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October Monthly Newsletter

Tell Them About Jesus
 
Recently, I read the following story about evangelism.  I am sharing it now with you in the October newsletter.
 
About three years ago I slipped into a meeting of Twin Cities pastors to hear a well-known and somewhat controversial systematic theologian speak on the topic, Preaching Christ In An Age of Religious Pluralism.  An inner-city pastor asked, “Should I really be trying to convert the Asian Buddhists who have moved into our neighborhood?” When he received a solid affirmative, he went on to ask, “How?”
 
The theologian’s response surprised me and warmed my heart.  Many missiologists and theologians would have said something like “dialogue, build a relationship, start with the known and work toward the unknown, or find some common ground.”  His answer: “Just tell them about Jesus.”
 
Just a month ago, on the other side of the world, I saw it happen.  From a human point of view the circumstances were all wrong. The speaker was a western female in a male-dominated society in the eastern world.  She was not a native speaker of the language she used.  Only about half of the listeners spoke that language as their first tongue.  The audience, with the exception of two small girls, was made up of adult males.  The traditional stance of all was anti-Christian.  The story was told with a flannel graph, an aid normally used with children.
 
What could one hope for under these circumstances? Heckling? Boredom? Walkouts? Antagonism? Indifference?  There was no introduction.  No invitation: “Let’s talk.”  No apology for taking their time or for interrupting their activities, not even “thanks for coming.”  The storyteller walked into the hospital ward and announced to the patients, and more specifically to the relatives who were accompanying them, about 50 in total, “We are going to have a lesson now.”  She set up the flannel board and started telling the story of Jesus.
 
In half an hour she took them from the angel’s announcement to Joseph to the resurrection.  
 
From the first sentence she spoke to the final word, the audience was enrapt.  I did not understand the language, so I occupied myself in observing the listeners.  That the Holy Spirit was at work was obvious.  There were no objections.  No questioning of motives or authority. The only reaction was a drinking in of the Word, and many requests for the written Gospel in their mother tongues.
 
The theologian was right.  Just tell them about Jesus!  
 
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
Ella Halverson    Margaret Johnson    Ken Kopischke    Russell Kraft
Darlene Larson    Lisa Martinson    Rudy Maurer        Lu Morson
Rodney Nelson    Bryce Skaar        Kara Voigt        Sheldon Volkert
Nick Wagner        Lori Young

 

 


 

FROM THE TREASURER
 
 August Home Fund Budget Status Report
 
Home Fund Balance on August 1, 2021                $19,441.49
 
August Home Fund Contributions                    $15,428.75
Designated Giving*        $13,525.00
Loose Plate Giving**        $753.75
Rental Property Fund        $1,150.00
 
August Home Fund Expenses                             ($18,118.40)
 
Home Fund Balance on August 31, 2021                $16,751.84
 
 
* Includes all giving by people who use offering envelopes and e-giving
 
**Includes all giving by people without offering envelopes
 


CHURCH COUNCIL MINUTES – SEPTEMBER
Sept. 2, 2021


Attendance:
Pastor Klein
Pastor Boehme
John Greenfield - President
Barb Anderson – Treasurer
Lisa Martinson – DCE
Jeff Martinson – Elders
Grant Hovland - Stewardship
Barb Greenfield-Missions
Tony Schmidtke - Trustee
Becky DeMann – Congregational Secretary
 
Meeting called to order by John Greenfield – 8:10 p.m.

Opening Prayer – Pastor Klein

Minutes from meeting – Approved

Treasurer’s Report – Approved
 
Old Business:     
 Perhaps a camera or a window should be considered for Pastor’s office when counseling a female

Budgets – Grant handed out a budget worksheet to each board member at the Council meeting.  Budgets should be returned after the next board meeting, have Council vote on budget in November.

Look at HSA for Pastor for 2022

90th Anniversary Celebration – coming up in December, Cary Larson will be the speaker for this celebration – Dec. 12, what else should be done?  Put together a committee – Bobbi and Joan

Looking into MetroNet for church after Pastor gets it

 New Business
Need to find people to clean the church – vacuum, dust, etc.

