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October Monthly Newsletter

Living Sacrifices
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Rom. 12:1-2).
 
When this newsletter is sent out, Trinity will be in the middle of our three-week stewardship campaign.  
 
Stewardship campaigns are not high on the list of favorite things for pastors to do.  I will guess that they are not high on your list either.  No matter how much we have, we want more.  How can we deal with this and, at the same time, be good stewards of the wealth God has entrusted to us?
 
Paul wrote the above words to the Christians in Rome.  He told them to present their bodies as living sacrifices.  If there is a desire in us more powerful than the desire for wealth, it is for the preservation of our own lives.  How does Paul expect these Christians to follow his instruction?
 
The “how” is contained in the words “by the mercies of God.”  The Gospel is the power of God to save us.  Through its proclamation, the blessings of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus become ours.  
 
This Gospel also moves us to live according to the will of the Savior who gave His life for us.  By the mercies of God, we live our lives according to His will.  This includes the possessions which He has entrusted to us.  As we read and hear the Good News of Jesus, as we receive forgiveness through His body and blood, Jesus will change us into the kind of stewards and living sacrifices that can serve Him.
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

                           

October Baptisms

               Jean Bakken                          Judy Boehme            Jeffrey Ciffra   
               Elda Ann Frauenshuh         Diane Frederick        Barbara Greenfield
               David Greenfield                  David Habermas       Ken Kopischke
               Russell Kraft                         Darlene Larson         Lisa Martinson
               Rudy Maurer                         Lu Morson                Rodney Nelson
               Bryce Skaar                           Kara Voigt                 Sheldon Volkert
               Lizzie Wagner                       Nick Wagner             Lori Young


 

 

FROM THE TREASURER

 August Home Fund Budget Status Report
Home Fund Balance on August 1, 2022                $0.00
August Home Fund Contributions                    $18,836.48
                Designated Giving*        $16,575.00
                  Loose Plate Giving**        $336.28
             Rental Property Fund        $1,200.00
         Transfer from Scrip Fund        $725.20

August Home Fund Expenses                        $18,836.48
Home Fund Balance on August 31, 2022                $0.00

* Includes giving by people who use offering envelopes and e-giving
**Includes giving by people without offering envelopes
 
Home Fund Balance
Trinity began 2022 with a surplus of $15,659.10 in the Home Fund. The 2022 budget adopted by the voters includes $186,388.00 in Home Fund Contributions (Giving plus Transfers of $8,300.00 from the Rental Property Fund) and $243,369.32 in Home Fund Expenses, a difference of $56,981.32.

From January through August, Trinity transferred a total of $9,465.31 to the Home Fund to balance the budget, because Expenses exceeded Giving:
$5,413.28 from the Rental Property Fund;
$1,213.62 from the Scrip Fund; and
$2,838.41 from the Capital Fund.
 
Trinity Fund Report
The Trinity Fund was established to receive money given to Trinity 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).  In August of 2022, the Trinity Fund received $300.00 given in memory of Ella Halverson, and $60.00 given in memory of James Gorr.

 
 

 


 

 

 

CHURCH COUNCIL MINUTES –

September 1, 2022
   

Attendance:  Pastor Klein, Pastor Boehme, Lisa Martinson, Jeff Martinson, Barb Anderson, Brent Casmey
 
Review of Minutes - passed
 
Financial Statement – August finances was short but not as bad as July
 
Old Business:
• Church Usage policy
 -Pastor Klein and Barb Anderson will look into a “Hold Harmless Agreement” form to include in the policy

• Moving money/Home Fund deficit
 -Council to vote on a transfer of $725.20 from Scrip Fund to the Home Fund for August to keep Home Fund at/above $0.  Passed

• Stewardship Campaign
 -Elders working on this.  3 weeks of studies provided at different days and different times.  September 18, 25, and October 2.  There will be 4 options to participate to get as many people as possible to participate.  People can sign up any study to attend.
 -Christian stewardship doesn’t come from within us, nor from any plan, but the motivation or drive for good proper stewardship comes from the Gospel.
 -Consecration Sunday - October 16.  There will be a post-worship meal that day.

