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December 2017 Newsletter

God’s Grace Brings Salvation
 
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.  (Titus 2:11-14)
 
There has been a commercial on television that shows kids not only behaving, but going out of their way to do chores around the house and wanting to get on the good side of their parents.  The commercial is for a toy store, and the implied message is that these kids are doing all of this with the hope that their parents will get them the presents they want.  
 
We try to play the same game with God.  We like to think that if we do enough good (or avoid enough bad) that God will do favors for us.  The ugly truth is that we will never do enough good (nor will we avoid enough bad).
 
Christmas is not about being good enough for Santa’s list.  It’s about the gift God gave us so that we can be saved from our sins.  Jesus is the “grace of God that brings salvation.”  Jesus, by His suffering, death, and resurrection, has redeemed us from “every lawless deed.”  Because of Him, God, the Father, forgives us all our sins.
 
This Christmas present from God also turns the world’s attitude toward Christmas upside down.  We do not earn favor with God by what we do.  The power of Jesus’ forgiveness is such that changes us: “Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.”  Faith calls us to be “zealous for good works.”
 
Even then, we fail.  Nevertheless, God’s gift of Jesus remains.  We renew our baptisms by repenting of our sins.  We hear God declaring us forgiven in His Word, and receive His forgiveness through His body and blood.
 
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:

December Baptisms

Pat Carlson                Todd Criswell            Angela DeGrio
Becky DeMann            Troy DeMann            Jim Frederick
Bart Niebuhr                Julie Nybakke            Nathan Schmidtke
Jeremiah Vogt                Mark Vogt            Lee Volkert
Jennifer Watson            David Wett            Steven Wett
Gwen Young

After service on Sunday, December 31,
there will be a reception in our Fellowship Hall to celebrate these Baptism Birthdays!
We hope to see you there!!

Van Drivers
Trinity is looking for people to help drive the van on Sunday mornings to pick up college students at St. Olaf and Carleton.  This person would need to get the van at 8:30 am on Sunday morning, pick up St. Olaf students first then head to Carleton then back to church.  The students would then be taken back after worship and coffee time.  Anyone interested in helping the college students in this way please contact the church office.

Wednesday Evening Meals Resume
Here is the menu for the meals that will be provided in November.  The full schedule can be found on the church’s website and by the kitchen door.

First Friday Game Nights at Trinity
Do you like to play card or board games but can’t always get enough people together? On the first Friday of every month, come to Trinity to play your favorite games and enjoy free pop and snacks. You can bring a game or deck of cards, or simply show up and try something new. Settlers of Catan, Euchre, and Cribbage are always available. You can even challenge Pastor Klein to a game of Bible trivia, but don’t expect to win! Everyone is welcome, and you’re especially encouraged to bring friends. The next game night is Friday, December 1st, starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Book Club
Anyone is welcome for a lively discussion!  Join us at Kildhal Park Point at 9:00am on these days.  You can also find this information on our website under ‘Board/Groups’.  
Dec 4 – Wintering by Peter Geye
Jan 8 – The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
Feb 5 – Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

God’s Girls
A community Christian girls club is meeting at Trinity twice a month to do things similar to a girl scout club would.  They will meet the 1st and 3rd Monday’s at Trinity from 4:00-5:30pm.  If you know a girl that would like to participate or if you’d like to volunteer/help in any way, pick up a brochure on the youth bulletin board.

Christmas Program and Practices
The children’s Christmas program this year will be on Sunday, December 17th at 10:30am with a potluck to follow.  All are encouraged to come see our children tell the story of Jesus’ birth.

Thank You!
There are not enough words to express our gratefulness for all your prayers, food, home visits, and phone calls during the stressful, long 4 months of Joan’s back infection.  The visits from Pastor Klein and Pastor Boehme were very welcome.  God bless all of you at Trinity!
Larry and Joan Pralle

Hot Chocolate Stand
Trinity will have a hot chocolate stand for Northfield Winter Walk again this year.  The date is Thursday, December 7th.  If you can help make hot cocoa on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 1:00 pm here at the church or work the stand for an hour or so on Dec 7 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm, let DCE Jackie know.  We will be in front of the Thrivent office by the library downtown.

