Sunday School returns to the church

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,, or stop into her office!

Reverse Advent Calendars

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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!

Mid-Week Advent Vespers


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!

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.”

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

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!

Welcome Pastor Elizabeth!

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Her first Sunday is April 15. 

Her Installation Service is April 22 followed by a Welcome Reception. 

Join us for these special events!

Trinity Boutique

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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!

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.  

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

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