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September 2018 Newsletter

Angels, God’s Servants And Ours
 
Are angels not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?  (Hebrews 1:14)
A number of years ago, I was listening to a presentation by a pastor who was serving in the inner-city of Chicago.  Besides worship services, he did a lot of work with the poor, the homeless, and those addicted to alcohol and drugs.  It was also a high crime area.  The gangs and the mob were very active.  One member of the audience asked the pastor if he and his family ever felt scared or in danger.  To everyone’s surprise, the answer was “No.”  The reason was that everyone in the neighborhood either knew or knew of this family.  They knew of all the good that this pastor and his family were doing for people.  The mob and the gangs knew that if any of them harmed the pastor, his wife, or any of their children, the people of that neighborhood would rise up.  From all appearances they lived in a dangerous neighborhood.  Yet they felt completely safe in their neighborhood—all because they knew that there were many people watching out for them.  That’s a pretty good description of what angels do for us.
September 29 is set aside each year by the Church to celebrate St. Michael and All Angels.  You may remember from your study of the Catechism some of the things the Bible teaches about angels.  The word “angel” means messenger.  Angels are powerful.  In 2 Kings chapter nineteen, one angel in one night put to death 185,000 Assyrian soldiers.  There are many angels.  Daniel 7 speaks of angels numbering “thousands upon thousands…ten thousand times ten thousand.”  Some angels are evil.  They rebelled against God and seek to destroy everything that is good, especially our faith in Christ.  There are also good angels.  Their mission is to serve God and us.
You may never see an angel.  You may not ever feel the presence of an angel.  You may never recognize the work of angels in your midst.  But make no mistake about it: angels are real.  They have been busy serving our God and serving you and me.
Our God has left nothing to chance.  His passion is to save us from our own sins.  You and I have continually sinned against Him.  But our God won’t let that fact stand in His way.  He made His Own Son suffer hell on the cross so that we would not have to.  And our God has made sure that we have heard the Gospel, the Good News that we are forgiven for Jesus’ sake.  Through that message, we have been given faith.
That is only the beginning of God’s blessings.  He also sends us angels.  While it is not their calling to proclaim the Gospel (that high honor belongs to you and me), the angels are with us as we fulfill the callings that our Lord has given to us.
In Christ,
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

September Baptisms
Kurt Anderson        Kevin Bakken        Todd Bakken
David Downhour        Ruth Eppen            Larry Gorr
Jim Grieser            Steve Hartke        Dorothy Hovland
Noah Klein            Ashlie Maurer        Jordan Ohmann
Kayla Otte            Mary Ozmun        Kris Pralle
June Rado            Ben Revels            Maren Schwaab
Olivia Voigt            Norm Webber        Jerry West
Bruce Young

 

After service on Sunday, September 30, there will be a reception in our Fellowship Hall to celebrate these Baptism Birthdays!
We hope to see you there!!

 


 

FROM THE TREASURER
 “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
 
In his letter to the church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul taught the early followers of Christ about the blessings of generosity.  This lesson is just as important today, so much so that it is printed on Trinity’s weekly offering envelopes.  The Lutheran Study Bible commentary for this verse states:
 
Through generosity, God’s adopted children give joy to their heavenly Father by displaying His image and likeness.  Truly good works should be done willingly, or from a voluntary spirit, by those whom God’s Son has made free.
 
The Checking Account Summary and Budget Status reports in the newsletter reflect giving and spending through July, representing 58.3% of the fiscal year.  Home Fund Expenses are at 49.9% of the budgeted amount, while Home Fund Giving is at 53.7% of the projected amount.  The Home Fund has a surplus of $25,276.95, due primarily to the ongoing vacancy in the DCE position.  The Checking Account Summary now includes the accounts created for the Fellowship Committee and Stained Glass [Window] Repair.
 
Giving to the District and Synod, the Trinity Missions Fund, and the Capital Fund is at 57.4%, 26.6%, and 49.3%, respectively, of the anticipated amounts for 2018.  Gifts to the District and Synod (Missions) and Capital Fund are given primarily through the gold weekly offering envelopes, along with gifts to the Home Fund.  Gifts to the Trinity Missions Fund for the designated special missions are given primarily through the white monthly, Lent, Advent, and holiday offering envelopes.