Fan in Sanctuary – Schultz Electric looked at this, may need a new fan

Looking at larger print for hymnals and bulletin

Memorial for Dohrman sisters give to church

Employee Reports
Pastor Klein – Convener for the Northfield Area interfaith Association

Constitution has been approved by Synod
 
Pastor Boehme – Continue to teach Bible study, first and third Wednesday’s of the month – 2 Saturdays a month,

 Big window up front $25,000, $80,000 for all the stain glass windows at church, need to have a valuation of “Peace Window”

Has made visits to members
 
            Lisa –  
    Youth Sunday School – We have had a smattering of youth during the summer months.  As we gear up for the traditional school year, we will still be using our 120 Bible Stories on some Sundays.  The youth will also be taking their turn leading the children’s Sunday school on the 3rd Sunday of the month.  Lesson preparation will take place on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

 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:

August 11 – Planning Night brought 5 kids and a handful of adults to help clean/organize rooms upstairs.  We were successful in getting our events planned for the following year.

August 25 ‘end of the summer’ outdoor faith night brought 2 youth and 2 kids from the neighborhood to sing and/or eat s’mores.

     September 19 – Destination Unknown based on Psalm 23 and Matthew 7:13-14.

Sunday, October 3 – 5:30-7:00pm:  Dinner and Game Night at church     (I am on vacation.)

Sunday, October 17 – 5:30-7:00pm: Rake n Run Service Project (This is for parents and youth.)

   Jesus Food Packing brought 15 people (6 adults and 9 youth) to assemble food to be shipped to various locations.

   National Youth Gathering, July 2022 – We have at least 4 youth express some interest in attending the gathering next summer.  Registration materials just arrived and will be distributed.  Travel and other plans will be made soon.  Fundraising will begin soon.

   Reformation Party/Reformation Run - Sunday, October 31 – 3:00-5:00pm *This will be a fundraiser event for our Youth Ministry.
•    We will start at 3:00pm with onsite 5k registration for the inaugural Trinity Reformation Run.  
•    Crafts and treats will also be available inside from 3-5pm thanks to the Board of Education.
• The Reformation Run/Walk will start at 3:30pm.  Online registration will be open by September 3.  $20 (age 5 and younger are free).  Tshirts will also be available for an additional cost.

 Sleep Out For the Homeless - November 5-6 – 8:00pm – 8:30am                                                                               *ADULT HELP IS NEEDED THROUGHOUT THE EVENING.  
•    To better understand what some homeless people go through, youth participants will put together boxes to sleep outside in the parking lot (rain, snow, or moonshine).  
•    We will include some simulation activities on homelessness.  
•    We will also have a food, clothing, and operation Christmas child gathering for the members of church and the community to donate.
•    **WE NEED BOXES – refrigerator, stove/oven, washer, dryer - type boxes.  Please reach out to family/friends who may be making a significant purchase.  If you wish to contact a local store, please let me know so that they are inundated with numerous requests for the same event.
•    *OTHER ITEMS WE’LL NEED:  Duct Tape and box cutters (to be used by adults)
•    If someone has access to some Thrivent Action Team funds, we could use it for this event.
 Adult help will be needed for: Setup and helping youth assemble their boxes, taking ‘security’ shifts throughout the night, monitoring the firepit during the security shifts, 7am takedown & cleanup, and making/serving an 8:00am breakfast.

           Vacation Plans: Jeff and I will be on vacation from September 30- October 6 and then again from October 8-11.  Prayers for a successful October 10 Chicago Marathon will be greatly appreciated!
Thank you all so much for your prayers and support.

In Christian Service,
Lisa Martinson

 

    Board Reports
Elders – just Pastor and Jeff attended – Need a Lay Leader for Doxology Retreat

Education – discussed Sunday School, looking at getting volunteers to take different weeks to teach, working on organizing the rooms upstairs.  If we have kids that want to do a Christmas program, may blend with 90th celebration

Trustees – needed to replace the water heater - $1400, Sept. 8th Excel will come to replace the streetlights

Missions – Will look to distribute funds this month

Stewardship – Get pledge cards sent out in near future

Fellowship – needs to get Fellowship committee together to move ahead

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.

Adjournment – 9:09 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Rebecca DeMann, Congregational Secretary
    

 


 
BOARD OF MISSIONS
Once again, the Board of Missions is asking for suggestions from the congregation to help decide which missions to support in 2022. There are forms on the table in the Narthex.  Please feel free to pick one up and fill in the necessary information.  Return them to the Mission mailbox in the Ushers’ closet by October 24.  The Board will make our decisions at the November Board meeting and present them to the congregation at the November Voters’ meeting.  Thank you for your input.


BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP
The time has once again come to thoughtfully consider the amount of time, talents, and financial support that we will contribute to the Church for the next year. The 2022 Trinity
Lutheran Church pledge cards will be mailed to each household in September. Extra pledge cards are available on the table in the Narthex. Please return the pledge card to the Church no later than October 10. Please pray for our Church and thoughtfully consider your pledge to the Church for next year.
 
