February 2019   
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Pastor Klein Out of the Office
Pastor and Amy Klein will be attending the Best Practices Conference in Phoenix, AZ


Pastor Klein Out of the Office
Pastor and Amy Klein will be attending the Best Practices Conference in Phoenix, AZ
Pastor Boehme Office Hours
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Pastor Klein Out of the Office
Pastor and Amy Klein will be attending the Best Practices Conference in Phoenix, AZ
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Did you make any New Year’s resolutions?  I do not make them.  I think that any time is a good time to want to engage in some self-improvement.  If, though, you are in the habit of making resolutions at the beginning of the year, good for you.  We should always want to better ourselves.
Perhaps you are hard at work right now keeping your resolutions.  Many times, though, you fail—and so do I.  You can find the person responsible for that failure in the nearest mirror.  
The one thing that will not change from year to year is that we are sinners.  It is possible for us to get rid of a bad habit.  There are those who have routinely used foul language but are able to clean-up their vocabulary.  Some who have abused drugs have been able (especially with the help of others) to stop abusing those substances.
Nevertheless, even if you somehow, outwardly, stop committing one sin, there will be another to take its place.  In the sight of God, we all are failures, having sinned in thought, word, and deed.
Knowing and confessing those failures, those sins, is a good thing.  We are then reminded why Jesus is so important.  We have failed while He has done all things well.  All those things that He did, He did for us.  A sinless life, an innocent death, and an empty tomb are all that is needed for God to forgive our failures.
Which means that a good, life-long resolution would be to attend worship, where God gives you His forgiveness.  With that forgiveness, you are no longer a failure.  You are a success.
Pastor Klein



A Day To Be Remembered!
What has been the most IMPORTANT event in your life---a day to be remembered and treasured???  Most of us don’t even remember this day; the day we became a member of God’s Kingdom, THE DAY OF OUR BAPTISM!!
In an effort to help Trinity members reflect and “remember,”  Trinity is honoring the baptismal birthdays of our members.  On the last Sunday of each month, members, young and old, who were baptized during that month can sit together, enjoy a treat and, perhaps, share stories during the fellowship hour.
We do have the dates of baptism for most of our members; but, if we missed yours, please let us know so we don’t miss it again. Any questions and/or dates, please contact the church office:  645-4438.
Arise and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.  Acts 2:16
Baptism doth also now save us.  I Peter 3:21

February Baptisms
Savannah Buxcel        Doug DeMann            Gloria Dohrman
Rebecca Grieser        Betty Habermas        Brenda Niebuhr
Ray Ozmun            Paige Pralle            Sean Pralle
Susan Roberts            Rachel Ruud            Bobbi Schmidtke
Sherry Schwaab        Leslie Selvy            Morgan Voigt
Kyle Volkert            Dan Wett
After service on Sunday,  February 24, there will be a reception in our
Fellowship Hall to celebrate these Baptism Birthdays!
We hope to see you there!!




Let all that you do be done with love.”  1 Corinthians 16:14
People associate the month of February with the word “love” because of Valentine’s Day. Paul reminds us that everything we do to serve God and His Church should always be done with love. In whatever ways you serve at Trinity, whether it be through your offerings or your gifts of time and service, do so with love for God, for those being served, and for each other. “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
At the close of 2018, Trinity ended the year with a Home Fund surplus of almost $40,000, including $1,820 to be transferred to the Checking Account from the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF). This will enable Trinity to meet its financial obligations in 2019, and to accept a DCE Intern as approved by the voters. Continued generosity from the congregation and responsible spending by the boards will put Trinity in a good position for 2020. Blessings to you for your constant love and support of God’s Church!
If you do not have a box of offering envelopes but would like one, even if you are not a member of Trinity, please talk to Financial Secretary Judy Boehme. Also, if you forget to bring your envelope on a Sunday, please use a visitor envelope from the pews. Doing so helps both Judy and the counters.

