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APRIL 2019 MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

My Eyes Shall Behold
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:25-27).  

Of the funerals I have conducted over my thirty-plus years as a pastor, I have had the opportunity on some occasions to watch the funeral director close the casket for the final time.  He or she rearranges a few things in the casket so that the lid will close all the way.  There are some items that remain in the casket along with the brother or sister who is now with Jesus.  For example, my father was buried with a St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap.  When he was a kid, Dizzy Dean was a god.  There is also one item (if it is in the casket) that is always removed.  If the person is wearing glasses, the funeral director takes them and puts them in a pocket or some sort of bag.  They will be donated to the Lions or some other charity that distributes eye glasses to the needy.

While there is no real liturgical significance to the act, I have always viewed that moment as powerful.  This Christian’s physical eyes no longer see.  There is no need for the eyewear.  Good stewardship dictates that they be given to someone still alive.  For now, our brother or sister in Christ is with Him and all of the blessed in paradise.  They are before the throne of the Lamb in perfect happiness, singing the praise of Him who died for them.

Yet one day, those earthly eyes now closed in death will see again.  The angel announced nearly two thousand years ago, “He is risen just as He said.”  Our Redeemer lives.  Job knew that he, too, would rise from the dead.  His physical eyes would see His Redeemer.

One day, our physical eyes will stop working.  Jesus’ resurrection, though, is the guarantee that they will see again.  They will then see something the likes of which they can never behold in this world.  They will see Jesus, Himself, who died and rose again for our eternal life.

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

April Baptisms
Barbara Anderson        Rooney Bachmeier        Rick Boevers
Lizabeth DeMann        Brent Klein            Dave Knudtson
Mylee Maurer        Joan Nelson            Kraig Niebuhr
Tony Schmidtke        Craig Schuster        Andrew Voight
Andrew Voigt        Katherine Voigt

 
After service on Sunday, April 28, there will be a reception in our
Fellowship Hall to celebrate these Baptism Birthdays!
We hope to see you there!!


 

FROM THE TREASURER

Rain down, you heavens, from above, and let
the skies pour down righteousness;”
  Isaiah 45:8

April is a month known for rain showers.  The word “rain” appears many times in the Bible, often as a symbol for something boundless, refreshing, free, and delightful from God, especially His righteousness and blessings.  We are thankful God continues to bless Trinity, not only with everything He knows we need, but also with His saving grace from His resurrected Son.

The Treasurer’s Report included in this newsletter reflects the status of Trinity’s finances through February.  The 2019 budget approved by the voters anticipated using $22,807.25 from the Home Fund surplus (carried over from 2018) to balance the budget.  At the end of February, Home Fund expenses were $7,306.75 higher than Home Fund contributions, and the Home Fund surplus dropped to $30,667.70.  A Treasurer’s Report of Home Fund expenses and contributions through March, representing 25% of the year, will be posted in the Fellowship Hall during the first week of April.

 


Trinity Communion Assistants:
Here is the schedule for Communion Assistants for April through June 2019.
Thank you for your willingness to help with this service.  As always, if you cannot help on a particular 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
 
    
April 7    Bobbi Schmidtke
April 14    Pastor Klein
April 18
(Maundy Thursday)    John Frederick
April 21    Tony Schmidtke
April 28    Barbara Greenfield
May 5    Pastor Boehme
May 12    Craig Schuster
May 19    Deb Thomforde
May 26    John Pfeiffer
June 2    John Greenfield
June 9    Bryce Skaar
June 16    Bobbi Schmidtke
June 23    Kurt Anderson
June 30    Tony Schmidtke


 

 


Church Council Minutes

March 2019

Attendance:  Pastor Klein, Kurt Anderson (President), Barb Anderson (Treasurer), Barb Greenfield (Missions), Todd Criswell (Trustees), Jim Frederick (Elders), (Barb Anderson – Fellowship)

Call to order by Kurt Anderson.

