Advent in the Sanctuary
December 28, 2013
Trinity News and Calendar
Our Christmas Season has been a time of Worship, blessing, and joy. We again enjoyed hosting a community potluck at Trinity on Christmas Eve; then moved to Worship in the sanctuary. We had many visitors, much music, and celebrated God's gifts to us in Christ.
December 30 - January 28, Pastor Kris Garey will be on vacation and study leave.
Bill Beckstrand will preach and preside at Worship, provide worship planning, fulfill Care Center / Hospital and Cook Co. Ministerium responsibilities. If you know of needs, please leave a message (475-2439); or call Sharon Bloomquist, Council President (387-1714). Also, as Pastor Kris has aided Bethlehem in Grand Marais when Pastor Ditmanson has been out of town, he will be available if needed. The NE MN Synod of the ELCA is providing a grant to the congregation of $500 to make this extended Pastor's leave possible. Bishop Tom Aitken of the NE MN Synod of the ELCA authorizes Bill Beckstrand to preside at Holy Communion.
A vacation note from Pastor Kris: I continue to be excited and encouraged by Trinity's ministry. So much happens to bring Christ into the lives of people around the world, in NE MN, and in Hovland ---yes, so much happens. Guidelines for pastors indicate time for refreshment and study; it is encouraging to our ministry together that our Executive Council supports this time away as a benefit to ministry in the name of Christ.
BLESSINGS come in many shapes and sizes! There are many blessings of being in ministry at Trinity-including all of you. Now, we've a functional and distinct example of Trinity's ministry: a garage at the parsonage. This project has taken a good amount of time, work, and fund-raisers over three years. In January the congregation gave the go-ahead as about ½ of the anticipated costs had been raised. We contracted the garage, passed septic inspection, and realized we needed an extra wide concrete approach to protect the septic line. We knew the cost would be higher than originally hoped.
Then came a Blessing Surprise - a visiting family knew that in Sunday Worship at Trinity, God is encountered. They heard of the garage project, and called in late November to ask the status, then gave a very, very, VERY sizeable contribution for completion--so we have almost no debt. They said "we know it's hard for churches to fund 'functional items' that make the rest of ministry go more easily. We're only giving to others what is God's." Trinity thanks God for the gift, and for the stewards God chooses.
"The garage makes a DIFFERENCE ---no scraping snow and ice before meetings and visits; storage for the very major protection for your pastor's vehicles from sleet, hail, wind (and for fishing / hunting gear,tools, etc. THANK YOU one & all, THANKS BE TO GOD, in Christ. Pastor Kris (look at the pictures page to see a couple of photos)
January 14, Next Council Meeting.
Sunday January 26, Trinity leads Care Center worship and brings fellowship! 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
February 9, 2014 Our Executive Council recommends our Annual Meeting be February 9, 2014. This will provide us a way to keep our responsibility at the Care Center on January 26, for end of year accounting, nominating committee meetings, pastor's return from vacation, and reports from church committees. It will also allow the annual report to be compiled and distributed on Sunday February 2 for review by members. Council will consider the recommendation at the next Council Meeting, Tuesday January 14.
March 28 - April 5 Kathi Johnson and Pastor Kris Garey go to Haiti! Through our Partnership with the village and church of Bigonet, Haiti, and St. James Episcopal in the twin cities, we are traveling with a group.