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

www.thenalc.org– The NALC website has resources for our congregation to use.  There are daily readings of scripture to read or listen to.  There are many resources and the monthly newsletter.  Check it out at your convenience. 

Psalm 31
Into Your Hand I Commit My Spirit. To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
“1 In you, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! 2 Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily!  Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!  3 For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me; 4 you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge. 5 Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God. 6 I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD. 7 I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul, 8 and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place. 9 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also. 10 For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away. 11 Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach, especially to my neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me. 12 I have been forgotten like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel. 13 For I hear the whispering of many—terror on every side! — as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life. 14 But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” 15 My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! 16   Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love! 17  O LORD, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon you; let the wicked be put to shame; let them go silently to Sheol. 18 Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt. 19 Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! 20 In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter   from the strife of tongues.  21 Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city. 22 I had said in my alarm, “I am cut off from your sight.”  But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy    when I cried to you for help. 23 Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. 24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!”

NALC Mission Festival and Convocation; August 5-August 9 in Indianapolis, INFollow along at https://lutheranweek.com/

CHECK OUT THE NALC JULY NEWSLETTER: https://thenalc.org/newsletter/



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

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

NO Text Study on Wednesdays during the month of August

NO Men’s Bible Study on Thursdays during the month of August



Deacons, August, 8, 7:00 pm, church

Quilting, August 14, 9:30 am to noon
Potluck Lunch.  All welcome! Contact: Eleanor Burkman

Spirit Lifters, August 20, 1:30 pm
Contact: Claudia Abraham


YOUTH:  August Schedule

Wanderer Wednesdays
August 7 | 7:30 – 8:30 |Kick Ball | All Youth
We will meet at the church and walk to Brandon Elementary to play kick ball. Students can be picked up at BE if needed. If there are not enough students we will play board games at the church. 

August 14 |6:30-8 | Air Madness | All Youth
Wavier must be signed: https://airmadness.com/waiver.html No cost for students, 1 guest per student, must have Air Madness socks (if you have some please bring them).  Pick up and Drop off at Air Madness. Please RSVP by August 11th

No meeting August 21 (Happy First Day of School to the BV district)

August 25 | High School Youth Group (COMPASS) Kick-off | 7-8:30 PM
Grades 9 to 12 meet in the youth room every Sunday night from 7 to 8:30.

August 28 | Middle School Youth Group (MAPS) Kick-off |7:30-9 PM 
Grades 6 to 8 meet in the youth room every Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 after confirmation. We will meet from 7:30 to 9 just to celebrate the kick-off.


September Schedule 

Regular Youth Group
*No Youth Group September 1 and 4. 
MAPS |6-8 grade | Wednesdays |7:30-8:30
COMPASS |9-12 grade | Sundays |7-8:30

Thunder Road Late Night |Sept. 6 | 7:30 pm – 1:30 am | All Youth
Meet at the church at 7:30 pm or at Thunder Road in Sioux Falls at 8 pm. Pick-up at church at 1:30 am or at Thunder Road at 1 am. No cost to students, they may bring one guest along. Looking for parents to help drive to and from Thunder Road. Please RSVP!!

MISSION TEAM will start collecting school supplies to be donated during Brandon’s annual Prayer Breakfast on Friday August 16th in the High School commons.   Tickets are for sale by contacting Alice Jacobson in person or by phone (351-8226).





We convened a meeting of the Deacons from Spirit of Truth and Heritage this week.  The purpose of the meeting was to get common understanding of current needs and processes from each of the congregations. There have been discussions about working together in an effort to share resources and activities in the past.  

The outcome of the meeting and information shared:

·  There is interest in having youth Deacons and leaders get together and determine options for combining activities and programming; this may increase the youth member involvement.

·  Combined Sunday attendance numbers would significantly stretch available seating in either sanctuary.

·   Parking at either location is limited.

·   Both congregations are moving ahead with a separate pastor call process.

·   We will continue to review options and keep our hearts open with the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

Thanks. Deanna



Many thanks to Carol and Friends who came to entertain at our annual “Parking Lot Concert”; which had to be held inside due to weather.  Very special thanks to the Evangelism team who made all the arrangements and advertised to the community for this great turn out.


Board of Deacons Meeting – May 9, 2019

The Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church Board of Deacons was called to order by President Deanna Larson at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Present:  Deanna Larson, Krista Leidholt, Matt Onnen, Dave Lien, Tim Scherb, Judy Krull, Jason Krumvieda, Jim Andersen, Brenda Bjorum, and Lynne Erickson

Excused:   Pastor Jerry Merkouris & Rhonda Toft

Devotions:  Matt Onnen


Secretary’s Minutes: – Krista Leidholt
Motion to approve by Matt Onnen, Second by Judy Krull.  Motion Carried


Treasurer’s Report – Matt Onnen

Account balances as of May 7th, 2019:

General Fund Balance                                                                                       $   16,830.77

Building Fund Balance                                                                                     $     24,441.26

Mission giving for April – $900.00 each to St. Dysmas & Pickerel Lake Bible Camp

Motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report by Jim Andersen, Second by Tim Scherb.  Motion carried.


Pastor’s Report – None


Old Business
Meeting with Heritage held with Deanna, Jim, and Lynne present.  Pastor Tom Christiansen will be meeting with Heritage and Spirit of Truth to discuss options and possibilities.

Core Values Packet – Deacons numbered strategies in order of priority.  Krista will compile data and get back to the board at a later time.

Call Process – Call Committee – Need 7 voting members and one non-voting Deacon.  Will announce Sunday May 12th about forming call committee and what Church Members need to do to be part of the call process.  Our meeting with Pastor Tom will give us more direction on this.

Interim Pastor – Motion to Call an Interim Pastor for 6 months.  Motion by Tim Scherb Second by Dave  Lien.  Motion Amended to Call Interim Pastor for 6 months or up to a year.  Motion by Tim Scherb. Second by Matt Onnen.  Motion Carried.

Financial Secretary / Administrative Position – Duties also need to include work that is being done by Paula.  Deanna will ask her for a list of duties she is taking care of.  Rhonda will then work on job description and job posting.

New Business


Education – Brenda Bjorum  

Evangelism – Jim Andersen

Finance – Matt Onnen

Missions – Lynne Erickson

Personnel – Rhonda Toft

Property – Dave Lien

Stewardship – Judy Krull

Youth Ministry – Jason Krumvieda

Worship and Music – Tim Scherb

The meeting was adjourned at 9 P.M.  The next meeting of the Board of Deacons will be Thursday, June 13th at 7:00 P.M.   Devotions by Deanna Larson.

Respectfully submitted,

Krista Leidholt