Parish Nurse opportunity

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Parish nurse opportunity for trinity Trinity Lutheran Church has been approached about the opportunity to have a part-time volunteer parish nurse. Before we pursue this opportunity, we’d like to hear from you about health and well-being needs within our community. Please take a few moments to complete the  survey and return it to the church office no later than October 27. The results, along with interviews and other research, will be compiled for a presentation to the congregation council in November. At that time, the council will make a determination about whether to pursue this opportunity. If you have questions about what a parish nurse might be able to do within our community, go to

Thank you for your time! This is an exciting opportunity for Trinity.

Click here for a copy of the survey or pick up a copy in the office.


Trinity Boutique

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Trinity boutique gift shop is back! Are you looking for a baby gift? Or bridal shower gift? Or a birthday gift? Trinity Boutique is a great place to shop! The items are hand-made and one-of-a-kind — they make wonderful gifts! The Boutique is in the Fellowship Hall and has a variety of homemade articles and gifts to purchase during the upcoming year. With many members having special talents to make unique items, WELCA decided to offer these items for sale year-round. Anyone who makes an item may drop it off at the church office. Please price items when dropping them off. Anyone can purchase these treasures, simply put the tag and the money in the cash box by the items.  Questions? Contact Boutique coordinators, Yvonne Krogstad,, or Jacque Wennes,

Thirst Day

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Thirst Day October 17: Conversations Cards! I hope our beautiful fall continues for Thirst Day in October so we can again take advantage of the fire pit on the back deck of the parsonage. Plus, this month you don’t have to read or prepare anything! I recently received a set of “conversation cards” with questions that strengthen relationships and provoke meaningful conversations. So for our October Thirst Day evening, we’ll pick a few of these cards from a hat and then have 5-10-minute conversations about each.
Nothing scary, I promise.

Remember Thirst Day is always the third Thursday of the month, at 7:30 p.m. and the “B” in “BYOB” stands
for …Bible …book you’d like to share …topic that challenges your belief …or idea that makes you feel blessed. Oh, and you should bring a beverage as well. If you’re thirsty for conversation about the Bible and topics of faith, I hope to see you at the parsonage – on the back deck! – for “Thirst Day” on October 17 at 7:30 p.m.

P.S. If you’re shy, you don’t have to answer any of the questions. Just show up for great fellowship! 
   ~Pastor Elizabeth


Tuck-pointing on the church building begins September 30

Stone and brick masonry is virtually maintenance free. However, as brick buildings like Trinity Lutheran Church age, cracks in the mortar or crumbling mortar due to water damage sometimes need to be repaired. Tuck-pointing is the process of repairing mortar joints in stone or brick masonry walls by grinding or raking out the old mortar to a certain depth and then filling in with new mortar.

We expect the tuck-pointing process to last from 2-4 weeks, depending on the weather. The building will be accessible during the process, though there will be some disruption to the outside of the building, and the project will only be suspended for a day if there is a funeral.

Tuck-pointing was identified as a maintenance need for the church building about a year ago, and money was set aside from the Heritage Endowment Fund in order to pay for it.

Trinity U

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Trinity U offers people of all ages the opportunity to gather for education, faith development, and mutual growth — youth, parents, grandparents, friends….EVERYONE is welcome! The purpose of Trinity U is to create a relational confirmation program where students (and other members) understand that they can live out their faith in everything they do with their lives. Trinity U catalogs are available at sanctuary entrances, in the office, or by following the link below.

Click here for Trinity U catalog. Adults and non-confirmation students will find classes beginning on page 5.

Please register ahead of time to be a part of a class. Click here for registration form.

Registration form is on the website or stop in the office for a paper form. Questions? Contact Bekah, (507) 498-5291 or

Sunday School Teachers and Helpers needed

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There are 4 ways you can help:

1. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten teacher. This teacher would work with 3 other teachers (could choose to teach every other month with 1 other teacher) and teach 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, and Kindergarteners. All curriculum and materials will be provided.

2. Shepherd. A shepherd works with a designated age group for the entire year. Often two shepherds make a schedule for which Sundays they would help and which Sundays would be their "week off". Shepherds meet with their age group at the beginning of Sunday School in music, and then transport their group to their classroom for that Sunday and participate/aid with the activities.

3. Rotational teacher. A rotational teacher signs up for a certain topic and two week teaching period. All curriculum and materials will be provided.

