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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


Church Website:
Blessings to each of you as we step into the month of February with all its activities. We begin
lent Wednesday, February 10th. We have our youth sponsored Sweetheart Breakfast February
14th and our First Communion classes.
Our Lenten theme this year is: The Many Wonders of Heaven Are Ours Through the
Payment of Jesus Christ. We can live our lives in more victory, joy and peace when we can live
lifes journey each day with the end in mind. Every human being at some point on lifes
journey has an appointment with death. There is no getting out of it. But for the believer who
is saved from the destructive powers of sin, death and hell by faith in Jesus Christ, physical
death becomes a doorway into our wonderful forever home in heaven. We will explore some of
these wonders this Lenten journey of 2016. Jesus said in Luke 10:19-21:
Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents
and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy,
and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice
in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice
that your names are written in heaven.
Enjoy the journey of life in Gods forever family through Jesus Christ, but do it with one eye on
our wonderful home awaiting us in Heaven.

As we prepare for changes at Shepherd of the Pines this year, let us remember that our Lord
Jesus Christ is with us always. He is here to guide and help us. I will be retiring from Pastoral
Ministry and as Pastor here at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church June 30 th of this year. It
has been a wonderful journey with you all. I have experienced Gods presence with us over the
years, guiding and providing for us. His presence has been upon this church from its
beginning and will continue to be upon this church through the changes and into the future.
As you leave the church through the front doors, look up at the picture of Jesus with His
hands upon the church building, and let it remind you to pray for this church, for the call
committee, and that the Lord will guide you to the right Pastor who will lead you into the next
phase of Gods plan for you. Between now and June 30 th lets enjoy the journey together as
we follow our Lords leading. Blessings and Love,

Joint Board of Lay Ministry/Executive Ministry Team Meeting

Pending Approval Minutes
January 21st, 2016

BOLM members present: Brent Betker, Tim Neutz, Wayne Johnson, Wayne Anderson, Deb Erdmann, Curt
Kvamme, Bruce Resch and Pastor Bob. Absent Sarah Anderson.
Properties: Keith Peterson
EMT members: Maria Traut, Brenda Hackett and Candace Dingmann.
DCO: Peter Keyes
Brent Betker called the meeting to order at 6:38pm. Pastor Bob opened with prayer and welcomed the
new board members Bruce Resch and Wayne Anderson.
Tim Neutz read the mission statement.
Acts Chapter 19 was read and discussed.
Treasurers report was reviewed. Bruce Resch made a motion to accept the report followed by a second
from Wayne Johnson. Motion carried
Properties: The old floor will be removed on Monday and the new floor should be totally installed by
Friday. The kitchen remodeling is on track to be completed by Ash Wednesday. There were concerns
about the heat in the sanctuary last week with subzero temps outside. The
in-floor heat is on off peak, therefore it takes time to catch up. The boiler in the back is acting upKeith
will check into getting that repaired. The next project for properties will be to look at the wiring in the
projection room. Deb asked a question about lowering the cabinets that are above the dishwasher. They
are just too high and unusable unless you get a stepladder out. Keith and Brent didnt see why they could
be and would check into it.
Secretarys report. Secretarys report was reviewed. Motion was made by Wayne Johnson and
seconded by Deb Erdmann to accept the minutes as printed. Motion carried.
EMT Reports:
Small Group: Brenda Hackett
VBS program has been picked out and materials are here. Last years attendance was 95.
Looking to reach 100+ for 2016.
Youth group has done a fantastic job with fundraising. The youth group will be attending the Dare
to Share conference soon.
Valentine Breakfast and Easter Breakfast are being planned by the Youth.
Still brainstorming ideas for new small groups.
Service Team: Maria Traut
The team is working with Peter Keyes. They will meet again before he starts his SHAPE class.
Working on the Noisy Offering schedule for 2016. Candace Dingmann and the Worship Shepherd
that week will remind the ushers not to start the noisy offering collection until the presenter has time
to share a testimony as to what the funds will be going towards.

