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Volume 89, Number 2 • February 2015
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“Working Together to Change the World Through Jesus”
Former King’s Singer, Philip Lawson,
to be Featured at Trinity English
E
nglish composer, Philip Lawson,
will be guest of honor as he joins
the Chancel Choir for a
special choral concert on
Saturday evening, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. Lawson traveled extensively
around the world as an 18year member of the famed
King’s Singers, while also
distinguishing himself as a
choral composer—writing
in every genre, from sacred to folk to pop music.
Ten of his arrangements
for the King’s Singers appear on the group’s CD,
“Simple Gifts” which won
a grammy in 2009, and
he will be in the U.S. for
another premiere of his work by the
ensemble days before his visit to Fort
Wayne.
The first half of the program will
consist of Mr. Lawson conducting the
Chancel Choir as they sing beautiful sacred music from the English
tradition by composers Britten, Parry,
Stanford, and Vaughan Williams.
The featured piece on this half will
be Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical
Songs. The baritone solos in this work
will be sung by another special guest:
gifted vocalist, John Whittlesey, who
will be in Fort Wayne from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the concert.
The second half of this exciting
program will include several sacred
pieces of Mr. Lawson, followed by
his folk arrangements for choir on
“Down to the River to Pray,” “O
Danny Boy,” “The Water Is Wide,”
and his settings of pop hits “Africa,”
and “Everything I
Own.”
John Whittlesey,
baritone, performs
regularly in opera,
concert, and recital,
having appeared
with Boston Lyric
Opera, the Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts,
New England Light
Opera, Cape Cod
Opera, Longwood
Opera, the Masterworks Chorale,
Wellesley College,
Trinity College, the
Salisbury Singers, the Quincy Choral
Society, the Stow Festival Chorus, the
Chorus North Shore, the Louisville
Master Chorale, and the Middletown
Civic Chorus. John’s operatic roles
include Count Almaviva in Le Nozze
di Figaro, the Father in Hansel and
Gretel, Melchior in Amahl and the
Night Visitors, Silvio in I Pagliacci,
Sam in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti,
Robert Mission in Romberg’s The
New Moon, Ben
in Menotti’s
The Telephone,
Aeneas in
Purcell’s Dido
and Aeneas, and
the Traveler in
Britten’s Curlew River. John
has also cre-
Saturday, February 21|7:00 p.m.
ated several roles in operas by Brian
Hulse, Jeffrey Brody, David Paul
Gibson, Roger Rudenstein, Thomas
Oboe Lee, Charles Shadle, and James
Yannatos. Recent performances
include Handel’s Messiah, Barber’s
Dover Beach, the Brahms Requiem, the
Fauré Requiem, Dominick Argento’s
The Andrée Expedition, Bach’s Ich habe
genug, and Handel’s Jephtha.
You won’t want to miss this concert which promises to be both moving and fun. It is open to the public; a
free-will offering will be taken.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Ash Wednesday & Midweek Services......... 5
Book Club.................................................... 3
Children, Youth, and Family........................ 4
Choir Retreat............................................... 6
ChocolateFest and Game Night.................. 4
Christians in Action...................................... 4
Evening Prayer Service............................... 2
Frigid Week—Trinity English Responds...... 5
Music and E3................................................ 5
Mission Trips—Middle and High School...... 4
Pastoral Letter............................................. 2
Scholarship Opportunity.............................. 4
Souper Bowl of Caring................................ 4
Study Connection Goes to the Zoo............. 3
Women of the ELCA Events........................ 3
Young Adult Ministries Coffee Hour............. 3
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Evening Prayer
Sunday, February 8
4:00 p.m., Nave
+ Scripture + Prayer
+ Candlelight + Silence +
E
vening Prayer will be offered on the
second Sunday of February. The
Youth Choir will sing. Evening Prayer
is a reflective way to complement
Sunday morning services. And, if you
are not able to be present for morning liturgies, consider attending this
“peaceful” service, officiated by Pastor
Erdos, Senior Pastor.
