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Who Is King?

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. (Matt. 2:1-4)

Because this is a year divisible by the number four, welcome to another year of one political party accusing the other political party of treason, collusion, not caring about the middle class or the needy, and otherwise basic corruption. Of course, the political party that is being accused of these dastardly things will happily return the favor. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to us. There is a lot of power to grab in Washington D.C. (and St. Paul). There are plenty of people who want to have that power.

Herod was just such a person. He was known to kill immediate family members if he perceived them as a threat to his power.

When Herod heard about “He who has been born King of the Jews,” he was terrified. Herod had to come up with a plan to get rid of this threat.

You know how this ended up. An angel told Joseph to get himself and his young family down to Egypt. Herod was not going to eliminate this threat. He may have thought that he should be King, but God had other ideas. Jesus would eventually die at the hands of Herod’s son, but in that death, Jesus would establish an everlasting kingdom.

Jesus is not only the King of the Jews, He is your king as well. He does not reign by armed force. Instead, He reigns through the forgiveness He won on the cross. As you hear the Gospel, you become a part of His kingdom. This year, politicians will try to win your votes to win the power of earthly government. Their power (their kingdom) is temporary. Jesus’ kingdom is perfect, without corruption, and eternal.


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

January Baptisms

Ruth Coffman             Elizabeth Criswell            Joanne Dohrman

Alexandra Harvey       Duane Hutton                 Winfield Johnson

Amy Klein                  Donna Knudtson            Emily Leonard

Rachel Malecha           Jackie Ohmann               Martin Ohmann

John Pfeiffer               Dan Scheffler                 Stephanie Scheffler

Kyle Thomforde         Solveig Velde                 Colleen Vivant

Mary Vogt                  Florence Volkert             June Volkert

Kathy Wett

After service on Sunday, January 26, there will be a reception in our
Fellowship Hall to celebrate these Baptism Birthdays!
We hope to see you there!!



       November Home Fund Budget Status Report

Home Fund Balance on November 1, 2019 $24,071.09

November Home Fund Contributions $12,503.68

Designated Giving* $11,991.87

Loose Plate Giving** $511.81

Rental Property Fund $0.00


November Home Fund Expenses ($17,563.98)

Home Fund Balance on November 30, 2019 $19,010.79

The December Home Fund report will be posted in the Fellowship Hall on January 2, 2020, and will be printed in the February newsletter.

*Includes all giving by people who use offering envelopes and e-giving

**Includes all giving by people without offering envelopes




LCMS Stewardship Ministry  – January 2020

Our God is a God who works through means. He can and has worked immediately without agency, as the Bible testifies, but primarily, on the whole and for the most part, our God works through means. He does this not only for all of our earthly needs but also for all of our spiritual needs. And He does this for our benefit. 

He provides for all our needs of this body and life through means. He gives us fathers and mothers to care for us when we are young. Through them, God provides house and home, food and clothing, education and training in the arts and work of this world.

“For all the promises of God find their Yes in [Jesus Christ],” St. Paul tells us in 2 Cor. 1:20. This is true also of you. Trust in the God who provides for all that we need in body and soul through means. And not only will you find His “yes” to you, but others will find it, too, through you. “But as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you – see that you excel in this act of grace also” (2 Cor. 8:7).


Church Council Minutes

December 5, 2019


  • Pastor Klein
  • Pastor Boehme
  • Lisa Martinson - DCE
  • Bobbi Schmidtke – President
  • Barb Anderson-Treasurer
  • Kurt Anderson – Stewardship
  • Barb Greenfield – Missions
  • Jim Fredrick – Vice President
  • Todd Criswell - Trustee
  • Becky DeMann – Congregational Secretary

Meeting called to order by Bobbi Schmidtke@ 8:15 p.m.

