November 12, 2023
Mission Madness 2023:
$500 PB sings “I’m a Little Teapot” in front of the congregation. (Goal Met. Happened on November 5th and you can see it on our Facebook page.)
$1,000 PB dresses as Packers fan or player for Halloween (Goal Met)
$1,500 PB gets pelted by water balloons after the Men’s Band concert in November. (Goal met. PB barely survived).
$2,000PB wears an inflatable dinosaur costume (Goal met, will happen on November 19th)
$2,500PB dresses as a clown one morning for crossing guard. (Goal met. Will happen on November 13th from 3 pm till 4 pm).
FINAL TOTAL: $4870! INCREDIBLE JOB EVERYONE!
Mitten Tree is up! Bring in your hats, mittens, gloves, scarves for those in need. Let’s decorate that tree!
Crew November 15TH for all 3rd-6th graders from 3:30 pm till 5:00 pm.
Lagers with the Lord Monday, November 13th, at 6 pm at Buckshot’s. All are welcome!
Deer Hunter’s Worship on Wednesday, November 15th, 6:30 pm.
Please consider bringing your Deer Hides to Trinity! They can be placed in the shack in front of the church. Please hides only, no heads or feet.
Community Thanksgiving Service, Sunday, November 19th, 6 pm at the United Methodist Church of Boyceville
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.
Women of Trinity Winter Gathering Saturday, December 2nd, 9 am. All women are invited! You can sign-up on the table in the Narthex
Items needed for the Silent Auction! The Youth Gathering Youth are holding the Spirit of Christmas Silent Auction on December 9th from 9 am till 3 pm. We are looking for NEW items, craft items, gift certificates, and more. Please bring in items by Wednesday, December 6th.
MUSINGS FROM PASTOR BRAD
It looked pretty grim. It was not looking good. Like a football game in which a team starting the fourth quarter was down a couple of scores and the opposing team has the ball. Frankly, there wasn’t a lot of hope and conversations and thoughts were being had about how we could learn from this. How could we take a loss and eventually make it a win? Would we have to change everything we had done for years due to the inevitable crushing feeling of coming up disastrously short?
See, on October 16th, three weeks in to Mission Madness, we had only raises $380. We had three weeks to go. No way we were going to hit our high goal of $2,500. Maybe people were tired of the concept, didn’t care, or something else that we couldn’t think of. We weren’t sure we were going to make $1,000 by October 30th for me to be a Packer fan for Halloween, forcing me to have a back-up plan.
And, if you read the announcements before this Musings (which I know some of you DO NOT. Shame on you! 😊), we not only made every goal, we were only $130 away from DOUBLING THE TOTAL! I mean, it was almost as an incredible comeback as the 2016 Chicago Cubs coming back from 3-1 to win the World Series 4-3. Even thinking about it now, I’m flabbergasted. Incredulous. And incredibly proud.
There was a need and you, Trinity, as is your history, met that need. You exceeded that need. You crushed that need. Crushed it. Your generosity is inspirational and more importantly, your generosity makes a difference in the lives of others. Helps our Mission Partners spread the Gospel and care for the poor. Your generosity brings hope to other who need that hope.
And it brings me hope as well. When I stand outside on Monday in clown make-up and costume, I’ll be thinking about how we have been able to make a difference in the lives of others. I’ll be thinking of your faithfulness to this ministry and you willingness to go above and beyond for the sake of your neighbor and to give glory to God in Jesus Christ. And I will be filled with hope that as we go on in the future, your generosity will continue to help keep our ministry strong and our ability to support your ministry partners faithful.
It looked grim, but in the end, it was an incredible triumph. Thank you for your generosity and remember that no matter how grim it looks, there is always hope, because there is always Jesus, our Savior, who has defeated sin, death, and the devil on the cross and is with us always. Thanks be to God!