We will not be holding regular worship services this month.  We will be doing a live stream of our worship services on

Sunday mornings at 9:00 am until further notice. 

View a Letter from our Pastor and Congregational President

Dear friends, we are here for you, and we are here for each other, and Jesus Christ is present in the midst of everything we go through! God’s goodness and mercy and love and sorry and joy are with us now and always!

COMMUNION

 

Please see Pastor Mark's message regarding Holy Communion during this time of the Pandemic.  

Click here TO REVIEW TRINITY CONTROL  MEASURES FOR COVID 19

Click here TO REVIEW TRINITY JULY 31 COVID RISKS & MITIGATIONS

Click here TO REVIEW TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH COVID 19 TRAINING CERTIFICATION

Click here TO REVIEW TRINITY SANITIZING CHECKLIST & INSTRUCTIONS

 

DRIVE IN CHURCH

                            Drive-in Church

                     Sunday, August 9, 2020

                Trinity Lutheran Parking Lot

                      First Worship 9:00  am

                  Second  Worship 10:30 am

    (A 30 minute worship in your own vehicle)

 

TELEPHONE WORSHIP & DEVOTIONS

Join us for Devotions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:07 pm.

Worship on Sunday at 10:07 am.

Here is how it’s done: to join in our call, please dial the number listed below, when prompted,

provide the access code followed by the #.

Dial-in number (US): (978) 990-5185 Access code: 5984240#

To listen to a recording of our Sunday worship, or our Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Devotional:

Call Playback Number: (978) 990-5096

Access Code: 5984240#

Reference number: 1 for Sunday worship, 2 for daily devotional.

MORNING PRAYER

 We have been gathering for Morning Prayer on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8am on Trinity’s Zoom Meeting. If you would like to join us, please email Pastor Mark (pastor.tlcsparta@gmail.com) and he will send you an invitation. We would love to see you!

BUILDING CLOSED
STAFF & RESOURCES AVAILABLE

Our building is now closed, 

 and our staff will be working from home. 

If there is a pastoral emergency, Pastor Mark is available through his cell phone (608.487.2030).

You can also reach any staff by email.

 

 

 
FAMILY DEVOTIONAL

Here is a great 

8 week devotional plan 

and an additional

8 week Devotional Plan

to join together in deepening our faith

and listening to how God is calling us to love and serve our neighbors

in this time.

Want more ideas on how to worship with your children at home? 

Check out our video.

RESOURCE BOX

 

Al Jenkins has built a great resource box which is located right outside of the front door of the building. Inside you will find printed worship bulletins, some devotional material, some bibles, and other information that we hope will be of help. Please, help yourself!

(Make sure you wash your hands!)

Update: August 10, 2020

 

******Anything you would like to include in our three times a week update? Please email our Administrative Assistant, Myrt (office@tlcsparta.org)

 

A reading for today from Psalm 18:

 

I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold . . . I my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears. (verses 1, 2, and 6)

 

Let us pray; Sovereign God, may we find favor in your sight this day. May your smiles outnumber your frowns as you look upon us. Thank you for your love, nonetheless. In your name, we pray. Amen.

 

Please take a few moments to fill out this survey called, “Our Life Together in this time of Pandemic”.  Dear friends, you are invited to fill out this survey. If you have any questions, please call Pastor Mark (608.269.5081) or email him (pastor.tlcsparta@gmail.com).

 

Here is the link for the survey:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-6C-82P4gXsxr7-Hpqhv4Sszl7f7Nl1p33Shon2W3iUjcYg/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

A huge thank you to all the people of Trinity that helped with our drive-in-worship yesterday!!!!!!!!!

 

If you couldn’t be with us in worship yesterday, you can find a video of worship on our website (www.tlcsparta.org)  

 

Affirmation of Baptism, August 23

 

21 young people of Trinity have been waiting patiently to make public affirmation of their baptisms. We will be doing this in worship on August 23. On that Sunday, we will be live streaming worship on Trinity’s Facebook Group page, and recording it for access on Trinity’s website (www.tlcsparta.org). At the 9 am worship, our young people will be leading worship. And then, around 10:30, we will have the prayers & blessings on them in some type of drive through/in in the parking lot of Trinity.  Thank you SO much for your patience & understanding during these uncertain times as we continue to figure out the BEST & most safe way to honor our kiddos during this special time of their faith journey.  Prayers are always being lifted for you & your families!

