July/August 2016 Newsletter


July/August 2016 Newsletter
July/August 2016 Newsletter
June has gone by very quickly this year and we are headed into the heart of summer with July and August. Ministry
changes during the summer but we continually grow and blossom with many activities. It is also time for vacations
rest and recreation and new adventures.
Youth in Luther League with adult sponsors are heading to Branson, Missouri and Silver Dollar City to enjoy the
Ozark Hills and the beauty and heat of Southwest Missouri. Also they do several service projects along with
devotions and building relationships. They leave later this year, July 25th. Please keep them in your prayers. Church
camp at Camp Lutherdale begins July 17th through 22nd. Camp is fun and exciting and we have many eager campers
attending. Thank you to everyone who sponsored campers and who helped with the Luther League trip. Your generosity makes these ministries possible.
In August school begins before the month is over, so we are having the Blessing of Backpacks and Rally Day on Sunday, August 28th. Again, Rally Day will be a special event with an Antique Car Show, food, and lots of activities for
the whole family and our neighborhood that Sunday afternoon. Plan right now on saving the date – August 28th – and
invite your friends and family to join us here at Trinity and spend the whole day with us.
We continue to have ministry events going on in the summer and we always worship every week. Summer is a great
time to invite family and friends to come with you: Saturday – 5:30 p.m.; Sunday – 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. We are
continuing to celebrate the Lord’s Supper every week. Take time to rest and recreate, but join us for worship
whenever you can.
Have a great summer!
Pastor Mike
Our Trinity Steward
Published monthly by
Trinity Lutheran Church
9701 S. Brandt Ave
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
April 2015
Church Council Highlights
Pastor Mike reviewed May attendance numbers and
we were on par with last year. Council members reviewed May revenues and expenses and some discussion followed. Council members agreed that focusing
on one or two special funds at a time was the way to
go. Financial Secretary Joan Buschbach created and
shared a May narrative report.
From a brief discussion about filling out green cards,
council inquired about new members. This led to a
discussion about staff and member responses to visitors and potential new members. We now receive
new members as they ask. The Elders will discuss
this more.
5:30 P.M. Worship Service
8:30 A.M. Tradi onal Worship
11:00 A.M. Praise Worship Service
Phone Numbers:
Church Office (708) 422-0193
(708) 422-0194
[email protected]
Website www.trinityol.com
Chris Reich and James Mayer will join Linda, Cathy,
and Pastor at the Synod Assembly. Pastor announced
that VBS preparation was going well and that helpers
had to be turned away due to the huge response. Pastor’s eye surgery is scheduled for July 14. The golf
outing had a large number of early registrants, but
many did not show up for the event. Some had prepaid, some had not, but the net total for the day appears to be around $9,000.00. Pastor golfed for the
first time in 40+ years and blamed his “off day’ on his
bad eye. A big thanks to all the committee members,
especially Heather Huscher who “rocked” the raffle
PASTOR: Michael J. Borcherding
E-Mail: [email protected]
E-mail: [email protected]
E-mail: [email protected]
The Deacons discussed shortening or canceling their
meeting if there were no pressing issues.
John Boecker for the Trustees shared that correspondence with the roofing company have not gone well
and Trustees will be looking for a new vendor. He
also reviewed current maintenance staffing.
Jan Wenski trained Elders as to altar preparation and
she is currently training interested families. Pastor
reviewed plans for communion every week and
younger children receiving the Lord’s Supper.
Mandy VanCauwenberge
SECRETARY: Mari Anne Izzo
E-mail: offi[email protected]
ORGANIST: Doug Carpenter
Cindy Maynard
Geoffrey Goodfellow
Simply Giving will be explained and promoted again
in the upcoming Steward. Creation of the pictorial
directory suffered some setbacks, but should be ready
by the end of June. And an interesting comment that
the Church could be “less spooky” was left in the
Suggestion Box.
Karen Goodfellow
The Steward is published monthly, except for a
combined July & August issue. ArƟcles for the
Steward are due by the 1st Wednesday of the
month. Ar cles can be dropped off in the
Church Office or E-mailed to offi[email protected]
No July Meeting! Next is Monday, August 8.
From the Pastor
Some random thoughts on a beautiful summer day: All the seasons are God’s gifts to us as the earth is
in that special place that is just perfect for life. Summer highlights God’s gift of creation and life with
the lush growing season and summer warmth just right for rest and recreation and enjoying God’s creation. I hope you enjoy the summer season. Once again, studies show that Americans do not take all of
their vacation time. I encourage you to do so. It is important that we rest and let God refresh and recreate us through time off and time to do other things especially spend time with our families, time
alone, and time to enjoy life. We have an amazing and beautiful country and summer is the best time
to see it and enjoy the gift God has given us.
