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

MAY 2017


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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 Sunday School for All Ages: 9:15am (September—May) Summer Worship Schedule: Sunday mornings: 8:00am & 9:30am No Sunday School or Bible Class Sunday Radio Broadcast at 8:00am on WVAL 800 on the AM dial and streaming live on the internet at

Trinity’s Website:

Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

From the Pastor’s Desk:

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 DCO: Craig Cooper Admin. Assistant: Judy Rehwaldt

Additional Contact Information Traditional Music : Daniel Reineke 656-0963, Contemporary Music: Ruth Immerfall 291-9293 Prayer Chain: Delores Volkers 252-2101, Parish Nurse: Jennifer Machula, Prince of Peace School Office: 251-1477 Table of Contents From the Pastor DCO Corner Call Committee Update New Coordinator Needed Sunday School Volunteers Needed Summer Worship Schedule VBS Orphan Grain Train Worship/Music Notes POP Enrollment for 2017-18 Our New Members Salt & Pepper LWML ‘Grease’ w/ GS Community 500th Anniversary Summer Camp at LIC Volunteer Opportunities Advertise with us Our sponsors Inserts: May Birthdays and Calendar

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“Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!” Have you ever wondered what life would be like without those words? The Apostle Paul did a little “inspired wondering” in the 15th chapter of his First Letter to the Corinthians. In fact, Paul went beyond wondering to state the following as facts of life “if Christ had not been raised.” If Christ has not been raised, our faith in Him is useless. If Christ has not been raised, we are liars. If Christ has not been raised, then the dead are not raised. If Christ has not been raised, then we are still in our sins. If Christ has not been raised, then those who have fallen asleep in Jesus are lost. If Christ has not been raised, we are to be pitied more than anyone else. Having stated all of that, Paul’s next word is a very small, very common word – “But.” And with that rather ordinary word – “But” – Paul goes on to affirm the truth we have again been blessed to celebrate: “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Cor. 15:20) And so, we can take all those negative “what if He hadn’t been raised” conclusions and state them as positives! Our faith is precious! Our message is the truth! The dead are raised! Our sins are forgiven! Those who have died in Jesus are in heaven with Jesus! We are blessed! From that point on Paul continues to write about the blessings we have in the risen Christ…the victory over death we have in Christ…and then he concludes this great chapter by giving us the following encouragement: “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Cor. 15:58) A very special opportunity for all of us to literally give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord is coming Sunday, May 7th when we celebrate “Transfer the Blessings” Sunday. Mr. David Priebe will be our guest at a special brunch between the services that day to share with us how we can give ourselves to the work of the Lord through wills and estate planning in a way that continues even after the Lord has called us home. It is humbling to think that we can still be impacting the ministry of Trinity to proclaim the Risen Christ to generations yet to be born through such gifts. Please do come, enjoy a delicious brunch, and learn how you can transfer the many blessings our gracious God has given to you in your lifetime to coming generations so that they too, can live with the same hope in the Risen Christ that we have been given. In Christ, Pastor Dave 2

Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

DCO CORNER “Faith Comes by Hearing Sunday” is May 21st The third weekend in May we remember, give thanks and support those who serve us in the Armed Forces. You can support our troops by giving a gift of $25.00 that will provide a Military BibleStick to one of our troops that requests one from their chaplain. The Military BibleStick is a portable, digital audio player, which comes pre-loaded with the Audio Drama New Testament and selected Psalms. This Audio Bible, which is about the size of a pack of chewing gum, easily fits into a uniform pocket.

“The 75 MP3 players were wonderful. I posted a message on all the ships and with such a large group they were all spoken for within the hour. Not only that but it spurred a demand for hard copy bibles as well. I have kept 5 aside for me because I offer them when I do counseling, for people that have problems.” — Navy Chaplain What a tremendous opportunity to give a gift that will create and strengthen the faith of those who sacrifice so much for us. I am encouraging each family at Trinity to consider providing a Military BibleStick for one of our troops. On “Faith Comes by Hearing Sunday”, May 21st we will receive a “door offering” after both services to support this important outreach ministry. Checks can be payable to: Trinity Lutheran Church with “BibleStick” in the memo.) The Military BibleStick reaches service men and women deployed in some of the most dangerous areas of the world. God’s Word in audio can go with them and sustain them in even the most difficult circumstances. Each service member who receives a Military BibleStick also has the option to request a free Audio New Testament or Kids Bible for family back home. Military BibleSticks provide real hope for our heroes! Craig Cooper—DCO

