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Trinity Tidings Trinity Lutheran Church 2163 Mayhew Lake Rd NE Sauk Rapids, MN 56379-4554



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Trinity Lutheran ChurchSauk Rapids, MN “Sharing the Caring Christ with all People” A Prince of Peace Lutheran School Association Church and a Good Shepherd Community Congregation

Sunday Services: 8:00am & 10:30am Wednesday Worship Services 6:00pm (Memorial Day through Labor Day) Sunday School for All Ages: 9:15am (Sept—May) Sunday Radio Broadcast at 8:00am on WVAL 800 on the AM dial and streaming live on the internet

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Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

Dear friends in Christ, I’m not exactly sure why this has been the case, but it seems I’ve noticed that as the students are returning to Prince of Peace for the school year…well, some of those children did a lot of growing over the summer! In fact, I told one student that I was glad he had kept the same face because he had grown so much taller over the summer, and that if he wouldn’t have kept the same face, I wouldn’t have been able to recognize him because of his growth spurt! Kids just keep growing, don’t they!

But what about you and me? Have we continued growing? I ask that with especially this in mind – our continued growth in the grace of our Lord and our knowledge of Him. 2 Peter 3:18 gives us this encouragement: “But keep growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Will you? Here’s how I like to think of it. Think of it as being a life-long learner with regards to your Christian faith. Think of it as there always being something you can learn about your faith in Jesus. No matter how many times you’ve read your way through the Bible or how many years you have faithfully attended worship, there is still always room for each of us to grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior. Will you? If you haven’t been in the habit of either staying after the early service or coming before the late service so that you can participate in our Sunday morning Bible Table of Contents studies, let me encourage you to do just that! I am confident you From the Pastor pg 2 will be blessed as you join with your fellow sisters and brothers in DCO Corner pg 3 Christ in growing in His grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Bless the Backpacks Sunday pg 4 Prince of Peace News pg 4 through the study of His Word. Become a life-long learner! Worship/Music Notes Lutheran Island Camp LWML God’s Grub Place of Hope Volunteer More Than Enough Salt & Pepper MCCL Parent Orientation for Confirmation New Member Class Retired Flag Drop Off Playhouse at Trinity Contact Us

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In fact, I want to invite you to join our Sunday morning Bible class as we resume our study of God’s Word on Rally Day, Sunday, September 11th between the services. We’ll start around 9:25 and end around 10:15. Our study, “Psalms for Every Day Life”, will take us into the Psalms which speak so powerfully to so many situations in life. Please come and join us! Being a life-long learner is a “grace” way to live!

Pastor Dave Strohschein

In Christ,

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Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”


Sauk Rapids, MN

I invite you to come to the next new member class!

Some of the questions discussed in this course are:

How can we know there is a God? Can you know for sure that you will go to Heaven? Can you lose your salvation? Whose sins are forgiven and whose sins are not forgiven? If you are considering membership here at Trinity and you have not been confirmed in the Lutheran Church this is the “Adult Confirmation Class” required for membership. If you are transferring here from another Lutheran church I encourage you to take the class because Bible study is always an opportunity to learn and it helps me to get to know you so that I may assist you in becoming an active member. For those that finish this nine-week class and want to pursue membership here at Trinity there is three-week Spiritual Gift discovery process and then a new member reception on Sunday December 11th, 2016 that will give you the opportunity to publicly declare your devotion to the fellowship here at Trinity. If you complete the class and you are not sure about membership there is no obligation to join. The first class is Sunday September 18th at 9:15 a.m. in the Large Classroom. If you have children between the ages of 3 years to High School they can be in their Sunday school class at the same time. Also, if you have need for the Nursery for younger children it too will be available. Current members of Trinity may want to take this class as a refresher on the basics of the Christian Faith from a Lutheran perspective. There is no cost or pre-registration necessary, just come on Sunday September 18th. The coffee pot will be on and I hope to see you in class!

