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What Does The Future Hold?
In these last few months we no doubt have asked this question any number of times. We were told that here is a virus in China. Many are getting sick. We won-dered, “Will it come here?” Then we were told that It is now here. People started getting sick and began dying. Businesses and schools were closed. People were told to shelter in place for a time. The time was extended. We wonder, “What will happen in the future?”

As human beings we have always lived with uncertainty about the future. People lived with uncertainty through world wars, armed conflicts, and previous health pan-demics – the Spanish flu (1918-1919), the Asian flu (1957), the Hong Kong flu (1968), the bird flu (1997), the swine flu (2009) and others.

And we might ask – what will come next? What kinds of changes will be happening in the future?

But better question to ask would – what has remained the same about our future?

What has remained the same is the love and care of our God. His love for human beings has not changed. And it won’t change in the future. We recently celebrated Christ’s resurrection from the dead – His victory over sin, death, and the powers of the devil and evil. The power of God’s resurrection has not changed. Yes as sinful human beings there always Is the threat of death – perhaps more so with Covid-19.

But as Christians we need not fear – even though we at times do simply because we are human. Christ has conquered death. His plan for our eternal salvation has not changed. His grace given in Word and Sacrament has not changed. His for-giveness for our sins has not changed.

And as we live daily in contrition and repentance, we are reminded of Christ’s words, “These things I have spoken to you that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But fear not for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

This is not to say that nothing bad will ever happen to us. Rather, it is to say that even if we contract Covid-19 our God is still with us, still loves us, and has planned for our eternal future in a place where no illnesses, no death, no sin and no evil will touch us again.

So in the midst of uncertainty about the gfuture, in the midst of pandemics and many other evils, we can rest in peace in the loving arms of our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. His holy angels are watching over us, guarding us, and His love and justifying grace are blessing – yes even past death itself – with blessings that will last for eternity. That is truly our future.

Pastor Boehme



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

June Baptisms
Renee Boevers               Holly Ciffra                 Rebecca Frederick
Erin Nybakke                 Allyson Ohmann          Alyssa Ohmann
Grace Ohmann              Spencer Revels            Les Rud
Laura Voight                 Martha Voight              Elaine Zobel

July Baptisms
Armand Boehme            Dana Criswell               Linda DeMann
Linda Frederick              Jim Gorr                      Chuck Hagen
Elijah Malecha


After service on Sunday, June 28 and Sunday, July 26, there will be a reception in our
Fellowship Hall to celebrate the March, April, and May Baptism Birthdays!
We hope to see you there!!





April Home Fund Budget Status Report
Home Fund Balance on April 1, 2020      $24,343.25

April Home Fund Contributions               $12,867.63

             Designated Giving*                 $12,830.00
             Loose Plate Giving**               $37.63
             Rental Property Fund              $0.00

April Home Fund Expenses                   ($14,815.38)

Home Fund Balance on April 30, 2020    $22,395.50

The May and June Home Fund reports will be posted in the Fellowship Hall on June 4th and July 2nd, respectively, and the July report will be printed in the August newsletter.

*Includes all giving by people who use offering envelopes and e-giving
**Includes all giving by people without offering envelopes

Trinity Fund Report
In January, the voters established a Trinity Fund to replace the individual Me-morial Accounts for money given to memorialize a person or occasion. As with the Memorial Accounts, money in the Trinity Fund will be spent at the discretion of the Council unless it is designated for a specific purpose by the donor(s). In recommending this change to the voters, the Council requested that reports of gifts made and used be included in the monthly newsletters.

In April, Trinity received these gifts:
$10.00 given in memory of Gordon Rasmussen for the Trinity Youth
$50.00 given in honor of Larry and Joan Pralle for the Altar Guild
Trinity did not spend any money from these funds in April.



                     LCMS Stewardship Ministry  – June 2020

The sin of the world is paid for. God’s Law has been kept perfectly on our behalf. The prophecies have all been fulfilled. Jesus Christ has finished it all! And that, dear Christians, should fill us with complete confidence in our sal-vation. Since Jesus has finished all these things in His self-sacrifice, we can be fully certain our sins are forgiven, and we have everlasting life!