Worship Team:
Welcome Candace Dingmann
Starting to form a team. Brent Betker and Debi Popp are on the team already.
Planning on meeting with the complete worship team in two sessions. One being with just
musicians and the other with the ushers, greeters, readers, projectionists and alter guild.
Exploring the possibility of a youth choir.
Music will be uploaded for Lenten Services.
Crusade Choir will be presenting at SOTP on April 3 rd at the 8am service.
DCO Peter Keyes:
Has met with Pastor Bob to further clarify his role and review the SHAPE materials.
SHAPE class will begin on Thursday February 4th and continue for 7 weeks.
Working on creating a ministry menu that will identify each ministry of the church and the primary
leader to contact.
Peter will be leading a workshop titled Developing and Outreach Life Style on Saturday Feb. 13 th 9noon.
Peter will also be spending time getting to know the church leaders and their vision for the future of
Shepherd of the Pines in the area of community outreach.
Call Committee.
A cover letter along with 8 interview questions is being typed up and will be mailed out to the 4
Pastor candidates. Also included in the packet will be information and demographics of our church
and the Rice community. The candidates are Monte Meyer, Christopher Escher, Andrew Richey
and Jake Gillard.
Looking at starting phone interviews the second week in February.
Pastor will be on vacation on the 28th of February. Looking at the possibilities of one of the
candidates helping with that service.
Closed Joint meeting with prayer by Pastor Bob. EMT, Properties and Peter were excused.
Election of Officers:
Wayne Johnson nominated Brent Betker as President seconded by Deb Erdmann.
Tim Neutz nominated Bruce Resch as Vice- President seconded by Deb.
Deb Erdmann nominated Sarah Anderson as Secretary seconded by Wayne Anderson. Wayne
moved to close nominations. Seconded by Wayne Johnson.
Congratulations to Brent, Bruce and Sarah.
Old Business:
Tim made a motion to let the Momentum Team make the decision on liquidating the extra
Momentum kits. Wayne Anderson seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Wayne Johnson made a motion and Wayne Anderson seconded it to get a credit card in Karen
Ellefsons name/Shepherd of the Pines. Motion carried. The current credit card is in Pastor Bobs
name. July 1st the church needs to have a credit card available for purchases. The new Pastor will
then be added to this new credit card account.
Brent will contact Pastor Greg Tomhave to see if he is interested in contracting for weddings that
are scheduled after June 30th, 2016.
New Business:
Worship schedule was reviewed through February 21 st.

Next BOLM meeting will be Thursday February 18th at 6:30pm.

Synodical officers nominations. It was decided that by not nominating anyone new it essentially
was nominating the incumbents.
Pastor Mark Peske has taken a call from Lutheran Indian Ministry to Our Redeemer Lutheran in
Cohasset, MN. Bruce Resch made a motion to suspend payment to line item 72100 named the
Native American Ministries until further notice of continuation of said ministry or closing of said
ministry. Tim seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Pastor Bob was given information on the Alliance Defending Freedom group. This group gives
legal guidance for churches. Tim took the information and will review it. More information and
discussion is needed. The board may watch the DVD during the next meeting.
It was decided that Peter Keyes could use funds from line item 69300 Evangelism for purchases he
may need such as books for a study etc.
The Board has decided to invite Pastor Hicham Chehab from Chicago to speak at our April 17 th
church service. More information to follow. It would be nice if he could speak in the evening on
that day or between services also.
Pastors Comments. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 10 th 6:30pm. The theme this year is
The Many Wonders of Heaven Are Ours Through the Payment of Jesus Christ.
1st Communion classes will be Feb. 21st and March 6th.
Pastor will be on vacation Sunday February 28 th. He will let the call committee know. He was thinking
that would be a good Sunday to have one of the candidates fill in.
Pastor is planning a membership class in April.
Leaders Comments. None
Wayne Johnson made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Tim seconded it. Motion carried. Meeting
adjourned at 9:35pm.
Closed with circle prayer.
Respectfully submitted by Deb Erdmann, Acting Secretary


