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Trinity Lutheran Church

Summer 2016 Newsletter


June, July & August
54384 US Highway 12
P.O. Box 438
Grove City, Minnesota 56243
(320)857-2001
Vol. XXV No. VI

COUNCIL MEMBERS
COUNCIL
MEMBERS
Greg Jans, President & Staff Sup.
Willis
Chase,
Vice
Pres. & Missions
President:
Mike
Hendrickson
Melissa
Bergstrom,
Secretary &
Vice
Pres.:
Richard Larson
Org.
& Activities
Treasurer:
Laural Stafford
Sonia Liedman,
Secretary:
AshleyTreas.
Buer & Outreach
Samantha
Anderson,
Christian Ed.
Staff Support:
Brian Weseman
Dean
Stenberg,
Church
Properties
Properties: Dean Stenberg
Michael Buer,
Education:
PamFinance
Bagley
Mardelle
Crist,
Org. & Activities
Youth: Willis
Chase,
Marcia Linda
Brown,
Staff Support
Berghuis
Dewey
Zeaska,
Stewardship
Outreach:
Nickie
Jans
Randa Larsen,
Worship,
MusicWorship,
& Arts: Music , &
Arts
Missions: Richard Larson
Daniel Cannon,
Youth
Finance:
Brian Weseman
Youth
Member
:
Stewardship:
Wayne
Crowe
Christian
Hendrickson
Youth Rep: Cody Berghuis

Summer 2016

email: trinityluth@embarqmail.com
Website: www.trinitygrovecity.org

Dear members and friends of Trinity,


The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the
gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them
out (John 10:2-3)
When I was growing up, our family always went up north toward the
end of June for a week of vacation. We would rent a resort cabin near Nisswa
MN and spend a very enjoyable seven days fishing, golfing, sight-seeing, and
just relaxing.
There were a few activities that we took in every year, such as visiting the
Paul Bunyan amusement park near Brainerd. Each time we walked in the
gate, the enormous statue of Paul would wave his giant mechanical hand
and call to me, in his deep woods voice, Hello, Greg Hall, from Blooming Prairie,
Minnesota! I never did figure out how Paul knew that it was me!
A few years ago I attended a church conference on the topic of Christian Vocation (not
vacation, as some were joking). The central theme of the gathering was that each of us has
a specific Christian vocation, a calling as a child of God.
It was a reminder that the Good Shepherd has called each of us by name
and made us members of his flock, the Church. But having gathered us in,
the Lord also sends us out to fulfill our individual callings as his disciples.
Whatever our secular occupation might be, therefore, our Christian vocation is to spread the good news of Gods love through word and deed. And
to do this, he has supplied us with every gift of his Spirit.
In the words of another man named Paul: To this end we always pray for you,
asking that our God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every good
work and resolve of faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and
you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
Having been called by God, each of us now has a calling in the world, to glorify the
name of Jesus. May the Lord bless you in all the ways that you seek to fulfill your Christian vocation as a member of the flock of the Good Shepherd. (Oh yes -- may the Lord
bless your vacation plans this summer too!)
In Christs service,
Pastor Greg Hall
Interim pastor

WELCA ITEMS:

June 17-18 Southwest Minnesota Synodical Women's


Convention @ Vinji Lutheran, Willmar; Registration is
$75 and Guest Speaker will be Jerrid Sebesta; contact
Gwen for information.
September 10th is Fall Leadership Gathering at Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church, Redwood Falls.
September 17th is Crow River Conference Fall Gathering at St John's Lutheran Church, Annandale.
Next regular WELCA meeting
on September 21 at 7:30 pm
We are in need of a WELCA Secretary & Co-President

Next meeting
July 20th
WELCA meeting is a
pot luck picnic at
Romell Buer's home
at 6:00 pm.

Thank you in for the ice cream


social chairs: Rosie Dilley,
Diane Cannon, Christine Buer
and everyone that is working to
make our ice cream social a success. Profits from the
social will go to the Trinity Camp Fund.

