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I have learned in whatever state I am to be content. (Philippians 4:11b)
Years ago, large businesses such Microsoft or IBM, when interviewing job applicants, asked them if there was a salary at which they would feel as though they were being paid enough.  How would you have answered?  Would it be a million dollars?  Two million?  Even more?  The answer the interviewer hoped to hear was that no amount of money would be enough.  If you gave some amount, that said to them that there would be a level of salary at which you would stop working hard.  They didn’t want employees who thought that way.  They wanted employees who would never be content with what they were being paid, who would always try to do a little more to get yet another raise.
Not being content may be a good strategy for getting a job or getting promotions and raises at work, but when it comes to living as a Christian, it doesn’t work.  Being discontent is one of the ways in which we say to God, “I am not happy with how you are treating me.  You either cannot or will not give me the earthly blessings I should have.”  
If anyone had such a case to make against God, it would be the apostle Paul.  He had given many years of his life in service to Jesus, yet when he wrote these words to the Philippian Christians, he was a prisoner of the Romans, accused of crimes that were fabricated by his religious opponents.  There were other times that his life was threatened.  On one occasion, his enemies threw stones at him, and he was left for dead.
Yet Paul had learned to be content, to be satisfied with what God had given him at the moment.  Paul knew that the Lord would not give him too much, otherwise he would become proud and complacent.  On those occasions when Paul was in need, he knew that the Lord was using this as another opportunity to teach Paul to trust in Him.
Most of all, what enabled Paul to be content was God’s “riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).  The one thing Paul never lacked was God’s forgiveness for Jesus’ sake.  Whatever Paul’s situation in this world, he knew that a better one awaited him, one with every need supplied in abundance and even more.  As much as Paul suffered for the sake of Jesus, Jesus suffered more.  He suffered the wrath of God for the sins of the world.  Paul was willing to endure the trials of this life, knowing that a better creation awaited him.
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

November Baptisms
Jordan Andreas            Mark Barlau            Pauline Broske
Gresina Cole        Jenna DeYoung        Nancy Downhour
Matthew Harvey        Tracy Hinz            Joel Klein
Sandy Nelson        Grant Niebuhr        Jared Nybakke
Ruth Ohmann        Meghan Revels        Mollie Skaar
Sid Sorbo            Betty Spielvogel        Lydia Vogt
Vernon Volkert        Maliah Vosejpka        Kathryn Wagner


After service on Sunday, November 25, there will be a reception in our Fellowship Hall to celebrate these Baptism Birthdays!
We hope to see you there!!




“You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way,
which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11

In northern climates such as ours, daily life in the winter months is much different from those in the summer.  Without adequate preparations in the fall, life can be difficult in the cold months ahead.  It is especially fitting, then, that in November we remember and give thanks for God’s providence.
Trinity is now 3/4 of the way through the 2018 fiscal year, and overall the church’s finances remain stable.  Home Fund Expenses through September are at 63% of the budget and Home Fund Giving is at 69% of the estimate for the year.  The Home Fund has a surplus of approximately $30,365.  Most of the boards have spent well below their budgets, and none of them have spent more than 75% of their total budget amounts.  The Checking Account Summary and Budget Status reports of giving and spending through September are posted in the Fellowship Hall.  The October reports will be posted during the first week of November.
November is also the month at Trinity when the voters approve a budget for the next year at a regular voters meeting.  When the voters participate in the budget review process by asking questions about the proposed expenses and estimated giving, the adopted budget is more accurate and meaningful.  All members are encouraged to review the budget as it becomes available, and to attend the voters meeting on November 18th.




Attendance:  Pastor Klein, John Greenfield, Kurt Anderson, Karen Wagner, Barb Anderson, Bobbi Schmidtke, Judy Boehme
(Cow bell for Kurt Anderson instead of a gavel)
Call to Order 8:14 pm
Pastor opened with prayer.
Approval of 9/6/18 Minutes - approved
Treasurer’s Report - looking good; we are 3/4 through the year, report approved
Old Business
DCE Intern - Board of Elders went through what might be a good job description for a DCE Intern, and Pastor will get something down.  Looking again to keep former DCE’s income in place in budget for 2019 so that intern could work.  Focus for intern:  Sr High, Jr High Youth, VBS, LWML, family Bible Studies and get youth pulled back in.  Should be put before Voter’s Meeting in November as a budget item and discussion about moving forward.  Also need to look for housing for the intern, etc.
New Business
Budget Process -  Karen Wagner looking to collect the budgets from the various boards.  They want to look at October 28 to have a budget meeting after Fall Harvest Party from 3:00 - 4:30, so will serve soup at 4:30 for Budget Meeting.  November council meeting is when Stewardship looks at the budgets.  In the past, a letter and pledge card were sent out.  That could be done but will just do the letter and just have pledge cards available at church a couple of weeks ahead of when they are to be turned in.
Barb A. handed out Estimate of 2019 expected contributions.  She did a projection for rest of 2018 and then looked ahead.  She explained how she came up with the numbers which was helpful.  Missions is down by about 6k, so budget should probably be at 4k for 2019.
Trinity in Mission - Thanksgiving meal.  Kurt reported on that and coordination for that event will be detailed later.  Event is November 14.  See about getting college kids there.  Pastor Klein is cancelling confirmation that night.
Other-Harvest Party - Dana has emails of folks from NNO that would be interested in fun events.  Bobbi will check into that.
Pastor’s Report - statistics on web page were handed out.