My summer will be a little different this year. I am having eye surgery again on Thursday, July 14th.
They will work on my retina to fix another tear and I’ll receive a cornea transplant. Right now, I plan
to be out about 10 days, but we will have to wait and see. The surgery is being done at UIC by the
co-chairs of the Ophthalmology Department, so I’m in good hands. Thank to everyone for your
encouragement and especially your prayers. God is good, and we always entrust ourselves to God’s
healing love.
Holy Communion continues to be offered every Sunday. So far, the Elders and I have not received any
feedback so we will continue to offer it every weekend. Thank you to the Elders and all those who
prepare communion every week and especially Jan Wenski who oversees it all. Your service makes
this possible. It has been exciting to see people come up for communion week after week as we
celebrate God’s gift to us in the body and blood of Jesus. Most of the time the services have been 65
minutes in length at the Sunday 8:30 a.m. service and usually less than that at the Praise and Saturday
evening services. During the summer we will vary the worship services to keep them fresh and
inviting. Also, we will again sing the Lord’s Prayer on the fourth weekend of the month. God bless
you as you worship and receive this gift of life.
During the summer months we are emphasizing our Deficit Reduction Special Fund. During the year
we will highlight several special funds as we have need. Right now, we have a deficit of over $18,000
and are borrowing to cover expenses. We invite you to give to this special fund to reduce our deficit.
All the money received goes for this purpose. Thank you for your offerings to our General Fund to
carry out all the ministries that we do, and your generous contributions to the Special Funds. Already,
we have highlighted the Curtain Fund and the Bus Fund, and your gifts have fully funded those needs.
Trinity is a generous congregation and we thank you.
Although children don’t want to think about school yet, since they just finished this school year, we are
already planning for Rally Day in August and school will have begun. Mark the date for Sunday,
August 28th, and plan to join us for a wonderful day. Our car show continues to grow and we have fun
activities for the whole family. Join us for worship when we will have the blessing of backpacks and
blessing of families and children. Then, stay or return for the fun of the day. We have many volunteers and generous businesses that make this day possible. It is a great opportunity to bring friends and
introduce them to Trinity. I’ll see you there!
Summer seems to rush past quickly nowadays. Slow it down just a little and enjoy summer. Take time
for yourselves. Take time for God. Enjoy God’s creation. God will bless you as you do.
Have a great and blessed summer!
Pastor Mike
Luther Leaguers
will sponsor a
Garage Sale at Tr inity on Sat. July 16
from 9 – 12 noon.
Items can be brought
in on Friday, July 15
from 9-7 pm.
Proceeds will go to
their summer trip to
Luther League Summner Trip –
July 23 – July 30 – Branson, Missouri –
here we come! Staying in co ages on
Lake Tanneycomo, swimming, fishing,
boa ng, doing service projects and a
day at Silver Dollar City! Some
surprises along the way!
Adult Fall Trip – British & Irish Elegance
through C.I.E. tours – October 7-16, 2016.
(we still have availability for anyone who may be interested! – please
call Linda Bensen or Cathy Cepican for more information)
**Planning Meeting for this tr ip will be Sunday, J uly 10
Our Next Bunco will be
Friday September 16th @
7:00pm .
Reduction Fund
During the summer
months we invite you to contribute to our
Deficit Reduction Fund to
alleviate a portion of our budget deficit
of $18,256, and to fund our ongoing
ministries. Our goal is $9,000. All the
gifts collected will stay at Trinity
to reduce our budget deficit.
Pictured is Mickey
VonAsten who was our
Bunco Queen for the
month June..
Everyone had a great
time. Hope you can join
us for the next one.
Thank you for your generosity to everyone who contributed to the Bus Fund
and other special funds this year. Your
gifts make a difference.
Trinity Graduates!
High School Graduates:
Skylare Bernardy gr aduated fr om
Joliet West High School. Skylare received Drill
team Ribbon, Color Guard Ribbon, Best Squad drill
award and noncommission officer award.
Skylare’s future plans are the Army Reserves.
College Graduates:
Steven Buschbach gr aduated fr om Har var d
University and will be working at Charles River
Austin Barron gr aduated fr om Beecher High
School receiving special recognition in Academic
Achievement, and All-state Academic team, and
University Excellence Award.
Austin will be attending Southern Illinois University
in Carbondale, IL
Gina Baldea gr aduated fr om Nor thwester n University with a degree in civil engineering. She received a certificate in architectural engineering and
design. Gina has accepted a position as a Project engineer (structural) in Hoffman Estates.
