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January 2019 Newsletter


Not Worthy
I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which You have shown Your servant; for I crossed over this Jordan with my staff, and now I have become two companies.  Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, lest he come and attack me and the mother with the children (Genesis 32:10-11).
Jacob was worried about the future—specifically the following morning.  He had cheated his older brother, Esau, out of his inheritance and their father’s blessing.  True, if you read Genesis, the Lord intended for Jacob to have these things instead of Esau, but Jacob did not wait for the Lord to arrange things.  He used trickery to obtain these things.  For the previous fourteen years, for his own safety, he had been living a thousand miles away from where he had grown up.
In the morning, Jacob would see his brother for the first time in a long time.  For all he knew, Esau was just as angry today as he had been fourteen years previously.  So Jacob, like anyone who was about to face a life or death situation, prayed.  
Jacob asks the Lord to save him and does so based on two things: that the Lord is merciful and has graciously blessed him during all of the years he had been gone.
Not all of us face life or death situations as Jacob did.  Still, the future is uncertain.  Two things, though, are certain.  First, God is merciful and forgiving.  The cross and empty tomb are all the evidence we need to believe that.  Second, the Lord has blessed us in the past, and He will bless us in the future.  That does not mean that 2019 will have nothing but pleasant experiences in store for us.  It does mean that our gracious God will be there, continuing to forgive until such time as He chooses to take us to be with Him in heaven.
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

January Baptisms
Ruth Coffman            Elizabeth Criswell        Joanne Dohrman
Alexandra Harvey            Duane Hutton        Winfield Johnson
Amy Klein                Donna Knudtson        Emily Leonard
Rachel Malecha            Jackie Ohmann        Martin Ohmann
John Pfeiffer                Dan Scheffler        Stephanie Scheffler
Greg Schmidt            Kyle Thomforde                Solveig Velde    
Aliina Vivant            Colleen Vivant                  Mary Vogt        
Daniel Voight            Brooks Volkert                  Florence Volkert    
June Volkert            Kathy Wett


After service on Sunday, January 27, there will be a reception in our Fellowship Hall to celebrate these Baptism Birthdays!
We hope to see you there!!




“Is there anything of which it may be said, ‘See, this is new?’
It has already been in ancient times before us.”
  Ecclesiastes 1:9-10
Blessings to you in 2019. Just as King Solomon did many centuries ago, we often wonder if a new year will bring anything new to our lives. Luther reminds us that “God is constantly doing new things” while “it is we who do nothing new, because the same old Adam is present in all of us.” In Christ alone, we become a new creation and know that “old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The November Checking Account Summary and Budget Status reports of giving and spending included in this newsletter represent 92% of 2018.  At that time, Home Fund Expenses were at 77% of the budget, Home Fund Giving was at 84% of the estimate for the year, and the Home Fund surplus was approximately $30,850.  The end of the year reports will be posted in the Fellowship Hall in January and will appear in the February newsletter.
Please start using your new offering envelopes in January, and discard any unused 2018 envelopes. New envelope numbers are assigned each year so that household giving can be recorded alphabetically. If you do not have a box of envelopes but would like one, 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

January 6     Deb Thomforde
January 13    Craig Schuster
January 20    John Pfeiffer
January 27    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




Attendance:  Pastor Klein, John Greenfield, Grant Hovland, Kurt Anderson, Bobbie Schmidtke, Todd Criswell, Barb Anderson

Opening Prayer – 8:16 pm  
Call to Order
Minutes from 11/1/18—approved

Treasurer’s Report—approved
    Report handed out. Capital Fund will go down in December, since handicapped access doors were put in—thanks to Todd Criswell. Memorial accounts have been zeroed out for banners, etc. Smaller funds are not designated for specific items, so that is flexible. Boards doing well on budgeting expenses. Things looking good.

Old Business
    DCE Intern—Pastor has begun filling out forms; $1,000/month suggested and need to look at housing (form will have “to be determined” on it; mileage; FICA?; we will pay moving expenses)
    Greeters—some have volunteered, but it would be nice to have more. Decided to allow people to leave as usual, but hopefully Greeters could “catch” them. so Pastor would have time to greet them after church. In the beginning of the year will be training.
    Thanksgiving Dinner—did not meet our expectations, but a lot of congregation members came and had fun.
    Winter Walk—15 gallons of hot chocolate was gone in less than an hour; little treat packets were distributed as well. Treasurer was approved to spend up to $75 for expenses of Winter Walk from Thrivent Funds.
    Advent Dinners—food cost is covered; need someone for 12/19
    Fellowship Committee discussed. This group was meant to fill in some things the former DCE did. Fellowship Board had been in existence before but was written out when constitution was re-written awhile ago. That constitution may need an up-date with some restructuring and perhaps looking at changing some things with Missions,
adding a Fellowship Board. Perhaps suggestions to do something with committees that are more one-time events. Council will give thought as to what Fellowship Committee should be doing, so they can have some clear direction moving forward.
New Business
    “Everyone One His Witness” program will be done in Bible Class after a one-time study of suicide.  The witness program is very good and addresses Scientism, etc. Probably begin during the coffee hour and try to keep people there. Another spring event might be done to encourage interest and participation in the “Witness” program.
Pastor’s Report
    Organist position: Mary Petersen had forgotten she had December commitments at Lakeville, and she is busy as executor of her brother’s estate in South Dakota. Permanence in organ position would be good, but it may still be fluid for a while. New CD players were suggested with a better remote; and a new microphone without a push pin for use in Fellowship Hall. Pastor will look into the “music package” needed.