Proverbs 29:2 gives us a guiding principle about taking responsibility in the arena of politics and
When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked are in power, they groan.(NLT)
Someone shared this quote that was on Facebook: If you are honest, intelligent, living citizen and think
politics have nothing to do with youyou are part of the problem. This seems to be obvious, but I
sometimes hear well-meaning Christians say, Oh, I just dont get involved in politics. The only real answer
to peoples problems is Jesus. This is, true. But government matters, and as rotten as it is, politics matters,
because when the wicked rule, the people groan. Under good leaders, we can rejoice, and we can lead
peaceful and quiet lives or at least be led by the righteous in time of war; under bad leaders, peace and
quiet are hard to come by, and strife is our constant companion even in peace.
This is obvious by a quick glance around the globe. When governments are corrupt, when they are
totalitarian, the people struggle under governments oppressive weight. The Bible is not only concerned with
our spiritual condition, but our mental and physical conditions as well. As Christians, we must strive
politically for a government that allows people to live in peace and that requires citizens and righteous
Where do we start in order to have righteous citizens and righteous leaders in our government? We
start by applying with the help of God, the Bible and its moral principles to our lives and by voting for leaders
who hold to these Biblically moral principles. In last months Reclaiming Our nations Biblical Heritage article,
I asked the question, What criteria do we use for choosing which candidates to vote for? As Bible
believing Christians, we believe all life is sacred and one key Biblical principle is that we are pro-life. If a
candidate is not pro-life then in good conscience, as Bible believing Christians, we cannot vote for such a
Question: Is it possible to be a Christian and pro-choice at the same time?
For the sake of clarity, lets define the terms pro-choice and Pro-life. Pro-choice is the belief that
a woman should have the legal right to abort her unborn child at any point in the pregnancy. Pro-choice
advocates believe abortion is a personal decision and should not be limited by the government or anyone
else. Pro-life is the belief that every human life is sacred and no one, including the mother, as the right to
end an innocent life. Pro-life advocates hold the view that life from the moment of conception should be
So, should a Christian be pro-choice or pro-life? A Christian, according to the Bible, is someone who
has accepted Gods offer of forgiveness through Jesus death and resurrection. Salvation is a gift of God
through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ (John 3:16-18; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9).
What we believe about other things is a matter of growth, not of salvation. However, 2 Corinthians 5:17
says, If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are
become new. When we give our lives to Christ, He begins to change us: our way of thinking and our way of
behaving (see Isaiah 55:7). Our bodies become the temple of the Holy spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19). Our
minds are renewed through the truth of Gods Word (Romans 12:1-2). Our attitudes, perspectives, and
behaviors gradually change to be more like those of Christ (Romans 8:29; Galatians 5:22). This
transformation doesnt happen overnight. Many Christians are still what the apostle Paul called, carnal (1
Corinthians 3:1-3; Romans 8:6). Carnal Christians trust in Jesus for salvation, but they think, act, and react