4. NEW! Connect (5th-6th grade) teacher. We are starting a new curriculum for 5th and 6th graders to help them dive further into their faith. Connect teachers will meet with 5th and 6th graders for 5 weeks in a row to cover one topic. All curriculum and materials will be provided.

Meatball Dinner

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Fall Meatball Dinner
September 18 ▪ 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Carry-outs only ▪ $10

WELCA is pleased to announce that our fall meatball dinner is back after a year’s hiatus due to construction displacement in 2018. Mark your calendars for this delicious meal of meatballs in gravy, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, dinner roll, lefse, rømmegrøt, and brownie. Guests who prefer to eat their meal in the Fellowship Hall are welcome to do so, but service will be limited. Tickets are $10 and will be sold the day of the dinner in the Fellowship Hall. If you would like a dinner delivered to your home, please contact the church office. Sign-up sheets for deliveries will be available at the Manor, Assisted Living, Tweeten Apartments, and the nursing home.


ELCA Sanctuary denomination

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And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’  Matthew 25:40

On August 7 the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), through its Churchwide Assembly, voted to become a sanctuary body. 

The ELCA has a long history of advocating for immigrants and working to welcome and resettle refugees. In fact, several congregations in our synod sponsored refugees in the years after World War II and again after the Vietnam War. In line with our historic understanding and action responding to the needs of immigrants and those seeking asylum within our nation’s borders, the ELCA has declared itself to be a sanctuary body.

This is a declaration of our continued commitment to “welcome the stranger.”  As a sanctuary church, the ELCA is committed to serving and supporting migrant children and families in communities across the country (

How each congregation lives into this commitment will vary. Some members will volunteer or donate to Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS), others may wish to host our synod’s AMMPARO team to learn more about immigration (more information can be found at, still others may find ways to support immigrant families in their own communities.

As a denomination, we are still living into what this designation means. Part of the action the Churchwide Assembly took was to direct the ELCA Church Council to provide guidance and resources related to the question what does it mean to be a sanctuary body?.

To be clear, this action does not require congregations or individual members to engage in any particular activity and nothing in this action binds synods or congregations.

It is our hope that as individuals and congregations you will thoughtfully engage in prayer, discernment and conversation in light of this declaration. As you do so, a centering question might be: how can we best live into our identity as the people of God in this place?

May peace and courage be yours, 
Bishop Steven H. Delzer and Bishop-Elect Regina Hassanally

Links to more information about what this means:

Talking points from the ELCA
Letter from Bishop Suarez of the Florida-Bahamas Synod
Biblical texts on being a sanctuary church


Relay for Life



Houston County’s Relay for Life this year is August 2 at La Crescent High School beginning at 5:00p.m. This is the 25th year of the relay in Houston County. Trinity has had a team participate nearly every year and is looking for members to be a part of the Trinity Treaders team! Would you like to be on the team? If yes — AWESOME! Contact Stewart Storlie, (507) 450-2851 or or to get info about being a part of the team.

The funds raised through Relay For Life not only honor survivors and remember loved ones, but also help give cancer patients and their families the resources and support they need, including a 24/7 helpline for answers and support.

Summer Surge Budget Booster

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It’s summertime! A time of vacations and lazy days. This time of year, we tend to fall behind in our budget. Instead of waiting until the end of the year to play catch-up, the Finance Team is bringing back the successful Summer Surge Budget Booster.

For the Budget Booster, we are asking each family unit to give an extra dollar a day plus five for the month of July. That’s a total of 36 extra dollars. We think we can raise around $7,000 extra with this budget booster! Special envelopes are available at sanctuary entrances and in the office. Simply return the envelope with the extra $36 (or more if you’d like) any time during the month of July. Thank you so much for your generous support of Trinity!

Congregational Meeting

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We will be having a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, July 14 immediately following worship, where we will have a time to discuss concerns about how our existing space (fellowship area, education area, offices) may be limiting us from performing our ministries to their fullest.

Please plan to attend the meeting so we can discuss this in more detail and begin to discern a way forward to make changes to our existing church building so that we can do what God is calling us to do without limits.


Helping Hands Drive for School Supplies and Hygiene Items

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Trinity is working with Caledonia United Methodist Church to conduct a Free Garage Sale & Back to School Event where Houston County families in need can find gently used clothing, school supplies, backpacks, shoes, and hygiene supplies.

The greatest need is for donations of backpacks and general school supplies (including dry erase markers, Clorox wipes, notebooks, and folders) as well as hygiene items (shampoo, soap, feminine products, toothpaste, etc.).

