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.  

 

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.

 

 

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.

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!)

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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.

Update: September 9, 2020

 

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

 

Hello Trinity,

With so many things going on in our world right now, maybe today is a good day to remember a promise, a covenant God has made with creation, and us as part of God’s world.

God said, “I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” Genesis 9.13

Let us pray . . . How blessed we are to embrace your promises, Lord. Thank you for never leaving us and always loving us. Amen.

******************************

Here is a prayer for the start of this school year:

 

O God, source of all goodness: We give you thanks for the gift of reason and the opportunity for education. Bless our schools, that they may be places of learning and safety where teachers challenge the minds and nurture the hearts of students. Grant that teachers and students may work together in mutual respect and find joy in the challenges of academic life; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

Stephen Ministry continues to ask for your prayers.  Leaders (Pastor Mark, Ann Kvale, Nancy Sikorsky and Jan Jenkins) met in person on August 20 for the first time in many months!  We sat outside under the drop- off awning north of the church.  We wore masks and distanced. Our Stephen Ministers (Michael Bonnello, Pauline Fahning, Ann Kvale, Deb Lutjen, Kathleen Sumrall, Joyce Emery, Judy Schure and Danica Von Ruden) continue to work within safe methods set by the church.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

God’s peace to each and every one of you, today and always!

 

A special message from Jan Olson (sent by Jan on Sunday September 6, 2020 at 9:41 PM):

 

Hello everyone:  It has been 4 yrs. now since we left our church family and came back to Fla.  I am SO grateful that I still receive the newsletter and updates from Trinity.  My heart is still with all of you there at Trinity.

 

At present, we are having a “wicked” thunderstorm and lots of lightning.  High today was only 94 and with the humidity, the heat index was around 103 degrees.  Not Fall here!

 

Ron passed away on Sept. 12, 2018 so we are coming up on 2 years since his passing.  I miss him more than words can say.  He was a wonderful man, hubby, Dad, grandfather and great grandfather.  But he is a peace with his Father in heaven.  Missing you all.

 

Blessings,

Jan Olson

Hello Trinity Sunday School Families!

 

I am so excited for Trinity's outdoor worship this coming Sunday, September 13!  There will be worship at 9:00 and 10:30 at Evans-Bosshard Park.  Covid safety procedures will be followed, so please bring masks & practice social distancing.  Bring your lawn chairs as well!

 

Special Notes:

* We will have a special blessing of backpacks, so have your children bring them to worship. 

* Third graders will receive their Bibles - please write your favorite verse(s) inside for your child.  A special blessing of the Bibles will be held at a later date.

* Each family will receive a Faith5 bookmark - this is an excellent tool to engage in and learn about God's Word as a family.  An example can be found in the September Tidings.

* Stay tuned for information on Sunday School.  If you would be interested in helping facilitate small groups, PLEASE let me know - we are always looking for Triple A adults to help our youngest to flourish in their faith!

 

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Blessings to you all!

Missy

 

AN ADDITIONAL WAY TO JOIN US IN WORSHIP!!

A couple of notes regarding worship on Sunday: You may join us in worship at 9 am, streaming on Trinity’s Facebook Group Page AND on YouTube!!  Our new streaming software and system allows us to livestream to both at the same time. To find the stream on You Tube; go to www.youtube.com and search for Trinity LutheranSparta. Once you find the channel, you can just click on the livetream. We will also be recording and making the video of worship available on our website later in the morning.  Special music will be provided by Gunnar Schmitz.  Thanks, Gunnar!

 

Study on Martin Luther’s The Freedom of a Christian

Dear Trinity, I would like to invite you into a study of one of the most important writings of Martin Luther.

 

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton writes, “Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther wrote a treatise titled The Freedom of a Christian. In it, he offered his most compelling summary of the Christian life: In Christ we are completely free and at the same time completely bound in love and service to our neighbors. For Christians such as you and me, this has been our Lutheran way of telling the Christian story for 500 years. At the heart of our Lutheran theological tradition, we find the antidote to our despair.”

 

We will be beginning a study of this work in September. If you would like to take part, please contact the office (608.269.5081) or Pastor Mark (pastor.tlcsparta@gmail.com), and we will gladly share more information on how to take part.

 

Peace,

Pastor Mark

 

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.

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

 

Trinity is returning!

Trinity is open for small group (up to 15 persons) in-person meetings. We expect mitigation and sanitizing practices will be followed by all groups using our facility. To assist in promoting the safety of these functions we ask that each group have a person receive training in the mitigations and protocols before meeting in person. A trained designated person must be present at each group’s in-person meeting to monitor mitigations and sanitizing.

The Return Committee will be offering training sessions for designated persons going forward on an as needed basis.  Please contact the office with the name of your designated person if you wish to receive training.  