Trinity Communion Assistants:
Here is the schedule for Communion Assistants for January through March 2019.
Thank you for your willingness to help with this service.  As always, if you cannot help on a particular Sunday, please find a substitute.
Also, since our list of acolytes has gotten small, the church council is asking that, on Sundays when no acolyte appears to be present, the Communion Assistant for the day would light the candles prior to the pastor coming forward.  When it is done is not important as long as they are lit.  If you have questions, please feel free to ask.
Thanks again,
John Greenfield
February 3    Bobbi Schmidtke
February 10    Kurt Anderson
February 17    John Frederick
February 24    Tony Schmidtke
March 3    Barbara Greenfield
March 6
(Ash Wednesday)    Pastor Boehme
March 10    Deb Thomforde
March 17    Craig Schuster
March 24    John Pfeiffer
March 31    John Greenfield


Church Council Minutes
January 3, 2019

Attendance:  Pastor Klein, Jim Frederick, Barb Anderson, Kurt Anderson, Bobbi Schmidtke, Todd Criswell, Karen Wagner, Judy Boehme

Call to Order  8:13 pm

Opening Prayer - Pastor Klein

Approval of December 6 Council Meeting Minutes - Approved

Treasurer’s Report - end of the year looks fine.
    Capital fund for handicapped doors and EMI Audio had to fix audio system;
    2018 Budget was very close with income/expenses;
    Home Fund Surplus of $38,000 at end of the year (had budgeted for DCE Intern, so that would change) - approved treasurer’s report

Old Business
    Every One His Witness - close to 40 people have signed up and it will be in the Fellowship Hall, starting January 13, 2 weeks, then Voters Meeting, then 4 weeks.  Pastor recounted an instance where just listening to a person for a long time made it easier to witness later - works really well.

New Business
    Thrivent Fund Requests - none
    Selection of synodical presidential voters from our congregation (which gets two votes) was made.  Pastor Klein and Bobbi Schmidtke were chosen and they can vote from home.  Going to the convention from our circuit are Pastor Chase and Kurt Anderson.
    Other - Jim Frederick asked for others to join him in the Sunday morning 8:00 am prayer group in the Conference room.
Pastor’s Report
    Site statistics for church’s website were interesting.
    Pastor is going to the local Ministerial Association Meetings, as that group is now helpful with church/community interaction.

Board Reports
    Missions - no report

    Trustees - Todd Criswell reported:
 Areas of bathrooms have been painted by Bruce Young;
    Roof situation is ongoing and we should be getting money from the insurance company fairly soon, so we can hire someone to do the work - shingles/roof/windows (waiting for estimate).  Mandatory adjustor that was hired reduced amount  for the work from insurance company, so we are getting a bit less than we expected, but are so grateful that so much is being covered.  Jonathan Ohmann was helpful in getting this accomplished.
    Jim Frederick brought up that shingles at St. Peter’s (similar roofline to ours) didn’t have their specs met for warranty, so we should get that double-checked, and Todd made extra sure in talking to him that they do it right.  Jim suggested pictures as we go along.

    Stewardship - Karen Wagner reported that she and Grant need to get together to plan the counter’s schedule

    Education - Christmas Program went well; January 20 2-5 pm “Smores” by the fire pit and games planned.

    Elders - approved $3,000 to pay the remainder of Pastor Klein’s continuing ed doctoral program - and for him to go the Phoenix Best Practices Conference.
    Elders have been making good strides in getting membership roster more accurate
    Greeters training is January 27, after the worship service

    Fellowship - Barb Anderson said that Darlene Larson and others will continue with Wednesday dinners; beginning March 6 are Lenten Suppers; March 24 intergenerational bingo; Easter Breakfast is planned; Bobbi said possible picnic at a church softball game in summer would be nice.
    Valentine’s Day - Bobbi reported that Schmidtkes and Huttons are planning it - probably February 16.  Kathy Schuster will do prizes.