St. Paul wrote: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Rom. 12:1)

We hear the same teaching in 1 Peter. “As you come to him, a living stone, rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you your-selves, like living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:4-5)

It’s the very thing Malachi foretold of the Lord, that He would come and purify His priestly people, that they may offer to Him an offering in right-eousness. (Mal. 3:3)

So, what does this mean? In view of God’s mercies – that is, because Jesus sacrificed Himself to make us pure, giving His entire self into death – Paul said that we are to sacrifice ourselves entirely to God, offering Him our whole lives. For our Savior did not give Himself for us in part. So, we do not give back to Him in part.

We don’t offer ourselves to God just on Sunday mornings or Wednesday eve-nings, for example. Rather, we give Him our whole selves, all the time. We un-derstand that offering ourselves to God as living sacrifices involves the giving of our time. It requires us to be faithful stewards of the time He has given us. Yes, it means we devote to our Savior all our time. Otherwise we are not sacri-ficing our whole lives.

You see, God both teaches us, and has graciously qualified us, to present our-selves to Him as living sacrifices – to live as His holy priests, who offer Him acceptable sacrifices through Jesus Christ, all day, every day, in our various callings.

In the passages from Romans and 1 Peter, we hear several examples of Chris-tian self-sacrifice: serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading, showing mer-cy, living peaceably with others, submitting to governing authorities and those over us in the workplace, wives submitting to husbands, husbands honoring wives, showing compassion, and suffering patiently in doing good.

In all these things, and in all our other everyday activities, we sacrifice ourselves by using our time, not just for our own benefit, but also and especially for the well-being of others. Work time, school time, exercise time, study time, mealtime, chore time, recreation and relaxation time, even sleep time – it’s all God’s gift to us to use for purposes that please and honor Him.

This challenges us to think about the way we spend our time, how we utilize our talents, and the way we spend our treasures. Whatever it is I’m doing, am I doing it “for the Lord”? (Col. 3:23) Am I presenting God a living sacrifice? Am I conducting myself as a holy priest, whose sacrifice is acceptable to God?

Because our Lord sacrificed Himself wholly for us, we offer ourselves wholly to Him as living sacrifices. This is following Jesus in self-sacrifice. By His saving mercy, yes, our sacrifice is acceptable to God. For the sake of Jesus’ finished work, God is pleased with us.



Church Council Minutes

May 7, 2020

Pastor Klein
Pastor Boehme
Lisa Martinson - DCE
Bobbi Schmidtke – President
Barb Anderson-Treasurer
Barb Greenfield-Missions
John Greenfield-Elder
Todd Criswell-Trustee
Terri Casmey – Education
Jim Frederick-Elder
Judy Boehme
Becky DeMann – Congregational Secretary

Meeting called to order by Bobbi Schmidtke@ 7:08 p.m.

Opening Prayer by Pastor Klein

Minutes from April meeting – Need several corrections, 2 misspellings of names and more details need to be added regarding the CARES act. Approved after corrections were made.

Treasurer’s Report – Barb provided explanation of the spreadsheet created to track the loan for the CARES act. Barb also provided explanation of rental funds as the surplus wasn’t moved to the Home fund, Todd Criswell stated the rental house needs a water heater, rental license is up for renewal and property taxes are due on rental home. Financials Approved.

Old Business:

New Business:
April Voters meeting will be rescheduled once we have word when church can resume.

Discussion on bringing Glen Menear onto the Board of Education – Voted and Approved

Until such time that we can have a voters meeting, all positions on the board stay as is – Approved

Discussion regarding what procedures need to be in place for church ser-vices once the Governor allows worship services, social distancing, dis-infectants, ushers, communion, etc. All to be put in place when a date by the Governor is provided.

Live Sunday School is being provided by Lisa on Zoom.

An announcement will be made in newsletter that the church library is available for use as pastor is in during business hours. Procedures for safety of users was discussed and will be used.

Pastor Klein Report:
Confirmation will be the second Sunday after church resumes. Gowns needed to be returned to vendor, will check with St. John’s about borrowing these. There are 3 communicants.

Discussion regarding the Alliance for Defending Freedom

Pastor Boehme Report:
Has phoned over 50 members to check in during lock down.

