Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: I learned this morning that Tom Michler is in the hospital. He is weak from an infection and is being treated with antibiotics. Pray for healing and strength.

Also – pray for the Lloyd Peace family. They travel from Brazil to Indiana today and tomorrow. Here is their letter: Dear Friends, We would appreciate your prayers as we begin our travels to the USA tomorrow.  We will catch the speed boat headed upriver in the morning.  We will spend Wednesday night in Tabatinga and we hope to arrive in time to visit some friends in Colombia.  Thursday morning, we will go to the Federal Police to officially stamp out of Brazil.  We will fly out of Leticia, Colombia, in the early afternoon.  We will have long layovers in both Bogotá and Dallas Fort Worth.  We anticipate arriving in Evansville, Indiana, on Friday mid-afternoon.   We will spend a week with Athena’s family before driving to Ottumwa, Iowa, where we plan to live during our furlough.  Please pray specifically for health, patience with each other especially with being tired and with the emotions involved with leaving, and that our luggage would not be lost. Thank you. Lloyd and Athena Peace

Embracing Truth, Pastor

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: Summer is here! At least that’s what the weather lady said. I do like the flowers and the hours of daylight.

Rabe Construction was back yesterday to tidy up some spots. They will be back in a few days to do the black dirt work. NEA will be here on Thursday for a final grade. They plan to lay our blacktop next Monday! You may use our gravel lot on Wednesday and again on Sunday. As always, a door will be open on the east side for services.

Pray for God’s protection of our families. Pray for our country. Continue to pray for the Purcells. Ross has shingles and Carol’s cold has turned into a nasty bronchitis. Keith Russell continues to strengthen. They are going to try to get him home this next week.

Embracing Truth,


Parking for Father’s Day

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: I pray you have had a delightful week of serving our Lord Jesus. Lin and I have taken a couple of vacation days this week because we have had the pleasant interruptions of family. Zeke and Hannah are driving back to Montana today and tomorrow, so it’s back to working on summer projects next week.

Rabe Construction put in a very long week on our parking lot. They repaired 2 clear water drains that come off the north end of my office, removed the large bell tower foundation that was under our front yard so we could add parking there, added a green space and drain in the southwest corner of our property, added an interior drain to our parking lot, added two roof downspouts and drains to the south end of the building and tied them to the interior drain, installed sidewalk around the southwest corner of our building, and rebuilt and poured a new sidewalk connecting the parsonage to the parking lot.

The gravel lot is available for parking on Sunday. Be a little careful to not park into the new sidewalk. In the future, when there is blacktop, this won’t be a problem because bumpers will hang over the sidewalk. Right now it would be possible to damage our new sidewalk by parking too close. The east doors will be open for those might prefer to stay off the gravel.

Depending upon the weather, we should have blacktop either next week or the week following. I intend to post pictures on our Trinity Baptist Church Facebook Page.

Tomorrow is Father’s Day. I cannot think of a better way to observe this day than hearing God’s Word with God’s people.

Pray for one another.

Embracing Truth,


You Can Get Here From There!

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: Large equipment has been roaring around our parking lot for the last two days. The large line bringing drainage into the back of our lot was installed on Monday. Yesterday the two tie-in drains for the building run off and the newly created snow retention area were installed. Gravel is being added and cuts made to bring the lot to newly designed elevations for optimal drainage. The sidewalk area is being prepared. The foundation for the bell tower that previous owners had in our front yard is being hammered out so our parking lot can be expanded in that area. By Sunday, the sidewalk should be poured and the gravel in place and packed down in the shape and elevation of our new lot.

Meanwhile, our lot is not usable today! We will have Bible fellowship and prayer time tonight. Pastor Hanback is in Michigan helping his wife’s brother celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary, so I will bring our adult devotions before we take some time to pray. Those who attend should park at McDermott and come in the east door.

This past Lord’s Day we received $5,210.00 for our parking lot. I rejoice in this for the invoices are going to start coming. Every dollar that we have in hand is a dollar we will not need to borrow. Perhaps you have a gift the Lord would have you to give for this project. Maybe it is a large one-time gift. Perhaps it is a modest weekly gift. Please consider what God might have you do at this time to help us improve the function and beauty of our church.

Embracing Truth,


Tuesday, May 6 – Parking Lot!

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family,

I have been told that our parking lot will be turned into rubble tomorrow. We will have our regular Bible Study and prayer time, but you are likely going to want to park at McDermott and come in our east doors or park on Cottage and walk through the parsonage yard. This inconvenience is exciting because it means this long-anticipated project is going to happen.

Some prayer reminders:

– The Dale Struska family is driving home today. Kim has a scheduled chemo treatment tomorrow. Pray that she is healthy enough for the treatment.

– Kathy Riedel’s memorial service is at Zacherl Funeral home Thursday at 4p. Pray for John and his family. John has said he would like to be back in church.

– Pray for our church families. Pray for dads and moms to be men and women of God. Pray for children to be submissive like Jesus was.

Embracing Truth,