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Thirst Day in March

THIRST DAY IS MARCH 21: “GOD GOT A DOG,” BY CYNTHIA RYLANT

Does anyone remember the movie “Oh, God,” starring John Denver with George Burns as God? Or do you remember the song “What if God was one of us?” by Joan Osborne? Or do you remember the TV show “Touched By an Angel”? Or for that matter, have you ever seen Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam,” that marvelous painting that shows the hand of God touch the hand of Adam?

I could go on, but there is a long history of artists who’ve attempted to represent Christian theology in their art, and specifically to represent how much God longs to be close to us, to experience what we experience, to have real influence over our daily lives. Jesus really did experience our humanity, of course. We read the gospels to understand how much Jesus loved us and continues to love us.

But Cynthia Rylant has taken a more whimsical approach to showing God’s humanity in her poetry. So for our next Thirst Day, we’ll read her book, “God got a dog” (illustrated by Marla Frazee). There are multiple copies in the church office you can check out, and it won’t take you long to read this. But I hope you spend some time savoring the poems. Which one touches your heart? Which one goes too far? See you at the parsonage on March 21 at 7:30 p.m.!

A special challenge for this next Thirst Day: write your own “God” poem and bring it with you! Think: “God planted corn.” or “God led the choir.” or “God taught English.” or “God coached football.” You get the idea!

If you’re thirsty for conversation about the Bible and topics of faith, we hope to see you for “Thirst Day.” (You don’t have to read the book. Just show up for great fellowship!)

Thirst Day is always the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the parsonage. 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. And bring a beverage as well. If you’re thirsty for conversation about the Bible and topics of faith, we hope to see you at the parsonage for “Thirst Day”. You don’t have to read the book. Just show up for great fellowship!

Minnesota Food Share - March Campaign

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Some people face food insecurity every day, while others struggle after an unexpected expense or decrease in income. Hunger can lead to poor health or illness in addition to poor performance at school or work.

The annual Minnesota Food Share March campaign promotes the collection of food and funds to stock food shelves across the state. As an official participant, SEMCAC’s Houston County Food Shelf in Caledonia will receive a percentage of the undesignated statewide March Food Share funds.

The allocation depends on the amount of food and money raised during March and on the number of people served during the remainder of the year.

The Care Team of Trinity encourages donations of food and money to help with this campaign. Donations must be received by March 29 to count toward the March Food Share campaign.

Respond to food insecurity in our community by filling a grocery bag with much needed food and household items for our local Houston County Food Shelf. Trinity also has a Little Free Pantry (not to be confused with Houston County Food Shelf in Caledonia) that is located at the bottom of the stairs of the south entrance (closest to the parking lot). This Little Free Pantry is available for anyone to use; it has the same needs as the Houston Food Shelf.

Requested donations include: canned soups, canned fruit, saltine crackers, scalloped or AuGratin potatoes, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, pancake mix, and sugar.

Lenten Supper update

This week’s Lenten Supper (Wed., March 13) has been changed to SUNDAY, MARCH 17 at 10:15 a.m. Due to the rescheduling of the SGHS Boys’ Basketball game to Wednesday evening. The Youth will now serve their breakfast meal during Fellowship on Sunday.

Come enjoy a delicious meal of egg bakes, mini-pancakes, fruit, and beverages. Trinity’s Youth thank you for your support! Cost: freewill donation.

Lenten Suppers

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Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall All are invited!

SUNDAY, MARCH 17: Breakfast for Dinner ** Note date change! It has been rescheduled due to SGHS Basketball Game
hosted by Trinity Youth
 
March 20: Chili Supper for Habitat for Humanity
hosted by Mission in the World Team and Congregation Council members

March 27: Baked Potato Bar
hosted by the Worship Team
  
April 3: Taco “Bells”
hosted by Trinity Handbell Choir

April 10: hosted by the Care and Support Teams

Make supper easy and join us for delicious meals and conversation! Suppers are freewill donation.

Lenten Services and Meals

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March 13-April 17: Mid-week Lent
                   ▪ Meal served from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
                   ▪ Worship at 7:00 p.m.

April 18: Maundy Thursday
                     ▪ Worship at 7:00 p.m., with communion

April 19:
Good Friday
       ▪ Tenebrae service at 7:00 p.m.

April 14:
Palm Sunday
                  ▪ Worship at 9:15 a.m.

Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wedneday is March 6. We will have two services — 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Both services will have Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes. Bars and coffee will be served following the noon service.

All are welcome!

