Weekend of May 11 & 12, 2013
Our worship service is re-broadcast on Mediacom Channel 18 Friday at 8 PM
and on ImOn Channel 4 Thurs. at 2 PM.
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS need to be given to Vicki in the church office no later than 12:00 noon each Wednesday.
MAY THEME: “Let’s Celebrate Prayer!”Ring! Ring! Your phone’s ringing. It’s God on the other end. That’s what happens when you hear God’s Word. He initiates a conversation with you to speak to your cares and concerns and to remind you that He is your benevolent heavenly Father. That’s the ear piece fo your phone, but God also gives you a mouthpiece. That’s called prayer. It’s a chance to respond back to Him and talk to He who promises, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). And, you know how He responds? Again, with His Word. Through His Word and through our prayers back and forth each day, the conversation continues and the relationship is strengthened. What a gift that we have access to the God of the universe anytime we need and that He speaks to us also through His Word. That’s something to celebrate!
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SERVE ON A BOARD?? Please prayerfully consider serving on one of our Boards. When the call committee calls you, please consider serving Trinity on one of the boards. Your board calling committee is:
Gaylon Heetland, Chairman
Tues., May 14 - Spring Band/Choir Concert at 6:30pm
Fri., May 17: LWML Tasting Luncheon begins at 11 a.m.
Fri., May 17: Music in May - Noon
Sun. May 19: CARING FOR THE BARREN WOMAN seminar will begin at 3:00 PM – Refreshments will be served.
Sun. May 19: POT LUCK at 12:30 PM for Joan Tietz (moving to St. Louis) and Vonnie Andrle (retiring). Come join us and celebrate their service to Trinity.
Tues., May 28: Voters' Meeting - covering 2013-14 elections and budget.
UPDATES & OTHER NEWS:
DIRECTORY UPDATES Please let Vicki in the church office know if you have moved or changed your phone number(s). A new directory in the works and we would like it up to date.
May 12th - Seventh Sunday of Easter John 17:21 “That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you.” According to Jesus’ prayer, our blessedness and holiness is a reflection of God’s own blessedness and holiness. St. Paul also says that we should be “imitators of God.” We are to be loving because God is Love. And we are to be a giving and generous people because God is the generous giver of every good gift.
VBS AND SUNDAY SCHOOL: Vacation Bible School Update - We are excited to announce that Trinity will once again join Bethany Lutheran this summer to bring you an amazing VBS! Our theme for this year is “God's Backyard Bible Camp-Under The Stars!” Stay tuned for more info on dates and times in the weeks ahead!
Summer Sunday School - begins June 9 or 16.
CARING FOR THE BARREN WOMAN: We do not have to look very far to find them:
friends, sisters, aunts, cousins, daughters, and all those women we love so dearly who have never been able to give birth to a child. What do we say to them? How do we comfort them? What hope can we give them? Join Katie Schuermann, author of the books He Remembers the Barren and Pew Sisters, for an intimate discussion of the heartache of infertility and its effect on all of us. Her books will be available for purchase. Trinity will host this event Sunday May 19th at 3:00 PM with refreshments. A free will offering will be taken to cover her travel expenses.
BOARD OF HUMAN CARE is collecting clothes and shoes for Liberia
A new member at Trinity, Harrison Kpartipa, is from Liberia and has relatives living in his village, Bong County. The Board of Human Care is collecting new and gently-used adult and children clothing (any size and season) and shoes (no high heels) during the months of April, May and June to send to Liberia. Items can be left in containers in the Fellowship Hall marked Liberia Project. Thank you for your support and donations to help Harrison's family and others villagers in Bong County, Liberia.
THRIVENT NIGHT AT THE BALL PARK will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm. Gates open at 5:30 pm. Burlington Bees vs Cedar Rapids Kernels at Cedar Rapids Veterans Memorial Stadium. Tickets are $5.00 for General Admission Available from Thrivent at 319-366-2991 Proceeds will benefit the local Iowa Special Olympics Make it a Family Night and Let’s Fill the Stadium!
