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MARCH Trinity Tidings Newsletter PASTOR’S PEN Fruit from a Tree “No good tree bears bad fruit,

nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.” (Luke 6:43)

This time of year fruit can be hard to come by; at least inexpensive home-grown freshly picked fruit. Trucks ship apples and oranges, picked at various times, from all over the United States, to our grocery stores so that we might have some fruity options. Fruits are shipped from Mexico and even farther away, so that the “frozen tundra” can be well stocked with something healthy. Nevertheless, good melons, fresh strawberries, and the like are hard to come by and often harder to pay for. What is it about good fruit that keeps many away from the canned stuff? Of course there are all those important health factors and don’t forget good taste! Yet there is something obvious about seeking good fruit over (Continued on page 2)

Lenten Services: Each Wednesday through Lent, worship at 6:00pm with soup from 4:45 to 5:45pm

Maundy Thursday: Worship at 12:00pm and 7:00pm with Holy Communion

Good Friday: Worship at 12:00pm and 7:00pm

Upcoming Events: Mar. 7—Soup at 4:45pm / Lenten Worship at 6pm Adult Choir Rehearsals Resume at 6:45pm Mar. 14—Soup at 4:45pm / Lenten Worship at 6pm

Mar. 21—Soup at 4:45pm / Lenten Worship at 6pm Mar. 22—Newsletter Deadline Mar. 26—4-8pm Dine to Donate at Panera Mar. 29– Maundy Thursday Worship at 12 Noon & 7:00pm Mar. 30-Good Friday Worship at 12 Noon & 7:00pm

Resurrection Sunday: Worship at 6am, 8am and 10:30am all with Holy Communion Easter Breakfast served from 7am to 10am.

March 31st is the deadline for Thrivent Choice Dollars. Designate Trinity Lutheran as your recipient! Thank you!

Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

bad. Except in the case of bananas, people just don’t search for rotten fruit. Nor do farmers pick from (or even keep) trees known to produce tainted, tiny, or “tinged” fruit. Jesus says that good trees produce good fruit, and bad ones’ bad. And He would know. He saw and tasted firsthand the fruit of this world – hatred, bitterness, anger, rejection, even death. Jesus knows all about trees and their fruit. He hung on a tree. Acts 5:30 tells us He was killed “by hanging Him on a tree.” He was cursed (Deuteronomy 21:23) and ”bore our sins in His body” (1 Peter 2:24) on that tree. Now trees bear fruit…at least good ones. That’s what Jesus reminded his followers of in the sermon on the plain in Luke chapter 6. And people recognize trees by the fruit they bear. So, what kind of fruit did the cross of Christ bear? That is a question for the ages. For time and again “without fail” (Jeremiah 17:8) Christ’s death on a tree has produced fruit for the ages. It is a special fruit, an imported fruit, a very nutritious fruit, a “good” fruit produced on a “Good” day. Jesus Himself became the first fruit “of those who belong to Him” (I Corinthians 15:23). The fruit of His tree is the fruit of faith. The cross we have standing before us this Lent is a colorful reminder of His tree which bore fruit – us! And that fruit is enabled to bear more fruit – good fruit, colorful, healthy, good-for-you fruit! Jesus said, “People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers” (Luke 6:44). So too, people do not expect to find jealousy, gossip, bitterness or other sour grapes from us, but rather the fruit of faith; a fruit to be shared with them. Let us together this Lenten season witness the rich and colorful fruit of Calvary and bear it to our neighbor. In Christ, Rev. David Hinz

