February 22, 2018


February Birthdays & Anniversaries   

Please pray for them on their special day.

Feb. 3 Dick Allen, Marie Uren

5 Kim Thiry

6 Moira Cowling, Brynn Santoni

9 Drew Champagne, Bryan Rietveld

10 Jay Harry

11 Bethany Hunt, Rick & Linda Stanchina, Ward & Joyce Trevillian

12 Sue Saxon

13 Georgia Mundy

14 Chase Champagne, Courtney Edlebeck

15 Joanne Barnes, Tom Sandberg, Kirk & Laura Fortner

16 Matthew Mashak

18 Gary Davidson, Phyllis Noordhoff

19 Brandon Aman

20 Dacia Rose, Don Rowell, Devon Rushford

25 Adrianne Laurila

26 Ilah Bancroft

27 Mason Mundy, Myles Mundy, Margaret Phillips, Barbara Sandberg

28 Lee Hyrkas

29 Brian & Debi Tirschel


Hospitalized since our last issue: Barbara Sandberg, Don Yuhasey, Elaine Yuhasey, Guy Yuhasey.

Congratulations to Rick and Ann Musgrove, who have a new grandson. Morrison Grant Musgrove was born January 5 to Brad and Hannah Musgrove.

Brynlee Marie Summerfield was baptized on October 29, 2017. Brynlee was born June 6, 2017 to Chris and Stacy Summerfield. Grandmother is Janis Nord. Great-grandparents are Jon and Alice Nord.

“I cannot find the words to express my feelings of love, joy, and thankfulness to my Trinity United Methodist Church family as 2017 drew to a close. Between my mother, my aunt, my illness, and my surgery, all of you helped me. Prayers, cards, calls, and taking over the community meal for me were all ways Trinity expressed its love. Thank you for everything.”

—Joyce Erickson




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. In 2017, 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, February 25: 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…

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 Pastor Geri, 774-2545 Scott Ritsema, (906)282-4549 Jill Baciak, 774-4612  
Start the new year with a good read! Books are available for check-out in the church office.

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…


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.

JOY CRAFTERS--Cancelled for the winter

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.