STAYING IN TOUCH WITH YOUR LEADERS

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TRINITY LUTHERAN’S NEWSLETTER

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. -Ecclesiastes 3

10355 E. Palmer-Wasilla Hwy.

907-745-0726 | Fax: 907-745-0526

trinitylpalmerak@gmail.com

www.trinitylutheranak.org

STAYING IN TOUCH WITH YOUR LEADERS…

President: Betty Hein 354-7465

Vice President: Rhonda D’Aigle 373-3138

Treasurer: Pat Kilmain 745-2365 (See Pat if interested

in being treasurer)

Secretary: Patti Hurt 354-4352

Worship: Janet Jacob 354-6106

Stewardship: Gail Clinch 240-3030

Education: Paul Krauszer 357-7714

Outreach: Erica Glass 952-1873

Property Management: Dana Tesch 717-8499

Reverend: Diane Krauszer 354-3944

Preschool: Jen Horacek 745-5683

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FROM REVEREND DIANE

Dearly Beloved,

Throughout this pandemic all of us have had to change schedules and behaviors. Nothing has stayed the same. For the last several months I have worked at the church on my regular workdays, keeping office hours Monday through Thursday. However, having to record a weekly YouTube service meant having to have a sermon finished by Thursday night and preaching it on Friday so that there would be enough time to upload it to YouTube and send it out before Sunday. Consequently, I have been at the church on Fridays as well for the last several months. I am not complaining, just explaining. Learning new technologies and new tasks takes time and practice!

Starting in September, I am going to adjust my office hours at the church. I am going to begin taking Mondays off. I plan on being at the church Tuesday through Friday and then on Sunday as usual. The church office will continue to be open on Mondays and Micaela will be available in the church office from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM to help as needed.

As stated above, we are continuing to learn and improve on how to be church in a time of pandemic. Due to a grant from the Alaska Synod ELCA Trinity was able to purchase a laptop for recording and zooming. Since its purchase, a few weeks ago, I am recording the YouTube worship on the laptop. It is wonderful. The service uploads in a few hours rather than a few days as was happening with the cell phone! Micaela and I have watched a few tutorials on editing and hope to improve the service over the weeks ahead. I also recently learned from another church leader how to adjust Zoom settings for better live music. When funds and products are available, we will purchase a separate camera and microphone for the laptop which will improve sound and enable us to live stream worship more easily when we are able to worship in-person again. (The worship committee is in the process of developing a strategy for small group in-person worship. Look for a brief article on this later in the newsletter.) From the results of the survey taken earlier this summer, we already know that not everyone will return to in-person worship. Therefore, we need to continue to have a quality online presence! Your feedback, both positive and corrective, is important. So much of what we are doing is still new and difficult. Last Sunday the picture on Zoom froze repeatedly. On my laptop I had the message, “Unstable connection.” I knew something was wrong but had no knowledge or tools for addressing it. It was frustrating for many of us. On Monday, Micaela talked to MTA about our internet access. We checked out our router to make sure it was working okay. I talked with other internet users in the building to see if they were having problems. We worked hard trying to figure out what went wrong so we could avoid it in the future. I must admit, we found no answers. It is frustrating, as we all want worship to be a positive experience with no glitches!

This week I am working at home as I am self-quarantining. Someone I visited with over the weekend called to say they were asked to have a COVID test done on Monday. Until their test results are back, I am at home. Your safety and wellbeing are of utmost

importance to me. This is the first time I have had to stay home. Now I understand a bit better how hard it has been for many of you to self-quarantine.

In Romans 12 Paul lays out what love looks like for us as followers of Jesus. Paul writes, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Rom. 12:12) Those are words to take to heart. Paul ends the chapter, “Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.”

Be Safe. Stay healthy. For God’s sake, do good! Pastor Diane PS Test is negative

2020 CENSUS

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WAYS TO WORSHIP AT TRINITY

During Covid19, there are several ways to worship with Trinity. We hope everyone can find something that works well for them. YouTube: Every week a shortened service will be uploaded to Trinity’s YouTube channel. You will get an email and text with a link to watch. No YouTube account necessary. Available on any smart cell phone, computer (laptop or desktop), tablets, smart t.v., and a non smart t.v. (must have a smart DVD player). To find Trinity’s YouTube channel, click on the YouTube button on Trinity’s website or search for Trinity Lutheran Church on youtube.com.

Zoom: A live worship service will happen every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom Video Communications. An invitation link will be sent to you via text and email. Additionally, you can call in on your telephone and participate. You won’t be able to see anything, but you will be able to listen. Look for the call-in number on the invitation email/text.

