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The Greatest Day In History
My parents had an old set of encyclopedias from the 1950’s.  An article in one of the volumes was titled, “The One Hundred Greatest Events In History.”   It should be noted that these books were not published by a Christian publishing firm.  These were put out by a secular publishing firm.  What fascinated me the most about this article was the first event mentioned: the resurrection of Jesus.  Give the people who put together this list credit.  They got it right.  

What would the future be like for us if Jesus had not been raised?  Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.  Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.  If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”

Because Jesus rose from the dead, we know that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was enough to pay for our sins.  One of Jesus’ last words from the cross was, “It is finished.”  That was His declaration that He had done all that the Father required of Him to atone for the world’s sins.  Easter is the Father’s declaration that Jesus words were true.

Just as important is the significance of Easter for our futures.  In the last century, there were momentous events that deeply influenced billions of people around the world.  But no war of liberation, no scientific breakthrough, no modern convenience can save us from the grave.  But the resurrection does.  Jesus said, “Because I live, you shall live also.”

An event that occurred two thousand years ago is still the most important event in history.  True, there have been many important events since Adam and Eve were created.  Some of these events still impact you and me today.  But no event in world history is as important as that day when one man rose from the dead.  
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

April Baptisms

Barbara Anderson        Rooney Bachmeier    Rick Boevers
Lizabeth DeMann        Brent Klein            Dave Knudtson
Mylee Maurer        Joan Nelson            Kraig Niebuhr
Barb Schmidt        Tony Schmidtke        Craig Schuster        
Andrew Voight        Andrew Voigt        Katherine Voigt

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


Command those who are rich in this present age not to be
haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living
God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17

Easter has come, and we rejoice in the Resurrection.  Jesus Christ, the perfect and final sacrifice, was dead but is now alive.  He blesses us with salvation and eternal life, and also provides for us in this life.  We therefore trust in Him and not in what we accumulate for ourselves.  Easter blessings to you!

God continues to provide for Trinity through your generosity and careful spending.  At the end of February (16.7% of the year), the Home Fund had a balance of $18,162, due in part to additional early pledge payments.  Home Fund expenses have used 13.6% of the 2018 budget, while Home Fund giving (designated and loose plate) is at 13.9% of anticipated contributions.
Giving to the District and Synod, the Trinity Missions Fund, and the Capital Fund is running behind what was given in 2018, but these are in-and-out funds, not budgeted amounts. 

Through February, Trinity gave $617 to the District and Synod.  The Trinity Missions Fund for designated missions received $547, but that amount will increase by the end of March because of the Lent, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday offerings.  Contributions to the Capital Fund were $805, and the Capital Fund had a balance of $18,432.


Trinity Lutheran Church
  March 1,2018
 Council Meeting Minutes

 President Kurt Anderson called the meeting to order at 8:07 PM.

Pastor Klein opened with Prayer.

Approval of February Meeting Minutes: A Motion to approve Minutes from February Council Meeting with no corrections. Motion seconded; carried.

Financial Statement: Barb reported that the registry purchased for updating Church Records was $2.60 more than approved by Council. A Motion to adjust the $2.60 was seconded; carried.
Trustees have paid the first quarter taxes.
Scrip Fund is down due to purchasing scrip cards.
Home Fund balance is up. There was a Motion to approve Financial Report, seconded; carried.

Old Business: Requests for funds: There were no request for funds.
At the February Council Meeting the Council approved a Motion to take
$200.00 from the Carpet fund to purchase a new vacuum to replace the old one. There was a Motion to amend which fund this purchase should be subtracted from, it was thought that this should be taken from the Capital Fund. Motion to amend $200.00 from Carpet Fund to Capital Fund was seconded; carried.
Rental property update, still working on fixing the water.

New Business: Leadership Summits coming up. March 24,2018 in Owatonna and April 14,2018 in White Bear Lake. The focus will be on opening your Church's Doors.

Pastor's Report: The Blood Drive went very well, will call to schedule another one.

Missions: One of the Missions This year is the Northfield Women's Center. There is a list of needed items posted on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall.  Wagner’s are still having medical issues but would like to get back out to spread Mission.

Trustees: Nothing to report.

Stewardship: Nothing to report.

Education: Nothing to report.

Elders: Still looking for an organist.

A motion was made to adjourn the Meeting at 8:41 motion seconded; carried.

We closed with Luther's Evening Prayer.

Doreen Ohmann, Congregational Secretary

 Board of Missions Minutes
February 28, 2018 8:30 am

Members present: Elda Ann Frauenshuh, Lynn Weber, Linda Frederick, Barb Greenfield, Mary Vogt, Pastor Klein

Call to order

Elda Ann opened with a prayer.

Financial Review: Lynn reported that we have $1444.80 in our mission fund as of the end of January.

Mission Project Status (Check the Mission Bulletin Board for recent updates).
Lutheran Bible Translators – The Wagner’s are in St. Paul and attending Bethel church.  The baby is doing really well.  Ruth is doing okay.  They are very close to getting the New Testament translated.  We would like to have them speak at Trinity while they are in the state.  They are still in need of our financial support.
Chai v’Shalom – No Update.
Community Action Center – We will have a bulletin board display for the food shelf during March.  We will also be giving them $500 along with any donations that come in during the month.
LAMP – They will be doing the garage sale this year.
Ruth’s House – This is a new mission project for 2018.
Northfield Women’s Center – We will be collecting the baby bottle donations through the first week in March.

