March 2018  
Upcoming Events


Worship Service with Communion
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Sunday School
10:30 AM
Bible Study
10:30 AM
Family Bowling
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Trinity goes bowling! All ages are welcome! $5/person, free snacks and drinks.


God's Girls
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM


Senior Lunch
12:00 PM
Trinity Ringers
6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Bible Study
6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Bible Search

March 2018 Newsletter

Now Is The Day Of Salvation
There is a Sunday in March that will test the faith of Christians in this country.  I am not saying that if you fail on this particular Sunday that you are not a Christian—far from it.  You are saved only by God’s mercy in Jesus.  This Sunday, however, does tempt Christians unlike any other day of the year.
Have you guessed what day this is?  It is Sunday, March 11th.  Why is that day going to test Christians?  On this Sunday we will lose an hour of sleep going from Standard Time to Daylight Savings Time.  I, too, wake up on the morning of the switch and think, “I wish I could sleep a little longer.”
Daylight Savings Time was intended to give workers some extra daylight during the evening hours for various personal activities.  In small ways such as this, we can manipulate the clock to our advantage.
We can manipulate time only in small ways, though.  The days go by, and our Lord has given us only a certain amount of them in this life.
“Now is the day of salvation,” Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 6:2.  This was written to people who already were Christians.  Every day is a good day for repenting of your sins, remembering that you have been baptized, and knowing that you are forgiven for the sake of Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary.  
No matter what you do with the clock or the calendar, time marches on.  You cannot slow down the arrival of the day of judgment.  Whenever it comes, though, you are ready.  You already know that you are forgiven for Jesus’ sake.
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

March Baptisms

Gloria Berg        Milt Berg        Lisa Buxcel
Bob Carlson        Jeff Ciffra        Lillian Criswell
Carol Emery        Bev Gorr        Jane Greene
Matthew Grieser    Kristin Huber        Marcia Huber
Katie Revels        Cliff Roberts        Noah Scheffler
Kathy Schuster    Lon Smith        Devin Steffenhagen
Linda Zawack

After service on Sunday, March 25,
there will be a reception in our Fellowship Hall to celebrate these Baptism Birthdays!
We hope to see you there!!

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence
of the power may be of God and not of us. 2 Corinthians 4:7
In this season of Lent, Paul reminds us that our true treasure is the Gospel message of salvation and eternal life we receive from God.  Surprisingly, God entrusts this treasure to us, frail human beings who are easily shattered by the difficulties of a sinful world.  As we share this message with others, we remember its power comes from God alone and we need not be afraid.
The Checking Account Summary and Budget Status reports for January included in this newsletter show how Trinity spends its earthly treasure to share the Gospel message, both at church and in the world.  Offerings were received and used to preach and teach the Word of God, to provide a church home for Trinity members and guests, and to support vital mission work.
The Home Fund budget report covers the first month (8.3%) of the year.  Expenses were at 7% of the budget and giving was at 6.1%.  As anticipated, the Home Fund surplus at the start of 2018 declined by approximately $1,715 in January, due in part to 2018 offerings being given in 2017.  From the Memorial Accounts, most of the Bob Broske Fund was spent to obtain The Concordia Organist, a CD series used when an organist is not available.  Trinity received a refund of $1,445 from Concordia Plan Services for retirement, disability, and health insurance payments required to be made in December for the DCE position.  Those funds can be reallocated for other budget expenses as needed.

Mission Board Report
During the month of March, the Mission Board will be highlighting the Community Action Center Food Shelf.  While we have a grocery cart where you can donate food all year around, March is officially Food Shelf month.  Any money donated is stretched further, and food donations are especially appreciated.  Look for our display in the Fellowship hall indicating those foods most in demand.  Help us help those in the community who are less fortunate.
Board of Missions

Garage Sale
The Trinity Garage Sale will go on as planned this spring.  The proceeds from this year’s garage sale will benefit the LAMP team so they can continue to spread God’s Word to the remote community of Wunnumin Lake, Canada.  You can start thinking about if there is anything you would like to donate to the sale.  Please watch future weeklies and monthly newsletters about when to bring in your items.  And also, please note, we can NOT take televisions, computers, or any infant or children’s car seats.  These items typically do not sell, and we cannot dispose of them anywhere.  Thank you.

Fellowship Hosting
Have you ever considered hosting the fellowship time at Trinity?  It’s really easy.  The coffee is prepared beforehand, and there is juice in the refrigerator.  It takes about eight dozen cookies or bars.  If you don’t want to serve, but would like to provide treats, someone is always available to help out.  Just sign up on the sheet near the kitchen.  You can also buy cookies for the cookie jar for all of those Sundays when no one signs up to host.  Thank you to everyone for helping.

