Sundays, 9 a.m. & 5 p.m.
Worship, Christian Education, and Rehearsals Canceled until further notice.
Hoping to see everyone back sometime in June!
Help Celebrate Mary!
Jeff Doebler, handbell choir director:
Karen and I are praying that all of you are happy, healthy, and safe. Soli Deo Gloria.
The most important thing to note is that my wife, Karen, is an intensive care unit nurse at Porter Hospital. She’s worked there since 1998, so she saves lives every day. Karen is a hero. She looks like a superhero in her protective gear!
Outreach is a significant part of my job at VU, where I serve as director of music education and bands. During the entire academic year and summer, much of my time is spent as a guest conductor and/or clinician, on campus, around Indiana, around the country, and around the world. On Tuesday, March 10, I was conducting an honor band in Seeger, Indiana. When I got home late that night, I found the first messages of schools, events, and clinics being canceled. I went from 15-25 hours per week of conducting to zero! Even Lutheran Summer Music has been canceled. (We’re excited that 2021 will be LSM’s 40th season, and that we’ll be at VU again.)
At the same time, my VU ensembles (three concert bands), student teacher supervision, and two other classes went online. Since it was spring break, I had a little time to retool those responsibilities for virtual learning. Everything turned out fine, but I miss face-to-face teaching!
I miss the handbell choir at Trinity! I thoroughly enjoy our time together on Wednesday nights and one Sunday morning per month. As the quarantine kept getting lengthened, I was in contact with the musicians every few weeks to cancel rehearsals and church appearances. I can’t wait for us to be back together this fall. Maybe we’ll be wearing our gloves (as usual), but also face masks! The 2020-21 academic year will be our 25th season!
On a lighter note, Gus (our dog, who got his name because both of our sons attended Gustavus Adolphus College) thinks the quarantine is the best thing to ever happen, since there is always someone at home. He’s even getting two walks (“neighborhood reconnaissance”) per day.
Many thanks to Pastor Tim, Abby, Szu-Ping and everyone else allowing TLC to continue its service, even during the pandemic. I am eager to get back to in-person worship. Press on!
What has Szu-Ping been up to?
At first, I thought we would be back for the Holy Week services, and then maybe Easter Sunday, then end of May, or sometime in June? All this time I kept thinking is it possible? At that time, it was difficult to think that we had to abandon all the music we had planned for the Easter season and all the concerts we would have hosted at our church!
What Deaconess Barb Has Been Up To!
Trinity members have asked about the most direct way to make a cash donation to the Christian Food Pantry. Here it is: You can write a check for any amount to the CHRISTIAN FOOD PANTRY. You can write TRINITY in the memo space on the check since the pantry keeps records for its annual report. You can mail the check directly to the pantry founder and co-director at this address:
2501 WHITE PINE CIRCLE
VALPARAISO, IN 46383
In addition, food items can be dropped at the pantry on Monday or Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until noon. The pantry is located in the Asbury Centre building, 7 Chicago Street in Valparaiso (just east across from Trinity’s Washington Street entrance).
Ways to Help Out at New Creations Shelter
Although the New Creation Men’s Shelter no longer houses the men overnight at the Calumet Avenue location, the men are still there until 10:00p.m. nightly. You can still sign up to chaperone the men at this sign-up: https://signup.com/go/DPjTpOs
You can also provide breakfast or dinner for ten people (or partner with a friend). For breakfast, you can also provide the food items, and the guys can cook for themselves (for example, packages of bacon, eggs, and bread for 10 guys). If you would like to provide a meal, you can sign up on this page: https://signup.com/go/KrghuDP
Food is generally delivered between 5:30 and 6:00p.m. You can choose to deliver the food to the shelter at 2102 Calumet Avenue, Valparaiso, IN 46383, or request a Trinity Delivery Volunteer by contacting Pastor Tim.
One other option that Trinity members and friends have chosen is to send a check made to New Creations Men Shelter at the address in the above paragraph. You can put “food supplies” in the memo space of your check.
Thank you for continuing to care for the men who are unable to secure housing in these difficult times. Serving with our church members to do the work that Christ would have us do is a powerful blessing.
Questions? Call Mike at 219-508-4422
Photos from our 3rd Annual Reformation Concert
- Tender Loving Care Preschool tenderlovingcarepreschool.webs.com for more information.
Trinity Lutheran Church, Valparaiso is proud to be a Reconciled In Christ congregation, welcoming people of all gender identities and sexual orientations as part of this community of the people of God.