TRINITY ENGLISH PARISH VISITOR
Volume 89 • No. 2 • February 2015
Trinity English Lutheran Church
450 West Washington Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802-2916
(260) 426-3424 • www.TrinityEnglish.org
The vision of Trinity English Lutheran Church
is to be a caring, worshipping, and serving
family of God, so led by the Holy Spirit
that all may be baptized and know
Jesus Christ as their Savior.
PV COPY DEADLINE—The deadline for
submitting articles and photographs for the
next issue of the Parish Visitor is the 15th of
each month. All submissions are accepted
subject to editorial review and changes.
Send information to Sandra Schmidt, Director of Communications, at SSchmidt@
TrinityEnglish.org.
YOUR PARTNERS IN THE GOSPEL
SENIOR PASTOR
Gary M. Erdos
ASSOCIATE PASTORS
Kathleen W. Haller
Daniel W. Fugate
Benjamin J. Sloss
ASSOCIATES
• Robert A. Hobby & Mitchell A. Rorick,
Music • Janet J. Altmeyer, Caring Ministries •
Mary Ann E. Parker, Faith Formation • Sandra R. Schmidt, Communications • Richard
G. Frazier, Pastor Emeritus • Frederick E.
Hasecke, Pastor Emeritus • Daniel L. Hamlin, Pastor Emeritus
B
e sure to “like” Trinity English’s
Facebook page.
You can find it at
www.facebook.
com/TrinityEnglish.
Pastoral Letter
W
henever I’m
reading a
new book or watching a movie for the
first time I find that
almost without
exception the part
I like the most happens somewhere in
the middle. Sometime after all the
characters and settings have been introduced, just as the main plot point
is starting to develop there’s a moment or two where you can see that
something big is going to happen but
we don’t quite yet know what that is
or what it will look like.
There’s something about that
moment that is so exciting and full
of possibility. There’s the sense that
something big is about to happen and
with every passing moment we see
just a little clearer what it is.
In February we find ourselves in
the church telling the story of Jesus
that takes place midway between
Christmas and Easter. It’s this part
of the story, sometime between
Epiphany which remembers the wise
men appearing to the baby Jesus and
the beginning of Lent later this month
that we reach that moment where the
final plot and climax of the story just
starts to become clear.
As we move through the month
of February we will hear stories that
hint at Jesus’ death and resurrection,
and watch as the disciples struggle to
figure out exactly what is supposed
to happen next.
Preparing for this part of the
story, the in-between time that falls
between Christmas and Easter makes
me wonder if we aren’t in a similar
spot in our life as the church.
Trinity English is incredibly
fortunate to have a beautiful historic
building (and the resources to care for
it), an incredible music program, and
a long history of excellent traditional
worship and liturgy. While these
things are wonderful and incredible
gifts to have as a church I can tell you
that in the few months I’ve been here
at Trinity English I have been blown
away by the sheer number of things
that happen in this place just below
the surface.
In just the last few months there
have been fall festivals, fund raising
campaigns raising tens of thousands
of dollars each for our neighbors in
need locally, nationally, and internationally. We’ve had concerts, mission
trips, and every form of youth event
you can think of. Getting to know
Trinity English and becoming a small
part of what happens just under the
surface has been an amazing experience. But I can’t help but wonder if
in spite of the fact that we’ve been
a church here in this place for more
than 150 years if we’re still only at the
beginning of our story.
Sitting here at Trinity English
today feels a lot to me like diving
into chapter two of a good book.
The scene is set the characters have
been introduced; there’s just a hint
of where the plot might take us, and
almost limitless possibilities.
So as we sit here in the beginning
of 2015 perhaps sitting on the edge
of something totally new I wonder,
what do you see?
Blessings!
Pastor Ben Sloss
Photographers . . .
Join Senior Men . . .
Y
ou are invited to join Senior Men
on Thursday, February 12, and
Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 9:00
a.m.—for breakfast and fellowship—all
are welcome!
W
e are in the process of developing
a list of individuals to assist with
taking high-resolution photos at Trinity
English services/events. Send an email to [email protected] if
you are interested. Photos will be used
for website, newsletter, and/or other
communication pieces.
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Mary Ann Parker, takes on new roll of
Director of Faith Formation
Young Adult
Ministries
Coffee Hour
A
M
onthly young adult ministries coffee hours continue in February.
