Pastor Jim’s Blog

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO BE HAPPY

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO BE HAPPY

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... I have officiated at more than 900 funerals and half that many weddings. Weddings are technically harder, there is more choreography, there are more clients to please, the hosts feel an obligation to provide lavish hospitality for their...

read more
I DO IT MYSELF

I DO IT MYSELF

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... “What I've found in my research is that realism and self-honesty are the antidote to ego, hubris, and delusion.” - Ryan Holiday The transition happens twice. The first is rather predictable, the second is most certainly inevitable. In...

read more
PLAYING GOD

PLAYING GOD

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... She was dying. She was also 34 years old. Her two children and her husband were by her side at Whidbey General Hospital. She was dying but she had been dying for some time; fighting cancer, hoping against hope that she could live to...

read more
THIS ETERNAL NOW

THIS ETERNAL NOW

Today’s Word from Sheila Wiedendorf... I think a lot about grace these days, and about the futility of trying to organize time (I think they are related matters!). Yes, of course there are schedules to consider—appointments to keep, rehearsals to begin at the...

read more
“DO SOMETHING SON!”

“DO SOMETHING SON!”

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... I played a lot of golf with my father. He grew up on a farm in the Great Depression. It was a family farm; it just did not belong to the Lindus family. The farm belonged to the Watsons. They owned the farm and a few others in Dekalb...

read more
INTENTION

INTENTION

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... To be quite honest, I have no idea what waits for us on the other side. Will the streets be paved with gold? Will there be streets at all? If there are heavenly choirs, would they have room for one like me who cannot carry a tune in a...

read more
WHAT WILL YOU SOW?

WHAT WILL YOU SOW?

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... ”Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God...

read more
SITTING SHIVA

SITTING SHIVA

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven, a time to weep and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3 Felicia was born in Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, New York in the Spring of 1962. The hospital was not...

read more
ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.

ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... The words of Jesus, “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.” Matthew 6:28-29 The year is coming to an end, 2023 will...

read more
Handshake and a Hug, Before It’s Too Late

Handshake and a Hug, Before It’s Too Late

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... There is no shortage of sad stories, two Kleenex boxes have permanent residence in my office, urns and cremains surround me waiting silently for their slow procession to the columbarium. Every human journey is marked by illness and...

read more
ET Phone Home: The importance of checking in.

ET Phone Home: The importance of checking in.

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... My mother spent a lot of time worrying. She worried every time her children left home. After 9/11 when I set off on a tour to Europe she sent me a sweatshirt bearing the flag of Canada. She said, “I will feel better if you wear this...

read more
THE LITURGY OF GIVING

THE LITURGY OF GIVING

  Today’s Word from Pastor Tom... There is a gentleman I play golf with who is what I might generously refer to as “methodical." Others refer to him as agonizingly slow, as in, “Hit the flipping ball, let’s go!”. If someone dares mutter such a comment that’s the...

read more
Favored

Favored

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... The Lord God created them male and female in God’s image. It is our earliest shared human story, our genesis from the book of Genesis, our beginning in the heart of a creative and loving God. Creation is not some accident of an...

read more
Touching the Future

Touching the Future

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...  “A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children.” Proverbs 13:22 Ruby Knudson lived a simple life, dedicated to her family, her church, and her community. She was a teacher and the mother of two boys, Lydell and...

read more
Nothing Matters

Nothing Matters

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... “Since we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, we are justified by God’s grace as a gift.” - The Apostle Paul. “Grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us more... And grace means there is nothing we can do...

read more
Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Felicia and I were sitting in a hot tub soothing our tired muscles after hiking ten miles through Zion National Park. The Sun was getting lower in the sky as we talked about the beauty of God’s creation while planning to visit Snow...

read more
Living in the End Times

Living in the End Times

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... I have been reading my Bible and watching the news and I am most certainly convinced that we are living in the end times. The war in Ukraine, the war in Israel/Palestine, natural disasters, Congressional leaders, UFO sightings, and the...

read more
The War to End All War

The War to End All War

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... My writings come out like clockwork at the sixth hour of the sixth day of the week. Each Saturday morning, they greet you as you wake, sitting by your first cup of coffee, they offer you the opportunity for reflection, perhaps on...

read more
On this Veteran’s Day Holiday

On this Veteran’s Day Holiday

We thank all of our TLC Veterans. We invite you to wear your service uniforms this Sunday November 12th. You served with honor and distinction. We give thanks for your faithful service.

read more
The Mystery of Coincidence

The Mystery of Coincidence

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... I believe that there is such a thing as pure coincidence. Random things happen all the time. If Felicia and I show up at a function in the same color of clothes, trust me it is a coincidence. If we show up in the same clothes, it is an...

read more
Party, Party, Party!

