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
This Month in 7th & 8th Grade with Pastor Miller
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.
27th Annual HIS WOMEN Seminar
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The Hotel at Kirkwood CenterHis 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.
A CARD OF THANKS
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.
God’s Light is Shining at TLS!
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.
“Life Quotes” from Lutherans For Life • www.lutheransforlife.org
and WHO (AM-1040) at 7:30 AM
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)