Thanksgiving Pies


LET US MAKE YOUR THANKSGIVING PIES! Trinity youth are excited to make your Thanksgiving pies again this year! A group of Trinity youth will be heading to Indianapolis, IN next summer for a mission trip to help the communities of this urban area. To help offset the costs of the trip, we are making and selling homemade Thanksgiving pies! The pies will be available to pick up the evening of Wednesday, November 21 from 6-8 p.m. A link to an order form is below. Forms are also available at the entrances to the sanctuary or in the church office. Order forms are due November 18. Thank you for your support!

Pie order form



Deer season opens in the woods the first weekend of November and here at Trinity we will Bag-A-Buck for the Houston County Food Shelf. Sunday, November 18, we will pass metal buckets during offering. As the buckets come down the row, we encourage everyone to put a "buck" (or any amount!) in the bag. Checks can be made out to the Houston County Food Shelf. These cash donations almost triple in value when the Food Shelf does the purchasing! Thank you for your heartfelt contributions.

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.”

Reformation 501

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Reformation 501: A Celebration of Luther's Catechism in Song, Word, and Dance is Sunday, October 28 at 3:00 p.m. here at Trinity. This special service is in coordination with the our Root River Conference churches. A fun-filled afternoon will include a polka service with Mark Heinz on the accordion, a lecture by Dr. Mary Jane Haemig on Luther’s Catechism, and an update about the synod’s global partnerships by Kathy Chatelaine, synod director for Global Mission/Companion Synods. Also, Martin and Katie Luther will visit us (a.k.a. Mark Schroder and Pastor Elizabeth).

Luther College Trumpets Concert



The Luther Trumpets is a trumpet ensemble of outstanding collegiate trumpeters from all over the country. They have appeared and performed in many Midwest high schools, churches, and community venues and have competed at the National Trumpet Competition. As part of their fall tour, they will be presenting a concert at Trinity on Tuesday., October 16 at 4:00 p.m. Oliver Leafblad, the brother of our Handbell Choir director Willy Leafblad, is a part of this prestigious ensemble.

High School Youth Group


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

Stakeholder's Celebration

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THANK YOU to all of those who financially supported the youth of Trinity who traveled to Houston, TX for the ELCA Youth Gathering this summer!!

We would like to thank all of you who supported us by inviting you to the Stakeholder's Celebration on September 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary at Trinity. At this celebration, we will serve cookies, coffee, and lemonade and tell you all about our trip to Houston this past June. Thank you for aiding us in getting to Houston! It was the experience of a lifetime. We hope to see you at the Stakeholder's Celebration!

Rally Sunday

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Join us on Rally Sunday, September 9 to celebrate all of our wonderful education programs at Trinity. During the worship service, we will pray for all of those involved in our programs, celebrate 30 years of teaching at Beary Patch Preschool, give Bibles to 3-year-olds, 3rd graders, and 7th graders, and sing with Praise Band and the kids of our congregation. After worship, we will continue with our first day of Sunday School outdoors! Hope to see you there!

Blessing of Backpacks and Workbags


Bring your school backpacks and your workbags along with you to worship on Sunday, September 16 as we ask God to watch over the coming year of learning, working, playing, and resting. As part of the blessing we will give out special key-tags for your backpack or workbag.

Noisy / Crinkly Offering


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!

Sunday School help needed

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It is that time of the year again... Sunday school starts on September 9 with our Rally Sunday event! We are in the process of looking for volunteers to help with Sunday school for the 2018-2019 school year. There are 3 ways you could 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 activites.
3. Rotational teacher. A rotational teacher signs up for a certain month/topic and teaches for 3 consecutive Sundays. Curriculum and materials are all provided.
Just a bit more information: Sunday school is held from 10:30-11:20a.m. most Sundays at the church. At 10:30, students and shepherds meet for music in the sanctuary and then are divided up into different rooms within Trinity for their activity time.
Consider helping with Sunday school this year! You would be teaching the future of our church, and that makes a huge impact!! If you are interested, please contact Bekah in the office, 498-5291 or Thank you!

Luren in concert at Trinity on Friday

Music as hospitality
Music lifts our hearts to God in a particular way. It sustains us in weary times and increases our joy during happy times. More than a program or a place, music is a strengthening, comforting, spiritual experience for people of all ages and backgrounds. Music creates a place of welcome for each of us. It is a form of hospitality, as all are invited into the space that is created to enjoy and to take part. It is a natural intergenerational activity—a bridge between young and old and past, present and future. Raising our voices in song together goes beyond our individual efforts and experiences to become something collective, something that is more than the sum of its parts.  This message is an excerpt from “Finding the rhythm of love” by Jordan Miller-Stubbendick in the May 2018 issue of Gather magazine.

All are welcome to attend the concert of the Luren Singing Society on Friday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity.

The concert is part of the Hallingdal lag celebration. Admission is free, but a free will offering will be collected that will be split between Giants of the Earth Heritage Center and Luren. 

