Pastor Jim’s Blog

Make It A Good Day

Make It A Good Day

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...I would like to start today by sharing with you one of my foundational philosophical and theological beliefs: You do not have the power to ruin God’s day, but you do have the power to ruin your life.This higher power that we...

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The Shadow of Death

The Shadow of Death

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom...“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23My imagination has recently been held captive by four words, “the shadow...

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Thank You Pastor Eric & Kathleen Ottum

Thank You Pastor Eric & Kathleen Ottum

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... This Sunday we will be marking the retirement of Pastor Eric Ottum from Trinity Lutheran Church. Pastor Eric and Kathleen have served the Lutheran Church for more than 53 years. For the past sixteen years they have served...

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No Cure for Being Human

No Cure for Being Human

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...Author Kate Bowler reminds us that there is no cure for being human. On occasion, the inescapable human condition leaves us with loss, grief, tears, silent graveside visits, and empty chairs at the table. Dust, water, star...

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CALLED TO BE ALIVE! – A Rite of Passage

CALLED TO BE ALIVE! – A Rite of Passage

Today’s Word from Jerry R. O’Neill... My rite of passage from midlife to elderhood has been more than ten years in the making. Trinity Lutheran has been a huge part of that journey. So it is with great joy that I can share songs, short poems, and...

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The Darkness Cannot Overcome the Light

The Darkness Cannot Overcome the Light

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...This week one of our TLC families was devastated by the suicide of a beloved father. He died on the very day that his son was celebrating his 14th birthday. I was asked to give thought, words, and perspective to the family....

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T-Shirts & Shorts All Summer Long

T-Shirts & Shorts All Summer Long

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...It is hot, hot, hot, but the sanctuary and gym stay remarkably cool even during a heat wave! This Sunday, wear your favorite T-Shirt, wear shorts, wear your bathing suit. (I am kidding Brian Appleby). Come as you are, be...

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Look to the Heavens With Wonder

Look to the Heavens With Wonder

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...“The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork. Day by day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.” Psalm 19“When I look to the heavens, the work of your fingers, the...

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On Kindness

On Kindness

TODAY'S WORD by Susan Shira with an introduction by Pastor Jim... Most of us are not in a position to change the course of history, affect international policy or travel to far off lands to work with the poorest of the poor.  We are simply trying to...

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Visitation

Visitation

A Word from Pastor Tom... It’s a noun. Not a verb, as in “I am visiting with my family.” In the life of Christianity, it is the name we give to the story of a Mary, pregnant with Jesus, who came visiting Elizabeth who was pregnant with John, who grew to be known as...

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Where Did 40 Years Go?

Where Did 40 Years Go?

A Word from Pastor Jim... 40 years ago today, I was at a rehearsal dinner for a wedding that would take place on July 10th. Now, I have officiated at hundreds of weddings; in fact, I have one this afternoon at Bush Point. In the last decade I have had the privilege of...

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A Week at Camp

A Week at Camp

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... This past Friday evening I returned home exhausted, sore, and thoroughly delighted after spending a week at camp with a group of middle school students. The last time we were at camp was in 2019; it was so very good to be back! On...

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Snails Welcome

Snails Welcome

A Word from Pastor Jim....He was there to greet me when I unlocked the doors on a Tuesday morning. A single snail climbing up the glass, probably unsure of his destination, somewhat weary from the long journey that brought him to TLC.Had he lost his...

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THIS WEEK AT TRINITY…

THIS WEEK AT TRINITY…

SUNDAY, JULY 3 WORSHIP We invite you to join us for worship both in-person and online at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. this Sunday. Our nursery will be open for infants, toddlers and preschoolers during the 10:00 service. Masks are optional on the TLC campus. You...

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Super Heroes at Play!

Super Heroes at Play!

A Word from Deacon Amy Although preschool ended three weeks ago, the sounds of children laughing and playing have filled our hallways and playgrounds once again. Our amazing teachers and their fantastic teen helpers have put on two exciting day camp programs for our...

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Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Today's Word from Laura Canby....We all need a sanctuary when our emotional/physical/spiritual reserves run low in the face of loss, voluminous to-do lists, turbulent societal times, disappointment, and the general wear-and-tear of life.Sometimes all we...

