The Administration Team is probably the newest team at Trinity so we’d like to introduce you to our team and what we do. Although we have no elected chair, Administrative Assistant Lori Vetters has been opening and closing each meeting with prayer and brings a flexible agenda for discussion. The members (six now, but all are welcome) meet once a month at 11 AM on the first Tuesday of the month to discuss what went well since the last meeting and how we can improve or expedite any of the administrative functions in the coming month. If you have a suggestion or would like to join our team, please come to our next meeting or contact one of the team members: Joanne Dexter, Carol Glaman, Jan Jenkins, Joan Roche, Cindy Thesing or Lori Vetters.
Buildings and Grounds
As the Building and Grounds Team we provide and maintain the physical facilities of the congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church. Daniel Amundson is the chairperson of the team. Other members of the team are Bob Lydon -Darren Engh-Ron Olson-Dean Wieble. We do have monthly meetings and they are held at Jake’s Northwoods in Sparta on the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm. We may hold special meetings when needed. Anyone wanting to join the team is welcome. We are somewhat short on talent at the moment so I encourage anyone to join! Our current project is the altar improvement project. We are getting close to a design to give to the church council. So if you have ideas, like to work with your hands and have a desire to be a part of this team, please contact one of the members or join us at our next meeting!
Prayer Partners at Trinity
“Hello, God ….” Prayer is like talking to God … It is at the root of our daily existence. As long as I can remember being a member of Trinity we have had some sort of prayer groups. Our congregation has always shown compassion, warmth and caring attitudes …“take your concerns to God in prayer”. It was easier for us to offer prayers for others when most of us got e-mail addresses and got online with God.
Our prayers are for healing, concerns, jubilations, honors, achievements; our life’s challenges and rewards as printed in our ‘prayer chain’ we point out to God our needs and joys. Here at Trinity our “chain ministry” lifts up the concerns of our community of friends to God in prayer. We say prayers while we work, walk, eat, chat with others, wait for appointments and the list goes on which makes it much easier to share with Him our most difficult moments in life. As Christians on our journey of faith we start our day asking and doing His will for the day and then in the evening we thank God for our day, sharing our thoughts and thanking Him for His care. So, whether you are on the prayer chain or just a caring member of Trinity you are a Trinity Prayer Partner.
If you want to offer a prayer request, share a prayer, or want to pray daily for others you can join our Prayer Partner Team. It is as simple as 1-2-3, just e-mail Lois Harr email@example.com or the office firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be included for our weekly words of prayer.
James 5: 16b … “Pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Prayer Partner, Lois
Mary Circle meets during the school year twice a month on the first and third Monday evenings at 6:30 pm. Our summer schedule is on a “to be determined” basis. We use the Gather Magazine Bible study. Our “gathering” opens with friendly catching up and chatting. The Bible study is shared by readers taking a turn around the table. We discuss questions and scenarios from the study and we read from several different styles of Bibles. We then close with personal prayer petitions or read together the Bible study prayer.
We take up an offering that goes toward WELCA and we donate to Sugar Creek Bible Camp once a year as “pioneer” members – an annual sponsor commitment.
Our members range in age from 30 something to 70 plus. We are not really considered a team or committee – just a group of gals who have good fellowship once or twice a month. We invite others to join often – in print and verbally. We meet in our homes or at a local eatery.
Here are a few things that our Circle has done in the present/past
Bundled the sewing kits for Lutheran World Relief.
Towel kits during a special plea a few years ago.
Hosted coffee hour once a month for the past 4 years.
Host the “over 90” birthday recognition
Helped with Lenten soup suppers.
“Sunshine Club” sends greeting cards for birthdays 80 and older, Baptisms, Get Well and
The point of contact varies – Deb Bonello brings certain things to the table and Deb Bassett helps schedule where Bible study is located and coffee hour servers. If you would like to join our Circle please feel free to contact either Deb Bonello or Deb Bassett.
Communion Extension Ministry Team
The Communion Extension Ministry is a ministry of extending communion from Sunday worship to Trinity’s home-bound members. The time commitment for this program is about 20-40 minutes per month which is typically a communion service with your assigned Trinity home-bound member.