 

  In God’s amazing grace -

  Michelle Hyatt, Youth and Family Minister

  Pastor Mark Kvale

Please join us for Drive-in Worship on Sunday, August 9th.  See details below.   We will also be live-streaming worship at 9 am on Trinity’s Facebook Group’s page as we have been doing. We will also be recording worship and will have available to access on our website shortly after (www.tlcsparta.org).  

 

You can also join us for Worship on Sunday at 10:07 am, and devotions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:07 pm over the phone! Here is how it’s done: to join in our call, please dial the number listed below, when prompted, provide the access code followed by the #. Dial-in number (US): (978) 990-5185 Access code: 5984240# To listen to a recording of our Sunday worship, or our Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Devotional:

Call Playback Number: (978) 990-5096 Access Code: 5984240#

Reference numbers to access recordings: Sunday Worship, 1:

For Monday, Wednesday or Friday Devotionals, 2 or 3.

 

Prayer Concerns: Please take some time to pray to God over these concerns expressed by your sisters and brothers of Trinity Lutheran.

 

We pray for the family of Donna Kastberg

We pray for the family of Scott Schure.

We pray for the family of Pastor Luther Larson.

We pray for the family of Warren Isbell.

We pray for the family of Vivian Townsend (Tammy Oppriecht’s mom).

 

We pray for the family of MaryAnn Rader.

We pray for: Jana Fortuna and her family on the death of Jana's sister, Tammy: Stan Bernette:

If you have any prayer concerns, please contact Pastor Mark pastor.tlcsparta@gmail.com or Jonelle Intihar, our prayer group coordinator, jonelle@the intihars.com

 

Drive-in Church

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Trinity Lutheran Parking Lot

First Worship 9:00  am

Second  Worship 10:30 am

(A 30 minute worship in your own vehicle)

 

On August 9, Trinity will be holding two drive-in worships.  You are invited to come at either 9:00 or 10:30 am to the church parking lot.  You must enter the parking lot from the Walnut St. entrance (west side).  Parking attendants will direct you where to park.  Everyone will need to stay in their vehicles and the service will be broadcast from the back entrance of the church.  Each car will be able to access the service on their radio, channel 88.3 FM.  After worship, cars will then be asked to leave via Morse St. (north side).  The Water St. entrance will be closed off.

If you will be attending one of these worships, please email Myrt at office@tlcsparta.org by Friday, August 7, stating your time preference, so we can plan accordingly.

Rain date will be August 16.

August Family Activities – New family activities are available in the Trinity resource box!  This week’s activities centered around Noah’s Ark, and this coming Sunday will be about Jonah and the Whale!  Stop by and grab copies for your family!

 

All Kinds of Resources are available in our resource center, right outside the front door of our building. In it you will find the latest editions of the Living Lutheran magazine, Christ in our Home devotional, past bulletins, sermons, newsletters, etc. Help yourselves!

 

Those who do not have email or internet: I am asking all of you to please check in with your family members and friends who are members of Trinity who do not have email. Ask how they are doing, if there is anything they need, and ask in what ways they feel we can help them keep connected with the congregation. Please let Pastor Mark, or any of our leaders know, and let everyone know about our telephone worship and devotionals.

 

The Bread Basket Ecumenical Food Pantry, located at 114 N. Water St. in Sparta, is open from 10 am to Noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and again on Tuesday Evenings from 5-7 pm. All with a need for food are welcome!

 

Help Available!

Trinity Lutheran Helping Hands

We have established a fund meant to help our members who are in financial difficulties. If you, or someone in our congregation is in some help, please contact Pastor Mark (608.487.2030 or pastor.tlcsparta@gmail.com) for more information.

Kiwanis Sparta Youth Scavenger Hunt - The Sparta Kiwanis Club and the Monroe County Local History Room are sponsoring a City-Wide Scavenger Hunt, August 1st – August 15th, 2020. Every Sparta area student is invited to participate.  Sparta Youth Scavenger Hunt forms can be picked up at Mueller Square downtown Sparta beginning on August 1st  in the Little Free Library in front of Mueller Square or by emailing SpartaKiwanis2020@gmail.com. Completed forms are due by 11:59 PM August 15th 2020.  Completed forms should be dropped into the Sparta Free Library book return slot located on the north end of the Library. Multiple prizes will be awarded with values up to $100! Participant awards will also be given.  All Scavenger Hunt sites are within easy walking or biking distance of downtown Sparta …so get out, have fun and enjoy our city!!  