Opening Prayer by Pastor Klein

Minutes from Nov. meeting - Approved

Treasurer’s Report – Approved - some discussion about memorial funds and creating a general fund of donations

Old Business: - None

New Business:

  • Scrip Funds – What is scrip funds used for? Do we apply to capital expenditures? Suggestions.
  • Giving Envelopes – Do we make a change to the envelopes – Do we need the 3 buckets – Home, Missions, Capital – this is s congregational decision – Needs further discussion

Pastor’s Report:

  • Pastor Klein presented Statistics from hits to Trinity web page
  • Several other changes made to the constitution on page 19 – 6.10
  • Pastor Boehme attended the LCMS conference Nov. 14-16 for rural and small- town missions. Pastor Boehme presented several print-outs related to the conference – very interesting information for Trinity related to stewardship and what is Trinity’s mission or plan for the future

DCE’s report:

  • Lisa is getting to know the kids
  • 10 college students were given gift cards for Domino’s
  • 28 people participated in the Advent Festival
  • Ringing the Bells for Salvation Army will be at Family Fare in Cannon Falls on Dec. 14th 2-4 p.m.
  • Food Shelf collection project will be done by the youth of Trinity starting on Jan. 19th, 2020

Board Reports


  • “Dressing of the Bears” was a success, bears are back at the bank. Operation Joy box will be picked up on Dec. 9th


  • Discussion regarding repair of 3 windows-cost would be approx.. $8,000 for all three. $4,500 for the Trinity window, Should $2,000 come from script money or capital fund.
  • Van to Valley Auto for repair, was in an accident with a deer.
  • Renter would like a shed – Trinity doesn’t have the funds for a shed.


  • Need to publish counter schedule for 2020
  • Need to publish greeter schedule for 2020


Christmas program currently in practice


  • Discussion regarding information Pastor Boehme received from conference
  • John and Ron are reviewing the membership list


Last event for the year is Men’s Christmas breakfast

Prayer – Luther’s Evening Prayer and Adjournment 9:32 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Rebecca DeMann, Congregational Secretary







SouperBowl of Caring Youth Volunteers Needed

  • Wednesday, January 15 at 6:00pm – Bag Prep Night. Help is needed to attach flyers to the bags that will be distributed in church and the community on January 19.
  • Sunday, January 19 – Sunday School Students and Youth Volunteers are needed to hand out bags at the end of the worship service and then deliver bags to the homes around the neighborhood. Please make sure that you are prepared with sufficient outdoor clothing on the 19th.
  • Sunday, January 26 will be collection day. First, we will need youth volunteers to collect donations before and after worship. Second, we will meet at church at 3:00pm and walk around the neighborhood collecting donations. (We could use 3-4 vehicles to go around with the canvassing teams). When donations are all at the church, we will sort and box donations. A guest from the Community Action Center of Northfield will be here to talk with us about what they do and we will give them all that we collected. We will enjoy snacks and beverages back at the church.


Help us help your neighbors.

Every month, hundreds of Northfield neighbors depend on the Community Action Center of Northfield for their food and other resources. Food and financial donations can make a difference in the lives of your community members.

What can you do?

Take home a SouperBowl donation bag from church on January 19 and fill it with your donation. You can add more bags if you would like. Return the bag on Sunday, January 26 or contact Lisa Martinson (see contact information below) to arrange for someone to come and pick it up.

Financial donations for CAC will also be collected on the 26th.

What will we do?

On January 26 Youth and adults from Trinity will collect your donations and donations from the families in the Trinity neighborhood. Donations will be sorted and presented to Community Action Center of Northfield that evening


Thank you in advance for your participation and have a blessed month of January!


If you have any questions about this event please contact

Lisa Martinson

Trinity Lutheran Church

803 Winona St.; Northfield, MN 55057





Thank you to everyone who dressed a bear this year. They all turned out very cute. There are several needy children in the area who are going to be very grateful for your thoughtfulness. A picture of the dressed bears is on Trinity’s website. Thanks again, Missions Board


(formerly Christmas Sharing) Thank you to all of you who donated toys, games, wrapping paper, and other items for Operation Joy. It was heartwarming to see the box overflowing and more besides! You will be giving many children in the Northfield area a happier Christmas this year. Thanks again, Missions Board


Thank you to the Trinity women and girls, and their guests, who attended the Christmas Tea. It was a blessing to once again have so many attend, despite the very cold weather. Thanks to Thrivent for funding the event, and to everyone who helped with music, refreshments, decorations, the program, publicity, set up, and clean up. We hope to see you at next year’s tea! Barb Anderson, Terri Casmey, Holly Ciffra, Linda DeMann, and Jackie Ohmann


Thank you to Trinity men and their guests who attended the first annual Men’s Christmas Breakfast. Thanks to Thrivent for funding the event and to Pastor Boehme for providing the program. Christmas blessings to you! We hope to see you at next year’s breakfast. Trinity Fellowship committee - Barb Anderson, Linda DeMann, Linda Hutton, and Darlene Larson


The time for Main Street Living has changed and now airs at 9 AM on Sunday mornings. This is an LCMS program features a 30 minute broadcast of a reproduction of the Lutheran Hour Ministries show made popular in the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s “This Is The Life” and a 30 minute modified worship service, from area pastors to keep the Gospel available to those who cannot or do not attend worship services on a regular basis. The program is aired on WFTC, Channel 29/9-2 from the Twin Cities and is totally funded by viewers and others.


