Thank you Karen…

Karen Jill Stabelfeldt (Younger) passed away peacefully on January 29, 2015. Memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 1st at Good Shepherd Trinity Church, 3302 North Sherman Blvd, Milwaukee WI 53216. 12:00 – 3:00 pm visitation; 3:00 pm memorial service.

Beloved wife of Kimm, loving mother of Danika (Lee) Rzentkowski, Brett (Ellen Lukaszewicz), and Derek (Shealeen Kennedy); proud grandmother of Joseph, William, Henry, James, Stella, Maia, and Luke.

Karen was a talented musician, playing the organ at Good Shepherd Trinity Church and conducting the bell choir at Community United Methodist Church. She loved teaching children Montessori lessons at various schools, and helped to foster five children on behalf of Heal the Children of Wisconsin. Karen was very involved in Christian Education at several churches, and a trainer for Children in Worship workshops. Her spirit and knowledge will live on through the many people she has touched.


In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to Good Shepherd Trinity Church.


Tutoring at Townsend

A Terrific Opportunity Right Across the Street

Our church has had a long relationship with Townsend School – right across the street. Each one of us now has the opportunity to help the “kids in our neighborhood” by volunteering to tutor at Townsend. Townsend is part of the Milwaukee Public School system and is a K8 school – kindergarten through eighth grade. They are particularly in need of individuals to tutor reading in the lower grades. Ideally, it would be good if individuals could tutor 3 times per week for about l-l/2 hours. But life is not ideal and they certainly would be happy with someone who could not give that amount of time. Folks could tutor individually or with a partner. And the only expertise and experience you need is being able to read, loving children, and passing a criminal background check. I have been tutoring at Townsend for a number of years in 2nd grade reading.

I have experienced numerous mornings when it is cold and snowing and I just want to “stay at home” (because that is what retirees are supposed to be able to do) but I realize it is my day for tutoring. So I moan and groan to myself a bit, then get dressed, hit the road and am never disappointed that I made it to school. The kids are always happy to see you, they are ready to learn, and I realize that over the years I have learned as much from them as they have from me – and not just in reading. These kids often come from difficult home situations. You, at some point, realize that often you can have a profound effect on these children by just being there for them. Yes, there are a few days when the kids can be rather rambunctious and a bit trying but the good days far outnumber the more difficult ones. So won’t you please think about and then act on becoming a tutor at Townsend. Mrs. Guyton is the volunteer coordinator at the school and is wonderful to work with.

Please contact me for more information or contact Mrs. Guyton directly at 874-5909. She is at the school from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day. – Karen Olsen

Holy Currencies

The GST combined council is in conversation with the Rev. Dr. Eric Law, author of “Holy Currencies: Six Blessings for Wholeness WheelSustainable Missional Ministries”, about leading Good Shepherd Trinity through a series of 16 workshops where we put into practice what is talked about in the “Holy Currencies” book. By the end of the series, our congregation will have a mission statement, mission goals, and a concrete plan for implementing those goals.

We will need a team of 6-12 people to create the group that works with the Kaleidoscope Institute staff and Dr. Law. If you are interested in this, please speak with a Combined Council member. The congregation will have four parts to do in the process as well, and will be given regular updates on the team’s progress. In the meantime, WE DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE END TO “DO SOMETHING”! We can start implementing some of the ideas we have had for quite some time, like the Townsend St tutoring or community meals. Also, you can prepare for this series by reading the book. The more people who read the book, the more prepared the congregation will be for these workshops. Books are available for purchase in the church office for $15.00/each. Several copies will be available ‘on loan’ from the church office for members to ‘check out’ and return when done reading. Contact Ahleo or Pastor Kristin to sign out a copy.

This is an exciting, intensive step that will give us a clearer direction to move our congregation forward in sharing the love of Christ to all. – Lisa Quinn, Combined Council

Book Launching – Getting Honest

Good Shepherd Trinity Church announces a BOOK LAUNCHING CELEBRATION for Volina Cross-Dukes on December 14, 2014 – 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.unnamed  Her book: “Getting Honest: A Memoir of a Spiritual Journey,” is one of perseverance, resilience, inspiration and hope, following the domestic violence experienced in her life.  The church is located at 3302 N. Sherman Boulevard – use the North Entrance. details 

I Give Thanks to my God for you…

“I give thanks to my God for you because…”

How would you finish that sentence?

