Yes, Easter Sunday will be Resurrection!
Resurrection is not returning to what was. It is new life. It is God at work. It is inclusive and earth-shattering good news, and also different and challenging.
Here is a list of new life that begins Easter Sunday at Trinity: Singing: Returns with wearing masks. Groups: After scheduling with the church office, small gatherings with social distancing and masking. Worship: 9 and 11 a.m. Sundays (after Easter), and 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays. Livestreaming: Continues for flexible connectivity with Trinity.
But wait; there is more. While the doors were locked and the lights were out in the building, God’s Holy Spirit has been stirring mightily. The church in this congregation, throughout our synod, globally, and for all Christians has been scattered, afflicted, and life deeply changed. Like the large change that hit the church described in Acts 8, God’s Holy Spirit is also at work in this global pandemic.
For Trinity, this pandemic happened while we were calling a second pastor and transitioning from a three-pastor-led church into a more inclusive, transparent, and empowering way for governance and ministry. The disruption gave time to reflect and necessitated considering new ways.
We do not see clearly yet; however, three patterns are emerging as follows: In-person and Zoom assemblies may continue for groups, studies, and meetings. Connecting to Trinity may include members and nonmembers, and those who live here and who will never live here. Ministry Fairs may happen regularly as a means to increase awareness and excitement of Trinity happenings.
Easter Sunday comes at what appears to be the turning point in this pandemic. Let us work together to do more than return to what was. Let us make this a resurrection into greater support, inclusion, community, involvement, and significance. Because … Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
Now that spring has officially sprung, many of our projects for the year are underway! Notice anything “brighter” when walking into church? Mike, our property and grounds supervisor, has upgraded the lights to LEDs in the main hallway and Connection Room. Not only are the lights brighter, requiring fewer light fixtures, but they will also be save electricity and money.
The memorial garden will soon be breaking ground with the help of Trinity volunteers. If you are interested in helping with the garden, contact me, and I would be happy to connect you.
Some of you may have noticed a change outside: the removal of the ash trees on the west side of the building. The City of Waupaca has removed these trees due to the emerald ash borer. We are hoping to see new trees replace them, but that will be determined by the city.
Thank you for your electric sign support. The Waupaca city administrator has asked for a rewrite of the code, and we hope to see the sign up in early summer.
At the end of February, we saw general income slightly lower then 2020 levels. While nothing to worry too much about, it is a trend to keep an eye on for the long-term sustainability of the church. Remember, we must anticipate expenses to increase yearly with inflation, and with those increases we must also see increases in donations to sustain operations. More concerning is the decrease in income toward our mortgage payment, down nearly $12,000 compared to February 2020. Our monthly payment is currently $9,690. Thankfully, we were able to make a large additional payment of $70,000 with our reserve account money and still have enough to cover a few months’ worth of payments toward our mortgage. Just another trend to keep an eye on.
Are you longing for community, faith, or more from life? If you or someone you know has an interest in exploring life, God, faith, or this community of Trinity, join us at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in person in the multipurpose room or via Zoom at tiny.cc/TLCWelcome. You will be welcomed. This is Trinity’s quarterly introduction to the life, worship, and activities of Trinity. Contact the church office at 715-258- 7688 for questions and information.
First Communion services will be held 5:45 and 7:15 p.m. Maundy Thursday, April 1. Trinity’s sixth-graders, who were unable to have a First Communion service in 2020, are joining this year’s fifth-grade class for this special worship service.
PREPARING FOR FIRST COMMUNION: Students who attended Trinity’s first-ever hybrid Prepare for Communion class.
The Trinity family cares about you and the wholeness of you. If you ever feel desperate, depressed, or anxious, know that there is help and a listening ear 24 hours a day. By calling 211, you will be in touch with a trained caring person who will listen and help you feel more in control.
April is such an amazing month for our youth!
April 11: 9 and 11 a.m. Youth Led Worship by Trinity’s eighth-grade confirmation students.
April 25: 9 and 11 a.m. Affirmation of Baptism services for our ninth -graders is finally taking place.
Our youth and families have been so patient while waiting for these faith life events to finally take place in person. I would like to thank all of Trinity’s congregation for their continuous support of our youth. Thanks to all the technological advances to Trinity’s ministry, these kids have been able to come back in stride. They have stayed connected virtually throughout this pandemic period and we will be able to continue offering virtual options.
We are not only beginning to open Trinity’s doors to our youth, but we are working continuously on expanding youth ministry options beyond our four walls.
Crossways Camping Ministries will host our eighth-graders for confirmation camp this summer. Young adult trips are in the planning process for this summer, too.
