Trinity Tidings July/August 2020
Dear Members and Friends of Trinity,
Greetings in the Name of the Prince of Peace. Today there is much unrest in our country and in the world. What strikes me as being so obvious is that you can knock down and destroy all the statues you want, but that will not change what’s in people’s hearts. In his book Peace of Mind, Joshua Liebman stated the obvious: “No reconstructed society can be built on unreconstructed individuals.” By the same token, you cannot have a strong chain that has weak links, a good forest without good trees, or a productive farm with unproductive fields.
Society is people, not impersonal institutions, welfare agencies, libraries, schools, churches, parks, playgrounds, and other social agencies. As desirable as these are, what we need the most is upright, honest, virtuous, and reconstructed persons. Sometimes this is forgotten, and vast sums of money are spent on things that leave people morally and spiritually unimproved.
What are “reconstructed individuals?” At the level of civil righteousness, they are the ones who keep the laws and do good beyond the demands of civil law. They are the ones who set good examples in home, school, community, at work, being prompted by the love of righteousness by the understanding that democracy can work only if all do their part, by a vision of public good exceeding private gain.
But “rebuilt persons” in God’s sight, at the level of righteousness that meets God’s approval, are those who are born by water and the Spirit in Baptism, by the Gospel that has brought the Savior Jesus Christ into their newborn hearts. They are like totally reconstructed houses. All the old, rotten lumber, dripping plumbing, the leaking roof have been replaced. What we have is a structure of the Christian life that is cleansed by the shed blood of Christ, a place where the Holy Spirit has found a home, a living temple to the honor of God.
Simply changing the appearance of buildings and removing our history will not solve anything. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old one has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17) Change begins with the individual who has the love of God shining through. This is what can make for a new community and a truly reconstructed society. That is the Church of Christ, the community of saints. That is the only true prop of a good society.
God’s blessings to you for a safe summer! Enjoy God’s great outdoors. Stay healthy and keep each other in your prayers!
Pastor Christian Bunzel
RAYMOND A. GOLD, born October 16, 1933 and went to heaven on June 16, 2020. He died peacefully at home. A celebration of life service was led by Vitas’ Champlain, Samuel Mullen in Daytona Beach Florida on June 20. A graveside service was conducted by 1st Lutheran Church of Albert Lea, Minnesota on Wednesday, June 24 by Pastor Janet.
Our deepest sympathy to the Gold Family for the loss of Michael’s father. He was an entrepreneur and very Christian man. His last project was buying Bibles translated into Burmese to send to the unfriendly Christian country of Burma. They will arrive to his contact soon and be distributed to those seeking Christ.
In memory of Michael’s father, remembrances can be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church here in New Milford.
The Gold Family thanks you all for your thoughts and prayers.”
LINDA HOWARD – (December 30, 1947 – June 7, 2020) wife of Allan. Linda and Al were former members of Trinity Church. Among many other events including all church dinners, Linda attended the Advent Wreath Making afternoon in December. She taught many beginners how to intertwine the pine branches onto the metal rings and decorate the wreaths. Pastor was one of them she taught 25 years ago. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the Faith.” Our deepest sympathy to Al and to the entire family.
CONGRATULATIONS to Nancy and Danny Krizan who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on June 3rd 2020. “Receive this ring, as a pledge and token, of Wedded love and faithfulness.” God bless them with good health and happiness for years to come!
(August 15th) To Karla and Lynn Buffington! “You can move but you can’t hide!” Blessings to you both for future good health, happiness, and serenity!
On July 28th The Reverend Dr. Henry L. Koepchen celebrates his 63rd Anniversary into the Holy Ministry. Congratulations and may you be blessed with peace and continued good health! “Hank” is the husband of Louise, our Pastor’s Cousin.
- Dear Father Christian, Thank you so much for the beautiful services you officiated for my Mom, Althea Clonaris. You were very gracious and I know Mom would have been so grateful and pleased. God bless you during the pandemic and hopefully we’ll see you when it’s all over with. Love Nancy Caldwell and Family
- To Randy Weimar and his son Ben for mowing the church lawns all around the building. There is a tremendous amount of grass to cut. Also thanks to Randy for replacing the tires on the mower and the necessary upkeep. Also he cleared out all of the weeds and thick growth along the back of the church, the road to the shed. It was mucho work and we appreciate his time and care for our property. Thanks also for taking down the storm windows and putting up the screens. Now the air conditioning is in place!!
- To Chris Wharton for her work on the Entrance Garden and the Island Garden. Many beautiful spring flowers came up from last year’s bulbs. Now there are many summer flowers. Chris waters them faithfully which the plants appreciate in this dry weather. Now Chris may also water all of the lawns!!