like the world. Often, they are new to the faith or simply have not allowed the Holy Spirit free access to every
area of their souls. They are trying to live the Christian life in their own strength, while still being heavily
influenced by the worlds way of thinking.
The carnal mind has not been fully renewed by the Word of God and still seeks compromise with the world
(James 4:4). Carnal Christians allow the persuasive viewpoints of the ungodly to sway their opinions on
many things, including abortion. Spiritual growth requires us to shed our old ways of thinking as we become
more like Christ. We begin to see things the way God does, and the closer to Him we become, the less we
agree with the worlds system (Psalm 1:1-2).
Pro-choice advocates state that the Bible does not address abortion, so the decision should be the
individuals. While it is true that the term abortion does not appear in the Bible, the principles about the
value of life are there. In Exodus 21:22-23, God wrote into His Law protection for the unborn. If a pregnant
woman was injured, causing her to lose her child, then the one who caused the injury was to be executed:
a life for a life. The phrase life for a life says a lot. God considers the life of the unborn just as valuable
as that of a grown man.
God said to Jeremiah, Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I
consecrated you (Jeremiah 1:5). It was God who created him for a specific purpose. Psalm 139:13-16 gives
us the clearest picture of Gods viewpoint on the unborn. David writes,
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mothers womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am
fearfully and wonderfully madeMy frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secretYour eyes
have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me,
when as yet there was not one of them.
The Bible is clear that all human life is created by God for His purpose and His pleasure (Colossians
1:16), and a Christian who truly wants to know the heart of God must align his or her viewpoint with Gods.
When we start justifying evil according to our understanding, we dilute the truth of Gods Word. When we
rename adultery an affair, homosexuality an alternative lifestyle, and murder of the unborn a choice, we
are headed for serious trouble. We cannot redefine what it means to follow Christ. Jesus said we must first
deny ourselves (Matthew 16:24; Luke 9:23). Part of denying ourselves is letting go of comfortable lies the
world has fed us. We have to let go of our own understanding and allow God to change us (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Some pro-choice advocates argue that they are not pro-abortion. They say they hate abortion, but
support a womans right to choose. This makes as much sense as saying that you personally hate rape, but
support a mans right to commit it. The rhetoric sounds nicethe mention of choice makes it more
appealingbut underneath is a direct conflict with Gods viewpoint in Scripture.
The Bible is clear: since God is the Creator of human life, only He can determine who lives or dies.
And every person who claims the name of Christ has the obligation to make certain his or her views line up
with Gods Word. Is it possible for a born-again Christian to be pro-choice? Yes. Is it likely that such a
person will remain pro-choice? Not if her or she is allowing Gods Word to transform and renew his or her
mind. (Romans 12:2).
Blessings on the Journey,
Pastor Bob

The Youth Group

invites you to a
Breakfast to
celebrate the
ones you love
and let us do the cooking. The
breakfast will be on February
14th between services. We will
be serving pancakes with
strawberries, sausages and
fresh fruit. It will be a free will
offering. We appreciate all you
do in helping us strengthen
and support the faith walk of
our Youth Group.


February distribution is
Thursday, February 4th,
at the Old Village Hall

If we'd like to keep the

tradition of SOTP Lenten Soup
Supper night, alive and
flourishing, we will need
VOLUNTEERS to fill the remaining dates
through Lent: February 17th, 24th, March 2nd, 9th
& 16th. Volunteers should sign up on the sheet in
the church lobby. We need a Serving Leader
each week to coordinate all the volunteers and
initiate the set-up & clean-up. This would be a
great opportunity for small bible study groups,
friends, families or ministries to serve their
brothers & sisters together, and the donations
collected from your night of serving can go to the
ministry of your nomination. Each week we will
need 3 volunteers to make a crock-pot of soup
each, 3 volunteers to bring the ingredients
needed for sandwiches to feed a crowd of 30-50
people and one of those volunteers to be Serving
Leader. The Wednesday Soup Supper's will
otherwise not continue during the Lenten season
this year after Ash Wednesday, without
volunteers! See the sign up sheet in the church
lobby for more details! Thank You!!

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 February we will be praying for:
February 7 Sheri Douvier
Children: Cole, Devin & Logan

There is a red tote in the

fellowship hall for you
year-round shoppers.
Feel free to fill your own
shoeboxes (wrapped or
unwrapped) as you find
things and bring those
also. We started the year with generous cash
donations so were off to a good start already!

February 14 - Donald and Lori Dubbin

Children: Sara & Samantha
February 21 Gary & Julie Dubbin
Children: Joselyn, Annalyse & Brayden
February 28- Brad & Jodi Dumonceaux
Braxton & Carson


welcome to stop in and join us!

How do I become a member of
Shepherd Of The Pines?
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:
April 2nd and April 16th 2016. Each class will
be from 8:30am to 12:30pm with a brunch
included. 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.


Please join our Youth Group
for a delicious Soup Supper
before the Ash Wednesday
service on Wednesday,
February 18th at 5:30 p.m.

