Announcements

Covid-19 Updates

Update August 25

We continue to worship on Sundays at 9:45 and Wednesdays at 7pm.  Please continue to RSVP for the worship services so we have enough room.  We will be spilitting up our confirmation class into two services.  We will have a confirmation service on Sept. 6 and another one on Sept. 13.  Please RSVP for these services!  Our new confirmation year will begin with a meeting in the basement of the church on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 5:30pm.

Update June 2

We are still accepting RSVP's for worship services this week and throughout the month of June.  We still have plenty of spots open for Wednesday evening at 7pm.  But our 9:45am worship service is filled up.  So we are now offering an 8am worship service as well.  If you would like to worship with us this Sunday at 8am, please call the church office by 5pm on Saturday.  Our phone number is 608-253-3241.  This week is a Communion Service.  Yes, we will still be having Bible Study in the basement at 8:30am beginning this Sunday.  Please note that next Sunday, June 14 we will have a special graduation ceremony for our 6th graders at the 9:45 worship service.  So we will need to have more people worship with us at 8am on that Sunday in particular.

Update from May 19

We are opening worship services back up this week.  We are excited to be able to praise God together in person again.  But we are going to do it in a safe and deliberate manner.  We will worship in person on Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm for Vespers and Sunday, May 24 for Matins at 9:45am.  However, we are taking numerous precautions to open back up.  Which means we will be limited on seating.  We are setting up an RSVP type system so that we don't over flow our ability to keep individuals and family groups 6 feet apart.  If you would like to reserve your spot for worship on Wednesday or Sunday mornings, please call the church office at 608-253-3241.

What are the precautions we are taking?  We will be removing all hymnals and bibles from the pews.  If you would like to bring your own Bible, that is perfectly acceptable.  Sanitizer will be available for everyone to use.  We will not be passing an offering plate.  When members leave the service, there will be a place designated to drop your offering into a basket.  We will hold off on one week for celebrating Holy Communion.  When we do celebrate Holy Communion our elders and pastor will be wearing masks when they distribute the Sacrament and we will be communing 1 pew at a time at the altar without kneeling for the time being.  Elders will be opening the double doors and the ramp doors for our worshippers so that no one needs to touch the door handles when they come to worship.  We will be marking off pews where people are not to sit.

During the next few weeks we will not share the peace, not have greeters, nor have a children's message.  The cry room will be closed as well.  We have a member that has made masks and if you don't have one and would like one for worship, masks will be available to you.  If the Sunday morning worship service fills up quickly, we will then open up a second service at 8am, but the first service must be filled first.  We are limitted to 14 pews in the church to maintain 6 feet distance from one another.  Plus we have the choir loft for a total of 15 places.  As we take RSVP's for the worship services please note that if you come to worship alone, you will sit on one end of a pew and a second person who comes alone will sit at the other end of the pew and that will keep you 6 feet apart.

We realize that Covid-19 is still a threat for the foreseeable future.  The elders are committed to providing a safe atmosphere for worshipping as we are able and will continue to monitor how the situation develops.  We are praying that restrictions can be lifted during the summer but are prepared to keep restrictions in place as needed.  If a sudden spike occurs in the near future, they will also be willing to suspend in person worship services again.

As for Confirmation, the elders decided at their meeting last night that Confirmation service won't take place until the fall.  So for now the confirmation students are in a holding pattern.  Encourage your student to write the statement of faith paper and work on the questions handed out in class.  The confirmation student can email Pastor Gehrke at matthew.gehrke@cuw.edu with their statement of faith paper.  If you need information on either of those projects, they are found on our website under the confirmation tab.

Meanwhile, we will do our best to serve those in worship and those who feel it wiser and safer to stay at home.  We are planning to continue to live-stream our worship services on our Facebook page and then to post them on YouTube and our website afterwards on Sunday mornings.  We will continue with our Ascension Day service on Thursday, May 21 at 7pm, but it will be a live-stream only service.

We give thanks to our Gracious God that He continues to be with us throughout this situation and pray that He continues to be our fortress and our rock.

Updated from April 15:

As we continue to work with the current Covid-19 situation, we are doing our best to serve our members and school families during this time.  It gives us great comfort to know that because of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Jesus has overcome all things in this world including viruses.  This email is being sent out to give you an update of what is happening at Trinity in the next couple of weeks.

  • Worship services will have a slightly different plan.  We have completed Lent and now during the Easter season the services on Wednesday and Sunday are very similar.  They have the same readings and the same sermons.  This means that we will be streaming only one service each week.  We will stream them live on our Facebook page on Sunday morning and then also shared in standard definition on our YouTube Page and our website.  If you look for a Wednesday Worhsip service tonight, you will not find one.  We will continue to do devotions Monday-Friday during this time.
  • Confirmation was supposed to resume tonight, April 15.  Our confirmation service was supposed to be the first Sunday in May.  All our confirmation plans are currently on hold.  Although the safer at home order is currently through April 24, I am expecting that the order will be extended.  Until we know more information, it doesn't seem wise to set a date for later only to have it changed again.  I can understand how frustrating this can be for families wanting to make plans.  But it seems wisest to hold off on setting dates until we know what is going to happen.  But confirmation students can still fill out their sermon notes by watching our services online and turning them in when we meet again.  Plus all the students have been given work that they can be working on during this time.  Email pastor if you have any questions.
  • Our teachers continue to stay in contact with our familes during this time as best we can.  They are using our website and texting to communicate with our school families during this time.  Please keep our teachers and students in your prayers.
  • Offerings continue to come in!  Thank you to everyone who has continued to give.  Your generousity is greatly appreciated.  In the CARES Act passed at the end of March, changes to taxable giving were made.  There will be a deductible amount of $300 for charitable giving for 2020 and the percentage of tax break for charitable giving has been increased for 2020.  Along these lines we have been working on a couple of things.  Through the CARES Act, the church has applied for a forgiveable Payday Protection Loan.  We have also applied for a $10,000 grant through the Economic Disaster Relief provided by a bill passed and signed before the CARES Act.  We have not received any word about whether we have been accepted for either one or not.  We are doing our best to take steps to continue moving forward financially as a church and school.  Your gifts continue to help.
  • Our office will continue to be open Monday's 8am-4pm.  You can still drop off offerings then or mail them in during the week.  We also have been making DVD's of our services.  If you or someone you know needs dvd's let pastor know and he will get dvds to that person.
  • Our Quarterly Voter's Meeting will not take place on Sunday, April 26.  The Church Council will try to determine another date when more information about stay at home orders are lifted.  We are optimistic that we will be able to reschedule our regular meeting before the next quartery meeting which is in July.  Again, we don't know when, but will let everyone know when we have a new plan.