Stop by the Firefly Coffee house
on 3523 North Anthony Boulevard
between 10:00 a.m. and Noon on
Saturday, February 21, to have some
coffee and chat with Pastor Ben and
other young adults. Come by to talk
about God, Life, student loans, or just
to get some free coffee!
s our Children, Youth, and Family Ministries continues
to grow, we have recognized for some time a need to
add more support to this important ministry. Mary Ann
Parker has moved into this role and is beginning to work
with Pastor Fugate to expand this area of our ministry. As
many of you know, Mary Ann has worked on the “business”
side of our ministry for quite a long time. Before serving as
Business Administrator Mary Ann had worked with Sally
Lawson on Sunday School programs. She will bring some of
this experience back with her, along with the experience of having volunteered
for a number of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry activities over the past
few years. Katie Parks, who did some part-time work in this area, completed
her work this past month and we wish her well in her new endeavors. Mary
Ann no longer serves Trinity English as Business Administrator. A search will
be made for a new person early this spring.
Study Connection Goes to the Zoo
T
T
he Book Club will meet on Thursday, February 12, 2015; to review
“Echoes” by Danielle Steel (2004)
with host Lois Snouffer—Historical epic of three generations of women
through love, loss, war and survival.
Everyone is welcome to join the
group!
hank you to Nancy Carlson
Dodd for regaling our
young Study Connection
students with her talents as
a playwright. The children
actively participated in a
play, penned by Nancy,
which was set in a Chicago
zoo where a humorous cast
of characters attempts to
respond to an unexpected
emergency: an escaped
lion! Trinity English’s Study
Women of the ELCA—The Gift of February
T
he Women of the ELCA at Trinity
English will again meet in the
month of February. On Thursday,
February 5, at 10:30 a.m. our first Bible Study for 2015 will be held in the
Fireside Room. The topic for the day
is: “Sisterly Love and the Choices We
Make.” Phyllis Thompson will lead
the discussion. At noon enjoy lunch
at Club Soda. Everyone is invited to
attend the Bible study and lunch.
On Monday, February 9, at 2:00
p.m. Trinity English women will join
with Church Women United to assist
with Bingo and snacks for residents
of Byron Health Center. If you would
like to help, please contact Sandra
Barleben at 260-432-6893.
During the month we will sell
Justice Bread (Sunday to be determined) and prepare ourselves for the
Lenten Journey which begins with
Connection program is unique in our
approach to mentoring students; not
only do our children receive compassionate tutoring assistance, but they
are privileged to gain insight into
various professions, develop strong
interpersonal skills, and improve
critical thinking thanks to our periodic speakers, such as Nancy, who
share their experience, wisdom, and
passion.
the observance of Ash Wednesday on
February 18.
The Quilting Group will meet
in Wagenhals Hall on Thursday,
February 26, from noon until 4:00
p.m. Questions, please contact Cindy
Goshert at 260-672-3737.
Come join us, let us remember as
we join together the verses from Galatians 5: 22-23, The fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness gentleness, and self
control.
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Children, Youth, and Family Events and Activities
Scholarship Opportunity
T
P
lan now to join us on Super Bowl
Sunday, February 1, 2015, immediately following the 11:00 am
worship service, for a soup and salad
luncheon. There is no cost, although
a freewill offering will be received
for ELCA World Hunger. We will
also be collecting canned goods for
Wellspring.
Trinity English’s youth join this
nationwide effort to raise money for
hungry people in the United States
and around the world each year.
Please join us for lunch and help our
efforts to feed hungry people!
ChocolateFest
and Game Night
J
he R. Frank Miser and Ruth Miser
White Scholarship, a one-time
$1000 award, is offered to a Trinity
English high school senior who will
be attending a college, university, or
technical school next year. Applications are being mailed to high school
seniors and are also available from
Mary Ann Parker. Applications must
be postmarked on or before April 15,
2015.
Sunday School
S
unday school for students age 3
through grade 5 is offered weekly
at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. during the
school year. Elementary students
begin with activity centers, a time
when they choose the activity they’d
like to try.