• Sidewalk railing - in process.  All funds were collected prior to the start of this project.
• Fellowship Door Jam - Jeff M. to contact John/Barb Greenfield
• Other
 
New Business
• Other
     Reports 

 • Pastors
Pastor Klein - see attached report
    Constitution/By Laws have been approved
Next Sunday Study following Angels & Demons -    “Christians in a Woke World”

Pastor Boehme
    Wednesday Bible Class starts Wednesday, September 7.      Bible Classes will be held on Wednesdays when there is     a meal and Choir/Bell rehearsals.
    Continuing with contacting people
    Der Lutheraner - Bible study on Jonah
    Pastor James Raey will be staying in MN and we will have two Sudanese pastors serving our area.

Lisa - see attached
Youth Sunday School for students in grades 5 and up.  We meet from 10:30-11:30 each Sunday morning.  Outside of learning the lesson for, and teaching, the Children’s Sunday School class, we will also be reading through and talking about the Book of James.  Bring a Bible and enjoy!

Youth Events:  Here is what has transpired for our youth ministry since our last meeting as well as a look toward some future events:
August 8-9 – 2nd Annual Cabin Retreat (2 youth & 2 adults)
August 17 – End of Summer Bonfire Celebration (4 youth & 1 adult)
September 18 – Fall FUEL KickOff
 September 25 – FUEL Destination Unknown based on John 15:1-11
October 16 – FUEL Service Project *Serving at the Northfield Women’s Center.
October 30 – Reformation Party and 5k Run/Walk
The 2nd Annual Reformation Run Sunday, October 30, 2022.  If you enjoyed last year, be ready to do the same this year!  We are open for registrations at https://runsignup.com/Race/MN/Northfield/TrinityReformationRun.  Volunteers are needed again to make signs, put signs out on the route, staff the on-site registration table, staff intersections and route corners.  Volunteers are also needed for the Reformation Party put on by the Trinity Board of Education.

Confirmation Student Suppers will continue with the start of this Confirmation year.  We have 4 students who are preparing to be Confirmed and 2 students entering their first year.

Playground Resurfacing – Will be a spring/early summer endeavor.

Vacation Plans: As of right now, Jeff and I plan to be on vacation from September 15-18 and October 7-16.
Thank you all so much for your prayers and support, Jeff and I are truly blessed!
In Christian Service, Lisa Martinson
 
Elders
Stewardship
Training Book
Pulpit Exchange
Christians in a Woke World
Not to renew subscription to Northfield News
Discussed putting Bibles back in pews
Introit singing
Communion Cups - Elders passed a resolution to support the decision of Altar Guild
November - Name Tag Sunday to help meet others
Looking into online service with hyperlink to bulletin

Education
Bibles will be handed out to children who are 8 years old by the date of the distribution
Reformation Party on Sunday, October 30.  “Marty Party” themed activities and crafts.
Christmas program will be on Sunday, December 18 at 10:30 am

Fellowship
Picnic at Schmidtke Farm on Saturday, September 24

Trustees
Insurance Quotes - have not heard back from two companies
South entrance sidewalk - Nathan Schmidtke will be working on it
Copy Machine - we have a 5-year copier lease with approximately 2 years remaining.
Van - looking into price for selling it.

Missions - no report

Stewardship - no further report outside of what Elders discussed
 
Luther’s Evening Prayer
I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night.  For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things.  Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me.  Amen.
 

 

 

 


 

 

TRINITY NEWS

REFORMATION RUN
Reformation Run and Reformation Party will be held on Sunday, October 30.  We are open for registrations at https://runsignup.com/Race/MN/Northfield/TrinityReformationRun .  Volunteers are needed again to make signs, put signs out on the route, staff the on-site registration table, staff intersections and route corners.  Volunteers are also needed for the Reformation Party put on by the Trinity Board of Education.  If you are interested in volunteering for the 5k or for the Party, please let me know as soon as possible so we can plan efficiently.

LWML BAKE SALE
After worship on October 9, LWML will be selling goodies for fund raising for some of the activities we will be involved in during the 2022 - 2023 years.  If anyone loves to bake and wants to provide goodies to our bake sale, please bring before the service on October 9th.  All are welcome!

