Monthly Newsletter

 

JUNE/JULY 2021 MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

I Was Glad
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the LORD” (Psalm 122:1).
These words were written by King David.  Some Bible scholars believe that he wrote them after his son, Absalom’s, rebellion.  Absalom led a revolt against his father.  The threat that Absalom and his forces posed were such that David had to flee Jerusalem and cross over to the east bank of the Jordan River.  Eventually, though, David’s army defeated the army of Absalom, and David was able to return to his capital.  You can read about in in 2 Samuel, chapters fifteen through eighteen.
While David was in exile, he was unable to worship.  That is, he was unable to go to the Temple in Jerusalem to offer the sacrifices prescribed in the Books of Moses and thus receive the forgiveness and other blessings that the Lord offered through them.  These blessings could only be David’s through the sacrifices offered in the Temple in Jerusalem.  
The rebellion ended when Absalom’s army was finally routed, and Absalom was killed.  David mourned the loss of his son, but he also rejoiced that he could once again worship the Lord in the Temple in Jerusalem.
For over a year now, our worship life has been disrupted.  For a short time, we settled for speakers and computer screens.  A little over a year ago, some of us resumed worship the way our Lord intended: as sisters and brothers in Christ in the sanctuary, hearing God’s Word preached and receiving Jesus’ body and blood.
Worship on Sunday morning (and for us at Trinity, Thursday evening) is the most important activity in which we engage.  Here we are physically present with our fellow Christians.  Here we receive the very body and blood offered for our sins.  That alone is reason to join David in saying, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’”
 
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

June  Baptisms

Holly Ciffra            Jeff Martinson        Erin Nybakke
Allyson Ohmann        Grace Ohmann        Alyssa (Ohmann) Swanson
Elaine Zobel


                                                                                          July Baptisms
Armand Boehme        Dana Criswell        Linda DeMann
Chuck Hagen


 

 



FROM THE TREASURER

April Home Fund Budget Status Report
 
 
Home Fund Balance on April 1, 2021                    $29,509.57
 
April Home Fund Contributions                    $20,499.92
Designated Giving*        $17,317.03
Loose Plate Giving**        $2,042.89
Rental Property Fund        $1,140.00
 
April Home Fund Expenses                             ($19,659.77)
 
Home Fund Balance on April 30, 2021                $30,349.72
 
 
* Includes all giving by people who use offering envelopes and e-giving
 
**Includes all giving by people without offering envelopes
 

 


 

CHURCH COUNCIL MINUTES - APRIL

                                                                                Trinity Lutheran Church
                                                                                        May 6, 2021
Attendance:
    Pastor Klein
    John Greenfield - President
    Barb Anderson - Treasurer
    Lisa Martinson - DCE
    Matthew Harvey - Elders
    Jeff Martinson - Elders
    Terri Casmey - Education
    Barb Greenfield - Missions
    Tony Schmidtke - Trustees
    Becky DeMann - Congregational Secretary

Devotion and Litany – Pastor Klein

Meeting called to order by John Greenfield - 8:14 pm

Minutes from meeting – Approved

Treasurer’s Report – Approved

Old Business:
    Articles of Incorporation - Capital Fund to pay invoice - $744
            to be sent to synod

New Business:
• Time and Talent (How, when, by whom, etc) - Elders and Stewardship boards to get together to create form and set a plan how to get them completed

• Softball team needs $500 for t-shirts and entry fee

• Change communion to paper plates and perhaps use glass cups - discuss in July

• Start to sell the Scrip gift cards in May

 Pastor Klein Report:
• Habitat for Humanity called for money, will be receiving information from them

• Moravian Church will be closed in next several weeks.  We have received their communion ware.  Pastor will see if a start up church can use it.

