PASTOR'S PAGE.....September 2021
"Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified…the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:22,24)
Undoubtedly, the cross was not the sort of sign that the Jews were looking for that they might be able to identify the Messiah by. It is hard for us today to comprehend just how scandalous the idea of a crucified Messiah was. During Roman times, there were various death sentences commuted but crucifixion was the ultimate penalty. It was the sentence reserved for the dregs of society, mostly criminals or slaves. Jesus' death on the cross was scandalous to Jews and Greek alike. This helps us to understand why the cross was not used as the universal Christian symbol for over a century after Jesus' death. It was just too disgusting.
The idea of "Christ crucified" is such a contradiction in terms. Someone might be the Christ, and someone might be crucified. But someone may not be both. "Messiah" means power, triumph, and deliverance. "Crucifixion" means weakness, humiliation and failure. Even Jesus’ disciples, when He told them that as the Christ, He would be crucified couldn’t comprehend such a contradiction. Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. It’s a rebuke that is still heard among us today. “If He is who He says He is, why does He let this happen? Why doesn’t He fix this problem?” But never considering that He has done all of that by His suffering and death on the cross. That would be folly.
And so we can understand why many in our own day have a hard time taking the message of the Bible seriously. In a world where ‘signs’ of success and the possession of ‘power’ is everything, the message of ‘Christ crucified’ can sound as ridiculous today as it did in the 1st century.
“But to us who are being saved, it is the power of God and the wisdom of God.” If you want to be assured that God is in control and rules the world in all its little details, look to the cross where He has exercised His mighty power over sin, death and the devil. At the cross God has overpowered His enemies with the weakness of His grace and forgiveness. If you want to find comfort in the ‘wisdom of God,’ look to the cross where He has outsmarted the devil and us human beings with the foolishness of a Messiah who has come to die for the sin of the world. So, as weak as it sounds, as much as many may roll their eyes at such foolishness, we will continue preaching Christ crucified’. Anything else is simply weak and foolish.
Yours in Christ,
THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
Henry Meyer 1 Dale Meyer 16
David Faulder 4 Ron Malchow 18
Judy Haussler 5 Carol Ossowski 19
Leo Kettelhut 7 Jamie Brandt 20
Tyler Malchow 7 Dwight Holtmeier 21
Pam Niemeier 8 Karen Pfingsten 24
Jack Spilker 8 Sharon Adam 26
Tessie Smith* 12 Mark McAllister 29
Todd Niemeier 15 Myron Belding 30
THOSE CELEBRATING BAPTISMAL BIRTHDAYS IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
Cameron Meyer 1 Matt Collins 13
Fred Swartz 4 Carolyn Bennett 20
Judy Haussler 5 Tyler Malchow 27
Joan Burger 9 Pam Niemeier 28
Krista Reynolds 10 Dale Meyer 30
Dillon Damme 12
THOSE CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
David/Victoria Barnard 2
LaVern/Joann Niemeier 2
Eldean/Sharon Adam 6
Gerald/Judy Pohlmann 6
Leon/Marie Zimmerman 8
Todd/Kathy* Niemeier 10
Dale/Arlene Meyer 26
If your birthday, baptismal birthday, or anniversary date is missing from our lists, please contact the church office so we
can include it next year.
Registered Visitors at First Trinity for August 2021 - (Visitors who filled out cards.)
Aug 1 Lisa Bluege – Belvidere, IL; Ava Pfingsten – Arlington, NE; Alex, Emma & Drew Shaeffer – Lincoln, NE
Aug 8 Lyle Osborn – Lenexa, KS
Aug 15 No Visitors
Aug 22 Lyle Osborn – Lenexa, KS
Church Offering Income for the Month of July: $7,804.12
First Trinity Lutheran Church Council Meeting Minutes
August 10, 2021
The meeting was called to order by President James Hahn at 8:37 pm. Pastor Wagner gave an opening devotion with a reading from Luke Chapter 18. The minutes of the previous council meeting were approved as presented. Russell Behrends presented the Financial Secretary's report. The Treasurer's report was provided by Ron Malchow. Income received from Financial Secretary for July was $7804.12, expenses $9253.80, with an ending balance of $67392.11. Motion was made to accept financial reports by Brent Niemeier. Seconded by Dean Damme. Motion carried. (see reports)
Elders’ Report –
· Next month’s meeting will be September 14th, with the Elders meeting at 7:30 pm. and Council at 8:30 pm.
· Fish feed will be September 12th. We will offer eat in or carry out meals.
· Pastor Wagner’s health/dental/vision insurance plan will be going up from $2,125.39 per month up to $2,249.48 per month for next year.
Pastor’s Report – Pastor Timothy Wagner
· Midweek classes will start August 25th, at 4:30 pm.
· Pastor Wagner will be going to the Educational Experience for Pastors in Ainsworth September 19th – 21st.
Trustee’s Report – Not present. No report.
· The fellowship hall air conditioner is not working, Darin is looking for a replacement.
Stewardship / Board of Education – Not present. No report.
· Stewardship/Board of Education will have a meeting this Thursday at 7:00 pm.
Sunday School Superintendent - Not present. No report.
Cemetery Sexton – None
· Still waiting for bids on cemetery parking.
· Tuck pointing has not started yet.
· Pastor was given permission to convert the sandbox into a storage shed for him at his expense.
· Our church has received a $400 donation from Bonnie Yoder, given in thanks for help she received from members our congregation in moving a piano. Motion by Russ Behrends to put that $400 into the memorial account to go toward the cemetery parking project. Seconded by Brent Niemeier. Motion carried.
· Brent Niemeier would like to get an estimate for upgrading the school building HVAC system. (Heating and air conditioning)
Motion to adjourn by Russ Behrends. Seconded by Brent Niemeier.
Motion carried. Meeting was closed with the Lord’s Prayer at 9:24 pm.
Members present include: Pastor Wagner, Dean Damme, James Hahn, Russ Behrends, Brent Niemeier, Allen Pfingsten and Kyle Spilker.
Submitted by Secretary Kyle Spilker.