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Shepherd of the Pines

Lutheran Church
1950 125th Street NW
Rice, MN 56367
Phone: 393-4295
Pastors Home/Study Phone: 320-363-1323
Email: sotpministries@jetup.net


Church Website:

We are in the Lenten journey reflecting on what Jesus has made
possible for us by His suffering, death and resurrection. I want to share a
devotional from Martin Luther's Devotional Book, "Faith Alone".
In Paul's letters, such as Romans, Galatians, and Colossians, there are many
passages that say God has fulfilled all the requirements of the law in Christ
(Romans 10:4). Christ is the fulfillment of all things. Chris is all and has all.
The person who holds on to Jesus in faith will receive forgiveness of sins.
God's laws will be fulfilled, death will be conquered, and the devil will be
overcome. That person will receive the gift of eternal life. for in this one
man, Jesus, all is settled. He has fulfilled everything. Whoever accepts him
has everything. As Paul says here, "You have been given fullness in Christ."
(Colossians 2:9-10)
When I feel anxious about sin and hell, I remind myself that when I
have Christ, I have all that is necessary. Neither death, sin, nor the devil
can hurt me. If I believe in Christ, I have fulfilled the law; it cannot accuse
me. I have conquered hell; it cannot hold me.
Everything that Christ has is mine. Through him, we obtain his
possessions and eternal life. Even if I am weak in faith, I will have the same
treasure and the same Christ that others have. There's no difference: we
are all made perfect through faith in him, not by what we do.
For example, imagine that two people each have a hundred dollars. One
person carries it in a paper bag. The other keeps it in a nice chest. Both
have the same treasure no matter where they put it. Similarly, we all have
the same Christ. It doesn't matter if one person has a stronger or weaker
faith than another. Both of them believe in the same
Christ and have everything through him.
God bless you with the assurance of His grace
working in your life because of Jesus.
Sunday, March


Board of Lay Ministry

Pending Approval Minutes
February 19, 2015

BOLM members present: Brent Betker, Deb Erdmann, Curt Kvamme, Keith Hackett, Sarah Anderson, Tim
Neutz, Wayne Johnson and Pastor Bob.
Absent: Keith Peterson, Tom Ollman
Meeting was called to order by President Brent Betker at 6:36pm. Pastor Bob opened the meeting with prayer.
Mission statement was read by Wayne Johnson.
Acts Chapter 8 was read and discussed.
Treasurers report was reviewed. Motion made to accept the report by Deb Erdmann, seconded by Wayne
Johnson. Motion carried.
Properties Report: Tom Ollman will not be able to meet the current meeting schedule for several months.
Changing the BOLM meeting schedule was discussed, but will not work for all members. BOLM will
encourage Tom to send a representative of the committee until his schedule allows him to attend.
Secretarys report was read by Sarah Anderson. Correction that Pastor Bob will be on vacation on March 1 st and
Brenda Presnalls Sister-in-law will be speaking during the service that day. Motion made to accept the report
as corrected by Keith Hackett, seconded by Deb Erdmann. Motion carried.
Old Business:

Financial Peace University schedule was discussed. BOLM rebate on successful completion
of the class was discussed. Rebate is open to both members and non members. Wayne
Johnson made a motion to continue the rebate, Keith Peterson seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

New Business:

Worship Shepherd schedule was reviewed through March 18 th.

Next BOLM Meeting will be on Thursday, March 19th at 6:30pm.

The Service Team drafted a job description for a Contractual DCO at their last meeting.
Wayne and Tim brought the description to BOLM for discussion of a possible short term
opportunity and wages. The Service Team envisioned that this position would be a
supporting role in SOTPs pastoral transition period in the area of outreach. Next steps are
to see what Peter Keyes has in his plan for outreach and how that fits with the job
description. Pastor Bob will get in touch with Peter to set up a presentation at the next
joint EMT/BOLM meeting. BOLM will continue to be in prayer regarding this opportunity.

Call Committee Mtg - 15 members were present for the meeting with Pastor Brady Finnern.
A congregational survey will be distributed at worship services for three weeks, the
committee will meet after the surveys are gathered to compile the results. Keith Peterson

will be asked to participate on the committee as the SOTP Constitution calls for the Vice
Chairman to be on the committee.

April Starry has requested to be dropped from Membership Roster. Motion made by Keith
Hackett and seconded by Deb Erdmann. Motion carried.

Pastor was approached regarding having a Gideon Speaker at the beginning of an

upcoming service; Pastor will arrange the date of presentation.

A workshop on writing policies for sexual misconduct Saturday March 14 th was discussed,
contact Pastor Bob if interested.