Party, Party, Party!

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... Blessed to be a Blessing! We have been blessed richly by God, but we are never blessed in isolation, we are blessed that we can be a blessing to others. For 70 years Trinity Lutheran Church has stood at the crossroads of South Whidbey...

read more
We Are Not Alone

We Are Not Alone

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1 It was sometime during our four-hour technical hike in the wilds of Snow Canyon State Park in Utah that the thought occurred to us. As we...

read more
Small but Significant

Small but Significant

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Felicia and I had the privilege of biking and hiking through Zion National Park on a crisp clear October day. The journey began by renting bicycles, adjusting our helmets, and proceeding to the National Park entrance where I was...

read more
A 70th Anniversary Celebration!

A 70th Anniversary Celebration!

On November 1st, 2023, Trinity Lutheran Church will mark 70 years of ministry in Freeland!  This little church began with the vision of our 37 Charter Members, most of whom were children.  They had no land, no money, no staff, and they shared a pastor with our mother...

read more
Off to College

Off to College

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... I spend a lot of time with the spoken word and in correspondence thanking you all for your generous support of the many ministries of Trinity Lutheran Church. In 2022 your church gave away more than a half million dollars. This money...

read more
Before There Were Roads

Before There Were Roads

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... The August 31st publication of the journal “Science” reported on a new study done collaboratively with scientists in China, Italy, and the United States. According to their research, 900,000 years ago planet earth had a human population...

read more
Do you hear voices?

Do you hear voices?

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... I am guessing that most of us have a wide array of voices echoing through the vast expanses of our gray matter. Some of those voices echo sweet, tender words, words that we hold onto like treasure. It was a day that I never will forget,...

read more
Angels and Priests

Angels and Priests

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... The Priesthood of all Believers is active at TLC. What does it mean to be ordained as a priest in the waters of baptism? Don’t stress, no one is going to ask you to give up your spouse or take a vow of poverty. Martin Luther’s...

read more
Imagine

Imagine

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Imagine if you will, Whidbey Island without Trinity Lutheran Church. There would be no cross illuminating the sky high above Freeland.  Preschoolers would have no place to go.  Families would experience heightened anxiety.  Some of our...

read more
Standing on the Shoulders

Standing on the Shoulders

Today’s Word From Pastor Jim...  Who said we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us? Sir Isaac Newton, the famous English Scientist, was by all accounts a genius.  Born in 1642, Newton was a visionary genius who helped lead the Scientific Revolution and...

read more
Born on Second Base

Born on Second Base

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... The Mariners are fighting for a playoff spot. Many of us are old enough to remember the Mariners “refuse to lose” season in 1995. Making a remarkable playoff run and then beating the Yankees seemed like a miracle. In that final Yankee...

read more
Afflict the Comfortable

Afflict the Comfortable

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...“I will rejoice and be glad in your gracious love, for you see my affliction and take note that my soul is distressed.” Psalm 31:7More than a hundred years ago, Finley Peter Dunne coined a phrase that was meant to epitomize...

read more
Most People are Good!

Most People are Good!

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...The brief order for confession and forgiveness that many of us grew up with began with this statement:“Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and...

read more
Miracles happen- this was not one!

Miracles happen- this was not one!

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... We are followers of Jesus Christ.  We are the disciples of Jesus today.  Jesus sent his disciples forth into a broken world, a world populated by broken people, and he told them to expect miracles.  “With God all things are possible.” ...

read more
Looking to Fall

Looking to Fall

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...I know that it is still July, and we have many long days of summer left but soon it will be back to school time, football season and time to resume our Fall schedule. After much prayerful deliberation, we have decided to...

read more
I Am Proud of You!

