“Thirst Day” starts January 17 and then every third Thursday of the month, at 7:30 p.m.. Pastor Elizabeth will host this “BYOB” get-together at the parsonage. 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.) The reading we will be discussing is Love Wins, by Rob Bell. Copies of this book are now available in the church office, if you need one. No need to read the book to attend!
Make sure to answer your phones on the evenings of January 17, 21, and 22!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office, 498-5291
Trinity’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 13 at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. We’ll worship at 9:15 a.m. and begin the meeting at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be available in the Sanctuary before the meeting begins. Remember, all confirmed members of Trinity are eligible to be voters at the meeting!
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.
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
We’re hiring for a Part-time Bookkeeper.
The position is approximately 30/month at $500/month. A two-year degree in accounting or equivalent experience in a related field with bookkeeping experience is preferable. Candidate should have strong MS Office skills, be comfortable with online accounting programs (Quickbooks experience preferred), and be self-motivated. It would be beneficial to have experience working with a non-profit or church. Hours are flexible with some evening hours possible.
To apply, fill out this application or pick one up in the office and turn it in to the Trinity office by January 11, 2019.
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, email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Looking for unique, homemade gifts? Shop at the Trinity Boutique located in the Fellowship Hall!
WELCA members have put their talents to task and have created many unique items. A great place to find gifts for Christmas, birthdays, baptisms, and anniversaries!
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
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)