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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 Monday 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

at Trinity’s Website:

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them at the Inn.” Luke 2:6-7

Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

From the Pastor Advent/Christmas Worship As reported in last month's newsletter, our Midweek Advent worship on the Wednesdays of this month will focus on the theme of "Family Life." Drawing from the trials of those Scriptural families that were connected to the Christmas story, we'll learn how the birth of Jesus can bring lasting peace and joy into our busy and often broken families. Join us each Wednesday for God's Grub in the fellowship hall at 5:00 p.m. and worship at 6:00 p.m. What better time of year to grow in our family relationships! Please note: with Christmas Day falling on a Sunday this year, we will offer one service Christmas morning at 9:00 a.m. Holy Communion will be celebr ated. The 8:00 a.m. r adio br oadcast over WVAL that morning will be a pre-recorded Christmas Eve service from the day before.

Faith Promise Sunday On Sunday, December 11th, we will again have opportunity in our worship services to offer our personal stewardship commitments for the coming year. Faith Promise forms are included with this monthly newsletter and will also be available in church during the Sundays of December. As we consider God's "indescribable Gift" (1 Cor. 9:15) of His Son to us this Advent/Christmas season, we discover again something about the nature of our gifts. God doesn't bless us in a haphazard way. He's very loving, intentional and purposeful in the way He gives. Our response ought to be just as loving, intentional and purposeful in the execution of our stewardship. That includes prayerful planning - and yes, promising - how we intend to use His gifts of time, talent and treasure. An addition to our Faith Promises this year is the encouragement for all of us to have an estate plan that is included in a legal will, along with the challenge to include in such a will charitable gifts as a way of continuing our desire to provide for God's work beyond our lifetime. The recent revision and approval of Trinity's Endowment Fund Bylaws and the formation of an ongoing Endowment Committee will assist us in better understanding how these legacy gifts can be managed in such a way as to benefit God's church in the future, as well as bring tax advantages to the giver at the present time. As the year 2016 draws to a close, prayerfully consider God's past blessing and His future promises in your life. Please respond then by filling out the "Faith Promise for 2017" form. Retain the right portion of the form as an ongoing reminder and bring Table of Contents the left portion with you to church on the 11th. From the Pastor pg 2 DCO Corner pg 3 LCEF 'Shared Blessings' Rebate Worship Schedule for the Holidays pg 4 GREAT NEWS! We have reached the third and final level in the LWML pg 4 LCEF "Shared Blessings" rebate program! (See the notice on the LCEF banGod’s Grub pg 4 ner in the narthex.) This means that we will receive an annual .5% rebate on Connected Family Bible Study pg 4 our building mortgage: at this time, roughly $10,000 each year. We qualify Worship/Music Notes pg 5 for this rebate because we have increased investors in LCEF to a number that LCEF Update pg 6 is equal to 25% of our communicant membership. In the past year, many of Angel Tree pg 6 you have opened a savings account with LCEF, either for yourself or for Salt & Pepper pg 6 children or grandchildren. Remember: in order to maintain this rebate level, LSF NEWS pg 6 when our church membership grows, the number of LCEF investors needs to Cookie Exchange pg 6 grow by one fourth. If you or a relative is currently not an LCEF investor, HS Youth News pg 7 consider becoming one. Only $25 is needed to open a savings account that LIC Christmas Dinners pg 7 offers competitive rates. Not only that, Trinity will even reimburse you the Prayer Shawl Project pg 7 first $25 to open the account! For more information, contact either me or Prince of Peace News pg 8 Lori Wendt (420-4368; or email at [email protected].) Contact Us pg 8 Inserts: December Calendar and Birthdays Pastor Paul Cloeter Faith Promise Forms 2

Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

One of our church’s memorial accounts is called Social Ministry. I use these funds to assist people in need in our community. This time of year, the account is low. This ministry presents the opportunity for you to be involved with helping people in our community with basic needs. Some of the things we are able to do with your contributions are as follows: Keep our food shelf fully stocked Provide milk, eggs and meat to supplement items from our food shelf Help with gas for medical appointments and for job interviews Assistance with medical prescriptions Give out Target gift cards for personal hygiene products Provide bus cards for transportation to Worship for 5 Sundays Church of the Week Expenses. For example, reimbursing our members for some of the ingredients for the meals we provide and providing breakfast, paper products and milk for the week. We provide the evening meal for six nights for 100 people per night. Last year our expenses were $1,200.00. (Next year our week is Feb. 1319, 2017)

