September 26, 2017
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.) Charge profiles & evaluations are happening now, & we are passing along three key questions to you to answer & submit if you would like to. These are three of the questions that appear on the actual church profile form that the committee must complete, & will come to you as short forms to fill out in the bulletin & in the Tower. There will be a closed box in the Gathering Room for submitting these, & we will prayerfully read & reflect on all that are submitted. 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 to begin on September 10th! 
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…

September Birthdays and Anniversaries.   
Please pray for them on their special day.
Sept. 1 Madison Powell
2 Scott Lutey, Craig & Marsha Olson
Paul & Karen Paupore
4 Madeline Ryan, Mike & Sue Youngberg
5 Brian Bancroft, Sue Constantini
Marie Harris, Brandon & Felicia Aman
Derek & Kristin Fortner
Marvin & Carolyn Harry
Dale & Lucy Shampo
6 Steve & Wendy Mulka
LeRoy & Barbara Sandberg
Kevin & Joy Waldbillig
7 Rosemary Carlson
8 Marguerite Reiten, Nick Sorensen
9 Larry Marlett, Shelley Moore
Brad & Cindi Strehlow
10 Charlotte Ryan
11 Scott & Kelly Lutey
12 Carolyn Clay-Pineda, Dorleen Uhazie
Bruce Wilcox
15 Shirley Allen, Ryan DuCharme
June Hostettler, Alyssa Maki
16 Ellsworth Carlson, Greg Sorensen
Maggie Strehlow
17 Donna Bailey, Mark Herman
Grace Laydon, Brian Mashak
18 Renèe Swanson
20 John Erickson, Reece Fortner
21 Bob & Sue Constantini
22 Jan Davidson, Brian Nord-Grenier
Ed Riutta, Joanne Rowell
23 Emma Bilgreen
24 Eann Wahlstrom, Emma Wahlstrom
Brandon & Alyssa Maki
25 Michael & Kathy Smith-Rota
27 Jennifer Gauthier, Luke Powell
29 Kyle Mulka


Hospitalized since our last issue: Donna Bailey, Joyce Erickson, Chris James, Dolly Richards, Louise Roberts, Barbara Sandberg, Beverly Wright

Our condolences to Joyce Erickson, whose mother Ella Marlin died July 31.

Our condolences to Lucy Shampo, whose sister Mary Kinney died August 12.

Our condolences to Steve and Wendy Mulka and family on the death of their brother-in-law Allen Simmons to cancer on July 30.

A new leaf in memory of Jeff Freeman has been added to the Endowment Fund Recognition Tree in the Gathering Room.

“Dear Pastor Geri: Thank you for awarding me the Marie Bleecker scholarship. You have strengthened my faith and brought guidance to my high school years. I love and cherish the time I have spent in our church. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without it. Love and thanks.” —Cameron Mulka

“Pastor Geri, thank you for all you did to help facilitate and coordinate things for our mother Marilyn Phillips’s memorial service. We are so grateful and appreciative. It was such a memorable, wonderful day.” With gratitude, Linda, Barb, Donna, and families

“Trinity United Methodist, thank you so very much for your support over the years. Getting through my schooling has been very trying at times, and knowing I was in the members’ thoughts and prayers was what I needed to persevere. I am heading out to Salt Lake City to start my career and will think of your gifts fondly and return the favor to others out there. Thanks again!” –Love always, Megan DeLano

“Thank you for your gift totaling $328.08 for the Annual Conference Offering, to benefit the Haiti Hot Lunch Program and the Bishop Judith Craig Children’s Village. May God grant you a sense of hope and joy as you continue your support for mission.”—Roland Fernandes, General Treasurer, General Board of Global Ministries (This was our May 2017 Mission of the Month.)

Thank you to the Stewardship/Generosity Team for putting on the church picnic. In spite of the cold and rain, we had fun in the church Fellowship Hall. Almost 50 people enjoyed good food, good conversation, and a variety of generations!


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.