October 2015 Tidings VOLUME 55 NUMBER 10
CHURCH MISSION STATEMENT:WE ARE JOYFULLY GATHERED TOGETHER BY GOD’S GRACIOUS LOVE IN JESUS CHRIST TO WORSHIP HIM, TO GROW IN FAITH AND TO PROCLAIM JESUS BY WORD AND SERVICE.
The Power of the Spirit to serve Christ
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21
The world has become a vast inner-connected global organism with all our media communication capabilities and social networking systems. We only have to look to the advances in technology around us and know our world is competing to be more instantaneous with communication and more informative in all aspects of our daily living on this planet. With up-to- the-moment news updates, text alerts, internet chatting, we can do our various work and keep up to date with friends and family almost simultaneously. It is amazing and it can be a bit overwhelming, whether you are completely tech savvy or not. We might wonder sometimes if we have what it takes to live in this fast changing world. Is there still a place for me? Do I still fit here?
The four movie characters of Fantastic Four, which are Invisible Woman, Human Torch, Thing (Rock) and Mr. Fantastic (he can stretch amazingly), have some super power capability. And on the trailer to their movie one of them says, “We should use these powers to help people.”
We are reminded in the quote above from the letter of the Apostle Paul to the church at Ephesus that we have been given powers in order to help people, to resist the forces of evil and actually build up the body of Christ in amazing ways. Super powers? It is the power of God for salvation Paul calls it in an-other letter. He’s talking about the gospel itself. But where do we get our energy and drive to serve Christ and the world with this gospel?
A fantastic four to begin with is 1) Worship (Word), 2) Meal (Sacrament), 3) Prayer and 4) Bible Study and fellowship. There are more ways God uses to equip us and energize us to serve Christ. But with these fantastic four we can find all we need to be ready and able to serve our fast changing world with the gifts of God’s own Spirit who is recreating the world as the New Creation.
What we can take comfort in is the fact that Christ by the Spirit at work within us is the Super Power of Love, Grace and Forgiveness to change and transform our world according to God’s good plan. Far more than we could ever hope to accomplish. We wouldn’t even dream of it. But our God of grace and truth is up to the challenge.
And when the climax battle scene comes when the forces of evil finally meet up with our Super Hero of the Cross, we see by faith the glory is Christ’s alone for our salvation and offered to all the world simultaneously. Let’s get equipped to help people and get recharged with daily and weekly samples of God’s word of Grace and good courage. You never know where you will be the one who can come to the aid of someone with an act of courage, a word of correction, and a humble offer of consolation, or a forgiveness from the cross of Christ. Luther called it the means of grace. It is the power of God for salvation, the power at work within us. Preaching of the Word, Baptism, Holy Communion, Office of the Keys of the Kingdom, and the mutual conversation and con-solation of believers – the fabulous five means of grace. More than we can imagine or ask. Enough for a God of love and mercy to save us all.
Thanks be to God, our Super Savior and King!
Trinity Lutheran Church and Bengal Creative Media Values Training Initiative
Many of you have heard that through the Global Mission Task Force’s leading, and Council approval, Trinity has decided to partner with Monotosh Banarjee, a Lutheran Pastor in Bangladesh. You also have probably seen the video of Monotosh telling his story of how God called him out of the Hindu faith of his parents into Christian leadership. Trinity now has also decided to enter into this partnership by helping Pastor Monotosh develop his leaders and ten congregations. We are employing Bengal Creative Media (a non-government organization in Bangladesh led by a Lutheran missionary and known by the Larsons) to carry out this Values Training with Monotosh and his staff. (“Values training” actually means Biblical values training and is so termed to protect Christians from special attention in that very Muslim country.)
This is the plan: BCM (Bengal Creative Media) will bring Pastor Monotosh and his wife Elizabeth to Dhaka city each month for training. BCM will train them in Biblical values that speak into the felt needs of his congregations.
Pastor Monotosh and Elizabeth will return to the village and will facilitate the same session with his pastors. BCM will provide a coach to help Monotosh. Then, these pastors will go into their own congregations to have the same values session with them, with a BCM person to help monitor and also to collect data for Trinity to hear.
This project will benefit Monotosh, pastors and congregations by providing:
1) practical training in discipleship methods
2) spiritual growth through Biblical knowledge, understanding and application (Living out the Word)
3) answers to societies problems
4) a means by which the pastors and congregants can impact the local communities that surround them
Trinity will be benefited by having monthly reports of transformational change through the data collection, analysis and documentation that BCM will provide.
We are very excited to be able to use some of the resources from the sale of the cell tower lease contract to be able to impact Jesus’ ministry in such a way across the seas. We will keep you informed of the topics BCM finds of most value to teach. You can check out Bengal Creative Media on their website online to see more of what they do in Bangladesh. But most of all please pray that this effort will be fruitful for these congregations in Gopalganj District as they learn more what it means to be disciples of Jesus.
