Monthly Newsletter

NOVEMBER 2020 MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

 God’s Blessings
 
[God] makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  (Matthew 5:45b)
 
For most of our history, the United States has had a Thanksgiving celebration sometime in the month of November.  It is good that we do so.  Our merciful God has given us far more than we deserve—al because of the forgiveness that His Son, Jesus won for us.  Even with the virus and the riots that plagued our country this year, there is much for which we should be thankful.
 
One of the temptations that come with such earthly abundance is that we judge our standing before God based on how well life is for us in this world.  The better our lives are in terms of wealth, health, and popularity, the more we believe that God is pleased with us.  The worse our lives are, the more we question ourselves (What am I doing wrong?) and the more we question God (Why is God so angry with me?  Why is God so unfair toward me?).
 
Jesus reminds us in the Sermon on the Mount that God gives earthly blessings whether the recipient is evil or good, just or unjust.  There are plenty of good people who suffer unjustly.  There are plenty of bad people who have good bank accounts, healthy bodies, and popularity in this world.  None of these things tell you what God thinks of you.
 
The way to know beyond all doubt what God thinks of you is to listen to His Word.  Yes, you are a sinner deserving nothing that is good.  Because of Jesus and His death and resurrection, you get what you do not deserve: forgiveness and eternal life.  Besides, one day wealth, health, and popularity will vanish.  Graveyards are full of people who had all of these things.  They do not have them anymore.  Those who trust Jesus for their forgiveness are richer beyond any earthly wealth.  The way God wants you to show your thanks is to come to worship and to read His Word to receive that blessing.

 
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

November Baptisms
Mark Barlau                Nancy Downhour           Matthew Harvey
Tracy Hinz                  Sandy Nelson                Jared Nybakke
Ruth Ohmann             Mollie Skaar                  Sid Sorbo
Vernon Volkert            Maliah Vosejpka            Katie Wagner
 


 



FROM THE TREASURER

September Home Fund Budget Status Report

Home Fund Balance on September 1, 2020                $37,329.87

September Home Fund Contributions                             $14,449.98
Designated Giving*        $13,202.00
Loose Plate Giving**        $897.91
Rental Property Fund        $350.07
 
September Home Fund Expenses                                 ($18,408.49)

Home Fund Balance on September 30, 2020              $33,371.36
 
*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 Memorial Accounts for money given 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).  The Council requested that reports of gifts made and used be included in the monthly newsletters.
 
In September, Trinity received these gifts:
$10.00 given in memory of Ruth Eppen
$40.00 given in memory of Bev Gorr

 

 



STEWARDSHIP MESSAGE

Our Father in heaven has claimed us as His own. By the shedding of His Son’s blood, His death for our sins, and His resurrection for our justification, God the Father has received us back into His family. By water – combined with His Word, promise, and Name – the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in us. We belong to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is in us, and we are in Him. And, being in Him, all things are ours. In Him, we are richly and abundantly blessed.
Our true treasure is that we belong to the most Holy Trinity, and everything that is His – righteousness, peace, eternal life – also belongs also to us. Even our temporal treasures are gifts from His fatherly divine goodness and mercy.
We receive our treasures from Him, and thus, as good stewards of His varied grace, we manage them in such a way that they may be returned to Him. We bring them to Him, hallowed through prayers of thanksgiving and God’s holy Word, as a sacrifice.
Thus, all our possessions, as gifts from God, are also sacrifices to Him. We eat to nourish our bodies. We share with our family, neighbors, fellow Christians, the poor, and even our enemies as holy things given by the holy God. His temporal gifts are blessings to and for us, and they bring blessings upon us even as they are pressed into His service for His kingdom.
Thus, we place all that we have into God’s hands, and He never fails to remember us. He pours out the fullness of His promises upon us. We give thanks for all that He has done, is doing, and will continue to do. We give thanks by not taking for ourselves, but, giving to all even as our heavenly Father has given to us.
As we prepare for the celebrations of Thanksgiving, may we all give thanks continually for all that we are and all that we have because of God’s providential care. And may we be all the more diligent in bringing everything that we have received from God to Him, so that He may bless it and employ it for the good of all – even for us. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance.