Knotty Quilters News


We will not be quilting this summer, please use this time to make quilt tops to
be ready for fall quilting. There is a nice supply of fabrics in quilters closet for
your use.
Were always in need of sheets for quilt backs. New or gently used full or queen
size colored sheets are preferred.
Quilts for Lutheran World Relief need to be approximately 60 x 80. Quilts are
also provided for local needs such as charity events, homeless teens, victims of
fire, etc.
Remember the Quilt Auction at Green Lake Bible Camp is July 23, preview is July 22.
Trinity sends a quilt to this event.
Summer 2016

The Spirit of God may


Emerge from a book to take wings in the life of the reader
Trinity Library by Gloria Palmer
Wow, it is June and summer in here. I am sure that we are all looking forward to our
summer activities. The Ice Cream Social, Mission BBQ and Vacation Bible School always fun
things to look forward to. We also have Fathers Day in June, the 4th of July and Augustfest to
highlight our summer.
Remember that the church library is always available for you to use. We have books,
DVDs and VHS tapes that you can check out. We ask that you complete the card attached to
the item you want to check out - included your name and the date that you are taking the items
out. Please put the card(s) in the appropriate box. When you return the item(s), put them in
the drop off box outside the library door. We will put the item(s) away.
We have a wide variety of items to choose from. When I go looking for a book, I can
find so many that I would never get anything else done. However, we all have a book in our
homes that we can red. That is our Bible. I just finished a 30 week Bible Study on the book
of Revelation. On the last night, our leader did a general review of Revelation and how it is a
love story - the great love that God has for us.
Have a great summer. Remember Gods love for us and how we can share this love
with others.

FYI : Library Committee will not meet for the summer


SYNOD ASSEMBLY June 10-11

Offering: 5/1 $2,252;


5/8 $3,084 (w/ month of Vanco
offerings);
5/15 $1,636
Offerings to date: $40,918.98
Budget to date: $67,297.00
($ 3,364.85 per week)
as of Sunday, May 15th
Summer 2016

Our annual SW Minnesota Synod Assembly will be


held on Friday and Saturday, June 10-11, on the campus
of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. The theme
of this years Assembly is Embrace Gods Mission Equip
Gods People. (Theme text: Ephesians 4:11-13, 15-16)
Representing the ELCA at the Assembly will be the
Rev. Dr. Robin Steinke, president of Luther Seminary, St.
Paul. The Bible study leader will be the Rev. Dr. Brian
Konkol, Chaplain of the Gustavus Adolphus College.
In addition to Pastor Hall, Bert and Mardelle Crist will
attend the Assembly as voting delegates, and we thank
them for their willingness to represent our congregation.

Position Opening: Trinity is


seeking a person to serve as the
2016 Directories are available in the Narthex/ Mission Corner. Please take one home
with you. If information is missing or needs
to be corrected please call the Church Office,
so it can be updated.

New!!!! Batch of boxed Sympathy cards are here!


They are $5.50 per box.
New napkins, also, they are $3.50 per package

Christian Education Youth Coordinator for our congregation. Those interested may
pick up a copy of the Job Description and Application in the
church office, or see them online on Trinity's website: www.trinitygrovecity.org
Please submit Application and
Rsum to Trinitys Church
Office by Friday June 24,
2016. If you have questions,
please call Greg Jans (320-8572381) or Marcia Brown (320-857
-2914).

Whenever youre in need of cards or napkins for almost


any occasion, stop in the church office and look over
our selection. Theyre the best card bargain in town!

We take the Summer off, well see


you again in the Fall!

Please consider volunteering to help serve


cookie & coffee on
Sunday mornings or to
bring cookies for the
freezer. Please do not
use peanuts or other nuts in your baked
goods. You may check the Mission Corner
for the sign-up list, or you may call the
church office. Thank you!

