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  • As we grow in Christs love and the Word, We will share Christs love with the world.

    St. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church 7925 Sashabaw Rd. Clarkston, MI 48348-2905 JULY 2016

    The other day I was reflecting on Vacation Bible School. With my apologies to Sound of Music and Julie Andrews, this

    thought came to mind: Children in hallways with loud shouts and giggles

    The Spirit a-moving, those sitting, all wiggles

    Joy on their faces and in footsteps the springs

    These are a few of my favorite things.

    With their crafties, and their bangles

    With a new song and new handles

    On sharing the Good News of Jesus, our Lord

    These are Gods children, always adored!

    How I love the opportunity of Vacation Bible School which, as we begin the month of July, we will have just finished. I

    heard the other day someone who struggled with the fact that Vacation Bible School has just become a free summer babysitting

    service for parents. They were bemoaning the fact. But, even if that is what it is, think of how God can, and does, work through

    this opportunity to share the love of God in Jesus with others!

    But, this cannot be an end. There is always need for continued contact with those who do not have a church home. There

    are other opportunities outside of VBS to reach out and touch people where they are and share with them the hope we have in

    Jesus. In a world where people are feeling less secure, where uncertainty of the future often is found,

    we have a hope and a certainty we can share with them. Hebrews 13:8 reminds us that Jesus Christ

    is the same yesterday, today and forever. The Word of God and the salvation we have been given

    must never change! Yet, in that certainty, situations may direct us in how we share that hope. We

    have that sure and certain foundation of faith. David wrote, The Lord is my rock and my fortress

    and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in Whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my

    salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2) What about those who do not have that hope, that strength in

    their life? What about those who still build on the shifting sands of worldly philosophy or false religions? Do we hold out our

    hope and foundation to them?

    We recently read about Mohammed Ali, the great boxer, dying. He made the statement that all religions are the same and

    everyone goes to heaven (my paraphrase). Someone also stated he was in heaven. I do not write this in judgment, but to remind

    us that Jesus told us that [He] is the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through [Him].

    (John 14:6)

    Why do we do Vacation Bible School? Why do we gather weekly in worship? Why are we sent into the world? To teach

    about Jesus. So we can share the hope and the certainty that we have been given. We do so because we have been

    commissioned by Jesus, Himself, and given the power of the Holy Spirit to do so.

    Recently, I learned about some visitors at our church, children, who wanted to go to Sunday School because one of our

    children reached out to them. These children do not regularly go to church but, because of child-like love and trust, they heard

    Gods Word. Lets be child-like again, enjoying and appreciating the opportunities we are give to share the Word, to share the

    love and the hope we have in Jesus!

    Pastor Schaeffer Proverbs 16:3 Commit all you do to the Lord and your work will succeed

  • Page 2 St. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Clarkston

    Cost of Ministry for 2016 As of 5/31/2016

    Offering Collected = $ 159,399.14

    Actual Expenses = $ 162,341.30 SHORT - $ 2,942.16

    When we fall short of planned expenses our part of Gods mission is not getting done.


    So that members can prepare for Worship Services, each month, we will

    provide the Sermon Themes for the upcoming month. Here they are for

    the month of July:

    Theme and Text

    July 03: Gods Great Victory Luke 10:19-20

    July 10: Walk This Way Colossians 1:9-13 July 17: Too Many Distractions Luke 10:40-42

    July 24: Can We Bargain with God? __ Genesis 18:32-33 (Luke 11:8-10)

    July 31: A New Mind-set Colossians 3:1-3 (Eccl. 2:26)

    Mission Statement: To involve the youth of St. Trinity in the full life of Gods church with focus on sharing the Gospel Message, Fellowship with one another, & encouraging a servant heart.

    Mark your calendars for these up-coming dates:

    7/01 7:00 pm Family Fun & Fellowship 7/15-7/17 Camping at Pickney State Park 7/30-8/6 Camping at White River Campground 8/12-8/14 Canoe Trip w/St. John, Rochester 8/21 12:30 pm Back-to-School Picnic at Schroeders House

    But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. ~2 Timothy 3:14 & 15




    J.O.Y. (just older youth) The J.O.Y. group meets again on Thursday, July 21 at noon for a potluck and fellowship. Please join us

    and bring a dish to pass & a place setting for FUN, FOOD, & FELLOWSHIP.

    Meals for the LaRaia Family We will be collecting meals on a quarterly basis for the LaRaia family; father and teenage son. Please bring meals during the month of July. The final collection date is July 24. Package your meal in a non-returnable container and label it LaRaia Family and place it in the FLC freezer. Please write any instructions for cooking/reheating on the package. For questions, call Michelle Allen at 248.736.0649. The LaRaia family is extremely grateful for the support of the congregation of St. Trinity.

    Next Voters Assembly Monday, July 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm Election of 2017 Health Care Plan

    for St. Trinity Staff

    Becoming a Voting Member If any confirmed member of St. Trinity (18 years or older) would like to become a voting member, you must first attend a Voters meeting. At the second Voters Assembly meeting you attend, you may vote. You may get more information on this from the Constitution and Bylaws.


    The "Celebrant Singers" will hold a concert at St. Trinity on Thursday, July 28 at 7:00 pm. They have a 10 member choir and a 12 piece band that will put on a 90 minute concert for St. Trinity that will end in a prayer session. We will hold a dinner at 5:00 (potluck) prior to the concert. We will need to find housing for all the members of the group (about 25 total). Housing will include a place to sleep, breakfast in the morning and a sack lunch to send with them. A sign-up sheet is posted on the Family Life Bulletin Board for you to let us know how many people you can house. Mark your calendars for this special event, and please consider housing some of the band and choir members. For more information, please contact Fred Hohnstadt at (248)520-4734 or

    From Vera Hahn: Thank you for all the support and prayers.

    From Oxford Pregnancy Center: Thank you to the members of St. Trinity Lutheran Church for participating in our Baby Bottle Fundraiser. The current donation of $714.11 with bottles still being returned. Your support of the Baby Bottle Campaign is truly a blessing to the OPC. We are so appreciative of each gift! Thank you! Because of your generosity, we continue the mission together of reaching out to women facing unplanned pregnancies offering practical help and the love of God. God Bless You!

  • Page 3 St. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Clarkston

    STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT Stewardship is the expression of our desire as Christians to contribute to the mission and ministry of the church. As we grow spiritually, we understand that serving and giving are important parts of our Christian life. God calls us to give of ourselves through our time, talents, and treasures. Through the sharing of our resources with the needy, we are showing our support and love for them and giving glory to God. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers (Galatians 6:10).

    A LETTER FROM SEMINARIAN, JONATHAN JENNINGS : Dear Members of St. Trinity, I want to thank you for your continued financial support over this past year. It truly is a blessing in making the seminary more affordable to attend. My wife, Stefanie and I are in the process of packing our home in order to move to Shorewood, WI where I will serve as Vicar at Lutheran Memorial Chapel. We are both excited about this and look forward to what God has in store for us this next year. Again, thank you for your continued support. I truly appreciate it. I pray that God will continue to bless you all.

    In Christ, Jonathan Jennings



    2016 CAMPING SCHEDULE July 15-17 Pickney State Park Host: Ramigs Phone: 248.852.6309

    July 30-Aug. 6 White River Campground Host: McDowells Phone: 248.889.2802

    Aug. 26-28 Lighthouse County Park Host: Bradbury Phone: 248.676.8938

    Sept. 16-19 Addison Oaks County Park Host: Ramigs Phone: 248.852.6309

    Oct. 7-


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