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!

DRIVE IN CHURCH

 

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Trinity Lutheran Parking Lot:

First Worship 9:00 am  

Second Worship 10:30 am

(A 30 minute worship in your own vehicle)

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, July 10, stating your time preference, so we can plan accordingly. Rain date will be July 19.

 

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!

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: July 1, 2020

From Pastor Mark Kvale

 

Hello, Dear Sisters and Brother of Trinity Lutheran Church

 

I would like to share a note with you from Donna, Pastor Luther Larson’s daughter:

Dear Trinity Family,
It is with a heavy heart that we would like to tell you that our dad, Pastor Luther Larson, is entering the last days of his life. Many of you know that he has struggled with health issues for years — Alzheimer’s for 12 and a half years, heart problems, and advanced prostate cancer that has spread to his bones. In spite of all of this, he has continued to live a full life, with his family and the church at the center of it, surrounded by a loving community. This past weekend, our dad’s health took a sudden downturn. He enjoyed a full day on Saturday with his family celebrating the homecoming of Karli, his granddaughter. Saturday night he woke up in severe pain. Since that time, he has not been out of bed and has not been eating or drinking. He sleeps almost all the time. He knows we are there and he talks to us when we wake him - even jokes sometimes! His pain is mostly in his back, where the cancer has spread. Gunderson hospice has been amazing and we have been on the phone with them at all hours of the day and night. They have helped us to manage dad’s pain by constantly monitoring his medications. We have moved to using a hospital bed, daily care from a nurse’s aide, and visits from the nurse 2-3 times a week. Dad has always had mixed feelings about dying. He loves life; he loves family gatherings and travel and chatting with friends over coffee; he loves going to church (or watching church on TV) every Sunday, and he loves telling a good story! But he also misses my mom dearly. And he knows that he is going to be with a God who loves him dearly. He does not seem sad or afraid as long as he knows we are there. So thank you, dear friends, for your love and support for all these years. Thank you for understanding and continuing to be with Dad as his mind and body have failed. We welcome prayers for a peaceful transition for Dad and strength for us as we walk with him on this journey.

 

Please join us for Worship on Sunday. We will be live-streaming worship at 9 am on Trinity’s Facebook Group’s page. We will also be recording worship and will have available to access on our website shortly after.

 (www.tlcsparta.org). Our guest preacher this coming Sunday is Pastor Rick Hartmann, representing the group, Food for the Poor.

 

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: 1, 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 Scott Schure, who died this past weekend. Rest eternal, grant him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine on him.

We pray for the family of MaryAnn Rader.

We pray for: Jana Fortuna and her family on the death of Jana's sister, Tammy: Warren Isbell, who is back at Morrow Home following a short stay in the hospital: Pastor Luther Larson: Stan Bernette: Donna Kastberg: and for the family and friends of Tony Koopman.

 

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 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!

 

A Study of the Book of Acts

In his introduction to the chapter on the book of Acts, Mark Allan Powell writes:

 

“The book of Acts has everything but dinosaurs. It’s got earthquakes, shipwrecks, avenging angels, harrowing escapes, riots, murder plots, political intrigue, courtroom drama, and so much more. The book of Acts tells the story of the early Christian church with all the flair of an exciting adventure novel. Things start out rather calm . . . the Holy Spirit comes roaring into the room, igniting the pious with tongues of fire and causing them to behave in ways that lead onlookers to think they’re drunk. From that point on, we know we are in for a bumpy ride.”[1]

 

If this sounds like an exciting book to dig into, do we have an opportunity for you! Please join together with other members and friends of Trinity for a Study of the Book of Acts!

 

What: A general overview and a complete reading of the Book of Acts.

Who: Led by Pastor Mark, you can take part in this study with a group of other people, or if that is not possible, you may complete this study on your own.

How: Following a video introduction, you are invited to read two chapters of the book of Acts per day. There will be a weekly discussion on Zoom. Written material (background material, discussion questions) will be provided via email, on our website, Facebook, and hard copies made available in our resource box outside the main entrance to the church building.