 


 
CHURCH COUNCIL MINUTES

Trinity Lutheran Church
Council Meeting - October 1, 2020

Attendance - Pastor Klein
                     Pastor Boehme
                     Lisa Martinson - DCE
                     Barb Greenfield - Missions                     
                     John Greenfield - Elder
                     Todd Criswell - Trustee
                     Grant Hovland - Stewardship
                     Becky DeMann - Congregational Secretary
                     
Meeting called to order by John Greenfield - 8:15 pm

Opening Prayer by Pastor Klein

Treasurer’s Report - Financials Approved

Old Business -
• Worship and singing - 2 services - October 18th service will be non-singing at 8:45 am
• 2nd service at 10 am with singing

New Business
• Budgets - Boards need to get budgets to Grant Hovland for 2021 budget approval
• National Night Out - Box will be dropped for donations for National Night Out in lieu of celebration - Oct. 6th

Pastor Klein Report -
• Planning committee will be next month
• Confirmation has 6 children this year
• Changed constitution was sent in recently, hasn’t been approved by district yet
• Nominate to the Faribault district a Lay Delegate for Circuit Convention - John Greenfield was nominated and approved for a Lay Delegate

Pastor Boehme Report -
• Pastor is through all his cancer treatments
• Pastor is continuing to contact members via phone
• His brother fell and broke his hip, Pastor won’t be traveling to Illinois but is requesting prayers
• Pastor is thinking about having a congregational car cruise in the next several weeks

DCE Report -
• See attached report

Board Reports
Missions
       Keep missions the same as 2020 for 2021
       $500 to Adopt-A-Student, and $200 to each CAC, Chai v’ Shalom,          
            P.O.B.L.O.

Trustees
       Shoveling list is started for this coming year
       Renters have paid rent but haven’t moved in yet

Stewardship
       Pledge cards have been sent out, back by Oct. 18th
       Budgets need to be in by Oct. 8th
       Preliminary budget meeting Nov. 1st

Education
       Budget will remain the same as 2020
       Multi-generational party for reformation - picnic, games, pumpkins -  
            Oct. 25th
       Congregational Event called Journey to the Cross the Saturday before
            Palm Sunday
       Christmas program maybe via video from each family to be placed on
            YouTube

Elders
       Discussed Worship and salaries for 2021

Fellowship
       N/A
 
Prayer - Luther’s Evening Prayer and Adjournment - 9:08 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Rebecca DeMann, Congregational Secretary

 
 
 


 

DCE LISA’S PAGE

FUEL (Faith Used in Everyday Life) Youth Nights for MS & HS students will be 2nd & 4th Sunday evenings from 5:30-7:00 (unless otherwise publicized) and will be in-person with indoor mask social distancing guidelines. We will always include a time for God’s Word and for prayer.  Dinners may or may not be included in the evening.  We will let you know ahead of time if a meal is being served.  Here’s what we have planned for the upcoming months:
    November 8 – Poverty Simulation Event
    November 22 – “Turkey Hunt” Food Drive for CAC
    December 13 – Baking for Christmas
     December 27 – Christmas Party
    January 10 - Destination Unknown
    January 24 – Destination Unknown
    February 14 – Valentine’s Snowtubing Event
    February 28 – Craft Night
    March 14 – Family Bowling Day
    March 28 – Palm Sunday Event

Sunday Morning Youth Time
With 2 worship services held on Sunday mornings (8:45 & 10:00) our MS & HS youth will meet in the game room upstairs from 9:40 - 9:55.  In addition to a short message, we will save some time for sharing and praying.  Our schedule will continue this way every Sunday morning until our worship time changes.
 

Funeral Home Visit – As part of learning about the Third Article of the Apostles Creed, namely the resurrection of the dead, Pastor Klein  has arranged for our Confirmation students and other youth to visit the Bierman Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 18 starting at 6:00pm.  We will get to see the embalming room (without a body, of course), the display room with caskets, urns, and other items used for burial, and the crematorium.  This will be part of Confirmation class, but if you are a youth in 8th grade or older and are interested in attending, please contact Lisa Martinson or Pastor Klein.
 