Benefit for Schlichtings is March 7th at the VFW in Sauk Rapids starting at 2pm for Kris
who has suffered a brain aneurysm and has been hospitalized for 26 days due to

Brent shared the sponsor a day offer for Spirit 92.9 for a full day sponsorship. Motion was
made for Shepherd of the Pines to sponsor a day by Sarah Anderson, seconded by Tim
Neutz. Motion carried.

Keith mentioned a benefit on March 14th at St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Morrill MN from 4:30pm
to 7:00 pm for Kieran (age 5) and Allison (age 7), both girls have been diagnosed with
inoperable tumors.

Pastor comments

First Communion for 11 young people will be on February 22 nd in both services.

Lent started Wednesday, February 18th. Attendance was up for Ash Wednesday.
Getting ready for Membership Classes - Saturdays March 14 th & 28th

Leaders comments

Keith reminded the BOLM about watching Never Too Late by Rob Reinow on Right Now
Media for future discussion. Its a four session study.

Motion was made by Keith Hackett to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Deb Erdmann. Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 9:24pm.
Meeting was closed with circle prayer.
Respectfully submitted by Sarah Anderson, BOLM Secretary

March in Minnesota is FoodShare month.

Food shelves in Minnesota depend greatly on the generous
donations of individuals and businesses during March to
assist in keeping their doors open. During FoodShare month, each food shelf
reports donations (money & food) to Minnesota FoodShare and in turn the food
shelves receive allocation checks based on their total donations reported.
Food Shelves then can use this money to purchase most food from Second
Harvest Heartland for a greatly reduced price.
The Rice Area Food Shelf (RAFS) depends greatly on these donations! RAFS
would like to take this opportunity to THANK valued donors whom have
generously given to support the RAFS in the past years. We are asking you to
consider donating again this year (2015), to assist in meeting the needs of

your friends and neighbors in the Rice and surrounding areas. The RAFS
averages serving 200 individuals monthly and distributes roughly 6,000
pounds of food each month. Like many food shelves, the RAFS has been
experiencing increasing usage. In 2014 the RAFS fed 2,369 peoplpe by
distributing 68,870 pounds of food!
To donate non-perishable food items, please contact Peggy at 393-2915 or
Sherry at 393-4441.
P.O. Box 334
Rice, MN 56367

Thank You for your support!!!

Minnesota FoodShare giving envelopes are ALWAYS available on the
counter in the narthex at SOTP.
Please consider supporting this
wonderful ministry.

Have you
asked yourself, "How can I have a
variety of inspiring Bible based
information and teaching on many
topics & issues for kids, teens and
adults available on my smartphone,
I-Pad, TV, computer, etc?" Shepherd
of the Pines offers you, for no
charge, all of that on RightNow
Media. Just send us your email
address and we will send you the
way to connect to all this wonderful
stuff to help you grow in your faith.

We offer membership classes to those who would

like to become members of Shepherd of the Pines
and join us on our journey with Jesus. The class
consists of two Saturday sessions. The next ones
are: March 14th and 28th. Each class will be from
8:30am to 12:30pm with a brunch included. Please
sign up on the sheet on the counter in the church
lobby so we can plan for food and materials. Our
goal is to help each person take steps into Gods

good plan and to discover and live out Gods

wonderful purposes for our lives. If you have any
questions contact Pastor Bob at 393-4295.


distribution is
Thursday, March 7th,
3:00-5:30pm at the Old
Village Hall
We have been praying for our church
family each week as we go through our
church directory from A to Z. As you go
about your daily tasks lift a prayer for the family of
the week as the Lord brings them to mind.
In March we will be praying for:

1 - Paul & Lila Tschida


8 - Irene Vick


15 - Ashley Vogel


22 - Karie Wagner

Child: Nathan

29 - Charyl Walberg

WHERE: Firing Line Indoor Range
3409 Mayhew Lake Road NE
Sauk Rapids (Near High School)

The Our theme for

Lent this year is

Jesus Opens
The Door of
Prayer For Us
as we examine the Lord's
Prayer and how we can apply it
to our own lives.
Lenten Suppers
5:30 - 6:15 pm Free will
offering Soup suppers
immediately preceding Lenten
services IF we have volunteers
to serve
Lenten Services - 6:30pm
February 25, March 4, 11,
18, & 25
Maundy Thursday Service
w/Holy Communion
April 2, 6:30pm
Good Friday Service
April 3, 6:30pm
Easter Sunday Services
April 5, 6:00am, 8:00am,

Are you interested in an SOTP

Fellowship/handgun Target Shooting
WHEN: Sunday, March 29th 4

COST: $18.00 per person if using own gun

$5.00 to use range guns + ammo
There is a sign up sheet on the counter in the
church lobby. We need at least 10 people to
make it a go, but limit of 16 total. Kids need
to be 11 years old. Rifles that shoot no more
than 3300 feet per second are allowed. For
those who would like, we will grab a bite to
eat afterward for fellowship together at the
Golden Spike Road Perkins. For more info,
contact Pastor Bob at 393-4295.