Donations can be dropped off in the Gathering Room through August 4. Contact Jessi Strinmoen, (507) 923-5587, for more information.

Summer Ushers

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WE ARE LOOKING FOR USHERS FOR THE SUMMER  Would you be willing to help  greet people as they come to worship? It’s an important part of our ministry and a fun way to see our Trinity family through the summer months! Four ushers are needed each week. Gather your family and friends and find a week that works for you. We appreciate your willingness to help! Click here to access a sign-up form or contact the office, 498-5291. Thank you!


Outdoor Worship Service


June is a five-Sunday month; which means June 30 is  Servant Sunday! Weather permitting, we will have worship in Viking Memorial Park beginning with the Hymn Sing at 9:00 a.m. and Worship at 9:15 a.m. After worship, we will have a picnic. Stay and enjoy fellowship and delicious food! We'll be serving
Red's pork burgers, assorted chips, calico beans, dessert, and lemonade -- all for a freewill donation. The freewill offering this month will go to the boiler/AC fundraiser. Come join us for a picnic and good fellowship after worship! If it rains, we'll have worship in the sanctuary and the picnic in the Fellowship Hall.


Relay for Life


Houston County’s Relay for Life is August 2 at La Crescent High School. This is the 25th year of the relay in Houston County. Trinity has had a team participate nearly every year and would like to again this year for this 25th anniversary. Are you interested in being a part of a Trinity team? The funds raised through Relay For Life not only honor survivors and remember loved ones, but also help give cancer patients and their families the resources and support they need, including a 24/7 helpline for answers and support. If you’re interested in being a part of a Trinity team, contact Judy Bratland, 498-5147.

Bonfires for youth completing grades 6-8


Youth completing grades 6-8 are invited to Bonfires at Bekah's beginning Sunday, June 16 at 8:30 p.m. Bonfires will be most Sunday nights throughout the summer (check dates below) at Bekah's house (231 1st Ave SW). Come for s'mores, stay for fun fellowship with friends! Bring your friends -- you don't have to be a Trinity member to attend.

Bonfire dates: June 16, 23, 30; July 7, 14, 21; August 4, 11, 18, 25.


3:16 outings this summer


3:16s, Trinity's high school youth group, will meet once a month during the summer before it goes back to weekly meetings in September. On Thursday, June 20, 3:16s will head to Jump Start Adventure Park (trampoline park) in La Crosse. We will leave from the church at 6:00 p.m. and return about 9:45 p.m. Cost is $15 and includes grip socks.

3:16s will go canoeing on the Upper Iowa River on Friday July 19. We will leave from church at 8:30 a.m. and return about 3:00 p.m. Pack a lunch and sunscreen! Limited spots available, so RSVP to save a spot!

On August 28, 3:16s will be back at Bekah's at 8:00 p.m.

3:16 events are for you who just completed 9th-12th grades. All are welcome — invite a friend! Please RSVP for trampoline park and/or canoeing with a text to Bekah, (701) 552-2918, by Monday, June 17.


Thirst Day in June

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Thirst Day is June 27 at 8:30 p.m.
“Searching for Sunday,” by Rachel Held Evans
People are still mourning the death of Rachel Held Evans, who passed away in April at age 37 leaving behind a husband, a young child, and many readers who’ve found renewed faith in faith communities because of her writing.

Like millions of her peers, Held Evans didn't want to go to church anymore. The hypocrisy, the politics, the building budgets, the scandals -- church culture seemed far removed from Jesus. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back. And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it.

Centered on seven sacraments, we’ll go through a liturgical year with her stories about baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death that are funny, heartbreaking, and sharply honest.

Eight copies of the book have been ordered and will be available to check out in the church office.

June is a very busy month, so once again, Thirst Day will move to the FOURTH Thursday of the month, June 27 and an hour later to accommodate the VBS program in the park. Just walk on over to the parsonage after it’s done! We’ll begin about 8:30 p.m.

Syttende Mai Meatball Dinner

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Our Syttende Mai Meatball Dinner is Sunday, May 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be carry-outs only for $10 per meal. The menu includes meatballs in gravy, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, rommegrot, lefse, a roll, and a brownie for dessert. Proceeds will go toward the furthering of youth ministry at Trinity. Please join us for the Syttende Mai Meatball Dinner!

Community Baccalaureate Service

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This service is for all graduating seniors, families, and friends. Area pastors will be participating in the service. Join us for this meaningful service for all our local graduates on Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. here at Trinity.