LCMS National Youth Gathering “In All Things” – Held every 3 years since 1980, the LCMS Youth Gathering provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God’s people to be encouraged in their walk with Jesus Christ and learn about the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity.  The Gathering is more than the five days of the event. The preparation process for the Gathering brings together young people and supportive adults to encourage each other in their baptismal identity. The Gathering provides young people a vision for the vastness of Christ’s Church and equips them for vocational service as they continue their walk with Jesus.  The July 2022 gathering in Houston, TX  seems like a long time away – but planning for it has to start early.  If you will be 14 years old and/or entering 9th grade by July 2022 and are interested in being a part of this amazing event, please contact Lisa Martinson.

Other Church Items:
Calling all runners (and cheer squad people too)!  Are you a Runner?  Would you like to try a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, or Full Marathon?  Do you like to cheer people to victory?  If so, you are invited to join a couple of Trinity members who will be training for the IronHorse Full Marathon in Riceville, IA on Saturday, May 1, 2021.  This is not a running club.  We just want to invite more people to join us for the event.  If youth are interested, we will have a need for a non-running chaperone.  We would also enjoy people to be a part of a Trinity Cheer Squad!  Plans are being made for a Friday/Saturday trip, returning home after the event.  Contact Lisa Martinson if you would like more information

Aluminum Cans - Looking for a parent or two to take aluminum cans to recycling.

LCMS Youth Ministry - has a YouthLead training event February 25-28 in St. Louis for training young leaders. It would be great to take a couple of our youth to this event.

Personal Study or Small Group Study Materials - Downloaded and have available for anyone to use: All available Concordia Publishing House Books of the Bible Study Questions and many Concordia Publishing House Video based Faith Courses. If you are interested in using these, please contact me.

 


Mission Board Report
The Mission Board is thankful for the contributions that have been given this year.  This month we will send $500 to Kyle Lewis, the seminarian we are supporting.  We agreed to give him $500 for last Spring’s semester and an additional $500 for this Fall’s semester.  Is is our intent to support him through the four years of his program.

We will also send $200 to the CAC, POBLO, and Chai v’ Shalom.  We will continue to support LAMP as they need it.  There is currently over $4200 in their account for their next trip.  They were not allowed to go this past Summer but are hoping things are more favorable next year.

Operation Joy will have a new look this year.  They are only collecting monetary donations.  Each child will still receive a pair of pajamas and families will receive a quilt.  All money given will be used to purchase gift cards which will be given to families to do their own gift purchasing.  If you would like to support Operation Joy, donations can be made in the following ways: online – visit communityactioncenter.org/operation-joy; mail – send a check directly to:
Community Action Center
℅ Operation Joy
1651 Jefferson Parkway, Suite HS-200
Northfield, MN 55057
For more information about Operation Joy, visit their website at: communityactioncenter.org/operation-joy

While we were intending to dress bears for the Castle Rock bank as in past years, there was doubt from them about getting the bears.  Board of Missions has decided to not participate in this mission.  Hopefully by next Christmas things will be closer to normal.

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


 
LWML Minnesota South District Convention – October 10, 2020
“Tell Everyone What He Has Done” – This was the theme for our District Convention which was postponed from June 2020 to October 2020.  What should have been 3 days of convention was trimmed down to 1 day of convention due to Covid 19.  It was still a great experience!

We began with a Worship Service, Rev. Dr. William Utech, LCMS MN South District Assistant to the President, Missions was the service Proclaimer.  “The church is God’s means for accomplishing God’s mission.  Our local church is the hope of the world.”  “Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest that he drives out workers into his harvest fields!”  Who are the workers?  We are the workers!  We who know the Lord!  We are God’s worker’s; he wants us out in the harvest fields to proclaim his glory.  To share the good news!  We are the hope for all those who do not know God!

 Our President of Minnesota South District Deb Vinkemeier began the program with an introduction to the Board of Directors and a video of the MN South Grants.  There were several speakers who were recipients of grants; Joel Landskroener – Executive Director of Mayer Lutheran High School – they use the grant to provide tuition for those students who want to attend a Christian school but cannot afford it.  Linda Wize and LeNae Williamson – Executive Directors of “The Dwelling Place” a safe place for battered women and families, another of the organizations that are supported by the mites we donate to LWML.

