112 E Annabelle St. Brandon, SD 57005

Monthly Newsletter


Spirit of Truth Lutheran, Church 

PO Box 481, 112 E Annabelle St, Brandon, SD  57005   605-582-5030

spiritoftruthlutheranchurch@gmail.com    |    www.spiritoftruthsd.org


Dear Spirit of Truth Family;

In a recent Sunday text we read these words of Jesus: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

Jesus spoke these words on the eve of his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane having concluded his final meal with his disciples. The laying down of one’s life is fresh in Jesus’  mind as he is about to do just that for the sins of the entire world. As Jesus prepares the disciples for his own departure, he knows that they will only survive their new calling to be Apostles if they learn to love one another to the point of sacrificing for each other. Jesus will not however leave these disciples to flounder on their own, but promises to send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth who will “guide them into all truth.”

The Holy Spirit did indeed come upon the disciples with great power and with visible signs, on the annual feast of Pentecost. That same Holy Spirit continues in the words of Martin Luther, to “call, gather, enlighten, and sanctify the whole Christian church on Earth.” On May 20, we will celebrate this great Day of Pentecost to commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit to give birth to the Christian church. It is a day to celebrate and thank God for His daily provision, and for the gift of faith that the Spirit has worked in us. We cannot believe in Jesus Christ or come to him without the work of the Holy Spirit within us. This gift of the Spirit’s presence in our lives is immeasurable. God grant our congregation the continued presence and power of the Holy Spirit to call us to faith, gather us as His people, enlighten us with the truth of His Word, and to sanctify or, make holy (set apart) his people in the one true faith.

Pentecost blessings to you all,

Pastor Jerry


Sunday, May 6 – Graduation Sunday, honoring high school/college graduates. 

High school graduates are:  Grant Ellis, Cole Ebright, Kaitlin Arlt, Taylor Dawley, Nathan Mutschelknaus, Braiden Petersen, & Jayden King

College graduates are: Kate Ellis, Ingrid Rief, Cassie Onnen and Courtney Brugat

There will be tables available for them to set up a small display of pictures or awards they have earned.  Past students have made poster boards or brought something for people to write advice in.   Attached is a write-up and pictures of our graduates.


Sundays, 8:30am, Adult Bible study

Sundays, 9:30am, Worship, followed by coffee & fellowship time

Mondays, 7:30-8:30pm, Senior High youth group at church, final night May 14

Tuesdays, 9:30am, Women’s Bible study at Bethany Meadows, all welcome  

Wednesdays, text study at church, 7:00am on the lessons for the upcoming Sunday

Wednesdays 7:30 – 8:30pm, Middle school youth group at church, final night May 16

Thursdays, 10:30am, Men’s Bible study at church, all welcome   



4/1 $3976.58 + $510 building + $300 memorial fund (205 attend)

4/8 $156.00 + $4985 building (91 attend)

4/15 blizzard-no service

4/22 $4369 + $520 building (129 attend)

4/29 $1952.15 + $85 building (118 attend)

Simply Giving $3475 + $250 building


Wednesday, May 9, 9:00 a.m.  Quilting.  We will have a potluck lunch at noon.  Contact: Eleanor Burkman

Tuesday, May 15, 1:30 pm –  Spirit Lifters meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1:30 at the church to make cards.

Contact: Claudia Abraham


Please remember to check the sign-up on the welcome table each Sunday to see what is needed for servers for the month.  A list of teams is there as well if not sure which team you are on. Team B is down for May.



Youth Groups | Youth Room | Mondays and Wednesdays

High school youth group is on Mondays from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. This includes grades 9 through 12.

Middle school youth group is on Wednesdays from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm for grades 6 to 8.

Last day of Middle School Youth Group is May 16, Last Day of High School Youth Group is May 14.


Friends are always welcome to youth group and events unless specified!

 YOUTH Summer Gathering | May 6 | 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Those going into grades 6-12 and those graduating are invited to a BBQ party at the Lindstad house  (800 S Nicholas Ave, Brandon, SD). There will be games and a bonfire. This is a great opportunity for students to meet incoming 6th graders, incoming high-schoolers, and to see graduates before graduation. If there is bad weather, we will have the party at the church.