Sauk Rapids, MN

News from Prince of Peace March 2018 SAVE THE DATE! “Shine Like Stars!” is the theme for the Prince of Peace Lutheran School Annual Legacy Dinner and Auction which will be held Sunday, April 22nd at the school. Mark your calendar now and save the date to come out and provide support for our school. Tickets will again be $14 to cover the cost of the catered noon meal – look for them to be available by March 1st. You will have the chance to bid on a variety of items during the Silent Auction and some special items during our Live Auction (rumor has it that a couple of retired pastors will be offering a Boundary Waters canoe trip). And…you will have the opportunity to enjoy the fellowship of Christians coming together to make Prince of Peace Lutheran School an even better place for Christian education! If you would like to donate an item or basket for the Auction please have it to the school by April 1st, or contact Bobbi Trisko 320-267-0504 with questions . Our chapel offerings here at POP for the month of March will go to support Lutheran Island Camp and all the wonderful programs they offer to children and their families. Dine to Donate is a fun way to get out and donate to your favorite little Lutheran School, Prince of Peace! On the fourth Monday of each month a restaurant is chosen and on that given date you can enjoy dinner out for the night and a % of your bill (depending on the restaurant anywhere from 1050%) will come right back to Prince of Peace. Just let the restaurant know you are here for the Dine to Donate for Prince of Peace Lutheran School that evening. For the month of March, we will be dining at Panera on March 26th anytime from 4pm to 8 pm. Bring in flyer and they will donate 20% of you bill to Prince of Peace! P.O.P. SCRIP NEWS! Starting in March, Coborns/ Cash Wise $25, $50, and $100 gift cards will be available from SCRIP. These can be used at Coborns, Cash Wise, Holiday, and Little Dukes. If you are a Coborns/Cash Wise rewards member, you will still receive your reward points when using SCRIP to make your purchase. SCRIP will be at Trinity on Sunday, March 18th. 2

Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

DCO CORNER Thrivent Action Teams Meet Needs in the Community

Here’s how they work. Think about an unmet need in our community and how you could help. Apply to lead your volunteer team, leader must be a Thrivent Member, in a one-time fundraiser, service activity or educational event that can be completed within 90 days. For example: Provide a meal for the community, host a spaghetti supper to raise funds for your favorite organization, create care packages for our troops, host an educational event (cooking, parenting, budgeting, etc.) or organize a 5K run to support a non-profit organization. Please see me to submit your idea to make a positive change in our community. Once your project is approved, you'll receive a Thrivent Action Kit, including: • Promotional banner. • Invitations and thank-you cards. • Thrivent Action Team T-shirts. • A $250 Community Impact Card you can use as seed money to purchase project supplies and create promotional materials. • Team Leaders can have 2 community projects a year. Thrivent Action Teams make it easy to bring people together to make a positive change in our community. Thrivent believes being wise with money and living generously go hand in hand! Craig Cooper, DCO

Church Contact Information

Additional Contact Information Admin. Assistant: Judy Rehwaldt 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

Church Office: 252-3670 Church Fax: 202-1095 E-mail: [email protected] Website: Office Staff Pastor David Hinz Pastor John Bakou DCO: Craig Cooper 3

Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

Music and Worship Notes On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross; the emblem of suffering and shame. And I love that old cross where the dearest and best, for a world of lost sinners was slain. So I'll cherish the old rugged cross, till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it someday for a crown. O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world, has a wondrous attraction for me. For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above, to bear it to dark Calvary. (Chorus) In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine, a wondrous beauty I see. For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died to pardon and sanctify me. (Chorus) To the old rugged cross I will ever be true, it's shame and reproach gladly bear. Then He'll call me some day to my home far away, where His glory forever I'll share. (Chorus) This beloved old hymn was written by George Bennard in 1912. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio shortly after the end of the Civil War. His father, a coal miner, moved the family to Iowa and there George came to Christ through the ministry of the Salvation Army. He felt led to train for the ministry, but his plans were disrupted when his father's death left him responsible for his mother and sisters. George was only sixteen years old. Instead of theological school, he worked by day and devoted his spare time to books. Eventually his obligations lessened and George was able to move to Chicago, marry, and begin ministry with the Salvation Army. Later he was ordained by the Methodist Episcopal church and became a traveling evangelist. After a difficult season of ministry, George realized he needed to better understand the power of the Cross of Christ. He said, "I was praying for a fuller understanding of the Cross. As I read and studied and prayed, the Christ of the Cross became more than a symbol. It was like seeing John 3:16 leave the printed page, take form, and act out the meaning of redemption. While watching this scene with my mind's eye, the theme of the song came to me." It took several months for the words to formulate in his mind. As he preached through the Midwest, George would carry the words with him, working on them, polishing them, and sometimes singing them in meetings. It always struck a chord with his audiences. At last his hymn was finished and George went to the home of some friends and sang it for them. After the last note, he asked them what they thought. The friends were so moved that they helped pay the fees to have it printed and it soon began appearing in hymnbooks across America. (Taken from "Then Sings My Soul" by Robert J. Morgan) May God bless your Lenten journey . . . from the old rugged cross to the empty tomb. 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. 4