I Am Proud of You!

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...It was an honor to be invited to attend a special Rotary Club luncheon a few weeks ago. The occasion was the installation of Tom Eckhart as the next President of the Rotary Club of South Whidbey Island.It gives me joy and...

read more
Sunday is the Lord’s Day!

Sunday is the Lord’s Day!

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...This Sunday at TLC we will be celebrating as three adults in our parish are baptized. They will join the five children who have or will be baptized in a summer of baptisms.One of our partners in ministry is Lutheran World...

read more
The Wisdom to Know the Difference

The Wisdom to Know the Difference

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... He was born on the longest day of the year, June 21st, 1892, in Wright, Missouri. His parents were immigrants. His father was a pastor, in their home only German was spoken. He attended Elmhurst College in Illinois. He would...

read more
The Gift of Grace that Music Is…

The Gift of Grace that Music Is…

Today's Word by Karl Olsen... If you breathe, if your heart beats in your chest—you have music in you. What is a heartbeat if not the foundational rhythm of life? From every parent humming a lullaby to the newborn, to every toe that has ever tapped along to a...

read more
Breaking the Streak

Breaking the Streak

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... I have decided to take the day off from writing. After 40 months of writing several hundred of these pastor missives, I just need a bit of a break. There is a reason that God rested on the seventh day. The creative energy of...

read more
SUMMER SURVEY #3: The Best is Yet to Come

SUMMER SURVEY #3: The Best is Yet to Come

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... We hope that you will join the Church Council this Summer as we talk about the future of our beloved Trinity Lutheran Church. In preparation for a new five-year plan, we will be talking together and listening to each other. Most weeks...

read more
A Place for Patriotism

A Place for Patriotism

Today's Word from Pastor Jim...I grew up in the farm fields of Northern Illinois. It was corn and soybean country, the breadbasket of a nation. I played in the fields, Felicia and I joined pretty much every teenager in DeKalb working in the fields of the...

read more
Results of the First Summer Surveys

Results of the First Summer Surveys

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim_ The first surveys of Summer were distributed last week. Lively discussions followed and nearly 100 people turned in their surveys! Thank you for joining the conversation and thank you for taking the time to fill out the survey. The...

read more
SUMMER SURVEYS: The Best is Yet to Come – Question #2

SUMMER SURVEYS: The Best is Yet to Come – Question #2

SUMMER SURVEYS: The Best is Yet to ComeQuestion #2Today’s Word from Pastor JimWe hope that you will join the Church Council this Summer as we talk about the future of our beloved Trinity Lutheran Church. In preparation for a new five-year plan, we will be...

read more
When I Was a Child I Thought Like a Child

When I Was a Child I Thought Like a Child

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... This is a photo from worship last Sunday. Cooper and Brooks are cousins, they also happen to be my grandsons. Cooper and Brooks, moved by the Holy Spirit, or restlessness, decided to dance to the closing hymn. They had much to...

read more
SUMMER SURVEYS: The Best is Yet to Come

SUMMER SURVEYS: The Best is Yet to Come

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... We hope that you will join in with the Church Council this Summer as we talk about the future of our beloved Trinity Lutheran Church. In preparation for a new five-year plan, we will be talking together and listening to each other. Each...

read more
A Ship Set Sail

A Ship Set Sail

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... There was a ship preparing to leave the dock for a voyage upon the open sea. Those departing gathered on the deck for the sail away, leaning against the rails of the great liner, hoping to catch a final glimpse of the loved ones who...

read more
A Festive, Joyful Sunday at TLC!

A Festive, Joyful Sunday at TLC!

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...Join us June 11th for worship this Sunday at 8 & 10 a.m. This Sunday will be marked by Joy! Come out to worship, fellowship, and celebrate! The service will feature beautiful, uplifting music by our fantastic TLC musicians. There...

read more
How Are Your Roots?

How Are Your Roots?