The Board of Stewardship would also like to pass along our thanks to the volunteers that help keep the Church operating on a weekly basis. It is truly astonishing how many hours are spent each week by volunteers who help with important duties such as preparing the altar, mowing the lawn, cleaning the Church and so much more. If you would like to volunteer to give your time and talent to help with Church duties please contact a member of the Stewardship
Board and we will get you involved with a group that needs your support.
 
God’s Blessings to you.
Board of Stewardship

 



 LCMS STEWARDSHIP MINISTRY ARTICLE
At the end of the first of his chapters on the virtue of faith in Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis provides a helpful reminder, by way of analogy, for the foundation of stewardship. He wrote:
“Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already. So then, when we talk of a man doing anything for God or giving anything to God, I will tell you what it is really like. It is like a small child going to its father and saying, ‘Daddy, give me sixpence to buy you a birthday present.’ Of course, the father does, and he is pleased with the child’s present. It is all very nice and proper, but only an idiot would think that the father is sixpence to the good on the transaction. When a man has made these two discoveries God can really get to work. It is after this that real life begins. (128–129).”
This is the first thing we are given to confess about stewardship, and it has to do with ownership. God owns everything, and we are simply managers – stewards – acting on His behalf. This is true not only of all that we have in this life (Deut. 8:17–18) but also all that we are in this life (1 Cor. 6:20).
The rest flows from here. Since we are stewards, or managers, of what belongs to God, entrusted to make use of it according to His will, there is an expectation of responsibility and accountability. For the Lord said, “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more” (Luke 12:48b). And from this comes blessing and reward: “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matt. 25:21).
We have everything we need to support this body and life from our God’s fatherly divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in us. We have everything we need for our spiritual life also from His merciful hands. On account of the sacrifice of His Son, our Lord Jesus, through the preaching of the gospel and the administration of the sacraments, we have the forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and everlasting salvation delivered to us with absolute certainty that it is ours – not as stewards but as sons (Gal. 4:1–7). Let us then, as His own sons, press all that He gives to us into the service of His church and to His glory.

 


 

TRINITY NEWS
THANK YOU
A great big “Thank you!” to everyone who contributed to the servant project “Little Dresses for Africa”.  So many beautiful dresses were made and donated to this worthy causes.  The women at the September LWML meeting thoroughly enjoyed folding and bundling these dresses as we admired all the hard work put into these dresses.  Approximately 50 dresses were shipped.  Again, thank you to all!

GREETING CARD REMINDER
Just a reminder – we have cards for sale in the Fellowship Hall.  They are $.50 each.  We have birthday, baptism, sympathy, thank you, confirmation, and more occasion cards.  The money from the sale of the cards goes to the library fund for the purchase of books.  Please take a moment to check them out!

MAIN STREET LIVING
Main Street Living is an LCMS program that features pastors from the WFTC, channel 29/9-2, viewer area. The first half hour is a reproduction of This is the Life, a Lutheran Hour Ministries program made popular in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The second half hour is a modified Lutheran worship service, which is produced locally. This new program will be totally funded by viewers and others who want to keep the Gospel available to those who cannot or do not attend worship services on a regular basis.

TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE CLASS
The Tuesday night Bible Class that is led by Pastor Klein will be moved to a new day.  Starting on September 13, the Bible Class will begin meeting on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm.
 

 


 
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS FOR OCTOBER - DECEMBER
                                     October 3     John Pfeiffer
                                   October 10         Kurt Anderson
                                   October 17         Craig Schuster
                                   October 24         Bryce Skaar
                                   October 31    Barbara Greenfield
                                November 7    Tony Schmidtke
                               November 14    John Greenfield
                               November 21    Jeff Martinson
                               November 24     Pastor Boehme
                               (Thanksgiving Eve)
                              November 28              Lisa Martinson
                                 December 5    John Pfeiffer
                               December 12    Kurt Anderson
                               December 19    Craig Schuster
                               December 24     Bryce Skaar
                               (Christmas Eve)
                              December 26              Barbara Greenfield

 


Reformation Run and Activities

Come join us in celebrating the Martin Luther Reformation as we Sin Boldly and Run in Grace.  Martin Luther stated "Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong, but let your trust in Christ be stronger."

Pre Registration is $20 (age 5 & younger are free)
Onsite Registration is $25 (age 5 & younger are free)
Reformation Run T-Shirts are an additional $18.  
Shirts are guaranteed if ordered by October 11.  *A limited number of shirts will be available the day of the run.

