From Pastor Meyer’s Desk:
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’ The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:22-26
“Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,…..” Acts 3:19-20
We all know people who are dealing with serious health, and/or family, and/or financial issues. Likely, we all have our own issues and trials (I know that I do.) Whether it is concern for the farm, the family, health, paying the bills, or the future – we join the hymn writer in saying, “I walk in danger all the way.”
As summer approaches, we remember that the mornings are often cool when you know it will get ‘hot’ later in the day. I love to open the windows early in the morning and try to draw the cooler fresh air inside (at home and in my church office). As soon as it gets hot outside, the windows and shades are closed to keep out the heat. (I know that I may be letting in humidity, dust AND pollen, but I love to think that maybe, just maybe, I may save 50 cents that day (or more!) on AC costs. I am not definite that my wife Sue agrees with the ‘wisdom’ of my efforts, but she at least tolerates it.😊]
So it is in our walk with God. We live in danger and in a hot and dangerous environment. We are continually in the midst of spiritual warfare. We daily need to open our hearts to God’s love and comfort, and daily put on the armor of God to protect us from the sin and evil of this world. And His Word of Love and Mercy IS refreshing AND Life-Renewing!
When we face a hot dry day, wouldn’t it be nice to take a ride on a pontoon boat out on a lake where the breeze is refreshing and the scenery stunning? Please know a ‘boat’ is available! Each week, we have an opportunity to take a ride on a boat… The Latin word for boat is ‘nave’ which is what we call the main part of the church where we sit, stand and kneel for worship. In this boat/nave/church, we are refreshed with God’s love and grace through His Word & Sacraments. We are encouraged through the fellowship and care that we receive and share with others. God’s grace is sufficient and is new each day. Church truly is a good place to be that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,.!
In times of grave illness when death is possibly just around the corner, I have had many a fellow Christian tell me over the years, “I am in God’s hands. I will either get better or I will be in glory with Jesus.” Dear fellow members of the Body of Christ, we are all in God’s hands. His love and compassion is new every morning. May we never forget that.
May we reflect God’s love and care to one another each day. May you daily receive ‘times of refreshing…from the Lord.”
Your fellow servant and forever brother in Christ,
Notes from Pastor Meyer’s Desk:
- Finances: I am working with our Treasurer, Steve Taege and others to gain a better understanding of our current financial status, budget, available resources and plans for having no more internal debt by the end of this year. We also have a major tower repair coming up. Watch for updates coming in the next few months in this area.
- Monthly Reports from Council: We are all working to improve the quality and regularity of our reports and updates to the congregation. More info coming soon.
- Happy to report: As I shared in the sermon on April 23, we have been talking and sharing a lot about our need to talk with one another to work out differences and be reconciled as family in Christ. I am happy to report that many of your fellow Christians here at Trinity have been doing exactly that. The stories and results have been simply astounding. It has been a beautiful thing to see and hear as people share with one another words of ‘I’m sorry and I forgive you.’ Reconciliation is a beautiful thing to witness. Hearing of burdens lifted and joys doubled has literally brought tears to my eyes and great joy to my heart. Of course, such efforts need to be ongoing. But let us each do our part to help one another talk ‘with’ one another instead of ‘about’ one another!
- Transition Team: The final pieces are coming together for the Transition Task Force. I plan to make my final decisions by April 26th. Know that we have many qualified candidates who would serve very well. I have sought counsel and insights from several people. I am considering several factors in my decision. I will soon be contacting the members of the team as well as many of the people who were strongly considered. I have scheduled our first meeting at 6 pm on May 2nd in the church library. Please keep this group in your prayers.
- Mission Team: Along with you, I have been keeping our Mission Team in Mexico in my prayers. I am anxious to see their safe return and hear their reports of the work that they were able to do helping others to the glory and praise of God.
- Pastoral Visits: Now that we are past the Cottage Group Meetings and Lent & Holy Week, I will be making a strong push to get in several more home visits and visits with members and friends of Trinity in my office. Jolene will have my schedule. Feel free to call her to set up a time to come by my office or to set up a home visit.
- My ‘Schedule’: will vary from week to week. But I can give you a picture of what ‘most’ weeks look like. My personal goal & expectation of self: 50-55 hour avg. work week. So far I have been easily meeting or surpassing this goal.