Bulletin: Every week a bulletin will be emailed to the congregation. You can gather around the dining table and go through the bulletin with your family. You can also request to pick up a printed copy from the church.

Facebook: We will do Facebook Live (only when there is in person service). We will go live at 10:30 a.m. If you have not liked Trinity’s page already, you can do so by visiting facebook.com/TrinityLutheranChurchAlaska or clicking on the Facebook button on Trinity’s website.

Church in the Yard: During summer and fall, we will have Church in the Yard. Your council representative will let you know which yard you are to attend. Please provide your own chair and wear a mask.

Contact Erica Glass at 907-952-1873 if you need technical assistance.

THE SEASON OF CREATION

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by tens of thousands of Christians around the world. During the Season of Creation, we pray and act to protect God’s creation. The Season of Creation is celebrated by Christians across the ecumenical spectrum, and the leaders of many faith traditions have encouraged us to participate.

The season begins on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis, who is the patron saint of ecology in many traditions. This season is a special time for the Creator and each other. Some of us pray, some of us do hands-on projects, some of us advocate. We all protect creation.

Trinity Lutheran will celebrate the Season of Creation in September.

September 1 A day of Prayer for Creation. Resources will be sent out to assist you in prayer. September 6 Forest Sunday, have pictures and stories of your favorite tree ready to share

September 13 Worship in the Garden (weather permitting) on Land Sunday to be followed by God’s Work, Our Hands activities. Bring your lawn chair and a sack lunch.

September 20 River Sunday, Have pictures and stories of river experiences ready to share September 27 Wilderness Sunday, Have pictures and stories of wilderness ready to share. October 4 The Feast of St Francis.

Peace, Pastor Diane

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

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WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED DURING COVID19

Bible Study

Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. An email and text will be sent with the link to join. Please talk to Pastor Diane if you want to attend.

Trinity Garden

Yes, we are planting in our community garden this summer. We are not doing Wednesday “Weed and Feeds”, but we are planting and harvesting. We are working in groups of 10. If you are interested in helping to provide food for all, please get in touch with Pastor Diane.

Sunday School

Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. via Zoom. Dena Luchsinger will send an email with the link to join.

Yoga Faith

Saturday mornings at 11:00 a.m. via YouTube. Search for Trinity Lutheran Church on YouTube or Trinity Lutheran Church Alaska on Facebook to find the video.

Vespers

Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Pastor Diane will send an email invitation and bulletin each Wednesday afternoon. Emphasis on prayer, scripture, and silence.

Silence Meditation Group

Brunhilde O’Brien is hosting meditation classes again. If you are interested, please contact her at 632-4326. She is asking that you wear a mask to continue helping those more medically vulnerable. She is meditating Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.

FINANCIAL REPORT

Friends, I am happy to tell you that Trinity has received grant monies of $63,609 from the AK Cares program. This program was established to provide economic relief to small Alaskan businesses impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. The items that were eligible for reimbursement included:

• Payroll costs and expenses;

• Payment of eligible expenses incurred during the eligible timeframe and charged to a credit card or charge account • Rent or mortgage payments for business facilities (unless otherwise waived by lessor/lender);

• Utilities payments;

• Purchase of personal protective equipment required by the business; • Business related equipment; and

• Expenses incurred to replenish inventory or other necessary re-opening expenses

This grant will allow us to cover the expenses of the building going forth. We have lost 2 tenants since spring, and will be losing another in September.

The ministries of the church will continue to be covered by the generous donations from congregational members. We appreciate all that you give.

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WOODEN CHAIRS

I am making chairs. I will be in touch soon with more information. It is unfinished 175. Don Colwell

STEWARDSHIP ARTICLE

This summer Trinity Lutheran Church Community Garden has been harvesting vegetables for donation for the Palmer Food Pantry. Numerous people have donated their time to planting, weeding, and harvesting the fresh vegetables for the food pantry. The Trinity Community Garden has been contributing fresh vegetables to the Palmer Food Pantry for several years. What does this have to do with Stewardship? We are sharing God’s bounty with the local community.

Psalms 24:1-3 “The earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it;

for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.”

If we think of all that we have is the Lord’s , all that we have is on loan and we need to use it wisely and share. Share the resources is what Trinity is doing as we plant, weed and harvest the Trinity Community Garden and donate it to the local community. What a wonderful way to share God’s bounty.

As the annual Stewardship program is on the horizon, I have read numerous articles regarding Stewardship. But what is on my heart regarding this is Gratitude. Gratitude for a Stewardship program? Think of all the things must of us have that we are grateful for; a dwelling without a leaking roof, electricity to power appliances for cooking and heating, drinkable water, a vehicle for

transportation, and food to eat. I write this just days after Hurricane Laura has devastated Louisiana and Texas and know many homes and businesses are damaged or destroyed. Yes we have much to be grateful for.