The Apostle Paul is thankful for the early church disciples in the city of Corinth. He is thankful because he knows that God’s grace is among them, and Christ has enriched them, and they have what they need to proclaim the good news about Jesus as they wait for him to be revealed to them.

Interesting to note, this gratitude comes at the start of a long letter to address major conflict within the community of faith in Corinth. Paul, getting ready to admonish and teach the Corinthians, starts from a place of gratitude. Pointing out to the church members that they are not lacking in any spiritual gift for the life and work before them. They have already in their midst what they need. Just listen, remember, and live in the grace of God, and the way forward will become clear in Christ.

Sometimes, the best way to address what appears as an insurmountable task or conflict, is to start with eyes of gratitude. Look at the struggle and ask yourself, for what in this are you thankful? What are the strengths in the situation, person, and context that will allow transformation and clarity to happen? Too often we only see the negative and the shortcomings, and therefore cannot see the way through to resolution, restoration, renewal, and/or reconciliation. According to Paul, even a group as conflicted as the Corinthians have the spiritual gifts they need right in their midst.

I give thanks to my God always for you be-cause of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in Christ, in speech and knowledge of every kind — just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you — so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. —1 Corinthians 1:3-9

During Thanksgiving and Christmas, when you encounter a conflict or struggle, I invite you to consider the question, “For what are you thankful in this moment?” What are the strengths that God has already given you that can be used to address the situation? How can a grateful heart, mind and spirit, connect you to the wisdom of Jesus and the path forward?

When you are feeling unsure about yourself or your situation, ask yourself, “What are the strengths that I am grateful for today? What can I leverage to help me see differently and therefore move into a new way of addressing the situation?”

Paul reminds us that we have already been given every spiritual gift that we need in Christ Jesus to live faithfully as his disciples. Therefore, trust in that grace, love and hope. Look for it daily. Appreciate it regularly.

As you gather with family and friends this holiday season, I pray for safe travels, blessed conversation, joyful connection and healing space. May you be and see, the hands and feet of Jesus present in our midst.

Praying for peace and grace to abound…before you, beside you, behind you, below you, above you, all around you, and within you.

Pastor Kristin

An EPiC CROP Walk in 2014!

Join us on a 2 or 5 mile walk at the lakefront.

 When: 1:30-3:30pm

Where: McKinley Marina

We will have an EPiC CROP walk this year – we are partnering with our EPiC churches and raising funds and walking together on Sunday, October 12, 2014

How to participate:

  • Register to walk here
  • Collect donations in envelope and bring to church.
  • Donate online here
  • Bring canned and boxed food to donate at the walk.




Milwaukee Food Council

What is the Milwaukee Food Council?

Simply put, it’s a forum and a connector.

The Milwaukee Food Council is a coalition of diverse stakeholders committed to building a food system that is healthy, ecologically sustainable, economically vibrant, culturally relevant and socially just.


The Food Council, which began meeting in May 2007 as an ad hoc group concerned about the food system, continues to gather on a regular basis to develop inten-tional, positive strategies for a healthy, affordable, equi-table food system that nourishes our community and respects the environment.

Attend a Meeting

The Milwaukee Food Council will convene every other month in 2014: January 16, March 20, May 22, July 17, September 18, November 20. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are at the Body & Soul Healing Arts Center (formerly Good Shepherd Lutheran Church), 3617 N. 48th St. in Milwaukee.

One Man’s Trash…

Good Shepherd Trinity collects items for several different ministries. Collection boxes are in the first main gathering space (narthex).  Here  are some of the items you can bring in and donate weekly:

Box Tops for Education

GST will be helping Townsend Street School meet their goal in the Box Tops For Education Program

Greeting Cards

For the card rack in the narthex. Stop by and take a look at what we’ve collected so far.


For our Little Free Library

Campbell Soup Labels

For Covenant Lutheran Church

Used Postage Stamps

For Church Women United

Paper Grocery Bags

For the Sherman Park Food Pantry


Such as soap, toothpaste/toothbrushes – also for the Food Pantry.

Medicine Bottles

Empty medicine bottles are needed for the Bread of Healing clinic. You can even donate your leftover medicine.