Upcoming themes:
February 1
Teaching and Healing, Mark 1:21-28
February 8
Jesus Heals, Mark 1:29-39
February 15
The Transfiguration, Mark 9:2-9
February 22
Noah’s Ark, Genesis 6-9
March 1
Abraham and Sarah’s Visitors, Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7
oin us on Sunday, February 8, 2015,
from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, in the Youth
Center, for our annual ChocolateFest and Game Night. We will play
a variety of board and card games
while enjoying dinner and chocolate
desserts. There is no cost to attend,
although a freewill offering will
be received for the cost of the dinner. We’ll also have our chocolate
fountain. You are invited to bring a
chocolate dessert to share. Everyone
is welcome! For more information,
contact Pastor Dan Fugate at (260)
426-3424 or [email protected]
org.
High School
February 1
Souper Bowl of Caring Lunch,
Noon, Wagenhals
February 8
ChocolateFest and Game Night
5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Youth Center
February 15
Christians in Action
10:00 a.m., Youth Center
High School Youth Group
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
February 22
High School Youth Group
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Mission Trips
We have two mission trips planned
for this summer:
High school students, those who
completed grades 9, 10, 11, or 12, will
travel to San Francisco, California
June 20 through 27, 2015.
The destination for middle school
students is Charleston, West Virginia,
July 5 through 11, 2015.
The deadline to register is April 15,
2015. Contact Pastor Dan Fugate at
[email protected] or Mary
Ann Parker at [email protected] or call them at (260)
426-3424.
Middle School
February 1
Souper Bowl of Caring
Noon, Wagenhals
February 8
Confirmation Learning Event
10:00 a.m. to Noon, Youth Center
ChocolateFest and Game Night
5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Youth Center
February 15
Christians in Action
10:00 a.m., Youth Center
February 22
Confirmation Learning Event
10:00 a.m. to Noon, Youth Center
Middle School Youth Group
Noon to 2:00 p.m.
C
hristians in Action, our monthly
cross-generational hands-on service opportunity, will meet on Sunday, February 15, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.,
in the Youth Center to put together
Hygiene Kits. Please join us as we
work together on this special project.
Everyone is welcome!
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A Frigid Week in Fort Wayne
and Trinity English Responds
A
s temperatures dropped
below zero, a
number of requests
for emergency
assistance from
local schools, shelters, and nonprofit
agencies circulated around our community. What a blessing in one day to
send blankets, coats, soap, clothing,
and prayerful support to those in our
immediate area who were struggling
to stay warm.
Nancy Sweet from Fort Wayne
Community Schools, our Study
Connection liaison, picked up over
twenty coats for children, and filled
her vehicle with young adult and
children’s clothing.
Jennifer Harvey from Blue Jacket
Industries could barely shut the doors
on her car because of the numerous
adult clothing donations from Trinity
English, including
several winter coats,
dozens of suits, and
other professional
items.
In the same
morning, Lisa
Graham from Fort
Wayne’s Homeless
Team collected over
twenty-five blankets,
dozens of toilet paper
rolls, towels, wash
cloths, over 200 bars
of soap, shampoo,
lotion, men’s razors
PreK to Grade 6 Schedule
Rehearsals
and hygiene items to deliver to the
Fort Wayne Rescue Mission just a few
blocks away.
Thanks to the generous Sharing
Care In-Kindness donations from
our congregation we could respond
to the cold weather crisis in a timely
manner and distribute the items
where they were needed most. This
could not have been accomplished
without significant assistance organizing and preparing the items for
pick-up by sextons,
Melissa Joseph and
Mike Phillips, and
“Professional Volunteer, “Charlene Wiles.
We remain grateful
for your “cheerful
giving” (2 Corinthians
9:7) and ask for your
continued support of
Trinity English’s Sharing Care In-Kindness
with your prayers,
volunteer hours, and
in-kind donations.
Watch the announcements for additional details. A lunch will be provided at
each “noon” Discussion/Study in Wagenhals Hall for $5.00.
