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Let’s Celebrate Our Blessings!

Pastor Erin Coutts W
e are excited to welcome Pastor Erin Coutts to Trinity as our new associate pastor on Sunday, Aug. 1. Feel free to introduce yourself.

Pastor Erin will formally begin at Trinity during a special installation service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15. This service recognizes the calling of the pastor, acknowledges her duties and responsibilities, observes the end of the interim time, and celebrates a new beginning for the congregation.

Join us for a festive Wisconsin-style meal following the ceremony.

Trinity Memorial Garden T
rinity’s grounds have been transformed to host a memorial garden filled with a variety of plants, an inspirational bench in memory of the Rev. Fred and Pauline Lueders, and the “Christ Is the Heart of Our Faith” stone donated by Nancy Ross.

To celebrate this outdoor creation, we will have a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, followed by an ice cream social. All are welcome!

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onnectivity has become more essential due to COVID-19, and Trinity continues to find ways to keep in touch with members, visitors, and the Waupaca community.

We now have a presence on Instagram, which is a social network owned by Facebook. Users share pictures and short videos with followers through a mobile app. Check it out!

Alicia Dorsett


Administrator’s Dollars and Sense

We have great things happening on the grounds of Trinity. Phase 1 of the parking lot is complete, and our memorial garden is looking BEAUTIFUL! Memorial bricks will be placed along the sidewalk of the garden. The brick price is yet to be determined, and funds raised will go toward property beautification projects. If you have not been on site in a while, stop by and look at the improvements.

The Endowment Committee voted to distribute 5.5% from the education endowment fund this year. Breaking it down, $21,552.90 will be disbursed to 24 scholarship applicants; $12,931.60 will go to the East Central Synod of Wisconsin for financial aid to someone attending a Lutheran seminary; and $8,621.13 will go to Tiny Treasures to assist with financial aid and used where needed. We are blessed to have such a great investment year with our endowments to be able to offer such a large amount!

Our Finance Committee has begun the 2022 budget process. While we may have what seems like a lot of money in our checking reserve, future property upkeep comes with a high price tag: The next phase of the parking lot will be around $60,000, boilers eventually go out, and the roof will need to be replaced (over $100,000), along with other items.

Compared to last year, we are down nearly $20,000 and without an increase in income, it would not be financially prudent to increase spending. Our budget needs to be closer to what our income is expected to be. As we prepare for the 2022 budget, please keep these things in mind.

We are truly blessed with the savings we have experienced over the last few years. I greatly appreciate the ways committees and staff have worked to find cost savings.

Praise be to God for allowing us to be where we are today!

Delivering Hope to Others

On June 16, Barb and Terry Nellis stopped by St. Vincent Mission of David, Ky., with a delivery of hope. This hope came in the form of 400 pounds of school clothes, 37 backpacks, various school supplies, 30-plus pairs of shoes and boots, and a $650 check.

They spent a day sorting clothes according to sizes and for boys and girls. Barb also helped weed the garden.

St. Vincent Mission has grown considerably since Trinity was there in 2016. Its outreach programs are a hand-up not a hand-out.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this a BIG success!

Dawn Rosicky


June Financial Report Snapshot
Ministry Expenses and Gifts
June Begin Ministry Balance: $309,802.36
June Gifts: $62,232.94
June Expenses: $53,534.75
June Clearing Income: $550.00
June Clearing Expenses: $294.63
June End Ministry Balance: $318,755.92
Building Debt Reduction
Mortgage Principal: $1,329,727.07
Debt Reduction Gifts: $7,237.50
Debt Monthly Payment: $9,690.00
Principal Reduction: $5,300.30
Mortgage Principal: $1,324,426.77

Strawberry Fest 2021

Collins Pritchett

Youth Coordinator

Strawberry Fest and this year’s Silent Auction were a raging success! We are so thankful for all the incredible volunteers, the generous donations from members and local business, and the selfless giving from those in our Strawberry Fest community and beyond!

The profit totals are $3,773.12 (food sales) and $2,726.34 (Silent Auction). All proceeds will go toward helping Trinity’s youth experience future mission trips and the 2022 ELCA National Youth Gathering!

Tammy Wright
Strawberry Fest

Volunteer Coordinator

Trinity was so blessed to host Strawberry Fest 2021 right in our own backyard! Our food and dessert tent, as well as the silent auction, was a huge success due to our amazing volunteers! Thank you to so many who showed up early, set up, donated items, cooked and served food, stayed late to tear down, and were welcoming faces to our community. It was a fun day, serving our community together, and it reminded me of a quote by Mother Teresa: “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” Thanks for being awesome!

