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Forgiveness is Earned?
Recently I watched a television news show on which a high school graduate was interviewed.  He had been accepted into a prestigious university but was afterward denied admission for some online posts he had made several years before that were racist.  
Whether or not he was really a racist is not the point of this article.  What stood out to me was a statement the young man made: “I know that forgiveness is not given, it’s earned.”
What do you think about that statement?  Have you ever done or said something that you have been ashamed of?  At the moment, it seemed either innocent or the right thing to do, yet sometime later, you realized that you had done something bad.  You wish you could undo the damage you caused.  You try to earn your way back into other’s favor.  That’s not to say that restitution is a bad thing.  If we can take steps to undo whatever damage we have done, we should.  That is not, however, the same as forgiveness.  
Forgiveness is not earned.  If it could be, Jesus’ earthly ministry was a waste of time, as Paul wrote, “If righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Gal. 2:21).  Besides, if you try to “earn” forgiveness, how will you know when you have earned it?
Instead, the Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).  Whatever we have done, God forgives us fully and freely for the sake of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  
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        Elsie Forsythe
John Greenfield        Eli Hinz            Karl Huber
Linda Hutton        Nina Kauphusman        David Ohmann
Robert Quam        Neal Rado            Rachel Scheffler
Corri Schmidtke        Ryan Schmidtke        Maddox Schwaab
Deb Thomforde        Karl Thomforde        Jordan Volkert


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



 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you,
that you, always having sufficiency in all things, may have
an abundance for every good work.”
  2 Corinthians 9:8
As the Gospel message spread throughout Greece and changed its culture, Paul took the word “sufficiency” and gave it a new meaning.  The Greeks believed they acquired sufficiency for their lives solely from their own inner resources.  Paul, however, taught them that Christians receive sufficiency as a gift from God.  It is comforting to know that in all things, both earthly and spiritual, God does not leave us to fend for ourselves.  He provides for our daily lives and our eternal salvation.  In all things, thanks be to God!
Trinity began the year with a Home Fund surplus of $37,974.45.  Through June, Home Fund expenses totaled $97,456.75 and Home Fund contributions totaled $90,474.61.  To keep the budget balanced, Trinity used $6,982.14 of the surplus for expenses, and at the end of June the surplus totaled $30,992.31.  If Trinity had also been paying the half-time DCE position (salary, benefits, and expenses) through June, it would have used $19,514 from the surplus, leaving a surplus balance of $18,460.45 for the second half of the year.
Giving to the District and Synod Missions through June was at 45.38% of the anticipated amount for 2019.  Giving to the Trinity Missions Fund for the 2019 designated special missions was at 71.23%.  Giving to the Capital Fund was at 54.24% of the amount anticipated to be given in 2019, and that fund totaled $3,990.68 at the end of June.  The separate Capital Fund in the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) account totaled $10,117.94.
For details about Home Fund expenses and Home Fund, Missions, and Capital Fund contributions, please review pages 1 and 2 of the financial reports included in this newsletter.  For details about the other Trinity designated funds and the LCEF account funds, please review page 3 of the reports.  Updated reports of contributions and expenses through July will be posted in the Fellowship Hall on August 1st.


LCMS Stewardship Ministry  – August 2019
Have you ever noticed the subtle ceremony of receiving the offerings during the Divine Service? The offerings are collected in plates or baskets, and they are brought forward and given to the pastor or an assistant. The pastor turns toward the altar, and, as he slightly bows his head, the offerings are raised slightly to the Lord and placed on the altar or an adjacent table.
Why do we have this ceremony? And what does it teach us? For that is what ceremony does – it teaches, as the Augsburg Confession tells us what we need to know about Christ (AC XXIV, 1–3).
Originally, this ceremony included more than simply bringing forward what was collected in the offering plates. The elements for the Holy Communion – the bread and the wine – were brought forward with the offerings. The offerings and elements were lifted toward the Lord and placed upon the altar. The altar, now made a table, would be set for the Lord’s Supper.
Gifts brought to the altar come from the sweat of His people’s brow. They are the bread and wine, the fruits of His people’s labor in this fallen world. After six days of labor and toil, the people are to bring a generous proportion for the Lord’s work. Gifts set upon the altar are offered to the Lord for Him to take up and press into service for His gracious work.
For what is offered to the Lord from the sweat of His people’s brow – the bread of anxious toil – comes back to us as the bread of life. The bread comes down from heaven that whoever eats this bread and drinks this cup will receive life through the forgiveness of their sins.
This is not unlike what the Lord did for His people in the Old Testament:
“You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always. And if the way is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe, when the Lord your God blesses you, because the place is too far from you, which the Lord your God chooses, to set his name there, then you shall turn it into money and bind up the money in your hand and go to the place that the Lord your God chooses and spend the money for whatever you desire – oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves. And you shall eat there before the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household.” (Deut. 14:22-26)
What a blessing! God provides for us in all things. He provides bread from the sweat of our brows. He receives this from us in the first-fruits offerings we give to Him in thanksgiving and praise, and He turns these into spiritual bread. He gives this heavenly bread – the bread of eternal life – back to us so we might have joy.
So, the next time you are in the Divine Service, watch this ceremony in wonder. The offerings we have given to Him, the Lord gives back to us in His supper so that we may rejoice in the salvation He won for us upon the cross.