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is in the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and it leaves shall stay green; in the year of...

read more
Deathbed Insight

Deathbed Insight

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... It has been my privilege, a sacred honor, to be at the deathbed of so many, to experience final moments, and a final breath. Pastor Dan Erlander, my friend, mentor, and partner in ministry at TLC for a decade, shared a deathbed...

read more
Don’t Pray

Don’t Pray

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...Don’t pray for problems that you are unwilling to address.There is a lot of talk these days about “thoughts and prayers.” I believe in the power of both. Great thinkers have changed the world. All human achievement begins...

read more
It Started With A Vision…

It Started With A Vision…

Today's Word From Pastor Jim...It started with a vision. No one else shared the vision; we were after all, growing, expanding our TLC campus and staff. Money was tight, we were in debt; we were following Jesus by extending love and hospitality to our...

read more
How Many Ways Can I Be Grateful?

How Many Ways Can I Be Grateful?

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... A few weeks ago, on a cold Spring night, David Roth ended his concert in the safety and warmth of our sanctuary with a song about gratitude. The recurring refrain was “How many ways can I be grateful? How many ways?” It was...

read more
Dining at Canlis

Dining at Canlis

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...Jesus said, “Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.” Mark 10:43-44One-time,...

read more
Do You Believe?

Do You Believe?

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...Do you believe in God? Do you believe in gravity?The oldest confession of faith is this; “In the beginning God created.” This a confession, nothing more. The story goes on to describe creation, but the details of this...

read more
Sitting With Grief

Sitting With Grief

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...“But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb.” - John 20:11I saw you there; sitting with a Kleenex in your hand, wiping the tears from your eyes. I saw you there, as a beautiful garden adorned the chancel, and the choir sang like...

read more
Dark & Quiet

Dark & Quiet

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...Spring is in the air. The magnolias are blooming at Augusta National; the Mariners are playing baseball, recreational boaters are getting ready to raise the sails, and the days are getting longer and warmer.Tomorrow we will...

read more
The Movement of God

The Movement of God

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Tomorrow we descend the Mount of Olives in a parade of palms, as Jesus enters the Holy City of Jerusalem for the last time. There were thousands along the pilgrim path that day, peasants from small villages, and religious zealots with...

read more
Donkeys, Palms, Love, Passion…

Donkeys, Palms, Love, Passion…

Today’s Word from Karl Olsen... They didn’t know what was next. But the excitement was palpable. It was in the air—everyone felt it, even those who knew this could be trouble for them. Excitement, but they just didn’t know… Mary rode into town on a donkey, swollen...

read more
Life Is Not Fair

Life Is Not Fair

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... She was 18 years old, about to graduate from high school, looking forward to attending Western Washington University next fall. She worked at the Flower Café in Bayview. She was young and alive, her future was bright, and on March 22 on...

read more
Let’s Get This Straight…

Let’s Get This Straight…

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the...

read more
God Loves You

God Loves You

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... "Most of us were taught that God would love us if and when we change. In fact, God loves you so that you can change." I think that it is safe to say that most of us would benefit from behavioral changes. The changes that I am talking...

read more
Take Another Shot of Courage

Take Another Shot of Courage

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Sunday we will gather at the altar. Sunday we will join a parade of broken humans, journeying side by side down the center aisle of this safe place we call the sanctuary. We will move slowly with canes and walkers, oxygen tanks trailing...

read more
Why Worship?

Why Worship?

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... WHY WORSHIP? God commands us to worship. Worship is not optional for the Christian. God commands that we gather to hear God’s Word, to sing hymns of praise, and to lift our prayers to God. Worship is THE PLACE where the family gathers...

read more
Thoughts for the Journey

Thoughts for the Journey

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom Kidd... It has not been an infrequent comment of incredulity received when I suggest I am more appreciative of the church season of Lent as opposed to Advent. The Four Sundays of Advent prepare us for Christmas whereas Lent is 40 days (not...

read more
Live Immediately

Live Immediately

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... “We are little butterflies flying around for a day, thinking that we will make it forever.”  - Carl Sagan This from a brilliant man and scientist who died at Fred Hutchinson in Seattle at the age of 62. On April 12, 1912, William John...

read more
Imago Dei

Imago Dei

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... It was the dawn of creation, the seas were teeming with life, birds filled the air, flowers bloomed, trees blossomed, and it was good. On the sixth day of creation, immediately preceding a day of rest, God created humans. God said, “Let...