Please keep in mind that I never give anyone cash. I take time to verify the need and I offer spiritual council, prayer, Bibles and devotional books. If you would like to contribute to our Social Ministry account simply make checks out to: Trinity Lutheran Church and in the memo portion note that it is for: “Social Ministry”. You can drop off checks in the church office or in the offering plate on Sunday mornings. Also, if your church group (i.e. LWML, Sewing Guild, Youth Group, Hospitality, Bible Study Group, etc.) would like to contribute please let me or Joanne Wilke in the office know.

(“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of

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Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

Advent Services

Everyone needs godly wisdom when it comes to family relationships. That's why, as we begin our Advent & Christmas season, we plan to learn from the families connected with our Lord's birth. Join us each Wednesday for God's Grub in the fellowship hall at 5:00 p.m. and worship at 6:00 p.m. Your family is worth time and investment in God's word.

Christmas Services Christmas Eve: 3:00pm and 5:00pm Christmas Morning: 9:00am

Make Jesus the Reason for the Season in your life!

“Silent Night, Holy Night” is the theme for the Children’s Sunday School Service on Sunday, December 18th at the 10:30am worship service. Join us to greet the Newborn King!!

Lutheran Women in Mission The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League will gather Thursday, December 8th, at Noon at Jimmy’s Pour House in the social room for lunch. Members are asked to bring their red stocking donation for Trinity Social Ministry. LWML doesn’t meet in January. God's Grub December7: Hot Dogs December 14: Pizza December 21: No God’s Grub December 28:No God’s Grub We will resume on Jan. 4th

“How to Grow a Connected Family” This class will be offered at Trinity beginning Sunday, January 8th through Sunday, February 12th from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 am. This 6-week Bible study will focus on helping parents to purposefully raise children who know, love, and serve God. Pastor Dave will facilitate this class. Please share your intention to participate in this class with Pastor Dave by December 18th so that we can have adequate materials on hand.

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Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

Worship and Music Notes Advent Greetings Everyone! I was looking through a pile of emails that I've saved from years gone by (back when I used to print off all of the "good" ones before I would delete them) and I came across this story. Since Prince of Peace's Christmas musical is coming up soon, I thought this was a perfect read for me to share with you. Enjoy! “The 'W' in Christmas" Last December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful one. I cut back on nonessential obligations-extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending. Yet, I still found myself exhausted and unable to appreciate the precious family moments and, of course, the true meaning of Christmas. My son, Nicholas, was in Kindergarten that year and it was an exciting season for a six year old. For weeks, he'd been memorizing songs for his school's "Winter Pageant." I didn't have the heart to tell him I'd be working the night of the production. Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me there would be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation. All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise. The morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. As I waited, the students were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat crosslegged on the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song. Because most public school systems had long stopped referring to the holiday as "Christmas," I didn't expect anything other than fun songs about reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer. So when my son's class stood to sing, "Christmas Love," I was slightly taken aback by its bold title. Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy mittens, red sweaters and bright hats upon their heads. Those in the front row--center stage--held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song. As the class would sing "C is for Christmas," a child would hold up the letter C. Then, "H is for Happy," and on and on until each child holding up his portion had presented the complete message, "Christmas Love." The performance was going smoothly until suddenly, we noticed a small, quiet girl in the front row holding the letter "M" upside down--totally unaware her letter "M" appeared as a "W". The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at this little one's mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so she stood tall, proudly holding her "W". Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter continued until the last letter was raised and we all saw it together. A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen. In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos, there was purpose for our festivities. For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear: "C-H-R-I-S-T-W-A-S-L-O-V-E" Please join POP's K-8 students for their Christmas musical entitled, "A Play in a Manger" to be held at Love of Christ Lutheran Church on Tuesday, Dec. 20th at 7:00 p.m. If you cannot come that night because of other commitments, we will gladly welcome you at our final dress rehearsal the morning of Dec. 20th at 10:00 a.m. :) :) "The students will share that the heart of the Christmas story is "CHRIST WAS LOVE." May God bless your Advent journey to the manger. Christmas love, joy and peace to you, Ruth Immerfall, Contemporary Worship Leader, [email protected]/320.291.9293 5

Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

LCEF Update

Sauk Rapids, MN


Congratulations, we have officially made it to the final tier of the Shared Blessing program. Thank you to all of you that have made this possible. For questions about becoming a LCEF investor and investments please contact Lori Wendt at 420-4368 or email at [email protected].