LWML FALL CONFERENCE RALLY
Saturday, October 1st, LWML is having its Fall Conference Rally in Austin, MN at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  The special speaker will be Sarah Jane Holsteen and her topic is “Asylum Seekers in St. Paul, MN.”  Gifts from the heart is requesting monetary donations and will be given to “International Association for Refugees”.  We will have a car going to this event, if you wish to attend and want to join the car pool, please call Becky D @ 507-301-5569.

TRINITY FARIBAULT LUNCHEON
You are invited to a special Reformation Chapel Service (Holy Communion will be offered) & Lunch on Wednesday, October 26, 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 530 4th Street NW, Faribault, MN. Luncheon will be served in the Fellowship Hall after the service.
 
A free will donation will be gathered at the lunch to assist the Loeslie family with housing and medical expenses.
Reservations are required for the lunch. For reservations, if you need a ride or if you have any questions, please contact the Church Office, 507-331-6579.

QUILT TYING
Quilts are needed!  Workers are needed to tie and sew quilts!
We will meet in October on Wednesday mornings at 10 am to tie quilts.
Quilt tops are needed!
Fabric is available.  Just simple sewing of squares to make a top at home is all that you need to do to help.  Call Mary at 645-7777 if interested.  The quilts are much appreciated. - LWML Mission Service

FALL PASTORS’ CONFERENCE
The fall pastors’ conference will be held in Mankato on October 3 and 4.  Pastor Klein’s Bible Class on Monday evening, Oct. 3, is  cancelled.  Pastor Klein will also not be in the office on these 2 days.  There will also be no Confirmation Class on Wednesday evening, Oct. 5.
 

 
 
 
 

 


 


 TRINITY COMMUNION ASSISTANTS
October 2         John Pfeiffer
October 9         Bryce Skaar
October 16         Lisa Martinson
October 23         Tony Schmidtke
October 30         Kurt Anderson
November 6         Barbara Greenfield
November 13         Jeff Martinson
November 20         John Greenfield
November 24    (Thanksgiving Eve)    Craig Schuster
November 27         Pastor Boehme
December 4         Lisa Martinson
December 11         John Pfeiffer
December 18         Tony Schmidtke
December 24    (Christmas Eve)    Jeff Martinson
December 25         Bryce Skaar

 



 2022    Lawn Mowing Schedule
 
09/25/22    thru    10/01/22    Dan Wett
10/02/22    thru    10/08/22    David Nybakke
10/09/22    thru    10/15/22    Jeff Martinson
10/16/22    thru    10/22/22    Russel Kraft
10/23/22    thru    10/29/22    Bruce Young
10/30/22    thru    11/05/22    Tony Schmidtke

 


USHER SCHEDULE
 October 2 - Group C                              November 6 - Group H
October 9 - Group D                             November 13 - Group A
October 16 - Group E                            November 20 - Group B
October 23 - Group F                            November 23 - Group C
October 30 - Group G                               (Thanksgiving Eve)                           
                                                                  November 27 - Group D


 
Group A - Ray Larson, Dave Downhour, Ray Ozmun, Larry Pralle
Group B - Tom Pumper, Jeff and Holly Ciffra, Jackie Ohmann
Group C - Kurt Anderson, Kevin Bakken, Brent Casmey, Russell Kraft, Jim Koch
Group D - John Greenfield, Josh Wagner, Jesse Hinz, Steve Norstad, Mike Aurich
Group E - David, Erin, and Jared Nybakke, Jonathan Ohmann, Martin Ohmann, David Ohmann
Group F - Tony and Bobbi Schmidtke, Grant Hovland, Dale Nelson, John Pfeiffer
Group G - Craig and Kathy Schuster, Jim Grieser, Norm Webber, Jeff Martinson
Group H - Dan Wett, Bryce Skaar, Bruce Young, Rudy, Myleen, and Ashlie Maurer


DCE LISA’S PAGE

Youth Sunday School Schedule – for students in grades 5 and up.  We meet from 10:30-11:30 each Sunday morning.  Outside of learning the lesson and teaching the Children’s Sunday School class, we will also be reading through and talking about the Book of James.  Bring a Bible and enjoy!
October 2 – Start reading and discussing the Book of James (James 1:1-18 – Trials and Temptations)
October 9 – The Book of James (James 1:19-27 – Listening and Doing) *Substitute Teacher Needed*
October 16 – The Book of James (James 2:1-13 – Mercy and Judgment)
October 23 – Sunday School Service Project – Make Blankets
October 30 – The Book of James (James 2:14-26 – Faith and Works)
 