Other Items – There is a possibility of supporting another Deaconess project such as we did with Gail Ludvigson.  We should be getting an information packet in July.
Trinity First has contacted us about supporting scholarships for their school.  They are not one of our 2018 missions, so no money has been set aside for them.

The next meeting is April 4 at 9:00 am.

Adjournment/Lord’s Prayer

Respectfully Submitted
Barbara Greenfield


April 2018 Readings

April 1 – The Resurrection of our Lord
Isaiah 25:6-9
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Mark 16:1-8

April 8 -The Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:32-35
1 John 1:1-2:2
John 20:19-31

April 15 – The Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 3:11-21
1 John 3:1-7
Luke 24:36-49

April 22 – The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:1-12
1 John 3:16-24
John 10:11-18

April 29 – The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 8:26-40
1 John 4:1-21
John 15:1-8



Schedule for Communion Assistants - April through June 2018.

April 1 (Easter)    John Pfeiffer
April 8    Craig Schuster
April 15    Bobbi Schmidtke
April 22    Bryce Skaar
April 29    John Greenfield
May 6    Barbara Greenfield
May 13    Kurt Anderson
May 20    John Frederick
May 27    Tony Schmidtke
June 3    Deb Thomforde
June 10    Pastor Boehme
June 17    John Pfeiffer
June 24    Bryce Skaar



Everyone is welcome to stay after church on Easter Sunday for a delicious breakfast.  This is a great opportunity to invite friends and family members to Trinity.  The breakfast will not be a fundraiser and there is no charge, but there will be a free-will offering basket to help with costs.  Happy Easter!

The Trinity Garage Sale is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st. 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. Start thinking about things you would like to donate to the sale and drop them off at church in the Garage Sale room upstairs (next to the elevator) or bring them to the Fellowship Hall during the week of the sale. We will be looking for lots of help anytime from 10am to 9pm during the week of the sale to organize and price items. We will also need help during the days of the sale and then for cleaning up after the sale. Please note, we CANNOT 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.

The quilters will begin their spring quilt tying on Tuesday afternoons at 2 PM starting on April 3rd and continuing every Tuesday through April 24th.  We invite anyone to join us and you only need to know how to tie a knot!  Also, fabric is available for those who wish to sew quilt tops at home.  If you are interested, please call Mary at 507-645-7777.  We need your help so come and join us for Christian fellowship as we serve the Lord by helping provide for those in need.  LWML Mission Service

Please get your articles in to the office by April 17th for the April Voters’ Packet.  The Voters’ Meeting will be on April 22 at 10:45 am.  We will be voting on new board members at this meeting.

Beginning April 2, the Book Club will begin meeting at 10 am instead of 9 am at Kildhal Place.  April’s book is “The Trouble With Goats and Sheep” by Joanna Cannon.  The May book is “Today Will Be Different” by Maria Semple.  Please join us!

Please note that the next ringer practices will not be until April 25 and May 23.  The ringers will play on Sunday, April 29 and Sunday, May 27.  Please mark your calendars, Thank You!

Pastor Boehme is looking into getting a group of interested individuals from Trinity together to attend the conference, which is being held at Carleton College.  Higher Things seeks to assist parents, pastors, and congregations in cultivating a distinctively Lutheran identity among their youth and young adults, especially through the annual summer youth conferences. This year one of the four national locations is right here in Northfield, MN. Registration is open now and there are still spaces available for this July 3-6 conference. The theme is “Sanctified,” which will be a look at the Ten Commandments and how God has called us to be His own people in Christ.
" you shall be holy to me, for I the LORD am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine" (Lev. 20:26).
More information is available at their website: http://higherthings.org/conferences/faq.  Please also see page 12 in the newsletter with information about the conference.

The new flower arrangements for the altar this spring, including the flowers out in the narthex, were purchased with a Thrivent Action Grant and arranged by Judy’s Floral Design in Northfield.

Trinity LWML is hosting the women in Mission Gathering on Saturday, April 7.  Registration is from 8:15 - 8:45 am with a brunch to follow at 8:45 am.  Our speaker will be Misty Zacharias, Faith-based Psychotherapist.  She will speak on “Depression And Suicide in Today’s Youth:  A Message of Hope.” Ingathering/Gifts from the Heart that are being collected are for “The Dwelling Place.”  See the flyer on page 11 (and on the LWML bulletin board in the fellowship hall) for more information.



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.)

April Volunteer Schedule


1  John Frederick

8  Craig Schuster

15 Bobbi Schmidtke 

22  Bryce Skaar

29  John Greenfield



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

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

15  Group B:  Jim Frederick, Jeff & Jeffrey Ciffra, Jackie Ohmann, Tom Pumper

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

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



Darlene Finch, Darlene Larson, Mary Ozmun, Becky Grieser



Deb and Karl Thomforde, Brenda and Kraig Niebuhr



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



April 2 - 8 John Frederick
April 9 - 15 David Nybakke
April 16 - 22 Brent Casmey
April 23 - 29 Jim Grieser




Bible Study Opportunities

Available at Trinity

Sunday Morning— 10:30 am, Catechism Study 

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

Wednesday Evening - 6:30 pm, Pericopal Study

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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