Pastor's Updates


28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-29

Dear friends and members of Trinity,

The above verses are some of the most relevant/and comforting words that our Lord Jesus ever spoke. Relevant, in that we all have some form of "heavy ladenness" (yes that is a made up word), and most of us anticipate and appreciate rest. Rest, defined here not as merely lounging around (that gets old), but rest/relaxation/ assurance of our beloved status before God in Christ Jesus. Due to this "loved status", the world and our old nature simply do not weigh us down like they once did. One of the greatest joys of serving here at Trinity is leading worship, and I get to do it twice each weekend!!! Some people think that rest means sleeping in a bit later...even on Sunday morning....yet this is a poor substitute for the true lest our ever present Jesus brings us through word and meal. Need some rest? Let's receive God's gifts in worship together. I pray you have a rest filled weekend!!

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Krenz

Remember in Our Prayers

Pastor Krenz and his family: As they prepare to transition from Trinity Hoffman to St. Paul's in Columbia, IL.

This Congregation: As it prepares for a pastoral vacancy.

Judith Ramsour–home following a recent hospitalization.

Peggy Anderson-Recovering at Greenville Hospital from a broken hip.

Marlene Fruend-home following knee replacement surgery.

John McCoy-Recovering from a broken leg

Lawrence Rueter- Recovering from hand surgery.

Wayne Michael – dealing with health issues.

Levi Sanders- Recovering from a bone marrow transplant.

Living with cancer and/or receiving treatments: Brenda Edler, Roland Telford, Bob Steinkamp, Bo Arvin, Marlene Cole, Elizabeth Weidner (friend of Jaime Spittler), Kathy Steinmann

(friend of Lola Zimmermann), Reese Lewis- (5 year old granddaughter of Margo (Wessel) Marshal)l, Judy Owen- (Grandmother of Cameron Owen).

Our Missionary Family- Tom and Debi Going who are serving at Urawa Lutheran School in Japan.

Christ the Vine Lutheran Mission

Rev. Scott Schilbe –From Christ Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN as he considers the call to serve at Messiah in Carlyle.

Rev. David Wilshek and the members of Trinity Centralia as he begins his vacancy work in that congregation.

Southern Illinois Church of the Week: Unity Lutheran Church, E. St. Louis, Illinois.

Trinity First Grade Class: Jude Anderson, Ryder Ashby-Lyons, Eli Kuper, Marian McCline, Isaac Romine, and Teacher Angie Redeker.


VERSE OF THE WEEK: Isaiah 40:31

PORTAL OF PRAYERS: The Oct – Dec. Portal of Prayers are here and located in the narthex.

ADULT BIBLE STUDY: Today Pastor Perry will be reflecting on Ephesians 6:10-17 & Matthew 11:28-30. The Bible class meets in the school gym.

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: In Sunday School today, the children will learn the account of “The Passover.” This true story, about the night when the angel of death passed over the homes of God’s people who had painted their doors with the blood of a lamb, foreshadows Christ, God’s Son, who became the Lamb whose blood was shed for us. Jesus is our Passover Lamb, and thus we will never die – we have the gift of eternal life. Ask your children, “Who gives us the faith go believe that Jesus is our Savior?”

ABOVE AND BEYOND: Due to certain cash flow challenges and our operating debt being at capacity, we are taking a special debt reduction/general fund offering that is above and beyond your regular offerings on the weekends of October 6th & 7th and October 13th & 14th. Our operating debt is presently at $98,925 and our special $20,000 note taken out last December has $1787 to pay off by December 29th, 2018. Members of the Church Council

PTL FUNDRAISER: PTL is selling Little Caesars Pizzas. Order forms are due October 19th. Delivery date will be October 30th. If you have an questions, contact Annette Kleiboeker at 322-7414.

Wednesday School of Religion (These classes will meet at the school): Wednesday School of Religion is open to everyone, but especially for those who do not attend our Day School. this is for ages Kindergarten through 6th grade and will meet at the school. These classes will start on October 10th and run through November 14th, from 5:45-6:30pm.

THE MEN’S CLUB FELLOWSHIP MEETING is scheduled for Saturday, October 20 at 8:00am for a breakfast meeting at Cafe 50, which is in Carlyle across from the County Seat Building. If you plan to attend, phone Jim Roeckeman at 610-5855 or let me know if I you see me at Church, Sunday School, etc. So, hope to see you on October 20.

THE HOFFMAN COMMUNITY BIRTHDAY CALENDAR is being updated for 2019. PTL members will be in church narthex the next few weeks accepting updates and orders for the calendar. You may also contact Mia Zimmermann @ 618-560-3814 or email to update your listings. Thank you for supporting our school.

FAREWELL RECEPTION: Pastor Krenz will preside at his final services here at Trinity on October 20th & 21st. All are invited to a reception that will follow the Sunday Service in the school gym.

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY: Are you managing your money or is your money managing you?, We will be offering an 8 week class on Christian stewardship using some of the materials from the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University. We will cover the baby steps to financial freedom and budgeting. We will also talk about debt, savings, retirement and insurance. This class would be great for young families, but anyone can benefit. If you are interested, we will meet in the 5th and 6th grade classroom at 7pm. There is no cost for this class.

FROM THE PRINCIPAL: I wonder where that cool fall weather is. It has been a warm week. Our first home Pee Wee Basketball game is here in our Gym on Tuesday, October 9 at 6:00 pm. We would love for you to come and see our team play! We enjoyed the baby shower for Mr. Fick and his wife, Rebecca. Women's Fellowship provided a very festive venue. We also had cupcakes to share with the students on Wednesday. Please keep the Fick's in your prayers as they prepare to welcome the baby soon.