Check out Trinitys website


http://www.trinitygrovecity.org

Also, if youre on Facebook, check out


Trinity Lutheran ChurchGrove City,
MN. and Christmas at Trinity, and Trinity
Youth of Grove City (JR) and give those pages a like!
Feel free to post pictures of Trinity events there, if youd
like!
Summer 2016

Trinitys Sunday services are recorded and show on local access


channel 8 on Tuesday evenings at
6:00pm. If you dont get that channel and want to see a particular Sunday, we have
the copies at the church office. You can check on
out, watch it and return it, or a copy can be made
for you if youd like to have one to keep.

Summer 2016
Trinity Lutheran Church
PO Box 438
Grove City, MN. 56243
Address Service Requested

To the Household of:

Repairs and upgrades to the elevator will soon


be underway.
Available funds will cover most of it, but other
needs are coming soon:
1. Cabinet to store heritage items
2. Replace water heater for Kitchen, dishwasher, etc.
3. Crack sealing in the parking lot.
It may be possible to match donations to property/ building/ elevator
fund from our Thrivent Choice dollars.
Together we can make this happen.
Dean Stenberg, Properties Committee
Reminder Summer Worship Time
Starts on Sunday, May 29th.
9:30 am Worship and 10:30 am Coffee & Fellowship

Tables for Eight Dinner Groups are


forming. Couples and individuals are encouraged to sign up with Mardelle Crist or
the Church office. Groups will be assigned
which well try to organize it so you will be
with different people each month. The
host of the group will set the time and
provide the main dish, others will bring a
salad or vegetables or dessert as designated
for that month. Be sure to sign up soon,
its a fun way to get the know one another.

Congratulations to
Randy and Brandie
Bachman, on the birth
of a son: Zachary
Douglas was born
on April 29th.
Grandparents are Doug and Chellie
Nelson.

SCOTT & STACEY NEUHAUS


307 SUNRISE DRIVE
LITCHFIELD MN 55355

JOE & TINA WERNER


6750 165TH ST NE
ATWATER MN 56209-9406

ASHLEY NEEDHAM
GENERAL DELILVERY
LITCHFIELD MN 55355-9999
JOHN & JEAN OHMAN
PO BOX 346
PELICAN RAPIDS MN 56572-0346

August 20th, 2016,


Saturday during
Augustfest weekend,
Trinity Lutheran Church
will be hosting the Small
Business and Craft Expo
from 9-2pm.

I believe that what we become depends


on what our fathers teach us at odd
moments, when they arent trying to
teach us. We are formed by little scraps
of wisdom. Umberto Eco
Summer 2016

If you want to be a vendor,


call Melissa Bergstrom for
information and details by
July 15th.

6/1
6/2

6/11

6/12
6/13

Celebrate these
Milestones and
Remembrances
at Trinity
If youre not on the list
and should be, or if
youre on the list and
shouldnt be, or if the
date is wrong, let the
office know so we can
update our records.

8/4
8/8

8/9
8/12
8/13

8/14
8/15
8/18

6/22
6/24
6/25
6/26
6/27
6/29
6/30

6/7
6/8
6/11
6/12
6/14
6/21
6/26
6/27

7/1
7/10
7/13
7/14
7/17
7/22
7/25

Jenna & Matt Tanner


Buddy & Ione Christensen
Ryan & Ashley Buer
Mike & Deb Peterson
Shawnna & Jay Rude
Brian & Jerolyn Weseman
Richard & Barb Larson
Willis & Gwen Chase
Bob & Yvonne Thomsen
7/1
7/2
7/3
7/5
7/6
7/7

July

Bonnie Konietzko
Trever Heining
Dennis Brown
David Martin
Kathryn Riebe
Nancy Boreen
Diane Pautzke
Carter Ziehl
Ruth Johnson
Cary Schultz
Dayton Buer
Palmer Danielson
Kyle Larsen
Bonnie Martin
Samantha Anderson
Idella Moe

Summer 2016

Tania Drange
Hope Evenson
Louise Hanson
Sharon Larsen
Jason Reich
Jensen Ziehl
Scott Peterson
Jay Martin
Cooper Wendorff
Jason Boreen
Branson Danielson
Scott Neuhaus
Spencer Bergstrom
Ellie Grimsgard
Kathy Larson
Austin Ludwig

