Trinity Newsletter August 2020

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August 2020

Trinity Lutheran Church

Villa Park, IL

Always Growing in Christ

August Guest Pastor Schedule

  • Saturday, August 8th 4:30pm- Pastor Wagner
  • Sunday, August 9th 8am & 10:30am- Pastor Allyn
  • Saturday, August 15th 4:30pm- Pastor Dean Pittelko
  • Sunday, August 16th 8am & 10:30am- Pastor Allyn
  • Saturday, August 22nd 4:30pm- Pastor Wagner
  • Sunday, August 23rd 8am & 10:30am- Bishop Ritt
  • Saturday, August 29th 4:30pm- Pastor Wagner
  • Sunday, August 30th 8am & 10:30am- Pastor Steven Warren

A little about the guest pastors:

Pastor Eric Allynserved Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elmhurst as Senior Pastor for 10 years retiring in 2016 with a total of 38 years in the Pastoral Ministry.

Pastor Dean Pittelko – graduated from Concordia University – Chicago in River Forest with a B.A. in theology and behavioral sciences. Dean and his wife Kay were married in 1987. He then graduated with an M.Div. degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO, in 1988. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from the Toronto School of Theology of the University of Toronto conjointly with Concordia University in Montreal and the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism.  

Pastor Steven Warren – serves as Pastor of St. Paul Austin in Chicago. He was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He grew up in the Auburn-Gresham community and attended Chicago Public Schools. He is a United States Marine Corps veteran. He has been a musician for 47 years, and his primary instrument is the drums. He is married to Debra Warren.

Bishop Emeritus David Ritt – was installed as Trinity's fourth pastor in 1978 and served as President/Bishop of the English District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod from 1997-2006. Last year, he celebrated his 50th anniversary of his ordination with us at Trinity.

Pastor Steve Wagner - serves as the Senior Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Lombard, Illinois. He joined Trinity as an Associate Pastor in March of 2015 and became the Senior Pastor in October of 2015. He is originally from Houston, Texas, and is a 2009 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Trinity Golf Outing

Saturday, August 15, 2020

At Sugar Creek Golf Course

Dinner Follows In the Prayer Garden

Golfer Registration: $50; Dinner Only $15

We are raising money to update the Prayer Garden's doors, floor and stairs. This cost is estimated at $20,000.

If you cannot attend please consider a donation to help us maintain our church building.

Love Your Neighbor Day

Saturday, Sept. 19th, 9 am-3 pm (rain date Sept. 26)

For the second year, Trinity members will be participating in this worthwhile event which is organized by The Christian Church of Villa Park and St. John’s Lutheran Church.  On Love Your Neighbor Day 2019 over 90 volunteers provided assistance to 24 homeowners.  

Applications are now being accepted from area homeowners who are having difficulty keeping up with work around their homes because of financial or physical limitations and who could benefit from a group of people volunteering at their home for a day.  This year, all work will be in the yard or on the exterior in the home to protect both the homeowner and the volunteers.  The work will be done by small groups of volunteers from local churches and the community.  Homeowners can rest assured that no one will be going into their home and all volunteers will be practicing social distancing.  

If you or someone you know could use help from your neighbors, you are encouraged to apply now.  Applications are available in the narthex and are due Aug. 28.  

It is not too early to sign-up to be a volunteer. This year, volunteers will have the option of signing up either as individuals to be assigned to a team or as a small group of people who are comfortable working together.  You can obtain a registration form in the narthex or on the Trinity website. Please return the form to Marna Rundgren by placing it in her church box or emailing her at by Sept. 5.


Armor of God Take Home VBS

Vacation Bible School may have looked different this year, but it was still a blast!  Armor of God VBS took place from July 20-24th with online and at-home activities that focused on the spiritual armor that God gives us to protect ourselves, especially in challenging times like during a pandemic! 
12 different families picked up pre-packaged materials from the church on Saturday and used them to make crafts, do object lessons, and play games at home.  Church members Gloria  & Caroline Marchewka and Dave Bruschuk recorded read-aloud videos of bible stories for the kids to watch at home, while junior leaders David Sullivan and Hannah Gawat helped lead games on live Zooms!  Our online meetings included Charades, Bingo, STEM lessons, minute-to-win-it games and more!  The 23 kids also participated in a Kindness Bingo Challenge throughout the week, doing kind acts for their family and neighbors at home, to earn certificates for a free ice cream which were generously donated by Creme Ice Cream in Villa Park. 
Our planning committee was Heidi Alvarez, Jenn Gawat, Kate Ilcken, Samantha Thompson, and Lisa Ticaric and they met via Zoom for weeks to plan and prep all the materials.  Thanks to their hard work, VBS 2020 was a success! 

Christian Education & Bible Study Opportunities 

Sunday School & Christian Education hour, Sundays at 9:15am

  • Sunday School

Typically during a school year, children ages 3  through 8th grade are invited to come learn about the love of Jesus  through Stories, Music crafts and games. 

According to the Trinity covid committee guidelines , the Children's Sunday School classrooms are currently closed. As was last April and May, online learning may be offered in the fall. More details to come.

  • Sunday Christian Education for Adults is at 9:15am in the Trinity Center in session now.

The study led by Dr. Stephen Boudro will be “The Beatitudes - the sermon on the mount”

  • Sunday Morning High School Bible Study at 9:15am in the Youth room.  The facilitator is Judy Bruschuk

Monday Night Bible Study for Men and Women at 7 PM

  • Men's Bible Study Group meets every Monday night at 7 pm in the Trinity Center.

The study is led by Darren Taylor and will resume “Paul’s epistles” . It will begin Sept. 14th

  • Women’s Bible Study meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7 pm .

We will begin our sessions in the church prayer garden physically distant ( moving to the church sanctuary as weather directs) We will be happy to include anyone who would like to join us via zoom.

The study will be facilitated by Deb Thompson and we will resume our study of “Nehemiah and perseverance”  It will begin Sept.21

Tuesday Night Bible Study

  • Pastor Rogers Tuesday Night Bible Study begins October 27th and will meet in the Trinity Center Live as well as streamed Live Via Facebook.

He will be leading us through the Book of Acts & Psalms.

Wednesday Prayer Group

  • Growing in Prayer meets Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7pm in the Trinity Center.

The study is led by Dr. Stephen Boudro to study prayer and learn to pray. It is currently in session.

Thursday Bible Study for Women

  • Daughters Of the King Bible Study meets on Zoom and are studying 

Life lite series of Peter 1 & 2 Contact Lisa T. at  to join.

Other Christian Education News

Director of Trinity Sunday School Program.  The Board of Christian Ed is seeking a Trinity member to coordinate and direct the Trinity Sunday School Program for this Fall.  If the Lord so leads you and for further details, please contact Henry Meier, Jr. at 708/386-2897 or

Seminary Sendoff For Jackson

Join us Sunday, August 23rd between services (approximately 9:15 am) in the prayer garden as we say goodbye to Jackson Scofield as he heads off to seminary this fall. 

Cake will be served.

A basket will be available to place cards of well wishes and encouragement for the new seminarian.

Save the Date

October 7th

Confirmation Classes begin

October 27th at 6pm

Book of Acts & Psalms Bible Study - Live at the Trinity Center and Streamed Via Facebook Live 

February 12-13, 2021 

Confirmation Retreat

Worship Services

Saturdays 4:30 pm

Sundays 8 am & 10:30 am

More Information

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