Monthly Newsletter

Feb. 7 – The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Isaiah 40:21-31
1 Corinthians 9:16-27
Mark 1:29-39

Feb. 14 - The Transfiguration of Our Lord
2 Kings 2:1-12
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:6
Mark 9:2-9

Feb. 17 – Ash Wednesday
Joel 2:12-19
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Feb. 21 - The First Sunday in Lent
Genesis 22:1-18
James 1:12-18
Mark 1:9-15

Feb. 28 - The Second Sunday in Lent
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Romans 5:1-11
Mark 8:27-38






Sine Dominico Non Possimus
Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

There is a Latin phrase that goes, “Sine dominico non possimus.”  Translated, it says, “Without Sunday, we cannot live.”  This sentence was spoken by a Christian named Emeritus.  He lived in the city of Abitinae in the Roman province of Africa.
In the year 303 A.D., he and forty-nine other Christians were arrested and found guilty of the crime of Sunday worship.  The authorities tortured them, trying to get them to renounce their faith.  The Christians held firm.  In the end, they were martyred.  Emeritus had hosted the service in his house.  Asked why he had violated the law, he said, “Sine dominico non possimus.”  Worship was so important to them that they would rather die than give up Sunday.  Since then, those four words have been a rallying cry for Christians who have been denied the freedom to worship.

The writer to the Hebrews reminds us of the importance of regular worship.  It is not so much as a commandment as it is a necessity.  Without worship, we deprive ourselves of that which sustains our faith.  Without the Word of God and the body and blood of our Savior, faith weakens and eventually dies.  Without the company of fellow Christians, fellow members of the body of Christ, we miss out on the ministry that Jesus provides us.  
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

 March Baptisms

Gloria Berg            Jean Childers            Jeff Ciffra
Lillian Criswell        Marcia Huber        Clifton Roberts
Noah Scheffler        Kathy Schuster        Lynn Webber




January Home Fund Budget Status Report
Home Fund Balance on January 1, 2021                $40,890.58
December Home Fund Contributions                    $16,203.92
Designated Giving*        $14,275.00
Loose Plate Giving**        $823.92
Rental Property Fund        $1,105.00
December Home Fund Expenses                         ($20,441.99)
Home Fund Balance on January 31, 2021                $36,652.51
*Includes all giving by people who use offering envelopes and e-giving
**Includes all giving by people without offering envelopes

Trinity Fund Report
In January 2020, the voters established a Trinity Fund to replace the individual Memorial Accounts for money given to memorialize a person or occasion.  Money in the Trinity Fund is spent at the discretion of the Council unless it is designated for a specific purpose by the donor(s).  The Council requested that reports of gifts made and used be included in the monthly newsletters.
In January 2021, Trinity spent $405.00 for improvements to the sanctuary sound system to enhance on-line worship.




 Hudson Taylor, a Nineteenth Century British missionary to China, is reported to have said, “God’s work, done in God’s way, will not lack God’s supply.” To know God’s way, we need to know His Holy Word. Or to say it another way: you need to know your Bible.
St. Paul, before he spends two chapters on giving, wrote that every thought is to be taken captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:5). Doctrine matters. And doctrine matters because the Scriptures matter. And the Scriptures matter because this is where we learn the teaching of Christ. Our thoughts must be brought into line with the teaching of Scripture so that our work is what God wants done and so that we do this work in His way.
A good tree bears good fruit. A bad tree bears bad fruit. We have been made good trees in holy baptism. We are fertilized and pruned for bearing good fruit by constantly hearing God’s Word preached and taught in sermon and Bible Class and in receiving the life-giving, faith-sustaining food of the Lord’s Supper. Remember your doctrine, hold on to the Lord’s teaching, and your thoughts will be taken captive to the obedience of Christ.
Bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Christ is recognizing that God does provide. The Lord’s Prayer teaches us to pray for daily bread. Praying this day in and day out reminds us that the Lord is the giver of our daily bread, and that we are to gives thanks for His daily provision of it.  God is rarely early and never late in His work, as Abraham learned on the mount of the Lord it will be provided. The Lord’s generosity forms our generosity in return.
Thus, we set aside for the work of God a generous, first-fruits, proportion of the daily bread that God has given to us. This act of trust in the Lord’s provision is the working out of our faith in Him. When budgetary discussions pop up our natural reaction is to point fingers.  But remember your doctrine, and what your mother taught about pointing fingers. Our first natural reaction is not always right. In fact, when our thoughts are brought into captivity of Christ, our first reaction should be repentance. It should raise questions in our own lives. As good trees in Christ who are to bear good fruit, we should ask whether our thoughts have been taken captive by obedience to Christ.  Have we given generously? Have we given our first-fruits? You know. And God knows. “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (2 Chron 16:9).
God will provide. He always has and He always will. He gives His meat in due season. He has not left you as orphans but has grafted you into His own family. You belong to Him. Remember this, letting this thought dwell in you richly. And you will then be rich toward others.