 

From St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County

Dear Friends,

Thank you for providing lunches for volunteers at the St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County. As they assisted Monroe County residents to receive needed health care, volunteers appreciated your generosity and were able to enjoy the food you provided.

Sincerely,

Pauline Haug, Lunch Coordinator

 

The ADRC of Monroe County was recently awarded additional funding, provided by Congress, through the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act. The funding is available to expand the capacity and range of services available to help family caregivers provide support to loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are a Caregiver and need help providing services to your loved one funding may be available. This special funding can be used to pay a provider or the caregiver. Funding is time limited.

Please contact the ADRC at 608-269-8690 or toll free at 888-339-7854

 

Some News regarding the Youth Gathering from the Youth Gathering Team:

 

Update regarding the 2021 Gathering:

After much prayer and consideration, we have decided to postpone next summer’s ELCA Youth Gathering to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering will be held July 24-28, 2022, in Minneapolis, with the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble, scheduled for July 21-24, 2022. 

We give thanks for your prayers and patience as we have worked through the details with our partners in Minneapolis and across the country. We hope that by postponing the Gathering for a year, individuals and congregations will feel more comfortable and prepared to attend the Gathering in 2022. 

For more information about the 2022 Gathering, please visit elca.org/YouthGathering/COVID19. We will be updating our website and social media as more details become available.

We look forward to seeing you and experiencing the boundlessness of God in Minneapolis in 2022!

 

Lutheran Campus Ministry – Common Ground

If you would like to contribute to Lutheran Campus Ministry – Common Ground, located on the UW-L campus, here are ways you can give:  www.laxcg.org, check sent to:  La Crosse Area Synod, 2301 South Ave.,

La Crosse, WI  54601, or through our congregation.  Any check written should have Lutheran Campus Ministry on the memo line.  This is a great ministry to support serving UW-L, WTC, & Viterbo students!

 

“BACK 2 SCHOOL” TRINITY CARES

 

We have a plan for our “Back to School” drive to support local families in our community, & we need your help!  There is such a great need here in our community, & we know our Team Trinity will step up to help.  This has been a big passion here at Trinity, & we trust in God to help us now even when it will look so different.  At this time, we are in need of donations of gift cards (for clothes & shoes), general school supplies (see list below), & monetary gifts to purchase school supplies.  We are having two dates for you to drop off your donations.  They will be on Wednesday, August 12th & Wednesday, August 19th, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Trinity.  Please have your donations in your trunk, & pull up to the front doors.  Stay in your vehicle, & we will take out your donations.  If you are unable to make either of those dates, or feel uncomfortable leaving your house, but still want to offer your support, other arrangements can be made.  Please reach out to Michelle with a call or text on her cell at 343-0424.  If you have any additional questions, you can contact her by e-mail at: thehyattfive@gmail.com, or Facebook messenger. You may also contact Missy at 387-2514 or by

e-mail: melissa.jane.erickson@gmail.com.   

 

Let’s live out our mission.  God’s love.  Our Hearts.  God’s Work.  Our Hands.

 

Items needed:

Gift cards for clothes

Gift cards for shoes

Gift cards for school supplies 

Monetary donations

Scissors

Crayons

#2 Pencils

Colored Pencils

Markers

Dry Erase Markers

Erasers

Rulers 

Glue sticks 

Clorox wipes

Kleenex

Notebooks

Lined paper

Plastic folders

Pencil boxes/cases

Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, shower gel, deodorant, toothpaste, feminine products)

 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for reaching out to love, pray for, & support our precious kiddos that God has given us!

 

A Prayer for today:

Let us pray . . . Oftentimes, Lord, we see you from a distance. Instead of doing everything we can to readjust our angle in life, we blindly go about our day. Forgive us, good Lord, and please make yourself at home in our hearts. Amen..

Update: July 29, 2020

 

******Anything you would like to include in our three times a week update? Please email our Administrative Assistant, Myrt (office@tlcsparta.org)

 

Please join us for Worship on Sunday which will include Holy Communion!   We will be live-streaming worship at 9 am on Trinity’s Facebook Group’s page as we have been doing.  However, we will be celebrating Holy Communion!  Please visit our website (www.tlcsparta.org) or the August Tidings Newsletter for an article on how we will be doing this.   We will also be recording worship and will have available to access on our website shortly after (www.tlcsparta.org).  Special Music will be provided by Mick Siver.  Thanks, Mick!

