Thank You from Larson Family:  Trinity Lutheran Church Members: Thank you so very much for all of the nice gifts for Luke.  We are very blessed to be part of such a kind congregation.  It was a very special day for all of us.  We look forward to bringing Luke up with a strong faith.  Thanks, again.  Haily, Mitch and Luke Larson


Tate Lawton Benefit: A benefit will be held on Sunday, August 3rd for Tate Lawton, son of Tanner and Amber Lawton.  Tate has been in the Pediatric ICU in Des Moines since March 5th, where he has had one heart surgery and awaiting a second one.  Funds will help defray medical and travel expenses. A 4-Person Best Ball Tournament will be held at The Hill starting at 10:00 a.m.  If you are interesting in entering this tournament, contact Derek Kennedy at 515-370-0401.   Dinner, silent auction and live auction will be held at Clover Hall, Greene County Fairgrounds.  Dinner and silent auction will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and the live auction will start at 6:30 p.m.  Anyone interested in donating to the silent or live auction can contact Kristy Stoner (515-370-1975), Billie Jo Hoskins (515-370-5641) or Tiffany Lawton (515-370-3071).  See bulletin board for more information. 


Trinity’s Contribution to the Tate Lawton Benefit: Trinity will be sponsoring a bake sale at the benefit, starting at 4:30 p.m.  The bake sale will give the Trinity family a chance to contribute to the benefit.  Please bring your bake sale items to church Sunday morning, or no later than 3:30 Sunday afternoon. Volunteers will be needed to transport the items to clover hall at 3:30 p.m. and set up for the bake sale.  You may also volunteer to work at the bake sale.  We will need people there until the items are sold.  If there are enough volunteers, we will work half-hour shifts.   


Check Your Church Mailbox:  In your mailbox is a Greene County Resource Directory completed by the Greene County Resource Council.  The booklet contains information regarding education, counseling services, daycare, churches, employment, emergency numbers, and much more.  Please take time to review the booklet and keep for your reference. 


Church Directory:  The new Church Directory will be printed in the next couple of weeks.  If you want to use a different photo of yourself/your family, please give a new photo to Lois. 


Email Communication:  We are using email more and more to facilitate faster communication and reduce our postage expense.  If you have a new email address or have not provided the church with your email address, please do so.  Please send your address to Deena at the church office at and to Lois at


THANK YOU for your generous gifts to help those affected by the disasters in Pilger, NE and Rock Rapids, IA!  $2,170 has been donated.   This blessed the lives of five families who lost their personal possessions in the recent storms. We, at Trinity, are considering sponsoring a single Mom with a family of six with appliances, furniture, housing, etc.  Please contact Pastor Jones or Ellie Menz and share your thoughts on how to best help her family.


Trinity Landscape: Trinity has a lot of landscaping that requires attention.  The trustees are asking for volunteers to form a committee to be in charge of the landscaping.  Does this mean you do the work?  Not necessary, but you would organize times for volunteers to help with various projects.  If this sounds interesting to you please contact Dan Benitz (Trustee Chair), Dave Pedersen (Church Council Chair) or Lois Brant.


Community Fellowship to start Wednesday, September 10, 2014:  Community Fellowship was started last year, what an experience!  This has been an interesting outreach; the goal was for community fellowship and to learn about various activities in the community.  For those who attended it was an interesting learning experience, for those who did not attend they learned about activities in the community by reading the flyers, and asked questions about their presentations.  The most surprising event was the willingness of the speakers, only turned down when it did not fit into their schedules.  I hope you were able to attend, and to learn more about this amazing community.  This year the Wednesday Fellowship time will start at 4:00 p.m. with snacks and the speakers will be there 4:30 p.m..  There will be a light supper offered at 5:30 p.m.  If you know of someone or some event that sounds interesting, or if you are curious about something happening in the community, or if you would like to speak to this group please contact Lois at 515-386-5249 or email  Looking forward to another interesting year.


Trinity To Show Appreciation to the Teachers of Greene County: Plans are to show appreciation to the teachers in Greene County by providing snacks for them in their lounge on Monday Aug 25th. There are  three schools and the administration building in Jefferson, one in Grand Junction, and one in Churdan, with approximately 40- 50 people at each facility.  We plan to provide bags of snack mix, bars, and cookies at each school. Please bring items for a snack mix to Trinity by Sunday August 17; it can be almost anything (crackers, cereal, M&M, other candies, pretzels, etc.). The Outreach Committee will purchase any other items needed for the snack mix, so monetary donations are also welcome. Please bring the bars in throwaway pans to Trinity on Sunday Aug 24th, during Lutheran Half-hour we will bag the snack mix and cut the bars to have them ready for delivery on Monday morning Aug 25th. 


Board of Education: Do you like children?  Have you considered devoting a few hours each month to nurture children in their faith?  The Board of Christian Education will be asking for volunteers for the 2014-2015 Sunday School Church year.  Our goal is for each class to have 2 teachers so you and your co-teacher can split the Sundays that best fit your needs:  Some partners teach every other Sunday, some teach every other month, some teach for ½ the year.  We use the Growing in Christ curriculum which is flexible for you and your students.  Please talk to Tammy Brophy, Anne Carstens, Sarah Erickson or Christine Jones if you’d like to learn more.


Need School Supplies Now:  Collecting donations until July 31, 2014 and will assemble items in early August.  Trinity has volunteered to provide 175 highlighters and 54 pads of 3”x3” sticky notes.  As you are going through your children’s school items and you find some items that could be reused and your children will not need them this year, Pam said they would gladly take them for the school supply program. Example: scissors, calculators, binders, rulers, pencil boxes, etc. Please leave your donations to the school supplies program in the tub in the hallway.  Thank you. 


Thank You: A special Thank You to Christine Jones for designing and making the beautiful 75th Anniversary banners hanging above the alter.