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Congregation Jubilant as it learns Rev Croom has accepted his Call to Trinity

Congregation president Dave Chester made an announcement before the children’s Sunday School program this morning. He said that he received word from Rev. Michael Croom that he would accepting the Divine Call to Trinity. The congregation broke into spontaneous applause as the pipe organ led the congregation in an impromptu “Doxology’. Trinity has been seeking a pastor for nearly two years as the Holy Spirit led them on this journey of faith. Rev. Croom reports that before he takes up his mantel at Trinity he has some unfinished business, such as completing his confirmation classes. He is expecting to join us in February. Our heart and prayers go out to the members of Faith Lutheran Church in Hopkinsville Ky. We know very well the pain in losing a pastor. It is our prayer that the Holy Spirit would show his mercy and help you find a suitable shepherd very soon.

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Update From Our Mission Partners in Cambodia

Pat Ellis received the following note from George and Shary Frahm in Cambodia. Good Evening Pat, and greetings to all our friends at Trinity. I promised you that I would let you know when your partnership gift arrived, and it did so today.  Thank you so very much. If there are several people from Trinity that would like to put together a short term mission team, Pastor Samuel has asked for a short term to do a eye glass clinic in Sisiphon, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. We have necessary eyeglass charts, but lack the 3000 pair of marked eyeglasses that we would look for the team to bring with them. Sisiphon is Sophena’s home town and the fourth largest city in Cambodia.  While the roads have improved going in that direction towards the Thai border could still prove interesting, (rough) but I am told there are decent hotels in town. Blessings, george.frahm@gmail.com www.globallutheranoutreach.com/blog/frahm www.facebook.com/EmpoweringLCC Notes From Trinity’s Last Visit To Cambodia

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Trinity Waterproofing.

Unfortunately when the Trinity church building was built, a very inferior grade of brick was selected. From the very beginning the building was plagued with moisture seeping through the walls, and from the beginning the members of Trinity have been fighting to keep it out. A final solution was sought in the 1950’s with the very costly addition of a permastone facade. Much of the hand carved limestone facade was cut away and the European Permastone facade was put in its place. The process took several months. Once it was finished, all of the crumbling stucco inside the church was removed and reapplied. During that time Rev. Victor Brugge died. In those days, most billboards were hand painted in place. This might take several days, so huge drapes were hung for the artists to work behind. Rather than have the public see Trinity with wood lath walls bare to the rafters, a member of the congregation borrowed a bunch of these billboard company drapes with which to cover the stuccoless walls. The inside of Trinity stayed dry for nearly 25 years. After that time, once again leaks started forming in the roof and then the walls. Pastor Phil Schmidt and the Trustees worked tirelessly trying to trace the source of the leaks, scraping decayed stucco, troweling on fresh and painting over again. It is estimated that at some time, every inch of stucco in Trinity has been replaced at least twice since the addition of the Permastone. Several years ago,

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The Next Chapter

People often refer to a good book as a real “page turner.”  Of course, that’s because you can’t wait to get to the next chapter, to find out what is going to happen.  Life sometimes works that way, too!  In fact, it is a pretty good description of my own life. For the past 8 months, I have been serving you as your Vacancy Pastor.  When we entered into this agreement, none of us really knew how long it would last, which just goes to show that God always has a better plan than we do. His plan, now, is for us to move on to the next chapter of the book.  For Trinity that means continuing to faithfully worship and serve God, loving your neighbors, and sharing the love of Jesus with everyone you can as you “go and make disciples”.  It also means praying for Pastor Boehlke as he considers your call to serve in your midst.  And it means, praying and caring for one another in mutual encouragement. For me, it means continuing to help congregations experience “mission revitalization” as the Executive Director for the Transforming Churches Network (TCN).  It also means serving as the Vacancy Pastor at Grace Celebration Lutheran Church in Cordova.  My responsibilities there will be very similar to what they have been here at Trinity.  Of course, many people have asked me, “why are you leaving Trinity to do basically the same thing at Grace Celebration?” Well, the answer is two-fold.  1) Trinity