- Sunday: 6:15am – 2:15 pm (Most of time spent at church.) Possible events or visits after church in the afternoon or even into the evening will extend my time.
- Monday: My ‘attempted’ Day Off (many district & circuit meetings require my attendance on Monday. Sometimes I need to be at church and/or school.
- Tuesday: Home office work day (Sometimes I need to be in Lincoln for work.) This and Friday are my main days for writing sermons and taking care of other items that require me to be able to use the resources of the books and files that are kept in my home office.
- Wednesday: Arrive in Lincoln around 9:30 am and stay all day and stay overnight (possibly in Lincoln all day if arrived on Tuesday).
- Thursday: In Lincoln all day, usually will head home after evening meeting or visits unless needed in Lincoln next day.
- Friday: In Lincoln in the AM if necessary for work or visits and then head home around 1-2 pm. Otherwise, this is morning spent in my home office doing work for church. [I have always tried to protect Friday night as a family night!, for myself and for others in the church.]
- Saturday: An open flexible day. If needed at church on this day, I would probably drive to church and back home all in the same day. I anticipate that this may be a key day for making member visits and outreach calls.
It is a crazy schedule, but it looks to be working so far. Next challenge is getting in all the home visits that I want to schedule over the coming months.
If you are concerned for my personal health and well-being, I thank you. Know that my wife Sue and I try to get in an hour walk each day that I am home for at least part of the day. I usually get in at least 3-4 walks each week. Also, I plan to take vacation time, when I can, to get away for special times of refreshing. I trust that no one expects me to serve as your pastor for over a year before I would get any vacation time. If that were the case, as an Intentional Interim Pastor who may only spend a little more than a year at each church I serve, I would rarely ever have any vacation. And that would not be good for either me or the congregation I am serving. 😊
In the past I have been guilty of burning the candle at both ends and paying some terrible prices as a result in my personal health. Life is too short. I will continue to work hard as your pastor working to accomplish what I can in my time with you. But I will also take time away to recharge my batteries. With your help I will maintain a good and God-pleasing balance. Thank you for your understanding.
PS. Let me know what you think of this extra “Notes from Pastor Meyer’s desk”.
In Christ, Pastor Meyer
Pastor Meyer was installed as our Intentional Interim Pastor February 5th.
Please call the church office 402-474-0606 to to to schedule an appointment to meet with him. His home phone is 402-715-5748 His cell phone is 260-438-7481
Quilters for Missions: Will not meet this month, but hope to see you in June.
LWML – The May LWML Get-Together will be Saturday, the 20th, at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. There will be a Bible Study, a Ysleta report, a mite box dedication, and refreshments. All Ladies of the congregation are invited to attend this last session before the summer recess. (P.S. God News! The national LWML Mission Grants goal of $2 million for the next two years has been met! Thank you all, of all ages, who contributed their mites to LWML! Your support of the mission grants extends from Nebraska throughout the world. Your caring, mission-hearts are so greatly appreciated.)
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2017 SENIOR GRADUATES
The deadline for the LWML Nebraska South District Scholarship is drawing near (June 1). Graduating high school seniors interested in being professional church workers may obtain applications from the LWML Web site www.lwmlnesouth.org or I can give you a hard copy if you prefer. The application must be postmarked and mailed no later than June 1, 2017. Give me a call if you have questions. Marion Casburn 402-466-0591, LWML President
Help is needed, Openings Available! Anyone interested in becoming an usher or van driver, please talk to Randy Schmith or call him at 402-309-4682. May God Bless your service.
Attention Trinity members:
We are currently in the process of upgrading our sound and video equipment in the sanctuary. These enhancements will help to improve the sound quality in the sanctuary and our video recording quality. The recorded church services are then broadcasted via cable TV. This is a vital resource for our shut-ins and members unable to attend church. We have recently been Blessed with a gift of $5000.00 to purchase a new sound bar. As we look to finish this project, we are still $1,100.00 away from completing the upgrades. If this is something you would like to contribute to, we would greatly appreciate your help.
Yours in Christ,
The folding chairs in the assembly hall need to be replaced. Some of them have damaged clothing and are no longer as solid as they should be. After shopping numerous local stores and on line, I found the best buy is from a catalogue company called “School Outfitters”. I purchased a sample chair which will be parked between the two choir room doors in the assembly hall. Our cost is $56.49 per chair which includes shipping and handling. We need about 200 chairs to replace the existing folding chairs.