For more information and to register,
you can also find registration information at:
· Trinity Lutheran Church Northfield on Facebook,
· www.TrinityNorthfield.org
· (507) 645-4438
 
Reformation games and crafts for all ages will also be available from 3-5pm in the social hall.
Proceeds will help support Trinity’s Youth Ministry
 

 



 OCTOBER 2021 READINGS
 
October 3
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 2:18-25
Hebrews 2:1-18
Mark 10:2-16

October 10
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
Hebrews 3:12-19
Mark 10:17-22

October 17
The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Ecclesiastes 5:10-20
Hebrews 4:1-16
Mark 10:23-31

October 24
The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 31:7-9
Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 10:46-52

October 31
Reformation Sunday

Revelation 14:6-7
Romans 3:19-28
John 8:31-36  or  Matthew 11:12-19
 


DCE Lisa's Page

Youth Sunday School – Most Sundays we will be going through our 120 Bible Stories book.  As an added adventure, this year your youth will take their turn leading the children’s Sunday school on the 3rd Sunday of the month.  Lesson preparation will take place on the 2nd Sunday of each month.
 
FUEL (Faith Used in Everyday Life)
Sunday, October 3 – 5:30-7:00pm:  Dinner and Game Night at church (I am on vacation.)
    -We will start the evening with dinner and then play various games in the fellowship hall.  Weather permitting, we may be able to play some games outside.

Sunday, October 17 – 5:30-7:00pm: Rake n Run Service Project (This is for parents and youth.)
    -No matter what age, you are welcome to join us. We will gather at church      at 5:30 and go to a rake at a few homes around the area. We may even take      the opportunity to beautify our church property.
    -Bring any raking equipment you may have, work gloves, your own beverage      (water and treats will be available).
    -Please eat supper before you arrive.
 
Sleep Out For the Homeless - November 5-6 – 8:00pm – 8:30am  
*ADULT HELP IS NEEDED THROUGHOUT THIS EVENT – please talk with Lisa if you are willing/able to help.
•   To better understand what some homeless people go through, youth participants will assemble a ‘house’ using boxes and will sleep outside in the parking lot (rain, snow, or moonshine).  
•   We will include some simulation activities on homelessness.  
•   We will also have a food, clothing, and operation Christmas child gathering for the members of church and the community to donate.
•   **WE NEED BOXES – refrigerator, stove/oven, washer, dryer type boxes.  Please reach out to family/friends who may be making a significant purchase.  If you wish to contact a local store, please let me know so that they are inundated with numerous requests for the same event.
•   *OTHER ITEMS WE’LL NEED:  Duct Tape and box cutters (to be used by adults)
•   If someone has access to some Thrivent Action Team funds, we could use it for this event.
•   Adult help will be needed for: Setup and helping youth assemble their boxes, taking ‘security’ shifts throughout the night, monitoring the firepit during the security shifts, 7am takedown & cleanup, and making/serving an 8:00am breakfast.
 
 
In Christian Service;
Lisa Martinson, DCE
Trinity Lutheran Church
Northfield, MN

 


 

USHER SCHEDULE
 October 3 - Group A
October 10 - Group B
October 17 - Group C
October 24 - Group D
October 31 - Group E

 

Group A - Dave Downhour, Ray Larson, Ray Ozmun, Bob Quam
Group B - Jim Frederick, Jeff and Holly Ciffra, Jackie Ohmann, Tom Pumper
Group C - Larry Pralle, Kraig Niebuhr, Fred Vivant, Sheldon Volkert
Group D - Kurt Anderson, Kevin Bakken, Brent Casmey, Karl Huber, Russell Kraft
Group E - John Greenfield, Todd Criswell, Jesse Hinz, Steve Norstad
Group F - Jonathan Ohmann, Martin Ohmann, David Ohmann,  David Nybakke, Ken Volkert
Group G - Tony Schmidtke, Glenn Menear, Dale Nelson, John Pfeiffer
Group H - Craig and Kathy Schuster, Jim Grieser, Norm Webber,  Jeff Martinson
Group I - Dan Wett, Bryce Skaar, Bruce Young, Rudy Maurer
If you would like to become an usher or would like to have your name removed, please speak with Ray Larson.

 

 


 


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 3 - John Pfeiffer                    Group A
October 10 - Kurt Anderson               Group B
October 17 - Craig Schuster                Group C
October 24 - Bryce Skaar                    Group D
October 31 - Barbara Greenfield         Group E

 

                                
 
ALTAR GUILD                                       COUNTERS                            _                                                 
Becky DeMann, Mary Vogt                      Lynn and Norm Webber
Darlene Finch, Brenda Niebuhr               Joan and Larry Pralle
 
 
 


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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