Ruth Immerfall, Contemporary Worship Leader [email protected]/320.291.9293

POP DINE TO DONATE ON March 26 at Panera Pick up a brochure to donate to Prince of Peace Available on the kiosk

Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

Our Dear Savior's Heart

TRANSFER THE BLESSINGS Trinity’s Endowment Fund This is the first year that applications are being accepted for a distribution from the Transfer the Blessings account. The amount available for projects this year is $4,136. The monies from this fund are designated for new internal and external projects or activities that are beyond the day to day function of the church -- not included in our church budget. Any member of the church or committee can fill out an application found in the church office or on the church website. The deadline for 2018 applications is March 15th. The Transfer the Blessings Committee will make recommendations to the Voter’s assembly and a final decision will be made by May 1, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact one of the TTB committee members.

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Information and confidential consultation about planned giving options can be obtained by contacting Mr. David Priebe, retired business attorney (612) 508-4640. David is a Gift Planning Counselor for the MN North District - LCMS.

Campus News May this Lenten season be a time of repentance and faithfulness to the Word, our source of strength and power over the devil…. We have been enjoying the surveys on campus. Do you know why we baptize babies? One young lady from a non-Lutheran church said they do not baptize babies rather older people so they can make the right decision. So I asked her what happens when a “non-dedicated” baby dies…and she said that the Bible says God will take care of them. YOU tell me where in the Bible it says that. By the way she is still looking for that verse… Thank you for your prayers and your willingness to help at the LSF ministry. May God bless and keep each of you in His faithful, loving Hands. In Christ, Barbara Hertling, DCE

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“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Lutheran Women in Mission

Sauk Rapids, MN

Anna Marie’s Alliance

Opportunities to serve in our community:

needed is posted on the kiosk, and a basket will be available in which to place your donations. Thank you!!! LWML will meet on Thursday, March 8th at 1:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us!

Call Voluntary Service office at (320) 255-6365 or email [email protected]

The St. Cloud VA Health Care System is dedicated to providing exceptional health care to our service men and women, Trinity LWML is requesting help in gathering items needed at Anna Marie’s Alliance of St. Cloud. This ap- join our team as a volunteer to honor our Nation's Veterans today! Volunteers are needed for numerous assignments peal will continue until the league’s March 8th meeting. throughout the health care system and we need your help to Items needed are: personal care items, children’s hats, meet a growing demand. Voluntary Service offers flexible mittens, gloves sleepwear, blankets, games and puzzles. scheduling, assignment specific training, and a commitment Gift certificates from stores are welcome. The basket to to excellence for all customers. Day, evening, and weekend gather donations is in the narthex. A listing of items opportunities are available.

The Independence Center, Inc. (ICI) needs volunteers to complete activities with consumers who have special needs. These volunteers must enjoy having fun and completing leisure activities on a one on one basis or with a small group. Activities consumers enjoy completing are: reading stories, baking activities, arts and crafts, painting nails, playing cards, accompanying our staff on community outings, and much more!

AARP Safe Drivers Update Class Will be held at Trinity on Monday, April 23rd from 12:30 to 4:30pm in the Fellowship hall.

Contact Angela Davis, The Independence Center at (320) 252-4146


Taking this refresher gives you a 10% discount on your car insurance.

