Pastor's Updates


"Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious, For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, To the unknown god. What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you." Acts 17:22-23

Dear friends and members of Trinity,

"I'm a spiritual person, just not very religious". This phrase or something similar is often heard among "Hollywood types", media personalities, and occasionally even in our everyday conversations. To put the best meaning on the phrase, usually those saying it are defending their religious life as still involving prayer, belief, and even Bible reading. It seems that it also involves, a disconnect from "organized" religious observances, such as the worship life of a particular congregation. This past week in Sunday's Bible class on Acts 18 and Tuesdays class on Exodus 34, spirituality "in the wrong things" was not the solution but the problem. John Calvin a sixteenth century theologian once said the "human heart is an idol factory". Translation, we are by nature spiritual about (trusting in) the wrong things. Rather than seek out spirituality, our God given Holy Spirit induced journey is about receiving and seeking "the truth" of Christ and his Word. This involves an honest assessment of our lives (repentance), and an honest reception of all Christ has to offer (forgiveness, life, and salvation). May the Lord help us all live in this truth!


Pastor Krenz

FROM THE PRINCIPAL: This has been another busy week at school. Teachers have been preparing and conducting Parent/Teacher Conferences. We celebrated 8th Grade Night at our last home Volleyball Game on Tuesday evening. On Thursday, we had some volunteers from Christ Our Rock High School come over to do some odd jobs around the school for part of their service projects. We took spring sports pictures, prayed with our prayer families, and played in the Regional Volleyball Games. It's hard to believe we are already in the final quarter of the year! The 7th and 8th grade students have planted the tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and squash for the spring plant sale. We really appreciate have Mr. and Mrs. Ainslie help with this project. We are beginning to make plans for Awards Night and 8th Grade graduation. We received a follow-up letter from Mr. Fick, our Southern Illinois District Education Executive following his visit last month. It is enclosed in the bulletin. It is always good to hear from visitors about what they see in our school.


Beth Boester, Principal

WELCOME: This weekend we welcome Theresa Altom and Christ Schaubert into the fellowship of believers here at Trinity via adult confirmation. Theresa resides in Hoffman and works at DeMoulin Brothers & Company in Greenville. Christ, is a farmer who resides with is wife Stephanie in Shattuc. Please keep both Theresa and Chris in your prayers.

THANK YOU: Words cannot express how much we appreciate the many acts of kindness we have been shown following the passing of Dale. Thank you to Pastor Krenz for the prayers, comforting service, and for being with us at the hospital the night of Dale’s passing. Thank you Ruth Boehne for the beautiful music. Thanks to the Ladies Aide for preparing and serving the delicious meal following the service. The acts of support and kindness will long be remembered. The family of Dale Knolhoff

DEAR MEMBERS OF TRINITY: We cannot tell you how much your prayers, cards, and calls meant to us this winter. Thank you Pastor Krenz for your visit in St. Louis and your prayers. Special thanks to our children and grandchildren for all their efforts, concerns, and help. Presently, doctors are allowing us to return to Florida for about 3 weeks. Those who called our old phone # - we are sorry. We haven’t used that land line for 3 years. Please feel free to call Marlene’s cell (618)335-6344. Again, thank you. In Christ, Wayne & Marlene Maschhoff.

DEAR MEMBERS AT TRINITY LUTHERAN, MRS. ERNA BOEHNE, AND INDIVIDUALS PROVIDING THE OFFERING: Thank you. Thank you for your incredible and sustained financial generosity to our family. Thank you for providing for us in such a practical way. Thank you for providing the means for us to pay for tuition to seminary, rent, gas, and on, and on, and on. Thank you for being an answer to prayer and for being the hand of God in our lives. May God bless you for it. In Christ, Anna Marie Steffenson for Jason and the whole family.

LENTEN SCHEDULE: This year area LCMS pastors are rotating to seven different congregations bringing the “Return From Exile” message to the people of God. Please join us at 7pm for these Lenten services. In addition, all are invited to join us for a light meal in the school gym that will precede each service at 6pm.

Mar. 21 “Out of Egypt: Through the Water”

Pastor Landskroener (Messiah, Carlyle) Meal: Youth

March 29 Maundy Thursday 7:00pm worship at Trinity in Hoffman

March 30 Good Friday 7:00pm worship service at Bethlehem in Ferrin

April 1 Easter 8:00am worship service at Trinity in Hoffman

** There will be no Easter brunch in the gym this year**

**Note change in time from previous years

FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL- Next Sunday after worship, we will have a combined Sunday School, reviewing the Easter Account and doing a special craft for the Going’s in Japan. Come One, Come All.

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP MEETING will meet Monday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the school library. Men of all ages are eligible to be members.

PORTAL OF PRAYER; The April through June Portal of Prayers are here. You can pick up a copy in the narthex.

DEBT REDUCTION: Thank you to all who helped with the special "debt reduction" offering last week. This past weekend debt reduction collection was $9,847.00. The $25,000 note has been decreased to $4007.00.

AUDIO SERMONS: Past sermons are available in audio format at

ADULT LUNCH: March 23rd will be the Adult Luncheon at school. We will have our Easter Feast. Cost is $4.00 which you may pay that day. Adults meet and eat at noon. All adults are welcome to come. Please RSVP to the school office or Deb Albers by March 20th. This will be the last one for the school year. Thanks for your support over the year. Anyone wishing to help out the lunch program may do so with donations of paper products such as plates (any size), napkins, paper towels, 8 oz. Cups, or cleaning supplies of Dawn dish soap or bleach. Thank you very much!