Shawnee Masters gr aduated fr om Oak Lawn
Community High school. Shawnee’s photography
won State and went to Nationals in 2014, Varsity
badminton team for 4 years.
Shawnee will attend Columbia College in Chicago
majoring in photography and minoring in creative
advertising and marketing communication.
WOW! To our graduates and their families!
Trinity is So proud of them! God bless them all in
their future endeavors!
Laura Masters gr aduated fr om Oak Lawn
Community High School.
Laura plans to join the United States Navy.
Danielle Allen gr aduated fr om Oak Lawn
Community High School. Danielle was Salutatorian
and most outstanding senior girl, top female athlete.
Danielle will be attending the University of Chicago
studying Molecular Engineering.
Emma B by Sue Phelan
* Ed Kavanaugh by Marianne Izzo
* Kris Wedemeier by Linda Bensen
Kevin Timmons by Libby Timmons
* Angelica Sloan by Jan Wenski
*Bob Marks by Jan Wenski
* Lottie Schwinger by the Enderle family
* Christensen family by Nancy Justus Stevens
* Julie Kwak by Libby Timmons
* Vince Peterson by family & friends
*Lydia Peterson by friends of Trinity
*Robert Wilson by Pat Reardon
*Ron Gray by Arline Nelson
*Angie Kubida by Donna Renkar
* Danny G by Lynn Thompson
We have other graduates for which we received no
Information. We will list them as that information
becomes available.
Joyce – loved the play at Fireside
Mary – liked the civil war museum – liked
the different food offered
Maureen – Civil War Museum, Racine
Johnson building, Case & Larsen’s Bakery
Barb – everything fantastic – good food,
enjoyed the play & of course the people!
Joan & Marvin – Civil War museum and
the play
Jackye – Civil War Museum, various
restaurants – very busy!
Jerry –Johnson building & tour of Case learning experience. Enjoyed Hob Nob
Ann –entertainment, people, places, food,
hotel – everything!
Marianne – people, Case, playing games,
Larsen’s bakery, SC Johnson
Ray & Vicky – Swedish pancakes,
Johnson’s Civil war Museum, Lochnair Inn,
Gethsemane Lutheran Church, (Ray)
helping to repair the bus!
Ed – in general everything real good!
Carole – The People, Johnson, Locknair
Inn, everything!
Linda Berry – Case, Civil war museum,
wonderful people!
Therese – Civil War museum, Case,
Marce –Fellowship, friends, fun, Case,
German restaurant & all the food everywhere!
Where did that Adult
Mystery Trip in the
spring go anyway???
Monday – May 9 – left Trinity at 8:00 am with
19 travelers not knowing where they were
headed….so here they went!
Lambs Farm – coffee, rolls, docent to tell about
lambs farms & a little shopping
O Olive in Libertyville – to have samples of
various olive oils made there and a little
Lunch in Racine, WI at Reef Pt. Brewhouse on
lake Michigan
Tour of SC Johnson/Forteleza Hall
Guided tour of Racine with step on guide
Dinner at the Summit in Racine
Tuesday – Larsen’s Bakery to see how Kringle
coffee cake is made
Gethsemane Lutheran Church – history about
stained glass windows
Lunch at Lochnair Inn (lovely B & B)
Downtown Racine – art museum, shopping
Dekoven Center tour (Episcopal retreat center)
Milaeger’s Home & Garden center – tour &
Dinner – Salute Italian Restaurant
Wednesday – tour of Case Tractor
German lunch at House of Gehard in Kenosha
Visit to Civil War Museum & ride Electric
Stop at Tenutas Italian Market then dinner at
Hob Nob Supper Club
Thursday – went to Fireside dinner theater for
lunch and play “Sister Act”.
Dinner at Stockholm Inn in Rockford, IL
Save the date
Family Get-Away
So if you ever travel to Racine or Kenosha – this is
what our travelers had to say about the trip….
Thanks to Paul Andersen for providing safe travel for us on our Trinity
Bus! We are blessed!
November 4,5,6
Lutherdale in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
Space is limited. Sign up early
Bible Buck
August 28, 2016
Family Carnival Time
During our Rally Day/ Car Show we will
also be having carnival booths. Please
sign up your family to
run an event. The
more “booths” we
have, the more fun
the boys and girls will
have. The booths will be open from
Families may volunteer to run an event
for the carnival, such as:
On May 22nd , Trinity
Sunday School children
were busy redeeming the
Bible Bucks that they earned
this year at Sunday School. Over 2,500 Bible
Bucks were turned in! The boys and girls earn
these Bible Bucks by memory work, bringing
their Bibles to SS,
attending SS,
Christmas program,
and other
challenges. Way to
go, boys and girls.
