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.
Crew is on October 19th 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.
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.
Confirmation Sunday, October 30th, 9 am.
Men’s Band Worship on Sunday, November 6th, at 9 am.
Potato Pancake Meal, Sunday, November 6th, 10 am till 11:30 am. Potato Pancakes, Kielbasa Sausage, Apple Sauce, Dessert, Beverage. Free-will offering taken to support Trinity Youth Ministries.
Workers needed for the Potato Pancake Meal See the sign-up on the table in the Narthex.
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
Late Thursday night, I was despondent. Despondent. My Chicago Bears football team was going to lose to the Washington Commanders, a terrible football team, which made my team even more terrible. Also, that same night, my Minnesota Wild got run off the ice in the opening night game against the New York Rangers. I was not in a good place and ended up staying up way to late, brooding and complaining and being depressed. Even worse, I knew in my brain that this was all happening over a game/games. Just a sport. In the end, nothing significant in the grand scheme of life. I had been through a lot worse than a couple of losses by my favorite teams. Why was I feeling like this? This seems pretty stupid.
But in thinking that way means that I wasn’t taking what I was feeling seriously. We can be tempted to dismiss how people are feeling because of the circumstances those feelings came into being. But in doing so, we end up dismissing who they are and what they are feeling. Have you ever wondered why someone was so upset that a relationship ended? Did you think, “They should just get over it. Plenty of fish in the sea.” But we don’t really know what things mean to others. Instead of putting our own values and judgements into what they are feeling and experiencing, we should be people with compassion and empathy towards them because they are actually hurting. What may be minor to us is everything to someone else. Being there for people isn’t judging why they are feeling the way they are feeling, it is about just being there, being present for them, in that moment.
I think back to the night the Cubs won the World Series in 2016. Amy went to bed right before extra innings with the score tied. Because she didn’t hear me cheering, she woke up in the middle of the night and thought the Cubs had lost, and then preceded to think about what she could do to help me feel better. She even said sorry when I woke her up the next morning, only for me to tell her that we had won. Amy cares not about baseball. But she does care about me, and so thinking I would be upset, even over a game, made her want to make me feel better and to be there for me. That is how we should be for each other. To not judge why they feel what they feel, but to be a place of comfort and refuge for them.
After all, we are called as followers of Jesus Christ to be there for each other. To help each other in the hardships of life, no matter what they are. To be there in the midst of suffering, no matter how or why it had come about. To not judge lest we be judged. May the Lord be with you as you are there for others, and may the Lord bring people into your life to be there for you.