In closing I quote Charles R. Lane’s book Ask,, Thank, Tell “It All Belongs To God”. Let this be the theme of our Stewardship program this year.

Respectfully Submitted, Gail Clinch,

Stewardship Chairperson

YOGA FAITH

Keep your eyes peeled for the return of YOGAFAITH to Trinity Lutheran Church beginning in October. We plan to offer two classes; one during the day and one evening. We are working to make sure we adhere to COVID regulations (proper spacing between mats) and on creating a way to pre-register for classes (we will not be able to accommodate walk-ins, space will be limited!)

The Light in me, sees and honors the Light in you, Erica

WORSHIP HELPERS

Deb Burlinski, Rhonda D’Aigle, Frank & Rosie Gamboa, Zetta Jean Gardner, Phyllis Gielarowski, Erica Glass, Gloria Okeson, Joseph Reeves, Theresa & Chuck Saum, Mike & Dorothy Sherman, Jan Walton, Tabitha Winkleblack.

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PARISH NURSE REPORT

Parish Nurse Notes: Richard L Clinch RN

We are approaching Flu Season. Please be watchful for notices of Flu Vaccine availability and get the flu shot as soon as possible. If you need mask check with either myself or Pastor Diane. DO NOT SKIP THE FLU SHOT. Below are some physician thoughts on mask that I found in Web MD emails. Richard

How masks are like your underwear

Rada Jones, MD | Physician | August 20, 2020 From

1. Both masks and underwear exist to contain badness. Neither works 100 percent, but they’ll curb the worst of the spill. 2. Don’t borrow someone else’s, no matter how cool they look.

3. Keep them on around strangers, unless you’ve both been tested. 4. Cotton breathes better than polyester.

5. If they don’t fit well, you’ll be chaffing. 6. Wear them both when you visit grandma.

7. They stink at the end of the day. They need frequent washing. 8. They’re affordable and a worthwhile investment.

9. The lighter they are, the better you breathe. 10. Adjusting them in public is a no-no.

11. They’ll cover your cold sores and droopy assets, making you more attractive. 13. They’ll cover the drools and the drips.

14. You shouldn’t stick your nose out of either.

15. They won’t silence you. From MAGA to BLM, they help with your self-expression. 17. If you’re looking for extra excitement, you can get them see-through.

18. They help block bad smells.

19. It’s always a good plan to have a spare. 20. For both: cleaner is better.

21. They showcase your personality. Granny’s whites are to red lace thongs what an N95 is to a gauzy rainbow. 22. They only work if you wear them.

23. In extreme situations, you can switch. 24. In 2020, they’re both highly recommended.

25. It feels wonderful to take them off at the end of the day. But:

1. While nobody cares about your undies, everybody cares about your mask. 2. Mask are more effective than undies as fashion statements.

3. Your undies never saved a life.

4. It’s hard to make a political statement by underwear alone.

5. Your undies are for yourself, but your mask is mainly for the others.

Rada Jones is an emergency physician and can be reached at her self-titled site, RadaJonesMD, and on Twitter @jonesrada. She is the author of Overdose.

WORSHIP IN YOUR HOME

In this time of world-wide crisis, congregations throughout this church are not able to gather for worship as the body of Christ. While you cannot be together in person, we can hear the word of God and hold each other in prayer. We offer this brief resource as an aid for prayer in the home. As with our prayers in the gathered assembly for worship, you are encouraged to prepare or adapt them locally for your context. Worship in Your Home is a great resource that can be found on the ELCA blog. www.blogs.elca.org/worship/2706/

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GOD’S WORK OUR HANDS

God’s Work Our Hands Day: Sunday September 13, 2020

On Sunday September 13, congregations will observe “God’s Work. Our Hands”. This year our church, and our world, are living through the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical distancing has changed the way we worship and serve. But the need is great, and God’s church is at work.

As a church, we are guided by our life in Christ to share the love of Jesus and serve our neighbors – even if such acts of service look different this year.

If you will be attending the Worship in the Garden service, we encourage you to stay and contribute by working in the garden or by creating laundry soap bags inside the church. We will make sure to maintain physical distance and wear masks. If you attend via Zoom, Facebook Live, or YouTube; we encourage you to write letters of action. Please let the church know which area you will be volunteering as to make sure we have plenty of space available:

(1) Garden Work (2) Laundry Soap Bags (3) Letter Writing Remember your shirt!