 

You can also join us for Worship on Sunday at 10:07 am, and devotions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:07 pm over the phone!

Here is how it’s done: to join in our call, please dial the number listed below, when prompted, provide the access code followed by the #. Dial-in number (US): (978) 990-5185 Access code: 5984240# To listen to a recording of our Sunday worship, or our Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Devotional:

Call Playback Number: (978) 990-5096 Access Code: 5984240#

Reference numbers to access recordings: Sunday Worship, 1:

For Monday, Wednesday or Friday Devotionals, 2 or 3.

 

Prayer Concerns: Please take some time to pray to God over these concerns expressed by your sisters and brothers of Trinity Lutheran.

 

We pray for the family of Donna Kastberg.

We pray for the family of Scott Schure.

We pray for the family of Pastor Luther Larson.

We pray for the family of Warren Isbell.

We pray for the family of Vivian Townsend.

 

We pray for the family of MaryAnn Rader.

We pray for: Jana Fortuna and her family on the death of Jana's sister, Tammy: Stan Bernette:

 

If you have any prayer concerns, please contact Pastor Mark pastor.tlcsparta@gmail.com or Jonelle Intihar, our prayer group coordinator, jonelle@the intihars.com

 

Morning Prayer: We will be taking a week off from our morning prayer group and resuming August 3.

 

All Kinds of Resources are available in our resource center, right outside the front door of our building. In it you will find the latest editions of the Living Lutheran magazine, Christ in our Home devotional, past bulletins, sermons, newsletters, etc. Help yourselves!

 

Those who do not have email or internet: I am asking all of you to please check in with your family members and friends who are members of Trinity who do not have email. Ask how they are doing, if there is anything they need, and ask in what ways they feel we can help them keep connected with the congregation. Please let Pastor Mark, or any of our leaders know, and let everyone know about our telephone worship and devotionals.

 

Help Available!

The Bread Basket Ecumenical Food Pantry, located at 114 N. Water St. in Sparta, is open from 10 am to Noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and again on Tuesday Evenings from 5-7 pm. All with a need for food are welcome!

 

Trinity Lutheran Helping Hands

We have established a fund meant to help our members who are in financial difficulties. If you, or someone in our congregation is in some help, please contact Pastor Mark (608.487.2030 or pastor.tlcsparta@gmail.com) for more information.

 

The ADRC of Monroe County was recently awarded additional funding, provided by Congress, through the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act. The funding is available to expand the capacity and range of services available to help family caregivers provide support to loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are a Caregiver and need help providing services to your loved one funding may be available. This special funding can be used to pay a provider or the caregiver. Funding is time limited.

Please contact the ADRC at 608-269-8690 or toll free at 888-339-7854

 

Some News regarding the Youth Gathering from the Youth Gathering Team:

 

Update regarding the 2021 Gathering:

After much prayer and consideration, we have decided to postpone next summer’s ELCA Youth Gathering to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering will be held July 24-28, 2022, in Minneapolis, with the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble, scheduled for July 21-24, 2022. 

We give thanks for your prayers and patience as we have worked through the details with our partners in Minneapolis and across the country. We hope that by postponing the Gathering for a year, individuals and congregations will feel more comfortable and prepared to attend the Gathering in 2022. 

We look forward to seeing you and experiencing the boundlessness of God in Minneapolis in 2022!

 

Lutheran Campus Ministry – Common Ground

If you would like to contribute to Lutheran Campus Ministry – Common Ground, located on the UW-L campus, here are ways you can give:  www.laxcg.org, check sent to:  La Crosse Area Synod, 2301 South Ave.,

La Crosse, WI  54601, or through our congregation.  Any check written should have Lutheran Campus Ministry on the memo line.  This is a great ministry to support serving UW-L, WTC, & Viterbo students!

