January 14, 2018


Women’s Bible Study

Your Strong Suit, a new Women's Bible Study will be starting up Tuesday, January 16, at 7:00. We will look at Ephesians 6:10-18 and see the protection God provides for us.  We need to be prepared for spiritual warfare. It can rob us of peace and security and then we are left with doubt and unrest. Come join us as we put on the armor of God so we can be prepared to fight our enemy and have the ultimate victory. This study was donated to us so there is no cost. Please sign up on the Woven bulletin board. Any questions, contact Nancy Bagsby at 815-566-9437.


Fellowship Hour

Many thanks to the Schlieben’s for hosting Fellowship hour. Your gracious service to this congregation is truly appreciated!  If you or your family would like to provide Fellowship hour treats—please sign up in the Fellowship hall.


Trinity’s Treasures Sale

The date has been set for Trinity’s Treasures - April 4-5-6 2018. Reserve your table now. For more information call Debbie Horbus at 815-784-5858.


Ladies Aid

LWML members will meet Thursday at 1:30 to review and plan social/service activities.  Bring ideas, mites, and annual dues of $5.  Lois and Bonnie are hostessess.





Updating of Church Bank Accounts

With changes to personnel within the Board of Administration for 2018, church bank account signer lists will be updated as needed to include Trinity's new treasurer and also make any other name changes that are necessary.  If you are a signer on one of our accounts being updated, Dave Oleson will be contacting you for your help in updating needed bank forms.  Please contact Dave if you have any questions.  Thank you for your help in this process.


Bad Weather

It’s that time of the year again when we can get some pretty bad weather and in consideration of that we wanted to remind everyone how we will announce the cancellation of church should it become necessary. The decision to cancel services will be made as soon as possible, no later than one hour before the service time.

The following methods to make the announcement will be used:

1) The church telephone message

2) The church website

3) The church Facebook page

4) E-mail blast to members on the distribution list

5) Announced on television – Rockford channel 17 (ABC-WTVO) and 39 (FOX-WQRF)



We are now accepting scholarship applications for 2018. Completed forms are due by Monday April 2nd. Get yours in the office.


Big Thank You

A big thank you for whom ever donated some books to the library! Tiffene Anderson



Calling anyone interested in running A/V for our services here at Trinity! We are welcoming some new faces to the crew: Dave Grimm (8 AM), John Seisser (10:30 AM), and Lorene McIntyre (8 AM). We’ll be having A/V teams of two for our newest helpers to get acclimated. As a trainee, you get to decide if and when you want to fly solo. So if you would like to join the A/V crew, please let Pastor, Amanda or Deb Humeniak know.



Come on out to Church on Saturday Jan 20th starting at 9:00 AM to help take down all of our Christmas decorations.


December Congregational Meeting

At our December 17th congregation meeting, Bill Schlieben gave a report on various repairs and improvements that have been made to Trinity's building and properties including recent installation of heating in the new wing bathrooms.  Nate Marberry also reported on the church's financial picture as we approached the end of the year.  It appears that our expenses versus income for the year should break out about even which is great news.  The board would like to thank all congregation members for your continued financial support of all our programs here at Trinity.  It is greatly appreciated.  Dave Oleson then explained the board's proposed budget for 2018 which includes estimated expenditures amounting to $279,399 for the year.  Dividing this number by 52 weeks in a year, our minimum general funds needed each week for 2018 calculates to about $5,373 per week.  Funds given over and above this figure will enable the board to address other unexpected expenditures that may come up as well as continue to address other items on our "Needs List", including the final phase of upgrading to our sound system, installation of carpeting as needed throughout the building, and installation of "smart thermostats" to help save energy.  At the completion of the meeting, Dave Oleson was elected for a 2nd term as Board Chair, Rick Happ for a 2nd term of Stewardship responsibilities, and welcomed Teresa Haish for a 1st term as Congregation Treasurer. We are still looking to fill the vacancy for Evangelism and Education.  Lastly, a huge THANK YOU was expressed to Nate Marberry for serving as our Treasurer the last 4 years and to Vicki Seisser for serving in our Evangelism position the last 2 years.  Both Nate and Vicki have done a great job!


Food Pantry

Happy New Year!  It’s a new year, and a great time to start off with food collection for the Genoa Food Pantry!  Is your pantry overstocked with items from the holidays (that are not too old)?  Could you donate those to the local food pantry?  Please drop food donations in the grocery cart at Trinity by Sunday, January 14.  You’re right, that’s short notice.  Thank you all for your donations. 




Last Week’s Giving's

General Funds Needed:  $5,885

General Funds Given: $3,614

Online Giving's:    $1,080

Total:                   $4,694



Comfort Dog                  $10

Ladies Aid                       $20

Missions                          $25

Giving Tree                     $82.35

Goltermann Memorial      $25

Building Fund                  $20