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April 26, 2018


Scripture Readings This Week

Acts 8:26–40 (ESV)

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opens not his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”

And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Psalm 150:1–6 (ESV)

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

1 John 4:1–21 (ESV)

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

John 15:1–8 (ESV)

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”

Praise Reports for Reverse Giving

How did you use your money to help others? Let us know! The Missions Committee is sponsoring a Reverse Giving event and handed out envelopes with miscellaneous amounts of cash on the weekend of April 21 and 22. The instruction was to use the money to be a...

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Shawnee Landscape Work Day

April 28 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon We need your help to clean up the landscaping a tidy up the grounds at the Shawnee campus. The Property Team selected April 28 as the Spring Landscape Day. Please bring your rakes and wheel barrows as we need to spread a...

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Confirmed in Christ

Twenty-one of our young adults will be confirmed in their Christian faith this year. The Rite of Confirmation will take place on Sunday, April 29, at  both services at Trinity’s Shawnee campus, and at the 11am service at the Mission campus. These young...

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VBS Registration Now Open!

Save the Date! June 25-29, 2018 9-11:30am July 9-13, 2018 9-11:30am Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life's storms. Bible Point: When you're...

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New Member Class at Shawnee

Pastor Phil will once again be offering a new member class for anyone who is interested starting in May. If you are interested, simply contact Pastor Phil, Membership classes take place regularly at each campus and are led by one of the...

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2018 Mini Grant Program

The Missions Committee is sponsoring, for the fifth year, a Mini Grant Program for social service and ministries projects and programs. This year’s program will start next week and applications will be accepted through May 31. Details will be contained in...

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Wear Red for Pentecost – May 20

On May 20, the Day of Pentecost (fifty days of Easter and ten days after the Ascension) the clergy wear RED vestments to signify the work of the Spirit. It is also a custom in many churches for the people in the congregation to wear RED on the Day of...

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Little Free Library

The Preschool has placed a free book exchange cabinet in the foyer of the Shawnee campus. The rules are simple – Take a Book, Return a Book. Please make sure donated books can fit in the cabinet. Both children and adult books are welcome! A book is a gift...

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Shawnee Playlist – April 29

Worship is meant to be participatory: God acts, we respond. God comes to us with his mercy and grace; we respond with thanks and praise. One of the many ways we do that is through music. The majority of the music in our services is meant to be sung by the...

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New Member Class – Mission Campus

Pastor Mark will once again be offering a new member class for anyone who is interested. If you are interested, simply contact Pastor Mark, Membership classes take place regularly at each campus and are led by one of the pastors. Classes...

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Geraniums for Pentecost

As is Trinity’s tradition, we will again be ordering geraniums to celebrate Pentecost at the Mission campus on May 20. The geraniums will then be planted to beautify the Mission campus entryway. To purchase a geranium, please see the display in the foyer....

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Mark Your Calendar for May 20 Worship

Part of being a “Community Following Jesus” is to commit to being wise and faithful stewards of our personal resources and time. The month of May is your opportunity to reflect, discern, and consider what your annual OneFund stewardship commitment will be...

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Kids’ Kamp

Mission Campus Mon. – Thurs. ONLY July 9-12 Grades 1 – 5 12:30 – 3:30pm Mission Kids’ Kamp is our afternoon camp available for 1st – 5th grade youth. Each day we will enter into a new adventure at camp. Activities may include, but are not limited to, game...

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Listening to You

One of the primary responsibilities of Trinity’s Executive Committee is listening to you, the members of our “Community Following Jesus.” This happens in a variety of ways, both through organized events where input is sought as well as informally in...

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Reverse Giving

“Go therefore and make disciples . . .” --Matthew 28:19a The Missions Committee is sponsoring a Reverse Giving event on the weekend of April 21 and 22.  Envelopes with small amounts of cash will be distributed to everyone in attendance at each worship...

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Quilters Request Supplies

If you are in the mood for spring cleaning and want to clean out those closets, please keep the quilters group in mind. The quilters are always in need of fabric. This can be sheets, blankets, cotton fabrics, and whatever else might make good use for...

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Shirley Hanusch Estate Sale

Longtime member Shirley Hanusch passed away in January of 2016. A group of LWML ladies will be assisting the family by conducting an estate sale at Shirley Hanusch's house, 6310 Outlook in Milhaven, the first weekend of May during Mission's citywide sale....

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Mission Campus Contribution Counters Needed

The people of Trinity are generous with time, talents, and treasures. Working in the church office it is easy to see the loving hearts of our members displayed each day. Would you like to be generous with your time and talents to help count the financial...

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Noisy Collection – April 29

Every fifth Sunday, Trinity  has a “noisy collection” to raise money for causes important to kids. Our next noisy collection will take place on April 29 during all Sunday morning services. Proceeds from the collection will go toward offsetting the cost of...

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Trinity Lutheran Foundation Presentation

2pm on Friday, April 20, in the Mission sanctuary 2pm Thursday, April 26, in the Shawnee worship center Rex Garrelts is back and feeling much better—so much better that he wants to talk to us about the Trinity Foundation at the originally scheduled dates....

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Life Line Screening – June 7

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include;...

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Powerful Giving with Your Smartphone

Apps make life easier. With Give+ you can use your smartphone to give anytime, anywhere! Download the FREE app on your Apple or Android phone. Search your phone’s app store for “Give+,” register one time, and future giving is quick and easy. Log in or donate as a...

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Guatemala 2018!

We’re making another venture to the people of Panajachel and Chuchipaca, Guatemala, this summer, July 15 - 21. We’d be happy to have you come along! Many have shown interest. Write Pastor Ben if you want to learn a bit more ( The...

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Lutheran Laymen’s League Golf Tournament

46th Annual Lutheran Laymen’s League Kansas District Golf Tournament Lunch and Registration: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Tee-Off time: 1:30 pm, Saturday, May 5, 2018 Village Greens Golf Course 5615 Highway K92 Meriden, KS 66512-8904 P: (785) 876-2255 The tournament...

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Seeking Volunteer English Teachers

We are seeking volunteer teachers for our well known English classes at Immanuel KCK. A little Spanish is needed. Our ESL program is in its’ 13th year and is our primary outreach ministry here in the Argentine. We need some new volunteers, and will explain...

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Lutheran Laymen’s League Zone 3 Spring Rally

April 29 at Hope Lutheran in Shawnee 6308 Quivira Road Hope Lutheran Church will serve as the host for the Lutheran Laymen's League Zone 3 Spring Rally the afternoon of Sunday, April 29. Registration begins at 12pm with the meal provided by the "Men of...

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Hope Seeks Administrative Assistant

Applications for the church office administrative assistant position are now being taken at Hope Lutheran Church & School. Applications with résumé can be sent to the church office in care of Terry Gansebom or an application for employment can be found at...

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Johnson County Chorus and Choraliers Concert

Sunday, May 6, at 3pm Yardley Hall, Carlson Center, on the Johnson County Community College Treat yourself to the beautiful sounds of the Johnson County Chorus and Choraliers for their 40th anniversary concert. The concert takes place on Sunday, May 6, at...

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St. Luke’s Hospital Needs Volunteers

St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City is looking for volunteers. Do you enjoy: Meeting new people? Working with the public? Being part of a team? Helping visitors find their way? Be a volunteer at one of our Information Desks, visit patients, escort people to...

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