Jan Struck was one of the speakers. She is very funny and has several characters that come to our conventions; Glory May, Glory Will, and Lucinda.   She was at National Convention in Mobile, Alabama.  She adds real life situations with humor to our conventions and you just love to laugh along with her.

There were prize drawings, a lovely luncheon, more grant recipient speakers, a silent auction, and devotions.  There were beautiful banners created for the convention with the convention theme.  These were created by zones within our district.

 It was wonderful to spend the day in the company of women and men who love the Lord.
 

 


TRINITY NEWS

WORSHIP INFORMATION
On October 18th, Trinity began holding two Sunday morning worship services.  The first service begins at 8:45 am.  The order of worship remains the same as it has since late May.  The second service begins at 10:00 am.  The order of worship will take the form of the usual Thursday Worship service, including the congregation singing 3 hymns.  If you have any questions, please ask Pastor Klein or an elder.  And the pastors will still offer private communion to anyone who wishes.

BIBLE CLASS
The Sunday morning Bible Class will not meet following the worship services for the foreseeable future, due to the addition of a second service.  The Tuesday evening Bible Class, however, will begin meeting again at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

NOVEMBER MUSIC SIGN UP
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far to provide worship music.  The November music sign up has been posted on the hallway bulletin board.  If you would like to sing or play music right before the sermon during the 8:45 am Sunday Worship Service, please sign up for a Sunday in November.  It is suggested to choose a familiar hymn or song.  There is a microphone in the balcony and David Greenfield is willing to accompany those who would like him to do so.

TRINITY BOOK CLUB
The book club will again meet the first Monday of the month in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00 am.  Here are the books for the next several months.
    November 2nd - “Where the Crawdad’s Sing” by Delia Owens
    December 7th - “The Dutch House” by Anne Patchett
    January 4th - “Evidence Not Seen” by Darlene Rose Diebler

THANK YOU FROM LWML
Thank you so much for supporting LWML and our recent collection.  We took 6 birthday bags and 10 boxes of diapers to the Minnesota South District Convention on October 10, 20202.  These items will be taken to LOVE, INC to be given out to families that have need for them.
 

CONGREGATIONAL CAR CRUISE
Members and friends of Trinity Lutheran enjoyed a very colorful car cruise on Sunday October 11th. They cruised through Northfield, Dundas, Millersberg, Lonsdale, and Webster before returning to Northfield. Some visiting and prayer in the church parking lot concluded the event. This congregational event was held in lieu of the car show that could not be held this year because of the pandemic.
 
The 6 cars Bob Davies (63 Ford convertible), Buzz Cummins & Eileen Hachfeld (56 Thunderbird), Chris and Caroline Bussmann (56 Thunderbird) Sid and Betty Sorbo (53 Hudson Jet), Craig and Cathy Schuster (Cadillac Ambulance), and Pastor and Judy Boehme (07 Shelby Mustang) were joined in mid cruise by a 65 Shelby Cobra.
 
The tree colors were spectacular. It would appear that our gracious God enabled all the leaf colors to appear at once - hence the brilliant reds, maroons, yellows, browns, golds, oranges, and greens all mixed together in a display of beauty rarely seen. This beauty is a contrast to what our country and the world are now experiencing. Truly our God and the beauty of His love and grace are ours. The cruise concluded with a prayer of thanks to God for the beauty displayed, for safety on the cruise, and for the blessings of God’s grace and mercy to us all.
 


NOVEMBER 2020 READINGS

November 1
All Saints Sunday
Revelation 7:2-17
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

 November 8
The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Amos 5:18-24
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13

 November 15
The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Zephaniah 1:7-16
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30

 November 22
The Last Sunday of the Church Year
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
Matthew 25:31-46

 November 29
The First Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 64:1-9
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 11:1-10

 

 


                                     November Volunteer Schedule


WORSHIP ASSISTANTS                      USHERS

1                                             

8                                             

15                                            

22

25  Thanksgiving Eve

29        

 

(At this time only one person is needed at the worship service due to social distancing.  There will be no worship assistants needed at this time.)                                                                       

 

 

ALTAR GUILD                            COUNTERS                                                

 Becky Grieser, Darlene Larson                     Deb and Karl Thomforde
Linda Hutton, Barb Greenfield                      Brenda and Kraig Niebuhr

 


                          


 

 

                               

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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