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!

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!)

SEEKING FACE MASKS

 

"At some point we will be coming together again for worship in the building.  So I am asking for a little help.  If any of you have the time and the skill could you sew some masks for those worshipers who may not have one.  We are not supplying everyone, we don't need hundreds, just some.  Please, if you would, sew them it would be greatly appreciated.  I thank you for your energy and time."

Masks can be dropped off any time, in the Church Resource Box, or left in a bag near the North Entrance.  Thank you!

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!

 
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.

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.

 

Our work continues, and so does the need for your generosity in giving. Please mail in your offering, or contact Myrt -office@tlcsparta.org  or learn the instructions on how to set up electronic giving.

 

Update: June 3, 2020

From Pastor Mark Kvale

 

Hello Trinity,

 

Let us pray:

O God, where hearts are fearful and constricted, grant courage and hope. Where anxiety is infectious and widening, grant peace and reassurance. Where impossibilities close every door and window, grant imagination and resistance. Where distrust twists our thinking, grant healing and illumination. Where spirits are daunted and weakened, grant soaring wings and strengthened dreams. All these things we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

Things to share for Wednesday June 3, 2020

 

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

 

Alma Sherpe: Dear friends, I am sorry to let people know, if you haven’t heard already, that our beloved sister in Christ, Alma Sherpe died on May 27 in Oregon. Here is a note to us from Alma’s family:

 

“Mom passed away on the 27th and went to be with Johnny(husband)and in God’s comforting arms. She was ready to go home as she so often called it.(Heaven)Her heart finally gave out and she passed in her chair napping as We held her hands. It was a very peaceful passing . . Please feel free to let all of your church members know of her passing. She always loved your church there and missed all of her circle gals and friends. She loved you sending the news letters and the many cards she got from her friends there.  We will strive to have a meet and great of all family and friends at a later date when this virus passes us by.  Hope all is well there in Sparta.”

 

Please pray for Jana Fortuna and her family on the death of Jana's sister, Tammy.

Please pray for Warren Isbell, who is in the hospital in La Crosse.

 

We continue to pray for: Tim & Karen McClain as they mourn the death of Karen's mom, Pat Swartz. For Tim Steivang who is recovering from surgery; for Jeff Olson as he recovers from surgery; the family of Roger Thorsen, for Lisa Engh and family at the death of Lisa’s mother; for Ron and Karen Wall and family at the death of Ron’s mother; For Lenna Hanson, Jan VanWormer; We also For all those who provide medical care; for those who are ill, both with Covid-19 and with other illnesses; for those who are lonely and having a hard time; for those who have been laid off, furloughed, or who have lost jobs; for those returning to work;

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

 

Worship this coming Sunday, June 7, Holy Trinity Sunday: We will be gathering at 9 am for worship on Sunday on our Facebook group, and then later on your website. On Sunday, our guest preacher will be our Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton!

 

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!

 

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.

 

A Thank You Note from the Ecumenical Food Pantry: Trinity Lutheran Congregation, Thank you so very much for your support of the Ecumenical Food Pantry. Cash donations allow us to purchase food items we are most in need of and support our mission to feed the hungry in our community. Your support is truly appreciated! Lori Ashcher—Board Member

 

Thank You from Monroe County Health: Dear Trinity Lutheran, Thank you very much for the home-made masks you mad for the public that the health department serves. We appreciate the masks as we assure the public has access to personal protective equipment. We have every confidence that our community will do what is right as we walk together to make our community’s health top priority. Sincerely, Sharon Nelson, Monroe County Health Department.

 

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! If you know people who are in need of food but can’t get to the pantry, please let Pastor Mark know!

 

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.

 

Bible studies: If you are interested in being part of an online bible study, please email Pastor Mark (pastor.tlcsparta@gmail.com). He is planning on a study of the book of Acts. We are also planning a study/reading group base on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together.

 

ELCA Youth Gathering Update:

Gathering staff and leadership continue to monitor COVID-19 recommendations and trends from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state governments, our host city and venues, and meeting planner organizations. Please stay tuned to Gathering social media and the website for updates.We thank all of you who continue to care for young people during this pandemic. Know that you, your congregation and especially the youth of this church are in our daily thoughts and prayers. For the most up to date information regarding the 2021 Gathering and COVID-19, please visit: elca.org/YouthGathering/COVID19

 

30 Days of Prayer: A number of our members are offering a daily scripture reading and a prayer. You may see them offered on our Facebook group page as well as on these updates. Here is the reading and prayer for today and tomorrow:

 

June 3 Reading: John 7.37-39

 

37On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, 'Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.'" 39Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

 

June 4 Reading: 2Timothy 1.8-10

 

8Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, 9who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

 

 

A Prayer for the Power of the Spirit among the People of God


God of all power and love, we give thanks for your unfailing presence 
and the hope you provide in times of uncertainty and loss. 
Send your Holy Spirit to enkindle in us your holy fire. 
Revive us to live as Christ’s body in the world: 
a people who pray, worship, learn, break bread, share life, heal neighbors, 
bear good news, seek justice, rest and grow in the Spirit. 
Wherever and however we gather, 
unite us in common prayer and send us in common mission, 
that we and the whole creation might be restored and renewed, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Update: June 1, 2020

