A P RIL 2012 TLC
Trinity Luther an Chur ch Statement
Visitor God first
Vol. 66, No. 4 we celebrate
the gifts of
Christ is risen! reaching out
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! to others
Join us for
Easter Sunday Worship
Services! A Free
Sunday, April 8, 2012 at be served
6:30 AM and 10:00 AM
All are welcome! donations
There will be fun activities including an Easter
Egg hunt for kids during Sunday School hour
beginning at 9:00 am
April Communion Teams April Child Care
April 1 Danielle Peterson
Arline Smith April 8 Kourtney Anderson
Marge Colton April 15 Hannah Anderson
Tim Kirkman April 22 Hannah Anderson
April 29 Kourtney Anderson
Lay Assistant Lector
April 1 Steve Utter John Beck
April 8 Robin McAllister Karen Kirkman
April 15 Dave Dippel Diane Klipfel
April 22 Steve Utter Leanne Sleeper
April 29 Jon Uusitalo Red Carroll
April 1 Bob & Sally Davies
Trinity Lutheran Church, Dallas, Oregon Mike & Bev Peterson
April 8 Tod & Kathie Brostrom
For additional announcements and information,
Don & Fran Brostrom
please visit our website at www.dallastlc.org.
April 15 John Beck & John Engelien
Sandy & Chuck Pierce, Arlene Burger
April 22 Pat & Diane Klipfel
Cliff & Jill Simmons & Family
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Tod Brostrom From the Crummy
We were working on the 50th Anniversary of the church back
in 1996, and I asked Bob Barnhart when he and his family came to
Trinity. He said it was in 1958. They had moved back to the Valley
from Central Oregon. I asked why they picked Trinity? He said,
when they came to Trinity for the first time, he was greeted by Ken
Knutson with a handshake and a, “welcome to Trinity.” He also said that that was a
working man’s hand, and a working man’s handshake. I knew right then and there
we were home.
I know the stories been told before but I thought it time to tell it again, and
remind everyone, are you doing your part to help fill the handshake void left by the
loss of Kenny?
Jamie is the newest staff member here at Trinity. While she is new to staff she is a familiar
face to many at Trinity. Jamie and her family have been attending Trinity Lutheran for the past 12
years. She doesn’t consider her job here to have requirements, because she loves doing the work
anyway. Jamie is in charge of making sure Sunday School is run smoothly and coordinates the
curriculum every year. She has been a Sunday School teacher for the past 10 years but only
became an official staff member a few weeks ago. When asked what her favorite part of being on
staff is, she says, “The kids! Learning with the kids about the Bible and how we can be like Jesus
every day in our own lives.”
In her spare time, Jamie enjoys crocheting, sewing, baking, making jelly, working in her vegetable garden, and
raising chickens. Aside from Sunday School, Jamie is very involved with other activities at Trinity. She helps cut quilt
squares, makes sure there is milk for the espresso shop every Sunday, sings in the choir, helps cook for Lenten Soup
dinners, and helps set up and take down for the Free Clinic every month. “I just try to do things when I am asked or
when I see that things just need to be done.” When asked what her favorite potluck dish is, she replied, “Oh my
goodness! Do you know how hard it is to choose a favorite dish with all of the great cooks here at TLC?! My favorite
dishes are the ones I get to taste and eat!” Jamie doesn’t have a favorite scripture or hymn, she says, “I keep learning
more and more each time I teach my students, and love all I’ve read in the Bible. I love singing old hymns, and wish we
could sing more.” So far, the one thing Jamie has learned about herself since working at Trinity is, “I love my job, and
would be lost without my TLC family.” We are happy to have Jamie on board as a staff member and look forward to
seeing what she has in store for the education future of Trinity’s Sunday School students!
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Each month the Visitor will highlight one group that uses the building and grounds at Trinity
This month the Visitor will highlight the Color Guard which is run and organized by,
Visitor: When does your “season” run?
Robin: Our season is September through April, with competitions beginning in February and ending in April.
Visitor: On average how many kids are on the team?
Robin: This year we have 9 kids. I have had teams with as few a 5 members (required to compete). This is my largest
team yet. I would like to have as many as 10-12 kids on the team.
Visitor: Who is eligible to join the team and how would they go about doing that?
Robin: Anyone living in the Dallas School District in grades 8-12 can join. We hold a clinic in late spring and in early
fall who anyone who is interested in being on the team for the season.
Visitor: Any awards won?
Robin: Although we strive towards awards, that is not the main goal of the team. The goal is to learn, have fun, build
relationships, perform and strive to be the best that we can be. This year is a building year for us, but in the past we
have won many 1st and 2nd place awards in the Northwest Performing Arts Circuit. Last year we were given the
honor of being the most improved team of the season!