Joe & Tina Werner


Doug & Chellie Nelson
7/8
Gordon & Jane Czycalla
Katy & Peter Hemberger
Stacy & Trudy Heining
James & Autumn Mickelson 7/10
Dayton & Karen Peterson
7/12
Scott & Nyla Stafford

8/19

8/20
8/21
8/22
8/24
8/24
8/26
8/27
8/28
8/29
8/30

Corey Buer
Owen Danielson
Ali Dhanani
Alicia Glimsdal
Cole Maahs
Gwen Kielty
Mya Thompson
Phyllis Berggren
Tyler Berghuis
Leona Hanson
Jerolyn Weseman
Michele Sackett
Joan Reckdahl
Ella Rueckert
Brandie Nelson
Donald Holmgren

8/1
8/2
8/3
8/5
8/10

8/11
8/12
8/16
8/25
8/28
8/30

Stacy Heining
Mindy Nelson
Tony Reich
Carson Wendorff
Brian Weseman
Jessica Gilbert
Bruce Laabs
Isaac Grotto
Kristine Marshall
Jackson Wendorff
David Sackett
Tracy Denfeld
Iver Buer
Brady Cannon

7/14
7/16
7/17
7/20
7/21
7/24
7/26
7/27
7/28
7/30

Darin & Brierly Grimsgard


David & Lori Martin
Jerry & Joan Reckdahl
Philip & Romell Buer
Brandie & Randy Bachman
Mike & Christine Buer
Stanley & Corrine Nelson
Dean & Brenda Rueckert
Greg & Linda Berghuis
John & Sheri Bergstrom
Jeff & Ginger Rech
Kyle & Heather Ziehl
David & Cookie Grimsgard

Dean Rueckert
Melissa Drange
Gerald Rueckert
Daren Johnson
Chasity Skerik
Kelsy Johnson
Tanner Berghuis
Daylin Behrends
Lucille Pautzke
Lucille Nelson
Micah Werner
Pam Bagley
Ethan Flemming
Burton Larson
Nick Pautzke

August

8/1
8/2
8/3

6/17
6/18
6/18

June

6/3
6/4
6/5
6/6
6/8
6/9

Larry Boreen
Sydney Garfin
Quinton Roelofs
Jim Curry
Allan Knutson
Bentlie Sparks
Myrwin Larson
Cookie Grimsgard
Ione Christensen
Kevin Drange
Yvonne Thomsen
Henry Evenson
Kerri Hendrickson
Mike Hendrickson
Buddy Christensen
Pamela Riebe
Brady Larson

Ruth Circle will meet


Tuesday, July 5th at South
Grove square at 10:00 am.
We will continue to meet
every other month, on the
first Tuesday of the month
through November.

The Blood Mobile will be at


Trinity on Monday,
August 29th
from 1:00 - 7:00 pm.
Please watch for a flyer with
appointment information

Join your friends for Meals on Wheels! The suggested


price is $4.00 a meal. The meals come in disposable containers of individual portions. The cold items are put in the
refrigerator in a paper bag and the hot items in the oven.
Everyone has to bring their own silverware and cup. There is no one to serve you. You need to
put your name in the book in the dining room the day before, so someone can call it in. You can
eat there in the dining room, but need to clean up after yourselves. There are still volunteer drivers to deliver the meals to the homebound. You can call the Grove City Area C.A.R.E. office at
857-2274.
Summer 2016

Summer 2016

Summer 2016

Please remember to pre register for VBS- Cave Quest. Forms can be
picked up in the mission corner and returned to the church office.
We are looking forward to a great week of worship and fun!
Also, we are still looking for volunteers to help in the kitchen to
serve supper. Please let Jerolyn Wesemen know if you are willing to
do this.
ThanksJenna Tanner 320-333-9675 or
email: jmartin25@hotmail.com

