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Organ Recital

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Dr. Gregory Peterson will present an Organ Recital, Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation through Music, on Sunday, October 22 at 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Peterson is an internationally acclaimed recitalist having performed in many venues local and international. He is Professor of Music and College Organist at Luther College.

Dr. Gregory Peterson

Dr. Gregory Peterson

Following the recital, enjoy Katie's Table reception featuring Reformation era foods and beverages that Martin Luther's wife, Katie, would have shared with her many house guests.

Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

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We will hear the Voices of the Reformation….

                          
October   1 — The Voice of Phillip Melanchthon
                        Pastor Lane Zaffke preaching

October   8 — The Voice of Katharina Schϋtz Zell
                        Dr. Wanda Deifelt, Professor of Religion focusing on Luther
                        and Lutheranism at Luther College, preaching and leading
                        Adult Forum following worship

October 15 — The Voice of John Calvin
                        Pastor Jim Scaife preaching

October 22 — The Voice of Martin Luther
                        Pastor Jim Scaife preaching

       — 3 p.m. Organ Recital: Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation                 
                        through Music with Dr. Gregory Peterson, Professor of Music
                        and College Organist at Luther College

                         Followed by Katie’s Table reception serving Reformation Era      
                         foods and beverages.

October 29 — The Voice of the Holy Spirit
                         Affirmation of Baptism for the 2017 Confirmation Class

 

Sunday School starts this week!

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Children young and old are invited to Trinity to learn!

Preschool - 6th grade children -- meet at 10:30 a.m. at the back of the sanctuary to sing before heading off to class.

7th-12th grades -- head to the cozy belfry room for Babel in the Belfry at 10:30 a.m. It's a time for casual conversation about a variety of topics. Have a question about a world event and how to look at it through Christian eyes? Bring it along and let's chat!

Meatball Supper

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Join us for a delicious meal Wednesday, September 20 serving from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Menu: meatballs with gravy, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, coleslaw, lefse, dinner roll, rommegrot, beverage.

Adults and Carry-outs $10
Ages 5-12 $5
Under 5 free

WELCA Salad Luncheon and Auction

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Trinity's WELCA group invites everyone -- male and female!! -- to their Salad Luncheon and Auction this Saturday, July 22.

A tag sale and bake sale will begin in the Fellowship Hall at 11:00 a.m., followed by a “free-will luncheon” from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The luncheon features a variety of cool summer salads, meat/cheese trays, rolls, bars and beverages. The live auction with Greg and Jacque Wennes begins at 12:30 p.m. Come join in the fun!!

Special Congregational Meeting

Sunday, July 16 there will be a Special Congregational Meeting immediately following worship. Stay and enjoy coffee and treats in the sanctuary and be a part of the meeting!

We will be electing members of the Call Committee.

Call Committee appointees from the Council are: Jan Kraabel and Dean Wiste.

Call committee nominees right now are: Fred Arnold, Chris Deck, Dana Kjome, Willy Leafblad, Len Myrah, Stewart Storlie, and Mark Udstuen.

Nominees from the floor will also be accepted.

We need your vote! See you Sunday morning!

 

Review of the Ministry Site Profile

Following the Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, July 16, Pastor Susan Miller, Assistant to the Bishop, will lead a review of Trinity's Ministry Site Profile (MSP) that was prepared by the Transition Team.

This document describes our congregation's history, ministry, membership, community, and leadership needs.

Congregation members are encouraged to stay on Sunday and provide input to the MSP!

Homecoming at Trinity

Spring Grove's Homecoming Celebration is this week and Trinity has a full Sunday of celebrating!

Sunday, June 25
8:30 a.m. -- Pick-Up Choir rehearsal. All are welcome to join! Come share your singing talents and help fill the sanctuary with music!

9:00 a.m. -- Hymn Sing

9:15 a.m. -- Worship with Holy Communion, guest Pastors Ken Knutson and Kevin Doely

10:15 a.m. -- Fellowship

10:45 a.m. - noon -- Open House at Parsonage on Maple Drive
         Come tour the parsonage and learn more about the Prayer Shawl Ministry and plans for updating the parsonage in preparation for the new pastor.

3:00 pm. -- Luren concert

Register now for Day Camp and VBS!

Save the date for summer fun at Trinity!

July 17-20 will be an active week at Trinity!
Day Camp (for children entering grades 1-6) will be lead by counselors from Sugar Creek Bible Camp. Click here for registration form for Day Camp.
Vacation Bible School (children ages 3-5) will be a partial day activity. Click here for registration form for VBS.

Please register by July 2 to reserve your spot!

Assistance will be needed in several ways including providing snacks and meals for counselors. Would you like to help out in some way? Great! Please contact Youth & Family Coordinator Bekah Leafblad, bekah@trinitysg.org or the church office. Thank you!

Senior Recognition Sunday

On Sunday, May 21, Trinity's high school seniors will receive a special blessing during the service. A special reception honoring them will follow worship in the Fellowship Hall.

