In our Transition Time

We are happy to announce that Pastor Erik Holleque has accepted our offer to be the interim pastor at Trondhjem beginning on May 1st. He will help guide us in the upcoming months as we start the process of calling our pastor.
In the meantime, we are blessed to have Pastor Dan Dimick with us through Easter Sunday and on April 27th, Carrie Smisek, one of our seminarians will lead us in worship.

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Wednesday: April 16th: No Wednesday activities

Maundy Thursday: April 17th: 7:00PM Worship

Good Friday: April 18th: 7:00PM Worship

Easter Sunday: April 20th

6:00AM Sunrise Worship

8:30AM Easter Worship

10:00AM Easter Worship

The Easter Breakfast is one way we celebrate Easter together as a congregation and with those who visit Trondhjem.  Breakfast will be served from 7:00 a.m.—9:45 a.m.

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Blood Pressure Checks

Our Parish Nurse will be available to check your blood pressure on Sunday, April 27th, 9:30-10:00a.m. She will be in the Parish Nurse office across the hall from the sacristy.

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Stewardship: How Do We Understand It?

Wayne Bakke – Stewardship Committee

In last month’s newsletter I shared with you my internet search on, “What is Stewardship and how does it apply to me and my family?” In this month’s newsletter I will continue to share my findings with you on what is Stewardship.

Give to God what’s right – not what’s left over.

Seek joy in what you give, not in what you get.

Give naught, get same. Give much, get same. Malcolm Forbes (1919-90), American publisher

You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. John

Bunyan (1628-88), English Puritan writer and preacher

Christian stewards seek the heart of God in faithfully, joyfully and gratefully managing all the gifts God has given.

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British wartime prime minister and statesman

No one has ever become poor by giving. Anne Frank (1929-45), Jewish Dutch diarist during Nazi


Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous; teach me to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), Jesuit founder

The only investment I ever made which has paid consistently increasing dividends is the money I have given to the Lord. James L. Kraft (1874-1953), Kraft-Phoenix Cheese Corp. chairman

In this covenant (Genesis 9:9-11—after the flood), God made a commitment not to destroy the Earth.

Because of our love for God and our desire to be the image of God, a reciprocal covenant from us is an important act. Lovingly caring and nurturing health within all of God’s creation is an outstanding act of stewardship. Luke Gasho in Creation Care: Keepers of the Earth.

Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (1874-1960), American industrialist and philanthropist

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. 1 Peter 4:10 ESV

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. 9:6-7 ESV

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Road to Trondhjem

Your commute to Services at Trondhjem will soon get 30 seconds longer. Starting in mid-April the entrance to the West parking lot will be closed off so we will all have to travel the extra 350’ to the south entrance. A new straight connecting road will be built at that time to maintain the access to the West lot. This is all part of the progress of the upgrades to Garfield Ave and the decisions the council made in regards to the entrance to the church. The city would allow us to retain the existing second entrance where it is but at some unforeseen time in the future could require us to close it. At this time the expense of doing so would be ours along with any restriping of Garfield Ave. The council decided that since using the south entrance was going to be the end result in the improvements associated with the new Industrial Park, it would be best to make the change now and not incur another cost down the road.

The council also took the recommendation of the Vision Team and decided to ask the city to postpone the assessments of the sewer and water until a future date when we would actually need to hook up or 10 years whichever came first. We will still be assessed for the roadwork portion but it was felt that for the time being we could shoulder those assessment payments until the actual hookup became necessary. Ultimately this buys Trondhjem a little time to become better financially situated to make the final hookup and do some property improvements associated with it. We will enter into an agreement with the city spelling out the terms and what may trigger an early hookup so future councils, both city and church, understand what was agreed upon.

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Vacation Bible School 2014

Grab your flip flops and sailor hats and join us for 2014 VBS at

SonTreasure Island!

This year’s VBS will be on

June 18th, 19th, and 20th

Come for a splashing good time!

We will have classes for preschool, and K-5. Our 6th graders will be able to participate as deck hands, guiding the kids from each station. Look for volunteer sign-up sheets to be posted soon. We will need volunteers for teachers, guides, music, skits, crafts and snacks.

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Trondhjem Hosts

RSVPs are coming in for our Trondhjem Hosts/Life at Trondhjem dinners. They are going to be fun evenings, here are the details:

Please join us for an evening meal and neighborly discussion about Life at Trondhjem in a comfortable, casual setting. Choose a date that is convenient for you from the list below. Please RSVP by Friday, April 4th to Kim in the church office at, or call 507-744-2310. (If you are in need of childcare, please let Kim know and arrangements will be made to watch your child/children at Trondhjem.)

The gathering time is 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Please choose a date below:
• Monday, April 7 – hosted by Glenn & June Myers
• Thursday, April 10 – hosted by Luke & Carol Darnauer
• Saturday, April 12 – hosted by Mark & Deone Ward
Note: If group sizes become too large, the dinner will take place at Trondhjem.

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God Is Doing a New Thing

Isaiah 43:18–19a

18Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.
19I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

My last day at Trondhjem is ever closer, and as I tie up loose ends, this will be my last daily devotional. I chose for today’s passage of scripture one of my many favorite passages. This passage, ironically enough, was one that both my wife and I chose to write papers about in seminary, but before we were in the relationship that has evolved into 35+ years of marriage. The setting for this passage is the Exile in Babylon, and God is about to rescue the people from their captivity. (more…)

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Words That Guided Me

1 Corinthians 12:21

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”

This is one of the texts that were read at my ordination service on June 29, 1977. From that point on I was a pastor. I can still hear in my mind the voice of Chaplain Charlie Baldwin saying these words. The tone of his voice was rich and strident at the very same time. These words have stuck with me ever since, and it has been a goal in my ministry to heal divisions and keep congregations working together in fulfillment of the mission God has placed in their hands. We are all needed. (more…)

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Unity in Holy Communion

1 Corinthians 11:18–22

18 For, to begin with, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and to some extent I believe it. 19 Indeed, there have to be factions among you, for only so will it become clear who among you are genuine. 20 When you come together, it is not really to eat the Lord’s supper. 21 For when the time comes to eat, each of you goes ahead with your own supper, and one goes hungry and another becomes drunk. 22 What! Do you not have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you show contempt for the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I commend you? In this matter I do not commend you!

It has become a tradition at Trondhjem to hold hands with each other as we say the Lord’s Prayer during the Holy Communion liturgy. I first experienced this practice when I was working as a consultant with the Catholic Church of St. Peter. Fr. Harry Behan was their priest at that time. We started the practice at Trondhjem not because of that experience of mine, but because of the suggestion of one of our members, Carol Johnson. We have continued this tradition for several years now, only breaking from it during the height of some flu seasons. Holding hands is a sign of the unity that is supposed to be present in Holy Communion. (more…)

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