Help needed

When Ive taken sacred vows confirmation, marriage, ordination or as part of a congregation
committing to support the just-baptized or new teachers Ive felt genuine gratitude for words
such as these in the ceremony: May God, who gives you the will to make these promises, also
give you the power to perform them. Im relieved God doesnt leave me on my own to fulfill
what is easier said than done.
Adults who guide youngsters can follow Gods lead by committing to this kind of help. For example, my young son often declares, I promise! about a requested behavior. He means it, but
when distractions arise or energy sags, when hes hungry or tired or frustrated, when the task
feels overwhelming he needs help obeying or delivering on his promise. As a parent, I can say,
Lets do it together, or How about setting the timer and doing the job in 10 minutes? or
Afterward, we can play.
God doesnt leave us to rely on our own power. Likewise, adults can pledge inwardly to children:
May I, who have motivated you to promise this, also help you perform it.
Heidi Mann
Project Hope is a program which provides food for area families in need, every
other week. The program is sponsored by the ACGC Ministerial Association with
Kerri Hendrickson and Barb Hein as coordinators. You may be familiar with this
program from seeing the backpacks of food going home with students every
other Friday.
This year, a major source of funding for Project Hope is no longer available, which has resulted in monthly
expenses rising from $100 per month to $500 per month. Because of this, funds will run out in March of
2016.
To offset this increase, ACGCs Project Hope is now a part of GiveMN. This is an organization that is an
online hub for non-profit organiza-tions to raise funds. If you wish to contribute, you may do so by going to
the following link and following the instructions regarding how to donate to ACGCs Project Hope:
https://www.givemn.org/fundraiser/acgcs-project-hope56436d08e0c33
You may also contribute by writing a check to Trinity, with Project Hope on the memo line. Thank you for
your support!
Summer 2016

Summer 2016

Summer 2016

REGULAR CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES


MAY 12, 2016 @ 7PM

Page 1 of 2

PRESENT: Greg Jans, Randa, Melissa, Sam, Mardelle, Dan, Sonia, Marcia,Willis, Dean, Mike
Devotions were given by Willis
Greg Jans reviewed the 4 Agreements
APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA: A motion was made by Mardelle to approve the minutes and Dean seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Greg asked if the leaves at the parsonage have been taken care of and Dean replied that Dayton Peterson came over and
mowed up the leaves.
MINUTES: A motion was made by Willis to approve the minutes and Marcia seconded the motion. Motion carried.
TREASURERS REPORT: A motion was made by Mike to approve the treasurers report and Mardelle seconded the motion. Motion carried.
COMMITTEE REPORTS
PROPERTIES: Congregational meeting on Sunday. Dean said that Austin Ludwig had mowed the parsonage once. Dan
said that his boys would come over and mow if needed. Gary Palmer is looking into getting a 75 gallon water heater for the
kitchen.
ACTIVITIES: Mardelle asked if she should go ahead and start working on the Tables of 8. A motion was made by Marcia
to proceed with starting the Tables of 8 and Randa seconded the motion. Motion carried.
MISSION: Willis said the date has been set for the Mission Barbeque; August 11th a Thursday. Proceeds will possibly go
towards ProWorks in Litchfield. The church has not done anything for this group yet. The Mission Auction will be on September 25th so people can bring in fresh produce. The coffee money in May towards MS, in June it will go towards CARE,
in July it will go towards Cystic Fibrosis and in September it will go towards Project Hope.
OUTREACH: Sonia said that someone delivered all of the food that was donated over to the Food Shelf in Litchfield.
The Opera House is hosting a Pie and Ice Cream Social with Hymns on June 26th from 1-3pm and looking for donations.
STAFF: Marcia informed everyone that no one has applied for the Sunday School Coordinator position so she will be readvertising the position. She is still working on the job description for the Secretary position. The Staff Support Committee
had a meeting with Virginia and Sonia putting in place some checks and balances to the financial programs.
WORSHIP: Randa said that Pentecost Sunday was on the 15th and everyone should wear RED. May 29th the summer time
hours will start with church at 9:30am. The have ordered two new banners at a cost of $99 each; one for funerals and one
for baptisms. There was some discussion about ordering offering envelopes and the cost.
YOUTH: The Ice Cream Social is on June 1st from 4:30-7:00pm. Three children will be going to camp; Preston, Breven
and Laila at a cost of $420 per child. There will be a Community Spagetti Supper Fundraiser for the Cummingham children
on June 5th from 11:30-2:00pm at Trinity Church to help pay for a memorial bench to be put in the cemetery. A motion was
made by Melissa to have Virginia and Laurel removed from the Camp Checkbook and to have Dan Cannon and Samantha
Andersons name put on the checkbook as signatories. The motion was seconded by Randa. Motion carried. All deposits
will go through Virginia for all accounts so that all deposits are recorded.