Board Reports
—list of people to send letters to in order to stabilize membership list has been put together.

    Education—reminder of pot luck and program on 12/16 for Children’s Christmas Service. January 20 had scheduled a game day/craft/fire pit from 2-5.  Hopefully Jeffrey Ciffra can cook first item. VBS—thinking of doing just 3 nights with families. On Palm Sunday—Spring Break Service project: do tie blankets for Ruth’s House or Women’s Center.

    Missions—didn’t meet. They will be distributing their amounts by the end of the year to the missions they have been supporting. They have $250 more to distribute.

    Trustees—Hausers will not be able to get to windows until next spring;
    Roof Repair—update on insurance company, which is good news in that they agreed to cover shingles and some windows, but not flat roof, and we need to fix one window they did not cover. Looking at possibilities to do some work ourselves, but need workers willing to do it.
    Rental unit had light issues with the 14 fluorescent ones and Todd says we should replace the lights, as some wires in the fixtures are frayed. Council approved Todd taking care of replacing the lights with LEDS.

 Fellowship—Barb Anderson will meet with this group after January Council Meeting so they can have a clear direction.
    Nothing on the horizon, other than Mother’s Day.
    Valentine’s Day—Schmidtkes and Huttons to get something together and hope to get Thrivent Grants for music, etc. Cathy Schuster will do door prizes again. Date still undecided.


Respectfully submitted,
Judy Boehme, Temporary Secretary



The Book Club will continue to meet on the first Monday of the month at 10:00 am.  The first meeting of 2019 will be January 7 and will meet at 888 Kildahl.  If you have questions, please contact Lynn Webber or Becky DeMann.  Everyone is welcome!  Here are the selections for the next 3 months:
Jan. 2019 - "Their Eyes were watching God" - Zora Hurston
Fe. 2019 - "the Late Homecomer" Kao Kalia Yang
Mar. 2019 - "To the Bright Edge of the World" - Eowyn Ivey

Trinity now has new handicapped accessible door openers on the glass doors located at the south entrance to the building.  These were paid for by Trinity’s Capital Fund.  Thank you to John Pfeiffer who installed the electric portion of the doors.

Main Street Living is a TV program that has been airing throughout South Dakota for 17 years. It offers a worship experience to the many who cannot, will not, or do not attend worship regularly. They’re expanding into surrounding states—including Minnesota! Main Street Living will begin airing Sundays on KFTC, channel 29/9-2, from 10 – 11 a.m., in January. The one-hour program will include re-mastered episodes of Lutheran Hour Ministry’s “This is the Life” and a modified Lutheran worship service led by local Minnesota pastors. For more information, check out the Twin Cities tab at mainstreetliving.com.

The two tall stained glass windows in the corners of the chancel (area by the altar) were manufactured and installed in 1971 by Conway Universal Studios which was headquartered in Winona, MN. The cost of these two windows along with some work on other stained glass windows in the church was $480. Research is still ongoing of the creators of the original sanctuary windows.  We do know the original side windows were made by the same company that made the diamond-shaped stained glass widows that were installed in St. Peter Lutheran Church but so far there is no information about the manufacturer of their stained glass windows. Our original windows have since been replaced and we have only one original diamond-shaped stained glass window left, which is in an attic window on the west side of the church.

Thank you to the Trinity women and girls, and their guests, who attended the Christmas Tea.  It was a wonderful blessing to once again have so many attend.  Thank you to Thrivent for funding the event, and to everyone who helped with music, refreshments, publicity, set up, and clean up.  We hope to see you all of you again at next year’s tea! Barb Anderson, Terri Casmey, Holly Ciffra, Linda DeMann, Amy Klein, Jackie Ohmann, and Kathy Wett

On January 6th, during Bible class time, Pastor Klein will have a Bible study on the subject of suicide.  We will examine various Bible passages as well as talk about suicide prevention and how to deal with the survivors of this tragedy.

Beginning on January 13th, we will have a six-week study on evangelism.  We will look at a program recently put out by the Synod called Everyone His Witness.  This will not be a class where you will have to memorize canned presentations.  Instead, we will explore ways to tell people about their Savior, Jesus, in ways that deal with the situations they are facing.  This class will help you to be able more comfortable to share the Gospel in a variety of circumstances.  Following this class, there will be opportunities to take a look at more specific situations such as talking to family members who rarely, if ever, attend worship these days.  If you have any questions, please ask Pastor Klein.

