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SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST  - September 12, 2021

Isaiah 50:4–10
James 3:1–12
Mark 9:14–29


Memory Verse for the Week of September 12, 2021

Psalm 145:18

“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”






September 2021 Newsletter

RALLY DAY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th 10:00 AM Sunday School begins Sept. 12th at a NEW time -- 10 a.m. As school begins again for our children, they frequently will encounter all kinds of different beliefs about the world. Many have experienced record levels of anxiety and even depression in the past year. Now, more than ever, our kids need to know about all that Jesus has done — and continues to do — for them. In addition to your own spiritual conversations with your children at home, Sunday School can help shape and equip them to deal with the difficulties of life.

Sunday School begins Sept. 12th at Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church for ages 3 through high school. We have a new start time of 10 a.m., because worship times are being adjusted to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., as part of our congregation’s COVID-19 response. We also will at least begin the school year with masks, per the TMLC Board of Education’s decision. Age 3 through grade 8 will be learning lessons drawn from the Old Testament, “God Restores His People,” stories that remind us of how God promised to send a Savior. Then in the new year, all of our lessons will be on the life of our savior, Jesus. Teachers for our senior high students use various Bible studies series that guide our high schoolers through the teenage years in a positive way. Many topics include what is current in their world and God’s answer. SS Attendance Awards for the past year will be given out during our 9 a.m. worship service on Sept. 12th. Those starting third grade also will receive their own Bible at our 9 a.m. service that day. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Chris Boshoven SS Superintendent

VISION PLANNING COMMITTEE The Vision Planning Committee will be tasked with a 6-month project to get our “Missionary” house in order and set a direction for the future of TMLC. The Work will last from September 2021 to March 2022. The Committee is answerable to the Church Council and will prepare a report to be given to the Council at the March meeting. This Committee will have a fair amount of work to do. But also, our congregation will play a significant role in terms of supporting the work of this committee. This work is important, in that the Vision Planning team will be sharinginformation with the congregation and seeking input from the congregation and providing feedback to the congregation and the leadership. Every Christian denomination has been dealing with the rapid changes in culture that we have all experienced in the last 10 years. Most of us had never even heard of “Social Media” when Pastor Boshoven accepted the call to serve us. And in that length of time, Facebook and Twitter have become the dominant force affecting our lives daily. This is true whether you are a user of the medium or not. We need to recognize that the landscape has changed and that we need to adapt to these changes without watering down our commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please join us in the mission to help us prepare for the future Ministry of Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church.

Witness Statement Mark 7: 24-37: In our Gospel reading for today, Jesus healed a man who was deaf and could not speak in an understandable manner. Those who witnessed this miracle were amazed and couldn’t stop talking about what Jesus had done. Jesus is still working miracles in our lives. We have the Good News of what Jesus means to us to share with those who do not yet believe in Him. May God work in us through His Word so that it may be said of us that we just will not stop talking about the blessings found in the relationship with Christ.

Sisters in Christ First meeting will be Monday, September 20th at 6:00 PM at church. All ladies are welcome to attend. Please bring ideas for the coming year! Looking forward to getting together again.

Choir and Hand Bell rehearsals will begin September 8: 6:00 pm for Hand Bells and 7:00 pm for Choir. All voice types are welcome especially Tenor and Bass. You don’t need to know how to read music to play the Hand Bells — just a good sense of rhythm. Becoming a member of the Choir, the Hand Bell Choir or BOTH is a joyous and rewarding experience. We become a family devoted to one purpose: bringing God’s message in song and music. Please consider becoming a part of the musical family at Trinity Memorial.

Feed the Flock Luncheon will be September 25, 2021 at 11 am at Avalon Manor. The cost is $40. Beth Bias will have tickets for you to purchase. Our church will be providing two baskets for the auction. If you would like to make one or provide an item for the auction, please see Beth Bias. It is always a wonderful meal and fun time. Please consider joining us.

Book Club We met on Friday and it was decided that we would take turns hosting our book club. The host would choose where to meet (their home, church, or restaurant), when to meet (whatever date and time that is convenient for you), and the book we will read. You will then put the information in the bulletin the following Sunday. Our first Book Club Meeting will be held at Lois Lewis’ home (773 Rosslare Place— Crown Point) at 6:30 PM on Friday, October 29th. We hope to see you there to discuss Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate! Questions? Call Celeste 219-240-5659




9:00 a.m. service

Social distancing
Masks required
Collection plate and bulletins remain on back table
Communion in the pew

10:00 a.m. Sunday school

11 a.m. service
Social distancing
Masks required while entering the building
Masks optional while in sanctuary
Communion either in the pew or continuous at the rail (no kneeling)

 


 




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