Annual Lion's Club

Sunday, MARCH 1st
Graham United
Methodist Church
Serving: French Toast,
Eggs, Sausage, Juice/Coffee
* Silent Auction Items Available
**Free Diabetes Testing!

Pastor Bob & Carol will be

away on vacation
February 26th thru March
6th. If you need pastoral care
during this time please Pastor Tim
Rehwaldt at 320-968-6400 or call
the SOTP office at 393-4295.

We had an amazing turn out for the

Sweethearts Breakfast and for our Ash
Wednesday Soup Supper! Thanks to all
of you for attending and for your
generous support of our SOTP Youth. We
are about ready to take-off to Acquire
the Fire. This event will be on March 13th
-14th. There are 23 in our group including
chaperones. We are assured of a spirit
filled 2 days and we are all looking
forward to it. Please pray for our group
as we attend Acquire the Fire as this can
be quite an amazing faith building event!

sheets on the counter in the
church lobby for both helpers
and to provide food items for
our annual Easter morning
breakfast. This is a wonderful
time of fellowship, service and
an opportunity to support our
SOTP Youth Group.
prayerfully consider how you
may help!

Dave Ramsey church wide

momentum called Jubilee.
If you have any questions or
concerns about Sunday
School please let me know.
Jennifer Betker

Resource Training & Solutions is

offering the following courses in
1-2-3 Magic Class
Time will be well invested in this family
garden plot. Dig into the ground of this
interactive class addressing the difficult
task of child discipline with humor, keen
insight and proven experience. This
program provides easy-to-follow steps for
disciplining children ages 2-12 pruning
out yelling, arguing or spanking.
Presentor: Dr. Scott Palmer
When: Saturday, March 21st
Cost: $75 for 2 people [Snow day
March 28th]

Hi Everyone,
Sunday School is going
great. Attendance has
stayed steady all year! We
have a great bunch of
committed teachers teaching our
children God's ways. Our Faithweavers
curriculum is going great and we are
gearing up for fall when we start the

The New Self Esteem: Creating a

Mindset for Success in Your
In this class, you will learn the secret to
helping your child be more successful in
school, athletics and life, creating a
"mindset" for success, the groundwork for
motivating kids and attaining their goals.

Using real-life examples, this master

gardener will plant in your mind eight
concrete ways to create a growth mindset
in your child. Thrive in your results for a lift
Presentor: Toni Schutta
Monday, March 30th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Cost: $15/person or $25/2 people
Both courses will be held at the Resource
Training & Solutions facility: 137 23rd
Street South, Sartell
To register, visit:
or call (844) 335-3276

This year of 2015 is SOTP's year of

Jubilee! Come experience financial
freedom. We are excited that God
has lead us to this journey. We are
offering a couple Financial Peace
University groups this spring:
Sunday mornings beginning March
15th and Thursday evenings
beginning March 19th to give you the
chance to join us on the journey of
learning how to follow God's steps
to financial freedom. We are
learning how to be blessed to be a
blessing. In September of this year,
we will kick off our church wide
experience - Jubilee! as we go on a 9
week journey in our Sunday School,
Youth Group, Sunday morning
worship services and adult study
groups. This is based on Dave
Ramsey's materials. What we are
learning gives us the ability to pass

on a Godly heritage to our children

concerning money. Here is this
month's info from Dave Ramsey and
his daughter Rachel Cruze:


Rachel: People make huge, expensive
mistakes as adults because they were
not allowed to make inexpensive ones as
kids. their parents want to spare them
the pain of tough lessons. I remember a
trip to Opryland we took when I was 6.
Each of us kids had money that we'd
earned doing chores. Well, I blew mine
within 5 minutes! I remember that
terrible moment when I put my hand into
my pocket and found nothing but lint and
shattered dreams. I ran to Mom and Dad
begging for more. "Please, I'll pay you
back later!" Then Dad said something
that has stuck with me. "Rachel, when
the money's gone, it's gone. Once you
spend it, you can't get it back. If you're
out of money, then you're done for the
day." I drove them crazy whining. But
they wouldn't budge. I had to deal with
the fact that I had wasted all my money
on an impulse.
Dave: From our perspective, it was not
nearly as dramatic. She ran out of money
and got no more, end of story. No amount
of cute, pouting or persuasion changes
the math - you're still broke. I meet 54
year olds who haven't learned this lesson

