Pastor Jim’s Blog

Love Demands Caution and Sensitivity

Love Demands Caution and Sensitivity

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... “Greet one another with a holy kiss.” 2 Corinthians 13:12 It was the 21st day of October 1989. The next day I would be installed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland. Felicia was nursing four-month-old Kelsi as I shared bedtime...

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When Jesus Calls

When Jesus Calls

Today’s Word from Sheila Weidendorf My daughter, Ada—age 17 and the last of my five children still in my nest—is something of an archivist. We both collect words and phrases, delighting in things people say that are unexpected, or that have never been said to us...

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A Source of Inspiration

A Source of Inspiration

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...  “What matters is to turn one’s predicament into a human achievement.” Victor Frankl I spend a fair amount of time giving pep talks these days, mostly to myself. Victor Frankl’s life story has been a source of inspiration for more than...

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“Shank!!”

“Shank!!”

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom... “He’s at a loss for words!” giggled my sister. It was true. I was so stunned by the moment I was left without a single word. Admittedly, it doesn’t happen much, but the sudden appearance of friends wishing me a happy birthday had left...

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Walking in Darkness

Walking in Darkness

Today's Word from Deacon Amy... "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105 My family is taking a little time away before busy schedules resume in the fall. We had originally planned to travel east toward Montana, but wildfires and pandemic...

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Do You Believe in God?

Do You Believe in God?

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim....“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up to the heavens and say there is no God.” Abraham Lincoln.“If there is no God, nothing...

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Speak the Words of God

Speak the Words of God

Today's Word from Pastor Jim...I thought this morning that I would start by telling you a lie and the truth. I am counting on you to determine which statement is the lie and which is the truth.1. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never...

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Grief and Joy

Grief and Joy

Today's Word by Karl Olsen...It is a human dichotomy, that we can experience joy and grief in close proximity, both exceedingly real and life-impacting. One sometimes influencing the other, but ending up perhaps in gratitude, giving thanks for the good...

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Scholarship Thank Yous

Scholarship Thank Yous

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland — who are we and what are we about? We are followers of Jesus. Jesus — who cared for the marginalized, ate with sinners, and touched the untouchable. We are pilgrims on a journey of faith. We do not...

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It Hurts When They Leave

It Hurts When They Leave

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... “By the waters of Babylon we sat and wept.” Psalm 137 It hurts when they leave, and they always leave. The most painful part of parish life and ministry is when they leave, and they always leave. We buried Tom Bast two weeks ago. After...

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Angels Unaware

Angels Unaware

Today's Word from Pastor Tom... I was dumbfounded. He didn’t remember. It was his decision that altered the course of my life and he didn’t remember. “Tom, it was so nice of you to take the time to search me out. After all these years this is indeed a fine gesture but...

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Compassion Camp

Compassion Camp

Today's Word from Deacon Amy... Our theme at Vacation Bible School last week was all about Compassion. That’s a pretty big concept for kids! We talked about kindness and love and taking care of each other. Our chant for the week was: I see your hurt, I feel your hurt,...

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Should I Stop Praying?

Should I Stop Praying?

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me...

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Home is in the Heart

Home is in the Heart

Today's Word from Sheila Weidendorf... If early 20th century writer, Thomas Wolfe, was correct, “you/we can never go home again.” Of course, we can—geographically-speaking—go anywhere we wish these days, even into the reaches of space itself if we’ve sufficient...

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Sabbatical Update

Sabbatical Update

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... Sabbaticals in the church, and in higher education, have a long history. For six years I served as the Chair of Academic Affairs at Luther Seminary and our committee regularly reviewed and approved sabbatical proposals. In the ELCA...

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What a Ride!

What a Ride!

Today's Word from Pastor Dennis... “Here’s the church, here’s the steeple. Open the doors and see all the people.” Well, something like that. Eventually it gets to the people and thus the “church.” Luther once said - among a whole lot of other things - that God works...

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A Word on Worship from Pastor Jim

A Word on Worship from Pastor Jim

Wearing a Mask as a Sign of Unity in Fighting the Pandemic Join us for worship on August 1st at Trinity Lutheran Church. In-person worship will be held at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. For your convenience, the 8:00 a.m. service will also be live-streamed and can be viewed at...