The program for the evening: Ja, vi elsker dette Landet, Star Spangled Banner, Sangerhilsen, 
Norges Fjeld, Dear Land of Home, Psalm 24, Jesus Loves Me, The Awakening, Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal, I Will Lift my Eyes, Then Will the Very Rocks Cry Out, What a Wonderful World,
Pål sine hønur, Don't Fence Me In, Aftensang

Landscape Survey


Next year, Bishop Steve Delzer will retire from our ELCA Southeast Minnesota Synod. The coming year will be a time of prayer, reflection, and discernment as we begin to call a new bishop. We’ll also engage in self-study
using an assessment tool called Landscape. 

The following groups of people are invited to participate in the Landscape survey: 
▪ Active rostered ministers    ▪ Communicators, office managers and secretaries
▪ Retired rostered ministers  ▪ Lay congregational members with active involvement in the synod  
▪ Synod Council members     ▪ Church council members, recent call committee  
▪ Office of the Bishop staff    ▪ Faith Formation leaders and volunteers    

As you can see from the above list, a number of Trinity members and groups have an opportunity to take the survey and give feedback. Your participation will be very beneficial, as will your prayers. Any questions, please feel free to ask Pastor Elizabeth.

Landscape is anonymous and can be completed digitally or through a paper copy that can be downloaded online by clicking here (additional instructions for the paper version available by visiting Landscape will help us determine the needs of our wider community and Synod so that we can have informed conversations about the gifts we seek in our next bishop. The survey remains open until Friday, August 24. 


Free Rummage Sale / Back to School Event


For the last several years, the Methodist Church in Caledonia has held a Free Rummage Sale and Back to School event for Houston County residents who are in need. They call it the Give Away! This event has grown so much that some extra help is needed. 

The event is held during the week of the county fair. This year it will be held Thursday, August 16 from 12 pm-7 pm and Friday morning, August 17. It will be open to all of the community on Friday afternoon with items available for a free-will offering. This event is for Houston County residents in need of a little extra help getting their children ready for the school year, through the donations of backpacks, school supplies, and gently used clothing. 

We are looking for donations of school supplies. There is a special need for new backpacks, calculators, dry erase markers, markers, and Clorox wipes, as well as general school supplies, such as notebooks and folders. Last year more than 100 backpacks were given out. They also need children’s clothing of all sizes. 

There is also a great need for helpers to assist with setting up. If you are able to help with the setting up of this event, please contact Mary Zaffke, Set-up of the Give Away will happen the beginning of the week of August 12. We would like to have donations at Trinity by August 12. Trinity will have an area set aside in the Fellowship Hall where you can bring your donations. 

Special Congregational Meeting

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Sunday, August 5 immediately following Worship (about 10:15 am) we will have a Special Congregational Meeting to get more information regarding the boiler replacement project. 

At the July 11 Council Meeting, they were informed of the problems with the boiler and its need to be replaced. The Council approved getting bids for this project. The cost is substantial with the unit, asbestos abatement, paint, flooring, and touch-up. Therefore, a vote by the congregation needs to be taken. 

Please plan to attend this meeting.

All Team Retreat

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Are you a member of a team at Trinity? Then this is for you!

Please plan to attend an All Team Retreat on Sunday, August 5, from 3-5 p.m. at Giants of the Earth Heritage Center. Team members check your email for details and agenda. 

7th Annual Community Potluck

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Come one, come all and join your neighbors and friends at the Viking Memorial Park for an evening of good food, fellowship, and music!

Date: Wed., August 1
Time: 6:00 pm potluck meal; 6:30 pm music  

Bring a dish to pass, eating utensils, and sit with us while enjoying a beautiful evening in Spring Grove. Lemonade, water, and coffee will be provided.

 Music by the Thankful Brass along with a Gospel Sing-Along with area musicians. The event is sponsored by the area churches. In case of rain, we will be at the Fest Building.  

(Don’t let the circus stop you from coming! Join us first and then go enjoy the circus!)

Loaves & Fishes Feast

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Sunday, July 29 is our first Servant Sunday. What is Servant Sunday? It is when there is a 5th Sunday in a month and each time we will have a special theme.

This month we are having a Loaves & Fishes Feast to honor the gospel of the day. Join us for outdoor worship at Viking Memorial Park at 9:15 a.m. followed by a brief Temple Talk highlighting ways Trinity serves the neighbor. Then we will enjoy a Loaves & Fishes meal at 11:00 a.m.. A goodwill offering will be collected to support the Houston County Foodshelf. Invite friends and neighbors, all are welcome to our special Sunday!

Rain location is Trinity church.

VBS and Day Camp


Vacation Bible School and Day Camp at Trinity

Day Camp and VBS will be held concurrently at Trinity this summer. They will run June 18-21, 2018. All are invited! Attendees do not have to be members of Trinity, so bring a friend, a cousin, a neighbor, and join us for a week of fun!

Vacation Bible School is for children ages 3 (by 9/1/17) to 5. It is from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Cost is $10.
Vacation Bible School registration form

Day Camp is for youth entering grades 1-6 this fall. Cost is $20.
Day Camp registration form

Community Baccalaureate Service

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All are invited to the Community Baccalaureate Service on Wednesday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity. Pastors from area churches along with students will be participating in this special service. Members of the Spring Grove High School choir will also be a part of the service.