Need to consider continuing video services for those who will require ongoing social distancing due to age or illness

DCE’s report:
Special disinfectant to order – 1 case

Masks should be available for those who attend worship, talk to quilting
ladies or whomever sew. Perhaps we should have a supply

District DCE meeting on Zoom

VBS-perhaps we can still provide if we determine procedures for in
person or we create VBS as a Zoom – how to make this work

Leadership meeting on Zoom

Download Youth Ministry – tools and games for Youth

The Skit Guys – Live Stream – on-line 15 -minute Bible story

Board Reports
$500 to Adopt-A-Student – received Thank you from student

$300 to other missions

Transfer money to LAMP fund

Inspection needed for rental property – repairs needed before

Renter signed new lease

Triangle window was repaired – Barb used up the rest of the
window fund and some of Capital Fund

Barb G. wondered if we have to pay for garbage pick-up since it
isn’t picked up weekly and also if a rebate for auto insurance
on church van

Should only Trustees sign for contracts-current by-laws are set
that way, perhaps we should add persons from other boardswould
require a change of by-law


No LAMP Mission Trip this year

Zoom meeting – Gift Basket ideas for graduates – If you have items you want to give

Wednesday Night Zoom – 10 kids attended

Sunday School Zoom – used Lisa and Jeff’s hunting trip as the basis of lesson on the road to Emmaus – as few as 4 as many as 6 kids

Adopt-A-Grad – what should go in the basket? 5 kids

Working with pastor when services resume

National Night Out

Prayer – Luther’s Evening Prayer and Adjournment 9:52 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Rebecca DeMann, Congregational Secretary




During this stay-at-home time of the pandemic, the work of the church continues.
Contributions to Trinity’s special missions have been steady. In April, $500 was sent to Concordia Seminary to support Kyle Lewis, the seminarian we are helping this year. We are hoping to support him through his four years of study.
This month we also donated $300 to the CAC, LAMP, Chai v’ Shalom, and POBLO. Money was transferred into the LAMP account even though there is uncertainty about their trip.
Trinity has chosen to support a start-up of a branch of POBLO in Faribault. Because of the coronavirus, it may be several months to a year before that is a reality. We have sent our contribution to Rochester for the time being.
Even though we are not in church, the Mission Bulletin Board in the hallway will continue to be updated. Thank you for all your support. Please keep our missions in your prayers.
Board of Missions
* Please see the next page of the newsletter for a copy of the most recent let-ter that Trinity received from Kyle Lewis, the Concordia Student that we are sponsoring through Adopt-A-Student


As of the publishing of this newsletter, the Minnesota South District has said that our congregations (along with Roman Catholic churches in Minnesota and our fellow Lutherans in the Minnesota North District) will resume regular worship (albeit with precautions due to the virus).

Beginning with the feast of Pentecost on May 31 (and the Thursday service on May 28) we will have communion services. Steps will be taken to clean both the chapel and the sanctuary following each service.

Those who feel ill or are displaying any symptoms of the virus are asked to re-frain from attendance until they have recovered. If you are in an at-risk group, please consider your health. If you attend worship, you will not be turned away. However, do not feel obligated to attend worship at this time. We will continue online services.

Confirmation for this year will be held on Sunday, June 7 but at a separate ser-vice for only family members of the confirmands. With the need to keep the attendance at 25% capacity, it was decided to have a service at 10:30 am on June 7. The Witness Service, which usually occurs on the Wednesday before Confirmation, will be combined with the Confirmation Worship Service.


Church library is open for use and will follow normal offices hours. (Mon - Thurs 9AM-11AM and 12PM-3PM)
Head on in to browse and check out books. We will have disinfecting wipes at the door of library and are asking you to please use on your way in and out. Also, if you have a mask, please wear into the library. Two steps, if you take a book off the shelf to look at but decide not to check it out, please leave on the table for disinfecting. If you decide to check out your books, follow the same steps you previously did.

As always, let Becky DeMann know if you have particular authors that you would like to see on the library shelves. Either leave me a note in my box or call me. 507-301-5569

The need is much higher at Northfield Food shelf than before, there are many people who can't work at this time due to the pandemic. The use of the Food Shelf is 30-40% more than before the pandemic. We will continue to take do-nations in the grocery cart at church or you can send a check directly to the Northfield CAC and earmark it for the Food Shelf.

Scrip orders are available through the mail, please call Tony Schmidtke to place your order. 507-645-0017

It is the time of year for Trinity to turn in the renewals for the new subscrip-tion year. If you would like to renew your subscription, or if you would like to start a subscription to receive the Lutheran Witness magazine beginning in August 2020, please let the church office know or you can email the secretary at

The subscription price is $19.68 annually for 11 issues. Subscribers will write a check to "Trinity Lutheran Church" for their magazines and the church is billed for all subscriptions at one time. Any questions, please call the church office.