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Father’s Day

Father’s Day

A Word from Pastor Jim... My grandfather was a sharecropper; working a farm that belonged to someone else. My father was a child of the great depression. By age 10 he was working in the farm fields. He was a water boy, delivering buckets of fresh water to those who...

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Thank You, Council Members

Thank You, Council Members

This past Sunday, June 12, we held our mid-year congregational meeting where we received written reports from staff members along with an overview of our current financial position. Printed reports are available in the church office. At this meeting, the Council...

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Pastor Jim’s Mid-Year Report

Pastor Jim’s Mid-Year Report

How does one measure the health and vitality of a community of faith in pandemic days? There are many metrics that we can use to measure congregational health and vitality. Baptisms In the past three months our congregation has celebrated the baptisms of 5 children...

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2022 Graduates

2022 Graduates

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” They don’t stay little very long; we give thanks for the changing seasons and the seasons we share. On Wednesday night, we honored the 2022 Graduates of...

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Celebrating Linda Nevermann

Celebrating Linda Nevermann

Today’s Word from your TLC Staff  This Sunday we will be honoring Linda Nevermann for her 24 years of service to Trinity Lutheran Church. The Bell Choir will be playing for one last time under her direction. We would encourage you to bring a card or greeting for Linda...

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No Day

No Day

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Felicia and I visited the beaches of Normandy last October. The Sunday before leaving Whidbey Island we had talked with Web Halvorsen who, 77 years earlier, had stormed Utah Beach as a part of the greatest invasionary force...

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IN, Not OF This World

IN, Not OF This World

Today’s Word from Sheila Weidendorf... As many of you know, I live betwixt two worlds—between my very beautiful life here on Whidbey Island and my very beautiful life in Rajasthan, India. The scales are currently in Whidbey’s favor in terms of time—most of my time is...

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We Are There!

We Are There!

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Your support for TLC puts you on the frontline locally, nationally, and internationally. You are there on Whidbey Island supporting our neighbors who are hungry, cold, homeless, grieving, or in need of counseling. TLC supports most...

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Priesthood of All Believers

Priesthood of All Believers

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...Martin Luther taught that we are baptized into the priesthood. We are followers of Jesus not just on Sunday morning, but Monday through Saturday as well. We carry the name of Jesus; we are Christians. Your daily work is no...

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Daily Life, Daily Faith

Daily Life, Daily Faith

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...One of the cornerstone, earth shaking, teachings of Martin Luther is that of the Priesthood of all believers.What is a priest? A priest is one who is ordained to do God’s work. A priest takes vows; a priest wakes up each day...

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It’s Too Tall!

It’s Too Tall!

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom... When he died, I grieved. He was my favorite author. The genius of Pat Conroy as a storyteller was evident from the very beginning. One of his first books, “The Water is Wide,” was made into a movie, “Conrack,” starring John Voight. His...

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High Anxiety

High Anxiety

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... I attended a conference this past week with ELCA pastors from across the country. Our national ELCA Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, was in attendance. Our Lutheran Disaster Relief partners were present and happy to see us. Trinity Lutheran...

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Little Things Matter

Little Things Matter

Today’s Word from Linda Nevermann... Growing up, I was told “little things don’t matter.” I’m nearly 72 years old and I’m telling you that they do. After the tragic pandemic and slowly realizing that there is a new future of normalcy, I’ve appreciated more than ever,...

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Preschool and Beyond

Preschool and Beyond

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim Every year in the month of May our sanctuary is adorned by the artwork of children as dozens of delightful little visitors join us for worship. They are decorated with care and as much intention as a preschooler can muster. Old scraps of...

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The Story of AND

The Story of AND

Today’s Word from Karl Olsen Greetings, all. Our friend Carrie Newcomer, singer/songwriter/writer who has appeared here in concert a couple of times, has a podcast on her website. She has a wonderful way of comprehending and engaging the world (along with her friend...

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A Gift Given

A Gift Given

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Have you ever had the experience of receiving a gift and not knowing what to do with it? I was ten, it was Christmas, and my family was sharing part of the season with a very precious senior couple. Margaret and Gene were childless and...

