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June/July 2018 Newsletter

 

CHRIST’S LIFE AND MORE IN THE WINDOWS

When was the last time you studied Trinity’s stained glass windows? These windows symbolize our faith. The large triangle shaped window above the altar symbolizes the Triune nature of our God. The hand symbolizes God the Father, the lamb symbolizes God the Son, Jesus Christ, and the dove the Holy Spirit. The stained glass windows on each side of the chancel have no symbols in them. A stained glass window symbolizing God’s peace is in the church narthex.

The side windows symbolize the life of Christ and Christian theology. In the windows we see 1. the nativity of Jesus, 2. the visit of the wisemen, 3. the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, 4. Jesus childhood, 5. the wedding at Cana, 6. Jesus feeding of the 5,000, 7. the parable of the sower, 8. Jesus as the Good Shepherd, 9. the Lord’s Supper, 10. Jesus in Gethsemane, 11. Jesus’ betrayal, 12. His crucifixion, 13. His resurrection and 14. the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. There is also 15. a choir window, and 16. the baptism windows.

The choir and baptism windows - the first of the windows on each side - are “signed” by Peter Dohmen. The Peter Dohmen stained glass studio also did the stained glass windows at the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, and windows at Notre Dame University in Indiana and in many other places.

Trinity has recently been blessed with new stained glass windows in the chapel which also illustrate events in Christ’s life - His birth, His baptism by John, His teaching and blessing of children, and His praying in Gethsemane. So the worship in both chapel and chancel is enhanced by visual depictions of the Christian faith.

Each Thursday and Sunday as the gospel is preached to us from the pulpit it is also symbolized in the stained glass windows which beautify our church building. You are encouraged to spend some time meditating on the truths of the faith and the life of Christ symbolized in our windows. May your faith in Christ and your understanding of His gift of salvation grow thereby.

Pastor Boehme


 

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

June Baptisms
Renee Boevers        Holly Ciffra            Rebecca Frederick        
Erin Nybakke        Allyson Ohmann        Alyssa Ohmann
Grace Ohmann        Spencer Revels        Les Rud
Bryce Vogt            Laura Voight        Martha Voight
Weston Volkert        Laura Watson        Marv Witt
Elaine Zobel

 

July Baptisms
Armand Boehme        Dana Criswell        Linda DeMann
Linda Frederick        Jim Gorr            Elijah Malecha

 

After service on Sunday, June 24 and July 29, there will be a reception in our Fellowship Hall to celebrate these Baptism Birthdays!
We hope to see you there!!

 


FROM THE TREASURER

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17

Daily, God provides for Trinity all good and perfect gifts: forgiveness of sins and eternal life through Jesus Christ; the Word spoken and heard; sacraments given and received; pastoral guidance and care; a proper place for worship, learning, and fellowship; and generosity for mission and service.  God, who is unchanging, cares for and protects His Church.
The Checking Account Summary and Budget Status reports included in this newsletter reflect the giving and spending at Trinity through the first third (33.34%) of the year, ending on April 30th.  Home Fund Expenses are at 29.5% of the budgeted amount, and Home Fund Giving is at 31.3% of the projected amount.  Overall, expenses and giving in the first third of the year have been balanced and the Home Fund continues to have a surplus.
When reviewing the Budget Status report, it is helpful to consider these two factors: funds budgeted for the DCE position in 2018 are not being spent; and a 2018 offering of $13,200 was given in 2017.  If one-third of the DCE funds were added to the expenses made through April, Home Fund Expenses would be at 33.3% of the budgeted amount.  If one-third of the offering given in 2017 were added to the offerings received through April, Home Fund Giving would be at 33.4% of the projected amount.
Earlier this year, the council approved moving $10,000 from the Checking Account to the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) account, to earn more interest.  That transfer happened in April and is reflected in the first line of the Checking Account Summary.  Because the LCEF information at the bottom of the Checking Account Summary lags behind a month, the deposit will not show up until the May reports are generated in early June.
Updated Checking Account Summary and Budget Status reports will not be published in the Trinity newsletter until August; however, the most current reports are always posted on the bulletin board at the back of the Fellowship Hall (above the bookshelves).  The May reports will be posted by June 1st, and the June reports will be posted by July 1st.


 

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
May 3, 2018

Call to Order—8:20pm

Opening Prayer

Approval of Minutes—none

Treasurer’s Report—approved
       Barb Anderson had done separate reports (year-to-date) for the Boards, and asked if         
any questions.
       Home Fund is doing well—excess result of no DCE, etc.
       Capital Fund is missing 10K—will be ok next month, as LCEF runs one month be    hind.
       Trinity Ledger is now begun, coordinates well with Trinity Members.

