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Trinity Tidings September/October 2020

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity,

During these sometimes difficult times we’re living in, life can be boring or depressing for people. When we find ourselves in the valleys of mental depression, God wants to lead us to mountaintops so that we can see our life in a clearer perspective. Actual mountain top trips are traveled by families in summer and winter. In the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York, there is a town named Hunter Mountain. It’s a beautiful place to visit in summer, especially if you dare to get on the ski lift ride. You can view four states. The German Alps festival is held in this town for two weeks in summer. In winter, the area draws many advanced skiers for challenging and breath taking views as they wind their way down the ski trails. It’s a thrill to be uplifted for a great fun experience during the long winter.

During our life in the Church, we experience events, which leave us uplifted and inspired. Worship can make the week complete for people who love God and include even one hour of worship in church each week. Outside of church, we often experience such vantage points when special occasions occur like a promotion in our work, recognition of services performed, or the celebration of a birthday. And when we mark 25 or 50 years of married life we are standing on mountaintops. We can see from where we have come, where we are now, and where we are going.

High points in life, however, are not the only times when we can have a good perspective. Unpleasant experiences such as sickness, loss, a deep disappointment, or temporarily being out of work can give us a better view of life, if we rise from the “dumps” and let God show us His love. These are pauses that refresh us when we can say, “I will lift up mine eyes into the hills, from whence cometh my help” (Psalm 121:1).

We need little mountaintop experiences during this pandemic. Keep in mind that this is only temporary. “This too shall pass.” Better days lie ahead. For some a better job may be an unexpected surprise. Life goes on even when we lose a loved one. Grief turns into laughter as time goes on. Having fond memories can be a mountaintop moment. Going back to school could bring a new friend who will be your friend for the next 80 years.

Families have traveled on vacations during the summer and came back safe and sound. One family went to South Carolina. Another to Cape Cod. A few older family members had great mini visits with family or friends with no traveling involved. They stayed at home, but the result of the visit was an uplifting time together with loved ones. No matter what you did or plan on doing you can take a moment and give thanks for your health and those around you who care about you. Faith in Christ Jesus gets us through both thick and thin.

There is an inspirational point in your life. It doesn’t have to be on the top of a mountain or an expensive celebration. It is the upward look, the look to Jesus the Lamb of God, to Jesus the pioneer of our salvation. He who gave His life for us and rose again is the high point of our lives.

God bless you and enjoy the remainder of summer!

Pastor Christian Bunzel

A FEW BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES

Martha Ley – July 12, Joanne Bunzel – July 20, Todd Belden – July 21. Congratulations to Randy Weimar who celebrated the BIG “6 – 0” on July 6. Richard Bunzel – August 20, Ayden Gold turned TWENTY ONE on August 2nd, and Gerri Hipp – August 18. THIS MONTH is Pastor Henry Koepchen – September 27, Marion Elicati – September 10 and Michele (Bunzel) Belden – September 23. In October, we have Tommi Mazza on the 17th, Karen Weickum Sweeney on the 12th, Arlene Bartholomew on the 18th and Frank Bartholomew on the 29th. Former member Ella Tiberio celebrates 96 years young on October 8th!!! May God bless everyone with good health, happiness, and contentment!

BLESSED WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TO

Arlene and Frank Bartholomew on October 31st

Michelle (Bunzel) and Todd Belden on October 29th

May God continue to bless these two couples with happiness and good health for many years!!

(If you would like to have a Birthday or Anniversary listed please contact Pastor.)

PASTOR’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY AT TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH

Pastor Christian Bunzel celebrates his 25th Anniversary of Installation on September 10. He was Installed by Pastor Timothy Yeadon on September 10, 1995 at a 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service. Pastor Yeadon was a Vice-President of the District at that time and today he is the Bishop of the New England District. Pastor Henry L. Koepchen of Messiah Lutheran Church, Setauket, Long Island, New York delivered the sermon. He is Pastor Bunzel’s cousin Louise’s husband. Many pastors from the area were present including Pastor Robert Schipul (wife Sandy) former pastor of Trinity who had accepted a divine call to the Lutheran Home of Southbury. Dottie Simonides was the parish secretary and has since moved to Madison, Connecticut. Pastors were in attendance from parishes in New Milford such as Saint Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church and Saint John’s Episcopal Church on the Green. Area Lutheran pastors were also in attendance. Mr. Lynn Buffington was the President of the Call Committee, and Mr. George Schmidt was the President of the Church Council. Most of Pastor’s family was present. Brother Richard and his wife Joanne and their daughter Michelle, Brother George and his wife Nina, Pastor’s Sister Irene and her husband Richard Reynolds, his cousin Louise (Bunzel) Koepchen, and Nephews David Maikisch and James Maikisch. Pastor’s Mother Elsie was unable to attend due to illness but was with us in spirit. She later joined Trinity congregation. A wonderful dinner reception was served in the Fellowship Hall.