• Discussion on bringing back fellowship outside, juice, coffee, cookies - May 23rd start

Pastor Boehme Report:
• Friday Office hours - July 16 resume

• Still visiting members on phone

DCE’s report
Sunday School – Sundays from 9:30-10:15. The relationship building on Sunday mornings has been wonderful to see!   In addition to playing pool and foosball, we spend some time reviewing the past lessons and then talk briefly about the newest installment of Old Testament history, referring to today’s life and always pointing to Jesus.

FUEL (Faith Used in Everyday Life) events have also been a blessing!  Here is what has transpired since our last meeting as well as a look toward some future events:
    April 11 – Faith and Science Night – We had 12 youth and 2 adults explore several ‘sciency’ projects that relate to our faith in Jesus Christ.
    There was no FUEL on April 25.
    There will be no FUEL on May 9 or May 23
    May 16 *Note that this is a 3rd Sunday* - Destination Unknown (5:30-7:00pm).  Youth are invited to this ‘unknown’ outdoor event based on Hebrews 10:11-25.

We will switch to Wednesday FUEL events during the summer months.
    Wednesday, June 9 from 7:00-8:15pm we will bring back a favorite from last summer “Zoom Baking with Lisa”.  You can stay home and bake.  If you’d like to recommend something that we can complete in about an hour, please contact Lisa.

    No FUEL on June 23 due to Youth Retreat at Lisa’s family cabin on June 21-22.

    Wednesdays July 14, August 11 are in the planning process at this time.
    August 25 will be a youth ‘end of the summer’ outdoor faith night.  We will include games, a bonfire, supper, and also some singing and scripture!  Of course, if the weather doesn’t permit it, we will have an indoor faith night without the bonfire.

    Wednesday, July 28 – Vacation Bible School, Elements of Trust (VBS runs from July 26-29).

• Spring “Retreat” – We had 2 youth and 4 adults enjoy a trip to Riceville, Iowa from April 30-May 1.  Becky and Lisa completed the IronHorse Full Marathon while Grace, Jonah, Becca, and Jackie completed the 5k.  There is some chatter about how we could bring this experience back to Trinity.

• Youth Summer Retreat at my family cabin in Aitkin, MN will be on June 21-22.  This will be for youth entering grades 5-9 in 2021.

• Vacation – Jeff and I will be on vacation from May 21-28.

Board Reports
Elders:
• Transferred out - Joel Klein
• Looked at training for the Elders
• Ruth’s House looking to rent parsonages for housing purpose
• Move Confirmation Sunday in 2022 to second Sunday in May

Education:
• Care packages for LAMP to send to Canada
• Working on VBS for this summer

Missions:
•  Dispersing $500 to Chai v’ Shalom, P.O.B.L.O., and CAC
• Talk to Karen (from Education) about sending food/money for LAMP later this summer

Stewardship:  No report

Trustees:
• There was a complaint from a neighbor that our parking light is too bright, Xcel can come to install light on power pole for $10/month
• Solar light to highlight front sign
• New renters will be moving in mid-May
• Need mulch for around playground, Tony is thinking 12 bags

Fellowship:
• Mother’s Day gifts on table in Narthex.
• Perhaps this summer a day event at camp

Prayer - Luther’s Evening Prayer
    I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night.  For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things.  Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me.  Amen.

Adjournment - 9:15 pm

Respectfully submitted,
Rebecca DeMann, Congregational Secretary
 

 


 

MISSIONS REPORT
Once again, the Mission Board was able to distribute funds to Trinity’s special mission projects. Five hundred dollars has been sent to each of the CAC, Chai v’ Shalom, and POBLO.
We have met our obligation for helping our seminary student, Kyle Lewis, for the spring semester.  The third year of seminary training is his vicarage.  He will be going to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City, Iowa for the next year.  They also are expecting a baby girl in a few months.  Even though we do not need to help them as part of the Adopt-a-Student program, it has been decided to send them money directly once we have their address.
We will also be helping LAMP.  The team was not able to travel to Canada in 2020 and will not be able to go again this summer.  Karen Wagner is in contact with the pastor of the village where they had been doing their VBS.  When we have more information in what is needed and how we can help, we will take steps to help them out.
Thank you to all who contribute to Trinity Missions.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  Please see the bulletin board in the hallway for current information on our projects.
Barbara Greenfield
Board of Missions

                                                                                             
 


 

TRINITY NEWS

BOOK CLUB
We will meet the first Monday of the month at church.  We start at 10 a.m.  Here are the books for the next two months.
June 7th - Virgil Wander  - by Leif Enger
Please joins us! All are welcome to come and discuss the books!