Worship Shepherds

Deb Erdmann


Tim Neutz


15 Sarah Anderson


22 Keith Hackett


29 Keith Peterson


8:00am Keith & Roxanne Peterson

10:30am Pat & Carol Rolph


8:00am Keith & Evie Kirchner

10:30am Rich & Robin Hemple



8:00am Kevin & Janet Maleska

10:30am Steve & Roxann Ree



8:00am Randy & Donna Klaphake

10:30am Troy & Deb Popp



8:00am Ron & Barb McKeever

10:30am Wayne & Colleen Peterson

March 9 - B. Gottwalt, J. Brouns,

L. Jenkins,
K. Feia, R. McKeever

16 - J. Saldana, Ro. Gummert, K. Gummert,

T. Ollman, D. Dirks


23 -

C. Anderson, B. Fiedler, T. Neutz,

S. Schraut, D. Traut


30 -

T. Billmeyer, K. Wagner, D. Brannen,

T. Hovland, A. Ostendorf

March 1 -

Guest Speaker -Christine Gillund

March 8 8:00am Linda Dirks

10:30am Melissa Hinderschied

Psalm 51:1-17
John 2:13-25

March 15 -

8:00am Linda Omann

10:30am Pam Fuchs

Genesis 9:8-15
John 3:16-21

March 22 -

March 15

8:00am Lois Perleberg

10:30am Sandie Resch

Psalm 143
John 12:20-33

March 29 -

March 22

8:00am Paul Tschida

10:30am Carol Trinklein

Hebrews 5:1-10
John 4:4-26

March 1
March 8

March 29

8:00am Richael Weinand

10:30am Angela Frost

March 1

DJ Janski

March 8

Garry & Bonnie Loidolt

March 15

Jay & Leah Saldana

March 22

Keith & Evie Kirchner

March 29

Jeff & Joan Ramey

Dennis Arntson, Laurie Madoll,
Keith Kirchner

If it is your turn to serve fellowship, please bring some treats

to share and arrive early to help set up. If your name is first
on the list, please arrive 30 minutes prior to the 8:00am
service to make coffee. The directions for making coffee
are posted on the bulletin board in the kitchen. When you
serve fellowship, please plan on serving coffee and treats
and cleaning up the kitchen after the first service. The
others serving with you would appreciate it!



W. Peterson, J. Hoeft, J. Funt,

J. Dumonceaux, K. Foss

Roxanne Peterson,
Juli Popp, Richael Weinand

March 1

8:00am Samantha Dubbin

10:30am Noah Ellefson

March 8

8:00am Dennis Arntson

10:30am Matthew Neutz

March 15

8:00am Tony Omann

10:30am Denise Leahy

March 22

8:00am Samantha Dubbin

10:30am Donovan Elyea

March 29

8:00am Dennis Arntson

10:30am Matthew Neutz



Jesus Gives Grace to...

Bob Trinklein, Pastor

Church Phone: 393-4295
Pastors Home Study: 320-363-1323
Email: sotpministries@jetup.net
Church Website: sotpministries.com
Brent Betker, President 584-8170, Deb Erdmann, 393-4279, Keith Hackett, 393-4531, Keith Peterson, Vice-President 292-4007,
Curt Kvamme, Treas. 393-3353, Sarah Anderson, Secretary 267-2628, Tim Neutz, 393-3386, Wayne Johnson 253-9020
Tom Ollman, Church Properties 253-4623
Brenda Hackett - Small Group Team Leader, Michelle Motschke - Worship Team Leader, Maria Traut - Service Team Leader
In case of church cancellation due to bad weather listen to, 98 COUNTRY 98.1, SPIRIT 92.9, KCLD 104.7, WJON 1240,
or call the church office and listen to the message.

Shepherd of the Pines Mission Statement: Connecting People to GodTo Othersand To Service
The purpose of this congregation is mandated for us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as found in the words of the Great
Commission (Matthew 28), namely first of all to Go. To leave our walls of refuge, going into all the world, comprising of our families
and neighbors. We plan to achieve our purpose by identifying persons with whom we are particularly well-equipped to serve and reach
with the challenge of becoming Disciples of Christ.
Second, to Make Disciples or in the words of St Paul, To equip the saints (Ephesians 4:12). This is to be understood as helping
people to live the Christian life here on earth. Preparing and encouraging young and old alike to find and to use their God given gifts
and abilities for the extension of His Kingdom, and to grow in fervent love for God and for others.
Thirdly, to Baptize as commanded by Jesus Himself. As God reaches down to mankind with His means of grace, He would have us
baptize His people, bringing them into His family and Kingdom, granting to them life, forgiveness of sins, and eternal salvation.
And lastly, to continue steadfast in His Word, Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. A continued
zeal for the study of His Word, the Bible, is necessary for the growth of any Christian congregation. Thus, the Word of God will be
taught and studied in full measure and His Word shall be the rule and norm of this congregations faith and life.

To that end, our every effort and energy will be used in motivating, training, and putting to use our time, and talents and treasures
to Make Disciples.