Trinity Lutheran Church

                                                                                                    Feb. 4, 2021
Pastor Klein
Pastor Boehme
Bobbi Schmitdke - President
Barb Anderson – Treasurer
Lisa Martinson - DCE
Barb Greenfield - Missions
John Greenfield - Elder
Terri Casmey – Educations
Grant Hovland - Stewardship
Becky DeMann – Congregational Secretary

Devotion and Litany – Pastor Klein

Meeting called to order by Bobbi Schmidtke – 7:05

Minutes from meeting – Approved – Correction to Jan. 2021 “Article of Incorporation”

 Treasurer’s Report – Financials Approved
Motion for PPP to Not be applied for a second time – Approved
Left-over envelopes – individuals to be called regarding them at church

Old Business:
Board Positions/Elections – Needed – Tony Schmidtke would be willing to be Trustee
Congregation Vote was passed for delay in Synod and District Convention
Valentine Banquet was canceled – small treats will be available on Feb. 14

New Business:

Pastor Klein Report:
Tuesday Night Bible Study – encourage people to attend

Pastor Boehme Report:
Will be having surgery for heart valve – not scheduled yet

DCE’s report
Sledding on Feb. 14 – 3-5 pm. Pizza to follow

Board Reports
Send payment to Adopt-a-Student





            Deliver little treats to shut-ins

Prayer – Luther’s Evening Prayer and Adjournment – 7:32 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Rebecca DeMann, Congregational Secretary




The Board of Missions was able to send $500 for financial aid to Concordia Seminary for Kyle Lewis, our Adopt-A-Student mission.  We will send another $500 sometime in the fall.
March is food shelf month at the Community Action Center.  You can donate food at Trinity in the grocery cart in the fellowship hall, or you can give a monetary donation.  You can also make your donations directly at the CAC.
The Board hopes to be able to distribute money to our other special mission projects in the next few months.  Thank you to everyone who continues to support our mission projects.
Continue to watch the Mission Bulletin Board in the hallway for any mission project updates.
Board of Missions



We will meet the first Monday of the month at church.  We start at 10 a.m.  Here are the books for the next several months.
Mar. 1st – A Man Called OVE – Fredrick Backman
Please joins us! All are welcome to come and discuss the books!

There are several board positions opening this year.  Please prayerfully consider serving as our congregation president, an elder, a trustee or on the Board of Education. Serving on a board is a great way to learn about our congregation and have a voice in activities that take place for our church family.  If you have any questions please contact Bobbi Schmidtke.  The church council appreciates you considering how you can serve.

For all of you Thrivent members – If you have Thrivent Choice dollars, remember that they must be designated to a charity or non-profit before March 31, 2021 for funds accrued during 2020.  There are cards on the table in front of the office that will lead you through the designation process.  If you would like personalized help in designating your dollars, you can call the Thrivent office at (507) 384-3186 (Faribault) or (507) 645-2427 (Northfield).
If you choose to give these dollars to Trinity, we will also allow you to designate a fund or organization within Trinity such as youth, LWML, etc.  If you do choose to further designate within Trinity, please let our Treasurer, Barb Anderson, know the amount and where it should go.  Undesignated funds are allocated by the Church Council.  Thank you.
Your Thrivent Advocates

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon will have its annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on March 7, 2021 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.  This will be no dining in.  Rather, you will pick a ten minute time slot to drive to the Eagles’ Club where your order will be delivered to your car.  You can sign up online by going to  If you do not have online access, you can call Pastor Klein at 507-645-4438.  
An adult breakfast costs $10.00.  A child’s breakfast (5 and under) costs $5.00.  The adult breakfast includes three pancakes, a fruit cup, and your choice of sausage, bacon, or no meat.  If you choose no meat, you will get four pancakes.  A child’s meal includes one pancake, a fruit cup and one slice of bacon, sausage, or no meat.  If no meat is chosen, the order will include two pancakes.  Utensils and napkins are available on request.

Our Lenten season will continue through March 24th.  The Wednesday Lenten services will be held at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm in the main sanctuary.  They will also be broadcast on our YouTube channel, which is accessible through the Thursday live tab on the Trinity website.

The March music sign-up will be posted on the hallway bulletin board.  In addition to 8:30 am Sunday Worship music, we would also like people to sign up for Wednesday Lenten Service music (either 1:00 pm or 7:00 pm or both).  We appreciate all the people who have been providing music at the non-singing services.





