Pastor's Updates


"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me" Psalm 51:10 (Part of the Introit for this weekend's services)

"If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation" 2 Corinthians 5:17

Dear friends and members of Trinity,

God was once approached by a modern academic who said, “Listen God, we’ve decided we don’t need you anymore. These days we can clone people, transplant organs and do all sorts of things that used to be considered miraculous.” God replied, “Don’t need me huh? How about we put your theory to the test. Why don’t we have a competition to see who can make a human being, say, a male human being.”The scientist agrees, so God declares they should do it like he did in the good old days when he created Adam.“Fine” says the scientist as he bends down to scoop up a handful of dirt.”“Whoa!” says God, shaking his head in disapproval. “Not so fast. You get your own dirt.”

Only God creates. The best we can do as human beings is take what is already created by God and mold it into something else. The Psalmist David knows in the above verse that he doesn't need a "fixed heart", he needs a brand new heart (a new creation). He is not in the creating it has to come from God. Thanks be to God, in Jesus Christ he makes all things new. The resurrected Lord makes us new in our baptism, he makes us new when he forgives us, he makes us new when we die and enter heaven, and he will make us new at his resurrection. He just can't help but create new things.....especially for you and me.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Krenz

Weekend Service Theme: "The source of sin and the solution to sin" Mark 7:14-23 Other Scripture Readings: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 & Mark 7:14-23.

Remember in Our Prayers

Family of Juanita Ahrens- Who received her eternal crown this past week.

Family of Winston Etheridge (Cousin of Ann Kleiboeker) who died this past week.

Dianne Schefelker- Recovering following her recent hospitalization.

Russ Schefelker- Brother of Pastor Schefelker dealing with health issues.

Lawrence Rueter- Recovering from hand surgery.

Deloris Kellermann- In rehabilitation after a recent hospitalization.

Levi Sanders- Recovering from a bone marrow transplant.

Cliff Nehrt- recovering at home.

Living with cancer and/or receiving treatments: Roland Telford, Bob Steinkamp, Brenda Edler, Bo Arvin, Danny Owen (Cameron's Grandpa), Christine Twenhafel, Marlene Cole, Elizabeth Weidner (friend of Jaime Spittler), Kathy Steinmann (friend of Lola Zimmermann), Reese Lewis- 5 year old granddaughter of Margo (Wessel) Marshall, Judy Owen- Grandmother of Cameron Owen.

Our Missionary Family- Tom and Debi Going: That God would bless their visits in the U.S. during their furlough from missionary work in Japan.

Christ the Vine Lutheran Mission

Trinity Centralia and Messiah Carlyle during their pastoral vacancies.

Southern Illinois Church of the Week: St. Paul Lutheran Church, Troy, Illinois.



THANK YOU to everyone for all your love and support you have shown to mom and our family. Thank you to Pastor Krenz for all the comforting words and prayers. She appreciated the Weekly Bible Studies you did at the nursing home more than you will ever know. Thanks to Ruth for playing the organ at the funeral and to the Women’s Fellowship for all the prep and cleanup at the luncheon. Special thanks to all of you who took the time to visit or check in during the last couple of months. You all have truly been a Blessing. The family of Joyce Michael

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP will start meeting again. The meeting will be at 7 PM on Tuesday, September 4th at the school.

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.

SMALL CATECHISM INSIGHTS: Join us on Sunday mornings through the month of September as we continue our walk through the old/new small catechism. Old, because it is Luther's catechism, which is 500 years old, and new because the questions and answers have recently been updated. Join us on Sunday mornings in the school gym from 10am- 10:45am.

BLOOD DRIVE: Christ Our Rock Blood Drive, Wednesday, September 5 from 2:00-6:00. Please consider donating or recruit someone to donate on your behalf. The more units collected, the greater the scholarship potential for a COR senior. Patti Heard

PASTOR KRENZ will be out of the office on Thursday and Friday this week as he and Lisa attend a few activities at Concordia, Chicago. He will be here for the weekend services.

ADULT LUNCH: will be served at the school on September 7th at 12 noon. Cost is $4.00. RSVP to the school office by September 4th even if you have attended in the past.

THE TUESDAY BIBLE CLASS is at the Carlyle Healthcare Center Tuesday, September 4th at 2:00pm. The book we are presently studying is 2nd Timothy.


SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: Today in Sunday School, the children will learn how “Joseph Feeds Egypt” during a great famine. Ask your children, “How do our sins cause suffering for both ourselves and others?” God sent His Son, Jesus, to save all humanity from sin, death, and the devil. Discuss the reality that in spite of how awful life seems, Jesus is with us through His Word and Sacraments, caring for us always.

TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY: On Tuesday, September 25th at 7pm we will be starting a six week Bible class on the book of Ephesians. We will meet in the church office. Please sign up in the narthex if interested.

THE CONGREGATIONAL PICNIC: It will be September 23 starting at 11:00am at the School. We are celebrating our 143rd year of our school here in our Community. Come celebrate with us whether or not you have a child or grandchild in the school or a member of our Church. We want you to help rejoice on the blessing of a school in our community for 143 years! Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and soft drinks will be provide by Trinity Church and Thrivent Financial. Bring a chair. Many activities for young and old alike will be there for you!!

