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Faith Comes by Hearing
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  (Romans 10:17)
“In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at the University of British Columbia believe that people who are in an unresponsive state at the end of their life may still be able to hear. These findings provide insight into how friends, family, and hospital staff can bring comfort to people who are near death.”  I have been at the bedside of many a Christian who was in the last hours of life.  This study is evidence of what I have long believed: this person, somehow, has an idea of what is happening in the room.  I watch my words accordingly.  
Faith comes by hearing.  The spoken word is so important to the Lord.  Much of creation came about simply through speech: “And God said, ‘Let there be…’”  More important than that, it is through speech that God gives to us the blessings Jesus won for us on the cross.  God’s Word actually gives what it offers: forgiveness.  The best thing you can do for your loved one in his or her last hours is to read to them God’s Word and pray.  Jesus is the One whom they need most at that time.
Even after death, hearing is important.  Jesus said, “The hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth” (John 5:28-29a).  Your body, in whatever grave it will rest, will hear Jesus’ voice.  His Word will restore you to a new and sin-free life.  This is the greatest news we have at the moment of a loved one’s death and our own.  
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

September Baptisms
Kurt Anderson        Kevin Bakken        David Downhour
Jim Grieser            Dorothy Hovland        Roscoe Hovland
Noah Klein            Ashlie Maurer        Jordan Ohmann    
Mary Ozmun        June Rado            Maren Schwaab
Olivia Voigt            Norm Webber        Jerry West        
Bruce Young


  July Home Fund Budget Status Report
Home Fund Balance on July 1, 2020                    $42,046.05
July Home Fund Contributions                        $16,453.42
Designated Giving*        $16,105.00
Loose Plate Giving**        $348.42
Rental Property Fund        $0.00
July Home Fund Expenses                             ($19,024.02)
Home Fund Balance on July 31, 2020                    $39,475.45
*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 July, Trinity spent $350.00 for a bench to be placed near the butterfly garden at Whispers of Hope, in memory of Marie Enfield.
Also in July, Trinity received these gifts:
$2,000.00 given in memory of Lois Kodada
$1,105.00 given in memory of Milton Berg



Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Eccl 9:10).
God bids us to be faithful in the tasks He calls us to do. He calls us to be members of a family (husbands and wives; fathers and mothers; sons and daughters). He calls us to be members of society (those who govern and those who are governed). And He calls us to be members of His family, the Church (those who preach and teach and those who hear and learn). Each of these callings from God places a duty on us.
As members of a family, husbands are given the duty to die for their wives as Christ gave His life for His bride, the Church; while wives are given the duty to respect their husbands and submit themselves to them as the Church does to Christ. Fathers and mothers are to raise their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, teaching them the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Scriptures concerning Baptism, Confession, the Office of the Keys, and the Lord’s Supper. Children are to honor their parents throughout their lives, and even when their parents are no longer alive, serving and obeying them, loving and cherishing them, and speaking well of them.
As members of society, God calls those who govern to bear the sword, that is, to punish those who do evil (those who live contrary to God’s will) and to reward those who do good (those whose lives are lived in conformity with God’s will). Those who are governed are to obey their leaders as to the Lord Himself, for their leaders bear the sword of God’s temporal justice for a purpose.
As members of God’s own family, the Church, He calls those who preach and teach to do so in faithfulness to His holy Word. To preach and teach the Law of God to convict the hearts of hearers of their sin and to encourage, admonish, and exhort them to do good works in accordance with God’s
will. They are to preach and teach the Gospel, the full forgiveness of their sins accomplished by Christ and received through faith, not by works. They are to administer the means of grace in accordance with the Gospel and the Word of God. They do all this for the young and old alike, for those who are near and far off. Those who hear and learn are to submit themselves to their preachers and teachers. They are support them by their prayers and their gifts.
Each of these callings from God place a duty on us. They make a claim on our presence; on our prayers; and our time, talents, and treasures. So, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Eccl 9:10). Pray for your family, your government, and your church. Give of yourself by means of your time, your talents, and your treasures to your family, your government, and your Church. That is what it means to be faithful in the tasks that God has given us. That is what it means to do it with all your might.



There was no Church Council meeting held in August, due to lack of agenda items to discuss.





Sunday School is scheduled to begin on Sunday, September 13.  The Board of Education is currently looking into curriculum and class options for our Fall Sunday School.  We are hoping to make our class sizes smaller in number and utilize the larger rooms upstairs.  To do this, we are looking for a few volunteers to teach or to team teach.  If you feel a calling to help nurture the faith of our younger members, please contact one of the Board of Education Members (Terry Casmey, Glenn Menear, or Karen Wagner) or contact DCE Lisa Martinson.