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Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

“Bless the Backpacks Sunday” Sunday, September 11th is our Rally Day with the beginning of Sunday School and the resumption of our Sunday morning Bible class. It will also be “Bless the Backpack Sunday!” We want each of our Trinity children to know that as a congregation we are behind them 100% as they begin the new school year. What better way for us to do that as a congregation than to have a special time of blessing within the services that morning for all of our students no matter which school they are attending. We invite all of our children to bring their backpacks with them. During the service we will ask them all to come forward for a time of prayer and blessing and to receive a surprise gift! Mom’s and Dad’s – please set aside Rally Day! Bring your children to worship so they can participate in Backpack Sunday. Enroll them in Sunday School! And join them in Christian Education by attending our Sunday morning Adult Bible class! Prince of Peace News With “Celebrating God’s Gifts” as our theme, school opened for the 2016/2017 school year on Wednesday, August 24th. We thank God for each of the 111 students enrolled for this year, an increase of 17 students from last year. Perhaps the most exciting is our full Kindergarten classroom with 24 students. We are also pleased to have 14 students in grades 7 and 8. Our 2nd Annual Golf Day went very well, providing more than $9,000 for our scholarship fund. 14 teams enjoyed a great day of fellowship and golf at the St. Cloud Country Club in support of our school. We are most grateful to all of the businesses who generously sponsored a hole for the day. We also owe a special word of thanks to Trinity member Evora Sorokie. Evora has volunteered to become our school librarian. She has given a lot of hours to organize our library holdings. Her work is amazing and our library has never looked better or been more organized. Thank you, Evora! Trinity has two members who serve on the Prince of Peace School Board to represent our congregation. We are thankful for John Sprengeler and Lloyd Karls for the leadership they are providing to our school. Would you like to consider adopting a student for this year? We would ask you to please prayerfully consider providing all or a part of the tuition for one student ($3,700). Firmly believing in the ministry of Christian education and the blessing it is to any child who receives their education in a Christ-centered environment, this is a wonderful opportunity to make an eternal difference in the lives of one of God’s children as well as being a blessing to their family. Contact Pastor Dave for more information about this or the school. While Scandinavia is my specialty, my experience in vacation planning also includes: Ocean Cruising, Caribbean, Mexico, escorted and independent travel to Europe, and travel within the US and Canada, Whether you know exactly where you want to go or need some inspiration, I am here to guide you and will create a journey that will surpass your expectations.

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Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

Worship and Music Notes From Everlasting to Everlasting I recently finished a book entitled “The Priest” by Francine Rivers telling the account of the Exodus from Aaron’s perspective. I was reminded of how disobedient the Israelites were and found it easy to wonder how they could be so repetitive in their sins against the Lord. Until I saw the parallel in my life. Day in and day out I fall prey to temptations and sins that stubbornly cling and creep into my thoughts and actions. How patient God is with me as well as the Israelites. His mercies and promises are eternal. It was Aaron’s responsibility as High Priest to offer the daily sacrifices. He was humbled before the Lord and felt uneven to the task. Towards the end of the book he prayed that God would send a High Priest that would once and for all fulfill the high priestly duties perfectly to cleanse all sins forever. Our High Priest, Jesus, has done all that was required of the Law perfectly and atoned for all of our sins. How thankful I am for the love and forgiveness that I (and all of God’s children) have received though the perfect sacrifice of our Great High Priest. Psalm 90:1-2 is a prayer from Moses: Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. I find great comfort in these words. The LORD who was present in the cloud by day and pillar of fire by night is also with me though all my life. Daily struggles will still be experienced, but I know that I am cared for, loved, and forgiven though it all.

How Can I Keep from Singing? I am excited for our music programs to get under way this month. Watch for opportunities to RING and/or SING. Our Handbell Choir will practice on Tuesday nights at 6:30 and our Adult Choir will practice on Wednesday nights at 6:30. Watch your bulletin for more details on dates and times. Ruth and I will be working together to provide leadership and organization to these choirs and we are counting on YOU to make them successful. Come, let us join our cheerful songs with angels round the throne; Ten thousand thousand are their tongues, but all their joys are one. Jesus is worthy to receive honor and power divine; And blessings more than we can give be, Lord, forever Thine. LSB 812:1 & 3 God’s blessings to you as you continue in your songs of praise to Him who is from everlasting to everlasting. Amen. Alleluia.