Church Council Minutes

June 6, 2019
Pastor Klein
Bobbi Schmidtke – President
Barb Greenfield – Missions
John Greenfield – Elder
Todd Criswell – Trustee
Grant Hovland – Stewardship
Becky DeMann – Congregational Secretary
• Meeting called to order by Pastor Klein @ 8:07 p.m.
Opening Prayer by Pastor Klein
Minutes from May meeting - Approved
Treasurer’s Report – Approved
Old Business:
Vacant Board Positions – Pat Carlson was voted in as a new member of the Missions Board
Part Time DCE position - Lisa Martinsen – Pastor sent an e-mail to set up a meeting with her.  Board of Education and Board of Elders will put together a list of questions for the interview.
Church Governance – put on hold until July
New Business:
Thrivent Funds request for $250 for T-shirts for VBS, both children and adults per Amy K. – Voted and approved
BPM Heartland Conference – October 2019 in Indiana – will publish to congregation when more information is available
July’s Council meeting will be held on June 27th    
Pastor’s Report:
First Brigade Band will play on August 4th during service – a suggestion was made for an outside service that day?
Board Reports
  $750 has gone out to missions, $1,200 still due to African Ministry for the Deaf
Shed – work is completed
No report
VBS may need volunteers
Planning a sing-a-long around the campfire on July 19th at 7pm
Discussion regarding prayer challenges each week for congregation
This Sunday will be Cristina’s last service as Organist
Noah Klein will be Organist this summer
Prayer – Luther’s Evening Prayer and Adjournment 8:40 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Rebecca DeMann, Congregational Secretary

Trinity Lutheran Church
Council Meeting Minutes – June 27, 2019

Pastor Klein
Bobbi Schmidtke – President
Barb Greenfield – Missions
Kurt Anderson – Stewardship
Becky DeMann – Congregational Secretary
Meeting called to order by Bobbi Schmidtke@ 7:58 p.m.
Opening Prayer by Pastor Klein
Minutes from June meeting - Approved
Treasurer’s Report – Approved
Old Business:
Part Time DCE position - Lisa Martinsen - Interview was held, very good interview – Discussion regarding church being able to pay for a DCE, how long position could be paid with current inflow of funds.
Church Governance – put on hold until July
Better Practice Ministry will be held in October - Indianapolis
New Business:
A July voters meeting will be held to discuss financial status of church and financial position to pay a DCE.  Meeting will be July 28th.
Pastor’s Report:
First Brigade Band will play on August 4th during service – this will be put into the weekly and monthly newsletters.
Board Reports
  No report
Habitat for Humanity – needs a name for point person from Trinity
Discussion about combining some of the memorials that weren’t specifically dedicated
No report
No report
No report    
Prayer – Luther’s Evening Prayer and Adjournment 8:45 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Rebecca DeMann, Congregational Secretary





Mission Minutes
June 2nd, 2019
Members present: Linda Frederick, Barb Greenfield, Pat Carlson
Call to order/devotions
Financial Review – We do not presently have a treasurer for the board.
The Mission Board met on Sunday, June 2nd, after the worship service.
We would like to welcome Pat Carlson as our newest board member.  The board will be losing Linda Frederick in the near future, so we could still use one more member.  Welcome Pat!
Thank you to everyone who filled a Baby Bottle for the Northfield Women’s Center.  The donations go to support their classes and programs.
In May, we gave each of our missions $500.  Each of our missions has received $750 during 2019.  Thank you to everyone for your donations.  There are Thank You’s, updates and newsletters from several of our missions on the bulletin board in the hallway.
Just a reminder that contributions placed in the Special Mission envelopes found in the offering envelope box are the funds distributed by the Board.  Contributions in the regular offering envelope are sent to the District Office to be shared with Synod.
Respectfully Submitted
Barbara Greenfield

 Board of Missions Minutes
June 24th, 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


June 2 - June Rado & Darlene Finch
June 9 - Ron & Elda Ann Frauenshuh
June 16 - Duane & Linda Hutton
June 23 - Norm & Lynn Webber
June 30 - John & Patty Pfeiffer
July 7 - Larry & Joan Pralle
July 14 - Kurt Anderson & Bryce Skaar
July 21 - Bruce & Lori Young