GREETING CARDS AVAILABLE
Just a note to remind folks that Trinity sells greeting cards.  These cards are in the fellowship hall, so please take a moment to look through them.  Perhaps you can buy a supply for all the special occasions in your family.  We have anniversary, sympathy, birthday, thank you, get-well, confirmation, and many other cards.  They sell for 50¢.  Please help to support the church library.  The money from the cards is used to buy books.  Thank you.

NEW BOARD MEMBERS
A big thank you to all of the officers and board members whose terms just ended.   They all did a great job keeping Trinity running smoothly during some very difficult times.

Welcome to our new board members.   Our boards are now:
Elders - Ron Frauenshuh, Duane Hutton, Jeff Martinson, Matthew Harvey
Education - Terri Casmey, Karen Wagner, Audry Hovland, Sherry Schwaab
Trustees - Brent Casmey, Tony Schmidtke
Missions  - Barb Greenfield
Stewardship - Grant Hovland
Treasurer - Barb Anderson
Financial Assistant - Judy Boehme
President- John Greenfield

FELLOWSHIP TIME
On May 23rd, we are planning to begin having fellowship time again.  This fellowship time will be held outside, weather permitting, on the front lawn.  For the time being, treats and drinks will be provided and will be store-bought.  Beginning on June 6th, individuals or groups may begin hosting fellowship time and provide homemade treats.  There is a signup sheet on the hallway bulletin board for anyone interested.

THANK YOU TO THE FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE
Out thanks goes out to the Fellowship Committee, who for the past year, have continued to think of their fellow members here at Trinity, even though there has not been any gathering.  They have provided thoughtful gifts to the shut-ins of our congregation (care packages, small gifts, and poinsettias at Christmas) as well as remember those special occasions by providing gifts to members who felt comfortable coming to worship.  (Men’s and women’s gifts at Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day).  Thank you to the ladies on the Fellowship Committee for your generosity!

VACATION TIME
DCE Lisa will be taking some vacation time from July 2-4, so there will be no youth at 9:30 am on Sunday, July 4th.
Pastor Klein will be taking some vacation time also this summer but is not sure of the dates as of yet.  Please watch the schedule printed in the weekly for the exact dates.

MUSIC SIGN UP FOR JUNE & JULY
A new sign-up sheet has been posted for anyone wanting to provide music for the 8:30 am worship services in June.  There will also be a sign-up posted for July.  Pastor Klein has listed some hymns to consider using for each Sunday.  Please see David Greenfield if you would like accompaniment when you sing.

NEW BOOKS IN TRINITY’S LIBRARY
Some new books have been added to Trinity’s library.  The money from the sales of the greeting cards on display in the fellowship hall goes completely to the library fund.  Please enjoy the many books in our library.  Here is a list of the new books:
The Scent of Lilacs” – Ann H. Gabhart
“Angel Sister” – Ann H. Gabhart
“The Christmas Angel” – Thomas Kinkade & Katherine Spencer
“Lives of the Saints” Volume IV – Alban Butler
“Lives of the Saints” June – Alban Butler
“To Gather the Wind” – Bodie & Brock Thoene (2nd book of the Wayward Wind series)

LIFELINE SCREENING
Life Line Screening, is the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings.  They will offer affordable, non-invasive, and painless health screenings here at Trinity on Monday, July 26, 2021.