March 11
ASH WEDNESDAY—February 18
12:05 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Nave
March 18
Services of Holy Communion
March 4
Jump on Time
February 11—Steel Drums
Worship Service
February 8
9:00 a.m., Service—3rd-6th graders
8:15 a.m., Junior Choir (3-6) Warm-up and
Liturgical Drama (3-6) Prep, Theater
9:00 a.m., Junior Choir (3-6) Sing and Liturgical
Drama (3-6)
Pickup in Theater following the service
11:00 a.m., Service —PreK-2nd graders
10:30 a.m.
Liturgical Drama (PreK-2) Prep, Theater
11:00 a.m.
Liturgical Drama (PreK-2) 1st part of service
11:20 a.m., Pick up in Theater
Grades 7-12 Schedule
Rehearsals
Wednesdays, February 4, 11, 25
5:45-6:15 p.m.—Youth Supper
6:15-7:15 p.m.—Youth Choir
7:15-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday Steel Drum Ensemble
8:15-9:00 p.m.—Celebration Ringers
Ash Wednesday, February 18—Special Schedule
5:30-6:00 p.m., Youth Supper
6:00-6:30 p.m., Youth Choir
7:00 p.m., Ash Wednesday Worship
Worship Services
Ash Wednesday Worship Services and
New Midweek Lent Discussion/Study
WEDNESDAYS IN LENT
DISCUSSION/STUDY
12:05 p.m. | Wagenhals Hall
February 25
Wednesdays,February 4, 11, 18, 25
4:20-4:40 p.m.
Brief Snack Time for Pre-K to 6
4:45-5:30 p.m.
3-6 Arts Component
PreK-2 Children’s Choir/Music
5:30-6:15 p.m.
3-6 Junior Choir/Music
PreK-2 Arts Component
6:15 p.m.
Pick-Up Time for PreK-6
March 25
DAILY LENTEN DEVOTIONS
A regular or large-print devotional to use
during your Lenten journey will also be
available.
Sundays, February 1, 15, 22
8:30 a.m., Warm up
9:00 a.m., Sing for Worship Service
Sunday—February 8
Youth Choir will not sing for morning worship
3:30 p.m., Warm up
4:00 p.m., Youth Choir sings for Evening Prayer
Facebook
Check out the “Trinity English Music
& Arts Ministries” Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/trinityenglishmusic. Besides information about
upcoming events, we have pictures
and videos from many of the happenings in the music and arts ministries
of Trinity English.
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Book of Life
Non-profit Org.
US POSTAGE
PAID
Permit No. 55
Fort Wayne, IN
Funerals
“May the Faithful departed, by
the mercy of God, find peace.”
Donna E. Gronauer
died December 22, 2014
Deloris D. Pfeiffer
died January 6, 2015
450 West Washington Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46802-2916
ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED
James A. Bloom
died January 2, 2015
Donald R. Wolf
died January 10, 2015
Jean M. Pittner
died January 16, 2015
Baptisms
“For such is the Kingdom of Heaven”
Isaac Paul Pape
baptized January 11, 2015,
son of Jeffery A. and
Yun Ah (Lee) Pape
Chancel Choir
Enjoys Retreat
In January, Chancel Choir members
went on a retreat to prepare for the
upcoming Philip Lawson concert in
February. It was an enjoyable time
of fellowship and also a productive
gathering at Camp Lutherwald.
General Operating Fund 2014-2015
For Nine Months Ending December 31, 2014
December
2014
December
2013
Favorable
(Unfavorable)
$ 816,152
$ 794,216
$ 21,936
Other Offerings and Income
121,048
96,272
24,776
Endowment Income
210,805
200,659
10,146
REVENUES
Regular Offerings
Total Revenues
$1,148,005
$1,091,147
$ 56,858
$
85,320
$ 85,320
$ –0–
959,361
847,377
( 111,984)
$1,044,681
$932,697
($111,984)
EXPENSES
Benevolences
Operating Expenses
Total Expenses
PLEDGES
RECEIVED
2014-15
2013-14
# of Pledges*
382
368
Pledged Amt.*
$ 875,940
$ 871,386
Offering Budget
$1,106,020
$1,061,239
* Reflects monthly increases and
decreases due to changes in membership giving status.
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