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Filled with the Spirit

This article was taken from the South East of Victoria Lake Diocese website. See the article at http://elct-selvd.org/filled-with-the-spirit/ This was it! All the months of planning, packing, and fund-raising, all the hours and days of travel, all the prayers and Bible studies, emails, and meetings were over. It was really here, we were ready to start.  We weren’t visiting another church, school, or mission outpost. We weren’t signing a guest book, admiring the fruits of a grant or donation, we were entering the mission field and Satan was working overtime, plaguing my thoughts with doubts, fears, worry, and apprehension. What was I doing? I wasn’t an evangelist, I wasn’t a pastor and I certainly wasn’t an apostle. And, wait, I seemed to remember all the things that happened to those people – beatings, ship-wrecks, stoning, jail time, and all sorts of major persecution. I felt we could rule out the ship wrecks – people were walking miles just to secure a bucket of water, but I certainly saw plenty of rocks. In fact, I felt plenty of rocks, my fit bit registered over 8000 steps before we even left the vehicle!  Everyone else seemed so confident, smiling, laughing, and re-connecting with the pastors and evangelists from past trips. And the other team from CTK had been so successful, they had baptized nearly 600 during their week. What if we were rejected, what if no one listened or cared about the Gospel message? I felt like the shy, quiet, little girl that had attended a two-room

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Has God Withheld His Blessings? This Might Possibly Be The Reason.

A recent podcast of the program Hidden Brain, interviewed Dacher Keltner, the director of UC Berkeley’s Social Interaction Lab. He spoke about some of the interesting scientific studies in how people interact with each other. When looking at how people in social settings gain power, studies find something that might seem counter intuitive. If we think about power as being able to dominate by scheming and maneuvering people into positions of disadvantage, the people who display altruism, kindness, and social intelligence, these are the people who gain power and respect from their peers. But there is a catch. Once these people become powerful, their power tends to undermine the very qualities that help them get there in the first place. Dr. Keltner says, “There is something about the seduction of power that makes you lose site of ethics and other people’s interest.” Twenty years of study on thousands of people has shown that any group of people, when first brought together, quickly evolves into ranking by social power. Often times, those who are boisterous and bullying start out grabbing attention, but over time they start to lose power and never gain the social position that they are seeking Meanwhile those who listen to others, who shows empathy and compassion, rise in the esteem and the ranking of their peers. We support those who listen to us, show us compassion and understanding, and are respectful of us and our ideas. We resist those who try to dominate us and who try

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Cheeseburgers, Cognitive Dissonance, and the Holy Spirit

All of us have experienced cognitive dissonance. That is the stress that is created when we try to hold two or more conflicting beliefs or values in our head, or when we do something or learn something that conflicts with these beliefs or values.

Cognitive dissonance theory says that we all try to keep our mind (our cognitive function) peaceful and in harmony and that when a conflict arises (dissonance) we will act to reduce the conflict, most times without our even realizing that we are doing so.

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Does Your Faith Need a Recharge?

Not all submarines are nuclear powered. Those that are not rely on diesel powered generators to recharge their batteries. The diesel engines can only be operated when the submarine is on the surface of the water. This limits how long a submarine can stay submerged. Stay too long and the batteries would completely drain out and the submarine would loose the power necessary to operate. So time to time, it has to return to the surface to recharge its batteries. The same is true in the life of a Christian. When all is well, our faith is strong and our spiritual life runs smoothly. Although Christ’s redemptive work gained us our freedom, and the Holy Spirit has infused us with a saving faith, it is our duty and responsibility to maintain that faith. Scripture does not support the idea that “once saved, always saved.” With out care, it’s quite possible for us to lose our saving faith. From time to time, we need to “recharge” our faith batteries. The very best way to recharge one’s faith is by reading the Word of God. When reading the scriptures, the Holy Spirit works directly on our heart, pumping life giving faith back into our system. So to can be said of hearing the Word of God, not only in bible readings, but in hearing the Word preached in church. Another way is by sharing the Word of God. As you share your faith with someone else, your own faith is strengthened. And

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What’s Up With That Masonic Symbol?

Almost every one of the stained glass windows in Trinity has at least one Christen icon or symbol. None of them elicit more questions than that of the All Seeing Eye. “So what’s up with the Masonry symbol?” people ask. It appears at the top of the window on the East side, closest to the front of the nave, overlooking the area where Pastor and the Deacon sit, and for generations, was seen by small, fidgeting children as God’s disapproving eye on their distractful restlessness. The All Seeing Eye, also known as The Eye of God or The Eye of Providence has been used for centuries as a Christian symbol. Art work, depicting the watching eye of God started appearing in Europe in the late fourteen hundreds, usually as a huge eye floating in the sky, or looking through the clouds. As people became more familiar with the meaning of the symbol, it began to appear with a triangle drawn around it to represent the Trinity. By the late seventeen hundreds, it had become a universally accepted symbol throughout Christendom. When the United States was founded, the All Seeing Eye was incorporated into the Great Seal of the United States, appearing above an unfinished pyramid. The idea was that God (or Providence) oversaw and gave his approval of the growing nation. The Pyramid was made of thirteen rows, with room for more. Popular legend has it that the founding fathers were greatly influenced by the Freemasons and that these mason’s

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