New Boxed CD’s
The church council has approved the use of some of the money from the Robert Broske Memorial fund to purchase a boxed set of cd’s to use for worship services.  The title of the collection is “The Concordia Organist”.  It contains pipe organ accompaniments for all the hymns and liturgical music in Lutheran Service Book. The hymns on the cd’s were recorded at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana.   The board of Stewardship would like to extend a special thank you to Pauline Broske for donating funds from Robert Broske’s Memorial Fund towards this useful gift.

Glimpses of Eternity:  Icons in the Orthodox World
“Glimpses of Eternity: Icons in the Orthodox World” is an exhibit of icons and other religious objects gathered from Russian, Greek, Ethiopian, and Coptic religious traditions. These objects date from the 16th to the 20th Century. Through their imagery, icons open visible doorways to religious faith, the historic past, and the future glory of heaven. This exhibit is at the Perlman Teaching Museum in the Weitz Center on the campus of Carleton College.
Icons are most commonly a painting of God, or a holy person or persons. Generally, they are associated with the Orthodox branch of the Christian faith. Icons are religious objects rather than art objects. They have a unique place the private and public piety in the life of Orthodox Christians. They give a very visible dimension to the Christian faith. Because they are religious objects, most of the artists who crafted them are unknown. This exhibit would be an excellent thing to view during the Lenten season.
Pastor Boehme has contacted the curator of the exhibit to see if Trinity members could go as a group with an exhibit guide on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon either March 1 or 2. The exhibit is open Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 4 PM as well as during the week. In addition to the icon exhibit, the group can view the “Contemporary American painting” exhibit which is also at the Perlman Teaching Museum in the Weitz Center.
A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the hallway for those who are interested. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Boehme.

Thrivent Choice Designation
For all of you Thrivent members – If you have Thrivent Choice dollars, remember that they must be designated to a charity or non-profit before March 31, 2018 for funds accrued during 2017.  There are cards on the table in front of the office that will lead you through the designation process.  
If you choose to give these dollars to Trinity, we will also allow you to designate a fund or organization within Trinity such as youth, LWML, etc.  If you do choose to further designate within Trinity, please let our Treasurer, Barb Anderson, know the amount and where it should go.  Undesignated funds are allocated by the Church Council.  Your Thrivent Advocates.

Midweek Meals
The Wednesday evening meals will continue through Lent.  Kurt Anderson will be in charge of the meals until Ash Wednesday so talk to Kurt if you would like to help out.  Ash Wednesday meal will be a potluck dinner, so if you plan to attend we ask that you contribute a dish to share.  Groups (or individuals/families) are asked to sign up for the meals that occur during Lent (Feb. 21, 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21).  Please check the signup sheet in the fellowship hall by the kitchen if you are interested.  Thank you

LWML Gathering
Trinity LWML is hosting the women in Mission Gathering on Saturday, April 7.  Registration is from 8:15 - 8:45 am with a brunch to follow at 8:45 am.  Our speaker will be Misty Zacharias, Faith-based Psychotherapist.  She will speak on “Depression And Suicide in Today’s Youth:  A Message of Hope.” Ingathering/Gifts from the Heart that are being collected are for “The Dwelling Place.”  See the flyer on the LWML bulletin board in the fellowship hall for more information.

Book Club Reminder
March Book Club meeting is March 5th @ 9 am - Book is "The Other Alcott" by Elise Hooper
April Book is " The Trouble with Goats and Sheep" by Joanna Cannon
May Book is "Today will be Different" by Maria Semple.
The meeting is hosted by Lynn Webber at Kildhal Place @ 9 am first Monday of each month.  Please join us.

Leadership Summit
Below is a conference that Pastor Klein would like to have members of our congregation participate and accompany him on March 24 or April 14, 2018.  The goal is to have at least 6 members attend one of the summits.  Please contact Pastor Klein if you are interested in attending one of these summits.  

2018 Leadership Summits
March 24, 2018
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Owatonna
April 14, 2018
South Shore Trinity Lutheran Church, White Bear Lake

In the past, the doors of the church opened inward, but now the people of our communities are no longer coming in through our doors as they once did. Approximately 78 percent of LCMS congregations have reached a plateau or are declining while, at the same time, the number of people claiming little or no connection to God through His Son, Jesus is rapidly growing. God is calling the church to open our doors outward as the people of God seek to establish connections, form relationships, and invite new disciples of Jesus into life focused on His good gifts.