Daniel Reineke, Traditional Music Director (320)656-0963 [email protected] or [email protected]

Playhouse Child Care Center at Trinity Lutheran Church is hiring a Part time Food Service Cook. The hours are approximately 7:30 am – 1:00 pm M-F. Experience cooking for groups preferred. Please apply online at 5

Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

NEWS FROM LUTHERAN ISLAND CAMP We are well into the last week of camp for Summer 2017. It has been a good summer in many different respects. While overall attendance was down because of a downturn in teens (they were in New Orleans for the National Youth Gathering) our regular programs actually saw an increase in participation. Much of this came in significant increases in our Day Camp program. We have started to work on next year’s schedule and hope to announce it in the next week or so. Our Fall Work Weekend is October 8th. If you want to come in earlier, please give us a call. There are lots of projects that we need your help with! Give us a call to find out what trees you might want to bring along to help us. Would you like to conclude your summer with a great weekend at Lutheran Island Camp? We have our Holiday Family Weekend Getaway coming up over Labor Day weekend. The cost is $85 per person with family rate not to exclude $350. That includes your food, lodging and activities.

God's Grub God's Grub will be starting up on Sept. 7th. We will be serving a "kid friendly meal" from 5-6 each Wednesday night. Come join in family time, fellowship & a night off from cooking! Any questions please contact Jennifer Kurash 253-2212. 6

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Lutheran Women’s Missionary League The Ladies of Trinity will meet on Thursday, September 8th at 1:00pm in the Fellowship hall for Bible Study and a meeting. Please join us to learn more about what the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League is all about.

Place of Hope Place of Hope need volunteers on a regular basis for their on-going Homeless Hospitality Outreach, Nightly Community meal, Residential Living Hope Program and their Thrift & Specialty Shop. The Place of Hope Ministries Residential Program ministers to those with chronic addiction and despair by providing a place to rebuild, restore, and repair the broken places in their lives. It is a Christ-centered multifaceted ministry for those who are struggling with poverty, hunger, homelessness, chemical or other lifecontrolling addictions. Contact Konroy, Place of Hope at (320) 203-7881 or [email protected]

Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

“More Than Enough”

Sauk Rapids, MN

Salt and Pepper

Planned Giving Stories for Christian Stewards

Are you interested in World War II planes? On Sept. 17th please join us as we go to Granite Falls to the Fagan Fighters World War II After working for decades as a pediatrician in a museum. They have a couple of the planes small rural town, Patricia was ready to retire. along with other displays of memorabilia. We will leave church at 8:30 am. You can sign up at the kiosk. Then on October 1st we are going Patricia: I bought some stock a number of years ago and overall this was a good investment to tour the Cold Spring Brewery followed by a stop at the Hidden for me. However, I was uncertain about leaving Cove Apple Orchard for their my savings in the market where I knew it could festival. Watch for the sign-up go up or down. I was also looking for security sheet for this fun activity.

for my retirement years. Ideally, I wanted to know that I would have the income I needed and that it would not change with the markets. Patricia talked to a friend who had found a good choice. Her friend had set up a gift annuity with her favorite charity. Patricia thought that perhaps a gift annuity would be helpful for her.

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Patricia: I called my church's gift planning counselor and asked about a gift annuity. I was very pleased to discover that I would receive a good payout based on my age. Plus, there would be a charitable tax deduction and part of the inPro-Life Presentation come would be tax free. I transferred my stock All are Welcome! for a charitable gift annuity. I avoided part of MCCL will offer a brief the capital gains tax and my CPA was pleased pro-life presentation that my charitable deduction will save taxes this You will learn how to help pregnant year. With my tax savings and increased income, I plan to spend more on my grandchildren women in need, Minnesota abortion this year! statistics, efforts to overturn our law Information and confidential consultation about planned giving options that might benefit you such as a charitable gift annuity - can be obtained by contacting either Mr. David Priebe, retired business attorney (612)508-4640; or Mr. George Miller (800)482-5022. Both David and George are Gift Planning Counselors for the MN North District - LCMS. 7

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Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

Parent Orientation for Confirmation will take place on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:00pm Join us in the Fellowship Hall, there will be God’s Grub at 5pm that evening.