Visitor: How long has the team been meeting?
Robin: I have been coaching the color guard team for 7 years now. We have been here at Trinity for the past 2 years.
Visitor: To the team members: What is your favorite thing about being on the team?
Team: We couldn’t come up with just one thing. Making new friends and building relationships that no one else
would understand. Being an integral part of a team where you know that they “have got your back.” The positive
atmosphere and attitudes. Achieving things that you never thought you could. Being inspired by the coach and the
parents who work so hard without getting paid or expecting anything in return.
Visitor: What are the top 5 things needed for the team?
Robin: Our biggest need every year is the competition circuit fee, which is $775.00. We also need a trailer to
transport our floor/mat. New flagpoles, the sport is transitioning to longer poles, we currently use 5 foot poles and
they are going to 6 foot poles. Volunteers to help sew flags and costumes this winter. Finally dance instruction,
someone to help teach technique to the new students next year.
Visitor: Are other volunteers needed?
Robin: In the winter we need help building props, sewing
costumes and flags. Fundraising help is always welcome. An
adult with dance education to teach technique in the fall
would be wonderful too!
For further information on the Color Guard and to
find out how you can help, please contact coach
Robin McAllister at 503-930-8731.
Council Vice President
This month, The Visitor will spotlight Council Vice President Michael Anderson. Michael and his
family have been members of Trinity for the past three years. He was born and raised in Madison South
Dakota, but has lived in Northern Arizona, up state New York, and Lake Stevens Washington. His parents
are Doug and Marnie Anderson, and he has a sister Courtney. Michael is married to Heather Anderson, and
they have two (adorable) children, Matthew and Abigail. Michael currently works for DPSST (aka the Police
Academy) as their Electronics Specialist/HVAC Tech. He also holds a History degree from WOU.
When asked what his favorite color is, he replied, “Orange, due to my time living in up state New
York, and becoming a Syracuse Orange basketball fan. Who doesn’t like a team with a large orange named
Otto as their mascot?” In his free time Michael and his family enjoy camping and going to the beach, “we
are members of the Oregon Zoo and go as much as possible. I love sports of all kinds, especially track and
field and basketball. I love to watch college football with Heather except when the Huskies play the Ducks.
That’s what you get when you marry a girl from Eugene. I am also an avid reader, for which I blame the
Michael has been on TLC Council for two years now. His vision for Trinity in the next 10 years is,
“We have a lot of great discussion on the direction of Trinity and I am really excited about the idea of a
preschool and expanded education side of Trinity. I think it will be a great service to the community and to
the church itself.” Asked what his favorite thing about being on council is, he says, “ I love the talks that we
have in our monthly meetings and our retreats; it is truly a group that really cares about the people that
attend Trinity and also about the Dallas community as a whole.” Outside of council, Michael is also involved
in the Executive Ministry Team and the Communion Team. His favorite service at Trinity is Christmas Eve
Service, “I have always loved the Christmas Eve Service, it is done very well each year, and Matthew loves
getting to hold the candle.”
The most influential person in Michael’s life is his Dad. “My dad has been such
a great influence in my life; he has always shown me how to be a hard worker and to
take care of my family.”
April 2012 Mission of the Month: Camperships to Camp Lutherwood
Camp Lutherwood is an outdoor ministry of Lutheran congregations in Oregon and
Southwest Washington. They are a non-profit organization committed to serving people of all ages
through their staff, programs, and facilities. All are welcome to participate in their ministry.
Lutherwood is located in Cheshire Oregon on 28 forested acres in the foothill of the Coast Range in
Oregon. They have a variety of facilities available for year-round day and overnight use. It is known
that going to a church affiliated camp is an invaluable experience for
youth, and Trinity would like to see as many children attend
Lutherwood as possible. By donating, you can help send a local youth
to Camp Lutherwood. You can check out their website by visiting
www.lutherwoodoregon.org. If you have a story to share from an
experience at Lutherwood, please contact Pastor Dave or Janet Beck.
Trinity Hosting 2012 Springspiration Gathering
On Saturday May 5, 2012, the Woman of Trinity will be hosting Springspiration– a gathering of women from
Lutheran churches of the Willamette Valley. The day will begin at 9:00 am with coffee and registration
(pre-registration is preferred to know an approximate headcount and costs $10.00). Debra from Sable House in Dallas
will give a presentation, followed by a Bible Study led by Pastor Jim Nestingen. Helpful hints in
de-cluttering will be offered along with good food and plenty of fellowship. A physical offering will be taken of useful
items for Sable House, (a complete list of needed items is available on the bulletin board by the kitchen). If you have
any questions or to pre-register, please call Diane Klipfel at 503-623-8928 or Sally Miller at 503-623-2721.
