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This month's Trinity Times: February 2013


Where Sin Increased, Grace More Increased!

That is our theme this year for our mid-week Wednesday worship services during the season of Lent. We will be looking at various texts from the Gospel of St. Luke.  Each Wednesday we will gather for worship at noon and 6:00 p.m.

  As we did last Lent, we will also be serving a light meal prior to each of these services.  This is an opportunity to come and eat with your family and the church family of Trinity Lutheran.  This is also an excellent time to invite friends, family, and the unchurched to attend with you.  Our church exists not only to minister to those already within the body of Christ, but also to those who are not yet part of the body of Christ we call the Church.

Webmaster's note: The Lenten and Easter Service schedules that were printed in the Trinity Times are on the website home page.


Let’s Celebrate Our Community!

Dearest saints of Trinity,

God’s Word has brought us all together to be His people. We share in a common story of sin and the great story of His salvation for us through Jesus Christ. Each of us has been poured into this story of rescue and triumph through the waters of Holy Baptism, where our old selves were drowned in our Lord’s crucifixion, locked away in His murky tomb, and surfaced again as new creations through His glorious resurrection! His crucified and risen body and blood that we eat and drink also continue to write His story on our hearts through the forgiveness of sins and new life.

Sharing such a story together, we also share a common life with one another as one Church. We all grow in His Word, bear one another’s burdens, share in each other’s joys and sorrows, and watch out for new members of our community who enter into the story of Jesus with us. To help highlight our Christian bond of love and unity, we will be highlighting a different way in which Christ builds His community every week in February. We will celebrate how our Lord will work through His Word and His people in Faith Families (Small Groups), Men’s Fellowship, Stephen Ministry, and Sponsor Families.

Leaders of Faith Families continue to undergo training. We hope to get the next phase of our Small Groups program underway soon. This is a great way for those in the congregation to get to know one another on a more personal level by groups while growing in Scripture and prayer at the same time.

A committee has formed for Men’s Fellowship to plan events and share ideas for ways in which the community of men may be built up. It’s all too easy for men to feel like they are to go this life’s journey alone, but God has provided them with a community to encourage one another and give mutual support. In this way, men may be led to faithfully serve their families, places of employment, and neighbors, and may even find opportunities to share the Gospel.

Stephen Ministry provides congregations with the training, resources, and ongoing support to organize and equip those in the congregation to care for one another. Such trained Stephen Ministers would provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties. It is a great way for Christian brothers and sisters to walk beside each other through difficult times.

Sponsor Families is Trinity’s way of truly welcoming new members into the congregation. Most people join without knowing very many in their new church home. That means that these new members go without relationships and assistance to others, and therefore go missing without a trace if they dropped in attendance. We want to ensure that new members have someone to sit with right away, have a way of being introduced to others, and have people who care about them and check up with them on a deeper level.

These are all exciting new ways to continue to build up the Body of Christ here at Trinity. Sharing not only a common faith but a common life together can improve communication, solidify our efforts, and help strengthen this congregation and expand God’s kingdom. We are brothers and sisters in Christ after all, and we have a whole eternity to look forward to together. Let’s get to know one another and look out for each other. Let’s love our neighbor as ourselves. Let’s celebrate our community!

In nomine Jesu,
Rev. David V. Miller



December 10, 2012 -- Mildred Prehn – Funeral by Rev. Dr. Kay Slocum DOD: December 5, 2012
December 15, 2012 -- Esther Miller (Wife of Andrew Miller) DOD: December 11, 2012
December 24, 2012 -- Virgil C. Johnson (Husband of Mary Johnson) DOD: December 19, 2012
December 27, 2012 -- Annie Vahl Funeral by Rev. Larry Dobbs daughter’s Pastor DOD: December 24, 2012
January 5, 2013 -- Lillian M. Dochterman – (Aunt of Carol Kiesling) DOD: January 2, 2013

Esther Miller -- Trinity Lutheran Church – Undesignated & Organ
LaVerne Holub -- Trinity Lutheran Church – Roof Replacement
Elfrieda Kroemer -- Trinity Lutheran Church –Bell Choir

January 7, 2013-- Scott, Amanda & Liam Sommerfeldt – from Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, Florence, SC

January 9, 2013 -- Jim & Carol Cutler – Released to Gloria Dei Lutheran, Cedar Rapids, IA
January 9, 2013-- Heidi Larsen – Released – does not know what church she will be attending.