Kurt talked about college kids, pictures, birthdays, etc.
Board Reports
Missions - Kurt reported that they have asked for congregational input; Josh and Ruthie Wagner are coming
Trustees - Pastor mentioned key issue; maybe key card which is easier to change if necessary
Stewardship - covered under budget discussion
Education - Bobbi asked about Christian military organization to donate to;  Terri Casmey to meet with pastor re: Christmas service, and she is going to try to get all eligible kids to come to the Christmas practices and maybe continue in Sunday School;
January event may be sledding on Sibley hill and do treats, if no snow, movie.
Elders - getting a membership list that is accurate, including culling family members that no longer live in the area;  acolytes are back and they were nice to see; Greeters - still working on that
Fellowship - Wednesday night meals continue until November 14.  May do something for Sunday treats, since ice cream social did not happen due to birthday party.
Adjournment and Prayer - 9:15 pm
Respectfully submitted,
Judy Boehme, Temporary congregational Secretary

Board of Missions Minutes
October 4, 2018
Members present: Lynn Weber, Linda Frederick, Barb Greenfield, Pastor Klein

Call to order/devotions

Financial Review – Barb Anderson helped us with our budget for 2019.  The budget details will be in the voters’ packet.

The Mission Board reviewed all of the suggestions received from the congregation for mission projects for 2019.  We wish we could support all of them, but we selected five.  Pastor Klein joined us to help with the selection process.  We will once again support Lutheran Bible Translators, Chai ‘v Shalom, the Women’s Center, and the Community Action Center.  New for 2019 will be Rev. Ryan and Emily McDermott.  They are missionaries in west central Africa.  Please look for more information on our missions in the November voters’ packet and the December newsletter.

We will be gathering more information on the Faith Park at the NRC.  We would like to help them with a one-time gift.

The Lutheran Bible Translators, Josh and Ruthie Wagner, will be at Trinity on November 4th.  They will speak to the congregation during the Sunday School/Bible Study hour.  Treats will be provided by the Mission Board.  Please plan on staying for their presentation.  There will also be a bulletin board in the fellowship hall highlighting them.

Ryan and Tiffany Schmidtke were displaced during Hurricane Florence.  The board gave them $250.00 to help with some of their expenses. We keep them in our thoughts and prayers as they search for a new apartment and get settled.

Respectfully Submitted
Barbara Greenfield


The 2018 Trinity Women and Girls’ Christmas Tea will be held on Tuesday, December 4th, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The evening will include music, treats, fellowship, and a program.  Women and girls of all ages are welcome to attend, and guests are especially welcome!  Please mark this date on your calendars, and watch for more details about the tea in the November weeklies and December newsletter.  

LWML ladies have started a new Bible study, which will be taken from the Quarterly Magazine.  These Bible studies will held on the first Wed. of each month at 9:30 am in the Fireside Room at Parkview West, Northfield Retirement Community.   The next Bible Study will be on November 3.  These are in addition to the LWML meeting held at Trinity on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm.  Please enter at the north entrance of Parkview West and take the elevator to the Fireside Room.  All are welcome.

We would like to have all veterans, past and present, be in attendance at the worship service on November 11, Veterans’ Day, to be recognized for your service for our country.  Thank you, Ray Ozmun

Here are the books and dates for Book Club for the next 2 months.
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!  

Most of the stained glass windows in the sanctuary, including the large triangle window above the altar, are in need of age-related repairs, costing a total of $13,576.  The voters approved spending $5,000 of scrip funds for the project, and using capital funds for the balance not covered by donations.  Trinity members can contribute to the stained glass window repair fund, and any funds designated as such will reduce the amount of capital funds needed to complete the project.  Through October 15th, Trinity members donated $3,415.  For more information, see the repair estimate posted on the hallway bulletin board and talk to Todd Criswell.  The company doing the repairs have given a tentative start date of December 2018.  More information will follow when the company has a definite date established.