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Pilgrims

Pilgrims

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim Pilgrimage has been a part of religious tradition and experience for thousands of years. Religious pilgrims plan, save, and travel to sacred places; to the thin places between heaven and earth. In Islam every adult is expected to make the...

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Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... “I was glad when they said to me, ‘let us into the house of the Lord.’” Psalm 122 Dear Friends in Christ, It has been three years since we have had the opportunity to celebrate Easter Sunday in a traditional way. Two years ago, the...

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Ode to the Journey

Ode to the Journey

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom... So, try to picture the scene. It is a beautiful Seattle summer evening and I have accepted an invitation from my younger sibling to join her and her friends at some young adult drinking hole. What can I say? I had no social life. I was...

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Human Stories

Human Stories

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Jesus “emptied himself taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:7-8 Every story in the...

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Make Me an Instrument

Make Me an Instrument

Today’s Word from Sheila Weidendorf As most of you know, I make music… a LOT of music. There’s my core endeavor-- performing western classical chamber music in collaboration with many fine musicians. At any given time, I typically have 5-6 concerts worth of music in...

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Doing Our Best

Doing Our Best

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom,,, I don’t have anything pithy. I regularly try for pithy but I am fresh out of pithy. Sometimes the pithy-well goes dry and for a writer (or would-be writer), all that is left can feel stale or mundane. So here’s the deal, as most of you...

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Pride

Pride

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... We’ve all heard about prideful peacocks, but what about the lowly turkey? It’s about this time every year that our handsome toms start to strut their stuff, fanning their tails and parading around the barnyard, trying to catch the...

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Home

Home

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... “Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion! Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem” Isaiah 52:1 Over the years, we have had several different animals come and leave on our little farm. Some were born here and moved on to different...

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Take Every Opportunity to Love

Take Every Opportunity to Love

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... The pandemic has loosened its grip just as the world has unraveled once again around us. Many of us are feeling stressed, depressed, and somewhat helpless as Putin’s war in Ukraine drags on. The images that fill the airwaves are...

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The Best Weekend Ever

The Best Weekend Ever

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... Last weekend I took a group of elementary students to Camp Lutherwood in Bellingham. I cannot tell you how good it felt to load the van with kids and head out of town. It has been two years since I’ve driven a van full of Trinity kids...

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I Will Not Let You Go

I Will Not Let You Go

Today’s Word from Karl Olsen... “God has said, I will never leave you or forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5b OK. I’m holding on to that. Looking around our church, island, region and world these days… it’s something I have to remember often. A little rambling… I live a pretty...

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Ukraine Refugee Relief Response

Ukraine Refugee Relief Response

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Thank you for your generous and compassionate support of the refugee crisis in Eastern Europe. We might not be able to stop this war, but we can make a difference! Since March 2nd, Trinity has already given $25,000 to Eastern Europe. We...

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Thankful to Be on This Journey with You…

Thankful to Be on This Journey with You…

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... The Covid19 pandemic threatened our community on a variety of levels. Over the past two years many have been sick with the virus, but few have been seriously ill, and to the best of my knowledge, no one from TLC was ever...

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The Nobility of Longing

The Nobility of Longing

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom... No one has ever accused me of being noble. Nope. Been accused of lots of things - selfish, talks too much, really sad golfer, doesn’t listen (who does?), insensitive (“Siri, why have I had trouble with women?” “This is Alexa.”)… you...

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Good Fences

Good Fences

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy You have probably heard it said that good fences make good neighbors. We have come dangerously close to being poor neighbors lately. You may recall that during a wind storm in November, we had a large Madrona tree fall on one of our...

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Is It Age Appropriate?

Is It Age Appropriate?

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Listening is important. I have listened through the years to many parents who were exasperated, fatigued, and generally flummoxed over the behavior of their children. The age of the children? Babies who won’t sleep, terrible two-year...

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We Made it Through the Door

We Made it Through the Door

Today’s Word from Ron Roesler... Have you ever wondered what causes some people to attach themselves to fringe beliefs? Beliefs that defy conventional wisdom, or beliefs of those who think radically different than yourself? When I was younger, I had difficulty...

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A Firm Foundation

A Firm Foundation

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... We have been entrusted with a precious gift. The gift of a church, a community, a beautiful and flawed gathering of the young and old. We have been entrusted with a precious gift: a community of diverse opinions, political persuasions,...