From Pastor Mark Kvale

 

Hello Trinity,

 

We begin this month of June in ways that are so different and so hard from what any of us have experienced before. Maybe this is a prayer that is good for us to pray today:

 

O God, where hearts are fearful and constricted, grant courage and hope. Where anxiety is infectious and widening, grant peace and reassurance. Where impossibilities close every door and window, grant imagination and resistance. Where distrust twists our thinking, grant healing and illumination. Where spirits are daunted and weakened, grant soaring wings and strengthened dreams. All these things we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

Things to share for Monday, June 1, 2020

 

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

 

Alma Sherpe: Dear friends, I am sorry to let people know, if you haven’t heard already, that our beloved sister in Christ, Alma Sherpe died on May 27 in Oregon. Here is a note to us from Alma’s family:

 

“Mom passed away on the 27th and went to be with Johnny(husband)and in God’s comforting arms. She was ready to go home as she so often called it.(Heaven)Her heart finally gave out and she passed in her chair napping as We held her hands. It was a very peaceful passing . . Please feel free to let all of your church members know of her passing. She always loved your church there and missed all of her circle gals and friends. She loved you sending the news letters and the many cards she got from her friends there.  We will strive to have a meet and great of all family and friends at a later date when this virus passes us by.  Hope all is well there in Sparta.”

 

Please pray for Jana Fortuna and her family on the death of Jana's sister, Tammy.

Please pray for Warren Isbell, who is in the hospital in La Crosse.

 

We continue to pray for: Tim & Karen McClain as they mourn the death of Karen's mom, Pat Swartz. For Tim Steivang who is recovering from surgery; for Jeff Olson as he recovers from surgery; the family of Roger Thorsen, for Lisa Engh and family at the death of Lisa’s mother; for Ron and Karen Wall and family at the death of Ron’s mother; For Lenna Hanson, Jan VanWormer; We also For all those who provide medical care; for those who are ill, both with Covid-19 and with other illnesses; for those who are lonely and having a hard time; for those who have been laid off, furloughed, or who have lost jobs; for those returning to work;

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

 

Worship from Yesterday, Sunday, May 31, Pentecost Sunday:

 

The Rostered Leaders of the East Conference of the La Crosse Area Synod (our conference!) have put together a special worship for this Sunday! Here is the link for the worship: https://youtu.be/soZ0VxLcs-4

You will find the bulletin for Sunday on our website (www.tlcsparta.org) as well as Pastor Mark’s sermon.

 

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!

 

Looking for a great family devotional? See “Pandemic Faith: A Family Devotional for Life During Covid-19.”

 

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.

 

A Thank You Note from the Ecumenical Food Pantry: Trinity Lutheran Congregation, Thank you so very much for your support of the Ecumenical Food Pantry. Cash donations allow us to purchase food items we are most in need of and support our mission to feed the hungry in our community. Your support is truly appreciated! Lori Ashcher—Board Member

 

Thank You from Monroe County Health: Dear Trinity Lutheran, Thank you very much for the home-made masks you mad for the public that the health department serves. We appreciate the masks as we assure the public has access to personal protective equipment. We have every confidence that our community will do what is right as we walk together to make our community’s health top priority. Sincerely, Sharon Nelson, Monroe County Health Department.

 

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! If you know people who are in need of food but can’t get to the pantry, please let Pastor Mark know!

 

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.

 

Bible studies: If you are interested in being part of an online bible study, please email Pastor Mark (pastor.tlcsparta@gmail.com). He is planning on a study of the book of Acts. We are also planning a study/reading group base on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together.

 

ELCA Youth Gathering Update:

Gathering staff and leadership continue to monitor COVID-19 recommendations and trends from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state governments, our host city and venues, and meeting planner organizations. Please stay tuned to Gathering social media and the website for updates.We thank all of you who continue to care for young people during this pandemic. Know that you, your congregation and especially the youth of this church are in our daily thoughts and prayers. For the most up to date information regarding the 2021 Gathering and COVID-19, please visit: elca.org/YouthGathering/COVID19

 

30 Days of Prayer: Starting today, and continuing through June, we will be offering a daily scripture reading and a prayer. You may see them offered on our Facebook group page as well as on these updates. Here is the reading and prayer for today and tomorrow:

 

June 1 Reading: Romans 8.18-25

 

18I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

 

June 2 Reading: Romans 8.26-27

 

26Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

 

A Prayer for the Power of the Spirit among the People of God


God of all power and love, we give thanks for your unfailing presence 
and the hope you provide in times of uncertainty and loss. 
Send your Holy Spirit to enkindle in us your holy fire. 
Revive us to live as Christ’s body in the world: 
a people who pray, worship, learn, break bread, share life, heal neighbors, 
bear good news, seek justice, rest and grow in the Spirit. 
Wherever and however we gather, 
unite us in common prayer and send us in common mission, 
that we and the whole creation might be restored and renewed, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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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