Main Street Living airs at 9 AM on Sunday mornings. This is an LCMS pro-gram features a 30 minute broadcast, starting at 9:00 am, of a reproduction of the Lutheran Hour Ministries show made popular in the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s. The modified worship service begins at 9:30 am. The program is aired on WFTC, Channel 29/9-2 from the Twin Cities and is totally funded by viewers and others.

If you are unable to come to worship on Sunday or Thursday due to illness or some other reason, there are a variety of online worship opportunities availa-ble to you.

Trinity, of course, has a YouTube channel where the Thursday services are live-streamed:

You can visit There you can watch not only an online service, but an episode of This is the Life, a tele-vision show produced by the Lutheran Laymen’s League.

There is also, which features pastors from the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. Finally, you can watch the daily chapel services (when classes are in session) from our Fort Wayne seminary. The address for that is

Dates for this year’s Vacation Bible School are set for July 26 - 30 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

VBS Student Registration and Volunteer Sign-Up Link:

Come and learn more about JESUS in this fun-filled, Elements of Trust, Va-cation Bible School! We will explore faith-themed science experiments, listen to daily devotions, learn new songs and so much more! This is a FREE pro-gram for your child(ren).

All kids from 3 years old (potty trained) through those entering 3rd grade in the fall are welcome.

Students entering 4th grade in the fall or older are welcome to be VBS volun-teers. Please sign up via the volunteer button.

We are also looking for adult volunteers to help us out with music, daily devo-tions/bible study, snacks, opening/closing, etc. Just click on the volunteer sign up button.

We will be supporting the Community Action Center of Northfield as our service project. Check out this website to learn more about this beneficial community program:
We hope to see you in July!

Audry Hovland, Sherry Schwaab & Lisa Martinson, VBS Directors

Trinity will be hosting another Red Cross Blood Drive on July 18, from 6:45 am to 2:30 pm. The Red Cross would prefer donors to sign up ahead of time by either calling 1-800-733-2767, or visiting the Red Cross website - Thank you for considering to donate during this time of need.



Here is the schedule for Communion Assistants for June.
Thank you for your willingness to help with this service. As always, if you can-not help on your assigned Sunday, please find a substitute.

With the uncertainty about when services will resume, this schedule is somewhat tentative. The plan is to start the schedule with whomever the Communion As-sistant assigned to that Sunday will be. Also, the plan is to have Confirmation on the second Sunday after services resume.

Thanks again,
John Greenfield

June 7 Tony Schmidtke
June 14 Kurt Anderson
June 21 Barbara Greenfield
June 28 Bryce Skaar




Graduates - Congratulations and God’s Blessings to all of our graduates. Lisa de-livered baskets of treats, slime, and gift cards to our High School Graduates. Thanks to everyone who donated items to include in the baskets. The Board of Education is working to schedule a “Graduate Recognition Sunday” in late Au-gust/Early September as a send-off service. We will notify all of the graduates when a date is set. If you have (or are) a college or other graduate, please notify Lisa.

Wednesday Youth “Summer Zoom” - Lisa will continue to virtually meet with the youth during the summer months on Wednesdays from 7-8 pm. In addition to high’s/low’s and “Where have you seen Jesus this past week”, we’ve been learning about each other through some games, show & tell, and scavenger hunts. If you’d like to receive the zoom invitation, please contact Lisa.

Summer Sunday Zoom - Lisa will continue to virtually meet with anyone who would like to ‘attend’ on Sunday mornings from 10:15-11:15 am. Our lessons usu-ally focus on the Bible readings and topics that were part of worship. If you’d like to receive the zoom invitation, please contact Lisa.

Youth ‘Retreat’ - Lisa is working on scheduling a July youth retreat to her cabin up north (limit of 9 people). More details will come out when the dates are set.

Small Group - Zoom Style - You are invited to be a part of a Trinity Zoom Small Group where we will get together and study “Cultivating Faith - A Christ-Like Servant Leader Journer”. This is an 8-week study with the option of continuing on to another study after this one is completed. There is not a whole lot of ‘work’ involved. The dates/time are flexible right now, depending on interest and availa-bility. If you are interested in more details, please contact Lisa Martinson




The following people are Trinity’s Class of 2020 High School Graduates:

Robert Casmey
Will attend University of North Dakota to study Aviation
Parents: Brent and Terri Casmey




Joshua Beckstrom
Plans to attend Dakota County Technical College in the Veterinary Technician
Parents: Jon and Deb Beckstrom


Preston Lewis
Will attend the carpentry program at South Central College
Parents: Jodi Lewis and Greg Lewis