Hinges: Opening Your Church’s Doors to the Community will be the focus of our Spring 2018 Leadership Summits. Each summit will run from 8:30am-2pm. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Prior to the March 24 or April 14 events, each participating congregation will be invited to participate in a self-administered Hinge Factors Assessment Survey connected with the book. Using the feedback provided by members through this survey, congregation leaders will receive a customized Hinge Factor Report to enhance their preparation for and learning at the Leadership Summit. While it is not necessary to complete the Hinge Factors Assessment Survey to attend the Leadership Summit, the insights provided in the customized report can be valuable resources as your leadership team explores possible next steps in creating community connections.

Join us to learn with other congregations from across our district about some practical steps for beginning, increasing, or continuing activities that convey the spiritual vitality of Word and Sacrament ministry through your congregation for the sake of your community

Trinity Lutheran Church
February 1,2018
Council Meeting Minutes

 President Kurt Anderson called the meeting to order.
Pastor Klein opened with Prayer.

Approval of January meeting minutes:

Financial Statement: There was a motion to move $10,000 from Capital Fund to LCEF Fund to collect interest.

Old Business: Requests for funds: A request for $150.00 to purchase a new Church Registry in order to update Church records. There was a motion to use Thrivent Funds to purchase a new registry, motion seconded; carried.There was a request for $712.97 to purchase CD's in the absence of an organist.  There was a motion to approve the request using Memorial money. seconded; carried.
There was a request for $200.00 to replace the old vacuum. There was a motion to use $200.00 out of the carpet fund to purchase a new vacuum.
Motion seconded; carried.

New Business: There was a suggestion to make a call and have Trinity added to a list for an Intern DCE in the fall. The housing and salary would be paid from the DCE Budget.

Pastor's Report: 2018 Leadership Summits will focus on Opening Church Doors to the community. Ideally six people would be preferred to attend.  The dates for the Leadership Summits are March 24 and April 14, 2018.

Missions: One of the Missions This year is the Northfield Women's Center. There is a list of needed items posted on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall.

Trustees:  Nothing to report.

Stewardship: No report.

Education: Planning for a family bowling night.

Elders: CD's have been purchased to use when Organist is not able to play.

A motion was made to adjourn the Meeting at 8:44 motion seconded; carried.
We closed with Luther's Evening Prayer.

Doreen Ohmann, congregational Secretary


March 2018 Reading List

March 4 - The Third Sunday In Lent
Exodus 20:1-17
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
John 2:13-25
March 11 - The Fourth Sunday In Lent
Numbers 21:4-9
Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21
March 18 - The Fifth Sunday In Lent
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Hebrews 5:1-10
Mark 10:32-45
March 25 - Palm Sunday
Zechariah 9:9-12
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 11:1-11
March 29 - Maundy Thursday
Exodus 24:3-11
1 Corinthians 10:16-17
Mark 14:12-26
March 30 - Good Friday
The Last Seven Sentences of Jesus:
Luke 23:34, 39-43
John 19:25-27
Matthew 27:45, 46
John 19:28, 29
Luke 23:44-46


PLEASE NOTE:  If these times do not work for you, please remember that it is your responsibility to find a replacement or someone to switch with.   (Other services are in bold, italics.)
March Volunteer Schedule


4  Deb Thomforde

11  John Frederick

18  Tony Schmidtke 

25  John Pfeiffer


4  Group E:     John Greenfield, Todd Criswell, Jesse Hinz, Steve Norstad

11  Group F:   Jonathan Ohmann, David Nybakke, David Ohmann

18  Group G:  Tony Schmidtke, Dale Nelson, John Pfeiffer, Noah Malecha

25  Group H:  Craig and Kathy Schuster, Jim Grieser, Dan Scheffler, Norm Webber



Barb Anderson, Brenda Niebuhr, Linda Frederick, Mary Vogt


Lynn and Norm Webber, Dana and Todd Criswell

NEWSLETTER ASSEMBLY - February 21, 2017  

Darlene Larson, Colleen Vivant, Nancy Downhour, Donna Knudtson, Gloria Berg


February 26 - March 4 Jim Grieser
March 5 - 11 Dan Wett
March 12 - 18 Todd Criswell
March 19 - 25 Tony Schmidtke
March 26 - April 1 Dan Scheffler           



Bible Study Opportunities

Available at Trinity

Sunday Morning— 10:30 am, Catechism Study 

Tuesday Evening—6:30pm, Book of Mark Bible Study

Bible Study—Wednesday Evening - 6:30 pm

Der Lutheraner—2nd & 4th Saturday, 7:30 am, Men’s Bible Study - Augsburg Confession/Breakfast


Rev. Brent Klein, Pastor:
Rev. Dr. Armand J. Boehme, Associate Pastor:
Dana Criswell, Secretary to the Pastors:
Barb Anderson, treasurer:


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