when you are running late!
May God bless you this day and always!