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August 2018 Newsletter

Is the Church Shrinking?

One of the laments I hear from time to time is that the Church in our country is shrinking.  Obviously, there aren’t as many attending worship services in our congregation as in the past.  What about the country overall?

A study was conducted by researchers from Harvard and the University of Indiana on the religious commitment of Americans.  It revealed that religion continues to enjoy “persistent and exceptional intensity” in America.  The percentage of Americans that attend church more than once a week, pray every day, and believe that the Bible is true has remained steady for the last fifty years.

How so?  It has to do with how serious you are about your faith.  While mainline churches are losing members, those that are leaving aren’t necessarily leaving Christianity.  They simply are going elsewhere.  Thirty years ago, 39% of those who belonged to a religion had strong beliefs and practices.  Today, the number is 47%.

Churches that deny what the Gospels claim about Jesus, or that He even existed, as well as deny other teachings of the Bible, are losing members.  If a congregation takes the Bible seriously, it can reach such people.

Congregations that believe and practice what the Bible says are, at the least, holding their own.

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

August Baptisms
Barb Barlau            Gloria Dubbels        Anna Edwards
Elsie Forsythe        John Greenfield      Eli Hinz
Karl Huber             Linda Hutton           David Ohmann
Robert Quam         Neal Rado                 Rachel Scheffler
Corri Schmidtke    Ryan Schmidtke      Maddox Schwaab
Don Sward              Deb Thomforde        Karl Thomforde
Marla Thomforde        Jordan Volkert


After service on Sunday, August 26, there will be a reception in our Fellowship Hall to celebrate these Baptism Birthdays!
We hope to see you there!!



“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you . . .” Matthew 28:19-20

Why do we give to Trinity Lutheran Church?  Why do we spend money on salaries, music, education, office and worship supplies, communication, building repair and maintenance, and mission work?  Why do we keep Trinity going week after week, month after month, year after year?

There is only one reason: to spread the Gospel message of Jesus Christ to all people.  We provide a church home for ourselves, to learn how to become disciples of Christ, and for those eager to hear His saving message.  There is no limit to how far we can spread this message.  The Holy Spirit is with us.

Overall, Trinity’s Home Fund Expenses and Giving in the first half of the year have been balanced, and the Home Fund continues to have a surplus of over $20,000.  The Checking Account Summary and Budget Status reports included in this newsletter reflect the giving and spending at Trinity through June.  Home Fund Expenses are at 43% of the budgeted amount, and Home Fund Giving is at 44% of the projected amount.

Similarly, giving to the District/Synod and the Capital Fund are at 50% and 44%, respectively, of the anticipated amounts (based on past giving).  Capital Fund amount information is now in two places on the Checking Account Summary: $9,447.43 is in the church’s checking account and $10,006.78 is in the church’s LCEF account.  Giving to Trinity’s Special Missions is at 24% of the anticipated amount, also based on past giving.


June 7, 2018

Attendance:   Pastors Klein and Boehme, Elda Ann Frauenshuh, Grant Hovland, Todd Criswell, Bobbi Schmidtke
Call to Order by Vice President Bobbi Schmidtke 8:12 pm
Opening prayer led by Pastor Klein.
Minutes from May 3, 2018 were read by temporary Secretary, Judy Boehme and approved.
Treasurer’s report was approved and Judy Boehme (Financial Secretary) noted that the Church360 Members and the new ledger program working together will result in greater clarity and better data once fully implemented.  The outdated treasurer’s computer program will be phased out gradually.
Old Business
    -In Kurt’s absence, Bobbi noted the ongoing Hinges (Owatonna conference on outreach) group is working on several ideas (Car Cruise idea in July from Pastor Boehme is one of them).
New Business
    -July Council Meeting will be on June 28, 2018.
    -Next summer is the Synod Convention – July 20-25, 2019 in Tampa Bay, FL and all expenses are paid for delegates.  Need to think if we want to nominate someone as a Lay Delegate from this church.  Each Circuit can send a pastor/lay delegate; we are in the Faribault Circuit.  Pastor Klein will call a Circuit Forum to get pastors/lay delegates elected (names need to be given to him soon and delegate names can be from other churches in the circuit).
Pastor’s Report
    Texting idea – there was a salesman soliciting texting services, involving the use of texting to get information to members.  We will not do this, as Pastor noted we can already do this using church email if there is interest (people would need to give texting info to the church)
    Web Site Statistics – 40% of visits from Paris, France, probably a bot; bounce back means people hit and left immediately; church history class had 52 hits, but info not available any more.