We normally have our Communion Extension Ministry on the third Sunday of the month although, the time and date that you make a visit is entirely up to the Communion Extension team member and their assigned home-bound Trinity member.
In our Sunday worship some are not able to come forward to received the bread and wine of communion and we bring the elements to them, where they are seated. In a similar way, communion extension occurs when someone bring the elements of communion from the church to where someone lives or is hospitalized. The ministry offers these people a means of participating in worship of the whole assembly and it helps those who gathered publicly to recognize their oneness with sisters and brothers who are absent.
Who may be a Communion Extension Ministry member ? If you are a confirmed member of Trinity, you can be a part of this ministry. We can team you up with someone else who is on the Communion Extension Ministry team if you prefer to go as a team. We can also do a shared communion visit where team members switch off visiting a Trinity member going every other month. You can also be assigned to your home-bound.
I would also like to thank those current members of the Communion Extension Ministry team at Trinity Lutheran for their assistance with this vital ministry program at Trinity Lutheran. I have listed their names below:
- Lois Harr
- Phi and Diane Dammen
- Alice Olson
- Karen Edwards
- Dennis and Carol Glaman
- Sarah Nelson
- Kathleen Sumrall
If you are interested in becoming part of our Communion Extension Ministry team, please contace me at 608-633-2939 or email me at email@example.com.
Trinity Quilters meet on the first, third, and fifth Thursdays of each month from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Most of the quilts we complete go through Lutheran World Relief (LWR) to needy people in many countries around the world. Last fall 364 quilts were shipped from Trinity to countries including Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and Iraq where Syrian refugees have fled due to the Syrian Civil War. Quilts are presented to each graduate as well as some given for local needs in our community.
I’d like to thank our current quilters: Joyce M. Anderson, Joanne Benning, Joanne Dexter, Ursula Georgieff, Carol Glaman, Anita Jensen, Bev Lisney, Janet Lisney, Sherry McClain, Olga McAnulty, Adell Morton, Nancy Sikorski, Connie Slotten, Althea Stanley, Kathleen Sumrall, Shirley Vandervort, and Audrey Zebell. Also thank you to all who do so much at home by completing tops, liners, and backs. Your dedication to this ministry is so appreciated and we couldn’t accomplish what we do without you!
We accept donations of material, sheets, mattress pads, bedspreads, blankets (including electric blankets). We especially need mattress pads, bedspreads, and blankets for liners. Any items can be placed in the cart outside the office.
Please come and join us in this important ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church. No special talent is needed, just a willingness to help!
God’s Love-Our Hearts-God’s Work-Our Hands
Trinity Cares Team has a small core but it includes all the members of Trinity who care to participate in one or more of the outreach efforts during the year. Core members are Linda Erickson, Carol Glaman, Jean Hays, Michelle Hyatt (resource) and Judith Schure.
Christmas 2013 was our first official “undress the tree” effort as members took ornaments off the tree corresponding to needs within the congregation or community and returned with gifts for our Trinity Youth to wrap and include greetings. These included necessities and clothing for families as well as monetary donations for nursing home residents who can’t afford to visit the beauty shop regularly. We did a great job with the undressing both in 2013 and again in 2014. We’re looking forward to even better results in 2015.
In July/August 2014 we began our Back to School effort to collect school supplies for member families and community families who would have difficulty purchasing all (or any) of the items on the school lists. We repeated our successful efforts again in 2015.
Inspired by a need found during one of our home communion visitations, we are scheduling a “God’s Work, Our Hands” workday on Sunday, October 25th (Don’t panic, it’s a Packers bye day) for all able members to help with yard work and winterizing projects for those members who can’t do it themselves. Weather permitting, we should begin around 12:58 PM.
If you can be part of this work day, please sign up on a purple discipleship sheet or call me (Carol Glaman 608-498-0668). If you know someone who could use this type of help, please call me or the Trinity office.
We are hoping for Thrivent Action Team support to supply materials like leaf bags, mulch, weather stripping – and pizza for the volunteers.