Pastoral “Call-Committee” Update Dear Members of Trinity, The Pastoral “Call-Committee” has been meeting for the process of calling a new Pastor. The congregation has been given the opportunity to participate in a “Self-Study,” in order to determine the current Pastoral and ministry needs at Trinity. Thank you to those who took the time to complete a survey. In summary, the “Self-Study” voiced loud and clear, that the primary purpose of Trinity is to “Spread the Word of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.” Furthermore, it emphasized the need for extended opportunities in the areas of youth ministry, music ministry, and small group ministries. The results of the survey indicated that we have a strong congregation, and that God has blessed us in many ways. The members of Trinity would like to continue to reach out to all people, and make disciples of all nations, extending fellowship to all. The “Self-Study” prioritized an emphasis on needs for Trinity. They included: Assimilating new members, development of lay leadership, implementing a singles ministry, promoting children’s ministry, and caring for the sick & shutins. The congregation was also given the opportunity to “Nominate” a Pastor for consideration to preach and lead at Trinity. The committee received seven nominations to consider. The nominations, along with the completed “Self-Study,” will be sent to Pastor Fondow, President of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Minnesota North District. He will review the material and send back to the Call-Committee the names of Pastors he would like us to review for consideration. The “Call-Committee” will then meet, confer, and pray, that a Pastoral candidate will be ideal for Trinity. We ask for your continued prayers. Blessings, Jeff Cziok, Call-Committee 3

Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

WANTED: New God's Grub coordinator/lead person or maybe 2 people who would like to cocoordinate! It has been my privilege over the last 6 years to watch this family ministry grow from 12 to now serving on average 80-100 smiling faces, but it is time for me to move on to another project. If you are interested or would like more information please contact me at 320-253-2212. Jennifer Kurash

The Sunday School

Vacation Bible School 2017

at Trinity will be returning to a traditional structure next fall. Please volunteer today to help! We have a need for 8 – 10 people to teach and help with our classes. Prayerfully consider giving your time to this educational ministry.

June 11-15 from 6:00-8:30 pm This year’s theme is: "Mighty Fortress: In Jesus, the Victory is Won!" Join us for a fun-filled week! Watch for information on how you can volunteer to help!

It’s Grain Train Time! All congregations in the MN North District are invited to collect New Socks and Undies (men’s, women’s and children’s) and especially for children age 3 to 6th grade for the Orphan Grain Train. Please put socks and undies in the container in the narthex. These items will be sent to help meet the needs of children in Texas. The deadline is Sun., May 14th.Thank You!

Summer Worship Schedule Beginning Sunday, May 28th (Memorial Day Weekend) and continuing through Sunday, September 3rd (Labor Day Weekend) our worship schedule will be two services each Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. The goal is to provide worship opportunities which allow families to plan other summer activities without missing worship as well as to informally bring our “first service congregation” together with our “second service congregation” for some fellowship time as the first group leaves worship and the second group arrives for worship. This schedule also enables us to maintain our radio ministry with the 8:00 a.m. service. While we will not offer a midweek opportunity for worship, it is our encouragement when you are away from home for the weekend to enjoy a worship service at one of our congregations in the area where you are vacationing.


Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

Worship and Music Notes Good Shepherd Sunday The Scripture readings for The Fourth Sunday of Easter all reference the Good Shepherd (Jesus) and His relation to the sheep (us). I have always been drawn to the Good Shepherd imagery. I collect Christian religious antique art work and my favorite pieces are Good Shepherd themed. Who cannot associate with the wayward sheep that wanders away and is rescued by the Shepherd? I am comforted by the care of the Shepherd. Our church does not officially call The Fourth Sunday of Easter Good Shepherd Sunday but I still think of it that way. We observe this day on May 7th this year and share the theme of the day with our Transfer the Blessings emphasis. (Listen as Pastor Paul skillfully ties the themes together!) I would like to share excerpts of a message from Fr. Tony Kadavil referring to the roles of shepherd and sheep in our lives and how we can be influenced by both. Let us become good shepherds and good sheep. 1) Let us become good shepherds: Everyone who is entrusted with the care of others is a shepherd. Hence, pastors, parents, teachers, doctors, nurses, government officials, etc. are all shepherds. We become good shepherds by loving those entrusted to us, praying for them, spending our time and talents for their welfare, and guarding them from physical and spiritual dangers. Parents must be especially careful of their duties by giving their children good example through the way they live their Christian lives. 2) Let us be good sheep in the fold of Jesus, the Good Shepherd: Our local church is our sheepfold, and our pastors are our shepherds. Jesus is the High Priest, the pastors are helpers and the parishioners are the sheep. Hence, as the good sheep of the parish, parishioners are expected to a) hear and follow the voice of their shepherds through their sermons, Bible classes, counseling and advice, b) receive the spiritual food given by our pastors by regular participation in the Lord’s Supper, and c) cooperate with our fellow-parishioners in the activities of various councils, ministries and outreach programs. May we learn from this imagery to be good shepherds and sheep! Christ, the good and faithful shepherd, watching all Your lambs and sheep; Christ, the gate that guards the sheepfold, never failing vigil keep. When we stray, Good Shepherd seek us, find us, lift us, bear us home; Lamb of God. Our shepherd, keep us; let us hear Your voice alone. LSB 540:4 Listen to the voice of the Shepherd and walk in the way peace… Daniel Reineke, Traditional Music Director (320)656-0963 [email protected]

