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PO Box 152
Estherville, Iowa 
Below you will find the virtual online VBS material called, "The Gift of Baptism." You can also access this document on our church website.  All ages are invited to participate and hope that everyone has fun with the lessons, songs, games, crafts, etc.  Most of the materials needed you can find at home, but this Sunday, August 2nd we will have copies of the doves that are needed for one of the crafts. Please let Pastor Cole know after worship on Sunday if you would like copies of the doves.    
We have put together four lessons on Holy Baptism that can be done anytime the first couple weeks in August or another time if that works better for you.  Each of the four lessons has a Bible story, questions for conversation, a craft, a song, an activity, a prayer, a blessing and a video at the beginning of each one with a familiar face.  You can access all the videos by clicking on the links, highlighting them and pasting them into your browser or hit the control button and click on the link. An adult might have to help a younger child with the activities.  You might find it helpful to pause the video to allow time to do each activity.  Each of the songs is upbeat and has words and actions.
If you are able to participate sometime during the first two weeks of August, we invite you to take as many pictures as you can and email them to trinityestherville@gmail.com. Please be sure to include what activity you are doing and if you give permission for these to be published.  Our plans are to post these pictures into a slideshow on our Facebook page and our church website.  All ages are invited to participate.  Remember to have fun and that God loves you very much. 
Introduction Video by Pastor Cole https://youtu.be/VdKXi8G6IZ8
Lesson 1 Baptism of Jesus
Matthew 3:13-17 New International Readers Version
Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan River. He wanted to be baptized by John. But John tried to stop him. So he told Jesus, “I need to be baptized by you. So why do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be this way for now. It is right for us to do this. It carries out God’s holy plan.” Then John agreed. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he came up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened. Jesus saw the Spirit of God coming down on him like a dove. A voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, and I love him. I am very pleased with him.”
Recall your baptism story or tell your child about the day they were baptized (Go through keep sakes if you have them) (Please note that we will also talk more about the baptism candle in the next lesson.)
If your child is not baptized yet share what you hope the day will be like
Craft: Make a dove as a reminder of Baptism 
Song: Love the Lord | Kids Worship Motions with Lyrics | CJ and Friends https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdMIxCdlY-c (Follow along with the words and actions)
Activity: Whenever you talk to somebody throughout this week say, “God loves you.” 
Prayer: Say a prayer for what you are thankful for: family, friends, Jesus, summer, candy, etc. 
Blessing: Make the sign of the cross on your forehead and say, “The Lord bless me and keep me” Amen. 
Lesson 2 Baptism Candle
Matthew 5:16 New International Readers Version
In the same way, let your light shine so others can see it. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will bring glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Do you have a baptism candle?
The baptism candle can be lite on your baptism day as a way to celebrate what God has done in your life. 
Craft: Making a candle  
Song: “This little Light of Mine” from Cave Quest VBS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5jm3a4qvXM (Follow along with the actions and sing out)
Activity: Flash light tag
Prayer: Go for a walk outside and pray for God’s creation and all that you see. 
Blessing: Make the sign of the cross on your forehead and say, “The Lord bless me and keep me” Amen. 
Lesson 3 Waters of Baptism
John 4:13-14 New International Readers Version
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But anyone who drinks the water I give them will never be thirsty. In fact, the water I give them will become a spring of water in them. It will flow up into eternal life.”
Where have you seen water before?
How do we use water?
Craft: water bottle as a reminder of the waters of Baptism
Song: “Peace like a River” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6085sLXCMs (Follow along with the words and actions)
Activity: Go swimming, get out a slip and slide, or have a friendly water war 
Prayer: Join in with this version of the Lord’s prayer with actions. 
Blessings: Make the sign of the cross on somebody else and say, “God bless you and keep you” Amen. 
Lesson 4 God’s Green Light
Matthew 28:19-20 New International Readers Version
So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end.”
Where have you seen a green light before? 
Craft: Make a go sign as we go out into the world to share about our baptisms and God’s love
Song: “Go and make disciples”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUTLi2uIVGA
Activity: Play a few rounds of red light and green light 
Prayer: Say the following prayer: God protect everyone.  Amen.  Pick a time everyday that you can say this short prayer. 
Blessing: Make the sign of the cross on somebody else and say, “God bless you and keep you” Amen. 
Conclusion video Pastor Cole https://youtu.be/6VxxxnTscgA
Thank you for joining us for virtual VBS
Remember that Backpack blessing Sunday is August 23rd during drive in/outdoor worship at 9:30am
Stay tuned about more information about Sunday school for this year
The Elaine Berghefer Endowment Fund has established an emergency relief fund for Trinity members during the Corona virus emergency.  Trinity members in need of financial assistance will need to complete this online form and submit it to
Trinity Lutheran Church.  There is a maximum limit of $300 per family until funds are depleted.  If you are unable to submit this form electronically please call Pastor Cole at 605-201-7686. 