read more
God’s Love: A Valentine For Us All

God’s Love: A Valentine For Us All

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... In just a few days we will celebrate a “red rose” event. A day of romance or romantic recall. A day to celebrate love by exchanging cards or flowers or phone calls or hugs.Sweet words and loving wishes are exchanged each year on the...

read more
Earthquake Disaster Relief

Earthquake Disaster Relief

God's children in Turkey and Syria are hurting. Devastating earthquakes have left thousands dead, many still missing, and many more homeless and heartbroken. Lutheran Disaster Response is on the ground right now, offering temporary shelter and critically needed care...

read more
Intention

Intention

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... “The grass withers and the flower fades.” Isaiah 40:8 When I was a teenager, it seemed that I was always hungry. I could eat most anytime, and when ordering food at a restaurant, or gathering around the family dinner table, I always...

read more
Inferiority Complex

Inferiority Complex

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... In the days after Christmas, I read historian David McCullough’s gripping biography of our nation’s 33rd President, Harry S. Truman. The book is simply titled, “Truman,” and it begins long before Harry Truman’s birth in May of 1884. The...

read more
Life Sentence… Without Parole

Life Sentence… Without Parole

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... In the fall of 2001, I was 42 years old. I had one daughter in High School, one in Middle School, and one in her last year at the Elementary School. At Trinity Lutheran Church, on September 9th, we dedicated a new addition to our campus...

read more
Hold On To Hope

Hold On To Hope

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1 I don't live in a Pollyanna world. I see more heartache and death than the average person. I hear stories, tear-filled stories and...

read more
Free At Last

Free At Last

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... “Free at last, free at last, Thank God Almighty we are free at last.”Martin Luther King, Jr. – August 28, 1963 “Nobody’s free, until everybody’s free.”Fannie Lou Hamer, Civil Rights leader History tells us that the United States has...

read more
My Heart is Full

My Heart is Full

Today’s Word from Sheila Weidendorf... Oh, how precious are you, am I, are we, Children of God all and so well-crafted in God’s own image! And, too, we are beautiful, with all of our gifts and graces, our failings AND our foibles. Yet, knowing this, believing that God...

read more
Am I Safe?

Am I Safe?

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... She was cute as a button, swim goggles in place, her pink one-piece suit a perfect complement to her sandy brown hair, which hung in a ponytail off the back of her head. She was three years old, not a grandchild of mine, though she...

read more
REMEMBERING 2022

REMEMBERING 2022

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...   And so it is that 2022 will slip rather silently into the unchanging pages of history. Its story has now been written; the year will not be revisited or relived. It is history. We will remember 2022 as a difficult but remarkable year....

read more
Looking Back / Moving Forward

Looking Back / Moving Forward

Today's Word from guest writer Laura Canby... Happy almost New Year! Just a few days days ago at church, Robin Edgeman and I were reflecting how fast the years are passing. I remember my late father telling me that the older one gets, the more time speeds up. I now...

read more
Who Was There?

Who Was There?

A Christmas Eve Word from Pastor Jim... Merry Christmas my friends! I hope to see you tonight as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus. Our 4 p.m. service will include favorite Christmas Carols, special music, and a skit that is sure to delight the young and old....

read more
Don’t Lose the Story

Don’t Lose the Story

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... I think about her often. She lived in a modest home built by her father. She walked with a limp, and drove a Cadillac. When I came over, we made fudge together. She taught me how to play poker. She was the first person I knew with a...

read more
Cheers!

Cheers!

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... It has been a tough year for those on Wall Street and for those who have IRA or retirement money invested in the financial markets. Not every year on Wall Street is a good year. Many of us have felt some anxiety as our 401K dwindled to...

read more
The Season that Lends Itself to Reminiscing

The Season that Lends Itself to Reminiscing

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...   This is a season that lends itself to reminiscing. There are so many memories embedded in the music, customs, food, and festivities of Christmas. Together we will remember the journey of Mary and Joseph as they traveled under the...

read more
All I Want For Christmas

All I Want For Christmas

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... What great excitement filled the Lindus household in the 1960’s when the Sears catalog arrived in the mail. Pen in hand, my sister, my brother, and I would take turns thumbing through the most amazing array of toys, gadgets, and...