Salt and Pepper The Salt and Pepper group invites you to help us brighten the lives of the tenants at Good Shepherd Community with some Christmas carols. We will meet at the Good Shepherd chapel on December 6th at 4:45 pm Please join us.

Hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner. The time of year to reach out and help others through the Angel Tree Program is upon us once again. Our Church is pleased to continue to participate in Angel Tree, a Prison Fellowship program that provides a pathway for incarcerated parents to restore and strengthen relationships with their children. Volunteers like you help make this possible by giving Christmas gifts and the Good News of God’s love to children in the name of mother’s and father’s behind bars. Angle Tree Sunday will be on Sunday, November 27th, names of children and gift ideas will be available in the Narthex on the tree. Please be sure to sign your Gift tag name out at the desk that will be located next to the tree. Gifts will need to be returned wrapped and under the tree by Sunday, December 11th. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to deliver gifts please contact me Jennifer Kranz @ 320-290-3498. Thank you for helping make this Christmas special for these children.

Trinity Lutheran Church’s Christmas Cookie Exchange

LSF NEWS “Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20.

Saturday, December 10, 9:00 – 10:30am, in the Fellowship Hall. Cookies must be homemade. Sign-up by Dec. 4th. If possible, give cookie name you will be bringing to avoid too many duplicate kinds. Bring 10 dozen (all the same kind). Please bring your cookies in a large container; plates and plastic bags will be provided. Coffee, juice and rolls will be served. It will be a fun get together with a short devotion. Any questions call Sue B. @ 252-9618 & Gail R. @253-9462.

The weekend of November 5th the LWML fall workshop helped LSF in many ways! They donated 24 full-sized candy bars; 22 boxes of kleenix tissue; 1500 luncheon napkins; 326 bowls; 531 plates; 138 dessert plates, 4 bottles of soap; 1 comet cleanser; 1 pkg garbage bags; 1 pack freezer bags; 169 cups; 29 rolls paper towels; 89 rolls toilet paper; 32 sets of plastic ware; huge bag of forks, huge bag of spoons; 1 bag clear set of 8 silverware; 13 NIV Bibles; a $50 Cashwise gift card and many all occasion cards. The Churches of LWML members are from-Faith, Holy Cross, Immanuel, Redeemer, St. John’s, St. Paul’s, and Trinity CL. Two students (survey attendees) wanted to volunteer time here so they worked to organize and put everything in a proper place for usage. Awesome! Also we give thanks to Trinity Youth, Terry Kurash and Lucie Schwartzkopf for spending an evening with the LSF College students in Bible study and in sharing information at the LSF house. Barbara Hertling, DCE Lutheran Student Fellowship 201 4th St South, St. Cloud, MN 56301, 320-259-1577 6

Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

LUTHERAN ISLAND CAMP Christmas Dinners are now all set. We have listed them below:

Trinity High School Youth Group 9th-12th grade High School Youth Group has been crazy fun and busy this fall. We were able to partner up with Holy Cross, Redeemer youth groups and the Lutheran Student Fellowship group from SCSU for a service project. We packaged meals for Kids Fighting Hunger. Teamwork, conversation, and learning about those less fortunate than us in Africa, helped us turn towards serving others. Many of us had a “bad hairnet” day. We also made a roadtrip to SCSU to share a meal and bible study with our friends from Lutheran Student Fellowship. The college students shared about the experience of being a Christian in the university environment. We are certainly blessed to have this resource in our immediate area. Former NFL player Matt Veldman was our guest speaker to a group of over 100 people in November. Matt led us in a discussion about temptation, obstacles, and trials. Since this was a family event, Matt spent about 45 minutes in bible study and Q & A. Great fun and wonderful questions from our younger attendees included, “What's a tight end?” and “Who is your favorite team?” Matt finished off the night with a session with the Sr. High group back in the youth room. This December we will join together for the Wednesday night Advent services, and then meeting afterwards in the youth room. We will take a break the last two weeks because of the holidays. Make sure you are connected to the youth leaders via media of your choice. Facebook, twitter, instagram, email...