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Apophatic or Cataphatic?

Apophatic or Cataphatic?

Today's Word from Pastor Tom... It is often said you can put mystics of varied and different religions in the same room and they will instantly bond, or hear one another. Put theologians of different religious ilk in the same room and within 10 minutes someone will be...

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Where the Guest is God

Where the Guest is God

Today's Word from Sheila Weidendorf In India, Where the Guest is God I come to touch my feet upon the earth in the place where the guest is God In this land where Everything exists within Nothing and holiness is never more than a breath away I come to feast my eyes...

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Betty Lehman

Betty Lehman

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... It was 69 years ago. The population of Island County was holding steady at 11,000. Dwight Eisenhower had moved into the Oval Office. Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom. The Korean War had just ended. The unknown Elvis...

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Eight Funerals and a Wedding

Eight Funerals and a Wedding

Today's Word from Pastor Jim__“For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.”_ Ecclesiastes 3We currently have eight funerals, or graveside services, scheduled at TLC. We also have two of our members on Hospice Care. Among the...

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The Rim of Life

The Rim of Life

Today's Word from Pastor Tom...“For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the works of your hands. “ Psalm 92.4With one day yet of travel, we are 3,400 miles into this adventure. When it comes to car travel our typical MO is to load the...

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Where Do You Want to Start?

Where Do You Want to Start?

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... “I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where is my help to come? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121 Sometimes, when catching up with an old friend, or sitting down with a coworker, the first question...

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That’s the Deal

That’s the Deal

Today's Word from Karl Olsen... “In love, it’s only those who trust each other, who can make it until the end.” Auliq Ice “…in sickness and health, as long as we both shall live.” Spoken by millions of lovers… In my life as a musician, I’ve been part of many weddings....

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Humility

Humility

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... There are many attributes that are universally accepted by humans of all races, religions, and nationalities. Included on the list would be kindness, compassion, mercy, hospitality, honesty, integrity, dependability, creativity,...

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In But Not Of

In But Not Of

Today's Word from Pastor Tom... “In but not of…” One of the great lines of scripture. A slight paraphrase from John chapter 17, Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer. Jesus prays for his followers who are “in” this world but not “of” this world. For me this is one of the most...

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From India, With Love

From India, With Love

Today's Word from Sheila Weidendorf... I am writing this from the rooftop of our Rajasthani farmhouse, nestled in the arms of the Aravali Mountains outside of Udaipur. Udaipur is a gleaming white marble city known as “The City of Lakes.” The historic palace of the...

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A Great Year Ahead!

A Great Year Ahead!

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... 2022 is going to be a fantastic year! I expect there to be some bumps in the road, but by any measure I am certain that 2022 is going to be a great year. A year of beautiful sunrises and sunsets, a year of hot showers and tasty food, a...

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Touch the Future

Touch the Future

The Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment will give away $240,000 in 2022. This money will support local charities, national and international causes, and provide needed scholarships to dozens of college students. Make your final statement in life consistent with the...

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Flawed Humans: They’ll Know we are Christians by our Love

Flawed Humans: They’ll Know we are Christians by our Love

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... There has been a lot of criticism of the Christian Church in recent years and it has led many to be skeptical of all organized religion. The criticism has been mostly fair. This is not a new story; the Christian Church has opened itself...

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Creation

Creation

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Our first story, Genesis chapter one: “Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our own image, according to our likeness’..” We were created in the image of God. Now there is much that we could say about that. Female and male were...

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Us Lesser Knowns

Us Lesser Knowns

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom... That’s me on the left. For those who attended the October 31st Reformation Service you undoubtedly recognized me adorned in my red chasuble. Not every pastor is gifted with a bobblehead doll, or a red chasuble for that matter. This...

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Leftovers

Leftovers

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... “When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’” John 6:12 Right around the time the new year rolls in, we start to put away the Christmas decorations. Lights come...

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There’s No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... On January 23rd we will celebrate the Third Sunday of Epiphany. Our reading that morning will be from the 4th Chapter of Luke. In that text, Jesus will be coming home to Nazareth. He had left home some time earlier; he had been baptized...