read more
Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Your TLC Staff wishes you all a festive, reflective, memorable Thanksgiving 2022. We are thankful for you and for the many ways that you generously support your Church, the Church where everybody’s welcome. The first permanent European...

read more
Reflection on a Rich Man’s Art Collection

Reflection on a Rich Man’s Art Collection

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... A week ago, at Christie’s Auction House in New York City, a portion of the art collection of Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, was sold for 1.6 billion dollars. Paul Allen, who also owned the Seahawks, died of cancer four years ago at...

read more
Country Western Sunday

Country Western Sunday

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Join us tomorrow for a worship service featuring Country Western music. “I’ll Fly Away,” “I Saw the Light,” “Keep on the Sunny Side,” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” are just a few of the upbeat offerings this Sunday. One of the...

read more
The Illusion of Independence

The Illusion of Independence

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Young adults distance themselves from their parents as they seek their independence. Marriages sometimes fail when one party desires the freedom of independence. Senior citizens look to downsize, but they want to remain independent....

read more
Honoring Those Who Served the Cause of Freedom

Honoring Those Who Served the Cause of Freedom

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...  On a sunshine-drenched fall day one year ago, Felicia and I walked silently through the American Cemetery above the beaches of Normandy. The rows of white crosses stretched toward the heavens above, supported by the meticulously...

read more
An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

Today’s Word from Laura Canby... . Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. – Psalm 100:4   "I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."...

read more
Leave Something Behind

Leave Something Behind

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Sunday is All Saints Sunday at TLC. We will be lighting candles as we remember and give thanks for the lives of those saints who journeyed with us at TLC: Ed Oetken, Web Halvorsen, Else Mills, Agnes Morgan, Betty Lehman,...

read more
Martin Luther & The Reformation

Martin Luther & The Reformation

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... 505 years ago, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. He wished to spark debate among academics; he hoped that honest discussion might lead to honest...

read more
Truth, Beauty, Goodness

Truth, Beauty, Goodness

Today’s Word from Laura Canby... "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."– Philippians 4:18...

read more
Time to Come Home

Time to Come Home

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...The pandemic was disruptive to every aspect of American society. Senior citizens were isolated, assisted care facilities locked down, and essential workers took care of our basic needs. Meanwhile, students and teachers had to...

read more
Borders…drawing circles…

Borders…drawing circles…

Today’s Word from Karl Olsen... Psalm 27:13 (NIV)"I remain confident of this:I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." I’ve been spending time on the border lately. Actually, I’ve crossed several borders this year—Israel/Palestine,...

read more
Thanks for NOTHING

Thanks for NOTHING

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... OK, the sermon last Sunday was about nothing! And everyone was so appreciative. They said, “Pastor, thanks for nothing.”So please remember NOTHING that I say.There is NOTHING we can do to make God love us more, and there is...

read more
In Loving Memory of Pastor Dan Erlander

In Loving Memory of Pastor Dan Erlander

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Pastor Daniel Erlander joined our staff in 1995, and served Trinity for nearly a decade. Dan brought so many gifts to us. He was a gifted teacher, writer, illustrator, and preacher. His reach was far beyond the shores of...

read more
We’re in This Together

We’re in This Together

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... It’s been a while since I’ve shared a story from our busy little farm. There has been a lot of activity over the summer with animals coming and going, and fairs and shows all over the state. I’m sure there is more than one tale that I...

read more
Protecting Jesus: Strange Concept

Protecting Jesus: Strange Concept

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... “Then little children were being brought to Jesus in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them.”  Matthew 19:13It was there from the earliest days of the...

read more
The Birds Sang Om Shantih For My Mother

The Birds Sang Om Shantih For My Mother

Today's Word from Sheila Weidendorf It was a week after my mother’s passing. Just back from Minnesota with her ashes in tow, my husband and I set up a pooja (altar) in the back yard beneath a giant cedar tree. (In his Hindu tradition, vigil is kept in this way through...

read more
We Need Each Other

We Need Each Other

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... “I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where is my help to come?” Psalm 121The suffering of the young, the innocent, and the righteous has a long history of mystifying people of faith. Where is God in my suffering? Does God...

read more