From the Missions Team:  If anyone is holding onto items for the annual rummage sale, please hold onto them a little longer as we will participate in the Fall Brandon citywide rummages instead of the Spring sales.



If you are unable to attend worship or know of someone that can’t, remember that our services are on Alliancecom.net cable television.  Depending on the service you subscribe to, they may be on channel 18 or 21.



PROPOSED MINUTES, Board of Deacons, April 12, 2018

 The Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church Board of Deacons was called to order by President Deanna Larson at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Present:  Deanna Larson, Pastor Jerry Merkouris, Marcella Flier, Krista Leidholt, Jason Krumvieda, Lynn Erickson, Twyla Shumate, Brenda Bjorum, Jim Anderson, Dave Lien, & Tim Scherb.      Excused:  Rhonda Toft

Devotions:  Lynne Erickson

Secretary’s Minutes: – Krista Leidholt

Minutes from the March Board of Deacons Meeting – Motion to approve Tim Scherb / Dave Lien- Motion Carried


Treasurer’s Report – Twyla Shumate

·         Account balances as of April 11, 2018:

                General Fund Checking Account Balance                                                        $ 93,549.32

                Building Fund Checking & Investment Account Balance                                  $ 350,882.12

                Pastor’s Discretionary Fund                                                                              $ 1,144.45

                Youth Fund                                                                                                        $ 25.79

·         Total Giving for March (Including Building Campaign)                                     $    63,273.11

·         Total Expenses for March (Including Building Fund Transfer)                         $    41,494.45

·         Mission giving for March $1167.23 with $583.61 going to Voice of the Martyrs and $291.81 to each Brandon and Garretson Food Pantries.

Motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report by Jim Anderson / Tim Scherb.  Motion carried.

Pastor’s Report

·         Mid America snow plow hit gas meter when plowing the lot.  The meter was fixed.  When they checked the building, we were advised to leave the furnaces on, and to turn them down rather than shutting them off.  When the church is not in use the furnaces will be turned down to 66* in the winter.

·         Office Phone System: has been taken care of.

·         VBS Fun-shop has been postponed to April 26th 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. due to the weather.

Old Business

·         Capital Fund Drive total $ 89,570.00

·         Update on purchase of building:

o   Decision was made to work on variance first before approaching banks for funding.

o   Meeting to be scheduled over next couple of weeks with Jason.  Deanna will set up – multiple board members to attend.

·         Still working on sound concerns and purchase of a new mic for Pulpit and new mic for Pastor.

·         Permanent cabinet to hold Confirmation Gowns is in place, was large enough to hold Nativity Costumes as well.

New Business

·         Annual Church clean-up day will be held April 28th at 9:00 a.m.

·         Loyalty Day Parade – Discussion about participation.  – We will not build a float but may set up a group to walk in the parade.

·         Discussion on summer concerts and possibility of hosting another Gary Randle concert and possibly others.

·         Decision was made to continue Paula’s Vision and Dental insurance as we have been.  Changes in Medical coverage due to new options.


Education – Brenda Bjorum

Last day of Sunday School is April 29th.

Evangelism – Jim Andersen         No Report

Finance – Twyla Shumate            No Report

Missions – Lynne Erickson          

Jamaica Group will be hosting movie nights at the church.  All are welcome to attend.  Next Youth Jamaica trip will be planed for Summer 2019.

Personnel – Rhonda Toft              No Report

Property – Dave Lien

Annual Church Clean-Up April 28th 9:00 a.m.

Stewardship – Marcella Flier      No Report

Youth Ministry – Jason Krumvieda

Youth Paintball – April 28th

The team is looking at other youth fundraising ideas.

Worship and Music – Tim Scherb             No Report

The meeting was adjourned at 8:26 p.m.  The next meeting of the Board of Deacons will be Thursday, May 10th at 7:00 P.M.

 Respectfully submitted, Krista Leidholt