This Month in 7th & 8th Grade with Pastor Miller
6:30 – 7:45 PM
February 6 Theme: Sacrament of the Altar: What Does This mean? Part I – Also, New Testament Quiz on the Sacrament of the Altar
February 13 -27 No Class – Lenten Services

This Month in 5th & 6th Grade with Mr. Leon Kroemer
6:30 – 7:45 PM

February 6 Theme: The Promised Land – Jesus makes us Conquerors, Jesus leads us to the promised land of Heaven
         Scripture Lesson: Exodus 13:21-22, 15:22-25a; 16:1-21, 31, 35; 7:1-6; John 6:28-58; 4:7-14; 7:37-49
         Memory Verse: John 6:35
         Worship Focus: Psalm 29, Isaiah 43:1-7, Romans 6:1-11 & Luke 3:15-22
No Classes on February 13, 20, & 27, 2013 – Lent. Please attend Lenten services.

And,  In Other Church News...

SPECIAL NEEDS COMMUNION SERVICE will be held on Tuesday, February 19, at 10:00 AM in the west wing of the church.  If you would like to attend, but need a ride, please call JAN BASEMANN at 390-4471.

Tuesdays April 2, 9 & 16, 5:30-7pm

Mercy’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center is sponsoring a support group for children who have a loved one with cancer, Together We Care. Held at Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, this group is for children 6-12 years of age who have a loved one experiencing cancer. The 3-week session offers a structured and supportive environment where children learn coping skills and self-care strategies, as well as connect with other children who are experiencing a similar life-altering event. Sessions 1 & 2 are just for kids and Session 3 is for kids and their family members. To register or for more info: 369-4482.

MESSAGE FROM REV. KIRK CLAYTON (Received January 23, 2013)

Brothers and Sisters in Christ at Trinity Lutheran, Cedar Rapids,

It was a humbling experience to receive word last Tuesday that you have issued me a call to serve as your senior pastor. I ask that you keep me and my family in your prayers as we consider this possibility. (I am blessed with a wonderful family of a wife and five children, ages 2-12.) In the coming couple weeks we will look forward to trying to meet many of you in person as we prayerfully consider the Lord’s plan and will for Trinity, as well as for Zion Lutheran in Mascoutah, IL where I currently serve as pastor, and consider what will be best for my family. I sincerely ask for your prayers for the guidance of our gracious God to be with us all.
Yours in Christ, Rev. Kirk M. Clayton 

HOUSE FOR RENT: The house on Murray drive next to the church has passed the city inspection and is available for rent. Rent: $750.00/Mo. Security deposit: $750.00. No smoking, no pets Address: 325 Murray Drive SW.
        &nbspThis 2 story 3 Bedroom, 1 bath, 1230 sq. ft. home has a newer forced air furnace and central air. Appliances include: refrigerator/freezer, electric range, microwave, clothes washer and electric clothes dryer
        &nbspIf you are interested or know someone who might be interested and would like to look at the house, contact: Darwin Poock at 1-319-842-2424

ADDRESS/PHONE NUMBER/E-MAIL:  Have you moved, changed your phone number or changed your e-mail address within the last 6 months?  We would like to update our system to reflect those changes.  You can put your updated information on your attendance card, send an e-mail to Vicki at oakleyv@trinitycr.org or call the church office at 366-1569.  

27th Annual HIS WOMEN Seminar
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
His Women representatives will be at Parable Lemstone in Cedar Rapids from 9 till 11 a.m. on Saturday February 16th to kick off ticket sales. After that time, tickets may be purchased at Parable Lemstone from their staff, or by mail. This year's featured guests are Lisa Harper and Jamie Jamgochian.

Cost is $35.00 per ticket. Make checks payable to: HIS WOMEN – To purchase by mail, send check along with a self-addressed, stamped return envelope and BE SURE TO INCLUDE A PHONE NUMBER, in case they need to reach you. Mail to: His Women Inc., 7502 Macon Dr NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52411

Ticket sales will close April 8, 2013 (unless sold out before that date) and will not be available at the door. Tickets are non-refundable. More information to follow in the coming months.