The Board of Missions have scheduled a presentation for November 4, to be given by Josh and Ruthie Wagner, the missionaries from Lutheran Bible Translators that Trinity supports.  Their presentation will take place during the Sunday School hour at 10:30 am.  Please see the flyers around church and in this monthly newsletter for more information.

The annual LWML Bake Sale will take place on November 11, 2018 in the fellowship hall after the worship service.  Last year, because of your generosity, we sent $200.00 to Trinity First School, in Minneapolis, and $100.00 to the Lutheran Hour.  Donations of baked goods, candies, etc. are also appreciated.  Thank you!

The fire pit that was constructed by Jeffrey Ciffra is now ready to use.  This area will be useful for gatherings at our church, since the portable fire pit we used to have has disappeared.  Jeffrey has dedicated 8 years of his life to being a Boy Scout, working his way up through the ranks to become an Eagle Scout.  This project was the final step to becoming an Eagle Scout, which consisted of planning and executing the project.  Thank you Jeffrey, for the time, planning, and hard work that you put into the wonderful gathering area you constructed!

Please note that the date for the November 10 Der Lutheraner has been changed to November 5 at 7:30 am.   

Usher schedule

NOVEMBER 4     Group D
NOVEMBER 11    Group E
NOVEMBER 18    Group F
NOVEMBER 21    Group G
NOVEMBER 25    Group H

DECEMBER 2         Group I
DECEMBER 9        Group A
DECEMBER 16        Group B
DECEMBER 23        Group C
DECEMBER 24        Group D
DECEMBER 30        Group E



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



Trinity Communion Assistants:
Here is the schedule for Communion Assistants for October through December 2018.
Thank you for your willingness to help with this service.  As always, if you cannot help on a particular Sunday, please find a substitute.
If you have questions, please feel free to ask.
Thanks again,
John Greenfield
November 4    Bryce Skaar
November 11    Craig Schuster
November 18    Deb Thomforde
November 21 (Thanksgiving Eve)    John Pfeiffer
November 25    John Greenfield
December 2    Bobbi Schmidtke
December 9    Kurt Anderson
December 16    Tony Schmidtke
December 23    John Frederick
December 24 (Christmas Eve)    Pastor Boehme
December 30    Barbara Greenfield


Nov 12-Nov 18 Dan Wett-507-645-4686
Nov 19-Nov 25 Todd Criswell-507-301-5187(cell)
Nov 26-Dec 2 Tony Schmidke-507-645-0017
Dec 3-Dec 9 Dan Scheffler-507-291-0301
Dec 10-Dec16 David Nybakke-612- 203-5030(cell)
Dec17-Dec 23 John Frederick-612-203-4412(cell)
Dec 24-Dec 30 Todd Criswell-507-301-5187(cell)
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.




November 4 - All Saints Sunday
Revelation 7:2-17
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12


November 11 - Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 17:8-16
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44

November 18 - The Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Daniel 12:1-3
Hebrews 10:11-25
Mark 13:1-13

November 21 - Thanksgiving Eve
Deuteronomy 8:1-10
Philippians 4:6-20
Luke 17:11-19

November 25 - The Last Sunday of the Church Year
Isaiah 51:4-6
Jude 20-25
Mark 13:24-37





November Volunteer Schedule


Bryce Skaar

11  Craig Schuster

18  Deb Thomforde

21  John Pfeiffer

25  John Greenfield


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

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

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

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

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

4 Erin Nybakke   11  Olivia Voigt  18  Myleen Maurer


Barb Greenfield, Marcia Huber, Darlene Larson, June Rado


Deb and Karl Thomforde, Brenda and Kraig Niebuhr



November 12-18  Dan Wett
November 19-25  Todd Criswell
November 26-December 2  Tony Schmidtke     


 Bible Study Opportunities

Available at Trinity

Sunday Morning—  10:30 am - Romans

Tuesday Evening—  Bible Study - 6:30 pm - 2 Peter (Every One His Witness when 2 Peter finished)

LWML Bible Study - 1st Wednesday, 9:30 am AND
                       2nd Wednesday, 1:30 pm led by Pastor Klein

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

Der Lutheraner2nd & 4th Saturday, 7:30 am,                     
                       Men’s Bible Study - The Proper Distinction of Law                 
                         and Gospel by C. F. W. Walther/Breakfast



Rev. Brent Klein, Pastor:
Rev. Dr. Armand J. Boehme, Associate Pastor:
Dana Criswell, Secretary to the Pastors:
Barb Anderson, Treasurer:




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