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, 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 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:

 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


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.



Rotational Sunday School needs...

•    Teachers for 4-week rotations. Gifts needed are for movie discussions, art, story-telling, drama, cooking, games and more. All we need is 4 Sundays of your time for one rotation (or more if you like)!
•    Shepherds tend, feed, and guard the flock.  Shepherds work with a class of youth for the entire year, or share a position with another person.  The shepherd does not teach the class but helps with the projects, discipline with the help of others when needed, and a love for our children. We need shepherds for pre-K and K-6 classes. 
•    Grades 9–12 youth who can be assistants.

If you have questions, or are ready to help in any of these areas, call the church office (498-5291).  We’re eager to help you share your gifts!

Convenience of Electronic Giving

We want to remind you that Trinity offers electronic giving as a way to automate your regular weekly offering. Electronic giving offers convenience for individual congregation members and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation. 

Direct Debit Giving is used to automatically transfer funds from your checking or savings account to the church’s bank account. 
Credit & Debit Card Giving lets you make offerings automatically on a predetermined schedule using a credit or debit card. 

Online Giving lets you go to at any time to set up an automatic donation plan, change your donation plan, make a one-time donation or view your online donation history. As you contemplate future contributions, please consider electronic giving. 

Simply follow these easy steps: 
1. Visit the church website at
2. Click on the [Contribute] button, then [Contribute Online] button
3. Click on the [Create Profile] button, then 
4. Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring contributions or give a one-time gift.
5. Please note that you can change your schedule at any time.

Hearing Loop System Installed

We’re in the Loop!
Our new hearing loop system was installed in the sanctuary on April 28.  Anyone with a hearing loss will be able to clearly hear the spoken word during church services.  If you have a T-coil in your hearing aid, switch it on during services.  If you do not have a T-coil but need some hearing assistance, we have T-coil loop receivers (headsets and receivers) available when you pick up your Sunday bulletin.  Either way you will receive a direct signal straight from the microphone directly to your ear, free from reverberation and ambient noise interference.  We will be sharing more information about the loop system in May.


Bread and Soup Recipes from Trinity's Empty Bowl Events

January 18, 2015 marked our third Empty Bowls event. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to organizations working to end hunger and food insecurity. The money we raised at Trinity went to the Houston County Food
Shelf and to ELCA World Hunger.
At our event we served homemade breads and soups. They were delicious! Thank you to our bakers and soup makers! We have asked our chefs to share their recipes, which they did, and they are compiled here. Next to each soup recipe is the date it was used. Thank you to all who made this event a huge success, the donations for the meal were very
generous. We hope to continue this event. With that in mind, we are always looking for people to share their cooking talents.

Click here for recipes