Great Chocolate Chip Cookie Extravaganza

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All are invited to experience Trinity’s Great Chocolate Chip Cookie Extravaganza, on February 10 during Fellowship.

Have a favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies? We’d love it if you’d share a batch as part of the Extravaganza! We request that you make your cookies small so that people can taste many different kinds! Members of the Outreach Team will be there to serve, you just need to bring a palette hungry for chocolate chip cookies! Coffee and milk will be provided, cookies provided by all of our great bakers. We can’t wait to see all of the varieties that a chocolate chip cookie can become!

Questions? Contact Lara Wold-Mendez, 507-450-6118, or Mary Zaffke, 498-5823.

"Thirst Day"

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“Thirst Day” is every third Thursday of the month, at 7:30 p.m. at the parsonage. Pastor Elizabeth will host this “BYOB” get-together. It’s not circle or a club and there’s nothing to join. It’s just a chance for us to get together and quench our collective thirst. The “B” in “BYOB is your own Bible, a book you’d like to share, a topic that challenges your belief, and idea that makes you feel blessed. (You should bring a beverage as well.) If you’re thirsty for conversation about the Bible and topics of faith, we hope to see you at the parsonage for “Thirst Day” in February. (You don’t have to read the book. Just show up for great fellowship!)

Youth Stock Sales

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Make sure to answer your phones on the evenings of February 2, 7, 12!

Why, you ask? The youth at Trinity will be calling YOU and asking if you would like to buy "shares of stock" in Trinity's youth program. These are not real shares of stock, rather a way to support the youth at Trinity in their future youth trips. Each share of stock is $15 and stockholders can purchase as many shares as they would like.
The youth who travel on the upcoming youth trips will share their experiences with stockholders and other church members during worship on a Sunday after the trip. Future youth trips include a mission trip to Indianapolis, IN in July 2019 and the ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis during the summer of 2021. Questions? Contact Bekah Leafblad at bekah@trinitysg.org or call the church office, 498-5291

Psalm Study

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Most of you can recite much of the 23rd psalm if not all of it. It is ascribed to David. It is an expression of confidence in God’s protection. The Lord is compared to a shepherd and we are the sheep of his pasture. There are many other psalms that are lesser known from the depth of the writer’s soul just as the 23rd.

Psalms are prayers that spring from the souls of believers. In the Bible, we have 150 psalms. There is also the Book of Lamentations which is made up of psalms as well. But the 150 psalms are like the top hit parade of psalms for the Israelites of the Old Testament and for us even today.

We will be studying the psalms in a six-week course on Sundays starting January 6 at 10:30 a.m. While we will be categorizing them to help make them a little easier to study, know that each one has its own personality and soul. It will help us to develop a deeper devotional and meditative life.

Psalm Study will meet January 6, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24.

Click here for Psalm Study materials.

Empty Bowls 2019

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What is Empty Bowls?
 The concept of Empty Bowls was founded by an art teacher in Michigan and another partner in 1990-91. They joined together to raise charitable funds for their community. The idea was to organize a charitable event to give artists and art students a way to make a personal difference. In the original event, students made bowls which were used as individual serving pieces for a fund-raising meal of soup and bread. Contributing guests kept the empty bowl. The concept has developed into “Empty Bowls.” Trinity’s Outreach Team and other volunteers have been hosting an Empty Bowls Meal for several years; we believe this will be our 6th year. This year we have been able to add in the opportunity to purchase a handmade pottery bowl, such as what the original concept promoted. The bowls are made by a potter and secured for this event.  

Trinity’s Empty Bowls event is Sunday, January 20 beginning at 10:30 and will go until 12:30. 

All the food items for this event are donated, from the homemade soups, to the fresh baked breads and muffins. This means 100% of the money gathered at the serving of the meal will go directly to the Houston County Food Shelf and the ELCA World Hunger Fund.  

Donations are welcome from anyone who is interested in participating. If you’d like to make food or help in some way, please contact Mary Zaffke, 498-5823 or Karen Fried, 498-5611. 

Hunger and issues related to hunger are alive and well in our communities. The face of hunger might look different in someone from Spring Grove as opposed to that of someone from Central Africa, but it is still something in our country. It is important for us to know that our neighbors are affected and what we do can make a difference. The Empty Bowls Event is just one way that we can spend some time and raise our awareness and do some good, all the while being fed delicious, tasty soups and breads

Trinity Choir Christmas Concert

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Sunday, December 16, the Trinity Choir will present their Annual Christmas Concert. This year’s theme is, “Let Him In.” The concert will also include music from Thankful Brass and the Trinity Handbell Choir.