Lydia Vogt
Will attend Mankato State for Psychology degree
Parents: Adam and Liz Winter



Nick Wagner
Will attend Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and major in Mathematics and
Parents: Mike and Karen Wagner






June 2020 Reading List
The Holy Trinity
Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Acts 2:14, 22-36
Matthew 28:16-20

The Second Sunday after Pentecost
Exodus 19:2-8
Romans 5:6-15
Matthew 9:35-10:20

The Third Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 20:7-13
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:5a, 21-33

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 28:5-9
Romans 7:1-13
Matthew 10:34-42


July 2020 Reading List

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Zechariah 9:9-12
Romans 7:14-25a
Matthew 11:25-30

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 55:10-13
Romans 8:12-17
Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 44:6-8
Romans 8:18-27
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Deuteronomy 7:6-9
Romans 8:28-39
Matthew 13:44-52




Usher Schedule – MAY Thru JUNE 2020

June 7 - Group G
June 14 - Group H
June 21 - Group I
June 28 - Group A

July 5 - Group B
July 12 - Group C
July 19 - Group D
July 26 - Group E


GROUP A                                                    GROUP E


Dave Downhour                                         John Greenfield

Ray Larson                                                Todd Criswell

Bob Quam                                                 Jesse Hinz

Ray Ozmun                                               Steve Norstad


GROUP B                                                    GROUP F

Jim Frederick                                             Jonathan Ohmann

Jeff and Holly Ciffra                                   Martin Ohmann

Jackie Ohmann                                         David Nybakke

Tom Pumper                                             David Ohmann

                                                               Ken Volkert


Larry Pralle                                             GROUP G

Kraig Niebuhr                                          Tony Schmidtke

Cliff Roberts                                            Glenn Menear

Fred Vivant                                             Dale Nelson

Sheldon Volkert                                       John Pfeiffer

                                                             Noah Malecha



Kurt Anderson                                          GROUP H

Kevin Bakken                                           Craig and Kathy Schuster

Brent and Robert Casmey                          Jim Grieser

Karl Huber                                               Norm Webber

Russell Kraft                                            Jeff Martinson 



Dan Wett     

Bryce Skaar 

Bruce Young

Rudy Maurer




                                     June Volunteer Schedule

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS                      USHERS

7 Tony Schmidtke                                Group G: Tony Schmidtke, Glenn Menear,
                                                                       Dale Nelson, John Pfeiffer, Noah
14 Kurt Anderson                                 Group H: Craig and Kathy Schuster,
                                                                       Jim Grieser, Norm Webber, Jeff
21 Barbara Greenfield                           Group I: Dan Wett, Bryce Skaar, Bruce
                                                                       Young, Rudy Maurer
28 Bryce Skaar                                     Group A: Dave Downhour, Ray Larson,
                                                                        Bob Quam, Ray Ozmun


ALTAR GUILD                                         COUNTERS                                                


June Rado, Mary Ozmun                         Larry and Joan Pralle
Darlene Larson, Darlene Finch                 Bryce and Mollie Skaar

ACOLYTES                                           GREETERS                                                                 


June 1 - 7             Brent Casmey
June 8 - 14           Dan Wett
June 15 - 21          Larry Pralle
June 22 - 28          Jeff Martinson
June 29 - July 5     Todd Criswell


                                 July Volunteer Schedule


WORSHIP ASSISTANTS                       USHERS
5                                                         Group B: Jim Frederick, Jeff and Holly Ciffra,
                                                                        Jackie Ohmann, Tom Pumper
12                                                       Group C: Larry Pralle, Kraig Niebuhr,
                                                                        Cliff Roberts, Fred Vivant, Sheldon
19                                                       Group D: Kurt Anderson, Kevin Bakken,
                                                                        Brent and Robert Casmey, Karl Huber,
                                                                        Russell Kraft
26                                                       Group E: John Greenfield, Todd Criswell,
                                                                        Jesse Hinz, Steve Norstad

ALTAR GUILD                                       COUNTERS
Colleen Vivant, Mary Vogt                      Bobbi and Tony Schmidtke
Barb Greenfield, Becky DeMann              Barb and Kurt Anderson

ACOLYTES                                             GREETERS


June 29 - July 5       Todd Criswell
July 6 - 12               Tony Schmidtke
July 13 - 19              Brent Casmey
July 20 - 26              Dan Wett
July 27 - August 2     Larry Pralle











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