Attention Travelers
If you leave MN for the winter, could you please let the church office know so that we can make sure we have your winter address?  I have talked to a few members but may not have asked everyone.  Thank you, Dana

Please Come to the Trinity Christmas Tea                                                                                                                        The 2017 Trinity Women and Girls Christmas Tea will be held on Tuesday, December 5th, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The theme for this year’s tea is “Mary, Did You Know?” and the evening will include music, treats, and a short program.  Women and girls of all ages are welcome to attend, and guests are especially welcome!  RSVP by filling out a reservation card and dropping it in the bowl in the Fellowship Hall, or by calling Deb Thomforde (663-7132), Karen Volkert (663-1136) or Barb Anderson (507-581-1642).

 

Christmas Cards
Christmas Cards will be available for $5 per box in the fellowship hall.  Proceeds from these cards are used to purchase the assorted cards that we have in the fellowship hall and also books and DVD’s for the church library.

 

Quilt Sharing
Our quilts displayed on the pews will be given to Christmas Sharing and to others throughout the year. It's a joy to give these quilts as they are truly appreciated. Thanks to all who have so generously donated the wonderful fabric. Also, many thanks to the volunteers who donate their time for the sewing and tying to complete these quilts. You are a Blessing to others.  LWML Mission Service

Advent Devotions
Advent devotions are in and we have options for adults and kid/family friendly devotions.  See the table outside the sanctuary to pick one up.

Family Christmas Activity
Families of all ages are welcome to come to church Sunday, Dec 3rd at 4:00 pm for cookie decorating, crafts, games, and dinner together.

Stop! Look! Listen!
This year the mid-week Advent sermon series will encourage us to STOP! LOOK! and LISTEN! during this holy time of preparation for the celebration of Jesus birth. Advent is a time of spiritual reflection and introspection which is designed to remind us of why Jesus needed to be born in the Bethlehem manger. Jesus needed to come because we are sinful and in need of salvation.
Jesus, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:8-12), came as our King and Savior to call us to STOP living in sin. He wants us in penitent faith to LOOK at the stars in the heavens and be reminded that He is the promised Star of Jacob (Numbers 24:17) Who brings salvation to Gentiles as well as Jews. And finally, we are to LISTEN to the Spirit Who points us to the prophecy about the Messiah, the Seed of David, Who is the Branch of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1-12). Jesus fulfilled these prophecies and more as our King, Lord, and Savior from sin. Thus, we truly can rejoice at and celebrate His birth for it promises us the peace of sin forgiven and the joy of everlasting life in His eternal Kingdom.
Advent Mid-Week Services are at 7 PM following the Advent meals which are served at 6 PM, and the pericopal Bible studies at 6:30.
December 6 - “The Lion of the Tribe of Judah”
December 13 - “The Star of Jacob”
December 20 - “The Branch of Jesse”
Christmas Eve services
Christmas Eve Family service is at 4 PM with Holy Communion on December 24th.
Christmas Eve Candlelight service is at 6 PM. It will tell the story of Christmas with lights, candles, words, and songs.

Board of Stewardship
October 2017 Minutes
The Board of Stewardship met on October 5, 2017, beginning at 7:00 p.m., with Todd Criswell, Ron Frauenshuh, and Barb Anderson in attendance.
The board reviewed proposed amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws to add guidelines for church fundraising events and the management of the Home Fund accounts, and identified changes to be made for consideration at its November meeting.
The board finalized plans for the 2018 budget review meeting and ice cream social to be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22nd.
The board prepared a draft 2018 budget for the council, including Home Fund Expenses from the budget worksheets submitted by the boards and estimated Home Fund Contributions based on the 2018 pledges and the non-pledged designated and loose plate contributions received to date.
The board reviewed the September Checking Account Summary and Budget Status reports, representing 75% of fiscal year 2017. The board noted that Home Fund expenses were at 73.6% of the budget, Home Fund designated giving was at 66.1%, and Home Fund loose plate giving was at 70.1%. The board also noted the Home Fund deficit increased to $32,935.77, including the carryover deficits from 2015 and 2016.
The board approved an October fundraising calendar and a stewardship message for the November newsletter.
 

