October 1, 2023
Mission Madness 2023: Support our Mission Partners by donating to Mission Madness. PB will do the assigned tasks only after you hit these financial goals. You can donate in worship, send in an offering, or use the giving portal at www.trinityboyceville.com. Scroll down and select “Mission”
$500 PB sings “I’m a Little Teapot” in front of the congregation.
$1,000 PB dresses as Packers fan or player for Halloween
$1,500 PB gets pelted by water balloons after the Men’s Band concert in November.
$2,000PB wears an inflatable dinosaur costume
$2,500PB dresses as a clown one morning for crossing guard.
Crew October 4th at 3:30 pm till 5pm for all 3rd-6th graders!
Fall Family Fest, Sunday, October 8th, 2:30 pm till 5pm: Inflatables, games, food, and more for all ages!
Cross Generational Worship: Sunday, October 8th, 9 am. Our theme this year is “Stitched Together By God’s Love.”
Craft & Vendor Fair, October 14th, 9 am at Boyceville High School. We are looking for helpers for this event. Please see the sign-ups on the table in the Narthex.
October 15th we will Bless First Responders We invite all EMT’s, Firefighters, and Law Enforcement officers to join us for worship at 9 am as we bless them for their service and vocation.
Lagers with the Lord Monday, October 16th, 6 pm at Buckshot’s. All are welcome to join us for this time of faith conversation and fellowship.
Sign up to bring snacks for Crew and/or Sunday School. Any and all are very much appreciated. Sign ups are on the table in the Narthex.
MUSINGS FROM PASTOR BRAD
As I walked into the sanctuary of the church this morning, I got to see an incredible site. It is all of our pews covered in colorful quilts. You will see a picture of that at the end of “Musings” (taken by Becky Nyhus on Wednesday when they set them out). Even though I had walked by it multiple times this week, there is something about turning on the lights and seeing them all displayed. Seeing them on the pews made me think of how it is a great representation of what the church is.
Each quilt is unique. Unique colors, unique patterns. They aren’t all the same size. Just as the church is made up of unique individuals, of every gender, color, size, background, and more. We sometimes forget that. Also, just as the quilt has it’s own unique pattern, we have our own unique gifts, given by God for the sake of God’s mission in the world and for serving and loving our neighbor. Our gifts don’t need to be the same as our neighbors. Rather, they are ours, uniquely given so that we might display God’s love in Jesus Christ.
At the same time, how the quilts came into being in like the church. Someone donated the fabric. Someone cut the fabric into squares or pieces to be used. Those pieces are sewn together to make a top and then paired with a bottom. Those are tied together with yarn and then the whole thing is sewed together. Each quilter in the quilting room has their own job, their own skills and talents, but they are used to create a quilt which brings comfort to the afflicted, warmth to the cold, and joy to all who receive it. This is just like the church where you use your gifts and talents for the sake of bringing the love of Jesus Christ to others. Your financial gifts, your gift of time, the gift of your talent to serve.
If the quilters don’t use their gifts, then a quilt cannot be made. If we don’t use our gifts, our ministry will die and cease to exist. If we don’t give of our time, our financial resources, or of our talents, then our ministry withers and fails. It is why we need you to continue to keep making “quilts” if you will in this place called Trinity Lutheran Church. To give of our financial resources so that we have a building that can be open to do so much but also a staff to make it all happen. If you don’t give of your time and your talents, then events don’t happen, the Gospel isn’t proclaimed and the poor and needy are not lifted up.
My hope and prayer is that right now you are thinking about how you can use your gifts, your resources, this day, this moment, to further the kingdom of God. To keep making quilts that will bring the warmth of Jesus Christ to all who need it. And I hope that, just as a quilt surrounds us, that you are surrounded by the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. For that we can say, “Thanks be to God!” Amen