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FEBRUARY 2018 Newsletter

Jesus in the Old Testament
Jesus said in John 5:39, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.”  Since no word of the New Testament had yet to be written, Jesus was referring to the Old Testament.
The Old Testament is all about Jesus, who He is and what He was coming to this earth to do.  If you read with the eyes of faith, you can find Him throughout.  He is there as early as the third verse of the Bible: “Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.”  That is Jesus speaking.
This Lenten season, we will be meditating on what the Old Testament had to say about the suffering and death of Jesus.  In each section of the story of Jesus’ Passion that we will hear during Lent, there is either an obvious mention of an Old Testament passage or the hint of something from the Old Testament.  
Either way, whenever we read God’s Word, Jesus is there to forgive us our sins and to strengthen our faith.  The more we learn from that Word, the better our faith in Him will be.
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

February Baptisms

Savannah Buxcel        Doug DeMann            Gloria Dohrman
Becky Grieser            Betty Habermas        Brenda Niebuhr
Ray Ozmun            Paige Pralle            Sean Pralle
Susan Roberts            Rachel Ruud            Bobbi Schmidtke
Sherry Schwaab        Leslie Selvy            Morgan Voigt
Kyle Volkert            Dan Wett



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

Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers,
but a prudent wife is from the Lord. Proverbs 19:14
Is it better for a man to have great wealth from his parents or a frugal wife?  The Bible clearly favors the frugal wife.  A vast fortune can be quickly squandered in the hands of an imprudent wife, but a prudent wife, described in Proverbs 31:10-31, is truly a gift from God.  The Church, as the Bride of Christ, honors God by being prudent in all things.
Throughout 2017, Trinity members were both generous with their gifts and frugal with those gifts.  The Checking Account Summary and Budget Status reports included in this newsletter reflect the giving and spending at Trinity through December of 2017.  While the church spent $4,800 less than the amount budgeted for 2017 expenses, the members gave $49,675 more than the amount estimated for contributions.  As a result, Trinity ended the year with a surplus of $17,640 in the Home Fund instead of a deficit.
As a footnote to the December reports, one Trinity household gave $13,200 to the Home Fund in 2017 as its 2018 offering.  The 2018 budget estimates the Home Fund income to be $209,490.  Because of the gift given in 2017, $13,200 of this amount has already been received.  As a result, the Home Fund surplus may decline by approximately $1,100 each month throughout 2018, but the year should end with either no deficit or a small surplus.


LCMS Stewardship Ministry – February 2018
Without commands or even arm-twisting, St. Paul encourages, even challenges, the Church in Corinth to demonstrate the sincerity of their faith by their generosity in giving. He does this because giving generously is a gift of the Spirit given to us through the Gospel.
St. Paul wrote: “But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving” (2 Corinthians 8:7). In other words, just as we grow in faith and speech and knowledge of eternal things by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, so also do we grow in giving from the same Spirit through the same Word.
The problem is that the grace of generosity often grows cold in us. It’s not so much that we stop giving, but we don’t put it first. We treat it like all the other bills that must be paid. It becomes a chore, just one more thing to check off a list of things to do. That empties it of its spiritual power and robs us of the joy that Christ and the Scriptures assign to it.
On top of that, since this generosity is linked to faith and knowledge of divine things, a lack of excelling in giving is a sure sign that our faith and knowledge of God are under attack as well.
Thus St. Paul points to the foundation of generosity: the generosity of Christ Himself. Even though He was rich, He became poor so that we who are poor might become rich. Thus, the incarnation, suffering, and death of our Lord on the cross is the reason, source, and driving force for our generosity in giving to the church.
And since Christ who was rich became poor so that we might be rich in His grace—of which generous giving is part—so we also who are rich in His grace can excel in pressing His grace into service toward the gracious work of the church.
Pay attention to what you give to the church so that you may excel at it. And if you find that your heart has grown cold or indifferent toward it, immerse yourself in God’s Word. Read it at home. Attend Bible Class. Hear and listen to it preached in the Divine Service.
Be reminded of what Christ has done for you in His incarnation, suffering, and death. For this will strengthen your faith and knowledge. And where that excels, so will the grace of giving excel also.

