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TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
Forgiveness: The Double-Edged Word
It’s the weight of forgiveness that wasn’t allowed to pass through. And for me, that’s mainly because I’ve misunderstood something so incredibly profound about forgiveness.
Forgiveness isn’t something hard we have the option to do or not do. Forgiveness is something hard-won that we have the opportunity to participate in.
Our part in forgiveness isn’t one of desperation, where we have to muscle through with gritted teeth and clenched fists. It isn’t sobbing through the resistance of all our justifications to stay angry and hurt and horrified by all they did. This is what I once thought forgiveness was, and after already being the one who was hurt, I couldn’t imagine having yet another process to work through.
But when I wrongly think forgiveness rises and falls on all my efforts, conjured maturity, bossed-around resistance, and gentle feelings that feel real one moment and fake the next, I’ll never be able to authentically give the kind of forgiveness Jesus has given me.
My ability to forgive others rises and falls on leaning into what Jesus has already done, which allows His grace for me to flow freely through me. (Ephesians 4:7)
Forgiveness isn’t an act of my determination. Forgiveness is only made possible by my cooperation. Cooperation is what I’ve been missing. Cooperation with what Jesus has already done makes verses like Ephesians 4:32 possible: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Forgiving one another just as Christ forgave you. God knew we couldn’t do it on our own. So, He made a way not dependent on our strength. A forgiving way. A way to grab on to Jesus’ outstretched arms, bloody from …Continued on Page 7…
October 2020 Newsletter
500 S Pennsylvania Ave PO Box 427 Platte, SD 57369
Do you ever find yourself defining life by before and after the deep hurt?
The horrific season. The conversation that stunned you. The shocking day of discovery. The divorce. The wrongful death so unfathomable, you still can’t believe they’re gone. The breakup. The day your friend walked away. The hateful conversation. The remark that seems to now be branded on your soul. The day everything changed.
That marked moment in time. Life before. Life now. Is it even possible to move on from something like this? Is it even possible to create a life that’s beautiful again?
I deeply understand this kind of defining devastation in such a personal way.
Like you, I wish I didn’t have such an intimate understanding of those feelings. But I do.
If you read my book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, you know of the shattering discovery of my husband Art’s affair and the long road of uncertainty I was still walking at the end of that book. The four years of hellish heartbreak that followed the discovery did eventually take an unexpected turn toward reconciliation. I’m grateful, but I have not been spared the slow and grueling work of finding one’s way again after experiencing something that forever marks your life. When your heart has been shattered and reshaped into something that doesn’t quite feel normal inside your own chest, the word “forgiveness” feels a bit unrealistic to mention.
But friend, can I whisper something today I’m learning? Forgiveness is possible, but it won’t always feel possible. It’s a double-edged word, isn’t it?
It’s hard to give. It’s amazing to get. But when we receive it so freely from the Lord and refuse to give it, something heavy starts to form in our souls.
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ
Trinity Lutheran Church October 2020 Newsletter
Trinity Lutheran Church Council met Monday, September 28, 2020.
Present: Jerry Dykstra, Jeff Engebretson, Tonya Standy, Lee Hanten, Mike Konechne, Spencer DeHaan and Tana Huizenga.
The meeting was called to order by President Jerry Dykstra. Lee led with prayer.
SECRETARY’S REPORT The secretary’s report was reviewed, Mike made a motion to approve, Lee seconded it, the motion carried.
TREASURER’S REPORT We reviewed the treasurer’s report, the new account has been opened and the old one is closed, all the money was recovered, so no loss to the church. Tonya made a motion we get Wendy $250.00 in Chamber Bucks for the extra work she has been doing regarding fraud on the account and also in not having a pastor, Jeff seconded it, the motion carried.
Jerry will contact the Mission Board to see what disbursements they recommend.
Lee made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, Jeff seconded it, the motion carried.
We also discussed the new Give Plus app, if anyone has any questions about using it, they can contact Wendy, Tonya or Jeff, we have all downloaded it and are using it, it is very user friendly.
TRUSTEE’S REPORT Nothing to report.
DEACON’S REPORT A representative from Kingdom Boundary would like to give a message, deacons will get them on the schedule.
Jeff will replay last Sunday’s service if there is anyone who missed it that wants to view it.
SEARCH COMMITTEE: Jeff said the search committee will be meeting next Sunday and hopefully bring a candidate name to the council after that.
BASEMENT PROJECT: Summit Contracting will be starting the basement project in the spring.
PARSONAGE: Thank you to Jaylon Severson for painting the basement for his senior project. We went over a bid for windows and labor. Tana made a motion to approve the bid for the new windows and bill for Mike Meyerink to install them, tape, texture, prime and paint at the parsonage for approximately $10,000.00 total, Spencer seconded the motion, it carried. The siding will be done at a later date.
SOUND SYSTEM: They will be here this week to update the sound system. Mike made a motion to approve the quote of $505.86 from Cole’s Computers for the purchase of a laptop for the sound system.
NEW BUSINESS Since we have some COVID cases in town now, we discussed communion, we will have the individually wrapped ones available for people to pick up before the service if they aren’t comfortable going up front for communion.
Lee made a motion to adjourn the meeting.
We closed with the Lord’s Prayer.
Respectfully submitted, Tonya Standy
Church Council Minutes
Page 3 October 2020 Newsletter Trinity Lutheran Church
From the WOW Co-Presidents
Letting Your Leaves Fall Little yellow leaves from the front yard tree dance across the porch and driveway. As their bright green color fades, it seems they fall almost as quickly as they change. I love summer affectionately and part of me longs to whisper to the tree “Hold on a little longer. Come on; you got this. Think green!” But graciously the tree listens to its Maker rather than my foolish whispers. In order to flourish in the new season, the tree must let go of its decayed leaves. They have performed well for the term, but their time has drawn to a close. Autumn is a wonderful time to observe nature. As I watch the swirling leaves stirred by the wind, I am reminded that they display an important lesson for all of us to follow suit in a way. Just as the trees don’t stubbornly hold on to their dead leaves, so we shouldn’t hold on to any unnecessary weight in our lives. When we long to enter a new season, the old can easily inhibit the new if we allow it. God’s Word reminds us to: Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:31,32 (NIV) To get rid of negativity in our lives, we must first identify it. How can we do this? » By reading God’s Word. » By allowing His Spirit to show us the necessary heart changes we need. » By being willing to shun practices such as bitterness and anger. » By asking God to help us let go of the guilt from the past. Oh how the Lord longs to empower and strengthen us for the new season ahead! If we’re not sure of the issues detaining a kind and compassionate spirit, He will show us when we ask. And if guilt from the past is preventing this beautiful new season, we have His promises like this one to remember: Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18,19 (NIV)
Connie Kirsch & Gladys Kuipers
Bible Study Groups:
~Pricilla Bible study group will not be meeting for the rest of the year. Will resume meeting in January and continue with the same Bible study book ~Martha Bible study group meeting Tuesday, October 13 at 7 pm – restarting “The Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer (more info on p. 6) ~Hannah Bible study group will be meeting Thursday, October 15 at 1:30 pm
Balance on Hand August 19, 2020 $ 4150.69
Tammy Darling (reimbursement- toilet tissue)