Opening Prayer - Pastor Klein

Approval of January 3 Meeting Minutes: approved

Treasurer’s Report:  Approved
1.  Format of Report has some changes emphasizing the Hume Fund vs. Expenditures with    
     checking fund balance on last page of report;
2.  Home Fund surplus is at 32% spent in 17% of the year which indicates Hume Fund
     running about 4% behind;
3.  Preschool balance is reserved for playground maintenance.

Old Business:
Concordia St. Paul to interview at Trinity on 3/25 concerning our appli-                   
      cation request for a DCE Intern.  There are more requests by congrega   
      tions than available Interns.
Greeter volunteers need a final conversation with Pastor Klein after worship on Sunday and then the greeters’ program will be in place.
The Everyone His Witness program has been well received with 25-30                      
      members attending.  Discussion about what modules of the program    
      we may use next and the timing for them.  It probably will be next fall.
Suggestion that an invitation to all of our local inactive members will be extended to them for our National Night Out event in addition to the neighbors we invite.

New Business:
Nominations still needed for a VP, 2 for Board of Ed., and 1 for Bd. of   
      Missions.
2.  No Thrivent Choice requests.
Need groups to sign up to host Wednesday Lenten dinners.  there are    
      still a couple of open dates.
Pastor's Report:
1.  Updated council on web site stats.
Considering live-streaming the Sunday service instead of our Thursday service.
Reported on the session of interest from the recent Best Practice Min           
      istries Conference in Arizona, which he and Amy attended.

Board Reports:
Missions
1.  $250 has been sent to each of the missions Trinity is supporting
2.  Baby Bottle Campaign for Women’s Center to kick-off after Easter
March is Food Shelf Month – information is on the mission bulletin    
      board.

Trustees
1.  Desire to extend the lease agreement with our current house tenant
Stained-glass and roof repairs are waiting for an improved weather      
      situation so that they can begin.

Stewardship
Envelopes ordered, and the new order will now include a Christmas  
      Day envelope

Education
Sunday School spring break service project will be making 2 fleece     
      blankets to be donated to Ruth’s House.  They will be made on 3/24.
Intergenerational bingo will be offered during the education hour on   
      3/24
Staying with CPH’s Sunday School curriculum, Growing In Christ, for   
      the 2019-20 school year.
Graduate recognition will be on 5/18.  Please contact the board if you   
      have any graduating seniors from HS or college.
Waiting for warmer weather (May or June) to have the inaugural bon
       fire sing.  Jeffrey Ciffra constructed the firepit as part of his Eagle   
       Scout project.
CSP will visit Trinity on 3/25.  Julie Nybakke will represent the Bd of Ed.

Fellowship
1.  Planning a delicious Easter breakfast following Sunday worship.

Adjournment – recited Luther’s Evening Prayer

Respectfully submitted,
Kurt Anderson, President

 

 


Usher schedule

APRIL 7    Group A
APRIL 14    Group B
APRIL 21    Group C
APRIL 28    Group D

 

USHER GROUPS

Group A:                                                      Group F:
Leader – Milt Berg (507)645-4177            Leader – Jonathan Ohmann (507)663-0120
       Dave Downhour (507)645-9732                      Allyson & Alyssa Ohmann
       Ray Larson (507)645-4298                          David Nybakke (612)729-6428
       Bob Quam (507)645-8265                                                    David Ohmann (507)645-7241
       Buzz Cummins                                                     Ken Volkert (507)663-1136    

Group B:                                                        Group G:
Leader – Jim Frederick                                 Leader – Tony Schmidtke (507)663-0017
         Jeff Ciffra (507)645-8599                      
         Jeffrey Ciffra                                         Dale Nelson (507)645-4120
         Jackie Ohmann (507)645-7241            John Pfeiffer (507)645-2648
         Tom Pumper                                          Noah Malecha (507)645-0316

