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JUNE/JULY 2019 MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

Angels
 
What do you know about the good  
angels? What is their nature? Do they really have wings? Do they have bodies? What do they do in God’s Kingdom?
God’s good angels are holy or sinless beings created by God. The Scriptures do not tell us on which day of creation they were created. But the Scriptures do tell us they are creatures created by God. (Psalm 148:2 & 5; Revelation 19:10; 22:8-9) Angels are spiritual creatures - in other words they are created beings who do not have physical bodies like we do. Thus they are normally invisible creatures. However they can assume bodily or visible form in order to carry out their duties. (Hebrews 1:7, 14; Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:11-21)
The word angel comes from the word for messenger. They are God’s messengers who announced Jesus’ conception, birth, resurrection, and ascension. (Luke 1:26; 2:9-14; Matthew 28:1-8; Acts 1:9-11) Angels are also called seraphim and cherubim. They have 6 wings. There is also at least one archangel. (Genesis 3:24; Isaiah 6:2 & 6; Jude 9)
The good angels serve God and those who believe in the triune God. (Psalm 91:11-12) Angels released Christian prisoners from jail. (Acts 5:17–20) Christians have personal guardian angels (Matthew 18:10) Angels minister to human beings in many ways, and also ministered to Christ in His times of need. (Matthew 4:11; Luke 22:43) Angels also carry out God’s judgment on God’s enemies or the enemies of God’s people. (2 Kings 19:35)
The number of God’s good angels is ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands. (Revelation 5:11) Because the angels are spiritual creatures they neither marry nor are they given in marriage. (Mark 12:25) The good angels are very powerful but not as powerful as God. (Psalm 103:20)
God’s angels are present with us as we worship in our church services and receive God’s grace in Word and Sacrament. (1 Corinthians 11:10) They rejoice when we confess our sins and are forgiven. (Luke 15:10) Angels carry our souls to heaven when we die. (Luke 16:22) God’s good angels will accompany Christ when He comes to judge the living and the dead and to take us to the glories of heaven on the Last Day. (Matthew 13:41; 24:31) There we will praise Christ together with the choirs of angels for all eternity. (Revelation 7:9-17)
 
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 30 and July 28, there will be a reception in our
Fellowship Hall to celebrate these Baptism Birthdays!
We hope to see you there!!


 

FROM THE TREASURER

“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another,
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
  1 Peter 4:10
 
The Holy Spirit gives different gifts to each of us, to be used in service to others.  God’s gifts are not personal possessions, but are meant to be used according to His will.  God continues to bless Trinity and its members with abundant gifts, and we are grateful for all opportunities to serve each other.
 
Through April, Home Fund expenses totaled $67,067.84 and Home Fund contributions totaled $60,853.57.  To keep the budget balanced, Trinity used $6,214.27 of the 2018 Home Fund surplus to cover expenses.  Trinity began the year with a Home Fund surplus of $37,974.45.  At the end of April, the surplus totaled $31,760.18.
 
Giving to the District and Synod Missions through April was at 33% of the anticipated amount for 2019.  Giving to the Trinity Missions Fund for the 2019 designated special missions was at 63%, primarily because of special offerings received during Lent.  Giving to the Capital Fund was at 36% of the amount anticipated to be given in 2019.
 

 

 


 

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
 

June 2    Barb Greenfield
June 9    Bryce Skaar
June 16    Deb Thomforde
June 23    Kurt Anderson
June 30    John Frederick


 

 


Church Council Minutes

May 2, 2019
 • Attendance:
    - Pastor Klein
    - Bobbi Schmidtke - President
    - Barb Anderson - Treasurer
    - Barb Greenfield - Missions
    - John Greenfield - Elders
    - Todd Criswell - Trustees
    - Kurt Anderson - Stewardship
    - Becky DeMann - Congregational Secretary

Meeting called to order by Bobbi Schmidtke @ 8:19 p.m.

Opening Prayer by Pastor Klein

Treasurer’s Report – Approved
    - Spending and contributions are at approximately 30% and we are about 1/3 of the way through the year
    - Trinity First has a Summer Bridge Program – donations with script cards were              discussed

• Old Business:
    - Vacant Board Positions – Both missions and Fellowship committees are losing              members, had discussion regarding possibly change to structure


New Business:
    - $300 from Thrivent Funds for Trinity Ball team – motion made and approved
    - Part Time DCE position - Lisa Martinsen – currently lives in NW Wisconsin will be moving to Owatonna in the fall.  Job would consist of 2 days a week and Sunday – 20 hrs. a week.  When can she meet for an interview?
    - Jim Fredrick, John Greenfield and Jackie Ohmann for the Governance committee