LWML would like to thank everyone who made baked goods, candy, etc. for our bake sale.  With your generous support, $223.00 was given.  We sent $200.00 to Trinity First School and $100.00 to The Lutheran Hour.  We also want to thank the ladies who made cookies and candy for the 13 “goody bags” delivered before Christmas to shut-ins and people on our prayer list.  We were asked to host the Faribault Zone LWML Spring Rally on April 7, 2018.  It will begin at 8:30 am with registration, brunch at 8:45 am, followed by a brief meeting and a speaker on Teen Suicide.  It will finish by noon.

Thank You
A huge thank you for the farewell reception, gifts, and cards. It has been a blessing to serve Trinity for 13 years. You are truly blessed with many gifts and talents and I loved being able to put together ministries with all of them! I am so thankful for all the ministries were able to do together to glorify God and share Him with our community. I look forward to seeing where God takes Trinity in the future and be part of that ministry as a volunteer. Thanks again and God bless! Jackie Ohmann (David and Grace)

The LAMP team would like to thank everyone who donated books for Wunnumin Lake.  There were so many books donated that we will be able to send a couple different shipments to the community.  We have sent one shipment and will be sending another one soon.  Thank You again for your help with this project-we are sure the books will be enjoyed.

Milk Moola
The Milk Moola collection box is back in the fellowship hall in its usual location.  The LAMP team will take over the proceeds from this fundraising activity so keep saving those bag tops and milk caps.

Northfield Women’s Center
One of Trinity’s missions this year is the Northfield Women’s Center.  The center exists to be trusted resource for women experiencing an unintended pregnancy by providing critical support and accurate information needed to make a choice for life possible at no cost to any woman. The caring support is available throughout her pregnancy and beyond making it possible to choose life for her child instead of being pressured to have an abortion. Their biggest needs right now are diapers (size 4&5), wipes, new baby clothes and monetary donations. Please look at the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall for more information and the table to place your donated items. There are also plastic baby bottle banks that you can take home with you to fill with coins. Then bring these back to church by Feb. 25th and we will return the filled bottles to the Center.   Thank you from the Board of Missions

Valentine’s Banquet
The Valentine’s Day Banquet, a wonderful tradition at Trinity, will be held on Saturday, February 17th, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  The banquet will include a social hour, catered buffet dinner with dessert, gift drawing, and acoustic guitar music program.  Tickets are $16.00 per person and are available in the Fellowship Hall after church on February 4th and 11th, and also from Barb Anderson (507-581-1642) through the 11th.  This is an opportunity to invite friends and family members to Trinity!

Garage Sale
The Trinity Garage Sale will go on as planned this spring.  The proceeds from this year’s garage sale will benefit the LAMP team so they can continue to spread God’s Word to the remote community of Wunnumin Lake, Canada.  You can start thinking about if there is anything you would like to donate to the sale.  Please watch future weeklies and monthly newsletters about when to bring in your items.  And also, please note, we can NOT take televisions, computers, or any infant or children’s car seats.  These items typically do not sell, and we cannot dispose of them anywhere.  Thank you.

Red Cross Blood Drive
Trinity will host a Red Cross blood drive on Monday, February 12 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  We need volunteers to assist with the drive.  There are two jobs that need to be done.  The first is receptionist.  This person will greet people arriving to donate, sign them in, and give them whatever paperwork is necessary.  The second is the refreshment table.  After donating, the donor will then sit down at the refreshment table to drink water and/or juice and eat some snacks.  This helps the body to begin replacing what was just lost.  If you are interested in volunteering for either job, please contact the Church office.  We would like to have two shifts of two and a half hours each: one from 12:30 to 3:00 and 3:00 to 5:30. If we can get four volunteers per shift, that would be great.

Midweek Meals
The Wednesday evening meals will continue through Lent.  Kurt Anderson will be in charge of the meals until Ash Wednesday so talk to Kurt if you would like to help out.  Ash Wednesday meal will be a potluck dinner, so if you plan to attend we ask that you contribute a dish to share.  Groups (or individuals/families) are asked to sign up for the meals that occur during Lent (Feb. 21, 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21).  Please check the sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall by the kitchen if you are interested.  Thank you


Trinity Lutheran Church
January 4,2018
Council Meeting Minutes

President Kurt Anderson called the meeting to order at 8:05 p.m.
Pastor Klein opened with Prayer.
Approval of December Council Meeting Minutes: There was a Motion to approve the December minutes with no corrections, motion
seconded; carried.
At the December Council Meeting the Council approved a request for
$105.00 to rent a hotel room for Jews For Jesus. The total cost actually came to $115.36.

