All Members, Winter Residents, Family and Friends,

          Greetings on this Monday June 5th, 2023!  We have had some serious rain these past several days here in south central Florida.  It was so needed as the draught was getting more and more serious.  So thank God for the rain!


          I was asked to remind all the women of the church about the LWML retreat. 

                   The Florida Georgia District LWML will have a Retreat Friday September 22 thru Sunday September 24, 2023

                   Renaissance World Golf Villages  (This is a beautiful resort where we had the District Convention last summer)

                   500 South Legacy Trail

                   St. Augustine, Florida 32092

                             See Sue Turoff for more information and registration forms. 


          As a congregation we have been praying for Pam Bradshaw’s dad, Mr. Bill Erdmann.  Pam notified us that his passed away yesterday.  Our prayers and thoughts are with Pam and her family as they mourn their loss. 

          I mentioned last week that people have asked for additional “arm chairs” to be purchased for the sanctuary.  Unfortunately we cannot match the chairs we purchased 32 years ago.  I wish that I could say that we would go right out and purchase 12 new chairs and that we have the money to cover the costs.  But as with everything the price of the chairs have gone up as well as the shipping costs have considerably increased in 32 years.  We would like to purchase a minimum of 12 new chairs but if people give more we will do our best to buy more.  The chairs that we purchase 32 years ago when we moved in here have served us well.  Just to give you a hint to the cost the shipping cost from Rome, GA., to Lake Placid for 12 chairs is $602.93 and there is a 12-14 week lead time for delivery.    This will be discussed among the Church Council and I will be getting back to you. 

          This coming Sunday you will have the opportunity to witness two baptism of Alessandra Betzabe Andre and Isabella Lucia Schroll

                I have attached my sermon for this coming Sunday from the book of Romans. 

          On Sunday June 25th, 2023, during the Sunday morning worship service Peace Lutheran Church, Okeechobee will be installing Differed Vicar Deon Hull.  Vicar Hull will serve his vicarage their for the next year and I will be serving as his supervisor.  At the end of the year if the congregation desires they can have his Vicarage assignment converted in his first call.  Pray that this opportunity works for both congregation and Vicar Hull and his family. 

          With the arrival of Vicar Hull, Rev. Olckers will be returning here to Trinity and will be assisting with worship and preaching for me periodically and when I am ill, on vacation or simply want a break.  Rev. Olckers has been serving as Pulpit Supply Pastor for Peace, Okeechobee for the past 2 ½ years.  He will continue making visitation and assisting in other areas of ministry as the Lord leads us.   

          Susan and I will be out of town Tuesday afternoon through Thursday.  Be back in the office Friday! 

          Have a great week and make it great for someone else as well. 

Respectfully In Christ,

Rev. Richard A. Norris

Trinity Lutheran Church

25 Lakeview Street

Lake Placid, Florida 33852

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