News & Notes

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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Is fasting a requirement for Christians?

  While Advent is a celebration and a time of great anticipation, Lent is more frequently seen as a time of solemn observance and preparation for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter. From its start on Ash Wednesday until its conclusion on Easter Sunday, Lent has been a traditional time for fasting or for giving something up — abstaining from something we like or enjoy.   Lent invites us to make our minds and hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ life, death and body resurrection. It serves as a time for us to call to mind our sinfulness and the reason that God the Father had to send His son to suffer and die in our place.We remind ourselves that it is this one selfless act that obtains for us freedom from the wages of sin and sets us free from our bondage to sin. Scripture does not command Christians to fast. God does not require or demand it. At the same time, the Bible presents fasting as something that is good, profitable, and beneficial. The book of Acts records believers fasting before they made important decisions (Acts 13:2; 14:23). Fasting and prayer are often linked together (Luke 2:37; 5:33). Too often, the focus of fasting is on the lack of food. Instead, the purpose of fasting should be to take your eyes off the things of this world to focus completely on God. Fasting is a way to demonstrate to God, and to ourselves, that

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Trinity Woman Make Scarves For Homeless

As you approach the meditation garden this week you may very well see it festooned with colorful scarves – a gift from the women of Trinity to the homeless community in the downtown area. The women purchased yards of fabric and finished them into warm snuggle scarves to give out this winter season. Next week, the ladies will be giving away socks filled with toiletries and personal items. Socks are the number one item requested by homeless shelters.

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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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Trinity History

We will be actively adding back the Trinity history pages. Here is a link to the first two installments There is also a link to the Diary of Rev Sieck who was trapped in Arkansas during the second Yellow Fever epidemic,

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Service Project Sunday Huge Success!

We wanted to extend a big THANK YOU to all our volunteers who helped with Service Project Sunday this past Sunday. We had a group who passed out Homeless Survival Kits to homeless people around the area and ran out of bags pretty quickly. The ladies of our Naomi Circle packed them all in assembly line style and we are truly grateful for their help and support. Another team went outside around Trinity and the jail to pick up trash and make our immediate community a little bit cleaner. Thank you so much to those who helped brighten up the area! A third group went over to Tom Lee Park and Mud Island Park to pass out water bottles to anyone they came in contact with. Thank you for participating in a small act of kindness to our neighbors. Yet another team stayed behind at Trinity to prepare lunch for all our hard workers. Thank you for your support, too! To everyone who helped out:  You planted seeds of hope around a cause you care about. You stepped up, took the lead, and challenged others to take action. And together, you made a positive change. That’s not just awesome–it’s awe-inspiring! Thank you for sharing your God-given gifts to make the world a better place. You are truly a blessing… to your family, your friends–and the countless people you’ve touched through your generosity.  

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“God Connects” – new study!

"God Connects" - new study!

God, are You there? Everyone, at some point, asks this question. It can come at moments of sterile reflection or in times of deep despair. “God, if You are there, why don’t You show Yourself to me?” In this confusing world where authenticity is so elusive, it seems like we cannot connect to God. We could not connect to God, but the good news is that God connects with us. He has been doing this from the beginning in amazing ways. The most direct way God connected to us is when He became one of us in Jesus Christ. When Jesus was on this earth, He was the very revelation of God as He taught and healed and loved. Then to restore our connection to God, which had been shattered because of sin, on the cross, Jesus willingly paid the penalty for our sins—in His own death! This is the most authentic, startling and determined love the world could have ever imagined. Now God connects to us by revealing Himself in the Bible. This God-given book has an amazing story. It tells of God’s constant and compassionate work to restore our relationship with Him. God Connects wants to share that story with you. God Connects is a course that tells this unique, unequaled story. Whether you do not believe in Christ as Savior or want to deepen your faith in Him, as you delve into God Connects you will explore what the Bible says about this remarkably loving God, and

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Service Project Sunday

In the book, Irresistible Evangelism, by Steve Sjogren, a working definition of kindness is suggested as “demonstrating God’s love by offering to do humble acts of service, in Christ’s name, with no strings attached.” (Irresistible Evangelism p.91) The authors go on to say, We’ll never shine brightly in the kingdom of God until we can sign up for activities that bring us no immediate, tangible, specific gain. We need to learn the lesson Jesus taught in Luke 6:35 about giving without expecting to get anything back, not even gratitude. The only reward we need is knowing that we’re acting like sons of the Most High. The watching world will never be genuinely interested in our message as long as we come across as self-seeking promoters of our little piece of the kingdom. However, the world hungers for generosity in Christ’s name when those expressing it don’t care who gets the credit. If we don’t take seriously the phrases In Christ’s name and with no strings attached, we’re just using a manipulative marketing strategy. (Irresistible Evangelism p.94) When we serve another, with no strings attached, we are operating in a way that is counter-cultural. Doing something for nothing is unheard of these days. A posture of a servant can easily be drowned out by the “me, my, and mine” slogans of Madison Avenue. But let’s remember…it is the kindness of God that has drawn us into a saving relationship with Him. Through His kindness, God has rescued us from the kingdom

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Olive Wood Crosses

This Sunday (Palm Sunday) we will be passing out 2 (or more) olive wood crosses to everyone who attends worship.  The idea is to keep one for yourself and to give the other to a friend, coworker, neighbor, or even a stranger.  Of course, giving someone an olive wood cross also gives you a wonderful opportunity to tell that person about the meaning of the cross and invite him/her to join you in Easter worship at Trinity! What makes this even more special is the unique origin of these crosses.  Here is a little background information about these olive wood crosses: Carved from Olive Trees grown in Israel around Bethlehem. In a shop on Manger Square beside the Church of the Nativity built over the historical site where Jesus Christ was born. By two native Christians that have been doing so for nearly 30 years. Over 1.8 million crosses now in circulation. Distributed through a ministry in Connecticut run by Laird and Ann Mortimer for the past 30 years. They have visited the shop in Bethlehem many times and are good friends with the owners and carvers. You can order your own supply if you want. Pick up one of the postcards in the entryway at church for instructions on how to do so. They are not expensive in dollars (100 for $40 delivered) but priceless in their meaning and effect on the giver and the recipient. How many crosses can you hand out this week?  With how many people

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