Group C:                                                           Group H:
Leader – Larry Pralle (507)663-0192            Leader – Craig Schuster (507)333-5634
         Kraig Niebuhr (507)645-9392                          Kathy Schuster
         Cliff Roberts (507)645-5588                          Jim Grieser (651)463-8817
         Fred Vivant (952)985-5877                        Dan Scheffler (507)291-0301
                                                                                  Norm Webber (507)301-3794

Group D:                                                                   Group I:
Leader – John Frederick (507)645-8314             Leader – Dan Wett (507)645-4686
       Kurt Anderson (507)581-1644                                   Bryce Skaar (507)645-7872
       Kevin Bakken (507)645-6905                         Bruce Young (507)645-2285
       Brent Casmey (507)645-4760                          Rudy Maurer (507)380-8396
       Matthew and Robert Casmey

Group E:
Leader – John Greenfield (507)645-7705
       Todd Criswell (507)301-5187
       Jesse Hinz (507)663-0263
       Steve Norstad (612)859-1860


BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
AVAILABLE AT TRINITY

Sunday Morning - Romans, 10:30 AM
Tuesday Evening - Minor Prophets, 6:30 PM
LWML Bible Study - 1st Wednesday, 9:30 AM at NRC
          AND 2nd Wednesday, 1:30 PM led by Pastor Klein
Wednesday Evening - Bible Study of upcoming Sunday Readings, 6:30 PM
Der Lutheraner - 2nd & 4th Saturday, 7:30 AM
          Men’s Bible Study/Breakfast - Angels and Demo

 


Mission Report

With March being Food Shelf month at the Community Action Center, the Board of Missions is asking the congregation to donate either food or money to support them.  There is a list of food items that are needed most next to the grocery cart in the Fellowship Hall.  Thanks for your donations.
In May, we will once again have baby bottles from the Northfield Women’s Center.  They will be in the Fellowship Hall after Easter.  The Northfield Women’s Center’s vision is to be a trusted resource for women experiencing an unintended pregnancy by providing the critical support and accurate information needed to make a choice for life possible.
Look for newsletters and updates from our 2019 mission partners on the bulletin board in the hallway.

 


EASTER BREAKFAST
Everyone is welcome to stay after church on Easter Sunday (April 21st) for a delicious breakfast, hosted by the Fellowship Committee.  The breakfast will again feature quiche and cinnamon rolls from Martha’s in Dundas, and fresh fruit.  This is a great opportunity to invite your friends and family members to Trinity.  The breakfast will not be a fundraiser and there is no charge, but there will be a free-will offering basket to help with costs.  Happy Easter!

GRADUATE RECOGNITION
There will be a graduate recognition at church on Sunday, May 18.  If you know of any graduating seniors from high school or college, please contact a member of the Board of Education (Bobbi Schmidtke, Terri Casmey, or Julie Nybakke).

NOMINATIONS STILL NEEDED
The Church Council is still in need of some nominations for elections in the April 28 Voters’ Meeting.  1 Vice President, 2 members for Board of Education, and 1 member for Board of Missions are needed.  Please see Bobbi Schmidtke if interested.

QUILT TYING RESUMES
Quilt Tying will begin again on Tuesday afternoons at 2:00 pm starting on Tuesday March 26 and meet every week through May 28.  We invite anyone to join us and you only need to be able to tie a know!  We could also use some people to sew at home to piece quilt tops or hem the quilts.  Call Mary at 645-7777 if you could help in any way.  We need your help so come and join us for Christian fellowship as we serve the Lord by helping provide for those in need.  LWML Mission Service