Old Business
Garage Sale
—went well for Lamp Team; Bobbi asked that we put in bulletin no more do    nations until we know that the Garage Sale will actually happen next year, and     that was approved. If someone wants to take it on, Bobbi should be contacted     soon. Discussion held regarding if proceeds next time would go to Youth. Nothing     about that has been decided from Bd of Ed.

New Business
     Board Nominations Update—1 for Board of Stewardship and Secretary positions still     need to be filled
     Mission Meeting—Kurt will send email to group that went to Hinges in Owatonna on     next step to be taken

Pastor’s Report
     He is attending a Family Reunion 7/8 and that was approved.
     Talked about organist situation—all but August is pretty much set; Noah would play on Thursdays; discussion of the chapel organ which has problem—suddenly dies for no apparent reason. Noah will look at it; not sure what the problem is; used one would cost $5-6K
     (Regarding the search for a permanent organist—John Greenfield suggested that     American Guild of Organist notices would be sent out to some places regarding getting an organist permanently—discussed at Elders)
     Report on website—interesting that many check out our calendar.

Board Reports
     Missions—Met on 4/25 and will meet again on 5/16. Elda Ann got in touch with the     Wagner's, who are in California, and may come for a visit before they head     
    out to the field; gifts have been given to Ruth’s House and CAC; Baby Bottles project     netted $755 and someone will share from Women’s Center on 6/3 regarding their program/new site progress.

  Trustees
     Todd shared letter from insurance company that may indicate problems caused by previous installation and not wind damage, so replacement may not be covered.
     Some pews have cracks in them, so they will see about swapping them out.     Church cushions discussed as a way to alleviate the problem. Also talked of removing a couple of pews.
     Todd said if people see things needing to be done, to let him know. The list the Trustees have is growing and they will get to them when possible.

Stewardship—Karen said they are just starting up and getting organized.

Education
     Bobbi reported that there are two graduates to recognize on May 20— more of a     reception this year rather than a big breakfast.
     More help will be needed for VBS during NNO week—need for helpers and places for Okoboji kids to stay.

Elders
     Ad for organist re John Greenfield, as mentioned by Pastor earlier.
     We need to get up to speed with background checks for all those working with kids, etc. (Sunday School teachers, etc.)
     More Bible Studies were suggested, perhaps in members’ homes, led by those     Interested. Life Light offers a lot of material and help for leaders.
     Pastor mentioned that Sunday Bible study will go forward with the book of Isaiah.
     Elders will visit with Pastor Boehme regarding finishing up with the EMV (Every     Member Visit) project.
     It was brought up that perhaps more info from Council meetings should/could     be shared at Voter’s Meetings.

Fellowship Committee
     Mother’s Day: nice treats and small gifts/flowers. Father’s Day follows with tentative     plans for that.
     Someone said Grandparent’s Day—second Sunday in September (9/9/18) as a     suggestion.
     Softball team thought perhaps a picnic planned for one of the games would be     nice to encourage spectators.

Adjournment/Prayer—9:00pm

Respectfully submitted,
Judy Boehme, Temporary Secretary

 


 

BOARD OF MISSIONS MINUTES
April 25, 2018

Members present: Elda Ann Frauenshuh, Lynn Weber, Linda Frederick, Barb Greenfield

Call to order

Elda Ann opened with a prayer

Financial Review: Through March 31, we have $2434.30 in our account.  We gave $500 to both Ruth’s House and the Food shelf.

Mission Project Status:
Lutheran Bible Translators – They will be on the west coast until the end of July or the first of August.
Chai V'Shalom – We are planning a project to provide Children’s worship bags for their church.  We will use a Thrivent Action Grant for the supplies to fill the bags.
Community Action Center – We had a successful campaign during March.  We collected over 400 pounds of food along with the $500.
LAMP – They took in $3552.60 so far from the garage sale.  They are also collecting the Kwik Trip bottle caps.
Ruth’s House – We will have an update at the next meeting.
Northfield Women’s Center - The Baby Bottle campaign brought in $755.93.  Their new address is 314 Washington St.  Their new space is already paid for, without having to take out a mortgage.  We are tentatively scheduling a speaker for June 3rd.

Other Items – We are planning to put together Care packages of goodies for the St. Olaf and Carleton students who are attending here.

Our next meeting will be on May 16th at 9:00.