 

Les Stanley

Council President

 

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 Alice Olson’s sister, Mary Madison

We pray for Andrew Turnmire (our new custodian) as he grieves the loss of a family member

We pray for Doug Dengel’s brother, Dave Dengel

We pray for Dusty and Wyatt Morrow’s speedy recovery

We pray for the family of Tre Ender

We pray for the family of Gallis Schmitz

We pray for the family of Pastor Gary Daines

We pray for the family of Elisabeth Ageton

 

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

 

August Family Activities – New family activities are available in the Trinity resource box!  This week the story of Lydia is now available, and next week will be Walking on Water.  Activities for Noah and Jonah are still available as well.  Grab a packet and dive into the word as a family and enjoy the activities that go with each story!

 

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, family activities, 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.

 

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

 

September Tidings – Included in your September Tidings is a word search.  Please add the word Bible to the listing of words to search as that should have been included in the list and it was not.  Sorry for the oversight.  

 

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

 

Shared by Adell Morton.  Adell found this in the Reflections from the Center published by the Franciscan Spirituality Center:

 

SAVING THE PRAYER

Saving the prayer

For when I’m in need

Saving kind words

For later

Hugging the store

Of compliments

Tight to my chest

My words of love neither

Formed nor expressed

Not sharing the joy

Of pleasing loved

Ones and friends,

I’ll go to my grave

A scrooge, miser and fiend

Alone, I expect,

To the end,

No excuses to send,

To defend

My selfish behavior

So I’ll learn to pray,

Say a kind word, and

Share an embrace

With loved ones …

Please pray for me

To be generous, today

 

Phyllis Beckman

Update: August 28, 2020

 

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

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

God’s peace to each and every one of you, today and always!

 

Here is one of the readings for Sunday and also the prayer of the day.

Romans 12:9-21

9Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
  14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

Let us pray . . .  O God, we thank you for your Son, who chose the path of suffering for the sake of the world. Humble us by his example, point us to the path of obedience, and give us strength to follow your commands, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

Worship this Sunday, August 30, 2020

 

AN ADDITIONAL WAY TO JOIN US IN WORSHIP!!

A couple of notes regarding worship on Sunday: You may join us in worship at 9 am, streaming on Trinity’s Facebook Group Page AND on YouTube!!  Our new streaming software and system allows us to livestream to both at the same time. To find the stream on You Tube; go to www.youtube.com and search for Trinity LutheranSparta. Once you find the channel, you can just click on the livetream. We will also be recording and making the video of worship available on our website later in the morning.  Special music will be provided by Gunnar Schmitz.  Thanks, Gunnar!

 

Study on Martin Luther’s The Freedom of a Christian

Dear Trinity, I would like to invite you into a study of one of the most important writings of Martin Luther.

 

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton writes, “Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther wrote a treatise titled The Freedom of a Christian. In it, he offered his most compelling summary of the Christian life: In Christ we are completely free and at the same time completely bound in love and service to our neighbors. For Christians such as you and me, this has been our Lutheran way of telling the Christian story for 500 years. At the heart of our Lutheran theological tradition, we find the antidote to our despair.”

 

We will be beginning a study of this work in September. If you would like to take part, please contact the office (608.269.5081) or Pastor Mark (pastor.tlcsparta@gmail.com), and we will gladly share more information on how to take part.

 

Peace,

Pastor Mark

 

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.

 

THANK YOU to everyone who supported our Back 2 School Drive.  Although it had to look different this year, we are so grateful for the generosity shown to families in our community.  Thank you for being the heart, hands, and feet of Jesus as we serve together doing God’s work here on earth.  I thank all of you in my daily prayers.  God’s love to all of you!  - Michelle

 

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

 

Trinity is returning!

Trinity is open for small group (up to 15 persons) in-person meetings. We expect mitigation and sanitizing practices will be followed by all groups using our facility. To assist in promoting the safety of these functions we ask that each group have a person receive training in the mitigations and protocols before meeting in person. A trained designated person must be present at each group’s in-person meeting to monitor mitigations and sanitizing.

The Return Committee will be offering training sessions for designated persons on:

Monday August 31st at 6:30 pm.

Please contact the office with the name of your designated person and the training session they wish to attend.

 

Les Stanley

Council President

 

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 Alice Olson’s sister, Mary Madison

We pray for Andrew Turnmire (our new custodian) as he grieves the loss of a family member

We pray for Doug Dengel’s brother, Dave Dengel

We pray for the family of Tre Ender

 

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

 

August Family Activities – New family activities are available in the Trinity resource box!  This week the story of Lydia is now available, and next week will be Walking on Water.  Activities for Noah and Jonah are still available as well.  Grab a packet and dive into the word as a family and enjoy the activities that go with each story!

 

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, family activities, 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.

 

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

 

News from Morrow Home Community & Services:

Hello,

     We have recently had an abundance of donations beyond what our Mary Morrow's Attic Thrift Shop has room for at this time. There is a variety of furniture items, women's clothing, possible other items.....

     If there is someone in your congregation that might be in need of something or would know of someone who is, they are welcome to call my office at 366-6293.

     Thank you for sharing,

Jenny Koehler
Morrow Home Community & Services
Housing & Marketing

401 S. Water Street

Sparta, WI 54656
608-269-3168

direct #608-366-6293

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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