Sunday Morning - Daniel, 10:30 AM
Tuesday Evening - Luke, 6:30 PM
Der Lutheraner - 2nd & 4th Saturday, 7:30 AM
          Men’s Bible Study/Breakfast - Angels and Demons

(LWML Bible Studies on Wednesdays and Pastor Boehme’s Bible Study on Wednesday evenings will resume in the fall)

Usher schedule

AUGUST 4       Group I
AUGUST 11    Group A
AUGUS    T 18     Group B
AUGUST 25    Group C

SEPTEMBER 1      Group E
SEPTEMBER 8      Group F
SEPTEMBER 15    Group G
SEPTEMBER 22    Group H
SEPTEMBER 29    Group I       



Group A:                                                      Group F:
Leader –                                                         Leader – Jonathan Ohmann (507)663-0120
       Dave Downhour (507)645-9732                      Allyson & Alyssa Ohmann
       Ray Larson (507)645-4298                              David Nybakke (612)729-6428
       Bob Quam (507)645-8265                                 David Ohmann (507)645-7241
                                                                                        Ken Volkert (507)663-1136    

Group B:                                                        Group G:
Leader – Jim Frederick                                 Leader – Tony Schmidtke (507)663-0017
         Jeff Ciffra (507)645-8599                      
         Jeffrey Ciffra                                         Dale Nelson (507)645-4120
         Jackie Ohmann (507)645-7241            John Pfeiffer (507)645-2648
         Tom Pumper                                          Noah Malecha (507)645-0316

Group C:                                                           Group H:
Leader – Larry Pralle (507)663-0192            Leader – Craig Schuster (507)333-5634
         Kraig Niebuhr (507)645-9392                          Kathy Schuster
         Cliff Roberts (507)645-5588                          Jim Grieser (651)463-8817
         Fred Vivant (952)985-5877                        Dan Scheffler (507)291-0301
                                                                                  Norm Webber (507)301-3794

Group D:                                                                   Group I:
Leader – John Frederick (507)645-8314             Leader – Dan Wett (507)645-4686
       Kurt Anderson (507)581-1644                                   Bryce Skaar (507)645-7872
       Kevin Bakken (507)645-6905                         Bruce Young (507)645-2285
       Brent Casmey (507)645-4760                          Rudy Maurer (507)380-8396
       Matthew and Robert Casmey

Group E:
Leader – John Greenfield (507)645-7705
       Todd Criswell (507)301-5187
       Jesse Hinz (507)663-0263
       Steve Norstad (612)859-1860

The Burning Bush group at Trinity began meeting on July 15th to study Chapter 1, Judaism, of the book The Christian Difference: An Explanation & Comparison of World Religions (Concordia Publishing House 2019).  This chapter, written by Pastor Kevin Parviz, gives an overview of Judaism and describes the challenges of witnessing to Jewish people.  Such groups are forming at the partner churches (like Trinity) that support Congregation Chai v’Shalom in St. Louis and the work of Pastor Parviz.
The Burning Bush group at Trinity will continue to meet at 7:00 p.m. on Mondays through August 19th.  Books are provided at no cost through a Thrivent Action Grant.  At the end of most meetings, Pastor Parviz has joined the group by telephone to answer questions.  For more information about the Burning Bush group and to become a member, please talk to either Kurt or Barb Anderson, and also read the Congregation Chai v’Shalom newsletters posted on the Board of Missions bulletin board in the hallway.

Our Fourth Annual National Night Out Party will be on Tuesday, August 6th, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., rain or shine.  The theme this year is the 1950’s, and the car show and contest has been renamed to honor Marv Witt, a Trinity member who passed away in April 2019.  There will be food, games and activities for everyone, music, an ice cream truck, a bouncy house, special gifts, and lots of great conversations.
We’ve invited the neighborhood, the Witt family, and the Northfield Police, Firefighters, and EMTs to join us for a fun evening. You’re invited, too, and are encouraged to bring 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 and Amy Klein, Pastor and Judy Boehme, Kurt and Barb Anderson, Terri Casmey, Holly Ciffra, and Jackie Ohmann. If you have any questions or can help in any way, please call Barb at 507-581-1642. Thanks and see you at the party!

Trinity will be hosting its Vacation Bible School on August 4 -8 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Join us for lots of fun and activities while learning about Jesus!  It’s not too late to sign up.  Registration forms are on the bulletin board in the hallway, in the church office, or on the website.  