January Voter’s Meeting January 27, 2019 - nominations report, Bobbi Schmidtke
    Board of Elders - may not need anyone, would still have 3
    Trustees - may need another
    Stewardship - need one
    Missions - if Lynn Webber remains, they will be all right
    Vice President - need one
    Secretary - need one
    Education - needs two

Adjournment - closed with Luther’s Evening Prayer at 8:55 pm

Respectfully Submitted,
Judy Boehme, Temporary Congregational Secretary



The Book Club will meet on Feb. 11 this month instead of Feb. 4.  They will meet at 10:00 am at 888 Kildahl.  If you have questions, please contact Lynn Webber or Becky DeMann.  Everyone is welcome!  Here are the selections for the next 2 months:
Feb. 2019 - "the Late Homecomer" Kao Kalia Yang
Mar. 2019 - "To the Bright Edge of the World" - Eowyn Ivey

The Valentine's Day Banquet, a wonderful tradition at Trinity, will be held on Saturday, February 16th, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  The banquet will include a social hour, catered buffet dinner with dessert, gift drawing and musical entertainment by Patty Kark.  Tickets are $16 per person, and will be  available in the Fellowship Hall after church February 3rd and 10th and also from Bobbi Schmidtke(507-581-2155) through the 10th.  This is a great opportunity to invite your friends and family to a wonderful evening at Trinity.

Kwik Trip has discovered that the cost to administer the program has outweighed the dollars that they directly fund to help the participants.  Because of this, they have made the decision to end the Milk Moola program and reallocate their efforts and donations in a different direction – in order to more effectively serve our communities.  All Milk Moola redemptions will need to be postmarked 3/31/19 to receive payment.  Anything after that date will not be processed.  LAMP will be removing the collection box soon so please turn in your milk caps and bag tops before the end of February.

Pastor Klein will be out of town February 12 through Feb. 13 for the Circuit Visitor’s Retreat in Buffalo, MN.  The Bible classes and Catechism will continue as scheduled.  He will also be out of town from Wed., February 20 through Sat., February 23 to attend the Best Practices Conference in Phoenix.  The Wed. evening Bible Study will be cancelled on Feb. 20 but Catechism class will be held as normal.  If you should need a pastor during these times please contact the church office or Pastor Boehme.

The next Red Cross Blood Drive is being held at Trinity on February 26 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Watch for a sign up sheet to be placed on the bulletin board in the hallway.  We will need volunteers to sign donors in and to assist at the snack table as well as clean up after the event.

There will be no Wednesday evening Bible Study on Feb. 20 due to Pastor Klein’s absence.  Pastor Boehme will be teaching the Catechism class on this Wed.  The Bible Study will resume to its normal time on February 27.


 Board of Elders report
The Board of Elders is continuing to work on updating our membership roster.  We have removed several families and individuals who are no longer in the area or are known to have joined other churches.  We are in the process of asking current members about children or other relatives who we have not seen in a while whether they should remain on our membership roles.  We are also working on the names of people to whom we will send letters encouraging them to join us for worship or to find another church home.
We are still looking for a permanent organist.  We have been fortunate so far in finding people to fill in, but we would much prefer the stability a permanent organist would provide.  We are now advertising the position with the Twin Cities chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Finally, the Board has authorized moving $3000 from the DCE’s budget to the Pastor’s Continuing Education fund.  Due to unexpected costs for his Doctor of Ministry degree program, we felt it was prudent to help him with these expenses.
Board of Elders




The prophet Zechariah was a priest of the tribe of Levi.  (Nehemiah 12:1, 12, 16).  He began to prophesy in Jerusalem in the year 520 BC, just after the prophet Haggai began his work.  Zechariah’s prophetic work was the same as Haggai’s - to encourage the Israelites who had returned from the Babylonian exile to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.

In comparison to all other Old Testament books, Zechariah has the greatest concentration of prophecy about Christ!  This book collects almost every previous Old Testament prophecy.  In this brief review we will be able to highlight only a few of these Messianic prophecies.  

In chapter 1:1-6, God calls His people to repent of their sins of the neglect of proper worship and for failing to rebuild the Temple.  Chapters 1:7-6:8 contain “The Night Visions” seen by Zechariah the prophet.  The most important is recorded in Zechariah 3:1-5.  There we see Christ (“The Angel of the Lord”) remove the filthy garments of sin from His people.  He replaces them with the clean, beautiful robes of His righteousness.