Thank you for supporting our school and its students.

Blessings on your week,

Mrs. Boester

1ST & 2ND GRADE MISSION PROJECT: This year the first and second grade will be doing different activities for the Ronald McDonald House as a mission project. One thing that we will be doing is collecting pop tops and old keys. If you have any pop tops or old keys please bring them and put them in the buckets either at school or in the back of the church and we will take them to the Ronald McDonald House at the end of the school year. Thank you for your help and support.

LIBRARY: Just a reminder to everyone. Our church library has some wonderful books to read. Please feel free to check them out and keep them as long as you want.

CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER: Women’s Fellowship will again be gathering items for Operation Christmas Child. The first year we sent 25 shoe boxes and last year with your help we were able to fill 50 boxes. We are hoping to have at least 60 this year. To start off the campaign in

the month of September we will be collecting School Supplies: Pencils, Pencil Sharpeners, Colored Pencils, Crayons (box of 24), Markers, Index cards, Scissors, Rulers and Note pads.

Remember that everything has to fit into a shoe box. We hope to purchase plastic boxes that the children can reuse. In October and November we will be collecting different items. Watch for the list

in the newsletter and bulletin. There will be a tote in the entrance to the church. Thank you for your help. If you have questions contact Carla Knolhoff 495-2902.

HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital HEALTH FAIR: Pre-registration for the 2018 HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese Fall Health Fair is now open! It’s a great time to keep your health in check with lab tests and health screenings. Health Fairs are on the following Wednesdays from 6 – 10am:

· October 17 at the Germantown Legion

Forms are available at the hospital’s front desk, the HealthPlex, local doctors’ offices, local libraries and on the hospital’s web site: For more information contact Judy at 618-526-5351

ARMED INTRUDER - PLANNING & PREVENTION PROGRAM, MONDAY, OCT. 8 @ 7pm in the Messiah Fellowship Hall. Mike Lane of the Carlyle Police Department will present a program concerning keeping the congregation safe before, during, and after a violent attack. Program will last about 1 hour with question and answer session afterwards. Messiah Lutheran Church, 1091 13th St. Carlyle, IL 62231

REFORMATION SERVICE: When celebrating the Reformation it may seem counter-intuitive to call Lutherans “catholic.” Luther and the other reformers are known for their opposition to the Catholic Church of their day. They rejected any church tradition which obscured the Gospel —

and rightfully so. They are less well known, however, for their reliance on that very same tradition in reforming the church. They believed what they were saying to the church of their day was nothing new. They not only believed it; they proved it. On Sunday, Oct. 28, hear more about this “catholic” Reformation from the Rev. Dr. Joel C. Elowsky, professor of Historical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He also serves as director of the Center for the Study of Early Christian Texts. The event begins with a service at 4 p.m. at Olive Branch Lutheran Church in rural Okawville (11265 State Route 177). The service will feature a choir of district circuits 7 and 8, and the

choir of Immanuel Lutheran School, Okawville. Elowsky will preach during the service. A dinner and his presentation will follow at the Original Springs Hotel, 506 N. Hanover St., Okawville. To attend the dinner, please send a RSVP to Olive Branch Lutheran Church at 618-243-5498. Reservations end at October 14th. The cost of the dinner will be 20 dollars The dinner is a buffet. All are welcome to attend and hear about the catholic significance of the Reformation.

OPTIMIZE YOUR MARRIAGE at Lutheran Marriage Encounter scheduled for November 2-4, 2018 at Sojourn Retreat Center in Dittmer, MO. You’ll enrich your marriage and add pizzazz to your relationship. Apply today at, or contact Tom & Kathy Von Behren at or 636-343-9453 for more information. Pre-registration is required – don’t miss out!

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: Every clip counts. Never underestimate the power of one! Cut and Save those box tops and drop them in the box located in the narthex.

AUDIO SERMONS: Past sermons are available in audio format at

HEARING DEVICES: The hearing devices for church services are located on the bookshelf in the narthex of church.

ALZHEIMER’S/DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS are on the last Tuesday of each month at 2:00pm. This group provides a safe and supportive environment to share thoughts, feelings, experiences, and challenges of families affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia related conditions. All are welcome to attend. More information, contact Centralia Manor, 1910 E McCord Hwy 161 E., Centralia, Illinois 618-533-1200 *

God Be Willing – Trinity Church Calendar – Oct 6th – Oct 14th

Saturday: 6:00pm Saturday Worship Service

Sunday: 8:30am Worship Service – LWML Sunday

10:00am Sunday School/Bible Class

Monday: 6:00pm School Board, 7pm Trustees, 8pm Council

Wednesday: 8:45am Chapel

1:00pm Quilting

5:30pm Jr. Confirmation/School of Religion

6:30pm Adult Information Class

6:30pm Bells

7:30pm Choir

Thursday: 7:00pm Elders meeting with President Scharr

Saturday: 6:00pm Saturday Worship Service

Sunday: 8:30am Worship Service

10:00am Sunday School/Bible Class

School Events for the week:

Oct 5 SID/CID Teachers' Conference @ Bethel-Morton NO SCHOOL

Oct 8 Columbus Day - No School; Board Meeting 6pm

Oct 9 SID Visit; Pee Wee Game @ Home (Oakdale) 6:00 pm

Oct 10 5th/6th Grade Field Trip to Springfield

Oct 11 Firemen's Visit; Pee Wee Game @ Home (TSJ/ILS) 6:00 pm

Oct 14 Students in Pre-k through 8th grade will sing in church