Thank you to all of you who dressed a bear this year.  They have been returned to the Castle Rock Bank where they will be on display until the week before Christmas.  This year, the bank had 300 bears dressed by various individuals, churches and organizations in the area.  The bears will be given out to needy children in our area, including to two of Trinity's missions this year, the Northfield Women's Center and Ruth's House in Faribault.  Thanks again for helping.

2019 Contribution Envelopes will be available starting today, December 23.They are alphabetically arranged on the table in the entryway. Please note that your number may have changed and please do not use these new envelopes until January, 2019. Also, the 2018 contribution statements will be available on January 6, 2019. See Judy Boehme if you have any questions.


 LWML 38th Biennial Convention
Date: June 20-23, 2019
Location: Mobile, Alabama
Theme: "In Praise to the Lord"
Women Members of Trinity - What an exciting event - 3 days with thousands of women to:
    *Sing and rejoice in celebration of His Word.
    *Tell of His salvation for all.
    *Declare His glory among the nations.
    *Go forth in His joy!
The Southern District is planning on taking a motor coach bus to Mobile, Alabama for the National Convention. The coach would leave from southern Minnesota early a.m. on Tuesday, June 18.  We would have one overnight at a hotel on the drive down and one overnight on the drove back.  We would arrive back to southern Minnesota the evening of Monday, June 24th.  The estimated price for the coach and 2 nights of hotel (during drive down) is:
Single per room - $599
Two per room - $499
Triple or Quad - $469
This price is based on 40 women filling the bus, it would be less or more depending on how many sign up.
This price DOES NOT include the 3 nights of hotel at the convention.  There are 5 hotels reserved for the convention in Mobile, Alabama, those prices range from $109-$144 single occupancy.  Some hotels have breakfast included but not all of them.
We need to have numbers back to the President of Southern Minnesota by Dec. 28th.  
If you have any questions or want to register, please either call Becky DeMann @ 507-301-5569 or e-mail to demannrebecca@gmail.com.


Usher schedule

JANUARY 6        Group E
JANUARY 13        Group F
JANUARY 20        Group G
JANUARY 27     Group H

FEBRUARY 3    Group I
FEBRUARY 10    Group A

FEBRUARY 17    Group B
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


Dec 31-Jan 6 Brent Casmey-507-581-1979
Jan 7-Jan 13 Jim Frederick 612-328-1819 (cell)
Jan 14-Jan20 Dan Wett-507-645-4686
Jan 21-Jan 27 Tony Schmidke-507-645-0017
Jan 28-Feb 3 Dan Scheffler-507-291-0301
Feb 4-Feb 10 David Nybakke-612- 203-5030(cell)
Feb 11-Feb 17 John Frederick-612-203-4412(cell)
Feb 18-Feb 24 Brent Casmey-507-581-1979
Feb 25-Mar 3 Jim Frederick 612-328-1819(cell)
Mar 4-Mar 10 Dan Wett-507-645-4686
Mar 11-Mar17 Todd Criswell-507-301-5187(cell)
Mar 18-Mar 24 Tony Schmidke-507-645-0017
Mar 25-Mar 31 Dan Scheffler-507-291-0301
Apr 1-Apr 7 David Nybakke-612- 203-5030(cell)
Apr 8-Apr 14 John Frederick-612-203-4412(cell)
Apr 15-Apr 21 Brent Casmey-507-581-1979
Apr 22-Apr 28 Jim Frederick 612-328-1819(cell)
ALTERNATE: Todd Criswell -507-301-5187(cell)
ATTN: The church has a snowblower in the storage area.
Contact Todd if you need help or if the snowblower needs maintenance.



January 2019 Reading List

January 6 – The Epiphany Of Our Lord
Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12
January 13 – The Baptism Of Our Lord
Isaiah 43:1-7
Romans 6:1-11
Luke 3:15-22
January 20 – The Second Sunday After The Epiphany
Isaiah 62:1-5
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11
January 27 – The Third Sunday After The Epiphany
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Luke 4:16-30





January Volunteer Schedule


6 Deb Thomforde

13 Craig Schuster

20 John Pfeiffer

27 John Greenfield


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

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

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

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





 Barb Greenfield, Linda Hutton            
Becky DeMann, Linda Frederick






December 31 - January 6  Brent Casmey
January 7 - 13  Jim Frederick
January 14 - 20  Dan Wett
January 21 - 27  Tony Schmidtke
January 28 - February 3  Dan Scheffler



 Bible Study Opportunities

Available at Trinity

                         Sunday Morning — Jan 6 – Suicide Discussion, 10:30 am
                                                         Jan. 13 – Every One His Witness Study, 10:30 am
                Tuesday Evening — 2 Peter, 6:30 pm

              LWML Bible Study - 1st Wednesday, 9:30 am at NRC 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 - 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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