Erica

TLC COMMUNITY GARDEN

EDUCATION REPORT

Sunday school packets are being sent to families in our congregation. Lessons are based on the current lectionary scripture readings. Materials are included for adults and older youth. Parents can tell or read the stories to the younger children. Please let us know how your family is doing. Resources that are available online are the following.

Wearsparkhouse Children/Spark House Videos

Family Sunday school Jan Walton,

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GIVE NOW FOR WILDFIRES

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

Friends,

Fueled by a heat wave and ignited by lightning strikes, some of the worst wildfires in California’s history have erupted across the state. At least four people have died, tens of thousands of people are under evacuation orders, over 1 million acres have burned, and more than 1,000 structures have been destroyed and thousands more are threatened. Some evacuees face the difficult decision of whether to stay in a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lutheran Disaster Response is engaging with Lutheran Social Services of Southern California and Lutheran Social Services of Northern California, along with the three California synods (Sierra Pacific, Southwest California and Pacifica), to assess the situation and determine the best ways to respond. We expect immediate needs to include food and other life necessities, as well as emotional and spiritual care for those who have been traumatized. Long-term recovery assistance may include rebuilding and repairing homes. You can support wildfire survivors. Gifts to “U.S. Wildfires” will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by wildfires until the response is complete.

Please join me in praying for those whose lives are being impacted by disasters at this time: wildfires, COVID-19, severe storms, hurricanes and more. Even as we face multiple crises, by working together, we can reflect Christ’s light and hope to our neighbors in their time of need.

Donate: elca.org

With gratitude for your partnership, Reverend Daniel Rift

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WORSHIP REPORT

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WAYS TO DONATE TO TRINITY

Fred Meyer Community Rewards - Non Profit Organization BV101

Trinity is enrolled in Fred Meyer's Community Rewards Program. You can link your Rewards Card to donate to Trinity at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.

Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Trinity Lutheran Church to earn a donation from Fred Meyer. If you do not have a Rewards Card, you can sign up for one at the Customer Service Desk of any Fred Meyer store.

1. Go to: http://www.fredmeyer.com.

2. Sign in or set up a new account if you don’t have one.

3. If setting up a new account follow instructions - make sure you log in.

4. Click on Community Rewards - bottom of the page under Company Information. 5. Click on the button: Link your Rewards Card Now.

6. Enter BV101 or Trinity Lutheran Church in the field then click Search. 7. Click on the radio button to select Trinity Lutheran Church.

8. Click Save.

9. You’ll be taken to the Account Summary page and you can see the charity you’re linked to in the Community Rewards box in the bottom right.

If you have already signed up to support a charity and want to change, login on to the Fred Meyer website then click on My Account, located in the top right, just under the menu bar. Look for the Community Awards option, bottom right and click on edit.

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a special version of the Amazon website that supports local charities. Trinity is one of those charities. You won’t be charged anything extra but the Church will make 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases. Here’s how you sign up: 1. Go to https://smile.amazon.com.

2. Log in with your normal Amazon email address and password or create an Amazon account with the link below the Sign In button. 3. Search for Trinity Lutheran Church in the Charitable Organization search box.

4. Click the Select button.

5. And you’ll see a Thank You message when you’re done with a bookmark tool if you want to use it. This window will disappear on its own and leave you on the AmazonSmile homepage.

6. From now on shop on https://smile.amazon.com. If you forget, Amazon will remind you three times. If you already have AmazonSmile setup, you can log in and change your charity. . .

1. Click on the Your Account link at the top right of the page.

2. Scroll down to the Settings section and click on Change Your Charity. 3. Search for Trinity Lutheran Church.

4. Click the Select button for the Trinity Lutheran Church and you’re all set.

Thrivent Financial

For members of Thrivent Financial Credit Union, you have the option to send choice dollars to Trinity. Talk with a Thrivent Financial representative to select Trinity as your charity.

Automated Checks

Talk to your bank to see how you can get automated checks mailed to us monthly.

Website and Facebook

Go to trinitylutheranak.org and click on the encrypted button at the bottom of the home page. It will take you to our Tithe.ly electronic giving page where you can securely donate using your card. It is also available at the top of our Facebook page.

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Vespers, 7:30 p.m. Z Silence Meditation Group,

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Bible Study, 10:30 a.m. Z

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Sunday school, 9 a.m. Z

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Vespers, 7:30 p.m. Z Silence Meditation Group,

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11:00 a.m. BOH TR=Trinity Room FH=Fellowship Hall S=Sanctuary UR=Upper Room G=Garden PO=Pastor’s office FR=Faith Room YT=YouTube Z=Zoom BOH=Brunhilde O’Brien’s House

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