Now enrolling children ages 16 months to 5 years all day Toddler Program and Preschool School Readiness Program. School Age Program available both before and after school with pick up and drop off at Trinity Lutheran Church for Mississippi Heights Elementary and Pleasantview Elementary. For more information, contact Jenna at 320-230-9116 or by email [email protected]. Start by September 30th and the $50 Registration Fee will be waived. Coupon Cards can be found on the credenza in the Narthex. Pass on to Friends, Family and Coworkers for a limited time discount!

The New Member Class will start on Sunday, September 18th at 9:15am In the Large Classroom with DCO Craig Cooper

Sewing Guild will resume on Thursday, September 15. Join us and let your creativity soar!

Join us for a refresher on your Lutheran faith or to become a member of Trinity.

Church Contact Information Church Office: 252-3670 Church Fax: 202-1095 E-mail: [email protected] Website: Office Staff 252-3670 Pastor Paul Cloeter; Pastor Dave Strohschein, Pastor John Bakou Pastor Harvey Ehlers, Emeritus Director of Christian Outreach Craig Cooper Admin. Assistants Judy Rehwaldt , Katie Stangl Additional Contact Information Traditional Music : Daniel Reineke 656-0963 Contemporary Music: Ruth Immerfall 291-9293 Prayer Chain: Delores Volkers 252-2101 Youth Ministry: Terry Kurash 251-4071; Parish Nurse: Jennifer Machula Prince of Peace School Office: 251-1477

Retired Flag Drop-Off Drop off your retired flags to be properly disposed of. Bring flags to: Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home 324 2nd Ave. S. Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 8

Prince of Peace Lutheran Preschool Now Enrolling Prince of Peace Lutheran Preschool is enrolling for the 2016-2017school year. Our preschool classes provide hands-on learning experiences in an encouraging, warm, consistent Christ centered atmosphere. We invite you to consider the special opportunities offered in the Christian environment at Prince of Peace Lutheran Preschool. We still have openings in the following classes: M/W/F from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Holy Cross Campus and the Trinity Campus. We have openings in our full day class at our Trinity Campus, MTh from 8:30—2:30. We also have openings in our T/Th class from 8:30-11:30 at our POP Campus and our Trinity Campus. For more information or to set up a tour please call Kim Essington at 251-8416.


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11 Rally Day 8:00am Worship Z2 9:15am Bible Class & SS 9:15am Youth Bible Study 10:30am Worship (HC) Z3 12:00pm Anyuak Worship 4:00pm Creative Crafts

Confirmation Retreat @LIC

September 2016 Events at Trinity Mon Tue Wed Thu

5 Labor Day Office Closed 5:30pm Salt & Pepper Planning Mtg (Lcf) 7:30pm Narcotics Anon. (Y)

6 7:00pm Friends in Harmony (W)

12 6:00pm Bev's CC (CM) 7:30pm Narcotics Anon. (Y)

13 6:30pm Celebration Ringers (W) 7:00pm Friends in Harmony (W)


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3 9:00am Altar Guild 6:45pm Traditional Music Rehearsal(W)

8 1:00pm LWML (F, K) 5:30pm Lay Ministry Mtg. (Lcf) 6:30pm Worship Team Rehearsal (W) 6:45pm Leadership Team Mtg (Lcf)

9 9:00am Parish Workers

10 9:00am Altar Guild 6:45pm Traditional Music Rehearsal(W)

Confirmation Retreat @LIC

Confirmation Retreat @LIC

15 9:00am Sewing and Crafts (F) 6:30pm Worship Team Rehearsal (W)

16 9:00am Parish Workers

17 9:00am Altar Guild 6:45pm Traditional Music Rehearsal(W)

21 7:00am Men's Bible Study @ GS 5:00pm God's Grub 6:00pm HS Youth Night (Y) 6:00pm Confirmation Classes 6:30pm Adult Choir (W)