Unfortunately for now, we are unable to celebrate with a dinner in the Fellowship Hall. However, when things return to some degree of normalcy in this chaotic world we’re living in, we will JOYFULLY get together once again and celebrate 25 years of ministry with Pastor and a wonderful Congregation!!

FUNERALS

Chris Musgrave (February 26, 1929 – August 7, 2020) the sister of Danny Krizan. Chris resided in Bethel, Connecticut. Our deepest sympathy to Danny and the Family.

Wilma Harris (November 8, 1919 – July 22, 2020) beloved Mother of Sunny. Wilma resided in Florida. Prayers are being prayed on the altar. Our deepest sympathy to Sunny, John, and to the entire Family.

NancyLee Krizan (July 5, 1941 – August 16, 2020) beloved wife of Daniel Krizan. The Gravesite Funeral Service was at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Danbury, Connecticut on August 21, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Our deepest sympathy to Danny, her Son Glen Daniel Krizan and his wife Jennifer Christine, her daughter, Lorine Ellen Krizan, Grandson Kurtis Daniel Krizan, and the entire Family, MEMORIALS may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church, 107 Kent Rd. P.O. Box 388, New Milford, Connecticut 06776.

THANK YOUS

  • To all who faithfully send in their weekly donations. They are blessed on the altar every week to the Glory of God and to the ministry of Trinity Church.
  • To all who sent in Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church in Memory of Michael Gold’s Father Ray. A special memorial gift for Trinity Church has been chosen by Michael. More information to follow.
  • To Randy Weimar and his son, Ben for mowing the church lawns all summer. We need to purchase a mower with an air-conditioned cab after the heat we had this year. THANKS to Mark Haglund for cleaning up the fallen branches and twigs from the last hurricane in August. Did you have the “Mule?” A resident from our neighbors at Wishing Well Condominiums helped Mark with the cleanup. THANKS to Chris Wharton for her usual gardening at the different locations around the church. This job is also very hectic during the dog days of summer. The deer and other critters still enjoy Chris’ “salad bar” garden at the entrance. Soon the deer will be ordering salad dressing.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASS – will be taught through instruction at home this fall. Holy Communion lessons are taught at home by parents in conjunction with Pastor having review sessions at church. This is for grades 4 and 5.

CONFIRMATION CLASS – will be taught at home also this fall. The lessons will be shared between Sunday School teacher Sue DuBois at home and Pastor Bunzel at church. If you know of students in 7th and 8th grades interested in learning the 6 chief parts of Christian Doctrine and becoming a part of the Church through the Rite of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Communion please contact Pastor at the church office.

LUTHERANS FOR LIFE

Christians do not hide behind personal choice. We rejoice in community rather than autonomy (Romans 12:4-5). Our Heavenly Father has given us the privilege of receiving the unborn and the aged as neighbors. Our Lord and Savior gives us the responsibility of serving as brothers and sisters to those experiencing surprise pregnancies and terminal diagnoses. Instead of “my body, my choice,” we get to delight in “my body, my gift!” (Romans 12:1)

A LITTLE HUMOR

Sister Mary Ann, who worked for a home health agency, was out making her rounds visiting home bound patients when she ran out of gas. As luck would have it, a Texaco Gasoline station was just a block away.

She walked to the station to borrow a gas can and buy some gas. The attendant told her that the only gas can he owned had been loaned out, but she could wait until it was returned. Since Sister Mary Ann was on the way to see a patient, she decided not to wait and walked back to her car.

She looked for something in her car that she could fill with gas and spotted the bedpan she was taking to the patient. Always resourceful, Sister Mary Ann carried the bedpan to the station, filled it with gasoline, and carried the full bedpan back to her car.

As she was pouring the gas into her tank, two Baptists watched from across the street. One of them turned to the other and said, “If it starts, I’m turning Catholic!”

Submitted by Richard Bunzel