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Blessed Effulgence…

Blessed Effulgence…

Today’s Word from Sheila Weidendorf... As I write this, the season of Advent (my favorite in the liturgical year!) has come and gone, and Christmastide is all but concluded. 2021 has tucked itself into the recesses of memory as we herald in a new year—a fresh start, a...

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Never Too Old!

Never Too Old!

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom... Who said, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” Not true. Why, for example, just recently I had an experience that taught me why it is helpful to turn on the light prior to brushing my teeth. Did you know that in the early morning...

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Immanuel

Immanuel

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... As we wind down from our joyous Christmas celebrations, for some, there is a lingering sadness. A sadness that comes with the memories of loved ones who are no longer here, or perhaps with the experience of not being able to be together...

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What Do You Know About Mary?

What Do You Know About Mary?

Today’s Word from Karl Olsen... “Let us learn from the Virgin Mary how to be bolder in obeying the word of God.” Pope Francis “In trial or difficulty, I have recourse to Mary, whose glance alone is enough to dissipate every fear.” Saint Therese of Lisieux “When I find...

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Christmas Anticipation

Christmas Anticipation

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom... You know that part of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” where we sing “… He sees you when you’re sleepin...” It is a faint childhood memory but I think it was the old cowboy Gene Autry who sang it. Well, that always struck me as a little...

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Room for a Little One

Room for a Little One

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... I had the joyful experience of visiting the preschoolers in their outdoor classroom today. They excitedly lined up on their little stump seats to wait for my Bible story. Today, though, I didn’t bring my Bible. Instead, I brought one of...

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Venti, Venti…

Venti, Venti…

Today’s Word from Sheila Weidendorf... O come, O come, Immanuel, and ransom captive Israel that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. O come, o Wisdom from on high, who ordered all things mightily, to us the path of knowledge show and teach us in...

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Christmas Memories

Christmas Memories

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom... Their ages were age one, two and a half, and almost four. Our one and only time as a family in Hawaii. It was right after Christmas. There were so many things I appreciated about that time in our family life. For one thing, it was...

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Spreading Smiles

Spreading Smiles

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... I’ve mentioned before that both of my daughters raise and show goats in 4H. My youngest, Lia, spends the whole year training her pack goat, Norman, by taking him on almost daily walks. Together, they stroll up and down the roads around...

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Let All Things Now Living

Let All Things Now Living

Today’s Word from Karl Olsen... "Let All Things Now Living" by Katherine K. Davis, Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving to God the Creator triumphantly raise, who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us, who guides us and leads to the end of our...

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Finding Sunshine

Finding Sunshine

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... The windstorm that struck our beautiful island early this week was incredible! I’m sure this is one that future generations will grow tired of hearing about. We’ll all have remarkable stories about the weather that we’ve experienced...

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The Lovely Dark

The Lovely Dark

Today’s Word from Karl Olsen... It’s amazing how many timers and clocks we have in our lives. This past weekend when we “fell back,” I’m sure I set nearly 10 different devices around our house, from thermostats to light timers, to clocks. All in the effort to avoid...

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Focus, People, Focus!

Focus, People, Focus!

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom... By the time you read this, Brenda and I will have experienced the Andrea Bocelli concert at the completely remade Key Arena, now known as Climate Pledge Arena. The last time I was in that arena it was to watch the Seattle Sonics go down...

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Misplaced

Misplaced

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy “For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10 Have you ever been lost? Or maybe even just misplaced – like you know where you should be, but you’re not quite sure how to get there? It’s really not a good feeling....

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When Life Gives You Green Tomatoes…

When Life Gives You Green Tomatoes…

Today’s Word from Laura Canby... I enjoy harvesting veggies from my garden this time of year -- a reward to labors during spring and summer. Usually, I have buckets of various red tomatoes: plum, Roma, heirloom, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak, etc.  We enjoy them in...

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Honoring Angels

Honoring Angels

Today’s Word from Trinity member, Ron Roesler... Life is a constant flow of transitions and lessons… When born, we know very little. At eighteen, most of us knew everything. At least I believed I did. Then, it takes a lifetime to learn and realize how little I/we...