Enrollment at Prince of Peace Lutheran School for the 2017/2018 School Year is now open.

We are a Christ-centered school offering an excellent education for children from Preschool through 8th Grade. Class sizes are small and the faculty both caring and experienced. Financial aid is available for qualified families. We also have “Before School” and “After School” care programs. Please contact Pastor Dave Strohschein for information at 251-1477 or [email protected].


Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

April Bolter Isaac, Noah & Abel 212 5th St. S Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 507-531-0550

Sauk Rapids, MN

Janet Kramin 525 Raymond Ave. NE St. Cloud, MN 56304 320-309-7526

These new members were welcomed to Trinity on Sunday, April 9th.

Peter Omot 503 15th Ave. SE #311 St. Cloud, MN 56304 320-405-7638

Please add this sheet to your church directory.


Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

Salt & Pepper Due to medical issues and other circumstances, the Salt and Pepper group will be taking a indefinite break. No future activities are planned at this time. LWML The 75th Anniversary of the LWML will be observed at the national Convention in Albuquerque, NM June 22-25, 2017. keynote speaker, song leader, worship proclaimers, musicians have been announced. Mites in Action Speakers are secured, special events are arranged and the theme “Jesus Christ Above All” will be emphasized. At our April 13th meeting, we explored a topic from the Quarterly. These are truly spiritually uplifting topics. The invitation is always extended for Trinity women to attend meetings on the second Thursday of each month as announced in the bulletin and newsletter. Our May meeting will be on Thursday, May 11th at 1:00pm in the Fellowship Hall.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Good Shepherd ToursChanhassen Dinner Theatre Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store Wine Tasting at Crow River Winery

$104.00 for this full day of adventure! To Register Contact : Janette Ditlefsen 320-259-3491 janettedtilefesen

500th Anniversary Reformation —2017 MN North-South Districts Concordia University St. Paul Reformation 500 Celebration The weekend of October 29, 2017 will have a number of opportunities for members and friends of the LCMS to celebrate the Reformation at Concordia University, St. Paul, including an art exhibit of Reformation-themed pieces, displays of rare books and other resources from the Concordia collection, the play Luther by John Osborne, performed on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, a continuous showing of one of the Luther films, and other fun and engaging activities. Costs for all of these events will be funded by CSP. The cornerstone event will be the joint worship service at 4:00 p.m. on October 29th co-sponsored by the Minnesota North and Minnesota South Districts and Concordia University. That event will feature a mass adult, youth and children’s choirs, dramatic vignettes performed by the cast of Luther, and a sermon by LCMS President Matthew Harrison.


Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

St. Cloud Library Summer Lunch Program 111 7th Ave. S. PO Box 40 St. Cloud, MN 56302 (320)252-2841 or (888) 950-2265

320-253-4859 Duffy Engineering & Associates, Inc. Engineering Civil Structural Mechanical Electrical Land Surveying 350 Hwy 10 South, Suite 101

St. Cloud, MN 56304 320-259-6575

2550 Hwy. 10S. P.O. Box 1103 St. Cloud, MN 56302 Office: (320)252-4781 Cell: 250-1063 Leann Klimek and Toni Kasella CPA’s 1139 Franklin Ave. NE #3 Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 (320) 774-2035

Big Fish Camp You'll have some great fishing stories to tell after this week! Each year we catch large Northerns, several 4 lb. and better bass, walleye, giant crappies, and a couple of nice Muskies . We expect you to know fishing, be willing to learn more, and bring your own equipment. We have instituted some new policies and procedures and there will be a limit of 12 campers each week unless additional volunteers and boats become available.