Trinity Lutheran Church
Vacation Bible School
August 4-8  6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


803 Winona Street
Northfield, MN  55057
(GRADE 5 AND UP - WELCOME AS HELPERS)                

For more information contact:
Amy Klein: 507 301 8793
Trinity Church Office: 507 645 4438

The 1st Brigade Band from Watertown, Wisconsin will be at Trinity on August 4th to help lead us in our worship service.  The band will be in Northfield that weekend as part of the Vintage Band Festival.  Some of the bands make themselves available to local churches, and we are blessed to have the 1st Brigade Band with us.  Weather permitting, the service will be outside.  After the service, there will be a potluck meal.  Everyone is invited to bring a side dish of some kind (salad, side, or dessert) and stay for a potluck lunch. The Fellowship Committee will provide the main dish and beverages.  Everyone is welcome!

Here is a list of the greeters who are scheduled in the upcoming months:
    July 28 - June Rado, Darlene Finch
    August 4 - Ron and Elda Ann Frauenshuh
    August 11 - Duane and Linda Hutton
    August 18 - Norm and Lynn Webber
    August 25 - John and Patty Pfeiffer
    September 1 - Larry and Joan Pralle
    September 8 - Kurt Anderson, Bryce and Mollie Skaar
    September 15 - Bruce and Lori Young

Don’t forget to check out the church library!
*Adult fiction - Never been checked out
Hosea – Larry Christenson
The epic story recounts the tumultuous years when Israel is caught between the dwindling power of once mighty Egypt and the brash power of Assyria looming in the East.
Fifteen Minutes – Karen Kingsbury
Zack left everything for fifteen minutes of fame in the book, Fifteen Minutes, written by Karen Kingsbury. America instantly falls in love with this amazing young singer, Christian boy aspiring to hold true to his values. However, when distractions start to come along, such as other girls, he loses his Christian stance.
 A Home for My Heart – Anne Mateer
When an unexpected opportunity arises at the orphanage where she works, will Sadie have to choose between marrying her beau and a job she loves?
Jerusalem Chronicles - Bodie & Brock Thoene
With rich insights from vineyard owners and vine dressers, the Thoenes explore the metaphor of Jesus as the True Vine, harvesting the ancient secrets found in the Old Testament.
Healing Hearts – Beth Wiseman
Three hope-filled stories about second chances, trusting your heart, and the power of forgiveness.
* Easy Reader section - Never been checked out
Prayer, Learning How to Talk to God - Jeanette L. Groth.  
This is a very sweet book about different ways a child (actually anyone) can talk to God (e.g., praising God, giving thanks to God, asking God for help, saying sorry to God). Each page has a short prayer as an example.  This is in the "E" area for easy reader small children.
I Know You’re Here - Krista Betcher
This is also in the "E" are for easy reader books for small children.  This book is an everlasting message of hope after the loss of a loved one.

*From Bryce and Mollie Skaar - We would like to thank everyone for all their prayers for our dear friend, James Abbott, whose liver cancer is now in remission.
*From John and Linda Frederick - Thank you for the heartwarming farewell at church on Sunday, July 14.  We will miss all of you, but have many wonderful memories of Northfield to take with us.  You will always stay in our thoughts and prayers.



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        Brent Casmey
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        Brent Casmey
OCT 21 - OCT 27        Todd Criswell


  2019 Reading List
August 4
The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-26
Colossians 3:1-11
Luke 12:13-21

August 11
The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

Genesis 15:1-6
Hebrews 11:1-16
Luke 12:22-40

August 18
The Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

Jeremiah 23:16-29
Hebrews 11:17-12:3
Luke 12:49-56

August 25
The Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Isaiah 66:18-23
Hebrews 12:4-29
Luke 13:22-30



                                                   Volunteer Schedule

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS___USHERS____________________________   
4  Bobbi Schmidtke                         Group I:     Dan Wett, Bryce Skaar,
                                                                                 Bruce Young, Rudy Maurer                                                                            
11  Bryce Skaar                                 Group A:    Dave Downhour, Ray Larson,
                                                                                 Bob Quam, Buzz Cummins

18  Kurt Anderson                          Group  B:    Jim Frederick, Jeff Ciffra, 
                                                                                 Jackie Ohmann, Tom Pumper

25  Tony Schmidtke                       Group C:    Larry Pralle, Kraig Niebuhr,
                                                                                Cliff Roberts, Fred Vivant
ALTAR GUILD                             COUNTERS    ______                                                 
Darlene Finch, Mary Vogt                  Dana and Todd Criswell       
Barb Anderson, Marcia Huber          Patty and John Pfeiffer           
August  4 - Ron and Elda Ann Frauenshuh
August 11 - Duane and Linda Hutton
August 18 - Norm and Lynn Webber
August 25 - John and Patty Pfeiffer




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