Winter Family Fest, MOVED TO Sunday, February 26th, 2 pm till 4 pm. Sled rides, games, food, and more! All ages welcome!
Crew is on February 15 at 3:30 pm for all for all 3rd-6th graders!
Ash Wednesday, February 22nd, 6:30 pm worship with Holy Communion
Baked Potato Bar served by the Confirmation Youth Wednesday, February 22nd, 5:30 pm till 6:30 pm. Free will offering supports our youth going to Luther Park Bible Camp this summer.
Luther Park is looking for summer staff! They are looking for college age youth to serve as counselors and other staff. Go to www.lutherpark.org for an application and more information.
Communion Bread Bakers needed! Please sign-up on the table in the Narthex.
Volunteers Needed to remove snow from our sidewalks! Please sign-up on the table in the Narthex. We have a new tractor with snow blower that you can use.
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
As I write this, it is the 16 year anniversary of the Bears losing the Super Bowl to the Indianapolis Colts, 29-17. I remember being incredibly nervous and on edge in the lead-up to the game, going so far as to even lose some sleep the closer the game got near. We had a huge food spread at home for just Amy and I and we even had Super Bowl themed plates!
Of course, I’m sure you ALL remember how the game started. The Bears Devin Hester returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and I was incredibly excited. My twin sister broke my express wish to not contact me during the game and called me after he scored, in which I responded with yelling and hanging up on her. I still blame her for everything that happened after that, with us losing and me being in a pit of despair. I still have never watched the replay of the game and I for a whole week I didn’t turn on Sportscenter on ESPN or listen to sports radio. I was devastated. I was annoyed. I was crushed.
But it didn’t last. I got over it (despite the sentence above). And I learned a little something too: to try not to let one thing control how I feel in every other aspect of my life, especially a sporting event. To have some perspective in the world. At the same time, it was important for me to feel what I was feeling and to process it. For though it was just a game, it still meant something to me. I know some of it was tied into the fact my Mom had passed away a few months before and we had excitedly talked about the Bears before her death. That is why the loss of a game hit a little harder than it should have.
We all experience losses in life. Some are big, some are small. To some, what is big to us is small to them. But no matter what it is, it is still a loss and it hurts. It is important to remember that we can recover from any loss we have because we have Jesus Christ by our side, to provide comfort and strength. Christ knows when we hurt. Christ knows when we suffer. And Christ is there for us. That is the promise that Jesus makes to us, to be there with us always, to carry our burdens, to lift us up when we fall. Because of this, losses do not need to define us. Rather, it is in the midst of our losses that we see our need for Jesus and most acutely feel the presence of Christ in our lives.
We may lose sometimes in life, but in Christ was have already won. Sin is defeated, death has no power, we have the promise of eternal life, and we have a Savior that is with us always. To see us through the pain of loss, to heal us in heart and body, and to give us strength and hope for the days ahead. Jesus is always on your team, and on your side, and for that you always have the victory. For that we can say, “Thanks be to God!”