THE GREAT BOOK FAIR
The 2019 Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair will once again be held at the Northfield Ice Arena.  Donations of books will be accepted for the following dates:
    April 9-12 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    April 13 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    April 15-19 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    April 20 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The sale of the books will begin on Tuesday April 23 and run through April 27.  The proceeds from the Book Fair will benefit Northfield Hospital and Clinics.  Credit and debit cards are accepted forms of payment.  The times for the Book Fair are as follows:
    Tuesday, April 23 > 5 - 9 pm
    Wed - Friday, April 24 - 26 > 9 am - 9 pm  (Friday is 50% off day)
         Saturday, April 27 >  8 am - 3 pm  ($5 Bag Sale 8 am - 12:30 pm; FREE books 1 - 3 pm)

LWML EVENING GATHERINGS
Trinity LWML/Women in Mission will now begin holding an evening gathering on the 4th Thursday of the month.  These will be held at Becky DeMann’s house at 609 Railway St, Dundas beginning at 6:45 pm.  All women are invited!  The next meeting is on April 25.  Hope to see you there!

MAIN STREET LIVING CONTINUES
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.

ANGELS AND DEMONS
What do you know about angels?  What do you know about devils and demons?  Come and learn from God’s Word more about the care God’s angels five Christians, and the protection they give us against demons.  Der Lutheraner will be finishing its study of Walther’s Law and Gospel and then we will begin a Bible study entitled Angels and Demons.  Der Lutheraner meets on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at 7:30 am beginning with breakfast and then the study of God’s Word.  We feed both body and soul!  Men of all ages are invited to attend.

INSTALLATION OF REV. REAT
Simon Gatluk Reat was ordained into the ministerium of the Lutheran Church, and was installed as the Associate Pastor of the Sudanese Evangelical Lutheran Mission Church of Southern Minnesota, on Sunday March 17 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Faribault, MN. Rev. Reat will be serving the Sudanese living in Austin, Albert Lea, Faribault, and the Twin Cities. We rejoice with our Sudanese brothers and sisters in Christ and pray for God’s continued blessings on them as Rev. Reat serves with Rev. James Ruey (who serves the Sudanese in Mankato and Worthington) and as the Sudanese now serve together with their new shepherd in Christ. Rev. Reat was mentored for four years by Pastor Boehme through the Synod’s Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology (EIIT) program.

 


TRINITY COUNTING TEAM SCHEDULE - 2019

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

 

 


 

April 2019 Reading List

April 7 - The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Isaiah 43:16-21
Philippians 3:4b-14
Luke 20:9-20

April 14 - The Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday)
1 Chronicles 16:31-36
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 19:28-44

April 18 - Maundy Thursday
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Hebrews 10:15-39
Luke 22:7-20

April 21 - The Resurrection of Our Lord
Isaiah 65:17-25
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Luke 24:1-12

April 28 - The Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 5:12-32
Revelation 1:4-18
John 20:19-31

 


April Volunteer Schedule


WORSHIP ASSISTANTS______       USHERS________________________    
7   Bobbi Schmidtke                           Group A:     Dave Downhour, Ray Larson,
                                                                                            Bob Quam, Buzz Cummins
14  Pastor Klein                                  Group B:      Jim Frederick, Jeff and Jeffrey Ciffra
       (Palm Sunday)                                                    Jackie Ohmann, Tom Pumper, Sheldon Volkert    
18  John Frederick                      
        (Maundy Thursday)                                                 
21  Tony Schmidtke                          Group C:    Larry Pralle, Kraig Niebuhr, Cliff Roberts,
                                                                                           Karl Thomforde, Fred Vivant
28  Barbara Greenfield                    Group D:     John Frederick, Kurt Anderson,                                                                                                                         Kevin Bakken, Brent Casmey                                                                
               

ALTAR GUILD                                    COUNTERS    ___                                         

 

Barb Greenfield, Linda Hutton                        Deb and Karl Thomforde        
Mary Ozmun, Becky DeMann                    Brenda and Kraig Niebuhr

SNOWSHOVELING SCHEDULE
April 1 - 7                         David Nybakke
April 8 - 14                       John Frederick
April 15 - 21                     Brent Casmey
April 22 - 28                     Jim Frederick

 

 

 

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