Ordination & Installation of Pastor Reising
With a unanimous vote of 45-0 on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at our Congregational Meeting, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is calling Pastor Jamie Reising as our full time Pastor. We welcome Pastor Jamie and her boys Jordan (3) and Magnus (2). Pastor Jamie’s official start date will be September 13. She will be collaborating with Pastor Pries and congregation leaders in the first weeks of September. Brenda Emick Herring is coordinating volunteers to clean Pastor Jamie’s rental home and help her move in. Hopefully, cleaning will take place on September 2nd and 3rd, with move-in following on Labor Day week-end. Contact Brenda if you can help. Friday September 24 at 5:30 p.m. here at Trinity, Pastor Jamie Reising will be ordained as a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by Southeastern Iowa Synod Bishop Amy Current. Bishop Current will also be preaching. The congregation is invited to a dinner reception in the fellowship hall following the service. Please RSVP by texting or calling Sally Kruse (563-357-1600) or Brenda Herring (563-357-1150
Wednesday, September 15 – Rally Day Rocks! is the theme for the first day of SALT (Serving and Learning Together) @6:00-7:00pm. Children, youth, adults, and families are invited to bring friends for an hour of fun activities to remember “Jesus is my ROCK”. Sarah Subbert, the Naturalist from Cedar County Conservation Department, will be here with rocks to paint and more! Due to the Covid Delta Variant concerns, we won’t share meals together in September, but we hope to resume serving SALT meals in October at 5:30 if the risk subsides. Rally Day Rocks! activities will be held outdoors as long as the weather cooperates. Face masks are recommended indoors. .
Wednesday, September 29 – SALT (Serving and Learning Together) @6:00-7:00 No shared meal is planned at this time. Face masks are recommended indoors.
Trinity Women’s Circle has begun to collect school supplies for the Lutheran World Relief’s school kits. Items may be put in the bags at the end of the pews. If there are no bags left, please place items in the Narthex. Items will be collected through middle of September.
Items Needed Per Bag
4 – 70-sheet notebooks
1 – 30 – centimeter ruler
1 – pencil sharpener
1 – pair safety scissors
5 – unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
5 – black or blue ballpoint pens
1– 2.5” eraser (the pink ones)
1 – box of crayons (16- or 24-count
ATTENTION: This Sunday, July 4th Worship will begin at 9:00am. Hope to see you there.
A Message from the Council President: Get Fired Up Trinity! By Sally Kruse
The Council is excited to welcome the congregation back inside Trinity’s building for worship on May 23rd at 10:00. It will be a spirit filled, red geranium kind of day on Pentecost! Live streaming of the service will continue. Please note the safety guidance for worship provided by the Safety Protocol Committee in the newsletter.
The Council approved requests from quilting groups to begin meeting in the building again. Groups will need to follow the safety guidelines which include wearing masks and signing up on the calendar with our secretary so there is no overlap.
Message from Call Committee
The Call Committee has completed the Ministry Site Profile that depicts many aspects of our community, church, worship services, faith formation, committees, programs, projects, finances and priorities. It will be reviewed by Council on May 11th and sent to Synod shortly thereafter. HOORAY!
In preparation for pastoral candidate tours we are sprucing up the building and tidying up many rooms/corners. A major update will be in the Shalom Room. Please consider helping to paint it on Wednesday May 5th starting at 9:00 am or on Thursday evening May 6th at 6:30 pm. Bring paint pads, rollers, brushes and paint trays if you have them. The new carpet will then be installed on May 17th and 18th in the Shalom Room. Thanks to the Memorial Committee and Trinity’s Promise – Endowment Committee for purchasing the new carpet. FYI-Some furniture may be out in the hallway on May 17th and 18th.
Brenda, Call Committee Chairperson
Message From Presiding Bishop
A pastoral word on the verdict of George Floyd’s murder trial
The trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minnesota police officer charged with the killing of George Floyd, has riveted our national attention these past weeks, and now a verdict has been reached. Together with people around the world, we have anticipated the jury’s decision with troubled hearts. As members of the community of Jesus, we affirm that “if one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26, NRSV).
No jury verdict can erase the pain of the Floyd family, and we share our condolences and pray for ongoing comfort in their suffering and for all whose lives have been touched by this tragedy. As people of the cross, we believe in the hope of the resurrection. Yet we cannot rush to Easter Sunday without reflecting on the oppression of Good Friday.
The murder of George Floyd is one of the many examples of the ongoing abuse of police authority. The extrajudicial killings of Brown and Black bodies must stop.
We recommit ourselves as a church to continue to fight against the sin of racism and to hold accountable unjust systems and structures that perpetuate injustices, including our own. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” The work of confronting these injustices is long overdue.
Let us together in our congregations and communities discern how we are being called in this moment to live out our baptismal promise to serve all people and strive for justice and peace.
For further discussion, you can read the following sections from ELCA social statements and policy:
The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries, elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Social-Statements/Criminal-Justice (pages 9 and 13).
Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture, elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Social-Statements/Race-Ethnicity-and-Culture (pages 4 and 5).
Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent, Slavery_Apology_Explanation.pdf (elca.org) (page 2).
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Evangelical Lutheran Church