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The Waiting

O
ne afternoon a couple of years ago, I told my son, Ben, that I wanted to play a great song for him. “Alexa,” I said to our voice-activated Amazon Echo speaker, “Play ‘The Waiting’ by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.” You likely know this classic song. “You take it on faith, you take it to the heart,” its chorus concludes, “the waiting is the hardest part.”

The only problem was that Ben didn’t have the patience to let the song play that far. “Alexa,” he said after only 10 or 15 seconds, “turn off.”

Tom Petty was right, and Ben proved it. Waiting is hard. The last 20 months have proven that, too. Never in our lifetimes have we as a people been called to be more patient. We’ve been on a public-health rollercoaster, and it’s almost unbelievable that we’re approaching another Christmas still hindered by a pandemic.

It’s a good bet that this Christmas at Trinity will feel a lot more normal than Christmas 2020 did. It’s also a good bet that it still won’t feel as normal as Christmas 2019 did. Many of us are still patiently waiting to be able to celebrate the season like we used to.

Advent is largely about waiting—waiting for something wonderful. While we continue to wait for a brighter day and a 2022 when we can most assuredly shed more precautions, we also await the coming of Christmas and, more importantly, the coming of Christ. We wait to celebrate again the world-changing birth Jesus in Bethlehem, and we await his return at an untold time in the future. Meanwhile, as we wait, we remember that he and his Holy Spirit are with us in the here and now.

In Luke’s Gospel, the angel told the shepherds the good news of great joy that the wait was over: “To you is born today a Savior.” The promise establishes a theme that stretches across Luke, our focus Gospel for the year that begins with this Advent season—the theme that salvation happens now.

Waiting is hard, but it’s worth it. If we’re patient—if we take it on faith and to the heart—we’ll grow through it. Even better, we learn that God is there with us through it.

Come, Let Us Adore Him!


Join us as we celebrate the birth of our dear Savior!

Sunday, Dec. 5
6:30 p.m. Shepherd’s Quarter Christmas Concert & Youth Bake Sale

Wednesday, Dec. 22
6:15 p.m. NEW! Early Christmas Eve worship service

Friday, Dec. 24
2 p.m., 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. Christmas Eve worship services
5:30 p.m. Trinity Time radio

Sunday, Dec. 26
9:30 a.m. only worship service

Sunday, Jan. 2
9:30 a.m. only worship service



Wanda Eikenbary

,
Director of Music Ministries

Celebrate the Season with Music!


Exciting news: The annual Shepherd’s Quarter Christmas Concert will be in person at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in the sanctuary! For those who are unable to join us in person, the concert will be livestreamed. The video will be available on demand on our website after the concert.

Please consider bringing a canned good with you to donate to the Waupaca Area Food Pantry. This has been a special project of Shepherd’s Quarter for many years.

Once again, we will be partnering with Trinity’s Youth program to help raise funds for the ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis next summer. Trinity’s youth will hold a bake sale before and after the concert in the Koinonia Room.

They are ready to provide glorious Advent and Christmas music!

December's Special Music

Sunday, Dec. 5
8 & 9:30 a.m.: Shepherd’s Quarter
6:30 p.m.: Shepherd’s Quarter Christmas Concert


Sunday, Dec. 12
8 & 9:30 a.m.: Handbell Choir
9:30 a.m.: WHS Madrigals


Sunday, Dec. 19
8 & 9:30 a.m.: Vocal Quartet 4th Octave

Wednesday, Dec. 22
6 p.m.: Pam Gusmer, Carmen Riebel & Mike Bauer, vocalists


Friday, Dec. 24
2 p.m.: Handbell Choir
4 p.m.: Heather Eikenbary Bayer, vocalist
7 p.m.: Pam & Marshall Lysne, vocalists


Sunday, Dec. 26
9:30 a.m.: Hannah Holterman, vocalist



Collins Pritchett


Youth Coordinator


Bake Sale

Attention Trinity bakers—members and middle school, and high school families!

On Dec. 5, we will sell baked goods before and after the Shepherd’s Quarter Christmas Concert. We need baked good donations from you to make this happen! Please contact me or the church office to notify us if you plan to donate.

Profits will go toward funding the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis.

TRINITY’S NEWEST ADULT MEMBERS: On Sunday, Oct. 31, the congregation welcomed 21 youth to become adult members. May God continue to pour blessings on each of them as they continue to grow and serve God’s people.


Jean Schwirtz


Sunday School Coordinator

Say “Cheese”!

Trinity’s Sunday school students and families have started working on this year’s Christmas program: Say “CHEESE” for Christmas. We are performing one program for all Sunday school grades.

The fifth-graders are checking over their parts, and readers are practicing their lines. Families have received the program music through their weekly email and are practicing at home.

At this point, we are preparing to present the Christmas program in person at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. Our backup plan is to record and present it online Christmas Day. More information will be coming.