Collins Pritchett

Youth Coordinator

Confirmation Camp

A small group of Trinity eighth-graders experienced a fun-filled week, July 20-25, at Imago Dei Village, a camp associated with Crossways Ministries. They sang, danced, swam, climbed, laughed, and cried. It was a week of discovering more about themselves and their faith. The week’s theme was as follows:

L— Look for God in all things. Be open to places and people we may not understand in hopes that God is revealed through them.
O – Overcome the judgment of others toward us, the contempt for ourselves, and the evil we project onto what we may not understand.
V – Vulnerability, an attribute that makes our faith more genuine and our relationship with God, and ones who love us, stronger.
E – Enjoy the process of faith. Enjoy your life and always take time to recognize the joy that comes with a pursuit to love God more completely.

As our rising ninth-graders prepare for their confirmation, it is important that we aid them in their pursuits to apply their faith in the world outside of the four walls of Trinity. These soon-to-be adults in the church are well on their way to be active and inspiring church leaders. I only hope that we can learn something from them and continue to push ourselves to grow, discover, and ponder the complexities of our personal relationship with God.

Confirmation Camp
Cub Scout Pack 3634

THANKS TO TRINITY’S CHARTERED CUB SCOUT PACK 3634 and to Waupaca’s Fourth of July parade attendees, this year’s return effort to collect donations for the Waupaca Area Food Pantry pulled in $435.52 and 73 pounds of food. That brings the total parade proceeds for the food pantry since Trinity started the collection in 2013 to $4,270.21 and 3,781 pounds of food!

Trinity Lutheran Church August 2021 Calendar

Wanda Eikenbary

Director of Music Ministries

Your Bus Awaits!

Pastor Mark Ziemer has put together an Advent Bus Tour and invites Trinity members to join him! The tentative itinerary is as follows:

Saturday, Dec. 4

  • Bus departs from Waupaca early morning.
  • Arrive in the Twin Cities by midday.
  • After lunch, tour Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis and visit its Restoration Center, which pioneers relief programs for homeless people.
  • In the evening, attend the “Christmas in Christ Chapel” concert at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Sunday, Dec. 5

  • In the morning, attend the Advent worship at St. Olaf College’s Boe Memorial Chapel, featuring special music from the St. Olaf Concert Band.
  • Return to Waupaca.

The tour package cost, to be determined, includes bus transportation and overnight accommodations at an area hotel. If you are interested in joining Pastor Mark on this adventure, contact the church office.

We will proceed with the arrangements and reservations as soon as we get a minimum number of people interested in going.

For those of you who have been waiting to hear, it’s official: The choirs of Trinity will resume rehearsing in mid-September. Detailed information regarding rehearsal schedules will be announced as soon as Trinity’s fall worship schedule has been finalized. Stay tuned!

Happy Birthday Pastor Gene

LOOK WHO HAD A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY! — Church-goers celebrated Pastor Gene Gauerke’s 90th birthday with cake and blessings on July 11.

Lylli Sondrol

Summer Intern Compassion Camp

We had a successful June and July Compassion Camp, and we couldn’t be more excited for August! This will be the last chance for your kindergarten through fifth-grader to attend Compassion Camp from 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11. We will learn how to share love and compassion throughout the world. Compassion Camp We are providing a fun craft, game, Bible story, and singing. Returning kids, please remember to bring your bag back so it can be filled with more goodies! We would love to see your children there: sign up at

Pastor Parker Kantos on his ordination day

WELCOME TO ORDAINED MINISTRY —The new Pastor Parker Kantos, wearing a red stole formerly worn by the late Pastor Jon Sachs, is pictured with family members on his ordination day, July 11, at Brighton Heights Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh.

Worship Schedule

The church office is OPEN 8-4:30 Monday-Thursday; CLOSED Friday—calls received will be returned on Monday. Immediate-need calls, see below.

For questions or concerns, call 715-258-7688 and leave a message or email

Please mail monetary donations/items to:
206 E. Badger St., Waupaca, WI 54981.

Contact Pastor:
Rev. Andy Behrendt
Rev. Erin Coutts

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.

Named in Our Honor

Pastor Mark Ziemer is pleased to announce that No. 47 gave birth to a healthy heifer on July 12, 2021. While on their trip out West, Jake, his son-in-law, gave Pastor Mark and Claudia’s grandkids, Zoe, Mara, and Mark, the honor to name the calf. The new little calf is called “Trinity.“

Does that mean she’s a “holy” cow?

Link to ELCA website

Link to Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce

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