All women are invited! Please join us in this fun and exciting day!
Trinity Lutheran Church A Word of Thanks
320 SE Fir Villa, Dallas, OR 97338
503-623-2233 In September 2011, I was diagnosed with
Ministry, Program & Support staff cancer. That was frightening but also a challenge to
Ministers All members
me to beat it. With prayers from many people, care
and concern from family and fellow church family
Pastor Dave Pederson
cell 503-999-1443 and friends, and especially with the Lord’s help, my
Worship Coord. Janet Beck doctor has released me from further treatment. I
Parish Nurse Barbara McGuffey am concentrating on getting on with my life.
Treasurer Sally Davies
Librarian Arline Smith Thank you Trinity for your love and prayers!
Bldg. Manager Steve Large
V.O.R.P. Director Ken Braun
Editor/Office Mgr Rachel Gillins
Sewing Group Meeting At Trinity
A sewing group will meet on the second
Friday of each month beginning To access Pastor Dave’s blog while he is on
April 13th in the Fellowship Hall, from Sabbatical in Turkey, just go to the church
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The group is open website at www.dallastlc.org click on the
to everyone who has a Sermon’s page at the top of the screen, then
project they would like to work on or on the Blog link on the far right hand side
need help with. This will also be a pot- of the page. His blog is called “Means of
luck so be sure to bring something to Grace”.
pass! Pastor Dave will be adding pictures and
For more information please contact giving updates from his adventures in
Calista Utter, 503-881-6256 or Turkey, following Paul’s missionary
Mary Barnett, journeys!
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Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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Palm Sunday 9:30 Quilters 9:00 Library Team Deadline Maundy Thursday Good Friday 9:30 Set up and
9:00 Education Hour 9:30 Staff Meeting 5:30 Choir Practice 4:00 Worship Practice 9:00 Bible Study with Decorating for Easter
10:00 Worship 7:00 Lenten Worship Pastor Dave Sunday
3:00 Education Team 5:30 Worship Planning
5:00 God’s Group 7:00 AA, Al-non
Meeting 7:00 Maundy Thursday 2:00 Communion at DRV
Service 7:00 Good Friday Service
7:00 MS, HS Youth Group
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Easter Sunday 9:00 Library Team Noon– Announcement 4:00 Worship Practice 9:00 Bible Study with 9:00 Library Meeting
6:30 Sunrise Service Deadline Pastor Dave
9:30 Staff Meeting 5:30 Worship Planning
7:30 Easter Breakfast 7:00 AA, Al-non 1:30 Blood Drive
7:00 Bible Study with 6:00 Sewing Group
9:00 Education Hour
7:00 Bible Study at Sally Pastor Dave
10:00 Easter Sunday Worship Meeting & Potluck
*There will be no6:30 service
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9:00 Education Hour 9:00 Library Team 10:00 WELCA Bible Study 4:00 Worship Practice 9:00 Bible Study with
10:00 Worship 9:30 Staff Meeting Noon-Announcement 5:30 Worship Planning Pastor Jim
Deadline 5:30 Dallas HS & MS NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
5:00 God’s Group
6:30 Worship 7:00 AA, Al-non Choir Concert
7:00 MS, HS Youth Group 7:00 Bible Study at Sally 7:00 Bible Study with
Davies’ House Pastor Jim
Pastor Dave gone on Sabbatical
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9:00 Education Hour 9:00 Library Team Noon– Announcement 4:00 Worship Practice Bible Study with 9:00 Polk County Free
10:00 Worship 9:30 Staff Meeting Deadline 5:30 Worship Planning Pastor Jim Clinic
6:30 Worship 7:00 AA, Al-non 7:00 Bible Study with 6:00 Free Clinic Set Up
7:00 MS, HS Youth Group
7:00 Bible Study at Sally Pastor Jim
Pastor Dave gone on Sabbatical
29 30 TLC Office Hours 9-4pm Mon-Friday
9:00 Education Hour
7:00 MS, HS Youth Group
Pastor Dave gone on Sabbatical until May 17
Worship & Music Ministry
Janet Beck, Worship & Music Coordinator
Holy Week Schedule:
April 1– Palm Sunday 10:00 am. Jesus rides into Jerusalem to cheering crowds. A celebration
using palms, a celebration that begins and takes us into Holy Week.
