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Organ Concert / Hymn Festival

SAVE THE DATE On September 21, 1980, three young organists were among the 371 people who crowded into Trinity Lutheran Church to hear an Organ Concert / Hymn Festival presented by the legendary Lutheran organist Dr. Paul Manz. Over the years we have used his music in our own churches, and now, in this year of our Lord 2019, we have planned another Organ Concert / Hymn Festival to honor this man who so inspired us, to share his music, and to celebrate his legacy. Please join us at Trinity Lutheran Church (210 Washington Avenue, 38103) on October 20, 2019, 4:00 p.m. for “E’en So, Lord Jesus – A Celebration of the Music of Paul Manz,” featuring organists Martha Israel, Ty Legge, and Jane Scharding Smedley, as well as a choir led by Dr. Bruce Smedley. Free Parking is available in the lot across the street, and a reception will follow. For more information, call Trinity’s office at 901 525-1056.

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Vacation Bible School 2019

Trinity Lutheran Church Invites Children to Roar VBS: Life is wild, God is good. A summer kids’ event called Roar VBS will be hosted at Trinity Lutheran Church from July 29 to August 2. At Roar, kids discover that God is good even when life get wild! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Wild Bible Adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with the Safari Celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 8:00 pm. Kids at Roar VBS will join a missions effort to provide nutrition packets and health checkups for moms and babies in need in Zambia, Africa. Roar is for kids and will run from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm each day and a meal will be provided. For more information, contact the office at office@trinitymemphis.org. You can download and print a registration form here: VBS Registration Form Send completed form to Trinity Lutheran Church, 210 Washington Ave., Memphis, TN 38103 OR email it to office@trinitymemphis.org.

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Worship & Picnic at St. Columba Retreat Center

This Sunday, June 2nd, we will be having Worship and a catered lunch at the St. Columba Retreat Center at 11:00 am. The address is 4577 Billy Maher Road in Memphis. Worship will be at the Gates Pavillion and someone will be there to direct you as you drive in. We’d love to see you for this special springtime worship event!

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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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Do we really need Lent anymore?

We all like to be happy. It’s our nature. We naturally avoid things that make us unhappy. I think that is one reason that the season of Lent is not especially popular. It is a time for personal reflection. A time to examine ourselves, take an inventory of our sinful lives, and be remind of how we fall short of God’s image. But do we really need that? Do we need this downer? Can we even force ourselves to be sad when Springtime is so close? After all, we’re basically good people. We may not be perfect, but nobody’s perfect and the truth is, we’re a lot better than a lot of people we know. We live good lives and try to be nice to others (mostly). So do we really need Lent? We have God’s promise of forgiveness–our sins have been washed away. So why do we still need this heavy duty guilt trip? Because without Lent, we have no Easter. Sure, we can attend Easter service and sing Easter hymns, even hunt for colored eggs and have a big dinner. But without Lent, Easter is without meaning, it’s empty. There’s nothing there but the music, the Easter Lilies, and egg hunts. Our celebration is hollow. Consider this quote from Mark Twain. “What is joy without sorrow? What is success without failure? What is a win without a loss? What is health without illness? You have to experience each if you are to appreciate the other.” Think about that

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Five Very Simple Things To Make Lent More Meaningful

Five Very Simple Things To Make Lent More Meaningful

A season spent in fasting and meditation is good for your soul, but many of us don’t have the time or energy to undertake such a commitment. That doesn’t mean our Lenten season should be without meaning. Here are some simple things that you can do to make this season more meaningful to you. 1. Be Watchful “Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.  ‘Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.’” Jesus’ pleading words to his disciples might just as easily apply to us today. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” We are surrounded by temptations of every kind. Sometimes we just give up the fight and give in to our weaknesses. Remember, we can’t resist temptation on our own. Jesus, who knows about temptation first hand, is always there to give us strength. 2. Be Faithful On Palm Sunday, the crowd praised Jesus as the Messiah, the one to restore the kingdom of David, but in a few days, they lost their zeal. Before, they shouted His praise, now they shouted for His execution. Do we flip-flop that easily? Do we sing God’s praises one day and shame His name the next? Use your time this season to examine your actions. Has everything you have done been a witness to Christ? Everything you said? Every action you took?

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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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