A package of five screenings to identify risk for stroke, heart disease, and other chronic conditions will be offered:
• Carotid artery ultrasound to identify plaque buildup in the carotid arteries (a major risk factor for stroke)
• Abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound to identify presence of an enlargement in the largest blood vessel in the body.
• An EKG to identify the presence of atrial fibrillation (which increases the risk for stroke)
• Ultrasound of the lower legs to look for plaque buildup known as peripheral artery disease
• Ultrasound of the shin bone to identify risk for osteoporosis

These 5 vital screenings are offered for only $149 and take 60-90 minutes to complete.  If you register today, you will receive a $10 discount.

Register by calling toll free: 1-888-653-6441 or text the word “circle” to 797979


The Book Report-June

(From the Library) – Featured Author of the Month
Bodie and Brock Thoene

BODIE AND BROCK THOENE (pronounced Tay-nee) have written over 70 works of historical fiction. Over thirty-five million of these best-selling novels are in print in 30 languages. Eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards affirm what millions of readers have already discovered: the Thoenes are not only master stylists but experts at capturing readers minds and hearts.

Bodie's byline appeared in prestigious periodicals such as U.S. News and World Report, The American West, and The Saturday Evening Post. She also worked for John Wayne’s Batjac Productions and ABC Circle Films as a writer and researcher. John Wayne described her as a writer with talent that captures the people and the times! She has degrees in journalism and communications.

In 2016, Bodie's writing returned to the big screen with the release of I'm Not Ashamed: The Diary of Rachel Joy Scott.

Brock is described by Bodie as an essential half of the writing team. With degrees in both history and education, Brock has, in his role as researcher and story-line consultant, added the vital dimension of historical accuracy. Due to such careful research, The Zion Covenant and The Zion Chronicles series are recognized by the American Library Association, as well as Zionist libraries around the world, as classic historical novels and are used to teach history in college classrooms.

Bodie and Brock have four grown children: Rachel, Jake, Luke, and Ellie, and nine grandchildren.
 
 


DCE LISA'S PAGE

Elements of Trust VBS -- July 26-29, 2021
Step into our Vacation Bible School lab and take a journey with the original Apostles through the ups and downs of the first century church. Discover amazing truths from God’s Word about the early church and experience the Elements of T.R.U.S.T. This science-inspired, Christ-focused Vacation Bible School creatively walks through the historical narrative of first 5 chapters of the book of Acts.

Register for our Elements of Trust VBS today! Registration is open now.  All kids from 3 years old (potty trained) through those entering 3rd grade in the fall are welcome to register at https://www.myvbs.org/trinitynorthfield
Do you want to volunteer?  Students entering 4th grade in the fall or older are welcome to be VBS volunteers and we are also looking for adult volunteers to help us out with music, daily devotions/Bible study, snacks, opening/closing, etc.   To register as a volunteer, go to https://www.myvbs.org/trinitynorthfield and click on the volunteer button.

For additional information, contact:
Audry Hovland: grantandaudry@gmail.com;
Sherry Schwaab: slschwaab@hotmail.com; or
DCE Lisa Martinson: dcelisa@trinitynorthfield.org; 507-645-4438

 

 Sunday School – Sundays from 9:30-10:15. We will hold Sunday School most Sundays throughout the summer (no class on July 4).  The relationship building on Sunday mornings has been wonderful to see!  In addition to playing pool and foosball, we spend some time reviewing the past lessons and then talk briefly about the newest installment of Old Testament history, referring to today’s life and always pointing to Jesus.

FUEL (Faith Used in Everyday Life) events have also been a blessing!  Here is what has transpired since our last meeting as well as a look toward some future events (Note: We will switch to Wednesday FUEL events during the summer months.)
Wednesday, June 9 from 7:00-8:15pm we will bring back a favorite from last summer “Zoom Baking with Lisa”.  You can stay home and bake.  Thanks to Jackie, we have received a Thrivent grant to purchase some of the ingredients.  A complete list will be available by June 1.  You will be able to pick up the ingredients from church from Sunday, June 6-Wednesday June 9.  If you need delivery, please contact Lisa.

