Trinity Lutheran Church|
Where Jesus' Voice is Heard, Proclaimed and Lived
N60 W6047 Columbia Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012
News & Announcements
No Food Pack This Year
We had hoped to hold our 10th Food Pack for Hunger Relief this fall, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event is canceled. We look forward to hopefully being able to hold the event next year.
Outdoor Worship Services
Weather permitting, we plan to meet for outdoor worship services Sundays at 9am through September. A Task Force composed of Jeanne Mueller, Sharon Oberheu, Julie Ische and Pastor Brent is working on a strategy for eventual in-person worship in the church building.
The precautions for the outdoor services include:
- If you are interested in attending, we encourage you to call (262-377-0610) or email the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 10am of the Friday before the outdoor service to reserve a place in worship. This will allow us to see how many of you will be attending. Please leave a phone number or email by which we can contact you on Friday if we need to cancel the service.
- Please stay home if you are not feeling well.
- If inclement weather is predicted, we will contact you on Friday to let you know that the service is canceled.
- Half of the lower parking lot can be used for parking your car. However, we encourage you to use the upper parking lot or street if you can.
- Masks are worn -- if you don't have one, one will be provided.
- Chairs are placed on the lower parking lot at least 10 feet apart. If you wish for more chairs to sit as a family, the chair rack will be placed outside the lower education wing.
- There is a sanitizing station set up, if you wish to sanitize your hands before the service.
- The service includes communion. Pastor Brent is the only person distributing the elements, and there is one table up front. You are asked to walk up front individually or as a family unit maintaining physical distancing from others.
- Two verses of the hymns are sung while wearing your masks.
- The service lasts no more than 30 minutes.
- The door to the building is propped open and the restrooms are available for one person to use at a time (1 male and 1 female).
- At the conclusion of the service, please observe physical distancing and other precautions as you leave.
- The chairs will be sanitized and put away for you.
We hope that this will work well for us as a means to come together for worship -- even in this limited way. Also, keep in mind that we will continue offering online worship services as well. (We'll videotape the traditional service for the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays and videotape the Holden Evening Prayer Service for the 2nd and 4th Saturdays and Sundays.) See you Sunday morning!
Church Amidst the Pandemic
Dear Members of Trinity,
This is a very difficult time because worshiping together (in person) is central to the faith of many people. If we really look inside ourselves, we see that there are several reasons why we attend worship. For example, we may come to church on Sunday mornings, Saturday evenings or during the week to enrich our spirits and listen to what God has to say to us. We may come to worship out of habit, out of obligation, maybe out of a sense of fear that we'll end up in a place of teeth gnashing. Some of us come to see friends that we've made over the years or to make new friends. Some of us come to the church building for worship because it gives us strength for our journey for the upcoming week. Or we may come to receive support from each other. Whatever the reason is, we come together in body to worship. Now it seems that that has been taken away. We are floundering and wondering what to do next.
Now we are in a time of "suspension" and are called upon to look at new ways of connecting with each other as a community of faith. This is not easy, but well worth the effort.
To take the quote of Dickens to the present tense -- "it is the best of times and it is the worst of times." We have the possibility of breathing new life into our community of faith -- connecting with people in new ways and following in Luther's steps of "reformation." I see us moving in new and creative ways. I see us embracing the changes that are thrust upon us and making the most of this current situation.
Two words that I heard this past week are flexibility and adaptability. I spent some time talking with one member about having indoor worship and the risks involved in coming together physically as the body of Christ. His opinion was that we remain "closed" to in-person indoor worship until the viral infections drop drastically -- basically a "wait and see" approach. Many people have stated this view as well. Other people feel that the virus is not as bad as people and the media make it out to be. Thus, they feel that we can proceed with indoor worship with precautions in place -- masks, distancing, etc. It's difficult to hold the tension of these polar opposites.
The members of the Worship team are taking a more conservative stance on this issue and thus waiting for the Covid infection numbers to decrease drastically. Then we'll proceed with the re-entry plan that the Task Force designed.
Waiting is hard. The Israelites waited 40 years to enter the promised land. Hopefully we'll be indoors long before then. We ask for your patience and prayers in this. In the meantime, we'll worship outdoors through September at 9am, weather permitting, and offering online services every weekend. We will still encourage you to reserve a place in worship by 10am on the Friday preceding the Sunday service. Please contact Linda by phone (262-377-0610) or email email@example.com.
We'll videotape the traditional service for the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays and videotape the Holden Evening Prayer Service for the 2nd and 4th Saturdays and Sundays. If our outdoor worship service gets canceled because of inclement weather, we will contact you on Friday. You'll be able to view either the traditional service or the Holden Service via a link from the homepage of this website.
We are prayerfully considering all the variables that come into play with this virus and we hope that we can meet again indoors sooner than later.
We ask you to keep the faith and pray for each other.
It's School Kit Time Again!
Send hope for a better world, around the world. Lutheran World Relief sends school kits to children whose lives are being shattered by war and poverty -- kids who may get to go to school but can't afford the supplies that help them be successful in school. You can provide hope!
School kits are especially needed this year, as many churches and organizations are not meeting to make them. Last year we bought notebooks, enough to fill 113 backpacks. Again, this year we bought in bulk with prices being cheaper (mostly). Here's what was purchased:
- 120 boxes of Crayola (24 crayons)
- 72 erasers
- 480 pencils
- 492 pens
- 100 rulers
- 96 scissors
- 72 sharpeners
Your donation of MONEY is greatly appreciated. One filled backpack (minus the backpack and notebooks) costs $ 3.41. Please mark "school supplies" on your check or donation (envelope). We'll be collecting funds until Sept. 1.
Loose Change Offerings
Loose change offerings from July through September will go to supplies for school kits for Lutheran World Relief.
We Want To Hear From You About Sermon Videos
As of July 2020, we're thinking about discontinuing posting Pastor Brent's sermon videos on YouTube and on this website because we are now posting entire worship services, which include the sermon. If you would like to continue to see the videos of just his sermons, please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you!
Offerings -- There's An App For That!
Simplify your giving! If you're interested in making a financial offering to Trinity through an app, visit your app store (the App Store for Apple products and Google Play store for Android) and find the GivePlus app. Find Trinity by searching for the zip code 53012, and select Trinity from the list. You can:
You'll be ready to give -- anytime, anywhere! You'll get credit on your giving statement just as you would with envelopes. Thank you for contributing to God's work through Trinity.
- Do a one-time donation
- Schedule and manage recurring donations
- Store your debit/credit card or bank account info for future giving
- View your giving history