FUEL will be held on the 2nd & 4th Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:00 (unless otherwise publicized).  Weather permitting we will be outside for these events.  Everyone is asked to bring a mask in case we have to move indoors.  What is FUEL?  It’s an acronym for “Faith Used in Everyday Life”.   The desire is to equip our youth be faithful followers of Christ wherever they go in life.
What to expect from FUEL Night?  FUEL could be spiritual, service, relationship, awareness, vocational, or emotional in nature but will always be filled with Faith, Fun, Fellowship, and Food.   Who is FUEL for?  FUEL is intended for our youth from 5th – 12th Grade with the intent to divide into smaller age groups if needed.  Talk with DCE Lisa Martinson if you have any questions.  Keeping in mind that this schedule is subject to changes, here is the current FUEL schedule for the remainder of 2020:
                September 13 – Relationship Building
                September 27 – “Destination Unknown” (Field Trip)
                October 11 – Mystery Supper **Note Time Change from 5:30-7:00pm
                October 25 – Reformation Bonfire
                November 8 – Poverty Simulation Event
                November 22 – “Turkey Hunt” Food Drive for CAC
                December 13 – Baking for Christmas
                December 27 – Christmas Party

We had an amazing day at Camp Omega in August!  We enjoyed Team Building games led by Noah, taped a few Bible stories to edit and send to our LAMP friends, swam and played ‘Dibble Dabble’ in the pool, ate a delicious dinner, and closed with an affirmation exercise and prayer.  Thank you Abby, Eowyn, Erin, Grace, Lilli, Lydia and Samantha for making it a wonderfully memorable day!

This summer our youth have been meeting with Lisa via Zoom.  We have enjoyed 3 “Zoom Baking with Lisa” events!  We made a decadent Chocolate Brownie Torte in June, a sweet 4th of July cake in July, and some yummy Dark Chocolate Revel Bars in August.  Lisa has started feeling a little like “Rachel Ray”!  In the future we will be sharing our baking/cooking skills with the congregation!  We hope you enjoy!

We had a fun Bingo night in August thanks to a  generous grant from the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative!  30 people joined on Zoom to play Bingo.  HCI provided $300 for game time snacks/beverages!  Congratulations to all of you who won and a huge thank you to everyone for making this a blessed night of fun and fellowship!  





Pastor Klein is planning to resume his Tuesday evening Bible Class on September 8.  The Sunday morning Bible Class will resume on September 20.

Main Street Living is an LCMS program that features pastor 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 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.  This runs from 9:00 - 9:30 am.  The second half hour is a modified Lutheran worship service, which is produce locally by pastors in our area.  This worship service starts at 9:30 and runs until 10:00 am.  This program is 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.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Faribault Circuit convocation that was to be held at Good Shepherd, Owatonna on October 3, 2020 has been postponed until spring of 2021.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to provide worship music.  The September music sign up has been posted on the hallway bulletin board.  If you would like to sing or play music during the Sunday Worship Service, which is done right before the sermon, please sign up for a Sunday in September.  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.

We have resumed regular worship services while still practicing precautions due to the virus.  According to the governor’s latest executive order, masks are required when you enter the building.  If you are socially distanced while seated, you may remove your mask.  If you do not have a mask, there are complimentary ones as you enter the doors from the parking lot.  Private communion appointments are also available with Pastor Klein for members of your household.

Trinity LWML gave a cozy handmade quilt to each of the five 2020 high school graduates on Sunday, August 9.  The graduates were recognized during the worship service and Pastor Boehme gave a blessing to them as they move on to the next chapter of their lives.

Please join us - all women are invited!  Trinity LWML is resuming their monthly meetings on September 9.  These begin at 1:30 pm and consist of the monthly meeting and a Bible Study led by Pastor Klein.  According to the governor’s latest executive order, masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

During the month of September, there will be no Fellowship events or Wednesday evening meals.  It will be decided later in September what the committee’s plans are for October.



 September 6
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Ezekiel 33:7-9
Romans 13:1-10
Matthew 18:1-20

September 13
Rally Sunday
Deuteronomy 6:4-12
2 Timothy 3:12-17
Matthew 28:16-20

September 20
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 55:6-9
Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30
Matthew 20:1-16

September 27
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
Philippians 2:1-18
Matthew 21:23-32








                                     September Volunteer Schedule

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS                      USHERS






(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                                                

 Mary Ozmun, Marcia Huber                      Emelda Rasmussen
Linda Hutton, Colleen Vivant                    Nancy and David Downhour


ACOLYTES                                           GREETERS                                                                 


 August 31 - Sept. 6  Dan Wett
September 7 - 13  Larry Pralle
September 14 - 20  Jeff Martinson
September 21 - 27  Todd Criswell
September 28 - Oct. 4  Tony Schmidtke















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