2020 Contribution Envelopes are now available and are alphabetically arranged on the table in the narthex. Please note that your number may have changed and please do not use these new envelopes until January, 2020.

HEBREWS 13:1-2

Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. This verse provides a wonderful foundation for our Trinity Greeters. Would you like to join our Greeter group welcoming those people who worship with us on Sundays? Please let Kurt Anderson know and he will get you placed in the group as well as answer any questions you may have.


The book club will meet on the first Monday of the month at 888 Kildahl Court. January 6 will be the next meeting and the book will be “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson.


Bryce and Mollie Skaar are asking for help collecting the garbage around the church and while they are gone from January 1 - March 8. They have been volunteering to collect all the trash and recycling from the church building, including the office for quite some time. If you are interested in helping them out, please talk to Bryce. Thank you for helping them out...and thank you, Bryce and Mollie, for helping keep the church clean!


12/29- June Rado, Darlene Finch

1/5 - Duane Hutton, Linda Hutton

1/12 - Norm Webber, Lynn Webber

1/19 - Ron Frauenshuh, Elda Ann Frauenshuh

1/26 - Larry Pralle, Joan Pralle

2/2 – Kurt Anderson, Bryce Skaar, Molly Skaar

2/9 – Bruce Young, Lori Young



For 2020, the Mission Board has chosen five missions to support through the Special Mission envelope. Also, occasionally throughout the year, we may ask for one-time gifts for a special project. The missions we have chosen are:

*Chai v’Shalom – ( Congregation Chai v’Shalom began in 1997 as a store-front office in Dogtown, St. Louis, MO. Rev. Kevin Parviz, a Jewish believer in Y’shua (Jesus), envisioned a congregation of Jewish and non-Jewish believers in Jesus, worshipping together in much the same fashion as the Church in the 1st century, the worship style patterned after a “second-temple model” of worship. Our ministry has a two-fold mission. First, we are to be engaged in intentional outreach to the Jewish community in St. Louis, and through its partner ministries, in every city with a significant Jewish population. And second, we are to help the Church learn to appreciate the Jewish roots of their faith, to the end that they would also be in ministry to God’s first people, from whom He sent His only Son, Messiah Y’shua, that the world might be reconciled to Him.

*Community Action Center – ( At the Community Action Center (CAC) of Northfield, we are “neighbors helping neighbors.” Our programs – from Creating Homes to Feeding the Hungry – meet the most basic needs of individuals and families who are seeking help. As a nonprofit organization serving the life-sustaining needs of those in our area, many people rely on the CAC for support as they seek independence.

Our Mission - Our mission is to promote a healthy, caring and just community for all people through resources, advocacy and volunteer effort.

In the past, Trinity has helped with the food shelf, Operation Joy (Christmas Sharing) and Operation Backpack.

*Rev. Ryan and Emily McDermott – (

Rev. Ryan and Emily McDermott serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as career missionaries in West and Central Africa, based in Togo, working in deaf ministry. In this role, Ryan works with partner churches throughout the region to recognize and develop opportunities to reach the deaf with the Gospel.



He also identifies and trains leaders, both pastors and laypeople, for working in deaf ministry. As needed, Ryan teaches courses in deaf ministry and theology at The Centre Luthérien d’Etudes Théologiques (CLET), or Lutheran Center for Theological Studies, in Dapaong, Togo.

*Adopt-A-Student – (

Adopt-A-Student is a program of the LCMS seminaries where a congregation can support a seminary student for a year. The student may be a future pastor, deaconess, or missionary. The seminary will select a student with financial needs for us. All of the money sent to the student goes directly to the student for his or her needs. Over the course of the year, we will get correspondence from the student and may be able to have him or her come to Trinity for a Sunday to meet us.

*LAMP – Once again, Trinity will be supporting LAMP (Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots) through members of our congregation who will travel to Canada for VBS. Along with our helping with funding, the team members will be collecting supplies for their trip.



