November 22, 2017
United Methodist Women’s Potluck Luncheon,
Thursday, November 2 at noon.
All women of the church are welcome.

Special Mission Recognition: The United Methodist Women honors special people each year with a monetary gift to be used for global mission to help women and children. This year, we honored Adam and Kristy Ryan. This couple does a lot here at Trinity and in the Iron Mountain/Kingsford community. A certificate and gold pin were presented during the 10:30 service on October 22.


Cinnamon roll sale, November 26: Cinnamon roll sales are the last Sunday of each month, and are a fundraiser for the 2018 North Dakota mission trip. Suggested donation is $2 each. Purchase them between and after services. Pre-orders will be taken anytime. Call the church office, 774-2545, or call/text Cindi Strehlow at (906)221-1094.


…connect with others…

November Birthdays and Anniversaries     Please pray for them on their special day.
Nov. 1 Denise DeLano
2 Pat Barbeau, Don & Mary Rowell
3 Cliff Schaut, Dustin Schaut
4 Don & Elaine Yuhasey
6 Carol Calcari,  Drew & Mary Heather Champagne
9 Tammy Barnes, Erika Bruns
10 Suzanne Harry
11 Brad Strehlow
12 Megan DeLano
14 Patty Ronan
16 Joyce Erickson
17 Michael Grailer, Erin Recla
18 Paula Wahlstrom
19 Bella Person
20 Greta Betti, Mary Heather Champagne
22 Carmen Swanson, Brian Tirschel
23 Jessica Simon, Mark Uren
24 Sam Bilgreen
25 Carol Pezzullo
26 Michael Bruns, Travis Grailer
27 Brayah Johnson
28 Bob & Moira Cowling
29 Bruce & Beth Clark
30 Dean Laitinen

Hospitalized since our last issue: Pastor Geri Hamlen, Iris Machus, Ed Riutta

Our condolences to the family and friends of Donna Poquette, who died October 4.

Hello, Trinity family, & warm greetings to you from your Staff Parish Relations Committee! We are your advocates & representatives to the pastor & staff here at Trinity, as well as their advocates & representatives to you. We want to welcome you to contact any of us if you wish to express a concern, praise, issue, new idea, or anything at all regarding our staff. We are also glad to open the start of our monthly meetings to parishioners if you wish to come & address the committee. (We do ask for advance notice so that we may include this in the meeting agenda.)  Thank you for your encouragement & input!
Your Trinity SPRC members are: Dean Laitinen (chair), (906)396-4229 Sue Youngberg, 774-7740 Terry Barnes, 774-3362 Pastor Geri, 774-2545 Scott Ritsema, (906)282-4549 Jill Baciak, 774-4612 Chris Langer, (906)239-6096 
8:00 and 10:30 services
Wednesday night Prayer Meeting is 5:45 - 6:15 Year round.
Please join us for Sunday worship at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. through the school year!  We make coffee and serve cookies after worship so that we can enjoy Fellowship, encouragement, support from and with each other.  Come and get to know us...
Start the new year with a good read! Books are available for check-out in the church office.

Eat, Stay, and Pray—Community Prayer Service, Wednesdays, 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. This is an ecumenical prayer opportunity in the Sanctuary. A chance to pray to God. To listen for the Spirit of God. To be together in the hope of Jesus Christ.  It’s open to our community meal guests and available to all the folks at Trinity who are not able to make it to church on Sunday mornings…and for anyone who wants a chance to pray in community during the week.  If Sunday morning worship is a chance to get closer to God, then check it out and see what God can do on Wednesday nights!

Community Meal:   Every Wednesday night, at 5:00 we serve a healthy, tasty, pleasant meal to people in the community.  Come and join us whenever you want to!
Junior Worship leaders needed, please: There’s a sign-up sheet outside the Junior Worship room for volunteers to lead Junior Worship during the 10:30 services.


  …connect with others…


Dear Members: In order to help pay off the Trinity loan, please accept this token of appreciation for the years we Texans were members serving as Sunday school teachers and Bob as chairman of the Ad. Board. Our daughter Janet was married by Rev. Liscomb to Jim Reichardt, an Iron Mountain boy, in 1980. Such wonderful and fulfilling memories.

Blessings to each of you,

Bob and Margaret Horn


Are you part of the Prayer Chain and would like to continue? As a member of the Prayer Chain, you would receive prayer requests by phone from someone else on the chain, and you in turn would call the person on the chain after you. If you’re interested in being/continuing on the Prayer Chain, please call Sally in the office, 774-2545. We are also thinking about creating an email prayer chain. Are you interested? Talk to Pastor Geri, 774-2545.


You’ve seen the graphic on the screen, “Happiness is singing in the choir,” but some of our sections need some help. We’re especially looking for sopranos & basses, but anyone who loves to sing would be welcome. Practice is Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Come & join us!

For more information, contact Emily Ritsema, 282-2776, or Greg Hunt, 563-5278.


Mondays from 9:30 to Noon there is a gathering for crafting and learning and joyful sharing of stories and ideas and wisdom and humor and snacks with coffee. Everyone is welcome…we can always use another pair of hands to help with making greeting cards which are on sale in the Gathering Area. Don’t worry about being talented…we’re all in this together and believe there are ‘No mistakes…Just variations!’


The Prayer Shawl Ministry was started 10 years ago by the Martha Circle. Care and the love of knitting and crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. The blessing passes from one person to another, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of God. Yarn is available. If you know of someone in need or would like to knit or crochet a shawl, please contact Moira Cowling, 774-5130, or Sally in the office, 774-2545.

Where Did It Go?

By the Church Mouse

Time stops for no one, not even a mouse. You turn around, and next thing you know spring flowers are popping up through the once-frozen ground. Let’s start with the fall harvest, all the fresh vegetables to eat and share. Come Thanksgiving, we all give thanks for what we have and help others who have less. It’s a great holiday for us to enter into the cooler times. The leaves have fallen, and our lawn mowers are stored for months. It seems like now is a time to relax, but it’s not to be.

Soon it is Christmas with the birth of our Savior Jesus. Again we share gifts, and most are wishing for a white Christmas.

Sounds nice. The first snows are always pure and white, giving us the relaxing feeling of something new. Skiers, snowmobilers, snowshoers, and other outdoor enthusiasts are in love with the white stuff. We shovelers can hardly wait for it to melt. Smart ones strap on their wings and fly south for warmer weather, where snow is something they see on The Weather Channel. But like fall, winter starts to slowly go away, leaving its muddy trail.

The first signs of spring are sap running on the maple trees, pussy willows, and robins. We made it. Spring makes all God’s wonders start to green up. Geese are seen migrating to their summer homes, along with the other snow birds. Christ has risen. Now that spring is here, we have more daylight to enjoy the wonders of nature.

Now summer brings the long-awaited warmth. No complaints here. Gardens are growing, birds are singing, life is good.

Fall starts the process all over with little change in patterns.

Some say the four seasons are the reason we make this area our home. I’ll admit that change is good, but I would prefer the summer season. Like life, God doesn’t give us what we want; he only provides what we need. God sent his son to live among us and show us how to love each other. Jesus suffered and died for us to open the path for heaven. God’s earth changes faster than we keep up with; we turn around and ask ‘where did it go?’ Time well spent on earth helping others will be a time that’ll last forever in our minds and soul. Make every season count, following Christ’s path to love all, lead by example. Seasons change, and so should we.