We will be quilting
on February 12th
and 26th
at the
Ardelle for more
information at 656-5858. Anyone


Beginning Thursday nights,
February 4th, 6:30-8pm we are
offering you an opportunity to
get into a
7 week, small group study on
discovering how God has shaped
you for His special purpose.
We will go together on a
journey of Discovering Our
S(piritual Gifts)
H(eart/Passion) A(bilities)
P(ersonality) E(xperience).
As we surrender our SHAPE to
the Lord, serving Him with our
SHAPE we will experience
fulfillment, purpose, and
blessing. Matthew 5:6
promises, Happy are those
whose greatest desire is to

do what God requires; God

will satisfy them fully!
Any questions? Feel free to contact Pastor
Bob or the church office at 393-4295 for
details. Director of Christian Outreach,
Peter Keyes will be leading the group. There
is a sign up sheet on the counter in the
church lobby.

our group in your prayers as

we strive to get through our
busiest month of the year!
Blessings in Christ,
Karen & Michelle

Pastor Bob & Carol will be away

on vacation February 25th
through March 4th.
If you
need pastoral care during
this time please call Pastor
Greg Thomhave at
320-493-9761 or the

There is SOOOO much going on

The 5th-7th we will be in Eden
Prairie for the Dare2Share
conference. On February 10th,
we will be serving the Ash
Wednesday soup supper before
the service and then on the
14th we have our Sweethearts
Breakfast! Remember that
many hands lighten the load
for all as we prepare for these
exciting times. These events
are major fund raisers for us to
be able to do the fun things
that we do. We are so very
appreciative of the support of
our amazing church family and
to everyone for raising such
incredible young people to
band together on their faith
journeys with us. Please keep

We will be taking up our noisy
offering on Sunday, February 21st,
for the Shepherd of the Pines Youth
Group. Thank you for
your support and your
generous donations!

Our theme for Lent this year is

The Many Wonders Of Heaven. We
can live our lives in more victory, joy
and peace when we can live lifes
journey with the end in mind.

Ash Wednesday - February 10

5:30 - 6:15 pm Free will offering
Soup Supper prepared by our Youth
6:30 - 7:15 pm Ash Wednesday
Lenten Suppers
5:30 - 6:15 pm Free will offering
Soup suppers immediately

preceding Lenten services IF we

have volunteers--Check Sunday
Lenten Services - 6:30pm
February 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16
Maundy Thursday Service w/Holy
March 24, 6:30pm
Good Friday Service
March 25, 6:30pm

is asked to attend the classes with

the student. Both parents are
welcome to attend if they wish. If
your child is older than fifth grade
and would like to attend the class
they are also welcome. If your
child is planning to attend the
class, please call Pastor Bob
(393-4295) so that we can have
enough materials available. Please
bring your Sunday school Bible and
a highlighter to the classes.

Easter Sunday Services

March 27, 6:00am, 8:00am,

First Communion Classes

Shepherd of the Pines offers
fifth graders the opportunity to
participate in Holy Communion
after taking classes.
This year First Communion classes
will be offered in two sessions
from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
on Sunday afternoons,
February 21st and March 6th.
Then we will have a special
recognition of our First
Communicants in our Sunday
services on March 13th. One parent

Greetings all!
Here we are in the month of Love when I
write this and who to better love us, than our
Lord Jesus Christ! Oh what a blessing! The
small group team is off and running for 2016
and we begin by planning with VBS! Yes...VBS!
We are so excited to say that we have been
cave exploring and the children will be doing
the same this June with "Cave Quest" VBS
2016! Mark your calendars for the 5th- 9th of
June, that is the first Sunday thru Thursday of
June for a cave exploring fun time! We are
looking forward to seeing lots of children loving
the Lord!
We shall also be planning for the Easter
breakfast soon, being it arrives much earlier

this year! Please watch for the sign-up sheets

in the narthex for helping hands, foods, and
prayer above all!
We have 4 Triad groups going on right now,
a Wednesday morning study with Lois
Perleberg and a Monday night study. If God is
nudging your heart to get into His word, please
talk to me and we can set up chat time to begin
a small group. Pastor Bob is also doing a study
between services! I pray that the pause in your
week or the pause you choose to take is filled
with being in HIs Word. It is a tough journey
this world throws at us and we can feel despair
rather easily, God is the healer of hearts! He is,
and has given us, a tool to help on this journey
called scripture. I pray that when you feel the
squeeze of this world upon you or your day,
that you go and find a peace that is beyond no
other through our Lords words.
Do have a blessed month filled with love and
preparing for the Lord's ultimate gift of His one and only Son for you and
I, so that we may have eternal rest! May God
shine on you and may you feel His love!
Brenda Hackett
Small Group Team