Ages: 12 and older Dates: # 1-June 11-16 Cost: $375. Deposit: $100 Lutheran Island Camp and Retreat Center [email protected] 218-583-2905

Kelm & Reuter, P.A. 1287 North 2nd Street, Suite101 Sauk Rapids & St. Cloud



“The Sauk Rapids Law Firm” WESTSIDE LIQUORS Great prices - Great service 7 locations

114 Second Ave. N. Sauk Rapids Open 8-6 Mon – Fri & 8-4 Sat.


Waite Park, East St. Cloud, Little Falls, Sauk Centre, Albertville. Baxter, Rice

Bob & Linda Feuling

Team Behrendt Premier Real Estate Services 550 25th Avenue N St. Cloud, MN Direct office: 320-253-5689 Bob’s Cell: 320-980-5689 Jane’s Cell: 320-980-5690 [email protected]

Commercial/Industrial RICK MEHRWERTH 320.252.8072 Cell: 320.980.4575 5123 Shadowwood Dr. NE Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 Email: [email protected]


This summer, the St. Cloud Library is partnering with the Yes Network to be a lunch site for the USDA's Summer Food Service Program. Children up to 18-years-old will be able to receive a free, hot meal Monday -Friday from mid June- mid August. Volunteers are needed to help serve the food, monitor the lunch area, and help with cleanup. Lunches will be served from 11:30-1pm and volunteers are needed from 11:15- 2:00pm. This program will run five days/week for two months. Volunteer one time, one day a week, or more! Contact Kate Buechler, Patron Services Librarian at (320) 650-2561 or [email protected] Crafts at Country Manor Residents at the Country Manor Campus Care Center have requested to make tie quilts out of fleece! We are looking for a volunteer to come in one time per week for approximately one hour to tie quilt with a small group of residents. This is a flexible volunteer commitment and is a great way to build friendships and assist the residents in completing projects of their choice. All materials are provided for the tie quilts now we just need your extra love and smiling face to make this a success! Contact Caitlin Tierney, Country Manor Volunteer Coordinator at (320) 253-1920

Spread the Good News about Your business... Research has shown that church-going people are some the most loyal consumers when it comes to making a purchase from a fellow member or supporter of their church. You can make Trinity members aware of your business by placing your message in the Trinity newsletter 11 times each year. Each month the newsletter is Delivered to the 350 member households and posted on the Trinity Lutheran website where it is viewed by hundreds more. The cost per insert is just $27 for 1-7/8” x 1 inch ad paid in advance with an 11-issue contract The cost per insert is just $49 for 1-7/8” x 2 inch ad paid in advance with an 11-issue contract. Call 252-3670 to get started.



May 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Tue Wed Thu




2 7:00pm Friends in Harmony (W)

3 7:00am Men's Bible Study @ GS 8:30am Finance Team Mtg. 6:30pm Adult Choir Practice

4 9:00am Sewing and Crafts (FH) 6:30pm Worship Team Rehearsal

5 9:00am Parish Workers 6:30pm Wedding Rehearsal

6 9:00am Walk for Life 9:00am Altar Guild 2:30pm Nietfeld/Demenge Wedding 6:45pm Traditional Music Rehearsal(W)

8 6:00pm Bev's CC (CM)

9 7:00pm Friends in Harmony (W)

10 7:00am Men's Bible Study @ GS

11 1:00pm LWML 5:30pm Lay Ministry Mtg. (Lcl) 6:30pm Leadership Team Mtg. (Lcl) 6:30pm Worship Team Rehearsal (W)

12 9:00am Parish Workers

13 9:00am Altar Guild 6:45pm Traditional Music Rehearsal(W)

15 6:30pm Call Committee Meeting

16 6:30pm Celebration Ringers 7:00pm Friends in Harmony (W)

17 7:00am Men's Bible Study @ GS

18 9:00am Sewing and Crafts (FH) 6:30pm POP Spring Concert @ Trinity (W)

19 9:00am Parish Workers

20 9:00am Altar Guild 6:45pm Traditional Music Rehearsal(W)

21 Military Bible Sticks 8:00am Worship Z4 (HC) 9:15am Bible Class 10:30am Worship Z5 12:00pm Anyuak Worship (M,Y)

22 6:00pm Bev's CC (CM) 6:30pm Call Committee Meeting

23 7:00pm Friends in Harmony (W)