We know that we have a Lord that will lead us through this time.  We look forward to gathering together again around God's Word and Sacraments.  Until them, we will continue to pray for you and serve you in any way we can.

With the ever fluid issues surrounding Covid-19 the following items are in effect:

There will be no in person worship services at Trinity for at least the next two weeks.  We will do some stuff through our facebook page.  We will have daily devotions Monday-Thursday and have a special service of God's Word on Sunday mornings.

Bible Study on Sunday morning has been postponned until at least May.  Wednesday afternoon Bible Study has been postponned to at least May!

Our Lenten Bible Breakfasts have been postponned.  We will resume our morning breakfasts at Myrt and Lucy's in the future when it is deemed much safer to be in such social situations.

Although we pray that God's good and gracious will safely guide us through this unsettling time, we are hoping to have Easter sevices, but are also preparing contingencies without Easter Services.  

We will update this announcement with more information as is needed.




Offering

Greetings everyone!  One of the challenges during this time of self-isolation and forced closings is that we often collect offering during our worship services.  The people of Trinity have often been very generous in their giving in response to God's generous giving of His love to each of us.  We don't know how long these closings and cancellations will last.  Which means we could go weeks without any in person worship services.  This reality will put us into some significant financial holes very quickly.  Becaue of that reality, we are asking that members of Trinity who would like to continue to financially support our work to find a way to continue their generous giving.  As such we have three options to share with you.

Option 1:  Put your offering into your regular offering envelope and then mailing it to the church.  If you choose this option, please do not mail us cash.  You don't have to leave your home to do this and it can be delivered here in a safe manner.

Option 2: Drop off your offering to the church office on Monday morning between 8 and noon.  Our counters will come in Monday afternoon to count and make a deposit.  You can make sure the church receives your offerings and it is the best way to give cash.

Option 3:  Give electronically through a visa or mastercard credit card.  You can do so by following this link: Offering  The advantage of this option is that you don't have to leave your home, don't have to mail anything, and regardless of what happens at the bank, the money will go straight to the church.

We appreciate everyone's support through this unique time.  Our staff, teachers, boards, and pastor are working diligently and as faithfully as possible during this time.  We know that God's grace will lead us through.  By God's grace, you too will be able to help us out.




Worship Services

We continue to worship in our sanctuary.  However we will be doing it by an RSVP system.  Please call the office at 608-253-3241 to reserve a spot for your worship service on Wednesday evening or Sunday morning.  We will be livestreaming our services Sunday mornings at 9:45 through our Facebook page.  Then we will also upload them in standard definition to YouTube and our Website.  

Worship with us at Trinity!  Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm and Sunday mornings at 9:45am.  We celebrate Holy Communion on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month as well as the Wednesday evenings before those Sundays.  Also the 3rd Sunday of each month is a contemporary worship service.




Trinity's Lumberjack Days

Thursday, Sept. 17 beginning at 8:30am!

3706 8th Ave - Wisconsin Dells

Dates are weather permitting, if there's inclement weather we will reschedule.

If you're able to bring a chainsaw or wood splitter, that would be greatly appreciated.

Anytime you're willing to lumberjack outside of the scheduled Lumberjack Days, contact the office and we can coordinate times for you.




Online Bible Study

We are excited to invite you to our online Bible Study.  Anyone is welcome to join us.  You simply have to request to join our Bible Study group on Facebook.  You will probably be asked a couple questions via Facebook Messenger before joining our group.  We will post a chapter of the Bible to read on Monday.  After reading, members can post their questions on to the Facebook group.  Then on Thursday evening around 7pm, Pastor Gehrke will be having a Facebook LIve Bible Study. and will attempt to dive into the Bible reading and answer the questions people raised during the week.  We are starting the book of Judges on Thursday, July 30!  If you can't make it for the live video, no problem.  We will post the videos so you can watch them at your convience!  If you would like to join us please follow this link :Online Bible Study




Thrivent Choice Dollars

Remember that the deadline to direct your choice dollars from 2019 is March 31, 2020!  Anyone with Thrivent choice dollars is welcomed and encouraged to direct the choice dollars to either Trinity Lutheran Church or Trinity Lutheran School!




Lutheran Hour

Trinity Lutheran Church sponsors the Lutheran Hour broadcast on AM-740 WRPQ every Sunday morning at 11:30am!




Donation

You can now make a donation to Trinity Lutheran Church with your visa or mastercard credit card!  Follow the link: Donate here