Your privacy will be maintained.
June 18, 2020
Greetings People of God,
Thank goodness the church has never closed as the church is all of us as God’s people with all of our many gifts and talents and living out the great commission in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We are excited to resume in person worship services and continue to plan out of care and safety for all neighbors by giving options for all people to participate in the work of God’s kingdom.  We want to be sure that everybody is included.  Our church council will continue to monitor the situation around COVID 19 through information provided by CDC, public health, Governor Reynolds, ELCA, etc. and make needed changes if necessary.  Please understand that things continue to change each day. Worship will be different from what we are use to in order to comply with current health guidelines and recommendations provided by the ELCA.  
  • You are invited to worship in your vehicle as the service can be heard on an FM radio station that will be announced at the service or you can bring your own lawn chairs and sit outside. 
  • The lawn will be sprayed for bugs. 
  • Please stay in your vehicle throughout the service if you are worshipping in your vehicle. 
  • Please remember to keep at least six feet from people not in your household at all times. 
  • In case of inclement weather our plan will be to have a Facebook live service at 9:30am that Sunday morning and not the drive in/outdoor service. 
  • The building will not be open and restrooms will not be available unless its an emergency situation. 
  • Masks will be available at the outdoor services. 
  • Please come no earlier than 20 minutes before the service and depart once the service is done. 
  • Hard copies of the bulletin will be available for each service for anybody that would like one. 
Funerals and Baptisms: 
  • Funeral services will be arranged through the funeral home, church, and complying with the current CDC and public health guidelines.  Please contact Pastor Cole and the funeral home. 
  • If you have interest and questions about baptisms, please contact Pastor Cole. 
We do not plan to do the following at this time or will be limiting the amount of time we do this in a worship service: 
  • We do not plan to have in person fellowship at this time.  We will have zoom fellowship weekly on Sunday evenings at 7pm starting Sunday, June 28th.  Come and join us as you are able for conversation and catching up with one another. 
  • We do not plan to have ushers and greeters at this time. 
  • We do not plan to have Holy Communion at this time because it is a great risk if it is served and a prime way of spreading the virus because of how it is distributed and our church council will continue to monitor. 
  • We will be limiting congregational singing and responses because of the particles that fly through the air. 
  • We will not be passing around offering plates because of all the contact that the plates would have with a variety of people.  We will have a offering bin at the outdoor services to drop offering into or you can give in all of the following ways:
    • Online through our church website www.trinityestherville.org (one time or reoccurring)
    • Mail to Trinity PO Box 152, Estherville, Iowa 51334
    • Give plus mobile app (one time or reoccurring)
    • Leave in drop box outside front doors of the church. 
We will continue:
  • Online worship services linked on our website and church Facebook page weekly
  • Sending emails
  • Mailing information to families that are not online
  • Sending out our monthly newsletter
  • Zoom Bible study on Wednesday mornings at 10:30am and zoom fellowship on Sunday nights at 7pm beginning June 28th 
Guidelines for safety and care for all of our neighbors per public health at the present time:
  • Please refrain from handshakes, hugs, etc.
  • It is not required, but strongly encouraged to wear a mask
  • Please keep at least six feet from people not part of your household at all times  
  • Please do not come if you are feeling ill, think that you might be ill or have been around someone that has been exposed to COVID 19
  • Hand sanitizer will be available
  • No food and no beverages 
Day to day operations of the church: Pastor Cole and Deb Seylar continue to work from home for the most part.  Please feel free to contact them in the following ways:
  • Deb 712-209-0430 or email: trinityestherville@gmail.com
  • Pastor Cole 605-201-7686 or email trinitypastor@mediacombb.net
     Please let us know if you plan not to come to in person worship services so we can continue to stay in contact with you. 
     Let us pray, by your word, eternal God, your creation sprang forth, and we were given the breath of life.  By your word, eternal God, death is overcome, Christ is raised from the tomb, and we are given new life in the power of your Spirit.  May we boldly proclaim this good news in our words and our deeds, rejoicing always in your powerful presence; through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord.  Amen. 
                                                                                   In Christ,
                                                                                   Trinity Church Council and Pastor Cole
Click here to view the
2019 Annual Report for Trinity Lutheran Church. 
2020 WELCA Booklet
Click here to view the 2020-2021 WELCA Booklet.
Please view this link to see the constitution, bylaws and continuing resolutions that were approved at the January 26, 2020 annual meeting.
With much appreciation, Trinity Lutheran Church thanks Mary Jo Brown for the memorial of this website in memory of her parents, Les and Evelyn McCleary.  Les and Evelyn were charter members of Trinity and took great pride in participating in leadership and church activities as well as watching this congregation grow.  We give thanks that in their memory, this website has been made possible through the donation their daughter makes.