JANUARY                                                   MARCH

5 - Olivia Voigt                                              1 - Grace Ohmann

12 - Eli Hinz                                                  8 - Erin Nybakke

19 - Grace Ohmann                                      15 - Eli Hinz

26 - Erin Nybakke                                         22 - Grace Ohmann

                                                                  29 - Olivia Voigt


2 - Eli Hinz                                                   APRIL

9 - Grace Ohmann                                        5 - Eli Hinz

16 - Olivia Voigt                                           12 - Grace Ohmann

23 - Erin Nybakke                                        19 - Erin Nybakke

                                                                 26 - Olivia Voigt







Here is the schedule for Communion Assistants for January through March 2020.

Thank you for your willingness to help with this service. As always, if you cannot help on your assigned Sunday, please find a substitute.

Also, since our list of acolytes has gotten small, the church council is asking that, on Sundays when no acolyte appears to be present, the Communion Assistant for the day would light the candles prior to the pastor coming forward. When it is done is not important as long as they are lit. If you have questions, please feel free to ask.

Thanks again,

John Greenfield

     January 5       Tony Schmidtke

     January 12      Kurt Anderson

     January 19     John Pfeiffer

     January 26     Craig Schuster

     February 2     Bobbi Schmidtke

     February 9     Pastor Boehme

     February 16   Barbara Greenfield

     February 23   John Greenfield

     February 26   Tony Schmidtke   (Ash Wednesday)

       March 1          John Pfeiffer

     March 8          Kurt Anderson   

     March 15        Pastor Boehme

     March 22        Craig Schuster

     March 29        Bobbi Schmidtke





January                                          July

Bobbi and Tony Schmidtke              Bobbi and Tony Schmidtke

Barb and Kurt Anderson                  Barb and Kurt Anderson


February                                        August

Emelda Rasmussen                        Dana and Todd Criswell

Nancy and Dave Downhour             Patty and John Pfeiffer


March                                            September

Lynn and Norm Webber                 Emelda Rasmussen

Dana and Todd Criswell                 Nancy and Dave Downhour


April                                              October

Deb and Karl Thomforde                Lynn and Norm Webber

Brenda and Kraig Niebuhr              Joan and Larry Pralle


May                                              November

Darlene and Ray Larson               Deb and Karl Thomforde

Susan and Cliff Roberts                Brenda and Kraig Niebuhr


June                                           December

Joan and Larry Pralle                  Darlene and Ray Larson

Mollie and Bryce Skaar               Susan and Cliff Roberts




DEC 30 – JAN 5    Tony Schmidtke
JAN 6 – JAN 12    Brent Casmey
JAN 13 – JAN 19      David Nybakke
JAN 20 – JAN 26    Dan Wett
JAN 27 – FEB 2     Jim Frederick
FEB 3 – FEB 9        Dan Scheffler
FEB 10 – FEB 16    Todd Criswell
FEB 17 – FEB 23    Tony Schmidtke
FEB 24 – MAR 1    Brent Casmey
MAR 2 – MAR 8    David Nybakke
MAR 9 – MAR 15    Dan Wett
MAR 16 – MAR 22    Jim Frederick
MAR 23 – MAR 29    Dan Scheffler
MAR 30 – APR 5    Todd Criswell



January 2020 Reading List

January 5 - The Epiphany Of Our Lord

Isaiah 60:1-6

Ephesians 3:1-12

Matthew 2:1-12

January 12 - The First Sunday After The Epiphany

The Baptism Of Our Lord

Isaiah 42:1-9

Romans 6:1-11

Matthew 3:13-17

January 19 - The Second Sunday After The Epiphany

Isaiah 49:1-7

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

John 1:29-42a

January 26 - The Third Sunday After The Epiphany

Isaiah 9:1-4

1 Corinthians 1:10-18

Matthew 4:12-25






Usher Schedule – January Thru March 2020


January 5 – Group E

January 12 – Group F

January 19 – Group G

January 26 – Group H


February 2 – Group I

February 9 – Group A

February 16 – Group B

February 23 – Group C


March 1 – Group D

March 8 – Group E

March 15 – Group F

March 22 – Group G

March 29 – Group H


GROUP A                                                    GROUP E

Dave Downhour (507)645-9732                   John Greenfield (507)645-7705

Ray Larson (507)645-4298                          Todd Criswell (507)301-5187

Bob Quam (507)645-8265                           Jesse Hinz (507)663-0263

Ray Ozmun (507)645-7777                          Steve Norstad (612)859-1860

GROUP B                                                    GROUP F

Jim Frederick (507)581-4389                       Jonathan Ohmann (507)663-0120

Jeff and Holly Ciffra (507)645-8599              Martin Ohmann (507)649-1648

Jackie Ohmann (507)645-7241                    David Nybakke (612)729-6428

Tom Pumper                                             David Ohmann (507)645-7241