22 6:30pm Worship Team Rehearsal (W)7:30pm Benton Co. Jail Bible Study

23 9:00am Parish Workers

24 9:00am Altar Guild 6:45pm Traditional Music Rehearsal(W)

28 7:00am Men's Bible Study @ GS 5:00pm God's Grub 6:00pm HS Youth Night (Y) 6:00pm Confirmation Classes

29 6:30pm Worship Team Rehearsal (W)

7 7:00am Men's Bible Study @ GS 8:30am Finance Mtg. (Lcf) 5:00pm God's Grub 6:00pm HS Youth Night

6:00pm Confirmation Orientation for parents and students (F)

18 19 20 8:00am Worship (HC) Z4 7:30pm Narcotics 6:30pm 9:15am Bible Class & SS Anon. (Y) Celebration 9:15am Youth Bible Study Ringers (W) 9:15am New Member Class 7:00pm (Lcl) Friends in 10:30am Worship Z5 Harmony 12:00pm Anyuak Worship (HC) 4:00pm 4H Meeting (Lcl) 25 26 27 8:00am Worship Z1 9:30am Parish 6:30pm 9:15am Bible Class & SS Workers Celebration 9:15am Youth Bible Study 6:00pm Bev's CC Ringers (W) 9:15am New Member Class (CM) 7:00pm (Lcl) 7:30pm Narcotics Friends in 10:30am Worship (HC) Z2 Anon. (Y) Harmony 12:00pm Anyuak Worship 4:00pm Creative Crafts W=Worship Scl=Small Class M=Music Room Reservation Space Room Room Key O=Overflow Room F=Fellowship Lcl=Large Class Y=Youth Hall Room Room


1 7:00pm Worship Team Rehearsal(W)

6:30pm Adult Choir (W) 14 7:00am Men's Bible Study @ GS 5:00pm God's Grub 6:00pm Confirmation Classes 6:00pm HS Youth Night (Y) 6:30pm Adult Choir (W)

Lcf=Large Conf Room Scf=Small Conf Room

CM=Care Ministry K=Kitchen


7:00pm MCCL Gathering @ Regional Library, Bremer Room


30 9:00am Parish Workers

September Birthdays Name Scott Abraham Brielle Andvik Ron Becher Benjamin Behrendt Brady Behrendt Carol Behrendt Ryan Benoit Cathryn Bjorklund Sandra Braun Jayden Brower Todd Buttweiler Aiden Clark Amelia Clark Ashton Clark Linda Clark Paul Cloeter Jody Cooper Rose Dohrmann Elaine Dollar Kyle Dusing Thomas Elgin Corrine Eskelsen Leatrice Ewers Les Fread Kaylie Freborg Madelyn Friedrichs John Gerads Brandon Gerchy Sophia Hackett Sue Henkemeyer Rhonda Holzheimer Jaime Huinker Glenn Ireland Molly Johnson Laverne Kath Rob Keck Fred Kjorlien Callie Knafla Terry Kurash Hank Laamanen

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Jill Lindquist Blake MacKenzie Bonnie Meemken Katie Meemken Joseph Meierhofer Jody Miland Randy Mousky Ali Murphy Emily Murphy Ryan Neils Laim Nelson Kathleen Ness Ariet Oman Aperngo Omot Trinity Parsons Michelle Peacock Caleb Petersen David Petersen Ayers Putnam Bethany Ramler Whitley Reginek Carson Reichel Kyle Riehm Quin Ringsmuth Jeremy Ringsmuth Jon Roesch Nathan Rucks Misty Sauer Dora Schibonski Allan Schlueter Lynn Schlueter Brady Schultz Easton Sigurdson Dennis Skaj Evora Sorokie Chloe, Stockinger Bob Terpstra Lynette Truenow Andrew Tvrdik Loren Tvrdik Tim Tvrdik

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Stacy Volkers Robert Wainright Thomas Wainright Jamie Weappa Jameson Weide Mr. Clint Wenger Brady Willman Corey Willman Betty Winczewski Ashley Woitalla Mindy Woitalla Sharon Wolfgram Klaire Zimmer Kelly Zwick

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