STEWARDSHIP MESSAGE
DECEMBER 2017

 
Christmas is coming. It is a joyous time of feasting. We hear the proclamation of the message of the angels: “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10–11). We mingle our voices with theirs as we sing, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased” (Luke 2:14)!
We receive the proclaimed Savior, Christ the Lord, not wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger, but wrapped in bread and wine placed into our mouths for life, salvation, and the forgiveness of our sins. We feast in great joy because of this great blessing from our Lord and God.
God’s people in ancient Israel also feasted with great joy. The Lord showered His abundant blessing on His people and He commanded them to feast upon it (Deut. 16). The people were to go to the place appointed, where the Lord would make His name dwell, and give offerings, each man as he was able, according to the blessing of the Lord that He had given them (Deut. 16:10, 15, 17). There the Lord blessed them with joy as they feasted upon what the Lord provided. They ate of the choice parts of their offerings, heard His promises of blessing, sang of His bountiful goodness, and partook of what He gave.
We feast on the Word who became flesh to dwell among us, not just during Christmas, but throughout the year. We feast not just on the salvation He wrought for us in His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, but also on the temporal blessings God gives out of His fatherly divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in us. We enjoy the rich bounty God provides, not only in Word and Sacrament, but also in house and home, property and income, family and friends.
Let us then, as did the people in ancient Israel, give as we are able, according to the blessing of the Lord our God that He has given us. Let us, like them, give generously of the first fruits of our income, which He gives, so that all may know and enjoy the salvation He gives and the joy we have in the Savior born in the city of David, who is Christ the Lord.
 

December 2017 Readings
First Sunday In Advent (December 3)
Isaiah 64:1-9
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 11:1-10

Second Sunday In Advent (December 10)  
Isaiah 40:1-11
2 Peter 3:8-14
Mark 1:1-8

Third Sunday In Advent (December 17)
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

Fourth Sunday In Advent (December 24)
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

The Nativity of our Lord (Christmas Day)
Isaiah 52:7-10
Hebrews 1:1-12
John 1:1-18

The First Sunday after Christmas (December 31)
Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 2:22-40

 

PLEASE NOTE:  If these times do not work for you, please remember that it is your responsibility to find a replacement or someone to switch with.   (Other services are in bold, italics.)
 
December Volunteer Schedule
 

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS_____________________          

3  Bobbi Schmidtke

10  John Greenfield

17 Barbara Greenfield

24  Bryce Skaar 

24 (Christmas Eve evening) Pastor Klein

25 Tony Schmidtke

USHERS

3    Group I:  Dan Wett, Bryce Skaar, Bruce Young, Rudy Maurer                                                                                              10  Group A:  Milt Berg, Dave Downhour, Ray Larson, Bob Quam                                                                                              17  Group B:  Jim Frederick, Jeff and Jeffrey Ciffra, Jackie Ohmann, Tom Pumper, Sheldon Volkert                                                    24 (morning)  Group C:  Larry Pralle, Kraig Niebuhr, Cliff Roberts,  Fred Vivant                                                                              25  Group D:  John Frederick, Kurt Anderson, Kevin Bakken, Brent Casmey                                             

ALTAR GUILD          

Becky Grieser, Barb Greenfield, Brenda Niebuhr, Marcia Huber

COUNTERS

Bobbi and Tony Schmidtke, Barb and Kurt Anderson

NEWSLETTER ASSEMBLY - December 27, 2017  

June Volkert, Becky Grieser, Ella Halverson, Joanne Dohrman, June Rado

                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                              

Bible Study Opportunities

 

Available at Trinity

Sunday Morning— 10:30 am, Catechism Study 

Tuesday Evening—6:30pm, Lifelight Series - Time Between the Testaments

Bible Study—Wednesday Evening - 6:30 pm

Der Lutheraner—2nd & 4th Saturday, 7:30 am, Men’s Bible Study - Augsburg Confession/Breakfast

 

 

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