April 1– 6:30 pm. Holden Evening Prayer Service. As part of the 50th Anniversary of Holden
Village, churches and communities are invited to take part in a simultaneous celebration by presenting the
Holden Evening Prayer service. It is designed to be synchronized with other churches and organizations
across the country with the hour of the service corresponding to the time zone of the location. While
Trinity will not be having our service a the exact 4:00 pm, PDT as requested, we will offer the service at
our 6:30 pm Reflections Worship time. If you would like to leave a freewill offering during the service,
unless otherwise designated, it will be for Lutheran World Relief, targeted to famine relief in the horn of
Africa, as all Sunday offerings at Holden Village are at this time. For more
information, please visit their website at www.holdenvillage.org.
April 5– Maundy Thursday 7:00 pm. A service where Jesus gives us a new commandment to
“love one another as I have loved you.” We celebrate Holy Communion as Jesus celebrated Passover
meal with his disciples to “do this in remembrance of me.”
April 6– Good Friday 7:00 pm. A somber service that takes us into the crucifixion and death
of Jesus. Using our senses: touch, smell, sight, taste, and hearing, we bring to our time, that
which Christ would have experienced on this day. Christ’s death must first happen before we can
celebrate his resurrection.
DECORATION FOR EASTER: April 5– 9:30 am. Helpers are needed to “arrange” flowers to be placed in
and around the sanctuary and entryways. You do not need to have experience, just come with willing hearts
and hands. If you are interested, please contact Roxy Garrison or Janet Beck 503-623-2233.
April 8– Easter Celebration!
6:30 am– Sunrise Service– outside on the east side of the church building. A simple celebration as we
greet the morning with joy and expectation of a risen Jesus...the Savior. Bring an umbrella, in case of rain.
Chairs will be provided.
7:30 am– Easter breakfast served by TLC men. Freewill donations will be accepted. Come for a
wonderful Easter breakfast, the best in town!
9:00 am– Children’s Easter Egg Hung
10:00 am– Celebration Worship– A festive service that reminds us that Jesus is not dead. He is not in
the tomb. He has died for all sinners and is ALIVE as we are alive in Christ! Christ is Risen! He is Risen
6:30 pm– We will not have Reflections Worship Service on Easter Sunday. All are invited to attend
the morning activities!!
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Community & World Missions
News and articles in The Lutheran online
The Lutheran magazine, continues in print, but is also available online and in digital format. For inspi-
ration, information, and more check out www.thelutheran.org
ELCA releases draft Social Statement on Criminal Justice
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is addressing issues in the U.S. criminal justice system.
The perspectives of an ELCA task force on the topic are featured in the “Draft Social Statement on Criminal
Justice” released on March 15. While commending positive aspects of the system, the draft conveys some
dissatisfaction with other areas about the system that urgently need reform.
World Malaria Day-April 25
The ELCA has committed to join hands with eleven African companion churches in the global effort
to prevent, treat and contain malaria by 2015. World Malaria Day is Wednesday, April 25. Special prayers
and activities will happen around the world on Sunday, April 29.
SUBJECT: Events, statements and people associated with our Lord Jesus.
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- In Wilderness for ___ - He raised from the dead _______ - His age at death______ - Fed Fish/bread to ____
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It is a pleasure and honor to be your pastor. Almost daily I have the honor to hear
from you about how God has changed your life. What a privilege and how exciting to be at the
bedside of someone who has been told they have less than a year to live. Their body is coming to an
end (our bodies do fail us at some point), but it is not the end, only a continuation of the journey we have in Christ
As I set at that bedside, we cry about this bad news but also feel joy about THE Good News! (2Cor. 5:12-21) The
bible makes it clear, we only “fall asleep” when we die. We fall asleep in the Lord! We do not die. Paul says that Jesus is
going to conquer our last enemy...death. (1 Cor. 15:26)
Easter is all about God making right what we messed up by sinning. Our sin brings death into the world, but
Christ Jesus brings life, a life that starts now in your baptism and is brought to completion in the life to come.
As a pastor, I get to see Christ Jesus at work in your lives. First hand I see that “all is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 2:17f).
First hand, I see that Christ Jesus is everything. First hand, I see that the only thing that remains is Jesus.
PS. Thank you so much for making it possible for me to go on a sabbatical to Turkey. In Turkey, Karen and I will be
following Paul’s missionary journeys. I will be leaving April 17th and will be back May 17th. Jim Nestingen will be
your pastor during this time. If you would like to follow Karen and I, you can do so through my blog. You can get
there by going to the church website www.dallastlc.org, then click on Sermons and in the right hand corner there will
be a link to my blog, “Means of Grace”. Click on that and you are there! You will see pictures of the sites we visit and
explanations. Come and join the fun!