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Leave it to the Amateurs

Leave it to the Amateurs

Today's Word from Pastor Tom Kidd... Soffit… Webster’s, “the underside of a part or member of a building.” Soffits are not typically a topic of conversation. They are not a part of construction that typically captures one’s attention. They are the eaves for goodness’...

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Embrace the Day

Embrace the Day

Today's Word from Deacon Amy... Awake, my soul! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn. I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. Psalm 57:8-9 My daughter, Lia, sent me the attached picture today. She...

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Masks

Masks

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... “Now there are a variety of gifts, but the same Spirit; there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common...

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Time is Precious

Time is Precious

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... We arrived at our room, and I took off my watch. I had not taken that watch off for 16 months. I made the decision not to put it back on until it was time to go home. Felicia and I had left the island, all by ourselves. We were...

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What Sweetness Awaits

What Sweetness Awaits

Today's Word from Sheila Weidendorf... If you’ve read any of my missives about Old Tyme music—which I dearly love—you know that I’m NOT a big fan of what I have called “Pie in the Sky” Theology. It’s a kind of “It’s okay if we suffer now because we will be rewarded in...

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A Servant Life

A Servant Life

Today's Word from Karl Olsen... "…anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." Martin Luther King, Jr. "Vocation is the...

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Hurt People Hurt People

Hurt People Hurt People

Today's Word from Pastor Tom Kidd... Luke was a physician, a second-generation Christian. Though he authored the third Gospel (and the Acts of the Apostles) he never met Jesus. Both of his works were addressed to the same individual, Theophilus. His name means “lover...

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Marked with the Cross of Christ

Marked with the Cross of Christ

Today's Word from Deacon Amy... When we are baptized in the Christian Church the pastor says to us, “child of God, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever.” What a beautiful statement – we have been marked with the cross of...

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Scholarship Thank You

Scholarship Thank You

Today's Word from Pastor Jim and Luc Gandarias... Luc Gandarias and his brother Gabe have grown up at TLC. Luc is a 2021 South Whidbey High School graduate and class valedictorian. Luc was awarded the TLC Ruby Scholarship. His name will be added to the long list of...

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Serendipity

Serendipity

Today's Word from Deacon Amy... “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 My daughters are busy preparing for the Whidbey Island Fair. After not having a fair...

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A Tee Ball Kind of Church

A Tee Ball Kind of Church

Today's Word from Pastor Jim...   Felicia and I went to a Tee Ball game last night. It was a great opportunity to see our grandsons, and to watch preschoolers performing amazing athletic feats while wearing their finest baseball regalia. The sun was warm, the grass...

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To Attain His Feet

To Attain His Feet

Today's Word from Sheila Weidendorf...   For today’s spiritual/musical exploration I want to go back to my beloved India. In a way, there is no such thing as India. The word “India” is derived from the Greek Indus, the name given to a great river that runs across...

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Welcome Back

Welcome Back

Today's Word from Pastor Jim...   “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. Pave paradise, put up a parking lot.” Week by week since April we have been easing back into worship. For thirteen long months the church had been empty...

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Order of Allegiance

Order of Allegiance

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... Happy Fourth of July Weekend! The Fourth of July falls on a Sunday this year and I hope that you will be joining us for worship. We would invite you to wear red, white and blue to church. It will be a festive Sunday with songs of faith...

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Touching the Future

Touching the Future

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... His hair was long and white. He wore slim Western ties and cowboy boots. In years past he sat near the front at Trinity Lutheran Church with his wife, Clodagh. They had lived lives of public service working for the states of Alaska and...

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Two Killers

Two Killers

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom Kidd...  Ask people to tell you two things they couldn’t live without and the list can get pretty funky. “Air conditioning” makes sense, it’s hot right now. “Cruise control” would be on my list. Beyond the trivial we would find the heart...

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A Change of Plans

A Change of Plans

Today's Word from Deacon Amy... Sometimes things don’t turn out the way that we hope they will. Sometimes we make promises that we fully intend to keep, but later discover to be unrealistic. Sometimes our plans and dreams are thrown off track and we need to make new...