Email List

Trinity’s Sunday school families receive an email each week that includes the family page, SPARK bulletins for that week’s lesson, and other Sunday school information. If you have a child in Sunday school and are not receiving this email or if you would like to receive this information for your grandchildren or other family members, please contact the church office so we can get you added to the listing and confirm your email.


No Sunday
School classes:
Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.



Pancake Supper 2021

Thank you volunteers & supporters!









Alicia Dorsett

,
Administrator

Administrator’s Dollars and Sense

Where did the year go? It seems like such a short time ago that we were talking about 2020 at our annual meeting, and now, I’m saying Merry Christmas!

As we finish out the year, I’m happy to report that we have closed some of the gap we were seeing in our finances, and we hope to get close to where we ended up last year.

Our annual Stewardship appeal resulted in 138 intention cards being returned, which guarantees $13,800 for Trinity. If you haven’t turned in your intention card yet, it’s not too late! While our intention week is over, we appreciate your intention card being returned by Dec. 31 to help us plan for 2022.

We have done so many projects this year, and I look forward to the publishing of our 2021 Annual Report in January. If you are a ministry leader, please ensure you contact the church office to talk about what should be included in your report to the congregation this year.

Stay safe as you enjoy the holidays with your family and friends.


Thank you for the gifts to our ministries in memory of your loved ones!

  • Kaison Kamholz: Undesignated
  • Audrey Christenson: Fellowship Hall Audio
  • Quinten Rohloff: Youth Programs


Dawn Rosicky

,
Treasurer

Tammy Wright


Volunteer Coordinator

‘Bag Ladies’ Back in Action!

On Veterans Day, the Trinity Community Outreach fund provided patriotic gift bags of mints and chocolate to 349 Veterans at the Wisconsin Veterans Home, in King. The ladies filled the bags and tied handwritten thank-you notes and colorful cards from Army National Guard soldiers and Waupaca Middle School students. Our Veterans truly sacrificed so much, so it was indeed a labor of love to honor them in this way.
PICTURED (L-R) ARE: Bonnie Pegel; Betsy Sachs; Marge Writt; Alicia Dorsett, Trinity’s administrator; and Nancy Pagel.


Trunk or Treat

Thank you to all the wonderful families who came out to distribute candy out of their decorated trunks this Halloween! We had hundreds of costumed kids visit Trinity’s parking lot the evening of Oct. 29. It was a big hit, and we hope it will only grow in the years to come!






Fall Hayride




Thank you, Sondrols, for a great time!



For Trinity meeting and event postponements or cancellations due to weather conditions, please visit our Facebook page and/or website.


Ways to Give to Others This Holiday Season

The Giving Tree is a way for Trinity and others in our community to meet basic needs of our neighbors.

The trees near our building along Badger Street will be “decorated” with basic-needs items, and the community is invited to participate.

How you can help:

  • Donate funds to help buy items—specify Giving Tree.
  • Donate items to hang on the trees as follows:
    • Food Items: snack bars, soup packets, mac & cheese—able to withstand extreme cold
    • Gift Cards: DQ, McDonald’s, Kwik Trip
    • Hygiene Products: toothbrushes, feminine pads
    • Other: blankets, scarves, mittens, socks, underwear



Lutheran Social Services’ Homme Youth & Family programs have a long history of serving the at-risk youth of Wisconsin through youth residential treatment centers that provide counseling and education programs to meet the needs of youth.

The organization is requesting gifts for 27 boys, ages 10-18 as follows:

Athletic shoes/snow boots: sizes 8-11
Winter jackets/snow pants
Sweatshirts
Fishing gear
Lego sets for ages 10-plus
Watches
Nerf guns
Remote-control cars
McDonald’s gift cards
PlayStation 4: games rated E


Waupaca families will be blessed with your generous donations. Those with the greatest needs this year include teen boys and girls and adults. Suggest items are as follows:

TEEN BOYS:
Remote-control cars
Nerf guns & ammo
Gloves
Gift cards: pizza, movie theater, shopping for hoodie or athletic clothes

TEEN GIRLS:
Bath & Body Works: lotions, sprays & shower gels
Gift cards: movie theater, shopping, coffee shops
Fun, bright-colored socks
Fluffy, soft blankets
Lip balm sets
Journals/diaries

ADULT MEN:
Gloves & hats
Gift cards: Kwik Trip & food
Socks
Body wash/cologne sets

ADULT WOMEN:
Bath & Body Works: lotions, sprays & shower gels
Gift cards: Kwik Trip & coffee shops
Gloves & socks
Fluffy blankets


As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we believe that God is calling us into the world – together. And with generous, loving hands, we can make a difference. Visit goodgifts.elca.org/.

How it works: 1) Choose your gift. 2) Get a card. 3) Make a difference.



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. Office closed Dec. 24 & 27.

For questions or concerns, call 715-258-7688 and leave a message or email trinity@tlcwaupaca.org.

Correspondence and monetary donations can be mailed to: 206 E. Badger St., Waupaca, WI 54981.

Contact A 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.



Trinity Lutheran Church

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

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