Financial Statement: Barb Anderson
New offering envelopes placed in the back of the pew. There was a Motion to approve the financial report, Motion seconded; carried.

Barb Anderson nominated as Treasurer will be added to the list of names at the bank authorized for signature. Also, the list of authorized signers needs to be updated.
David Greenfield and Karl Thomforde will be taken off the list as signers.  Kurt Anderson will be added to the list.

Old Business: Requests for funds: There was no official request for funds.

Searching for an organist.

Website statistic:  Google analytics tracks and reports web site traffic, in order to break down web site statistics, the average time is three minutes for anyone visiting our web page.

New Business: It was discussed whether or not to move forward with events, fundraisers, meals etc. previously taken on by Jackie. The idea of forming a Fellowship Committee with three members at the January Voters' Meeting was an idea.

Kurt Anderson volunteered to take on the Wednesday night meals until Lent, hoping to find volunteers to take over or just help.

Pastor's Report: Need to elect Delegates for Convention.


Missions: The Women’s center is in need of basic items such as bigger sized diapers and baby wipes, a donation box will be provided to place items, also a list of needed items will be posted.

Trustees: Nothing to report.

Stewardship: In need of counters.


Elders: The Elder's discussed forming a Fellowship committee to take on and organize some of the fund raisers and events previously done by DCE Jackie.

There was a motion to form a Fellowship Committee, Motion seconded; carried.

Preschool: The Preschool Committee will need to have a meeting to
finalize financials and decide what to do with current supplies.

A motion was made to adjourn the Meeting at 9:14 motion seconded; carried.

We closed with Luther's Evening Prayer.

Doreen Ohmann, congregational Secretary


Board of Missions Minutes
January 3, 2018 9:00 am

Members present: Elda Ann Frauenshuh, Lynn Weber, Linda Frederick, Barb Greenfield
Call to order
Elda Ann opened with a prayer.
Financial Review: Lynn reported that we have $1820.80 in our mission fund as of the end of December.
Mission Project Status (Check the Mission Bulletin Board for recent updates).
Lutheran Bible Translators – We sent them $1925.00 during 2017.  They were very grateful.
Chai v’Shalom – No Update.
Community Action Center – We will emphasize the food shelf in March.
LAMP – No update.
Ruth’s House – This is a new mission project for 2018.
Northfield Women’s center – This is a new mission project for 2018.  Their biggest need is for diapers and baby wipes.  They are moving to 314 Washington St, next to the Grand Theater.  We will be getting baby bottles to use for a fund raiser for them.   We will give them $500 and will do a bulletin board to highlight their needs.
Other Items –
We received a letter from Trinity First.  It will be posted to the Mission bulletin board.
We received a letter from POBLO, a mission from a couple of years ago based in Rochester.  They would like us to help with their mission.  We will consider giving them a one-time gift.
Our bulletin board near the kitchen has been updated with our 2018 mission projects.
The next meeting is to be determined.
Adjournment/Lord’s Prayer
Respectfully Submitted
Barbara Greenfield


February 2018 Reading List
February 4 – The Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany

Isaiah 40:21-31
1 Corinthians 9:16-27
Mark 1:29-39
February 11 -The Transfiguration Of Our Lord
Exodus 34:29-35
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:6
Mark 9:2-9
February 14 – Ash Wednesday
Joel 2:12-19
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
February 18 – The First Sunday In Lent
Genesis 22:1-18

James 1:12-18
Mark 1:9-15
February 25 – The Second Sunday In Lent
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Romans 5:1-11
Mark 8:27-38




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.)
February Volunteer Schedule


4  Bobbi Schmidtke

11  Craig Schuster

14  (Ash Wednesday)  Pastor Boehme

18  Barbara Greenfield  

25  Kurt Anderson


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

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

14  (Ash Wednesday)  Group B:   Jim Frederick, Jeff and Jeffrey Ciffra, Jackie Ohmann, Tom Pumper

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

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



Becky Grieser, Marcia Huber, Barbara Greenfield, Colleen Vivant


Emelda Rasmussen, Nancy and Dave Downhour

NEWSLETTER ASSEMBLY - February 21, 2017  

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


January 29 - February 4 Dan Scheffler
Feb 5 - 11 John Frederick
Feb 12 - 18 David Nybakke
Feb 19 - 25 Brent Casmey
Feb 26 - Mar 4 Jim Grieser            



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


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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