Hi Everyone,
Wow it is already February!!
Sunday school is back running
after our holiday break. I hope
you all enjoyed our Christmas
message. If you have any

suggestions or ideas for the

Christmas program please let
me know, I am open to new
ideas. We will NOT be having
Sunday school on February
14th. It is Valentines Day that
day and the youth group will be
serving their sweetheart
breakfast that morning during
fellowship. I would like each of
you to be able to enjoy the
breakfast with your family and
support the youth group.
Thank you for your support and
blessings to you, Jennifer

An Outreach presentation
designed to help you live as a
witness for Jesus Christ within
the course of your everyday
WHEN: Saturday, February 13
9:30 AM NOON

February 7

8:00am Charlie & Nancy Anderson

10:30am Jeremiah & Candace Dingmann

February 14

8:00am Jay & Leah Saldana

10:30am John & Gloria Hendrickson

February 21

8:00am Jordie Stay & Deb Erdmann

10:30am Keith & Kathy Craft

February 28

8:00am Keith & Brenda Hackett

10:30am Pam Fuchs & Christine Blommer

February 7


Roxann Ree
Angela Frost

February 14


Dennis Artnson
Sandie Resch

February 21


Garry Loidolt
Heather Ostendorf

February 28


Lois Perleberg
Carol Trinklein


Brian & Lisa Fiedler

WHERE: Shepherd of the Pines

opens at 9:00 a.m.
Refreshments will
be provided.
*Participants are invited to
stay for Pizza after the
The Service Ministry Team of
Shepherd of the Pines in Rice is
hosting this presentation by
DCO Peter Keyes.
(Peter is the Director of Youth,
Family Life, and Outreach at
Zion Lutheran in Little Falls.)
Please invite others to
attend this event with you.

Worship Shepherds


Curt Kvamme
Tim Neutz
Bruce Resch
Sarah Anderson
Wayne Anderson
Brent Betker
Wayne Johnson

February 14

Bruce & Sandie Resch

February 21

Candace Dingmann

February 28

Deb Erdmann
Deb Erdmann, Curt
Sandie Resch

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!

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

February 28 - I Corinthians 10:1-13
Luke 13:1-9


February 7 - T. Billmeyer, K. Wagner T. Hovland,

B. Hinders, R. Hemple

DJ Janski, Deb Erdmann,

Linda Omann, Joan Ramey

February 14 - Sweethearts Breakfast


February 21 - D. Arnston, B. Zapzalka, W. Anderson,

G. Plumski, C. Elyea

February 7

8:00am Dennis Arntson

10:30am Denise Leahy

February 28 - J. Ramey, J. Clasen, S. Pressnall,

C. Dingmann, M. Campion

February 14

8:00am Samantha Dubbin

10:30am Noah Ellefson

February 21

8:00am Bill Paradeis

10:30am Matthew Neutz

February 28

8:00am Donovan Elyea

10:30am Noah Ellefson

February 7 - II Corinthians 1:3-10

Job 10:8
February 14 - Acts 1:1-8
Luke 11:9-13
February 21 - II Corinthians 5:2-6:10



Jesus Loves...

Bob Trinklein, Pastor

Church Phone: 393-4295
Pastors Home Study: 320-363-1323
Church Website:
Sarah Anderson, Secretary 267-2628, Wayne Anderson 393-2128, Brent Betker, President 584-8170, Deb Erdmann, 393-4279,
Wayne Johnson 253-9020, Curt Kvamme, Treas. 393-3353, Tim Neutz, 393-3386, Bruce Resch, Vice-President 360-4562
Keith Peterson, Church Properties 292-4007
Brenda Hackett - Small Group Team Leader, Candace Dingmann - 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.