The Trinity Times by fionan


									On Sunday, November 1st we will celebrate the festival of All Saints.
In this worship we will highlight the work of all believers as saints in the Christian faith. Often when thinking of saints, our thoughts turn to the apostles, or other historical figures such as Augustine or Francis of Assisi. But all who are part of the fellowship of faith are numbered among the saints. As part of the festival, we will remember those saints who have preceded us into the promise of eternal life since November 1 of last year. Please remember the families of these saints in prayer and perhaps give them a call to offer them your support. Larry Kinseth Gen Monson Wava Haupt Nadine Walrod Barb Watne Eleanor Pals Baptism is the path through which most become saints, and during this festival we also honor those who have been baptized this past year. Please keep them and their families in prayer as well: Stuart Anthony Andela John Case Phan Elijah Keaton Wirtz

The Belmond Cheer Fund Christmas tree will soon be up at the P&G Mall. This annual tradition cares for families of the Belmond-Klemme school district who are experiencing unusual financial circumstances during the holiday season. Hanging on the tree are ornaments describing the local children and their wishes for Christmas gifts. You may select an ornament, purchase the gift, wrap it and deliver it to the Belmond Library by December 11 th.

Families may register their children age 13 and younger at Trinity Lutheran Church beginning November 4th through Nov. 30th, Monday – Friday from 9am to 2pm. Families should be prepared with clothing sizes, an age appropriate gift under $25 and proof of address. Cash donations may be made through the Trinity Lutheran Church office and will appear on your year end statements. ________________________________ Count Your Blessings Count your blessings instead of your crosses; Count your gains instead of your losses. Count your joys instead of your woes; Count your friends instead of your foes. Count your smiles instead of your tears; Count your courage instead of your fears. Count your full years instead of your lean; Count your kind deeds instead of your mean. Count your health instead of your wealth; Count on God instead of yourself. Global Mission Festival to showcase Lutheran outreach around the world From Postville to China to the island of Madagascar, mission outreach projects from around the world will be featured at the Global Mission Festival set for Sunday, Nov. 8, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls. The family-oriented event, set for 2 to 6 p.m., is sponsored by the Global Mission Work Group of the Northeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. The afternoon will feature presentations from ELCA missionaries and volunteers, displays hosted by area mission organizations, worship and music, and games for children. The day will conclude with a global dinner. Keynote speaker will be Rev. Rafael Padilla, executive director for the ELCA Division for Global Mission. Also attending will be the Rev. Eliaikim Shaanika, a guest from the Northeastern Iowa Synod’s companion synod in Namibia. Workshop presenters and their topics will be:

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Pastor Dennis Dickman, "Living with Islam" Dr. Fred Strickert, "The Church in Palestine: An Undying Witness for Peace" Ron and Else Schardt, "Papua New Guinea Ministry and Adventures, Then and Now" Pastor Herb Haferman, "Stories from Tanzania" Pastor David and Elayne Werges, "The Power of Mission Trips" Northeastern Iowa Synod visitors to Namibia and the Rev. Eliaikim Shaanika, "Our Companions in Faith" Maryn Olson, "Recovery in Postville" Rev. Dr. Jean Rabary and Dr. Mamy, "Madagascar." Ruoxia Li, "My Experience of Church in China."

Organizations and groups hosting displays at the event include: Lutheran World Relief, Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp, Self-Help International, Barnabas Uplift, Lutheran Services in Iowa, Synod Mission Trip to Guatemala, Namibia Workgroup, Global Mission Unit of the Northeastern Iowa Synod, Fair Trade, and the Lutheran Youth Organization of the Northeastern Iowa Synod. Cost to attend is $10 per adult and $5 per student, with a maximum cost of $25 per family. Youth groups and confirmation classes are encouraged to attend. Dinner and snacks are included. To learn more, contact the Northeastern Iowa Synod at 319-352-1414. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Come learn how these all fit into your life. Come, grow, serve, love. ---Small Group Ministry

