Today’s Word from Pastor Jim… 

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy.” Philippians 1:3

I would like to personally invite you to worship on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26th. This will be the first Sunday using our traditional summer schedule with worship services at 8:00 am and 10:00 am. It will be a day of great celebration as we welcome the Summer of 2024 and give thanks for the many blessings that God has bestowed upon us. It will be a day to remember those who lost their lives in the defense of freedom. The Trinity Choir will be singing for a final time before taking a much-earned break over the Summer. This will also be the last time that the Choir will sing under the direction of our Minister of Music Karl Olsen.

Karl began directing the choir as a volunteer in the early 1990’s. In September of 1998 he took a Sabbatical from the Coupeville Schools to work three quarter time at Trinity Lutheran Church. Karl would complete the Sabbatical, but he would never return to the Coupeville Schools. We have been blessed beyond measure by the musical offerings and tender perspectives that Karl has so generously shared with us. He is a most talented musician, songwriter, storyteller, and performer. He has the gift of encouragement, the ability to bring out the very best in all of us, to come alongside people with varied skill sets and to assist them in song, dance, and musical recitals. Beyond that, Karl is a wonderful person with a pastoral heart, he cares, and it shows. On Sunday, May 26th we will be honoring Karl for his 30 plus years of service directing the choir. I would invite you to help us fill the sanctuary that day in appreciation to God and to Karl. There will be a festive coffee hour that morning and a basket for cards on the welcome table in the narthex.

Please note that Karl is retiring from directing the choir, but he is not retiring from Trinity Lutheran Church. He will continue to lead worship, singing on Sunday mornings and at funerals. We are saying “THANKS” not goodbye. We have been for some time in the process of identifying a new TLC Choir Director. We will also be hiring a new Choir Accompanist as Sheila will no longer be serving in that role. Sheila will continue her work as our Bell Choir Director, Organist, and worship accompanist. We thank Sheila for her good and faithful service to the choir and to the church. We have much to be thankful for as we move forward in faith to the next chapter in the history of Trinity Lutheran Church.

I so hope to see you on May 26th at 8:00 am or 10:00 am.

One beggar telling another where to find bread, I am your

Pastor Jim

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