August 18, 2019


Widow's Knot

Game Night - Thursday, August 22nd  6:30 PM Senior High Room  Let's get together for some conversation and fun!- And there may be prizes! Questions, please contact Vicki at 815.762.1338


Save the Date!   Rally Day 2019

Join us Sunday September 8th as we kick off a new year of Sunday School!  There will be a single blended worship at 9:30 am followed by our annual balloon launch, picnic and pie contest.  Winner of the pie contest will receive a $50.00 gift card. All are invited!  


Choir Rehearsals 

We invite anyone in the congregation who loves to sing, to join us as we begin Sanctuary Choir rehearsals for another choir year.  First practice will be  Wednesday, August 28th, at 4:30 p.m. We sing a variety of traditional and blended sacred music for Sunday morning 8:00 a.m. services, twice a month, and a few extra services, especially during Advent and Lenten seasons. Please consider joining us!  You don’t need to be able to read music to sing with us.


We also invite you to join the Community Choir for its first rehearsal on Wednesday, September 11, at 5:30 p.m., when we’ll begin our preparation for the Christmas cantata.  This is ideal for those who might not want to commit to a whole nine-month choir season. We have members of all church affiliations in the wider Genoa community.   Please consider joining us! (there are no auditions.) We hope to see you at one or both rehearsals  --- Kathy Fane and the Sanctuary Choir


Adult Bible Study

Come join us for a Bible Study before the Sunday service, from 8:30-9:15.  We will be looking at key chapters in the Bible. This is a great opportunity to learn more about God’s word and have great conversations with others. All adults are invited to join us. Bring a friend!






The nickels have been collected. We received 707 nickels which is 160 meals!  Next up, can you spare a dime?  The jars will be out soon and any extra dimes you may have could go towards a meal  - thank you for your generosity for those who have less than us.  Feed My Starving children is a Christian organization that delivers meals to all who ask.



Trinity Lutheran Church is in need of a Sunday school superintendent and we could use your help! We are looking for someone who would be willing to volunteer their time to help us organize Sunday school. Some responsibilities would be helping us get teachers lined up to teach Sunday school, possibly coming up with new and fun ideas for Sunday school and helping with putting on the Christmas program. If you are willing to help or have any questions please contact Jill Boehmer at 815-751-4346 or Brandy Guptail at  815-739-1576

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth”. (1 John 3:18)


Food Pantry

Thank you all for your donations of school supplies that were given to the children in our local community.  School is fast approaching and those families in need were thankful for the supplies they picked up at FUMC on August 12.  May God Bless the children as the go back to school!


Praise Team Leader Position Available

A Praise Team Leader position is available at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Genoa, Illinois starting the week of September 9, 2019.  Candidates with excellent vocal skills along with keyboard or guitar skills are preferred.


Specific Duties:

Lead and perform with our Praise Team each Sunday during our 10:30 a.m. contemporary service;  organize and lead a practice at least once a week;

recruit other persons with vocal and/or instrumental abilities to join the Praise Team; choose worship music each week which is upbeat and enjoyable for the congregation to sing along with and work cooperatively with the Pastor, other staff, church office, and congregation. Persons interested should contact Dave Oleson, Board of Administration Chairman, at


Call Committee Process Update

The Call Committee met with NID President Allan Buss on Monday, August 12th and discussed the call process as well as some of the skills and qualities we hope that our new pastor will possess.  This discussion was very helpful for     committee members.  Pastor Buss reminded us that God has already chosen who our new pastor will be and that it is our congregation's job to figure out who that person is.  


As a reminder, Trinity members may nominate a pastor to be added to our Call List by completing the Pastor Nomination Form found in the church narthex which will also be published in the September Newsletter.  The deadline to have these completed forms returned to either Bill Schlieben or Dave Oleson is              Sunday, September 8th.  The names will then be forwarded to Pastor Buss who will consider their eligibility.  Pastor Buss will then create a Call List of pastors for our church to consider and forward it to us.  A special congregation meeting will then be held, date TBA, during which names of all pastors will be                       released.  Those names will also be made public during services the following two weeks.  A second special congregation meeting will then be held, date TBA, in which information on each candidate will be distributed and                 discussed.  Voting will then take place until the list has been reduced down to the top 3 candidates. The Call Committee will then interview those 3                       candidates.  A third special congregation meeting will then be held, date TBA, where the committee will present a report regarding each of the 3 final                      candidates and answer questions.  A vote(s) will then be taken until 1                                   candidate has garnered 50% or more of the votes. A Call will then be extended to that candidate.





Last Week’s Giving's

General Funds Needed:  $5,528

General funds given: $36,811

Online Giving's: $3,060

Total:             $39,871



Comfort Dog                                        $120

Missions                           $30

Building                          $15

Preschool                         $50