 

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
8/2/2018

 Attendance:  Pastor Boehme, Barb Anderson, Kurt Anderson, John Greenfield, Todd Criswell, Judy Boehme, Elda Ann Frauenshuh

Call to Order 8:10 pm

Opening Prayer – Pastor Boehme 8:10 pm

Minutes from 6/28/18 Council Meeting – Kurt Anderson handed them out; they were read by those present – Approved

Treasurer’s Report – Approved
    1.  Checking account is still $20,000+
    2.  New Funds – Fellowship Committee and Stained-Glass Window Repair added to Treasurer’s Report
    3.  Expenses and contributions are running pretty close and interest on an account is helpful; Home Fund doing well and shows that perhaps a DCE intern could work
    4.  Trustees running a bit over their budget
    5.  Some insurances are going higher, building, workers comp and van; discussion about appraisal of stained glass windows

Old Business
    1.  Website statistics handed out;
    2.  Discussion of Voters’ Meeting
    3.  Stained Glass repair going forward as per voters
    -Possibility of consolidation of memorial funds re: stained glass
    -Barb will write up an announcement about how people can still give to stained glass repair

New Business
    1.  No Thrivent Fund Requests
    2.  Kurt read some scripture and mentioned about “workers in the harvest field” – talk about objective measurement tools that we have; fewer people are doing more things and though boards were reduced in number, they are even smaller;  NNO committee is way down; need mere hands on deck for various events; need to be more proactive in getting more folks involved internally.  John Greenfield thought that Time/Talent/Treasure survey could be done, and to ask Pastor Klein to encourage more service from members.

Pastor Klein’s Report-
    Pastor got 2 books after Hinges presentation (Tiemann’s books) and will be reading them on vacation; his goal is to have a plan of action when he returns in September
    Noted the organist situation is still in flux and he is still pursuing that.

Board Reports
    Missions-
    In the fall, forms will be handed out for people to fill out as they need to decide what to support in 2019; income has been declining each year; Wagners are here on Nov. 4.  They are planning to get back to Sierra Leone in December.  Translation of Bible is very important to reach out for Christ.  Specific needs.
    Trustees-
    Heater needs replacement, $2546 to replace it and use capital funds to pay for that.  Dan Voigt has been doing this for years.
    LAMP has the van in Canada and it still runs, but Todd is concerned that they took it to Canada or anywhere out of Northfield – it is 19 years old and the body is deteriorating.
    Stewardship – no report; didn’t meet
    Education
    VBS didn’t work (too few enrollments to cover cost of Okoboji counselors) and 2 other churches in town have theirs planned for the same week.  Not a lot of volunteers.  Evenings could work in the future; some have done Saturdays.  Pick fewer days?  DCE intern wouldn’t be here for summer.
    10 kids on roll for Sunday School
    Perhaps Bd of Ed need not do Wednesday meals – maybe Fellowship Committee.  Meals would start 3rd Wednesday in September.
    Elders
    They mostly talked about salary for Pastor next year.  Sending letters out to in-actives, which will be finalized in about a month.  DCE intern applications need to be in by January, and Elders will meet with Bd of Ed to talk about it – need to come up with a job description.  Whole life ministry?  Family ministry?  contact District Office for forms.  Outreach could be part of that and should be solidified.  DCO’s are also around, specializing in outreach.
    Fellowship Committee – Barb Anderson reported
    Rally Day ice cream social planned.

Prayer and adjournment 9:15 pm

Respectfully submitted,
Judy Boehme, Temporary Secretary



STAINED GLASS WINDOW REPAIR UPDATE
Most of the stained glass windows in the sanctuary are in need of age-related repairs, including the large triangle window above the altar.  The Board of Trustees received a repair estimate of $13,576 from Willet Hauser, the company that made and installed the four new chapel windows.  The repair estimate is posted on the hallway bulletin board.
Trinity members have generously donated approximately 56% of the repair amount through individual gifts and memorial account funds.  At the last Voters Meeting, the voters approved spending $5,000 of scrip funds for the work, and also approved using capital funds for any remaining balance.
During the rest of 2018, Trinity members can still contribute to the stained glass window repair fund.  Any funds designated as such and received before the repair work is finished will reduce the amount of capital funds needed for the project.  The work is scheduled to begin in early 2019.

BOOK CLUB
Here are the books and dates for Book Club for the next 4 months.
Sept. 10th - "Murder on the Red River" by Marcie Redon
Oct. 1 - "Seven Blessings" by Ruchama King
Nov. 5 - "Midnight in Siberia" by David Greene
Dec. 3 - "The whole town is Talking" by Fanny Flagg.
We meet at 10 am at 888 Kildahl.  If you have any questions, talk to Lynn Webber or Becky DeMann.  Everyone is welcome!  