We will continue to plan carefully and stay safe—so excited to continue our transition!
Trinity is expanding our Membership and Evangelism Committee into several ministries. We have learned many people are desperately seeking the community, ministries, and the good news that Trinity proclaims and offers. You can connect, welcome, and invite people into the life, gifts, and activities of Trinity and do it in the way that excites and fits you. Contact the church office at 715-258-7688 to participate in the one action below that fits you.
Invite – Oh, to work behind the scenes to see that communication, information, interaction, and everything about Trinity reflects and invites people into God’s love.
Welcome – Oh, to be the first person to speak to someone new in the Koinonia Room or via social media, and make them feel welcome, safe, and significant.
Connect – Oh, to have a one-on-one with someone interested in the life, people, and ministry at Trinity and to guide and support them into relationships and involvement that fit them and enrich their life.
Ministry Fair – Oh, that every year there could be an event where people could present and tell the story of a ministry that fills their soul.
Digital & Social Media – Oh, to use technology and digital skills to engage, support, invite, welcome, and connect people into trust in God’s grace and into the life of Trinity.
WANDA EIKENBARY, Director of Music Ministries
We are preparing several special musical offerings for Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Join us for a Good Friday Tenebrae Service at 1 p.m., April 2, in the sanctuary. We will present “It Is Finished,” a cantata by Mary McDonald, with singers Pam Gusmer, Carmen Riebel, and Mike Bauer. Pastor Andy will narrate the program that will be livestreamed on YouTube and aired at 6 p.m. on Lakes 92.7 FM.
On Easter Sunday, we will have in-person services at 6, 8, and 10:30 a.m. Each of these services will feature joyous special music with vocalists and a much-anticipated return of our Handbell Choir at the 8 a.m. service.
Though masking will be required, due to recent updates in public health guidelines, we anticipate being able to invite the congregation to join in singing the Easter hymns with our song leaders.
Come and help us make a joyful noise on Easter Sunday!
Maundy Thursday Services
5:45 & 7:15 p.m. Thursday, April 1
First Communion for fifth- & sixth-graders
Good Friday Service
1 p.m. Friday, April 2
“It Is Finished,” a Tenebrae Cantata Service
Vocalists Pam Gusmer, Carmen Riebel &
Easter Sunrise Service
6 a.m. Sunday, April 4
Vocalists Pam & Marshall Lysne
Easter Sunday Services
8 a.m. Sunday, April 4
Trinity Handbell Choir, directed by Shana Rogney
10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 4
Vocalist Sarah Bauer
|February Financial Report Snapshot|
|Ministry Expenses and Gifts|
|Feb. Begin Ministry Balance: $279,863.90|
|Feb. Gifts: $81,527.64|
|Feb. Expenses: $48,724.06|
|Feb. Clearing Income: $245.00|
|Feb. Clearing Expenses: $178.77|
|Feb. End Ministry Balance: $234,233.71|
|Building Debt Reduction|
|Mortgage Principal: $1,421,169.74|
|Debt Reduction Gifts: $26,375.50|
|Debt Monthly Payment: $9,690.00|
|Principal Reduction: $75,564.16|
|Mortgage Principal: $1,345,605.58|
Thank you for the gifts to our ministries in honor of your loved ones. The funds have been designated in loving memory of the following:
Currently, communication and planning with Saron Parish, our sister church, has been difficult due to the pandemic and loss of their bishop.
Trinity's financial and congregational support is needed for our South African (SA) partnership. For more information or to join Trinity's SA team, contact Terry and Barb Nellis or Doug and Patti Peterson.
The church office is now OPEN 8-4:30 Monday-Thursday; CLOSED Friday—calls received will be returned on Monday. Immediate need calls, see below.
Please mail monetary donations/items to:
206 E. Badger St., Waupaca, WI 54981.
Rev. Andy Behrendt
Rev. Mark Ziemer
For an immediate need, contact a pastor by calling the church office, at (715) 258-7688, and leaving a voice message in the pastor’s individual voice mailbox. The pastor will return urgent-need calls as soon as possible.
March 28 · Palm Sunday
9 a.m. In-person/Online Worship
10:15 a.m. Palm Sunday Parade
11 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt
April 1 · Maundy Thursday
5:45 & 7:15 p.m. In-person/Online Worship
First Communion for fifth- & sixth-graders
April 2 · Good Friday
1 p.m. “It Is Finished,” a Tenebrae Service
6 p.m. Trinity Time Radio Worship
April 4 · Easter Sunday
6 a.m. Sunrise In-person Worship
8 a.m. In-person/Online Worship
10:30 a.m. In-person Worship