VOTERS MEETING: The annual fall congregational Voter's meeting will take place on Sunday, September 16th at 11am in the school gym.

CORLHS TEE OFF GOLF SCRAMBLE: Whether you play with a competitive edge or just enjoy a day on the golf course, don’t be left out of the CORLHS Tee Off Golf Scramble. The Sept. 7 registration deadline is nearing to enter your foursome or individual entry. The 15th annual CORLHS Tee Off Golf Scramble will be held on Sunday, September 16, at Greenview Golf Course in Centralia. Tee off is at 1:00pm with an awards dinner to follow the round of golf. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Visit or call 226-3315 for information. Forms are located in the narthex.

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY: Are you managing your money or is your money managing you? Beginning Tuesday, September 25th, 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: Our year is off to a great start. Schedules and routines are established and moving along nicely. Our theme verse for the year was the topic of Wednesday's chapel message for the students. We live in a world that is constantly changing. People change, the seasons change, knowledge changes. Nothing ever seems to stay the same. In a world that is constantly changing, it would be nice if there was at least one thing that we could count on to stay the same when everything around us is changing. The Bible tells us that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." When everything around us is changing and we don't know what to believe or what to think, we can always know that Jesus remains the same. His love for us remains the same. His truth remains the same. His promises are true. This provides us comfort in an ever-changing world.

We welcome the long weekend. After Labor Day, we welcome our preschool students. Baseball and softball games continue. We also will have our first PTL meeting of the year. One of the main items for discussion is our playground equipment. We are forming a playground committee to look at options for improvement. We are also making plans to begin the committee work for NLSA. If interested in being on a committee, please contact me. Continue to pray for our school, staff, and students.

Blessings on your week,

Mrs. Boester

WALKING IN THE WORD: On Wednesday mornings, we are walking in the gym during our staff devotion time from 7:30 to 8:00 am. We want to invite congregation members to join us for this time of fellowship. We walk together and listen to music and a devotion during this time. If you want to join us, please sign up by calling the school office or stopping in. See you on Wednesday!

SCHOOL CHAPEL MISSION: During August and September, we are collecting money for the Centralia Crisis Pregnancy Center which provides support to expecting and new mothers. Baby Bottles are in the Narthex to use for collecting your change. We need to return the bottles at the end of September. Thank you for supporting our mission!

YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER: PTL's Yankee Candle Fundraiser is underway. Please see one of the students to place an order. There will be an order form available in the Narthex as well. Thank you! Our PTL is amazing with all of the various ways they support the school. Most recently, they have once again updated our technology for our students. It seems like the computers need updating more frequently than ever before imagined. We now have Chromebooks for each student in 3rd to 8th grade as well as I-pads for kindergarten through 2nd grade students. Thank you for continuing to support our school!

NLSA - We are beginning to form committees to prepare for our upcoming National Lutheran Schools Accreditation visit. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please see Mrs. Boester. Each

committee needs at least one congregational member in addition to school staff to serve on it. Our first committee meeting is scheduled for September 23 after the congregational picnic.

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.

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP will be placing a Rada Knife Order on October 1st. If you are interested in placing an order, there will be order forms and catalogs in the narthex during the month of September. 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:

· September 5 at the Breese KC Hall.

· September 19 at the Carlyle KC Hall

· October 3 at the Trenton First United Methodist Church

· 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

JOIN THE CORLHS 365 CLUB: Join the 365 Club and become an exclusive member of CORLHS supporters. All 365 Club members donate $1 per day for the whole school year. For your donation, you will receive a memento of your choice. Pick from these items: Tumbler, Lapel Pin, or Phone Charger Set. All items will have inscribed "365 Club, CORLHS, 2018-2019". You can pay Monthly- $30.42, Semi-annually- $182.50, or Yearly- $365.00. 365 Club information bulletins and envelopes are available in the back of church. If you have more questions about how you can support CORLHS, call the school office at 226-3315 or email

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.

**All we have is a gift from God

**We are called to be wise stewards of these gifts

**Generosity is an expression of faith.

God Be Willing – Trinity Church Calendar – Sept 1st to Sept 9th

Saturday: 6:00pm Saturday Worship Service

Sunday: 8:30am Worship Service

10:00am Sunday School/Bible Class

Tuesday: 2:00pm Bible Study at Carlyle Health Care

7:00pm Women’s Fellowship

Wednesday: 8:45am Chapel

1:00pm Quilting

6:30pm Adult Information Class

Friday: 12:00 noon Adult Lunch at School

Saturday: 6:00pm Saturday Worship Service

Sunday: 8:30am Worship Service

10:00am Sunday School/Bible Class

4:00pm Circuit Forum here at Trinity

School Events for the week:

Sept 3 Labor Day - No School

Sept 4 Preschool Begins; 4:30 Baseball/Softball @ Home

Sept 5 4:00 Baseball/Softball @ Home

Sept 6 4:15 Baseball/Softball @ Carlyle; PTL Meeting @ 6:30 pm

Sept 7 4:30 Softball @ Home