Keep up the good
*fishing pond
*face painting
*guessing games
*bean bag toss
*or any game that your family would like
*See Cathy for more suggestions
Please return form to Cathy by August 1,2016
We also celebrated our Baptismal Birthday’s .
Pastor gave us a
Blessing and
talked about
Our family would like to Run
This event__________________
We have LOTS of open dates for
Altar Flowers
Simply Giving Program
Summer’s Here –
Please don’t forget Trinity this summer, We have the Simply Giving program that allows you to donate while
you are away or just cannot make a Sunday .It is so
simple and worry free .
On Trinity’s Web site “trinityol.com” on the top
banner bar scroll over to the right and there is a drop
down box marked “Giving” or Scroll straight down the
left side to the “Simply Giving Tab” Open the
donation page and enroll, you may give a one time
donation or set up weekly or monthly donations. It is
safe, fast and no messy envelopes! Thank you for
your continued support of Trinity and all our
Missions. If you ever have questions please call or
email and I am happy to help
Silk lowerswillbeputonthealtarifnoone
Orcallthechurchof iceandtalktoMariAnne
Beth Kelly
708-636-5017 [email protected]
Thank you to everyone who came to our
annual Waffle/Sausage Breakfast
Sponsored by Trinity Luther League
We profited $250 toward our trip to Missour!!
3- Audrey Hiryak
4- Jim Buschbach , Donna Langowski,
Aaron Mindeman
5- Lydia Peterson, Jean Schuberth
7 Jamie Hager
8 Jeffrey Andersen, Madelyn Jaworek
9- Nicole Decker , Sara Strelow
10- Dorothy Walton
11- Gwynne Ball, Stacey Decker
12- Susan Murphy
14– Audrey Decker, Amanda Green
Andrew Green, Mary Hull, Erik Loven
15-Jackye Hartmann
16- Peter DeRousse , Victoria Brown
Daniel Perez
17- Marina Mayer
18-Libby Timmons
19 Paul Andersen, Matthias Peters
20- Phyllis Nygaard
21-Cynthia Hileman, Joel Resendez
22- Nicholas Welcome
23-Nicole Candra, Karen Hager,
Alayna Vuletic, Jodi Wood
24-Terri Madison, Kate Radtke
Leslie Reich
25- Naomi Magnuson
26-Michelle Cipolla
27-Larry Reich
28-Georgia DeRousse, Therese Jacobsen,
Ron Maynard
29- Robert Brown , Catherine DeLaLlave
Karen Newman, Ryden Sumpter
30- Shelley Jobb , Ron Walton,
Karen Weaver
Donna Renkar, Ken Swiderski
Jean Sladek
Angela Cole, Kristin Fisher
Karra Petrie
5- Michael Queenan,
Dominic Queenan
6- Don Andersen, Jim Gallagher
8- Emma Decker
Henry VanCauwenberge
9Karen Goth
10- Nancy Born
11- Melissa Pelkowski, Julie Monnard
13- Michael Styrcula, Amber Vuletic
14- Christine Buschbach,
Lynn Conroy
15- Robert Baikie, Staci Schoening,
Daniel Thompson
16- Kevin Jareczek
17- Anne Eble
19- Joseph Cipolla
21- Karen Smith
22- Mia Eccles, Mandy Masters
23- Kaitlynn Sorna
24- Larry Nelson
25-Ashley Peterson
26- Bryce Cole
27- Paul Altes, Jadon Pirkl
David Thompson
28- Kelly Molenhouse
29- Kaitlyn Langowski
29 – Linda Peterson
August Anniversaries
July Anniversaries
2- Dianna & Daniel Huynh
3- Ed & Nicole Goodfellow
10- James & Kathy Gallagher
11 Peter & Shelley DeRousse
17-Tom & Kris Ollenburger
19- Tom & Nancy Born
24-Sean & Taran Conwell
25- Bruce & Ruth Dahl
26- Robert & Crystal Vuletic
29- Joel & Lynn Craig
29- David & Barbara Fitzpatrick
30- Kristin & Patrick Fisher
Heather & Mike Huscher
George & Donna Barron
Becky & Bruce Kratochwill
Larry & Sharon Martin
Colleen & John Pawlik
Pastor Mike & Sue Borcherding
Rev. Julie & Brett Monnard
Ray & Peggy Ohotzke
Gabriel & William Joyce
Rick & Jackye Hartmann
Andrew & Rebecca Smith
Harold & Dorry Wiltshire
Amy & Paul Enderle

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