Summer 2016

REGULAR CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES


MAY 12, 2016 @ 7PM continued

Page 2 of 2

Melissa informed everyone that Becky wants all summer events and notices sent to her by May 20th in order to be included in
the summer newsletter.
OLD BUSINESS
CALL COMMITTEE: Executive Session.
SYNOD ASSEMBLY: Mardelle made a motion to offer $100. Dean seconded the motion. Motion carried.
CONGREGATIONAL PROJECT: Table this item so people have time to think.
GODS WORK, OUR HANDS: Thinking
NEW BUSINESS
CHURCH GOVERNANCE: The Executive Board needs to meet to discuss downsizing the committees.
EXECUTIVE SESSION
Greg Jans adjourned the meeting.
Respectfully Submitted,
Melissa Bergstrom, Secretary
*** These minutes have not yet been approved by the Church Council. ***

SPECIAL CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING

Page 1 of 1

MAY 15TH, 2016 AFTER CHURCH WITH THE CONGREGATION


Greg Jans explained to the congregation that there are repairs needed in regards to the elevator and cabinets need to be purchased to store the Heritage records. The council is asking for permission to spend up to $7,000.
A motion was made by Richard Larson to approve spending up to $7,500 and the motion was seconded by Doug Torgeson.
Motion carried.
A motion to adjourn was made by Richard Larson and seconded by Dennis Brown. Motion carried.
Respectfully submitted,
Melissa Bergstrom, Secretary
*** These minutes have not been approved by the council. ***

Summer 2016

Events at the First Baptist Church


of Grove City
A See Our New Kitchen Supper will be
held at First Baptist Church on North 5th
Street in Grove City on Wednesday,
June 8th from 5-to-7 p.m.

FATHERS DAY
CONCERT & COOK-OUT!
Friday, June 17th
Food at 6:00 PM
Concert at 6:30 PM

The menu includes scalloped potato and


ham casserole, rolls, butter, bars and beverages for a freewill donation. Proceeds
will go toward the kitchen remodeling
project. Everyones welcome.

Help for Seniors


Is looking for volunteers willing to provide
in home respite care for individuals to allow
caregivers time to run errands, take care of
themselves, shop, etc.
Training will be provided. Hours will be
flexible. There is a growing need in our area
for this service.
Contact Help for Seniors at 974-8737 for
more information or to volunteer.

Featuring music by
Julie Sutton

The Meeker County Sheriff s


Deputy Association is Hosting:

BIKE RODEO AND


CAR SEAT CLINIC
Saturday, June 18, 2016
9:00 am - Noon
At the Litchfield Civic Arena
Please see additional information on the flyer on
the bulletin board in Trinitys Entrance.

Blessings bestowed
When author Gary Smalley asked 100 people to share how they knew theyd received their
parents blessing, they offered these memories of fatherly love:
My father put his arm around me at church and let me lay my head on his shoulder.
When my father faced a transfer at work, he purposely took another job so I could finish my
senior year in high school.
When I wrecked my parents car, my fathers first reaction was to hug me and let me cry instead
of yelling at me.
My father went with me to the store when I had to return a purchase I regretted.
My father let me practice pitching to him for a long time after work.
My father cried during my wedding because he was going to miss me being at home.
Summer 2016

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