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Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou My Vision

Today’s Word from Sheila Weidendorf Text Origin: Middle Irish Poem “Rop tú mo Baile” Attribution: Saint Dallan Forgaill Tune: Slane (the village from which this Old Irish folk tune was collected) Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart Naught be all else to me, save...

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A Promise Made

A Promise Made

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom A promise made is a promise kept. I remember my dad uttering those words while he quietly wept. Some business partners had, years before, made a promise on a handshake, and were now reneging. Through hard work he had kept his side of the...

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What is Your Calling?

What is Your Calling?

Today's Word from Deacon Amy... "Your calling is where your own greatest joy intersects with the needs of the world." – Frederick Buechner I love this quote from Frederick Buechner. I first heard it my Vocation class at Trinity Lutheran College. It was an entry level...

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Renewal in the Wilderness

Renewal in the Wilderness

Today's word from Laura Canby... “…He frequently withdrew to the wilderness to pray.” Luke 5:16 The Gospels tell us that Jesus frequently went into the wilderness (nature) to pray. I like to think that in addition to conversing with His Father, He was refreshed by the...

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Making a Positive Difference in the World

Making a Positive Difference in the World

Today's Word from Trinity member Ron Roesler... I am just one of seven billion people. What can one person do to make a positive difference in the world? What could one in billions possibly do to affect the whole world? I have my own problems and opinions. As good as I...

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An Evening Hymn, This Morning

An Evening Hymn, This Morning

Today's Word from Karl Olsen... One of my favorite hymns, in our hymnal or any other, is an old favorite sung to the hymn tune TALLIS CANON, All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night. Part of my affection for this hymn is its straight forward, wonderful,...

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Uncommonly Common

Uncommonly Common

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom... “I’m an idiot!” Not an uncommon piece of internal conversation I have that is never ever to be available for an outside audience. But it is, none the less, a fairly regular piece of ticker tape that floats across my frontal lobe. I mean...

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More Kindness

More Kindness

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... “Nothing in nature lives for itself. The rivers do not drink their own water; the trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule...

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Drills – Revisited

Drills – Revisited

During Pastor Jim's Sabbatical, we have decided to revisit some previous missives. They were written in the earlier days of the pandemic. The original publication date has been left on the missive. A Word from Pastor Jim March 18 2020 I remember the drills. Not the...

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Twenty-Fifth Anniversary in Our Sanctuary

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary in Our Sanctuary

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Twenty-five years ago, we were preparing for our first worship service in our newly built sanctuary. We had been planning, fundraising, and laboring for years in anticipation of this day. In August of that year my parents would be...

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Walking in Limbo

Walking in Limbo

Today's Word from Mark Winslow This pandemic time reminds me a great deal of a previous time in my life about forty years ago. Walking in limbo. I was 28 years old and experiencing the happiest day of my life, at that time. I was getting married to the woman I loved,...

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’Til Each Tear Becomes a Rose

’Til Each Tear Becomes a Rose

Today’s Word from Sheila Weidendorf... Pastor Jim recently preached the good word about Love as the Greatest Commandment—the love of God, the love of neighbor, the love of self. But life and love among we mere mortals can be a tricky business. Human relations are...

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Extravagant Hospitality

Extravagant Hospitality

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... “Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:1-2 It was one of those quick church conversations while moving about from office...

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Joy

Joy

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom... As I write this, I am listening to our Karl play and sing “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say.” Assuming you were blessed by his devotion last Wednesday, the tune “Kingsfold” might still be ringing in your head. This is a favorite hymn of...

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Choose Kind

Choose Kind

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... “Nothing beats kindness… it sits quietly beyond all things.” Charlie Mackesy. I was waiting in line at a sandwich shop the other day when an older gentleman in front of me turned to look at me and smiled. He told me that he liked my...

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Happy Birthday Web and Marion!

Happy Birthday Web and Marion!

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... I hope you will join us this Sunday, September 26, for a very special day in the life of our community. We are having a birthday party this coming Sunday for Web Halvorsen. On September 28th, Web will be celebrating his 103rd Birthday....

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Whose is it?

Whose is it?

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... “The heavens are yours, the earth is also yours; the world and all that is in it -- you founded them.” Psalm 89:11 The flamboyant entertainer Liberace was a remarkable musician, but he was known for his lavish costumes, lavish rings,...

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