Christ’s death and resurrection are prophesied in Zechariah 6:9-15.  Here Christ - “the High Priest” and “the Branch” - is described as one Who shall rebuild the destroyed temple.  This is exactly how Christ described His death and resurrection - “destroy this temple and I will rebuild it in 3 days.”  (John 2:19-22)  In the coronation of Joshua the High Priest we see Christ’s High Priestly office and work.  In chapters 7 & 8, God responds to the Israelite’s questions concerning fasting.  Chapters 9-14 contain many symbolic pictures and images which point people to faith in the promised Messiah.  The following highlights will only cover some of the Lenten events in Christ’s life which were prophesied by Zechariah.

Zechariah prophesied concerning Jesus’ kingly entrance into Jerusalem (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:1-11).  Jesus is seen to be the promised Good Shepherd Who would lay down His life for the sheep.  (Zechariah 11:4-17; 13:7; John 10:1-18)  Zechariah predicted the scattering of the sheep when the Shepherd would be stricken.  (Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 26:31-34, 56, 69-75)

Zechariah prophesied concerning the very betrayal price that Judas was paid - 30 pieces of silver.  (Zechariah 11:12-14)  Zechariah’s prophesies are tied with Jeremiah’s about the Valley of Hinom (Tophet) and the purchase of a part of the potter’s field - an earthen pot.  (Jeremiah 19)  When Matthew quotes these prophesies he only mentions Jeremiah by name. (Matthew 26:14-16; 27:5-10)  Zechariah clearly saw how a majority of the Jews would reject Jesus as their Savior from sin.  (Zechariah 11:8, 12-14; Matthew 27:15-26, 39-44)

The great mourning caused by Jesus’ death was prophesied by Zechariah.  (Zechariah 12:10-14; Luke 23:26-31, 48)  Zechariah said that the Messiah would be pierced.  (Zechariah 12:10; John 19:33-37)  Zechariah showed God’s people that the Messiah’s death would mean that their sins had been atoned for.  (Zechariah 3:9; John 19:30; 1 John 2:2)  The shedding of the Messiah’s blood would save people from hell.  (Zechariah 9:11; 1 John 1:7)  Christ’s death and resurrection have opened the only fountain of cleansing from sin for God’s people.  (Zechariah 13:1; John 1:29; 19:34-37; 1 John 5:6-8)  At times Zechariah’s book reads like a biography of Christ our Savior.  As Christ goes the way of the cross, we see why He said that certain things “must be so”, in order that “the Scriptures be fulfilled.”  (Matthew 26:54)  This is why we confess in the Nicene Creed that Christ suffered, died, and rose again “according to the Scriptures.”  May the Lenten prophet, Zechariah, put before our eyes the cross of Christ our Savior that we might be saved by faith in His sacrificial death and live with Him for all eternity!
Zechariah will be the subject of the Tuesday evening Bible Study for the month of February.  This is a small summary of how Zechariah prophesies about the coming Savior.



Sunday Morning - Every One His Witness, 10:30 AM

Tuesday Evening - Zechariah, 6:30 PM

LWML Bible Study - 1st Wednesday, 9:30 AM at              
          AND 2nd Wednesday, 1:30 PM led by Pastor Klein

Wednesday Evening - Bible Study of upcoming Sunday Readings, 6:30 PM

Der Lutheraner - 2nd & 4th Saturday, 7:30 AM
          Men’s Bible Study/Breakfast - The Proper Distinction of Law and Gospel
          by C. F. W. Walther



January                                                                           July

Bobbi and Tony Schmidtke                                           Patty and John Pfeiffer

Barb and Kurt Anderson                                                Barb and Kurt Anderson


February                                                                         August

Emelda Rasmussen                                                         Dana and Todd Criswell

Nancy and Dave Downhour                                           Patty and John Pfeiffer


March                                                                               September

Lynn and Norm WEbber                                                Emelda Rasmussen

Dana and Todd Criswell                                                 Nancy and Dave Downhour


April                                                                                   October

Deb and Karl Thomforde                                                 Lynn and Norm WEbber

Brenda and Kraig Niebuhr                                              Joan and Larry Pralle