A small planning committee has been formed to explore the possibility of hosting a “Festival of the Nativities” at Trinity this December. The first step is to see if we could acquire enough nativity scenes to display. Our goal would be 100. Do you have a nativity set that you would donate to be shared at the festival?

The cost is $17 for AARP members And $22 for non-members. Call the church office to register: 320-252-3670

The festival would be open to the public and we would also invite families from neighborhoods around the church. Initial thoughts are the nativity display, a children’s area where they could “touch” a nativity and make a simple art project relating to the birth of Christ, music and possibly refreshments. If you would be willing to “share” your nativity scene for a few days in December, please stop in the church office and sign up on the “Festival of the Nativities” form or call Joanne Keck 320-492-1896 or email at [email protected]

Please inform the church office if you have had a change in your contact information…cell phone, land line, etc. Or if you are hospitalized for any reason. We want to stay in touch with you!

Thank you!


Trinity Lutheran Church

“Sharing the Caring Christ With All People”

Sauk Rapids, MN

Easter Breakfast: From 7 to 10:00am on April 1st, there will be a breakfast of Egg bakes, muffins, fruit and juice. Watch for a sign up sheet this week! Plan now to attend and to help supply the food that is needed. Thank you!

A Big Thank You to all the creative and talented folks who helped to make the crosses for our Lenten focus this year. Woodworking and crafting went into making this theme so meaningful! You are appreciated!

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TRINITY TIDINGS Trinity Lutheran Church Our Mission: “Sharing the Caring Christ with all People”


4 8:00am Worship (HC) Z1 9:15am Bible Class & SS 9:15am New Member Class 10:30am Worship Z2 12:00pm Anyuak Worship 2:00pm Anyuak Church Mtg. (FH)


6 7:00pm Friends in Harmony (W)

7 7:00am Men's Bible Study @ GS 4:45-5:45pm Soup Supper 6:00pm Lenten Worship Z3 6:45-7:30pm Confirmation Classes 6:45pm Adult Choir Rehearsal

11 Daylight Savings Begins 8:00am Worship Z4 9:15am Bible Class & SS 9:15am New Member Class 10:30am Worship Z5 (HC) 12:00pm Anyuak Worship 4:00pm Creative Crafts 4:00pm 4H Meeting (Lcl) 18 8:00am Worship (HC) Z2 9:15am Bible Class & SS 9:15am New Member Class 10:30am Worship Z3 12:00pm Anyuak Worship 4:00pm Good News Bible Study 25 Palm Sunday 8:00am Worship Z5 9:15am Bible Class & SS 9:15am New Member Class 10:30am Worship Z1 (HC) 12:00pm Anyuak Worship 4:00pm Creative Crafts

12 6:00pm Bev's CC (CM)

13 7:00pm Friends in Harmony (W)

14 7:00am Men's Bible Study @ GS 4:45-5:45pm Soup Supper 6:00pm Lenten Worship Z1 6:45-7:30pm Confirmation Classes 6:45pm Adult Choir Rehearsal 21 7:00am Men's Bible Study @ GS 4:45-5:45pm Soup Supper 6:00pm Lenten Worship Z4 6:45-7:30pm Confirmation Classes 6:45pm Adult Choir Rehearsal

Room Reservation Key O=Overflow Room

Good Shepherd Tour to Chanhassen 19

20 7:00pm Friends in Harmony (W)

26 9:30am Parish Workers (NL) 6:00pm Bev's CC (CM) 4-8pm Dine to Donate @ Panera

27 7:00pm Friends in Harmony (W)

W=Worship Space F=Fellowship Hall

Scl=Small Class Room Lcl=Large Class Room

M=Music Room Y=Youth Room

28 7:00am Men's Bible Study @ GS 6:00pm Celebration Ringers 7:00pm Adult Choir Rehearsal

Lcf=Large Conf Room Scf=Small Conf Room

CM=Care Ministry K=Kitchen

1 9:00am Sewing and Crafts (F) 6:00pm Worship Team Rehearsal (W)