In His service, Youth leaders Emily, Charlie, Brett and Leah 7

Dec. 4 - Island Christmas Dinner “A Christmas Drama” by: Michael Rokenbrodt and Ethan Fearing and the Minutemen Performers Dec. 9 - Island Christmas Dinner “Christmas Strings” by: Weber Family & Friends. Dec. 10- Island Christmas Lunch “Christmas Clarinet” by: Pastor Dane Compton Dec. 11- Island Christmas Dinner “A Christmas Choir” by: St John Ottertail Men’s Choir Dec. 16–Island Christmas Dinner “The Sweet Songs of Christmas” by: Erin Swyter Special starting time: dinner served at 6:00 P.M.

Dec. 17–Island Christmas Lunch “Songs and Piano at Christmas” by: Gail Guse. Lutheran Island Camp and Retreat Center [email protected] 218-583-2905

Do You Like to Crochet or Knit? Do you have extra yarn to donate to a project? A small group of members is meeting on Tuesday after Bible Study, approximately from 11:30-1:30, to make simple prayer shawls. If you would like donate yarn, it needs to be at least 600 yards of the same color or complimentary colors to begin this project. Monetary donations are also welcome. If you have questions or interest in participating, contact Judy in the church office, 252-3670. Prayer shawls are to be given to members of any age, after surgery or during illness.

Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

NEWS from Prince of Peace Lutheran School Our school will celebrate Christmas with our annual Christmas Musical on Tuesday, December 20th beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Love of Christ Lutheran Church. Please come and join us for an enjoyable and memorable evening all centered around the Babe of Bethlehem. + + + + + We are also pleased to share with you what we believe is a great improvement to our SCRIP Program. We now have on hand an inventory of the most popular gift cards so that you can purchase them directly from the school office (Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to Noon). We will also be rotating our inventory to our Association congregations on Sunday mornings. As a reminder, the SCRIP Program gives you the opportunity to make your normal purchases plus bless our school as the various stores return a portion from your purchase to the school as a rebate. For example, if you buy a $25 card for Mills Fleet Farm or for Panera Bread (just two of lots and lots of participating stores and restaurants), when you make purchases with your card those stores will return anywhere from 2 to 10% to Prince of Peace. It’s a win for you in that you get dollar for dollar what you paid for. And, it’s a win for POP in that we receive a generous rebate from the store as a result of you making your purchase through the SCRIP Program. One of our fellow Lutheran Schools, Zion in Alexandria, receives about $25,000 a year in rebates! This program can be a tremendous blessing to our school! Our thanks to the members of Redeemer Lutheran Church for making it possible for us to purchase an inventory of gift cards. Why not stop in and buy some SCRIP cards to use for your Christmas shopping? We have a wide variety covering a wide range of stores and restaurants.

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. 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 8



December 2016 Wed




1 9:00am Sewing and Crafts 6:30pm Worship Team Rehearsal

2 9:00am Parish Workers

Sat 3 9:00am Altar Guild 12:30pm Salt & Pepper Outing 6:45pm Traditional Music Rehearsal(W) 10 9:00am Altar Guild 9:00am Cookie Exchange 1:30pm St. Cloud Prison Bible Study 6:45pm Traditional Music Rehearsal(W)

4 8:00am Worship (HC) Z4 9:15am SS 9:15am Voter’s Meeting 10:30am Worship Z5 12:00pm Anyuak Worship 6:00pm Green Team Mtg.

5 7:30pm Narcotics Anon.