Since this is not an item listed in the Board of Property’s budget, it has been suggested that we treat the purchase of these chairs in the same way we bought the new hymnals. $2675.98 has already been donated for this cause. Please consider making a donation towards the purchase for “your” chair. Board of Properties Chairman, Deloy Stark
Please note these dates and plan to attend:
May 6th at 7:00 p.m. – “Preparing for the Race” Church will be Saturday night.
In preparation for the Lincoln Marathon, a carb loaded dinner will be served, before worship, 5:30-6:30.
May 13th Clean Up Day at the School. Grab your rakes it’s time to spread mulch and clean up around the school playground and parking lot.
Please join us on Sunday, May 14 in the fellowship hall immediately following the 8:00 a.m. service. We will be showering Mr. David Geidel and Jessica Hoffman with cards as we bid them farewell. Cake and beverages will be served.
If you are unable to attend the Sunday morning event, please join us at Trinity Lutheran School on Friday, May 19 for an open house reception from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Are you going through a tough time in your life, maybe experiencing grief, divorce, illness, or some other life crisis?
If so, you might benefit from having a Stephen Minister. We’re your fellow Trinity members who can provide confidential, caring, one-to-one emotional and spiritual support.
If interested contact Margaret Bitz at (402-802-8115), or Mark and Lisa Von Behren.
Quilters for Missions: Join us in the Fellowship Hall on the first and third Thursday of each month, come anytime between 1:00 and 5:00 and stay as long as you can. No experience is necessary. Help us make quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other mission opportunities. For more information, call Nancy Olson at 402-488-3560.
New titles are available in the library. We have some authors who are old friends and some authors who are new to Trinity’s Library. Come in and find a new book.
Do you like historical fiction with the setting in World War II? We have several books in this category on display. Find a different take on the subject.
If you have had a book checked out for a couple of months and are having trouble finishing it, why not bring it back and find something else that interests you. Someone else may be looking for just that book.
This or That
Did you know we received $317.20 from Burger King for our last SOS night?
Over 200 people total attended the cottage meetings. Thank you for your comments and suggestions about Trinity’s strengths and areas to improve.
We sold over 50 t-shirts supporting the Comfort Dog Ministry. We even had several ordered from people out of state. Thanks you.
Last month we received over $1,100.00 of gifts in the School Scholarship envelope from your offering packs. Last year 24 scholarships were given, so every dollar is appreciated.
Weekly offerings needed for the 2017 budget is $13,346
Average weekly offerings for the first 4 weeks in April $11,030.61
We currently owe the Restricted Funds Account $230,000
REMEMBER OUR MISSIONS: Your Mite Offerings Have Made an Impact! Providing Hope for Detroit – Act 2 Enterprise, $100,000 fully paid. Acts 2 Enterprise (A2E) is an ongoing ministry that impacts the lives of people in Detroit daily. A2E provides a variety of outreach ministries as part of its overall outreach, each designed to impact residents of the city whom are served through A2E. Among the many aspects of outreach, two that were prominent during the past few months were the Urban Institute hosted by A2E Director Rev. Christopher Bodley, and the three A2E Sports Camps/VBS programs that were held. The Urban Institute is a multi-day conference designed to build and equip other leaders to serve the city of Detroit and other urban centers; while the Sports Camp/VBS program, a total of three week-long camps, involves several hundred children by teaching various sports skills, while providing a Vacation Bible School atmosphere to teach them about Jesus.
The Good News is shared through every component of A2E by either Pastor Bodley directly, or by one of the many volunteers (Urban Missionaries) who serve alongside of him. This practice applies to both children and adult outreach ministries. In September, the Urban Institute hosted over 50 attendees who learned under the theme “Transformed to Transform”. As People of Hope, they are thankful to have been chosen by God to be transformed by His grace. Attendees focused on the Biblical principles formation, the process of transformation, and how they become catalysts of transformation in their spheres of influence.
A thank you to everyone who has supported LWML with their mites during the past two years as the National Goal of 2 million dollars has been met. You can continue to support other grants by bringing your mites/dollars/checks to the Mite Box located in the Narthex on the second Sunday of each month.
Pastor Meyer would love to visit with you. If you are in need of prayers, sick or in the hospital please call the church office 402-474-0606, so we can arrange a time for Pastor to pray with you.