May                                                                                      November

Darlene and Ray Larson                                                   Deb and Karl Thomforde

Susan and Cliff Roberts                                                    Brenda and Kraig Niebuhr


June                                                                                    December

Joan and Larry Pralle                                                       Darlene and Ray Larson

Mollie and Bryce Skaar                                                    Susan and Cliff Roberts





Usher schedule

JANUARY 6    Group E                FEBRUARY 3    Group I
JANUARY 13    Group F                FEBRUARY 10    Group A
JANUARY 20    Group G                FEBRUARY 17    Group B
JANUARY 27     Group H                FEBRUARY 24    Group C



Group A:                                                      Group F:
Leader – Milt Berg (507)645-4177        Leader – Jonathan Ohmann (507)663-0120
       Dave Downhour (507)645-9732                      Allyson & Alyssa Ohmann
       Ray Larson (507)645-4298                          David Nybakke (612)729-6428
       Bob Quam (507)645-8265                                                    David Ohmann (507)645-7241
       Buzz Cummins                                                     Ken Volkert (507)663-1136    

Group B:                                                        Group G:
Leader – Jim Frederick                            Leader – Tony Schmidtke (507)663-0017
         Jeff Ciffra (507)645-8599                Nathan Schmidtke
         Jeffrey Ciffra                                         Dale Nelson (507)645-4120
         Jackie Ohmann (507)645-7241            John Pfeiffer (507)645-2648
         Tom Pumper                                          Noah Malecha (507)645-0316

Group C:                                                           Group H:
Leader – Larry Pralle (507)663-0192        Leader – Craig Schuster (507)333-5634
         Kraig Niebuhr (507)645-9392                          Kathy Schuster
         Cliff Roberts (507)645-5588                          Jim Grieser (651)463-8817
         Fred Vivant (952)985-5877                        Dan Scheffler (507)291-0301
                                                                                  Norm Webber (507)301-3794

Group D:                                                                   Group I:
Leader – John Frederick (507)645-8314        Leader – Dan Wett (507)645-4686
       Kurt Anderson (507)581-1644                                   Bryce Skaar (507)645-7872
       Kevin Bakken (507)645-6905                         Bruce Young (507)645-2285
       Brent Casmey (507)645-4760                          Rudy Maurer (507)380-8396
       Matthew and Robert Casmey

Group E:
Leader – John Greenfield (507)645-7705
       Todd Criswell (507)301-5187
       Jesse Hinz (507)663-0263
       Steve Norstad (612)859-1860



February 2019 Reading List
February 3 - The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Jeremiah 1:4-19
1 Corinthians 12:31b-13:13
Luke 4:31-44
February 10 - The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Isaiah 6:1-13
1 Corinthians 14:12b-20
Luke 5:1-11
February 17 - The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
Jeremiah 17:5-8
1 Corinthians 15:1-20
Luke 6:17-26
February 24 - St Matthias, Apostle
Isaiah 66:1-2
Acts 1:15-26
Matthew 11:25-30


February Volunteer Schedule

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS______       USHERS________________________    

3 Bobbi Schmidtke                                   Group I:     Dan Wett, Bryce Skaar,
                                                                                            Bruce Young, Rudy Maurer
10 Kurt Anderson                                     Group A:    Milt Berg, Dave Downhour, Ray Larson,
                                                                                           Bob Quam, Buzz Cummins
17  John Frederick                                   Group B:   Jim Frederick, Jeff Ciffra,
                                                                                          Jackie Ohmann, Tom Pumper
24  Tony Schmidtke                                 Group C:    Larry Pralle, Kraig Niebuhr,
                                                                                              Cliff Roberts, Fred Vivant


ALTAR GUILD                                    COUNTERS    ___                                         
Brenda Niebuhr, Mary Vogt                       Emelda Rasmussen            
Colleen Vivant, Linda Frederick           Nancy and Dave Downhour


 January 28 - February 3  Dan Scheffler
February 4 - 10  David Nybakke
February 11 - 17  John Frederick
February 18 - 24  Brent Casmey
February 25 - March 3  Jim Frederick




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