    -(Texting option from Pastor’s report discussed)
    -Discussed how to reach out to inactive members, and wanting to do more with visits and revamping Greeters, making welcoming visitors more effective; Every Member Visits (EMV) was discussed specifically, and an effort to make the membership list more accurate.
    -Changing way people leave at the end of service, so they go through accordion doors and maybe stay for coffee.
    -5/16 met last time and will now meet at 7 pm before council meetings.
    -Paid $1000 to Wagners and Chai Shalom, son now we have $1,440; plan on keeping a $1k balance in budget.
    -Last year they were told that they had to pay for the website, so now it is budgeted in there for $500 for 2018; $353 was paid for the yearly website and now there is a balance; ads for Christmas/Easter (no info on amount at this time).
    -Congregational Events (like Women’s Center Speaker) is also part of their budget.  They have basically $440 then left.
    -Asking Wagner’s what they need to take to Africa – when specific items are asked for, people will contribute.
    -(Pastor Boehme talked a bit about stained glass windows 1961-1969, and now know what originals looked like, the attic window is original – Pastor and Judy B. will present to congregation re windows).
    -Jeff Ciffra and Todd Criswell met.  Stained glass contributions have come in, and cost will be close to $13k.
    -Roofer will talk to Todd tomorrow, and he surmises it will be a long process. He has talked to a private adjuster and that person is trying to negotiate with insurance, so they will pay for it and our private adjuster will get something if we win this argument.  One bid is $66,000 for membrane on roof, which Todd thinks is too high.
    -No new news re road repairs (4 lots) about $50K.
    -Grant Hovland reported that they are starting up and learning about the board
Education – Bobbi
    -They will be meeting at 6pm before Church Council from now on so far; 4 with preschool.  August 6-10 Mon-Thurs.; and Friday 9:00-11:30.
    -They are asking Dana to order “The Story” for Sunday School 3rd graders; Bibles will be given for Catechism students.
    -No one willing to do Garage Sale at this point.
    -Children’s Christmas Service:  Poll families if 12/16 or 12/23.  Choir will participate again, and Pastor would like it a bit longer.
    -Banners from Thrivent – use back to paint a sign for VBS
    -Regular curriculum for Sunday School will use Concordia (LCMS) material.
    -No takers for Youth gathering at Carleton; but the one in the Twin cities will have a few kids wishing to attend.
    -No report.  Pastor Boehme suggested Board of Ed should talk to Barb Anderson regarding what that committee is doing that Bd of Ed may no longer need to do.

Adjournment 9:08 pm

Respectfully Submitted,
Judy Boehme, Temporary Secretary





May 16, 2018

Members present: Elda Ann Frauenshuh, Lynn Weber, Linda Frederick, Barb Greenfield, Pastor Klein
Call to order/devotions – Pastor Klein led us in prayer.
Financial Review At the end of April, we had $3280.30 in our Special Mission Fund.
Mission Project Status: Check out bulletin board for recent updates.
Lutheran Bible Translators – They will be back in Minnesota at the end of July.  We would like to invite them to speak in September.  We will be giving them $500 in May.
Chai v’Shalom – We will be doing worship bags for the children in their church.  Terry Casmey will make the bags.  We will decide what we should include in the bags.  We will use a Thrivent Action Grant to buy these items.
Community Action Center – We received a thank you from them for the $500 we sent in April.
LAMP – They raised $3551 from the garage sale, and another $291 from items sold at another sale.
Ruth’s House – no additional update.
Northfield Women’s Center – Liz will be at Trinity on June 3rd.  She will speak during the Sunday School hour.  We will give her $250 as an honorarium.  
Other Items – Trinity First has indicated that they are collecting coupons.  We are determining how we can help them.  
We will be putting together goodie bags for our college students.
Our July meeting is to be determined.
Adjournment/Prayer – We closed with the Lord’s Prayer
Respectfully Submitted
Barbara Greenfield

Board of Missions
June 24, 2018

Members present: Elda Ann Frauenshuh, Lynn Weber, Barb Greenfield, Barb Anderson
Call to order/devotions
Financial Review – Barb Anderson reported on the money deposited into the Mission Outreach budget.
Mission Project Status (Recent updates are on the bulletin board in the hallway):
Lutheran Bible Translators – No recent updates
Chai v’Shalom – we will fill 6 bags with “quiet” items for the children in their congregation.
Community Action Center - No recent updates
LAMP - No recent updates
Ruth’s House – We have put up a bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall giving more information about their program.
Northfield Women’s Center – Liz Blanchard spoke here in June about the Women’s center.
Other Items – In the first six months of this year, we have given $500 to each of our mission projects.  We will discuss additional disbursements at our August meeting.
Next meeting is August 2nd at 7:00 pm.
Respectfully Submitted
Barbara Greenfield