6 4:45 pm Caroling at GS

7 7:00am Men's Bible Study @ GS 8:30am Finance Team 5:00pm God's Grub 6:00pm Advent Worship Z1 6:45pm Youth Night 6:45pm Confirmation Classes 6:45pm Adult Choir Practice

8 12:00pm LWML Luncheon @ Jimmy’s 6:15pm Celebration Ringers 7:15pm Worship Team Rehearsal

9 9:00am Parish Workers

11 Faith Promise Sunday 8:00am Worship Z2 9:15am Bible Classes & SS 10:30am Worship (HC) Z3 New Member Welcome 12:00pm Potluck 12:00pm Anyuak Worship 4:00pm Creative Crafts

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

13 10:30am Bible Class (Lcf) 6:30pm POP Preschool Christmas Program

14 7:00am Men's Bible Study @ GS 5:00pm God's Grub 6:00pm Advent Worship Z4 6:45pm Youth Night 6:45pm Confirmation Classes 6:45pm Adult Choir Practice

15 6:15pm Celebration Ringers 7:15pm Worship Team Rehearsal

16 9:00am Parish Workers

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

18 8:00am Worship (HC) Z5 9:15am Bible Classes & SS 10:30am SS Christmas Service Z1 12:00pm Anyuak Worship

19 7:30pm Narcotics Anon.

21 7:00am Men's Bible Study @ GS 6:45pm Adult Choir Practice

22 6:15pm Celebration Ringers 7:15pm Worship Team Rehearsal

23 9:00am Parish Workers

24 Christmas Eve 3:00pm Christmas Eve Worship Z2 5:00pm Christmas Eve Worship Z3

25 Christmas Day

26 7:30pm Narcotics Anon. 9:30am Parish Workers NL

20 10:30am Bible Class (Lcf) 7:00pm Friends in Harmony (W) 7:00pm POP K-8 Christmas Musical (@LOC) 27 7:00pm Friends in Harmony

28 7:00am Men's Bible Study @ GS

29 6:30pm Worship Team Rehearsal

30 9:00am Parish Workers

31 9:00am Altar Guild 6:45pm Traditional Music Rehearsal(W)

9:00am Christmas Day Worship (HC) Z4 12:00pm Anyuak Worship

Room Reservation Key O=Overflow Room

W=Worship Space F=Fellowship Hall

Scl=Small Class Room Lcl=Large Class Room

NEW YEARS EVE M=Music Room Y=Youth Room

Lcf=Large Conf Room Scf=Small Conf Room

CM=Care Ministry K=Kitchen


Name Ngap Abella Sophia Abfalter Cynthia Abraham Kailyn Anderson Korbyn Anderson Tanner Andvik Mr. Dennis Bacon Chainagubo Balo Justin Behrendt Patricia Behrendt Bruce Benoit Carter Brower Alex Cash Art Christiansen Kurt Clitty Cody Collins Jill Copeland Jenny Dohrmann Joshua DuChene Daniel Dusing Robert Dusing Leroy Elg Claire Feuling Robert Feuling Skyler Figallo Alvina Fleck Darlene Gronau David Grose Curtis Hadley Neal Hanson Janice Haus Kimberly Haus Myrtlene Jehoich David Johnson Jordon Johnson John Kardell Zachary Kardell Braden Knafla Terry Knapek

Birthdate 13-Dec 6-Dec 11-Dec 23-Dec 24-Dec 17-Dec 17-Dec 23-Dec 12-Dec 13-Dec 13-Dec 6-Dec 28-Dec 1-Dec 31-Dec 3-Dec 9-Dec 24-Dec 2-Dec 1-Dec 28-Dec 27-Dec 30-Dec 1-Dec 4-Dec 14-Dec 8-Dec 12-Dec 26-Dec 24-Dec 3-Dec 30-Dec 25-Dec 26-Dec 10-Dec 12-Dec 10-Dec 23-Dec 21-Dec

Dale Kuklok Gail Kuklok Lisa Kulow Sue Kulzer Ethan Kutzorik Kayla Larsen John Linkert Donna Lovitz William Lovitz Judd Machula Stacy Machula Delores Marsh Morgan Maselter Banger Medho Deb Meierhofer Arlene Mendel Andrew Messerich Christine Miller Glenda Milner Dick Mingo Phillip Neske Nathan Ochan Ajiea Ojulu Cody Oltz Owar Omot Kirru Opiew Kim Reberg Thomas Regouski Diann Richards Noah Ripka Pat Sauer Erin Schlichting Carol Schlueter Danielle Schultz Chris Sigurdson Chad Smolnik Lynn Smolnik John Sprengeler Beth Stay Miriam Stay Shelly Stockinger