FUEL Service Project will be on Sunday, October 16 from 5:00 -7:00pm.  We will meet at the Northfield Women’s Center and help organize and clean their facility.  They are going to provide supper for us too!  Because of this, I do need to know numbers to help them prepare for us.  PLEASE sign up by Wednesday, October 5 so I can contact them before I leave for vacation.  Please drop off and pick up your youth from the Northfield Women’s Center.  I could also use a few adults to help.  If you are interested, please let me know.  There is a sign-up sheet on the Youth Bulletin Board in the hallway.
 
Reformation Run and Reformation Party will be held on Sunday, October 30.  We are open for registrations at https://runsignup.com/Race/MN/Northfield/TrinityReformationRun .  Volunteers are needed again to make
    signs, put signs out on the route, staff the on-site registration table, staff intersections and route corners.  Volunteers are also needed for the Reformation Party put on by the Trinity Board of Education.  If you are interested in volunteering for the 5k or for the Party, please let me know as soon as possible so we can plan efficiently.  A signup sheet is on the Youth Bulletin Board in the hallway for volunteers to sign up.  
 
Student Art Contest sponsored by Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF).  This contest asks students to create an art piece that shows what “Only Jesus.  No Other Name” means to you.  Students from Kindergarten through College are eligible.  For more info or to submit your entry go to  https://lcef.org/artcontest/  All submissions must be postmarked by December 1, 2022 to be eligible.
 
Jeff and I will be on vacation from October 7-16 (returning in the afternoon).

 

 

 


OCTOBER 2022 READINGS

October 2 - Stewardship 3 Sunday
Malachi 3:8-10
2 Corinthians 8:1-7
Luke 16:10-13

October 9 - Stewardship 4 Sunday
Isaiah 6:1-8
Romans 8:31-39
Luke 12:35-40

October 16 - Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost  
Genesis 32:22-30
2 Timothy 3:14 - 4:5
Luke 18:1-8

October 23 - Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 4:1-15
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Luke 18:9-17

October 30 - Reformation Sunday
Revelation 14:6-7
Romans 3:19-28
Matthew 11:12-19

 


OCTOBER VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE


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.   (Special services are in bold, italics.)
 
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS                  USHERS                                                                                                                                                                   
October 2  - John Pfeiffer                  Group C - Kurt Anderson, Kevin Bakken, Brent Casmey, Russell Kraft, Jim Koch

October 9  - Tony Schmidtke           Group D - John Greenfield, Josh Wagner, Jesse Hinz, Steve Norstad, Mike Aurich

October 16 - Lisa Martinson          Group E - David, Jared, & Erin Nybakke, Martin, David, Jonathan Ohmann

October 23 - Bryce Skaar                  Group F - Tony & Bobbi Schmidtke, Grant Hovland, Dale Nelson, John Pfeiffer  

October 30 - Kurt Anderson            Group G - Craig & Kathy Schuster, Jeff Martinson, Jim Grieser, Norm Webber        
 

       
ACOLYTES
October 2 - Jared Nybakke
October 9 - Ashlie Maurer
October 16 - Lillian Criswell

October 23 - Jonah Koch
October 30 - Elijah Wagner


ALTAR GUILD                                COUNTERS                                                                            
Becky DeMann                                          Larry & Joan Pralle
Mary Vogt, Brenda Niebuhr                      Bryce Skaar

 


Website:  www.trinitynorthfield.org

Emails:
 Rev. Dr. Brent Klein, Pastor:  pastor.klein@trinitynorthfield.org

Rev. Dr. Armand J. Boehme, Associate Pastor:  
pastor.boehme@trinitynorthfield.org

Lisa Martinson, Director of Christian Education:  dce.lisa@trinitynorthfield.org

Dana Criswell, Secretary:  secretary@trinitynorthfield.org

Barb Anderson, Treasurer:  treasurer@trinitynorthfield.org

 

 

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