24 7:00am Men's Bible Study @ GS 6:00pm POP Preschool Graduation @ Trinity

25 7:30pm Bible Study @ Benton Co. Jail 6:30pm Worship Team Rehearsal (W)

26 9:00am Parish Workers

27 9:00am Altar Guild 6:45pm Traditional Music Rehearsal(W)

28 8:00am Worship Z1 9:30am Worship Z2 (HC) 12:00pm Anyuak Worship (M,Y)

29 Memorial Day Office Closed

30 9:30am Parish Workers NL 7:00pm Friends in Harmony (W)

31 Notes: 7:00am Men's Bible Study @ GS

7 Transfer the Blessings


8:00am Worship Z5 9:15am Bible Class and SS 10:30am Worship Z1 12:00pm Anyuak Worship (M,Y) 2:30pm Rehwaldt Piano Recital 4:00pm Creative Crafts 14 Mother’s Day 8:00am Worship Z2 9:15am Bible Class and SS 10:30am Worship Z3 (HC) 12:00pm Anyuak Worship (M,Y)

Room Reservation Key

W=Worship Space

Scl=Small Class Room

M=Music Room

Lcf=Large Conf. Room

CM= Care Ministry

O=Overflow Room

F=Fellowship Hall

Lcl=Large Class Room

Y=Youth Room

Scf=Small Conf. Room

K= Kitchen

May Birthdays Name William Adkins Karl Anderson Nicole Bastian Matt Beck Destinie Benson Austin Besser Tanya Boettcher Abigail Brashear Zachary Bratland Anne Cham Taenaesha Cooley Connee Cossairt Louise Erickson Brynn Felchle Linda Feuling William Feuling Diane Gooch Edna Grabuski Jan Gratke Carly Hackett Mary Lou Haehnel Layla Hallerman Alivia Hejhal Dean Henkemeyer Eli Huinker Ginger Jarnot Allie Johnson Joshua Kaeter Jason Kardell Emily Kath Halley Keske Patricia Kjorlien Marie Knapek Leona Kula Amber Kulow Cassidy Kulow Joshua Kutzorik Corrine Lanz Nicholas Lindquist Helen Lovelett

Birthdate 14-May 13-May 2-May 25-May 4-May 31-May 18-May 3-May 7-May 4-May 26-May 24-May 11-May 16-May 24-May 17-May 3-May 20-May 17-May 23-May 12-May 2-May 22-May 4-May 8-May 9-May 6-May 2-May 9-May 10-May 4-May 1-May 16-May 18-May 14-May 15-May 5-May 21-May 27-May 29-May

Name Matthew LurkenTvrdik Spencer Lyness Tom Machula Jordan Mendel Jan Middlestadt Dennis Miller Michael Milner Joe Morey Josh Morey Darlene Nastrom Vicki Neils Marvin Neubert Cameron Ngo Britney Nieters Emily Novak Cham Obang Obang Ochan Akway Okello Te-jwock Oman Charolang Omot Obuuy Omot Chokoni Philip Alberta Pierce Elaine Poepping Emma ProwDockendorf Aaron Reginek Frank Riehm Aaron Ringsmuth Natalie Ringsmuth Grace Roesch Garrett Sarazin Ronald Schaefer Janice Schleicher Brendan Schwartz Colten Sigurdson Inette Smith Elaine Sowa Jacob Staneart

Birthdate 21-May 5-May 17-May 10-May 10-May 8-May 30-May 17-May 25-May 22-May 14-May 8-May 22-May 8-May 23-May 14-May 24-May 7-May 31-May 16-May 3-May 18-May 20-May 29-May 16-May 23-May 8-May 11-May 20-May 26-May 22-May 28-May 25-May 4-May 27-May 25-May 1-May 2-May

Name Kathy Stueve Janet Tucholke Duane Unke Mallory Voge Payton Voge Marlene Vogel James Volkers Joanna Volkers Tim Volkers Delores Wainright James Wainright Madison Walker Tiarah Watson Paul Wegner Nyla Wendt Michael Wiese Darlene Williams Paige Woitalla Cody Wurdelman Cody Zoellner

Birthdate 29-May 30-May 17-May 19-May 19-May 10-May 31-May 13-May 18-May 25-May 5-May 5-May 30-May 1-May 7-May 5-May 11-May 5-May 24-May 1-May