Messages and Opportunities

WELCOME to historic Trinity Arcadia where we are in our 136th year of preaching the Gospel and serving the community.

LARGE PRINT copies are available from the ushers.

PREPARING FOR HOLY COMMUNION. Our Lord Jesus expects the baptized who are instructed in the basics of the Christian faith to come to His Table, saying, “Do this in remembrance of Me.” There at His Table he offers us His body with the bread (saying, “This is my body”) and His blood with the wine (saying, “This is my blood”). Lutherans consider this to be a mystery – the word “sacrament” means mystery, and so we do not try to understand or explain this but simply to believe that because He says so His body and blood are “in, with and under” the bread and wine which are also truly there. He offers these precious gifts for our forgiveness, to nourish our lives in Him.

ALTAR FLOWERS are placed today on the Lord’s Table by Charlene Lang to celebrate Melissa Gerry Lang’s 10th birthday.  Also by Davina Schneider in thanks for God’s blessings.

WE NEED READERS FOR OUR WORSHIP SERVICE AND HELP FOR THE CHILDREN’S MESSAGE. Please sign up so we have the joy of sharing as the body of Jesus.

TODAY WE WELCOME REV. MATTHEW HEISE, executive director of the Lutheran Heritage Foundation, as our guest preacher.  Join us during our Adult Study after church when Rev. Heise will tell about his travels to churches around the globe, where he has seen with his own eyes how God calls people to faith through the Lutheran literature available in their own languages.  To support this important mission effort, you may use the special offering envelope attached to the enclosed LHF brochure.

LUTHERANS INVITE METHODISTS.  LET’S CELEBRATE THE REFORMATION TOGETHER!  Trinity is hosting a Reformation Celebration service and prayer and preaching on Sunday, October 29 in the afternoon.  We also want to plan a free community meal/soup supper to benefit the food pantry.  Help is especially needed in planning and participating in an all-Arcadia meal.

FIRST DAY OF SUNDAY SCHOOL potluck, today at 12:00 noon. It will be music, fun, food, friends, and Jesus! 

FOOD PANTRY in the hallway needs to be filled regularly for our needy neighbors. Thanks to those that are filling it up! Let’s keep Trinity’s food pantry full every week in Jesus’ name.

THERE WILL BE A VERY IMPORTANT CONGREGATIONAL MEETING ON WED. SEPT 20 at 7 p.m. to select a candidate for a call to serve as our permanent pastor.  Both candidates will be available to meet and greet members of the congregation. Rev. Chad Kendall will be visiting Sat. Sept 16, from 9-11 a.m. Rev. Mark Arendell will be visiting and available Mon., Sept 18, also from 9-11 a.m. Please make every attempt to meet both of these men and also attend the subsequent voters' meeting. Proxy forms and sample sermons are available in the church office for you.

PASTOR METCALF AND CINDY are attending the wedding of his son, Ben, returning Tuesday evening, September 19. In the event of an emergency, he is available by phone.

FREE CHAIRS for a group, organization or individuals.  Chairs are in the fellowship hall with signs on them.  Take one or more. See Lesley Winter if interested.

HOME NEEDED.  A family of six is homeless through no fault of their own.  They are looking for a three or four bedroom house anywhere in Manistee County to rent for $800-$1,000 per month.  If you have or know of anything, please contact Lesley Winter at 231-864-3009 or

BABYSITTER NEEDED.  Arcadia residents need mature, reliable sitter two nights a week, Tuesday 5:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. and Wednesday from 5:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.  Two children, 5 year old girl and 8 year old boy; not the best behaved, but not really bad either.  Kids go to bed at 7-7:30 p.m. leaving plenty of freedom to watch cable or use wifi.  If interested in either both or just one day, please call John or Lynn Steben at 889-5496.

TATTING.  The beautifully tatted communion service cover is in need of mending and re-tatting.  If you tatt, or know someone that does, please contact Jean Kretzmann at 889-3661.

HURRICANE HARVEY.  Donation information is being gathered here at Trinity and we have some suggested places that will use them to help those in desperate need.  A Trivent poster in the hallway lists suggestions.

A VISIT WITH KATHARINA LUTHER.  A free one-woman theatrical presentation by Alicia Winget today, Sunday, September 17 at 2:30 p.m., at the Shack (2263 W. 14th St., White Cloud).  See flyer in the hallway.

Trinity’s Calendar

Sunday, September 17 (with Rev. Matthew Heise)

        10:00 a.m., Worship service

        11:30 a.m., Sunday School potluck

        11:30 a.m., Adult class with Rev. Heise

    Wednesday, September 20

     7:00 p.m., Congregational meeting     

    Friday, September 21

        10:30 a.m., Choir rehearsal

    Saturday, September 22

        10:00 a.m., A.A.

    Sunday, September 23

    10:00 a.m., Worship service 

Sunday, September 24

    10:00 a.m., Worship service