No FUEL on June 23 due to Youth Retreat at Lisa’s family cabin on June 21-22.

Wednesdays July 14 (5:30-7:00pm), August 11 (5:30-7:00pm) are currently in the planning process.

August 25 will be a youth ‘end of the summer’ outdoor faith night.  We will include games, a bonfire, supper, and some singing and scripture!  Of course, if the weather doesn’t permit it, we will have an indoor faith night without the bonfire.

Wednesday, July 28 – Vacation Bible School, Elements of Trust (VBS runs from July 26-29).

Camp Omega Day at Camp Omega, Waterville MN - Saturday, June 12th; 10am-4pm (Registration runs from 9-10am.)
This is a FREE open house event for all ages.
Included in the day will be a free picnic-style barbeque, give-a-ways from the camp store, swimming, pontoon boat rides, archery, canoeing, kayaking, hatchet throwing, climbing wall (ages 12 and older), arts and crafts and a variety of other Camp Staff led activities for the whole family. The day’s event concludes around 4:00 pm.  
If youth (grades 5 and up) would like to attend without a parent, please connect with Lisa by June 6.  Please also note if a ride from/to church is needed.
If you plan to go there on your own or with family, an RSVP is preferred, but not required. To RSVP, contact the camp office by email info@campomega.org or call (507) 685-4266.

Youth Summer Retreat at Lisa’s family cabin will be on June 21-22.  This will be for youth entering grades 5-9 in 2021.  We will leave church at about 9am on Monday and return at about 5pm on Tuesday.  Cost is $20 per person and includes transportation, meals, and lodging.  Youth will be asked to bring a snack to share (s’mores items will be provided) and their own beverages (milk and kool-aid will be provided).  More information on what to bring will be sent to all those who sign up.  Please sign up for this event by Sunday, June 13.

Vacation Bible School – Elements of Trust:  Volunteers Needed:  Students entering 4th grade in the fall or older are welcome to be VBS volunteers and we are also looking for adult volunteers to help us out with music, daily devotions/Bible study, snacks, opening/closing, etc.   To register as a volunteer, go to https://www.myvbs.org/trinitynorthfield and click on the volunteer button.

Jesus Food Packing in the Faribault Mall on Saturday, August 7 from 9:45am-12:15pm.  This is for everyone who wants to help! Please sign up by Sunday, August 1 so we can let them know our numbers ahead of time.
 
 


JUNE 2021 READINGS

 

June 6 - The Second Sunday after
  Pentecost

Genesis 3:8-15
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Mark 3:20-35

June 13 - The Third Sunday after
  Pentecost

Ezekiel 17:22-24
2 Corinthians 5:1-17
Mark 4:26-34

June 20 - The Fourth Sunday after
  Pentecost

Job 38:1-11
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41

June 27 - The Fifth Sunday after        
   Pentecost

Lamentations 3:22-33
2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13-15
Mark 5:21-43

 

JULY 2021 READINGS
    
July 4 - The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Ezekiel 2:1-5
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Mark 6:1-13

July 11 - The Seventh Sunday
after Pentecost

Amos 7:7-15
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:14-29

July 18 - The Eighth Sunday
after Pentecost

Jeremiah 23:1-6
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-44

July 25 - St. James, The Elder
Acts 11:27-12:5
Romans 8:28-39
Mark 10:35-45
 

 
 


                                     June 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                                                

June Rado, Mary Ozmun            Joan and Larry Pralle
Darlene Larson, Darlene Finch        Mollie and Bryce Skaar
 



 

                       JULY VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE
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.   (Special services are in bold, italics.)
 
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS       USHERS                                     _                                                                                                                             
                                             
(At this time only one usher is needed at the worship service due to social distancing.  There will be no worship assistants needed at this time.)
 
ALTAR GUILD                        COUNTERS                            _                                                 
Colleen Vivant, Mary Vogt        Bobbi and Tony Schmidtke
Barb Greenfield, Becky DeMann        Barb and Kurt Anderson