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!
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.
Would you be willing to help? 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 or friends and find a week that works for you. We appreciate your willingness to help! A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board across from the elevator by the sanctuary entrance. Any questions, contact Mark Udstuen, 498-5536. Thank you!
On Sunday, May 26 we will honor our graduating seniors with a special blessing during worship followed by a special Fellowship Time. Please hold these seniors in your prayers as they complete their high school career and begin a new chapter in their lives.
What Do Houston County Farmers Need?
The first roundtable generated some good discussion and brainstorming. Farmers and community members are invited to attend a second discussion on Wednesday, May 29 at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Trinity. The goal is to identify issues in the farming community and bring regional resources to help address challenges and opportunities. The event will be hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension and the Houston County Economic Development Authority in partnership with the Spring Grove Economic Development Authority. Treats and coffee will be provided. For more information on the event and a list of agricultural resources, visit www.houstoncountymn.com/agriculture.
The book for May is “Love Big Be Well: Letters to a Small-Town Church,” by Winn Collier.
Could this be us? ….. A pastor without a congregation trapped in a dead-end job meets a congregation without a pastor. The congregation is overwhelmed by the prospect of finding someone who actually wants to be a pastor, but they connect through letters, and after accepting the call, the pastor continues to write letters to his congregation on everything from fly-fishing to the Nicene Creed. The letters reveal the earthy spirituality woven into the joys and sorrows of the community, the church, and the pastor. We’ll discover what it means for a pastor and a church to do the slow work of ministry in community—anchored by a common place and buoyed by a life of faith that is meaningful, rooted, and true.
Eight copies of the book have been ordered and are available to check out in the office.
May is a very busy month, so Thirst Day will move to the FIFTH Thursday of the month — May 30.
If you’re thirsty for conversation about the Bible and topics of faith, we hope to see you at “Thirst Day” in May. (You don’t have to read the book. Just show up for great fellowship!)
See you at the parsonage (or maybe on the back deck!) on May 30 at 7:30 p.m.!
This summer, all of Trinity's members (especially youth) are invited to take part in our Flat Jesus Project!
Flat Jesus is inspired by a national school project called Flat Stanley, based off of a book written by Jeff Brown. Just as Flat Stanley has helped children with literacy and geography, Flat Jesus helps children stay plugged into the biblical message we've been sharing with them during the school year.
The Flat Jesus Project is simple: each person gets their own paper cutout of Jesus to take with them on their summer adventures. We encourage you to take pictures of your Jesus as he walks with you through your summer adventures! Please share your pictures on Trinity's Facebook page (Trinity Lutheran Church Spring Grove), Instagram page (trinitylutheransg), or send your pictures to email@example.com.
Trinity's Flat Jesus Project is a part of a national project through Sparkhouse. Throughout the month of June, post your photos on Sparkhouse's Facebook page (@wearesparkhouse) with the hashtag #FlatJesus. One church will win a gift card toward Sparkhouse products and resources.
Trinity will be holding our own contest as well! Whoever posts the most with their Flat Jesus will win a gift card to the Spring Grove Cinema. The cutouts of Flat Jesus will be given to youth on their last days of Sunday School and Confirmation. For other members who want to participate, cutouts will be available at the back of the sanctuary in mid-May.
Our custodian has retired and we will be hiring a replacement. The part-time custodian position is approximately 20-25 hours/week (flexible hours; may be a shared position). Responsibilities include basic facility cleaning duties, assisting with event setup and maintaining a safe environment for ministry. The ideal candidates will have janitorial skills, ability to lift without physical duress, good communication skills, and ability to work well with others. Applicants need a boiler’s license or be willing to obtain one after hire. Must be 21 or older and submit a background check upon hire. Wage is commensurate with experience. Download and print an application below or pick up an application at the church office. Below is also a link to an application form that can be filled out online. Position is open until filled.
Job application to print
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.
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!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop into her office!
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!
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!
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.”
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 email@example.com.
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!
WE JOYFULLY WELCOME PASTOR ELIZABETH HERMEIER TO TRINITY!
Her first Sunday is April 15.
Her Installation Service is April 22 followed by a Welcome Reception.
Join us for these special events!
The ELCA Conference of Bishops has approved a statement of support for the March for Our Lives on March 24 in Washington D.C. To see the statement, follow this link:: www.elca.org/News-and-Events/7915