The Board of Elders would like to thank the following people for what they do for our church: Randy Oxley for snow removal, and Darwin Poock for the time he spent fixing the Murray Drive house for rental, and the plaster and paint work in the church fellowship hall and kitchen. Thank you both for all you do for Trinity.

Trinity Lutheran staff would like to thank members of Trinity for the gifts of money, baked goods and Christmas cards this Christmas season. It was greatly appreciated. Thank You so much!!!


God’s Light is Shining at TLS!
As you can read below in our Upcoming Events section, there are many activities happening in the next few months, besides all the learning taking place in our classrooms. We will be celebrating the gift of our Lutheran School during the last week of January. We are thankful for the support Trinity congregation provides to the school. Each week the teachers and students take time to learn how they can Shine God’s Light in this sometimes dim world. How fortunate we are to have God’s Word as part of our school day.

Please feel free to stop by and visit the school. You are also welcome to join us at any of the many activities. Below is a list of some of our upcoming events:

  • January 27 @ 10:30 am - Choir sings at Trinity 
  • January 27 Potluck following church service 
  • January 27-February 1 – National Lutheran Schools Week 
  • February 2—5/6 grade IDE Basketball tourney at Central Lutheran, Newhall 
  • February 23—7/8 grade IDE Basketball tourney at Lutheran Interparish, Williamsburg 
  • March 1-3 – 7/8 grade Freeport Basketball tourney at Immanuel Lutheran, Freeport, IL 
  • March 8 @ 5:30pm—Chili Cook-Off/Brownie Bake-Off and Auction 
  • March 18-22 Spring Break 

Does someone you know need a summer daycare? How about a Preschool or Alternative Kindergarten WITH a full-time day care?
Beginning this summer Trinity Lutheran School has been approved to run a full-time daycare program for Preschool-Fifth grade students. There will be a full-staff, weekly activities, and a safe environment provided. Plus we have the Cedar Rapids Science Station running its summer class program out of our school! So, kids can attend those classes as well for an additional fee.

Once school resumes for 2013-2014, we will continue our Extended Care program for the before/after school daycare hours, and during the school day we will run a full-time daycare program for TLS Preschool and AK students that need the additional care.

Have more questions? Great! Call the school at 362-6952. We’d love to tell you more!

Thank You for the Hy-Vee Receipts…We collect until April 30th!
Thank you to everyone who has turned in their Hy-Vee Grocery, gas, and drugstore receipts. As of now, we will receive just over $1,700.00 from Hy-Vee! There is still a few more months of collecting…let’s reach a goal of $2,500.00!


February 3 “Adopting one child won’t change the world; but for that child, the world will change.” David Avilla, executive director of Advocate for Orphans.

February 10 “As Christians, we know that [marriage] is for the permanent joining of man and woman for the purpose of mutual love and support and the raising of children; that it exists within the context of the family of faith, the Church, and that it is a symbol of the union of Christ and His Church. In other words, marriage is much more than just a ‘relationship.’” Eric Metaxas, Prison Fellowship

February 17 “Our Savior started where we did. Our Savior became a holy, one-celled human being and passed through all the stages of our development as part of the price for our redemption. What value His journey gives to all who make this journey from conception to birth and beyond. The path to the cross did not start in a manger, but in a fallopian tube!” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life

February 24 “Abortionists … have killed more people than we’ve ever lost in a war … Just because we’ve sanitized the elimination of millions of pre-born people because we’ve been told that legally we can destroy them, it is no less a wrong for which our nation and our world will be judged by Almighty God.” Jerry Thacker, Right Ideas Inc.

             “Life Quotes” from Lutherans For Life www.lutheransforlife.org


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February 3 "When Life Overwhelms, God Provides"  Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Gregory Seltz. Life is hard, but God provides real strength to face everyday struggles. (Jeremiah 1)

February 10 - "Do You Need a Miracle Today?"  Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Gregory Seltz. Jesus' miraculous Transfiguration tells us God is very real and He sent Jesus to help you in your time of need. (Luke 9:28-36)

February 17 - "Overcoming Temptation with the Word"  Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Gregory Seltz. Jesus countered Satan's temptations with the power of God's Word. He is the Savior for all who are overwhelmed by their sin and failures. (Luke 4:1-13)

February 24 "Never Alone" Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour: Rev. Ken Klaus.  Jesus understands our loneliness, but we will never fully comprehend his. (Psalm 25:16)