Adjournment/Prayer

Respectfully Submitted
Barbara Greenfield

 


SAVE THE DATE
The Tuesday evening Bible Class will have a guest speaker on June 19, 2018.  Dr. Igor Savich, ministry leader of Lutheran Hour Ministries - Russia will be here to share his personal stories of what Lutheran Hour Ministries is doing in Russia.  More information will follow in the coming weeks.

C. F. W. WHO?
C. F. W. Walther was the first president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and a very influential theologian. He held a series of evening lectures which were titled “The Proper Distinction between Law and Gospel”. Our Trinity men’s group, Der Lutheraner, will begin this study at the Saturday, May 26th meeting, starting at 7:30 AM.  Come and join us as we become more knowledgeable on how to read the Holy Scriptures and its application in our daily walk. We have a faithful core of men attending but want you to join us! Questions? Ask Pastor Boehme or Kurt Anderson for more details.

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY
Pastor Boehme’s Bible Study that is normally held at 6:30 pm on Wednesday evenings is taking a break for the summer.  Please watch for updates on when the Bible Study will resume.

BOOK CLUB INFORMATION
The Book Club will continue to meet through the summer at 10:00 am on the following dates at Kildahl Park Point at Lynn Webber’s.  The books that will be read are listed also.  Everyone is invited to read and discuss the books!
June 4 - “And The Wind Whispered” by Dan Jorgensen
July 2 - “Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware
August 6 -  “Hanna’s Daughters” by Mary Ann Fredrikssen

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – NATIONAL NIGHT OUT PARTY!
For the third year in a row, Trinity is having a National Night Out party!  You are invited and encouraged to attend this year’s party in the parking lot on Tuesday, August 7th, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  There will be food, music, games, entertainment, and activities for all ages, and great conversations!  We will again invite the surrounding neighborhood and the Northfield Police and Fire Departments to join us for a fun evening. You are welcome to invite your family, friends, and neighbors, too! Look for more details in future weeklies and the August newsletter. See you all at the party!

LWML CONVENTION  DONATION
“Grace Above All” is the theme of the 27th Biennial LWML Convention of Minnesota South District, June 29-30, 2018 in Mankato, MN.  Mary Ozmun and Lynn Webber plan to attend as Trinity’s delegates.  Trinity LWML has decided to donate four hospice kits as our “Gifts from the Heart:, which will go to Global Health Ministries.  The hospice kits will be distributed world-wide.  We need four of each of the items listed below.  These items will be on individual slips of paper on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall for you to take, if you wish to donate for the Hospice Kits.  Please return your donation by June 15.

New or very gently used:
Bath towel - 52” to 54” long
Wash cloth

New Items:
Bath size bar of Dove unscented for sensitive skin - wrapped
Pick style comb
6 Band-Aids - banded together
Jar or tube of Petroleum jelly - 4 oz. or larger, lid taped
Pair of heavy-duty household gloves, kitchen type, medium size
Nail clippers
Christian tract - Mustard Seed, etc.

Thank You!
Trinity LWML

Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) Annual Meeting Notes
The Northfield Retirement Community Annual meeting was held on Sunday April 29, 2018. Trinity Lutheran Church was represented at this meeting by Barb Anderson, Bev Gorr, Nancy and David Downhour, and Pastor Boehme.
The meeting began with devotions, the singing of a hymn, and reports from the NRC President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The President and CEO of LeadingAge Minnesota, Gayle Kvenvold, was the keynote speaker. Her presentation stated the challenges facing the health care industry in future days due to the greying of the State of Minnesota.
She stated that by 2020 more of Minnesota’s citizens will be 65+ than there will be school aged children. By 2030 all of Minnesota’s counties will have 30% or more of their populations age 65 or older. Due to a number of factors, there is a shortage of health care workers. Since 1995 Minnesota has lost almost 20,000 nursing home beds and a significant number of health care facilities have closed. In 2017 over 5,000 people were turned away from health care facilities due to a lack of staff to serve them. Currently there are over 1 million senior citizens living in Minnesota. Possible avenues for addressing the needs of senior citizens were also shared. At the close of her presentation, Kvenvold quoted Galatians 6:9-10 and encouraged all associated with the NRC and all those serving in the health care industry to not grow weary in doing well.
Those elected or re-elected to serve on the NRC board were Peter Scheffert, Char Carlson, Rick Estenson, and Denise Kanfield. Three persons were appointed to serve vacancies on the board - Lynne Pederson, Angelique Dietz, and Dawn Tommerdahl. Retiring board members were thanked for their service - Sheilah Giles and Cynthia Lund.
The meeting ended with the singing of a hymn and a closing prayer.


TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
2018 MOWING SCHEDULE

MAY 27- JUNE 2     Jonathan Ohmann
JUNE 3 – JUNE 9    Larry Pralle
JUNE 10 – 16    Dan Wett
JUNE 17 –  23    Bruce Young
JUNE 24 –  30    John Frederick
JULY 1 – JULY 7    Todd Criswell
JULY 8 – JULY 14    Bryce Skaar
JULY 15 – JULY 21    Tony Schmidtke
JULY 22 – JULY 28    Jonathan Ohmann
JULY 29 – AUG 4    Larry Pralle
AUG 5 – AUG 11    Dan Wett
AUG 12 – AUG 18    Bruce Young
AUG 19 – AUG 25    John Frederick
AUG 26 – SEPT 1    Todd Criswell
SEPT 2 – SEPT 8    Bryce Skaar
SEPT 9 – SEPT 15    Tony Schmidtke
SEPT 16 – SEPT 22    Jonathan Ohmann
SEPT 23 – SEPT 29    Larry Pralle
SEPT 30 – OCT 6    Dan Wett
OCT 7 – OCT 13    Bruce Young
OCT 14 – OCT 20    John Frederick
OCT 21 – OCT 27    Todd Criswell

 




JUNE 2018 READINGS

June 3 - 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Deuteronomy 5:12-15
2 Corinthians 4:5-12
Mark 2:23-3:6

June 10 - 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 3:8-15
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Mark 3:20-35

June 17 - 4th Sunday after Pentecost
Ezekiel 17:22-24
2 Corinthians 5:1-17
Mark 4:26-34

June 24 - Nativity of John the Baptist
Isaiah 40:1-5
Acts 13:13-26
Luke 1:57-80

 


 

JULY 2018 READINGS

July 1 - 6th Sunday after Pentecost
Lamentations 3:22-33
2 Corinthians 8:1-9; 13-15
Mark 5:21-43

July 8 - 7th Sunday after Pentecost
Ezekiel 2:1-5
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Mark 6:1-13

July 15 - 8th Sunday after Pentecost
Amos 7:7-15
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:14-29

July 22 - The Feast of Mary Magdalene
Proverbs 31:10-31
Acts 13:26-31
John 20:1-2, 10-18

July 29 - 10th Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 9:8-17
Ephesians 3:14-21
Mark 6:45-56

 

 


 

                             

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.)
 June Volunteer Schedule
 

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS         

Deb Thomforde

10 Tony Schmidtke

27 John Pfeiffer

24 Bryce Skaar

 

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 & Jeffrey Ciffra, Jackie Ohmann, Tom Pumper

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

                       

ALTAR GUILD  

Darlene Finch, Mary Vogt, Mary Ozmun, Linda Frederick

 

COUNTERS

Joan and Larry Pralle, Mollie and Bryce Skaar

LAWNMOWING SCHEDULE
June 3 - 9  Larry Pralle
June 10 - 16  Dan Wett
June 17 - 23  Bruce Young
June 24 - 30  John Frederick

SOFTBALL SCHEDULE
June 3  Trinity Blue vs. Trinity Red 7:10 pm at Sechlar 1
June 10 Trinity Blue vs. St. Dominic White  7:10 pm at Sechlar 1
June 17 Trinity Blue vs. Life21  4:50 pm at Babcock &
               Trinity Blue vs. UMC  6:00 pm at Babcock
June 24 Trinity Blue vs. UCC  6:00 pm at Sechlar 1


 

 

July Volunteer Schedule

 

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS         

1  Pastor Boehme

8 John Greenfield

15 Barbara Greenfield

22  Kurt Anderson

29 John Frederick


USHERS

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

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

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

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

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

                       

ALTAR GUILD  

Darlene Larson, Barb Anderson, June Rado, Becky Grieser


COUNTERS

Bobbi and Tony Schmidtke, Barb and Kurt Anderson

LAWNMOWING SCHEDULE
July 1 - 7  Todd Criswell
July 8 - 14  Bryce Skaar
July 15 - 21  Tony Schmidtke
July 22 - 28  Jonathan Ohmann

SOFTBALL SCHEDULE
July 1 No regular games (Only make-ups)
July 8  Trinity Blue vs. Riverwood  6:00 pm at Sechlar 2
July 15  Trinity Blue vs. Bethel  6:00 pm at Sechlar 2
July 22  Trinity Blue vs. Rejoice Disciples  7:10 pm at Sechlar 1
July 29 Trinity Blue vs. Rejoice Prophets  7:10 pm at Babcock


NEWSLETTER ASSEMBLY - July 25, 2018

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

    



                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                       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

 

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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