All are invited to attend the concert! Following, there will be a candlelight reception with festive refreshments! We hope to see you there!

If you are unable to attend, this year the concert will be broadcast live on KVIK 104.7 FM!! It will also be streamed on their website, www.kvikradio.com. Thank you to these sponsors for making this possible: Spring Grove Communications, Jeff Ellingson Agency/American Family Insurance, Kraus Oil Company, Ivy Grove Cafe, Lee Auto Body, and Lee Auto Sales.

Advent and Christmas at Trinity

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  • Sunday, December 9, 3:00 p.m. We’re honored to host the Luren Singers Christmas Concert.

  • Sunday, December 16 is a double-header: Our Sunday School kids will present their Christmas program at the 9:15 a.m. service, and our Trinity Choir will present their Christmas Concert that evening at 7:00 p.m.

  • NEW THIS YEAR: Wednesday Advent Vesper services at 7:00 p.m. on December 5, 12 and 19. These will be short (20-25 minutes), contemplative services that will help us prepare for Christmas.

  • Our Christmas Eve services will be Monday, December 24 at 3:00 p.m. and Candlelight Service at 8:00 p.m. **Note the new time for the second Christmas Eve service.**

  • Our Christmas Day service will be Tuesday, December 25 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Sunday, December 30 is Lessons and Carols and also a Servant Sunday. Bring something extra for the Food Shelf for Servant Sunday. Leftover goodies? Bring them along to share during Coffee Fellowship — we’ll have a smorgasbord of treats!

Sunday School returns to the church

After much consideration and looking over surveys (Thank you to all who completed!!), we will be moving Sunday School back to the church. The Trinity Center has a wonderful set-up for rotational Sunday School; however, we are hoping to create a welcoming Christian community at church that is also functional for Sunday School. Babel in the Belfry will also return to the church. It is fun to have everyone under one roof on Sunday mornings! If you have any questions regarding the survey, feel free to email Bekah, bekah@trinitysg.org, or stop into her office!

Reverse Advent Calendars

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We invite you to pick up one of the Reverse Advent Calendars. The idea behind these calendars is much the same as your childhood calendar….there is a window to open each day with a message behind it. But here is the change….each day there will be a suggestion of a way that you can thoughtfully be celebrating Advent with acts of kindness, hospitality, and generosity. There is also a devotional booklet to go along with the calendar.

At the end of Advent, you will have a box/basket full of great gifts for others. We will have a spot for collecting these gifts at the church between Christmas and Epiphany. On the Sunday that we celebrate Epiphany, we will bring our gifts as an offering. Following the service, the Outreach Team will distribute the gifts to the Food Shelf, housing shelter, etc.

Thank you for your participation!

Mid-Week Advent Vespers

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On Wednesdays, December 5, 12, and 19 we will have a special Advent Vespers service at 7:00 p.m. These will be short (20-25 minutes), contemplative services that will help us prepare for Christmas. All are invited to attend!

Luren Singers Christmas Concert

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For the first time in 150 years, the Luren Singers will present their Christmas Concert at Trinity on Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m. Featured soloist this year is Rachel Storlie. Trinity members that are also members of Luren are Dan Alstad, Kenny Anderson, Fred Arnold, Fordyce Brevig, Bill Fried, Eric Frydenlund, Jim Gray, Paul Gray, Kim Kapplinger, Brent Newgaard, David Storlie, and Stewart Storlie. The audience will have the opportunity to participate with two songs, “Jeg er så glad” and “Her kommer dine arme små.”

High School Youth Group

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3:16s is a group for 9th—12th grade youth that meets every week on Sundays at 8:00 p.m. at Bekah’s house. We discuss questions the youth have about their faith, the church, God, world events, and everything else! We also have time for fellowship — playing games (ping pong, air hockey, board games), doing homework, practicing yoga, and more! If you have any questions about 3:16s, please contact Bekah, at the church office 498-5291 or bekah@trinitysg.org.

Noisy / Crinkly Offering

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Remember to save your pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters for Rally Day, September 9, when we introduce our new “Noisy/Crinkly” offering. Look for our kids to come around on the second Sunday of every month, shaking cans and gathering smiles.

The proceeds from our Noisy/Crinkly offering will be used to support Lutheran ministries in South Sudan (saving the lives of pregnant women and infants) and Puerto Rico (hurricane relief). In a twist on our “First Fruits” initiatives, 10% of everything gathered will come back to Trinity to support the general fund.

But if you want it a little quieter, you are welcome to throw in paper money. Because nothing quiets illness and devastation like dollar bills. Thank you!