                                                               Ken Volkert (507)663-1136


Larry Pralle (507)649-1331                        GROUP G

Kraig Niebuhr (507)645-9392                    Tony Schmidtke (507)663-0017

Cliff Roberts (507)645-5588                      Glenn Menear (502)295-0809

Fred Vivant (952)985-5877                       Dale Nelson (507)645-4120

Sheldon Volkert (507)645-8573                 John Pfeiffer (507)645-2648

Noah Malecha (507)645-0316


Kurt Anderson (507)581-1644                    GROUP H

Kevin Bakken (507)645-6905                     Craig and Kathy Schuster (507)333-5634

Brent and Robert Casmey (507)645-4760    Jim Grieser (651)463-8817

Karl Huber (507)663-1462                         Dan Scheffler (507)291-0301

Russell Kraft (651)463-1255                      Norm Webber (507)301-3794


Dan Wett (507)645-4686 Bryce Skaar (507)491-6047

Bruce Young (507)645-2285 Rudy Maurer (507)380-8396


January                   February                  March

Mary V.                         Becky G.                       Colleen V.

Linda H.                        Darlene L.                     Brenda N.

Becky D.                        Marcia H.                     Mary V.

Barb G.                          Barb G.                        Darlene F.

April                         May                          June

Mary O.                        Becky G.                       June R.

June R.                         Brenda N.                     Mary O.

Barb G.                         Marcia H.                      Darlene L.

Becky D.                       Linda H.                        Darlene F.

July                         August                      September

Colleen V.                    Becky G.                        Mary O.

Mary V.                       June R.                          Marcia H.

Barb G.                        Darlene L.                      Linda H.

Becky D.                      Darlene F.                      Colleen V.

October                  November                December

Becky D.                      Becky G.                       Brenda N.

Mary V.                        Darlene L.                      Mary O.

Darlene F.                    Linda H.                        Marcia H.

Brenda N.                    Barb G.                         Colleen V.

Please contact each other for times to get together. Let each other know if you will be gone to make sure that all services are covered during your month.


Becky DeMann (507)301-5569 Marcia Huber (507)663-1462 Mary Ozmun (507)645-7777

Darlene Finch (507)645-2801 Linda Hutton (507)301-3759 June Rado (507)645-8594

Barb Greenfield (507)645-7705 Darlene Larson (507)645-4298 Colleen Vivant (952)985-5877

Becky Grieser (651)463-8817 Brenda Niebuhr (507)645-9392 Mary Vogt (507)333-9517


Substitutes: Joan Pralle (507)663-0192 or (507)649-1331

Barb Anderson (507)581-1642




                                    January Volunteer Schedule

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS___              USHERS_______________________ 

5 Tony Schmidtke                           Group E: John Greenfield, Todd Criswell,

                                                                 Jesse Hinz, Steve Norstad

12 Kurt Anderson                           Group F: Jonathan Ohmann, David Nybakke,

                                                                 David Ohmann, Ken Volkert

19 John Pfeiffer                              Group G: Tony Schmidtke, Dale Nelson,

                                                                  John Pfeiffer, Noah Malecha

26 Craig Schuster                           Group H: Craig and Kathy Schuster, Jim

                                                                  Grieser, Dan Scheffler, Norm Webber

ALTAR GUILD                                         COUNTERS    ______                                                 

Mary Vogt, Linda Hutton                        Bobbi and Tony Schmidtke

Becky DeMann, Barb Greenfield              Barb and Kurt Anderson

ACOLYTES                                           GREETERS           
5 - Olivia Voigt                                5 - Linda and Duane Hutton

12 - Eli Hinz                                   12 - Lynn and Norm Webber

19 - Grace Ohmann                        19 - Elda Ann and Ron Frauenshuh

26 - Erin Nybakke                           26 - Joan and Larry Pralle


December 30 - January 5 Tony Schmidtke

January 6 - 12 Brent Casmey

January 13 - 19 David Nybakke

January 20 - 26 Dan Wett

January 27 - Feb 2 Jim Frederick








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