Our seniors are Grace Edgington, Benjamin Gray, Chase Grinde, Kelsey Hermanson, Jordan Jaster, Breanna Lee, Noah Myrah, Stine Myrah, Brock Schuttemeier, and Kohl Vickerman.

Dear Heavenly Father, 
We ask for your almighty hand to be upon these graduating high school seniors. Bless their lives with goodness and love. Help them to stay true to their dreams, to use their gifts wisely, and to walk into the future with faith, hope, and great love. Amen

Community Baccalaureate Service

The Community Baccalaureate Service, will be Wednesday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity. All are invited to attend, as we ask God’s blessing on our local high school graduates. Pastor Neal Solomonson, Wilmington Lutheran Church, will be speaking.

Luther College Ringers in concert!

Saturday, May 6 at 4 p.m. the Luther College Ringers will present a concert at Trinity. This is an auditioned ensemble of 13 students drawn from all classes and majors at Luther College. Our very own Youth & Family Coordinator, Bekah Leafblad, is a member of this group.

The Trinity Handbell Choir will join for the final piece, I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light.

There is no admission fee, a freewill donation will be collected.

Everyone is invited to the concert and the reception following in the Fellowship Hall.

Input for Transition Team

Please click on the link below to open the document with the questions that the Transition Team would like to have answered by the congregation.

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions!

Printable version of Transition Team questions

Transition Questions, online submission
Please help our Transition Team by giving us your input in the box below. What 3 trends have you seen occur in Trinity's congregation in the last 3-5 years? What is the congregation really excited about right now? Thank you!

World Day of Prayer

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World Day of Prayer is Friday, March 3 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity. All are invited!

World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year.

Carol Van Brocklin, a missionary to the Philippines, will share her stories and love for the country. 

A salad luncheon will be served at noon.

Winter Weather Policy

Services will be held at 9:15 a.m. each Sunday unless conditions are so severe around Spring Grove that travel is unsafe.

Announcements about the Sunday service will be made by 7:30 a.m., and broadcast on KVIK-FM (104.7) and KQYB (98.3), as well as KTTC Channel 10, from Rochester. Also check www.kttc.com for information.

Decisions about the Saturday service will be made by 3:30 p.m. that day and broadcast on the above stations.  

Hymn Sing

Hymn Sings begin Sunday, June 19 at 9 a.m. for 15 minutes prior to worship. Think of your favorite hymns and be ready to make a request!

We'll also spend several minutes of each Hymn Sing learning Setting 5 of the Holy Communion liturgy which the Worship Team has chosen to begin using sometime in the autumn.

Church Directory

We are proceeding to assemble a new church directory for 2016, and are ready to take the initial steps in gathering these photos. This step requires your input so we have established guidelines to assist you. Unlike previous directories, this is not a formal family portrait experience; this is an informal photo collection of our congregational family. 

Digital Photos
a)  Picture should include just the family living in your home, not your extended family.
b)  Picture of you or your family in a vertical, not horizontal, shot.
c)  Size submitted should not exceed 300 dpi
d)  Send photos to: trinity@springgrove.coop

 Photo Prints
a)  Picture should be 3" x 5" or 4" x 6"
b)  Mail to: Trinity Lutheran Church, 203 East Main St, Spring Grove, MN 55974
c)   Pictures will not be returned.
d)  Copies of these pictures will not be as crisp as digitally submitted pictures

 All photos due by May 31, 2016.

 If you need someone to take your picture, we will offer that after Sunday worship on May 15, 22, and 29.  We will allow 45 minutes each Sunday.  Please notify the church office if you are not able to attend one of these sessions.

In the coming months, we will be making appointments to take photos at the Manor, Assisted Living, Tweeten Healthcare, and Tweeten Apartments.

 There will be no charge for the digital directories and the cost for printed directories will be determined later. There is no obligation to purchase printed directories.

 For further information or questions, contact Deb Spence (498-5053), Jean Ellingson (498-5114) or Bill Fried (498-5611)

Empty Bowls recipes

On January 17, Trinity held its fourth Empty Bowls Soup and Bread Meal. Many different types of soup and bread were made by Trinity members. The cold wintry day drew many people eager to be warmed with hot soup and fresh homemade bread. Free will donations were received for the Houston County Food Shelf and ELCA World Hunger. A total of $954 was raised! Thank you to all who participated.

The delicious recipes can be found here: click here

WANTED!

What:    People, (male or female) to become members of our Trinity Prayer Chain Calling Tree.

Why:    We have lost several of our members due to deaths or having moved from the area. We need replacements.

Where:  From your own home.

When: Whenever a call comes in for a request for someone to be put on the prayer chain. 

Time:    About 2 or 3 minutes to call and pass the message on.

Job Description:  When you receive a call for a prayer request, your job will be to call the next person on the Prayer Chain Calling Tree and ask them to add the persons’ name to their prayers.

Benefits:  God’s blessings on you and the individual added to your prayer list.

Please call the church office 498-5291, for more information.