Church Business
Budget News Our 2009 budget calls for monthly contributions of $15,641 to meet general expenses which includes benevolence. October contributions totaled $13,603. Full Church Council meets Sunday, Nov. 1st 6:30 pm Executive Board 7:00 pm Full Council Attention to Attendance October average attendance: 8:30 am worship 2009 – 63 2008 – 46 9:30 am worship 2009 – 114 2008 – 136 The stewardship committee is preparing for the 2010 budget and would like to receive budget requests from the various committees by the end of November. If you have any questions please talk to Doug Thompson, Walt Hirsch, or Barb Boelman. With changes in technology come changes in communication! Please let us know these changes so that we can communicate with you. Many have transitioned to wireless as their primary phone service. Most have email as an important means of communication. Please share that information with us. Call the church office at 444-4149 or email JoEllen at Let’s have a float for the Belmond Christmas Parade! Anyone with a creative flair, anyone who wants to help get Trinity’s name into the community please call the church office at 444-4149 to let us know. Currently in the prayers of the congregation: Charlotte Gabrielson, Katelyn Trickal, Bernice Butler (daughter of Beulah Esk), Lucille Hanson(step-grandmother of Paula

Harms), Joel Gabrielson, Vicki Hirsch, Aaron Swenson (nephew of Gen Larkin), Diane Burtness (sister of Lisa Meints), Andie Insko, Conie Stetson, the Sheehan family, Mitch Hartwig, Seth Johnson and small group ministry. These persons on active military duty: Tony Andela(in Iraq), Brad Bittle, Andrew Boelman, Neil Christians, Kurt Christenson, Erik Janson, and Shayla Sturm. Our Care Center members: Arlene Berhow, Jim Boelman, Mildred Bonebrake, Anna Mae Brinton, Ruth Hauge, Marcelene Houg and Marguerite Rise.

Thank you to John and Joan Mize and the Nelson families, Harry and Doris, Dave and Sue, Dennis and Laurie, Neal and Lisa, and Jim and Stephanie for the wonderful gift of new oil candles.

Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas Worship Services
Thanksgiving Community Worship Wednesday, November 25th 7pm United Methodist Church Advent Worship

7pm Wednesdays, December 2, 9, 16 Christmas Eve Worship 5:00pm – Thursday, December 24 th Sunday, December 27 th No Sunday School 10:30 Worship/ Service of Lessons and Carols

The women of Trinity will hold their annual Holiday Bake Sale at the Leinbach Center at 8:00 am Saturday, Nov. 14th. Cookies, breads, and pastries for the Holidays will be available, in addition to the eagerly awaited Potato Cakes. A Coffee Bar will be available. Since this is the major fundraiser of the year, contributions of baked goods will be sought from all members of the congregation. The Bake Sale provides funding for the kitchen equipment, camperships, bibles and church wide and community charitable gifts given by the women.

Circles meet Thursday, November 5 The Mary Magdalene Circle will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sandra Nelson and Bernadine Cooke are hostesses. Bev DuVall is the Lesson Leader. Looking ahead – the Christmas Gathering will be Thursday, December 3.

Potato Cake Workday
is Thursday, November 12 th, beginning at 8 am. Potato preparers, rollers, turners, packers and ---SAMPLERS are needed! If you are new to Potato Cake making, come join the fun and learn a new skill! Sign up sheets are in the narthex.

Shoes Wanted!! The Living Word is about to grow legs. Come and be a part of this transformation. ---- Small Group Ministry