OPEN HOUSE AT THRIVENT FINANCIAL (3343 Southgate Court SW) will be on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Brunch provided. Stop in and see our newly remodeled offices and visit with our financial representatives: Gaylon Heetland, Carl Whiting, Debbie Young, Mark Beckman
THRIVENT PARTNERS WITH CEDAR VALLEY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity learned recently that it has been awarded $50,000 to build a home in Cedar Rapids. This grant, providing 50 percent of the cost of construction, comes from Minneapolis-based Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ unique partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity. The groundbreaking ceremony will be on Tuesday evening, May 7 at 5:30 pm. All are welcome! The ceremony will be held at 1220 L Street SW, Cedar Rapids. Volunteer opportunities are scheduled to begin the morning of Friday, June 28, weather permitting. For more information on how you can support this project, call Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity at 319-366-4485, email PattiKunz@cvhabitat.org or email Thrivent Representative Gaylon Heetland at email@example.com. For more project information, please visit www.cvhabitat.org/Thrivent. Thank you in advance for your support!
ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the Glory of God and in honor of Chris & Kristin Heck's 12th wedding anniversary on May 12th.
No one was signed up for flowers next weekend. If you like, you can make a donation to help defray the cost. Cost for two bouquets is $37.00. Just put the money in an envelope marked "Flowers" and place on my desk. --Vicki
What is “Men’s L.I.F.E.”? It’s a new men’s fellowship group here at Trinity. What does this group do?.Have fun. In March we played some pick-up basketball; in April, we went to a Cedar Rapids Roughriders game.
May’s event is Arena Football. Our next event will be May 11th. We will meet at Buffalo Wild Wings by Westdale Mall for supper and head over to the Cedar Rapids Titans football arena. Kick-off is at 7pm, so we will meet at BWW’s at 5:30. For more information, refer to the posters around the church or email us at MensLIFE@mail.com. The football tickets are $16 to $20, depending on availability.
If you are interested in coming, please email us at MensLIFE@mail.com ASAP and confirm your participation as we need to order tickets. Thank you and hope to see you there!
MUSIC IN MAY:
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Lunch to follow
May 17: Steve Vosatka, organ
May 24: Cheryl Krewer, string, bass & cello, and Annette Clark & Diane Jacobs, cellos
May 31: Chrystal Faltis, viola, and Helenka Claypool, piano
TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL NEWS
Watch your church bulletin and visit our school's website
(new address: school.trinitycr.org) for more news from TLS.
Upcoming Events that YOU are invited to attend:
Spring Band/Choir Concert
Tuesday, May 14 @ 6:30pm
TLS Night at the Kernels
Friday, May 17 @ 6:35pm
Final Chapel Service
Friday, May 31 @ 8:40am
8th Grade Graduation Service
Sunday, June 2 @ 9:15am @ Trinity Lutheran Church
It’s a Party!
On Sunday, May 19. TLS will be honoring two staff members leaving us at the end of the school year. Mrs. Joan Tietz, second grade teacher, is relocating to the St. Louis area, and Mrs. Vonnie Andrle, school secretary, is retiring! Join us at 12:30pm for a potluck meal and program in the school’s gymnasium. Drinks and table service will be provided.
Now Enrolling for 2013-2014 Trinity School is now accepting applications for Preschool, Alternative Kindergarten, and Kindergarten – Eighth Grades. Want to learn more about the school? We’d welcome the chance to share Trinity with you. Call to set-up a private tour: 362-6952.
Ellen Daniel has officially accepted the call to teach 2nd grade here at Trinity Lutheran School. Please also let the congregation know to keep her in their prayers as she makes this transition in her life. She also has requested prayers for her mother who has brain cancer and is slowly succumbing to the disease. Thanks!
Our classrooms are very busy as the school year is winding down.
The preschool students are appreciating spring as they learn about growing plants. The kindergarten students are preparing their Wednesday chapel service and would like to invite you to come. It will be presented May 8th at church about 9:40 and is titled "God is So Good". First grade is learning the last of the addition facts and are making May baskets which they will deliver around the neighborhood. The second grade is having a Charlotte's Web grand finale where they are writing book reports and having a party.
The third and fourth graders are busy learning about geometry. Third grade is learning about angles and the fourth grade is concentrating on shapes and solids. The fifth graders are studying the Constitution and are presenting their PowerPoint presentations on the weather.
Middle School Department
The sixth graders are beginning their NASA project. Seventh graders are busy reading the novel,"Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry," and studying the speed of wave lengths in science. The religion classes are watching the video series, "The Case for Christ." The eighth grade math class is studying linear and non linear functions.