TRINITY CHOIR NEEDS WOMEN SINGERS
Please consider joining the choir this fall starting September 5, 2018.  We practice weekly on Wednesdays at 7pm and sing twice per month (usually the first and third Sundays.  Please see Judy Boehme if interested, or just come to rehearsals!  Thank you!

MISSIONS SUGGESTIONS FOR 2019
The Board of Missions is beginning to think about what missions they would like to support for 2019.  There are forms will be available in the weekly news, the September newsletter, on the table in the narthex, or in the church office for anyone who would like to submit a mission suggestion for next year.  The current missions for 2018 include:  Lutheran Bible Translators, Chai v’Shalom, Community Action Center, Northfield Women’s Center, and Ruth’s House.  Please have your forms turned in during the month of September so the board can make their decision during the October Mission Board meeting.  The missions they choose will then be presented to the voters in the November Voters Assembly Meeting.  The forms can be turned in to any Missions Board member, the Board of Missions mailbox in the usher’s closet, or the church office.  Thank you for all the support that is given to our various missions.
 

Board of Missions Minutes
August 2,2018
Members present: Elda Ann Frauenshuh, Lynn Weber, Linda Frederick, Barb Greenfield, Pastor Boehme
Call to order/devotions – Had a devotion with the whole group
Financial Review – $1917.30 as of July 31st.

Mission Project Status:
*Lutheran Bible Translators - They will be coming on November 4th.  Pastor Boehme gave us some insight into translating the Bible and other books.  We will be giving them $250.
*Chai v’Shalom – Terri Casmey made four quiet bags.  We will send the bags and quiet items separately and have them assemble the bags. Linda will get them ready to send.  We will give them $250.
*Community Action Center – We will give them $250.
*LAMP
*Ruth’s House
– We will give them $250.
*Northfield Women’s Center – We will give them $250.

Other Items – We will again have forms available for members of the congregation to suggest missions for 2019.

Our next meeting will be September 6th at 7:00 pm.

Adjournment/Prayer

Respectfully Submitted,
Barbara Greenfield
                   


SEPTEMBER READINGS
September 2 - The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
Ephesians 6:10-20
Mark 7:14-23

September 9 - The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 35:4-7a
James 2:1-10, 14-18
Mark 7:24-37

September 16 - Rally Sunday
Deuteronomy 6:4-12
2 Timothy 3:12-17
Matthew 28:16-20

September 23 - The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 11:18-20
James 3:13 - 4:10
Mark 9:30-37

September 30 - The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
James 5:1-20
Mark 9:38-50

 


                   

September Volunteer Schedule

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS         

Craig Schuster

Bobby Schmidtke

16  Pastor Boehme

23  John Greenfield

30  Barbara Greenfield


USHERS

2  Group D:   John Frederick, Kurt Anderson, Kevin Bakken, Brent Casmey

9  Group E:   John Greenfield, Todd Criswell, Jesse Hinz, Steve Norstad

16  Group F:  Jonathan Ohmann, David Nybakke, David Ohmann, Ken Volkert

23  Group G:  Tony Schmidtke, Dale Nelson, John Pfeiffer, Noah Malecha

30  Group H:  Craig and Kathy Schuster, Jim Grieser, Dan Scheffler, Norm Webber                    

ALTAR GUILD  

June Rado, Linda Frederick, Mary Vogt, Mary Ozmun


COUNTERS

Emelda Rasmussen, Nancy and Dave Downhour

LAWNMOWING SCHEDULE

August 26 - September 1 Todd Criswell
September 2 -8  Bryce Skaar
September 9 – 15  Tony Schmidtke
September 16 – 22  Jonathan Ohmann
September 23 – 29  Larry Pralle
September 30 – Oct. 6  Dan Wett

 

 

 


 

 Bible Study Opportunities

Available at Trinity

Sunday Morning— 10:30 am, Book of Romans 

Tuesday Evening—6:30pm, Study of 1 Peter

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

 

Website:  www.trinitynorthfield.org
Rev. Brent Klein, Pastor:  pastor.klein@trinitynorthfield.org
Rev. Dr. Armand J. Boehme, Associate Pastor:  pastor.boehme@trinitynorthfield.org
Dana Criswell, Secretary to the Pastors:  secretary@trinitynorthfield.org
Barb Anderson, treasurer:  treasurer@trinitynorthfield.org

 

 

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