This project will start shortly–October or November.
Beer Bread Recipe
by Gerald Norman
45 minutes to 1 hour
3 cups flour (sifted)
3 teaspoons baking power
1 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 (12 ounce) can beer
1/2 cup melted butter (1/4 cup will do just fine)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mix dry ingredients and beer.
3. Pour into a greased loaf pan.
4. Pour melted butter over mixture.
5. Bake 1 hour, remove from pan and cool for at least 15 minutes.
6. UPDATED NOTES: This recipe makes a very hearty bread with a crunchy, buttery crust. If you prefer a softer crust (like a traditional bread) mix the butter into the batter instead of pouring it over the top.
7. Sifting flour for bread recipes is a must-do. Most people just scoop the 1 cup measure in the flour canister and level it off. That compacts the flour and will turn your bread into a “hard biscuit” as some have described. That’s because they aren’t sifting their flour! If you do not have a sifter, use a spoon to spoon the flour into the 1 cup measure. Try it once the “correct” way and you will see an amazing difference in the end product.
8. I have had many email from you kind folks about using non-alcoholic beverages instead of beer. That is fine to do but I highly recommend adding a packet of Dry Active Yeast or 2 teaspoons of Bread (Machine) Yeast so that you get a proper rise.
9. The final result should be a thick, hearty and very tasteful bread, NOT A BRICK! ;).
White Chicken Chili Recipe
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts,
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (14 ounces each) chicken broth
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) great northern
beans, drained, divided
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Chopped jalapeno pepper, optional
1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook chicken and onion in oil until lightly browned. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, chilies, cumin, oregano and cayenne; bring to a boil.
2. Reduce heat to low. With a potato masher, mash one can of beans until smooth. Add to saucepan. Add remaining beans to saucepan. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and onion is tender. Top each serving with cheese and jalapeno pepper if desired. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
The time has arrived to sign up for our small group dinners at Trinity Lutheran. Every year we enjoy this opportunity to get better acquainted with another group from our church family eating in different homes for each of the 3 dinners; November, January, and March. To be involved you must sign up. Our computer mixes names so each couple or pair of 2 will be hosts one time, co-hosts one time, and be guests one time. Sign up sheets will be in the Narthex in October. Deadline for sign-ups is October 18. Everyone is invited to join in the fun.
Happy Lunch Bunch
Happy Lunch Bunch meets Tuesday, October 20 at noon for our Special Senior Saints Celebration. We will honor our 4 Trinity Senior Saints who turn 90 years old in the year 2015: Mildred Asplin, Alma Clark, Vienna Lund and Marcella Oberg. Remember we also invite all former Senior Saints who have been honored in previous years to join us that day. Mark your calendar for Oct. 20 and make plans to come and be part of the celebration. First time visitors come as guests, and all others are asked to bring one item for the food table; hot dish, salad, or dessert. (If you don’t cook any more just pop an extra dollar in the donation basket.) We will provide Octoberfest sausages, buns and all the toppings. Please join us!
Attention! If you know of someone turning 90 in 2015 that we have missed, Call the church office immediately..360 695 1221.
Trip for Fun
We will enjoy some “Scandinavian Fun” on Friday, October 23 starting at 10:15. We will travel in our church van to the Sons of Norway Lodge at 2400 Grant St in Vancouver. There we will meet some expert Scandinavian cooks. They will demonstrate how to make beautiful Norwegian lefse and we will get to taste some of it…and buy some to take home if you wish. After a tour of the Scandinavian pictures and books in the Lodge, we will hop in the Van and head for a Scandinavian meal at Ikea just over the 205 bridge into Oregon. Sign up for a seat in the van. Thank you!
Holden Village Report
We thank God that Holden Village emerged safely from the forest fire that encircled the village for several days. And we thank the brave fire fighters and the few Holden staff that were allowed to stay up there. However the blackened trees around the village and all the 10 miles up the road will create a different view for visitors when operations open up again. And the road was damaged by fire and heat that is creating a new challenge. Of course the first 300 or so people back up in the village will be the workers still needed to complete the clean up of the mine wastes. We all wait for information about when guests can again visit the village. Donations are always gratefully received to help make sure our Lutheran Retreat Center high in the Cascade Mountains wilderness will once again become a blessing to hundreds of visitors. Holden Village HCO Box 3 Chelan, WA 98816-9769
Celebrate Your Birthday with your Trinity Family!
Please sign up for a coffee hour after the Sunday Worship service during your birthday month. The sign up sheet is posted near the Chapel in the Narthex. If you have questions, Carol Jensen at 256-3496.
If you would like to be added to the Birthday List or if there needs to be a correction to your date of birth, please contact the church office at 695-1221. Thank you.