21-Dec 26-Dec 1-Dec 2-Dec 15-Dec 17-Dec 4-Dec 14-Dec 17-Dec 23-Dec 22-Dec 22-Dec 7-Dec 30-Dec 20-Dec 9-Dec 9-Dec 2-Dec 10-Dec 30-Dec 15-Dec 12-Dec 26-Dec 19-Dec 9-Dec 2-Dec 11-Dec 15-Dec 23-Dec 23-Dec 2-Dec 28-Dec 16-Dec 5-Dec 18-Dec 18-Dec 13-Dec 27-Dec 31-Dec 31-Dec 31-Dec

Tyler Strobel Paige Sunstrom Brad Trushenski Sharon Volkers Heidi Wagner Jeremy Wainright Joanne Walen Brian Weappa Christa Weide Katelyn Weide Heidi Weishalla Luke Wendt Jean Wentworth Tara Wiese Michael Wilcox Tim Wilcox Mike Winczewski Mark Woitalla Kaleb Wolbeck Dick Wold Katelynn Zimmer Scott Zwick

16-Dec 15-Dec 6-Dec 21-Dec 23-Dec 3-Dec 1-Dec 21-Dec 25-Dec 4-Dec 1-Dec 4-Dec 5-Dec 5-Dec 9-Dec 16-Dec 11-Dec 24-Dec 22-Dec 21-Dec 10-Dec 18-Dec

Happy Birthday!

My Faith Promise for 2017

My Faith Promise for 2017

Trinity Lutheran Church, Sauk Rapids, MN + + +

Trinity Lutheran Church, Sauk Rapids, MN + + +

By faith, as God enables me, I will . . . ______ Attend worship services and Bible studies.

By faith, as God enables me, I will . . . (Ps. 112:1)

______ Attend worship services and Bible studies. (Ps. 112:1)

______ Come to the Lord's Supper often. (I Cor. 11:26)

______ Come to the Lord's Supper often.

______Pray regularly for the ministry God is giving to us at Trinity.

______Pray regularly for the ministry God is giving to us at Trinity.

______ Serve with my time and abilities to join in God's mission to share the Good News of Jesus to our community and the world

______ Serve with my time and abilities to join in God's mission to share the Good News of Jesus to our community and the world

______ Provide a financial offering in order to give thanks to God for all of His blessings and to acknowledge that all I have is a gift from Him. (I Chronicles 29:14)

______ Provide a financial offering in order to give thanks to God for all of His blessings and to acknowledge that all I have is a gift from Him. (I Chronicles 29:14)

It is my intention that my offering will:  require sacrifice and trust, like the Macedonians who "gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us." (2 Cor. 8:5)  be "first-fruit" - "On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income." (1 Cor. 16:2)  be based on a percentage in keeping with Malachi 3:10: "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse . . .  be a "step up" from my offering this year: "Grow in the grace of giving." (2 Cor. 8:7)

It is my intention that my offering will:  require sacrifice and trust, like the Macedonians who "gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us." (2 Cor. 8:5)  be "first-fruit" - "On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income." (1 Cor. 16:2)  be based on a percentage in keeping with Malachi 3:10: "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse . . .  be a "step up" from my offering this year: "Grow in the grace of giving." (2 Cor. 8:7)

My financial offering for 2017: ____________ (annual, month, week)

I Cor. 11:26)

My financial offering for 2017: ____________ (annual, month, week)

(circle one)

(circle one)

______ I would like more information about the benefits of charitable gifts through an estate plan. ______ I have included Trinity in my estate plan/will.

______ I would like more information about the benefits of charitable gifts through an estate plan. ______ I have included Trinity in my estate plan/will.

Name(s): _______________________________

Name(s): _______________________________

God's Copy

My Copy

(Promised on Sunday, December 11, 2016)

(Promised on Sunday, December 11, 2016)