NEW REFURBISHED ALTAR VASES
The gold/brass vases that grace the Chancel have been totally refinished. They were worked on by the experienced experts of C.M.ALMY & SONS, an old established church supply store of the Episcopal Church. Our vases probably date back to 1958 – 1962 when Trinity was founded and built. Today they look brand new, dipped with a gold coating and polished to a fine shine. The vases holding fresh flowers each week are placed on the high shelves on the right and left sides of the altar.
AA MEETINGS – will begin on a limited basis. On Sunday, July 5th the AA Group will clean and sanitize the area they hold their meetings and any other areas they use (restrooms and kitchen). Temperatures will be taken before members may enter the building, they will sanitize the room after each meeting, and hand sanitizers will be installed. They will have set rules to follow for seating, social distance, masks, and whatever is required. All orders by Governor Lamont will be observed. Thank you to Michael Gold who is in charge of Trinity renters for taking charge of guiding the groups, and also to Roger Arguello for his assistance.
CHURCH SERVICES – will continue to be cancelled for the time being. You will be notified when services resume. When they resume, the church services will be modified from the way we are used to having them. More information will be made available. You will receive a special letter as to the date we start up again!!! At the present time, other local churches in the town are not having Sunday services. One church is having services limiting the number of people in the sanctuary.
LUTHERAN HOUR MINSITRIES – Tune into the Lutheran Hour on traditional radio every Sunday at 970 AM radio at 7:30 a.m., 104.9 FM radio at 7:00 p.m. You may also listen online or nationally on SiriusXM. Also listen on the Lutheran Hour podcast which enables you to listen anytime. The Lutheran Hour’s website is https://www.lhm.org/. Methods have changed. But the Lutheran Hour remains the longest-running Gospel outreach broadcast on the air today. This religious Gospel station is owned and operated by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
YOUR DONATIONS TO TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
Thank you to those members who faithfully mail in their weekly donations to support our parish. If you have not done so, we ask all members to find it in your heart to continue to support the ministry of Trinity during this pandemic. We also will welcome everyone back when we resume our regular schedule.
PRAYERS FOR YOU – Pastor Bunzel continues to keep all members of Trinity congregation in his prayers each and every day as he sits/kneels in the sanctuary in prayer and meditation. Individuals with special needs, illnesses, or any such challenges are prayed for. Families, husbands and wives, singles, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and yes, even your pets are prayed for.
NEW MILFORD FAIR DAYS – is cancelled this year. There isn’t a lot of news in and about our town because basically all large events in New Milford have been cancelled. Lynn Deming Park is open for swimming from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. They are limiting the amount of cars entering to 50. It is a small beach so practicing social distancing is important. Families or individuals must be 15 feet apart. Lifeguards are on duty and they allow only a certain amount of people in the water at one time. A season pass is $60. And a senior pass is $20. No walk-ins are allowed and no day passes will be sold. The park is open to New Milford residents only. For more information see attendant at the admissions gate house. For information about other town parks, contact the New Milford Park and Recreation office: 860-355-6050.
PORTALS OF PRAYER – Daily devotional prayer books have been mailed to the membership. If you would like to receive a prayer book, please contact the church office at 860-354-3450
VOCABULARY – (Word of the Month) is COMORBIDITIES: Underlying health issues. You could be more prone to catching corona virus if you have prior health issues such as diabetes (type 1 or 2) high blood pressure, asthma, cancer, or other respiratory illnesses. Having these health issues, however, doesn’t mean you will definitely come down with the corona virus.
LUTHERAN HOME OF SOUTHBURY
Father Leo Mcilrath sent greetings to Pastor Bunzel and Trinity Church members and hopes that we are well. The Home (LHS) has lost several Residents either through Covid 19 or through a combination of other health problems. “Just getting through the last of the difficult cases.” (At least until the next wave) Residents do not gather for worship or any social activities. Our Pastor usually celebrates the Holy Eucharist at LHS the Sunday after Easter. Members of Trinity are asked to keep the Residents of our nursing home in their prayers.
I’m glad I learned about parallelograms in High School math instead of how to do my taxes. It comes in so handy during Parallelogram Season!
A sign outside a private house said: ‘NO SOLICITING” We are too broke to buy anything. We know who we are voting for. We have found Jesus. Seriously, unless you are giving away beer: PLEASE GO AWAY!
You never appreciate what you have till it’s gone. Toilet paper is a good example.
Submitted by Richard Bunzel