It’s time for the

Saturday, November 14th Beginning at 8 am at the Leinbach Center

First to the Lord
We want you to know, brothers and sisters about the grace of God that has been granted to the churches of Macedonia; for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according tot heir means, and even beyond their means, begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints – and this, not merely as we had expected, they game themselves first to the Lord, and by the will of God, to us, so that we might urge Titus that, as he had already made a beginning, so he should also complete this generous undertaking among you. (2 Corinthians 8:1-6) If we unravel this narrative of Paul’s, we find a step-by-step progression: 1. The people of Macedonia attended to their relationship with Jesus Christ – “they gave themselves first to the Lord.” 2. They gave voluntarily and generously to the ministry of helping feed the hungry in Jerusalem (“sharing in this ministry”) 3. That gift and the urgent desire to give it was beyond what Paul and his companions had expected, given the Macedonian’s own “severe ordeal of affliction.” 4. The combination of the generous gift and the earnestness of the givers encouraged Paul’s faith. 5. It also encouraged Paul & Timothy to urge Titus to encourage the Corinthians’ participation in the same ministry. Looking closely at that progression we see a direct connection between faith and giving: 1. Faith prompts joy. 2. Joy responds with generosity. 3. Generosity nourishes and strengthd 4. Encourages others to engage in such generosity. As significant as that connection is, it is equally important to note that even in the midst of that “extreme ordeal of affliction” the Macedonians experienced, “abundant joy.”

That wellspring of joy flowed because the Macedonians had given themselves first to the Lord. It overflowed “in a wealth of generosity . . . as they voluntarily gave according to their means and even beyond their means . . . as they begged . . . earnestly to share in the ministry to the saints.” This fall, and throughout 2010, the stewardship committee encourages you to  give yourself first to the Lord  experience the abundant joy of living in Christ Jesus – no matter what your life circumstances  be part of the continuous circle of encouraging others in faith and giving by your generosity as you are also encouraged in faith and giving by others’ generosity, sharing in the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ as together we continue to give ourselves.

November Anniversaries
2 4 14 15 Bob & Bernadine Jim & Stephanie Simmie & Stacie Steve and Brenda Cooke – 57 years Nelson – 15 years Elmore – 12 years Smith – 13 years

November Birthdays
2 3 5 7 7 7 8 8 9 11 13 15 16 16 16 16 17 17 18 18 20 22 23 23 24 29 29 30 Bob Cooke Dave Fuls Lorell Bailey Craig Berhow Mary Johnson Jesica Meyer Dick Bloemke Ann Campbell Peggy Berhow Morgan Kinseth Lisa Smith Dolvin Miland Loren Bamford Trae Elmore Doug Thompsen Cody Watne Julie Azeltine Makayla Soma Kaitlynn Allen Amy Soma Halie Peterson Ryann Sander Alexa Anthony Michelle Mitthun Korby Sander Laurie Johnson Todd Smith Rex Boyd

Readers 1 Justin Meyer 8 Amber Erickson 15 Paige Watne 22 Jackee Meyer 29 Kari Mennenga 10:30 Worship Greeters 1 Mike & Dawn Sander 8 Jim & Priscilla Meyer 15 Gordan & Diane Sandman 22 Dave & Sue Nelson 29 Gary & Sue Berkland Readers 1 Julia Eckhoff 8 Jim Meyer 15 Dighton Pals 22 Al Mattison 29 Gary Berkland Altar Guild Laurie Johnson Marilyn Janssen Trinity Trolley Jay DePuew Ushers/Team 3 Walt Hirsch, Jay DePuew, John Fuls, Jim Meyer Assisting Minister 1 Dave Fuls 8 Steve Soma 15 Gary Berkland 22 Marilyn Janssen 29 Jackie Burk Communion Assistant Dave Fuls Acolytes 1 Jordan Heiden & Brandon DePuew 8 Maya Kinseth & Jackee Meyer 15 MaKayla Noah & Kara DePuew 22 Paige Watne & Alyssa Berhow 29 Trae Elmore

Worship Assistants November 2009
Contemporary Worship Singing Schedule for November Nov. 1st –5th – 8th Grade Nov. 8th – 9th-11th Grade Nov. 15th – Seniors Nov. 22nd – 5th – 8th Grade Nov. 28th – 9th – 11th Grade 8:30 Worship Greeters 1 Tina Noah 8 John & Dulcie Erickson 15 Troy & Heidi Watne 22 Scott & Mindy Meyer 29 Mike & Kari Mennega

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