BYE BYE BIRDIE: Come out to Christ Our Rock Lutheran high school and watch the talented COR students in this beloved classic. Be a part of history...this is the first musical at COR and also for the very first time the show will be performed at COR. If you have attended productions before, please note the location change. This year it will be happening at Christ Our Rock High School. The play is Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 at 7:00pm and on Sunday, March 25 at 2:00pm.


Sunday, April 8th at the Kleiboeker’s 6:30-8pm.

EASTER FLOWER ORDERS: The Altar Guild is taking orders for Easter Lilies and Hydrangeas for the Easter season. Order forms are located on the table in back of church. You can turn them into the church office or put them in an envelope and place them in the specially marked box in the church narthex (entryway).. Orders are due by Sunday, March 18.

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY: The next 2pm "Exodus" Bible class will continue on Tuesday, March 20th at Carlyle Health Care.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Today, the Sunday School students study “Sin Enters the World”

HOW THE CHURCH GREW: This Sunday we will be leading our Acts class by looking at chapter 18. Join us in the Gym at 10:00am.

2017 CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS are ready and are located in the Narthex. Please pick up your statement. If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Tate (618-322-3708) or Sheila Holston (618-322-5776).

IT’S TIME TO DONATE YOUR DIMES! Did you know that one full 2 liter bottle of dimes is worth over $500? Your dimes will be used to assist our Student Support Ministry which provides speech and language, math and reading tutoring for some of our students. Let's Fill the bottle!

FERRIN PASTORAL VACANCY: I am continuing to serve the pastoral vacancy at Bethlehem Ferrin. They have recently changed their Sunday service times to 11am. Please continue to keep this congregation in your prayers. Pastor Krenz

“CHRIST IN THE PASSOVER” PRESENTATION AT NEW MINDEN: David “Moose” Garrett of Jews for Jesus will re-create the traditional Passover service and explain how it foreshadowed Jesus’ death and resurrection in a presentation called “Christ in the Passover” at St. John’s, New Minden, on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. He will set a table with items traditionally used at the Passover meal and detail their spiritual significance. He will also explain the connection between the events of the first Passover in Egypt and the redemption that Jesus accomplished, as well as the deep bond between the ancient Passover feast and the Christian communion celebration today. Q and A will follow the presentation. David is a graduate of Concordia University, Chicago, and a member an LCMS Church in San Francisco, where he oversees Children and Youth Ministry at the Jews for Jesus international headquarters.

CORLHS FUNDRAISER: Forms are located in the narthex to place your order for flats of annual flowers, hanging baskets, and patio pots. All orders must be received by Thursday, March 29th.

PTL TECHNOLOGY CHICKEN DINNER FUNDRAISER: will be held at the Pinball Palace, 1150 12th Street, Carlyle, Illinois on Sunday April 15th from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Adults $10.00 – Children $5.00. Tickets may be purchased from any PTL Member or Purchased at the door.

TRIVIA NIGHT: Agape Youth at Ferrin will host a trivia night on Saturday April 14th. (This was rescheduled from March 3rd.) Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. We will have teams of up to 8 people, you may have less. Each person is $10.00. Free baby-sitting will be provided. Drinks will be provided also. To reserve a table call or text Sara Kuper at 974-8369 OR email us at Thank you for your support. Come and have some fun. There will also be attendance prizes.

CHOIR CONCERT: On April 12th, the Jubilate Choir from Lutheran High School in Parker, Colorado, will visit Trinity Lutheran, Nashville, for a 7:00 p.m. concert, featuring a variety of music from different eras, composers, and genres. The Jubilate Choir is a 28 voice, select ensemble that travels throughout the state of Colorado and the country sharing God’s gift of music with audiences of all ages. The choir has performed for a variety of different events including a recent performance at the

Colorado Music Educators Conference. The group is directed by Christopher Loesel and accompanied by Daniel Vanderhyde. We hope to see you there!

SJH BREESE SPRING 2018 HEALTH FAIR::Pre-registration for the 2018 HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese Spring 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:

· March 21, 2018 - Carlyle KC Hall

· April 4, 2018 - Trenton 1st UMC

· April 18, 2018 - Germantown Legion

Forms are available at the hospital’s front desk, the Health Plex, local doctors’ offices, local libraries and on the hospital’s web site:

For more information contact Judy at 618-526-5351

God Be Willing – Trinity Church Calendar – March 17th to March 25th

Saturday: 6:00pm Worship Service

Sunday: 8:30am Worship Service; 10:00am Sunday School/Bible Class

4:30pm Jr. Confirmation

Monday: 6:30pm Men’s Fellowship

Tuesday: 2:00pm Bible Study at Carlyle Healthcare

Wednesday: 8:45am Chapel

1:00pm Quilting,

5:30pm Bell Choir

6:00pm Lenten Meal (Women’s Fellowship)

7:00pm Lenten Wednesday Service

8:00pm Choir

Saturday: 6:00pm Worship Service

Sunday: 8:30am Worship Service; 10:00am Sunday School/Bible Class

4:30pm Jr. Confirmation


March 23 - 8th Grade to Reality Store

March 24 - VB State

March 28 Early Dismissal (2:00 pm)

March 29 - April 3 No School - Easter Break

April 4 - School Resumes

April 7 - Track Meet - Collinsville High School

April 8 - Open House/Kindergarten Registration 1-3 pm

April 13 - Grandparents' Day - Early Dismissal

April 15 - PTL Chicken Dinner -@ Pinball Palace(Carlyle)

**Please mark your calendars and share as necessary: Due to Earth Day falling on April 20th, Grandparents' Day has been moved up to April 13.