Pastor’s Report:
    - Provided copies of the web site statistics

Board Reports
    - Missions:
        $3,300 – Each of Trinity’s 5 missions will receive $500
     - Trustees:
         Brent Casmey- new board member – discuss budget with Brent as well as electrical needs of the church as Brent is an Electrical Engineer
         Perhaps it is time to re-key the church, hasn’t been done in a long time.  Questions regarding a card swipe locking system?  How expensive is this?
         Shed – Hope to start on May 11th – Cost estimate is $1,500
        Roof – Approximate start date is May 6th
        Mower has water in the oil
        - Stewardship:
         Need to review the constitution for board responsibilities
         Discussion on a bible study for biblical giving in September
         Discussion in favor of a Trinity Memorial Fund instead of individual memorial funds specifically for those memorials that do not designate funds for specific purchases
         Phyllis Wagner’s memorial fund to be moved to the organ fund – Organ needs repair
    - Education:
        Working on graduation Sunday to honor graduates, planned for May 19, 2019
    - Elders:
      Discussion on DCE position and Organist
    - Fellowship:
      Flowers for Mothers on May 12th
 
Prayer – Luther’s Evening Prayer and Adjournment 9:15p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Rebecca DeMann, Congregational Secretary

 

 


 

 

Mission Minutes
The Mission Board met on May 2nd with Linda Frederick and Barb Greenfield in attendance.
We dispersed $500.00 to each of Trinity’s missions.  That is a total of $750 to each mission so far this year.  Thank you to all for your donations.
During the month of May, we are again helping the Northfield Women’s Center with their Baby Bottle campaign.  Baby bottles are available on a table in the Fellowship Hall.  They should be returned by June 2nd.
The Board would like to thank EldaAnn Frauenshuh and Lynn Webber for their years of service on the Board.
We could use another person on the Board as we are down to only two members.  If anyone is interested, please talk to Bobbi Schmidtke or Barb Greenfield.
The Missions of 2019 are listed on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.  Updates and newsletters from our missions are on the bulletin board in the hallway by the parking lot entrance.
Respectfully submitted,
Barb Greenfield
Board of Missions


 TRINITY GREETER SCHEDULE
June 2 - June Rado & Darlene Finch
June 9 - Ron & Elda Ann Frauenshuh
June 16 - Duane & Linda Hutton
June 23 - Norm & Lynn Webber
June 30 - John & Patty Pfeiffer
July 7 - Larry & Joan Pralle
July 14 - Kurt Anderson & Bryce Skaar
July 21 - Bruce & Lori Young

 


 

BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
AVAILABLE AT TRINITY

Sunday Morning - Romans, 10:30 AM
Tuesday Evening - Minor Prophets, 6:30 PM
Der Lutheraner - 2nd & 4th Saturday, 7:30 AM
          Men’s Bible Study/Breakfast - Angels and Demons

(LWML Bible Studies on Wednesdays and Pastor Boehme’s Bible Study on Wednesday evenings will resume in the fall)


Usher schedule

JUNE 2       Group I
JUNE 9       Group A
JUNE 16    Group B
JUNE 23    Group C
JUNE 30     Group D

JULY 7      GROUP E
JULY 14    GROUP F
JULY 21    GROUP G
JULY 28    GROUP H
 

 

USHER GROUPS

Group A:                                                      Group F:
Leader –                                                         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
                                                                                        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


BURNING BUSH GROUP AT TRINITY
Do you have a heart for sharing the Gospel with Jewish people but either don’t feel prepared or don’t know where to begin? If so, please prayerfully consider joining the Burning Bush group at Trinity. Such groups are forming at the partner churches that support Congregation Chai v’Shalom and Pastor Kevin Parviz. Each group will “strive to excel in building up the church.” (1 Cor. 14:12b) Eventually, these groups will meet monthly through on-line webinars with Pastor Parviz to connect and talk through questions.
When Moses saw the burning bush and heard God calling him, he replied “Who am I to do these things?” When we hear the call of God in His Word, we often reply “Who am I?” Alone, we are as weak as Moses, but together we can say “Here am I. Send me!” As Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek (Gentiles).” (Rom. 1:16)
The Burning Bush group at Trinity will meet at 7:00 p.m. on six Mondays from July 15th through August 19th to study Chapter 1, Judaism, of the book The Christian Difference: An Explanation & Comparison of World Religions (Concordia Publishing House 2019). This chapter, written by Pastor Parviz, gives an overview of Judaism and describes the challenges of witnessing to Jewish people. Books will be provided at no cost.
For more information about the Burning Bush group and to become a member, please talk to either Kurt or Barb Anderson.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ASSISTED
Pastor Boehme and Pastor Klein would like to thank all who helped beautify the Holy Week services (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday Tenebrae, and Easter).  Thank you to the choir director and members, the ringers and their director, skit participants, praise team members, organists, pianist, ushers, the decorators, altar guild, all who helped with set up and lighting, the secretary for the bulletins, those who provided flowers and palms, and all others who helped in any other way.
We greeted Christ during His triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, dined with Him on Maundy Thursday, watched Him die on good Friday, and rejoiced in His resurrection on Easter.  May the joy of Easter fill our lives all year long and into eternity.