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Pastor Dennis & Jeri Hanson

Pastor Dennis & Jeri Hanson

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... Pastor Dennis Hanson was ordained on the 9th day of August, 1964. Topping the music charts in 1964: “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles, Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman,” and The Animals’ hit “The House of the Rising Sun.” The Summer...

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This Sunday at Trinity

This Sunday at Trinity

Tee Shirt Sunday & Holy Communion This Sunday and every Sunday, come and worship dressed as you are. There are no dress codes at TLC, and all are welcome. If you have a Trinity tee shirt, slip it on. If not, find your favorite funny, happy, or school colors tee...

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Pike’s Peak

Pike’s Peak

Today's Word from Karl Olsen... When an English professor, poet and writer finished spring classes at Wellesley College in Massachusetts in 1893, she headed west on a train, seeing sights including the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the plains of Kansas and the...

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A Simple Golden Band

A Simple Golden Band

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... It was a simple golden band, safely nestled in the palm of my hand, waiting to be placed by a young bride on the ring finger of the man that she had chosen to spend her life with. This simple golden band had been resting silently in a...

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Promises for Life

Promises for Life

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... What do you know when you make promises for life at the age of 22? What does better, worse, richer, poorer, in sickness and in health mean when you are 20 years old? This promise to love someone and live with someone for 60 or more...

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We’ll Understand it All By & By

We’ll Understand it All By & By

Today's Word from Trinity Keyboardist Sheila Weidendorf... Farther Along is a very popular southern gospel song, covered by everyone from Ike Turner to The Byrds to Willie Nelson to Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris on their 1987 album...

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A Part of the Lifecycle

A Part of the Lifecycle

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... Sometimes I have serious conversations with God; beyond prayer, I find myself offering some advice. Sounds arrogant, does it not? I was never all that successful in school, not the most accomplished in my class, in fact, until...

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Staying Connected

Staying Connected

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... Our staff made a promise to you 455 days ago. Our promise, at the beginning of the pandemic, was that we would stay connected though we were apart. We would continue to be the church together. We promised to produce content every day:...

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Down the Hall and Out the Door Vol. 5

Down the Hall and Out the Door Vol. 5

Today's Word from Felicia Lindus... Last Thursday night we had an outdoor graduation (of course!) for 10 students. Under blue skies and some wind (for an air of authenticity) we celebrated our students and this unusual year. As graduation began, I shared a few words...

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Making a Difference

Making a Difference

Today's Word from Arne Bergstrom... I spent 35 years working in international community development and disaster response with the Christian organizations World Vision and World Relief. It was a calling to be the hands, feet, and voice of God to suffering people in...

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New Beginnings, Bittersweet Endings

New Beginnings, Bittersweet Endings

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... It was a beautiful Thursday afternoon on Whidbey Island. June had arrived, the sun-bathed green landscapes were accented by blooming flowers and the ever present yellow of scotch broom. In a brief four-hour period, I would take part in,...

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The New Kid

The New Kid

Today's Word from Deacon Amy... Have you ever been the new kid? It can be pretty overwhelming. My daughter, Ava, finally got to bring her new kid home this week. You might remember me writing about this little goat a few weeks ago when Ava was trying to choose a name...

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A Rose by Any Other Name is Still a…

A Rose by Any Other Name is Still a…

Today's Word from Pastor Tom Kidd... Picture an early 80-year-old, diminutive frame (maybe 5 feet) with flaming red hair. She probably weighed maybe four pounds more than her age. She walked like she should have been there five minutes ago. Always. Never slower. Lucy...

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A Moment in Time

A Moment in Time

Today’s Word from Mark Winslow... A few days ago, I had to make a trip over to the mainland. A list of things to do called me over to that frenzied world. Normally Colleen and I prefer staying here, on our little island of paradise. Like everyone else, we have our...

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Life’s a Twinkling

Life’s a Twinkling

Today's Word from Karl Olsen, Minister of Music... Two days ago, Pastor Jim gave some sterling advice in his sermon. Basically: • Don’t be overwhelmed by the many problems of the world. • If you do get overwhelmed, take a breath and pick issues that you can have a...

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Blessed to be a Blessing

Blessed to be a Blessing

This Evening's Word from your TLC Endowment Committee... “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21 The TLC Endowment started as one man’s vision over 22 years ago. Church member, Steve Schrecengost, created hope for the future - to...

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