Pastor Klein will be on vacation for the entire month of August.  If anyone is in need of a pastor, you can contact Pastor Boehme (507-301-5299) or you can call the church office (507-645-4438) to reach Pastor Boehme.  Pastor Boehme will have his normal office hours on Fridays from 9:00 am - Noon.  
Our Third Annual National Night Out Party will be on Tuesday, August 7th, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., rain or shine.  There will be food, games and activities for everyone under a circus tent, music, the car show, a bouncy house, special gifts, and lots of great conversations.  We’ve invited the neighborhood and the Northfield police and firefighters to join us for a fun evening, and you’re welcome to invite your family, friends, and neighbors!
Here’s how you can be an important part of this great annual event::
Pray for God’s blessings, including great weather and a big turnout
Volunteer to help either before, during, or after the party
Attend the party, have fun, and be a good host to our guests
Many thanks to the members of this year’s committee: Pastor Klein, Pastor and Judy Boehme, Kurt Anderson, Terri Casmey, and Holly Ciffra. If you have any questions or can help, please call Barb Anderson (507-581-1642).

Due to low enrollment, the Board of Education has made the decision to cancel VBS for this summer here at Trinity.  The cost to have Camp Okoboji lead the VBS was not going to be covered by the few registration fees that were collected

The Verizon Center in Mankato, Minn. served as the convention site for the June 29-30, 2018 LWML Minnesota South District (MSD) Convention. 1 Corinthians 15:10a, But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain, was the basis for the theme, "Grace Above All." LWML MSD Counselors led Christian Life Bible studies on water, word, and table of grace. Rev. Dr. Gary Zieroth, assistant professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions, dean of Students and director of Vicarage at Concordia Theological Seminary Ft. Wayne energized the attendees as convention Bible study leader. Inspiring mission speakers were Rev. Ben Griffin, Executive Director of LINC Twin Cities and Rev. Ryan McDermott, Area Facilitator for Deaf Ministry-West and Central Africa. LWML Senior Pastoral Counselor Rev. Robert Mundahl served as Proclaimer at the Friday evening Worship Service. Four Convention Offerings were collected at this year’s convention for:
*Concordia Seminary Food Banks (Fort Wayne and St. Louis) - $4,270
*Chance International Outreach (Monrovia, Liberia) - $4,454.17
*Gideon Comfort Dog - $3,232.75
*LWML 2018 -2020 Mission Goal - $6,441.38
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Thank You to all who donated for the Gifts from the Heart from Trinity. Totals collected at the convention were, Baby Kits - 438, Hospice Kits - 553 and Separate Baby items 977 pieces. Lynn Webber and Mary Ozmun attended as delegates from Trinity.  

Here is the schedule for Communion Assistants for July through September 2018.  If you find you cannot help on your scheduled Sunday, please find a substitute and let the church office know.  Thank you.
July 29    John Frederick
August 5    Tony Schmidtke
August 12    Deb Thomforde
August 19    John Pfeiffer
August 26    Bryce Skaar
September 2    Craig Schuster
September 9    Bobbi Schmidtke
September 16    Pastor Boehme
September 23    John Greenfield
September 30   Barbara Greenfield




August 5 - The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Exodus 16:2-13
Ephesians 4:1-16
John 6:22-35
August 12 - The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 19:1-18
Ephesians 4:17-5:3
John 6:35-51
August 19 - The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Joshua 24:1-2, 14-18
Ephesians 5:6-21
John 6:51-69
August 26 - The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 29:11-19
Ephesians 5:22-33
Mark 7:1-13




August Volunteer Schedule


Tony Schmidtke

12  Deb Thomforde

19 John Pfeiffer

26  Bryce Skaar


5  Group I:   Dan Wett, Bryce Skaar, Bruce Young, Rudy Maurer 

12  Group A:   Milt Berg, Dave Downhour, Ray Larson, Bob Quam

19  Group B:  Jim Frederick, Jeff Ciffra, Jackie Ohmann, Tom Pumper, Sheldon Volkert

26  Group C:  Larry Pralle, Kraig Niebuhr, Cliff Roberts, Fred Vivant



Darlene Finch, Colleen Vivant, Barb Greenfield, Marcia Huber


Patty and John Pfeiffer, Dana and Todd Criswell

July 29 - August 4  Larry Pralle
August 5 - 11  Dan Wett
August 12 -18 Bruce Young
August 19 - 25  John Frederick

August 26 - September 1  Todd Criswell


Darlene Larson, Colleen Vivant, Nancy Downhour, Donna Knudtson, Gloria Berg



                                                                                                                                                                                       Bible Study Opportunities

Available at Trinity

Sunday Morning— 10:30 am, Book of Isaiah 

Tuesday Evening—6:30pm, Gospel of Mark Bible Study

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


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



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