Please join us this coming Sunday, March 10, as we observe the Fourth Sunday in Lent.  We’ll have a Service of Holy Communion in the Sanctuary at 8am, followed by Fellowship Time at 9, Sunday School for all ages at 9:15, then a Service of Holy Communion in the Sanctuary and Online at 10:30.  Pam Kalapay will be playing and singing at the 10:30am service.

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday.  Please don’t forget to set your clocks one hour forward on Saturday night, before you go to bed!

The fourth of the Old Testament promises providing a baptismal lens this Lent is the promise God makes to Moses: those who look on the bronze serpent will live. In today’s gospel Jesus says he will be lifted up on the cross like the serpent, so that those who look to him in faith will live. When we receive the sign of the cross in baptism, that cross becomes the sign we can look to in faith for healing, for restored relationship to God, for hope when we are dying.

Please follow this link to access Sunday’s online bulletin, if you’re joining us for the livestream.

Thank you: Many thanks to Courtney Matthews and Andy and Katie Carr for their work in arranging and making the Spaghetti Dinner such a rousing success!  There were dozens of raffle items, with thanks to several committees at church for their donations, as well as contributions from businesses and members of the community.  The spaghetti was delicious, thanks to the Carrs for their excellent work in the kitchen, and to Courtney for her work in organizing the event, soliciting donations, and MCing a very enjoyable evening.  Thanks also to the 116 souls who attended – over $2k was raised for our youth!  Finally, thanks to everyone who got their sponsorship information for Easter sponsorships to us before the deadline.  We could use one more sponsor for Easter altar flowers – otherwise, everything is covered.

In Memoriam: Betty Bartron:  Our sympathy to the family and friends of Elizabeth “Betty” Bartron, who entered into eternal life of Friday, February 23. Her Funeral will be this coming Saturday, March 9, with visitation from 9-11am, and the service to follow at 11.  Betty was Trinity’s eldest member, who lived robustly to 104 years of age!  You may access her obituary by following this link.  May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Easter Sunday Service Times:  This year Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church will celebrate Easter Sunday on March 31st at 6:30am Sunrise Service and a Festival Easter Service at 9:30am. Between services the men of Trinity will be hosting their famous Easter Breakfast. There will be no Sunday School classes on this day. Join us as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in worship, fellowship, and the joy found only in God’s blessing.

-Pastor Spencer

Midweek Lenten Suppers: A sign-up sheet has been posted for those who are willing to prepare soup for our Midweek Lenten Suppers, which continue through March 20.  We’ll begin at 6pm with supper, the service will follow at 6:45.  Last year, we had an excellent variety of delicious homemade soups, shared with delightful fellowship.  This year’s Lenten series is entitled The Landmarks of Lent, and it promises to be an enriching time!  Please plan to join us, and, if you’re inclined, please sign up to make some soup to share (last year, everyone brought their own crockpots with preheated soup – setup begins around 5:45pm).

Easter Egg Hunt:  Join us for a fun-filled Easter egg hunt on March 30th at 11am at Trinity. This event is a rain or shine event. Please register to ensure we have enough eggs for all the children. We could definitely use donations of candy to fill the eggs. If you are able to donate candy please place bags of candy in the kitchen at church and label it “Easter egg hunt.”  Please register by following this link.

Young at Heart News: Join us on Tuesday, March 19, at noon! We’ll have a game day and brown bag lunch, with lots of fellowship. Also, please RSVP as soon as possible if you’d like to join us for a wonderful baseball outing in May.  We will go see the Iron Pigs play on Tuesday, May 7.  We’ll carpool, departing the lot at Trinity at 9am.  The gates open at 9:30, play begins at 11.  The cost of a $40 ticket will include the game as well as food and drink (which will be served from 10:30am – 1pm).  The final count and payment are due by March 31.  You may sign up on the bulletin board or RSVP to Kathy Sigley.

From the Events Coordinator: Two upcoming events are on the horizon!   The Helping Hands Spring Penny Party  will be on April 19 at 7pm. Doors will open at 5.  We will be collecting nonperishable food items and raffle prizes starting on March 24.  If you would like to donate, please place your item in the bin found in the fellowship hallway. We are also requesting baked goods.  We will begin collecting for the Social Ministry Committee’s Annual Rummage Sale on Sunday, April 21.  The sale will take place on Friday afternoon, May 3, and Saturday morning, May 4.  More details will be forthcoming.

Thrivent News: Just a reminder that, if you are a Thrivent member, and you receive Thrivent Choice Dollars, you have until March 29 to direct any dollars you have from 2023. If you do not direct the dollars to your organization of choice, Thrivent will have the opportunity to direct those dollars to organizations themselves. You can call Thrivent Customer Service at 800-847-4836, go to Thrivent’s website thrivent.com or reach out to your Financial Advisor to complete. Whether by phone or on-line, you will need the name of the organization AND the address. Thrivent Choice gives eligible Thrivent members the power to recommend where some of Thrivent’s charitable outreach funds are distributed, using a program called Choice Dollars. Since the program’s inception in 2010, Thrivent has provided more than $550 million in charitable outreach funds through Thrivent Choice to help support initiatives of churches,  educational institutions, and nonprofits. Thank you for living generously!

Also, Thrivent is sponsoring a workshop entitled A Lifetime Gift with Shelly Halverson, here at Trinity on Thursday, April 18,beginning at 6:30pm. What no one wants to discuss could be the best present ever. We plan for weddings, college, vacation and retirement. Why is it so hard to plan for death? Get tools to help you talk to loved ones and prepare at A Lifetime Gift when Certified Celebrant Shelly Halverson suggests open conversation and offers a practical checklist filled with encouraging instructions. Learn how planning ahead can bring peace of mind. Get helpful checklists and instructions for last wishes.  For more information, please download the flier.

Stewardship Story – Tithing:  “What does God expect from us regarding the tithe?  Most Christians agree that the tithe is still a good guideline for our lives, and one that is pleasing to God. We give our tithes to the church to accomplish the work of God’s kingdom through the body of Christ, and the church is responsible for praying and discerning how God wants these resources to be used. “  -Adam Hamilton

March Joyful Giving:  Food for the Poor is one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the United States that ministers to the poorest of the poor in primarily 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. By providing lifesaving food, secure housing, clean water, healthcare, emergency relief, micro-enterprise projects and education opportunities, they are giving the poor a chance at a better future, and showing them God’s love. You can learn more about Food for the Poor by clicking here. Please note that we’ll have a Joyful Giving offering at the beginning of the services on Sunday, March 17.  You may also give in the basket in the Narthex, on the Vanco app or on the giving page of our website.

From the Wider Church:  Here are two interesting articles from Living Lutheran that you might enjoy reading, as well as the weekly news from the Synod.

Many Gifts to Celebrate

Lectionary Blog: Salvation for the Whole World

March 5 Synod News

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