2 9:00am Parish Workers 6:00pm Narcotics Anon. (CM)

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

8 1:00pm LWML (FH, K) 5:30pm Lay Ministry Mtg. (Lcf) 6:00pm Brownies (Lcl) 6:00pm Preschool Dad’s Night (FH, K) 6:00pm Worship Team Rehearsal (W) 6:30pm Leadership Team Mtg (Lcf) 15 9:00am Sewing and Crafts (F) 6:00pm Worship Team Rehearsal (W)

9 9:00am Parish Workers 6:00pm Narcotics Anon. (CM)

10 Set Clocks Ahead 9:00am Altar Guild 1:30pm St. Cloud Prison Bible Study 6:45pm Traditional Music Rehearsal(W)

16 9:00am Parish Workers 6:00pm Narcotics Anon. (CM)

17 9:00am Altar Guild 12:00pm Private Event 6:45pm Traditional Music Rehearsal(W)

22 6:00pm Brownies 6:00pm Worship Team Rehearsal (W) 7:30pm Benton Co. Jail Bible Study NEWSLETTER DEADLINE 29 Maundy Thursday 12:00pm Maundy Thursday Worship (HC) Z2 7:00pm Maundy Thursday Worship (HC) Z3 8:00pm Worship Team Rehearsal (W)

23 9:00am Parish Workers 6:00pm Narcotics Anon. (CM)

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

30 Good Friday 9:00am Parish Workers 12:00pm Good Friday Worship Z4 7:00pm Good Friday Worship Z5



Sunday, April 1 Easter Worship: 6:00am Z1 8:00am Z2 10:30am Z3 Easter Breakfast from 7 – 10am

March Birthdays Name Angela Abfalter Raquel Alstrup Andrew Behrendt Judy Behrens Tyler Benoit Keith Bjorklund Paul Butkowski Hayle Buttweiler Kathy Collins Jonna Copeland Zachary DuChene Jaden Evenson Sandra Fleck Jesse Freborg Alisha Frey Miranda Friedrichs Gavin Fuchs Jim Gerchy Justin Hackett Tyler Haffner Nicole Helgeson Jackson Herbst Jennifer Heyne Brittany Homan Clara Ireland Brenda Johnson Cole Kaeter Tyler Kardell Blake Keske Shelly Keske Loretta Klug Dan Larsen Dawn Larson Kaylah Larson Judy Lazer Dawn Linkert Wendy Lovitz Marie Mendel Adut Michael

BirthDate 19-Mar 25-Mar 16-Mar 16-Mar 19-Mar 19-Mar 17-Mar 31-Mar 2-Mar 27-Mar 8-Mar 4-Mar 21-Mar 30-Mar 11-Mar 9-Mar 8-Mar 10-Mar 9-Mar 3-Mar 6-Mar 15-Mar 23-Mar 31-Mar 22-Mar 9-Mar 16-Mar 7-Mar 14-Mar 20-Mar 25-Mar 26-Mar 16-Mar 30-Mar 5-Mar 26-Mar 4-Mar 16-Mar 23-Mar

Nancy Michael Zach Milner Madison Molitor Robert Neils Eric Nieters Jami Novak Vicki Novak Judith Oltz Peggy Oltz Steven Oltz Enok Oman Anam Omot Peter Omot Yeamet Ongwach Menna Opiew Richelle Peacock Karen PetronBroda Katlyn Philabaum Caleb Ramler Pat Reberg Jamison Reginek Gordon Rehder Janet Renn Craig Richards Abigail Roering Julie Roesch Gary Rolfzen Paul Schmidkunz Hope Schroeder Marjorie Smolnik Jeff Snyder Greg Sornberger Eric Stay James Stuart Nancy Sunstrom Athena Swenson Timothy Thole Susan Vanvickle Jeremy Voge

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Delores Volkers Brandon Voss Theresa Wainright Lewis Walker Julee Weber Carol Wendt Kenzington Wenger Katelyn Woitalla Michaela Wurdelman Kyle Zimmer

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