 

“BACK 2 SCHOOL” TRINITY CARES

 

We have a plan for our “Back to School” drive to support local families in our community, & we need your help!  There is such a great need here in our community, & we know our Team Trinity will step up to help.  This has been a big passion here at Trinity, & we trust in God to help us now even when it will look so different.  At this time, we are in need of donations of gift cards (for clothes & shoes), general school supplies (see list below), & monetary gifts to purchase school supplies.  We are having two dates for you to drop off your donations.  They will be on Wednesday, August 12th & Wednesday, August 19th, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Trinity.  Please have your donations in your trunk, & pull up to the front doors.  Stay in your vehicle, & we will take out your donations.  If you are unable to make either of those dates, or feel uncomfortable leaving your house, but still want to offer your support, other arrangements can be made.  Please reach out to Michelle with a call or text on her cell at 343-0424.  If you have any additional questions, you can contact her by e-mail at: thehyattfive@gmail.com, or Facebook messenger. You may also contact Missy at 387-2514 or by

e-mail: melissa.jane.erickson@gmail.com.   

 

Let’s live out our mission.  God’s love.  Our Hearts.  God’s Work.  Our Hands.

 

Items needed:

Gift cards for clothes

Gift cards for shoes

Gift cards for school supplies 

Monetary donations

Scissors

Crayons

#2 Pencils

Colored Pencils

Markers

Dry Erase Markers

Erasers

Rulers 

Glue sticks 

Clorox wipes

Kleenex

Notebooks

Lined paper

Plastic folders

Pencil boxes/cases

Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, shower gel, deodorant, toothpaste, feminine products)

 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for reaching out to love, pray for, & support our precious kiddos that God has given us!

 

A Prayer for today:

Gracious God - Thank You for all that I have received in Christ.  Thank You for Your love and consolation it brings.  Thank You for Your grace and Your compassion and the gift of Your Holy Spirit.  Thank You that I am accepted in Christ and part of that heavenly company that has received life eternal by faith in Christ.  I pray that together with my brothers and sisters in Christ we may live in spiritual unity and harmony - being of one mind; maintaining the same love; united in Spirit, and intent on one purpose - which is to be increasingly transformed into the image and likeness of Christ - to His praise and glory.  Amen.

PREVIOUS INFORMATION FROM MARCH 15, 2020

From Pastor Mark

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Lutheran Church,

Grace to you and peace, from God the Father, and our Lord, Jesus Christ!

Have you ever noticed that whenever the disciples encounter a scary situation, Jesus always responds with, “Do not fear!” Whether the disciples were in a boat in the midst of a storm, or ever encountering a situation that was fearful, Jesus first response seems to be to remind those around him that he is present, that he is got it under control. And, dear friends, no doubt about it, this is a fearful time for our world right now. COVID-19 has created a moment in time in which we need to remember Jesus’ promises that nothing can separate us from the love of God!

The Leadership of Trinity Lutheran Church passed a plan of action for us to follow, as we weather this storm, and as we remember that we are still the church, the body of Christ.

This plan has different phases of response.

As of now, through this coming Wednesday, March 18, we are in phase one; which means that we will continue to gather for worship on Sunday and on Wednesday Evening. There will be changes to our worship practices which you can read about in our plan of action. The Wednesday Evening Lenten Meals are suspended. There will be Sunday School this Sunday but will be suspended after this. In this phase, we are asking our fellowship groups, circles, committees and teams to be in touch with each other in other ways than meeting in person. We have been in touch with the outside organizations that use our facility and have told them that the use of our space is suspended.

With Sparta Area Schools closing on Wednesday, we will be moving into phase two. We will continue, as of now, to worship on Sunday and Wednesday, but will be working very diligently to provide ways in which we can gather ‘online.’ If you are ill, or not feeling feel, or are worried about gathering for worship, please stay home, it is ok! All other activities will be suspended after Wednesday.

The situation is fluid, and our response will need to be as well. It could happen that the move from phase two to phase three could happen quickly.

Between worships this coming Sunday, we will have a time to pray and think hard about ways in which we can still be the great congregation we are, albeit in different ways than which we have been. Please come with your great ideas. The leadership and staff of Trinity will be working very hard on ways in which we can be in touch with each other, and provide devotional, worship, and learning opportunities for all of us.

At the end of the gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells his disciples to remember that he is with them always. Sisters and brother, Jesus is with us always!!

Soli Deo Gloria (to God alone the Glory)

Pastor Mark Kvale

View Trinity's COVID-19 Plan of Action

ABOUT US

We are rooted in the love of God, made known through Jesus Christ, and believe that we are called to share the gospel through word and deed.

Senior Pastor: Pastor Mark Kvale

CONTACT

608-269-5081

 

612 North Water Street

Sparta, WI 54656

 

office@tlcsparta.org

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