When: July 8-July 22.

Discussion Sessions: July 8, 15, and 22 at 7pm (on Zoom)

Introduction Video; able to access on July 6 (YouTube link provided)

 

If you would like to be part of this journey, please contact Pastor Mark: 608.487.2030 or pastor.tlcsparta@gmail.com. You will be provided with more information including instructions on where to find the introduction video as well as instructions on joining into the discussions using Zoom.

 

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

Eligible services include, but are not limited to:

  •  Bathing and grooming

  •  Meal preparation and feeding

  •  Housekeeping chores, such as cleaning and laundry

  •  Grocery shopping and other errands

  •  Lawn care and home maintenance

  •  Transportation to and from doctor appointments

  •  Emergency preparation and planning for oneself or the care recipient

  •  Purchasing technology, caregiver training or internet services needed to maintain connections with medical providers, friends, family members etc. while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

 

Exciting News! If you drive past the church building, you will notice some scaffolding. Work has begun on the planned repair of our stonework and moisture-related problems. This undertaking is one of our goals for this year.

 

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. Here is the prayer we offer each day:

 

As we get ready for the July 4 holiday, I would like to share a prayer with you, taken from the Prayer Book for the Armed Services, which is a resource of our church. Let us pray . . .

 

Almighty God, you have given us this good land as our heritage. Make us always remember your generosity and constantly do your will. Bless our land with honesty in the workplace, truth in education, and honor in daily life. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance; and from every evil course of action. When times are prosperous, let our hearts be thankful; and in troubled times, do not let our trust in you fail. We pray in the name of 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

Update: July 8, 2020

From Pastor Mark Kvale

 

Hello, Dear Sisters and Brother of Trinity Lutheran Church

 

Drive-in Church!!
Sunday, July 12, 2020 Trinity Lutheran Parking Lot:

First Worship 9:00 am  Second Worship 10:30 am

(A 30 minute worship in your own vehicle)

On a July 12 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, July 10, stating your time preference, so we can plan accordingly. Rain date will be July 19.

 

Thanking God for Pastor Luther Larson

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity, our hearts are hurting at the news of the death of Pastor Luther Larson on July 6. Pastor Lu was an amazing servant of Jesus, whose leadership and friendship touched so many people.

There will be a family memorial service on July 17 at 1pm. This service will be live-streamed on Trinity’s Facebook Group’s page and will be recorded for later viewing on our website.

 

In memory of Pastor Lu: Do you have a special memory of Pastor Lu or story that you would like to share with the Larson family and with all of us at Trinity? If so, you are invited to email Pastor Mark either a video of yourself sharing that story or memory; or a printed version of that story or memory. (pastor.tlcsparta@gmail.com). We will be taking these reflections and making a video of them to be shared in honor of all Pastor Lu has meant to us.

 

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, who died this past weekend.

We pray for the family of Pastor Luther Larson.

 Rest eternal, grant Scott and Donna and Luther, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine on them.

 

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: Warren Isbell

 

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

 

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: 1, 2, or 3.

 

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!

 

A Study of the Book of Acts

We have started a bible study on the book of Acts and if you would like to be part of this journey, please contact Pastor Mark: 608.487.2030 or pastor.tlcsparta@gmail.com. You will be provided with more information including instructions on where to find the introduction video as well as instructions on joining into the discussions using Zoom.

 

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

Eligible services include, but are not limited to:

 Bathing and grooming

 Meal preparation and feeding

 Housekeeping chores, such as cleaning and laundry

 Grocery shopping and other errands

 Lawn care and home maintenance

 Transportation to and from doctor appointments

 Emergency preparation and planning for oneself or the care recipient

 Purchasing technology, caregiver training or internet services needed to maintain connections with medical providers, friends, family members etc. while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

 

 

 

Exciting News! If you drive past the church building, you will notice some scaffolding. Work has begun on the planned repair of our stonework and moisture-related problems. This undertaking is one of our goals for this year.

 

A Prayer for today:

 

O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world . . . Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy name of God, amen.

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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