(From the Library) – Featured Author of the Month

Karen Kingsbury
Karen Kingsbury (born June 8, 1963) is an American Christian novelist born in Fairfax, Virginia. She was a sports writer for the Los Angeles Times and later wrote for the Los Angeles Daily News. Her first book, Missy's Murder (1991), was based on a murder story that she covered in Los Angeles.
She has written or co-written almost 100 novels or short stories, and (as of 2008) has nearly 13 million copies of her novels in print. She is a #1 New York Times and USA Today best selling novelist with the last dozen books published topping bestseller lists. Some of her novels are being developed into movies by The Hallmark Channel, including The Bridge, A Time to Dance (2015), and Maggie's Christmas Miracle (2017). Her Baxter Family series is being adapted into a television series. Lightworkers Media and Roma Downey have the rights to develop the series.
Trinity’s Library carries many of Ms. Kingsbury’s books.  Please come and check them out!





Sunday School – Sundays from 9:30-10:15.  We have had as many as 7 youth in attendance.  The current curriculum comes from the book “120 Bible Stories”.  I have enjoyed the discussion with the youth and have appreciated the in-person connections that are being made.

FUEL (Faith Used in Everyday Life) events have also been a blessing!  Here is what has transpired since our last meeting as well as a look toward some future events:
January 24 – Youth Destination Unknown (5:30-7:00) This event ended up as a family bonfire/sledding/pizza event at our home.  We had 15 people and talked about the body of Christ and how, no matter how big or small, we are all important parts of that body

February 14 – Youth Craft Night.  Due to extreme cold temperatures, we traded Craft Night with Sledding Night (which will be held on Feb. 28).  We had 14 youth and 2 adults working on various crafts (the best items were: tie-dye shirts, no-slip socks, no-sew blankets) to either keep or donate to a local charity.

February 28 – Family Sledding Day:  We will meet at Carlton College Evans Hall Hill and sled from 3:00-5:00pm.  You are free to arrive when you can and sled as long as you would like until 5:00.  After sledding we will head over to church where we will enjoy a pizza supper and watch a short video of our sledding adventures from the day.  A freewill offering will be taken to help cover the cost of the pizza.  Please contact me by 2:00pm on February 28 to sign up for this event so we can make sure to have enough food back at the church.  This is for anyone – no matter how young or old.

March 14 – Family Bowling Day at Jesse James Lanes – for all ages.  The cost will be $12 for 2 hours of bowling/shoe rental. Please meet us at Jesse James Lanes by 3:00pm.  Please sign up by March 10 for this event so we can make sure to have the correct number of lanes reserved.  There will be 1 game of ‘crazy bowling’.   Crazy prizes will be awarded too!

March 28 – Palm Sunday Dinner and a Movie Night (5:00-7:00pm). Youth are invited to come and enjoy getting together to eat dinner and watch a cute movie.  We’ll start at 5:00 so we have time to eat and watch the show.   Cost is $5 per person.  Please sign up for this event by Wednesday, March 24 so we can have enough food for everyone.   *Adults who have been meeting during our FUEL events are more than welcome to eat dinner as you meet upstairs.

Spring Retreat - You are invited to join in the fun Friday, April 30 to Saturday, May 1 in Riceville, IA!  Maybe you’d be interested in participating in a walk/run event?  There is a 5k/10k/Half Marathon/Full Marathon on May 1.  It’s not a “race” in the sense that you need to get the best time.  It’s a time to have some fun doing something you may enjoy with others who may enjoy the same thing.
We need a non-runner cheer squad too... so if you don’t think you could walk the 5k you are still invited to join us.
If you do want to walk/run a 5k/10k/Half or Full Marathon, you need to register, pay and complete a waiver at .   *As with all Trinity youth events, please do not let money be the reason you don’t go.  Contact Lisa Martinson confidentially and she will get you registered.
The cost, in addition to the optional race registration, will be right around $20 per person and will include meals, and lodging.  We will figure out transportation when we know how many people we have.
Plans are to leave Friday, April 30 after school.  On Saturday, after the marathon runners are finished, we will enjoy some of the fun event atmosphere and then head back to Northfield.
I’m excited!  It’s going to be a blast! I hope you will join us.  Talk with Lisa Martinson or Becky DeMann if you would like more information
It is always a true blessing to serve with the wonderful staff and the congregation here at Trinity.  Thank you so much for your prayers and support.
In Christian Service,
Lisa Martinson







March 7 - The Third Sunday in Lent
Exodus 20:1-17
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
John 2:13-25

March 14 - The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Numbers 21:4-9
Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21

March 21 - The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Hebrews 5:1-10
Mark 10:32-45

March 28 - Palm Sunday
Zechariah 9:9-12
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 11:1-11



                                     March Volunteer Schedule

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS                      USHERS





(At this time only one person is needed at the worship service due to social distancing.  There will be no worship assistants needed at this time.)                                                                       



ALTAR GUILD                            COUNTERS                                                

Colleen Vivant, Brenda Niebuhr               Todd and Dana Criswell
Mary Vogt                                                      Norm and Lynn Webber



















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