Make A Difference

Make A Difference

LERT – Lutheran Early Response Team fundraise for trailers

The Trinity Disaster Response Team seeks to be prepared to respond to all sorts of emergency needs in the community, both local and regional. LERT serves those affected by storms, floods, or other forces that disrupt the normal infrastructure of families or communities. The team provides chainsaw support, clean-up support and food support. Also, they offer training and obtain funding to respond to future needs.

This month we have a special project to update a newly acquired mobile kitchen that will be used to support areas that have been affected by disaster. This project is in partnership with Lutheran Church charities. We are seeking to raise around $5,000 to update this trailer and get it stocked and ready to go for the next needed event. Any extra funds gathered will be placed in our general LERT fund for future disaster response situations. Please place any donation in the offering basket this month marked Disaster Response Team or drop it off in the church office.

JOIN Trinity’s LERT:
Interested in exploring a wide variety of serving opportunities? There are many training courses and certifications to prepare you for this service. Contact LERT team members: Jan Boerman at or Ed Boerman at


Backpack and School Supply Drive (7/6-7/21)

Trinity will be supporting a local school & local charities (Hope’s Front Door and West Suburban Community Pantry) again this year with a collection drive for new backpacks and school supplies for local children in need. These local organizations will distribute new backpacks and school supplies that we collect this month. Please stop by the connect desks to pick up a supply list, and plan to bring your items to the collection bins by July 21.

Contact Jan Boerman at for more info.

School Supply List




It’s not just a pad on the floor… “PADS” stands for Public Action to Deliver Shelter. DuPage County’s PADS agency began in 1985 as an overnight shelter for the winter season. Today, they provide interim (overnight) and permanent housing, along with vital support services -- case management, life coaching, educational and employment counseling. Working with 28 congregations throughout our county, DuPage PADS offers shelter 365 nights a year.

Trinity supports DuPage PADS by offering summer interim housing at the Kimberly Way location on Thursday nights. During the rest of the year, Trinity provides staffing and meals on the 5th Sundays at Community United Methodist Church in downtown Naperville (located at Benton & Center St) and on the 5th Thursdays at St. Margaret Mary in Naperville (at Green Trails Dr. and Naper Blvd).

Next Serving Opportunities:

Jun 27/28 at Trinity Kimberly Way
Jul 25/26 at Trinity Kimberly Way
Aug 22/23 at Trinity Kimberly Way
Aug 29/30 at Trinity Kimberly Way

Trinity Kimberly Way - 1101 Kimberly Way, Lisle
Community United Methodist - 20 N. Center St, Naperville
St. Margaret Mary - 1450 Green Trails Dr, Naperville


How do I sign up to serve at PADS?

Prior to serving at a PADS site, you will need to be registered with DuPage PADS. If you have already registered in the past two years, there is no need to re-register.

For ages 12-18, please read the Youth Policy, and fill out the application (if already done in the past two years, please disregard). You may bring in this form on the day you serve.

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Once you have completed registration with PADS, please sign up to serve and choose a role you would like to fill.


If you would like more information about serving opportunities with our PADS ministry (we LOVE small groups!), please contact Michelle Bratton at or 630-863-3430.

Trinity Gardening Club

Meets at Trinity Kimberly Way (Room 200) on the 1st Sunday of each month at 11:15am. The Community Garden Plots are located at 4711 Indiana in Lisle near the township office.


Help needed to weed & water at Lisle Community Garden Plots

July 7

Managing weeds, bugs, diseases and critters in your garden

August 4

Raising butterflies in your backyard Monarchs & more

September 8

Growing, enjoying and preserving herbs

October 6

Saving seeds and putting a garden to sleep for the winter

November 8

Tending houseplants over winter & planning for 2020

Bring in your extra plants, seeds, flower pots, and anything else garden related to share with your fellow gardeners!

Disaster Response Team

The Trinity Disaster Response Team seeks to be prepared to respond to all sorts of emergency needs in the community, both local and regional. Be it storm, flood, or other forces that disrupt the normal infrastructure of families or communities, we will learn skills, gather material, and find funds to respond. Periodic training sessions are offered in Muck Out, Mold Abatement, Tarp and Patch, Chain Saw, First Aid, and CPR by the Lutheran Emergency Response Team or Lutheran Church Charities. If you have skills and abilities you’d like to contribute to answering the needs of disaster situations, or simply helping out with local projects contact Marge Franzen about getting your skills into our database, ongoing training that will be offered, and upcoming service. We also practice our skills by meeting individual needs right here. Contact Ed Boerman for information about team meetings or upcoming service.