DER LUTHERANER TOPIC
Do you want to know more about angels and demons? Well, almost everything you have ever wanted to know about angels and demons can be learned at the Der Lutheraner Bible study beginning on May 11th. Come and join us 7:30 for breakfast, with Bible study to follow. After food for the body comes food for the soul. Looking forward to seeing you then.

A TYPICAL SATURDAY AT TRINITY
1 Corinthians: 5-6
There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
     The Stewardship Board, Buzz Cummins, Grant Hovland, and Kurt Anderson, met for the first time after the recent quarterly meeting’s elections. As we discussed plans, goals, and strategies for the upcoming year, the usual subject of Stewardship’s 3 Ts (Treasure, Time, and Talent) was part of the conversation. Too often Stewardship is thought of as that once a year campaign and just the Treasure T.
     This past Saturday as I sat in a pew after our Trinity’s men’s group, Der Lutheraner, had finished their first study session of Angels and Demons, I was able to observe the following going on.
     The Altar Guild was preparing the elements for communion and posting on the hymn board the numbers to be used for the next day’s Divine Service.  The numbers don’t actually jump out of a box and put themselves on the board, nor does communion set itself up on the Altar, but when we come into the sanctuary on Sunday we just expect these things to be in the right places.
     In the front of the sanctuary, a couple members of the Praise Team were setting up the music stands and placing their music on them. They also were adjusting the sound system for their microphones to be used in the following day’s worship service.
     In the Fellowship Hall, the Fellowship Committee was placing the beautiful potted impatiens plants on a table to be given to the women in honor of Mother’s Day.
Exiting the church to go home, I saw church members building a new equipment shed since the winter’s heavy snow had collapsed the roof of previous one leaving it unusable. When you drove into the parking lot the next day for worship – Presto! A great new shed was almost ready for our use.
     Before getting into my car, I saw a member hitching to his truck our full cart of recyclables so they could be transported and sold.
     We are a blessed congregation with so many unsung members giving of their Time and using their God given Talents for His glory. Alleluia!
Kurt Anderson
PS: Yes, in future messages we will talk about the other T.

95TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Ruth Coffman would like to extend an invitation to all congregation members to attend her 95th birthday celebration on June 9.  Her children are holding the gathering and coffee will be served at the Northfield Golf Club on Sunday, June 9 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm to celebrate this milestone.  Everyone is invited!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Trinity will be holding their Vacation Bible School in a couple of months.  The VBS will be held from August 4 - 8 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  The Bible school is FREE this year and is open to ages preschool to 4th grade.  Children in grades 5 and up are welcome to register as helpers.  Watch for the registration forms to be posted soon on the bulletin board in the church hallway and on Trinity’s website.  Invite your friends and neighbors...a lot of fun things are being planned!

REMEMBER THAT BABY BOTTLE YOU PICKED UP?
The Change for Life Baby Bottle Campaign for our Northfield Women’s Center has started.  The funds you collect will help save lives, spare hearts, and share the message of God’s love.  Keep filling it with coins, a check, or cash then bring the bottle back to church on June 2 so we can return them to our Northfield Women’s Center.  Your change changes lives!

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Pastor Boehme will be gone from June 20 to July 3.  
Pastor Klein will be on vacation from July 8 through July 28.  He will be back in the office on Monday, July 29.  If anyone should need a pastor during this time, please contact the church office or Pastor Boehme (507)301-5299.

 

 

 


Trinity Lutheran Church
Vacation Bible School
August 4-8  6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

803 Winona Street
Northfield, MN  55057
FOR AGES PRESCHOOL - 4TH GRADE
(GRADE 5 AND UP - WELCOME AS HELPERS)                
  FREE!
 

For more information contact:
Amy Klein: 507 301 8793
E-mail: amyandbrent90@hotmail.com
Or
Trinity Church Office: 507 645 4438
E-mail: pastor.klein@trinitynorthfield.org

 


TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
2019 MOWING SCHEDULE

MAY 13 - MAY 19        Todd Criswell
MAY 20 - MAY 26        Tony Schmidtke
MAY 27 - JUNE 2        Bryce Skaar
JUNE 3 - JUNE 9        Larry Pralle
JUNE 10 - JUNE 16        Dan Wett
JUNE 17 - JUNE 23        Bruce Young
JUNE 24 - JUNE 30        Brent Casmey
JULY 1 - JULY 7            Todd Criswell
JULY 8 - JULY 14        Bryce Skaar
JULY 15 - JULY 21        Tony Schmidtke
JULY 22 - JULY 28        Jonathan Ohmann
JULY 29 - AUG 4        Larry Pralle
AUG 5 - AUG 11        Dan Wett
AUG 12 - AUG 18        Bruce Young
AUG 19 - AUG 25        Brent Casmey
AUG 26 - SEPT 1        Todd Criswell
SEPT 2 - SEPT 8        Bryce Skaar
SEPT 9 - SEPT 15        Tony Schmidtke
SEPT 16 - SEPT 22        Jonathan Ohmann
SEPT 23 - SEPT 29        Larry Pralle
SEPT 30 - OCT 6        Dan Wett
OCT 7 - OCT 13        Bruce Young
OCT 14 - OCT 20        Brent Casmey
OCT 21 - OCT 27        Todd Criswell

 


 June 2019 Reading List
 

June 2 - The Seventh Sunday of Easter
Acts 1:12-26
Revelation 22:1-20
John 17:20-26

June 9 - The Day of Pentecost
Genesis 11:1-9
Acts 2:1-21
John 14:23-31

June 16 - The Holy Trinity
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Acts 2:14a, 22-36
John 8:48-59

June 23 - The Second Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 65:1-9
Galatians 3:23-4:7
Luke 8:26-39

June 30 - The Third Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 19:9b-21
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
Luke 9:51-62
 

July 2019 Reading List
 
July 7 - The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 66:10-14
Galatians 6:1-10, 14-18
Luke 10:1-20

July 14 - The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Leviticus 18:1-5; 19:9-18
Colossians 1:1-14
Luke 10:25-37

July 21 - The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 18:1-14
Colossians 1:21-29
Luke 10:38-42

July 28 - The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 18:17-33
Colossians 2:6-19
Luke 11:1-13

 
 


June Volunteer Schedule


WORSHIP ASSISTANTS______       USHERS________________________    

2  Barb Greenfield                               Group I:     Dan Wett, Bryce Skaar, Bruce Young
                                                                                            Rudy Maurer
9  Bryce Skaar                                     Group A:     Dave Downhour, Ray Larson,
                                                                                             Bob Quam
16  Deb Thomforde                            Group  B:   Jim Frederick, Jeff and Jeffrey Ciffra
                                                                                   Jackie Ohmann, Tom Pumper, Sheldon Volkert    
23  Kurt Anderson                             Group C:    Larry Pralle, Kraig Niebuhr, Cliff Roberts,
                                                                                            Karl Thomforde, Fred Vivant
30  John Frederick                            Group D:    John Frederick, Kurt Anderson, Kevin Bakken                                                                    Brent Casmey                                                                        

 

 

 

ALTAR GUILD                                    COUNTERS    ___                                         

Darlene Larson, Colleen Vivant                 Joan and Larry Pralle
Becky Grieser, Darlene Finch                     Mollie and Bryce Skaar  
 
 

 

GREETERS
June 2 - June Rado, Darlene Finch
June 9 - Ron & Elda Ann Frauenshuh
June 16 - Duane & Linda Hutton
June 23 - Norm & Lynn Webber
June 30 - John & Patty Pfeiffer


LAWN MOWING
May 27 - June 2  Bryce Skaar                     
June 3 - 9  Larry Pralle
June 10 - 16  Dan Wett                                
June 17 - 23  Bruce Young
June 24 - 30  Brent Casmey


                                                  July Volunteer Schedule


WORSHIP ASSISTANTS___USHERS____________________________   
7                                                            Group E:     John Greenfield, Todd Criswell,
                                                                            Jesse Hinz, Steve Norstad                                                                             
14                                                          Group F:     Jonathan Ohmann, David Nybakke,
                                                                                            David Ohmann, Ken Volkert  
21                                                            Group  G:   Tony Schmidtke, Dale Nelson  
                                                                                            John Pfeiffer, Noah Malecha  
28                                                            Group H:    Craig and Kathy Schuster, Jim Grieser,
                                                                                            Dan Scheffler, Norm Webber
                                                                                                                                                            
ALTAR GUILD                             COUNTERS    ______                                                 
Mary Ozmun, Barb Greenfield                     Bobbi and Tony Schmidtke        
June Rado, Becky DeMann                        Barb and Kurt Anderson            
 
 GREETERS           
July 7 - Larry & Joan Pralle
July 14 - Kurt Anderson, Bryce Skaar
July 21 - Bruce & Lori Young

LAWN MOWING
July 1 – 7  Todd Criswell
July 8 – 14  Bryce Skaar
July 15 – 21  Tony Schmidtke
July 22 – 28  Jonathan Ohmann
July 29 – Aug. 4  Larry Pralle

 

 

 

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