Printable Version

CHURCH COUNCIL MINUTES

Location: Zoom (information for login is in the body of the email)

Date: 03/23/2021

Time: 7:00PM



  1. Call to order

  2. Approval of the consent agenda

  3. Approval of the agenda

  4. Opening prayer (Pastor Andy)

  5. Dwelling in the Word – Jonah 2(Pastor Andy)

  6. Discussion:
    1. Health Committee Recommendations
    2. Council Goal Setting (Cathy Cowling)

  7. Information:
    1. Call Committee Update (Pastor Andy)
    2. Other announcements

  8. Adjournment


Jonah 2

  1. From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God.

  2. He said: "In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave [1] I called for help, and you listened to my cry.

  3. You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me.

  4. I said, `I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.'

  5. The engulfing waters threatened me, [2] the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.

  6. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you brought my life up from the pit, O LORD my God.

  7. "When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.

  8. "Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.

  9. But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD."

  10. And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

  1. [2] Hebrew Sheol
  2. [5] Or waters were at my throat




Health committee Meeting 3/16/21

Present: Pastor Andy, Anita Olson, Dr. Paul Sletten, Chuck Reynolds and Laura Reynolds

Trinity Resuming some additional activities

Health Committee Recommendations regarding Covid-19
The Health Committee is continuing to watch the number of positive cases. In the event that numbers would go up, the Health Committee will revise its recommendations.

Regarding use of facilities by small groups
Beginning after Easter, small groups (trinity ministries, support groups, Scouts) can begin to use Trinity facilities under the following conditions:

Regarding Lay Ministry visits
Beginning after Easter, Lay Ministers will be able to resume making visits, provided:

Chapel on the Lakes
The Health Committee recommends that the church proceed to resume the Chapel on the Lakes service this summer. While the Health Committee recommends that specific recommendations be made within a month of resuming services, at this time considerations include:

Strawberry Fest
Strawberry Fest will be staged in our church parking lot. Trinity has the opportunity to be part of the festival (e.g., exhibit, cook/sell food, silent auction, rummage sale). The Health Committee recommends that no church activities occur inside – that all church activities be conducted outdoors.

Laura Reynolds




Trinity Lutheran Church
Council Retreat
March 14, 2021

Retreat Summary

Using the creation of an improvisational story and the video What If They Don’t Come Back?, we explored some of the themes and questions most pertinent to Trinity right now as the initial step in articulating a vision of ministry and goals for this year. From among the various comments, two related themes garnered the most energy as well as frequency: hospitality and connection/community. How do (or don’t) we welcome visitors and guests? What does community in the After Times (post-pandemic) look like? How will we help people reconnect? How do we continue to reach out to those online?

As you read through the retreat notes and continue to ponder these themes prior to the March Council meeting, here are a few additional thoughts:

As you continue to discern priorities and goals for this year, keep in mind the acronym SMART: goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. Whether hospitality and/or connection & community are the priorities you settle on or something else, what is your vision for the congregation in whatever areas you choose and what are the beginning steps? That will be the focus of the March meeting.

Retreat Notes

After prayer and introductions, Heidi led us in creating an improvisational story: each person group contributed a sentence or two, connecting their sentence in some way to what preceded it. She set up the scenario by saying the main character was a woman who had grown up at Trinity but often had a troubled experience there, especially as a teenager. She now had a child and was reaching out to the church. The following is the story that was created.

‘I called Trinity Lutheran Church today. My goal was to get reunited with my church family.’

‘That is a wonderful first step, our church is here to help with all your needs!’

‘I seek a Christian faith for my son, recognizing the important contribution that my family's faith and church played in my life. When are we able to meet? I would like to meet after an in-person service and talk about getting my child active in church. There are many times I wished I would have taken these opportunities as a youth, and I am sorry for not taking advantage of these. Will the church love me and my child now?’

‘Unfortunately, covid is on an upswing again, and TLC has had to close its doors again. Would it help if we discussed options for you and your family to get involved? What church activities did you enjoy or wish you had participated in?’

‘I want my child to learn about God and religion so that when he is older, he can make the decision of his faith that is right for him.’

‘Absolutely. We will certainly welcome and love you and your son at Trinity. We've got a big, open door for you (and an awesome new sign to welcome you!) and a safe place for you to explore faith. We'll be sure that Pastor Andy and at least one of our members can follow up with you after an upcoming worship service and tell you more. Are there other questions you have now?’

‘What type of opportunities do you have for my child to participate, while the pandemic is happening?’

‘Sunday school stories are read each week and Sunday school will be starting again soon, so the love you felt previously and will again will soon be felt by both of you.’

‘I also want experiences for my child and I that will stretch us and help us relate to people who are misunderstood, judged, and pushed aside. A nice lady named Lori who spoke to me on the phone told me of all the different things Trinity has done to keep youth involved - Jean, the Sunday School Coordinator, has reached out to families and had them help with reading bible stories and has sent them activities to do at home throughout the pandemic; Lori even gave me a zoom link so I can attend the next Parents with the Behrendt’s with Pastor Andy - I’m so excited to be able to get involved!’

‘Do you have anything personal you want to talk to Pastor about? Pastor Andy and Pastor Mark always make time for people and can help you with any other questions. We like to think of ourselves as a family here at Trinity, and you and your son are welcome members.’

Following the creation of the story, we unpacked its themes and commented on what caught our attention:

We then watched the following video, What If They Don’t Come Back? If you have time to view it again prior to the Council meeting, please do so.

OSV Talks - Dan Cellucci - What If They Don't Come Back? - YouTube

Observations from the video:

Working in small groups, members were asked to: ‘What If’ questions: Possible priorities: Concluding observations:

Trinity Lutheran Church
Address: 206 E. Badger St., Waupaca, WI 54981
Phone: (715) 258-7688       Fax: (715) 258-0426
Email: trinity@tlcwaupaca.org

Link to ELCA website

Link to Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce

Trinity on YouTube

Link to Trinity's Facebook page