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What would happen at Trinity if we took the words of Jesus, read them, and actually put them into practice?  


It seems like a simple idea, right? (However, sometimes it’s difficult to begin or to know where to go once we start). So let's do this together - we need each others encouragement and guidance.


Beginning Sunday, February 19, TLC will kick off the Red Letter Challenge, a 40 day challenge where we as brothers and sisters in Christ will be challenged to read the words of Jesus for 40 days straight. 


We’ll be reading, reflecting, praying, and journaling.  (We’ll be stretched, inspired, and in the end, our lives will look a whole lot more like Jesus.  We’ll learn five principles that were important to Jesus: Being, Forgiving, Serving, Giving, and Going.  


This church-wide campaign is based on the book The Red Letter Challenge by Lutheran pastor, Zach Zehnder.  He wrote it with the hopes of equipping his church to grow into Christ by reading His worlds and then acting on them.


So, grab your book, your Bible, a highlighter or even your favorite red pen!  Join us for this life-changing journey!  Together, let’s find out what it takes to follow Jesus! 

RLC Is Better with friends

Sign-up to join one of the group opportunities below.  Don't see one that will work for you?  Grab some friends and create a group of your own, take this challenge on as a family, or follow along individually.  Any way you choose to participate we want to support and encourage you along the way!

  • Red Letter Challenge - Group Study

    Hosted by: Brett & Judy Easler

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  • Red Letter Challenge - Group Study

    Hosted by: Carrie Bell & Sharon Ellwein

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  • Red Letter Challenge - Group Study

    Hosted by: John & Leslie Stelling

    • Share a meal together
    • Kids welcome
  • Red Letter Challenge - Group Study

    Hosted by: Pastor Jim Beder

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  • Red Letter Challenge - Group Study

    Hosted by: Jim & Candy Miller

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  • Red Letter Challenge - Group Study

    Hosted by: Pastor Mark Schreiber

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  • Red Letter Challenge - Group Study

    Hosted by: Pastor Jim Bender

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  • Red Letter Challenge - Group Study

    Hosted by: Cal & Debbie Hoople

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  • Red Letter Challenge - Group Study

    Hosted by: Jeremy & Alexandria Trieb

    • Share a meal together
    • Kids welcome
  • Red Letter Challenge - Group Study

    Hosted by: Denny Hartung

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  • Red Letter Challenge - Group Study

    Hosted by: Scooter & Meaghan White

    • Share a meal together (brunch-style potluck)
    • Kids welcome
  • Looking for something else?

    • Grab some friends and create a group of your own
    • Take this challenge on as a family
    • Follow along individually
    Any way you choose to join the Red Letter Challenge - we want to support and encourage you.  

    Please fill out this quick form to let us know how you are participating.


There are hundreds of books and bible studies on following Jesus, but few are practical and proven. Jesus modeled a whole life and even told us how to follow Him in HIS OWN WORDS (the red letters found in many Bibles). The best way to follow Jesus is simply to follow the words of Jesus.

  • Week 1 - the Five Principles - Feb 19-25

    The first week of the Red Letter Challenge gives an overview on the topics that we will be studying throughout these 40 days: Being, Forgiving, Serving, Giving, and Going. Begin reading on Feb 19. Pray for the Spirit to open your heart and mind as you enter these 40 days. Enjoy the journey!


    2/19     INTRO    p. 6-17

    2/20     DAY 1     p. 18
    2/21     DAY 2     p. 22
    2/22     DAY 3     p. 26
    2/23     DAY 4     p. 30
    2/24     DAY 5     p. 34

    2/25     Take some time to pray over the upcoming challenge


    Watch the Week 1, Introduction video with your group this week

  • Week 2 - BEING - Feb 26-Mar 4

    Have you ever wished that you could hear God speak to you? We can! The Bible is where God reveals himself and speaks to us. In “Being,” we are abiding in Him. (Jn 8:31)  How are you abiding in Christ?


    2/26     DAY 6             p. 40
    2/27     DAY 7             p. 46
    2/28     DAY 8             p. 52
    3/01     DAY 9             p. 58
    3/02     DAY 10           p. 64
    3/03     DAY 11           p. 70
    3/04     DAY 12           p. 76


    Watch the Week 2, Being video with your group this week

  • Week 3 - FORGIVING - Mar 5-11

    No matter how horrible our sins, God extends his grace and forgiveness to us. Because we are forgiven, we extend forgiveness to others. This is often one of the hardest things for us to do when we feel hurt or wronged. Jesus calls us to forgive. Who do you need to forgive today?


    3/05      DAY 13           p. 84
    3/06      DAY 14           p. 90
    3/07      DAY 15           p. 96
    3/08      DAY 16           p. 102
    3/09      DAY 17           p. 108
    3/10      DAY 18           p. 114
    3/11      DAY 19           p. 120


    Watch the Week 3, Forgiving video with your group this week

  • Week 4 - SERVING - Mar 12-18

    In our relationship with God, we receive His abundant grace, love, and forgiveness. This compels us to serve others – in many different ways – with the love we have received. Where has God called you to serve?


    3/12      DAY 20           p. 128
    3/13      DAY 21           p. 134
    3/14      DAY 22           p. 140
    3/15      DAY 23           p. 146
    3/16      DAY 24           p. 150
    3/17      DAY 25           p. 154
    3/18      DAY 26           p. 158


    Watch the Week 4, Serving video with your group this week

  • Week 5 - Giving - Mar 19-25

    Our Heavenly Father gave his beloved Son for us. Jesus gave his life for us. What is our response to this deep sacrifice? What would it look like to give and expect nothing in return?


    3/19     DAY 27           p. 166
    3/20     DAY 28           p. 170
    3/21     DAY 29           p. 176
    3/22     DAY 30           p. 180
    3/23     DAY 31           p. 184
    3/24     DAY 32           p. 190
    3/25     DAY 33           p. 196


    Watch the Week 5, Giving video with your group this week

  • Week 6 - GOING - Mar 26-Apr 1

    We know Jesus is our Savior. We know God provides for us. We know we have eternal life. We know we are forgiven. Are we able to speak about these things? Can we share them with family members and have faith conversations? Can we share them with friends and neighbors?


    3/26     DAY 34           p. 204
    3/27     DAY 35           p. 210
    3/28     DAY 36           p. 216
    3/29     DAY 37           p. 222
    3/30     DAY 38           p. 228
    3/31     DAY 39           p. 234
    4/01     DAY 40           p. 240


    Watch the Week 6, Going video with your group this week