112 E Annabelle St. Brandon, SD 57005

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DECEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER | Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church (NALC)

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

spiritoftruthlutheranchurch@gmail.com | www.spiritoftruthsd.org

ADVENT STUDY Sundays @ 8:30 AM

Prophecy Fulfilled: The Prophets and Prophecies Foretelling the Coming of Jesus Christ

by the Rev. Thomas H. Walker The season of Advent is as much a time of contemplation as it is a time of preparation. It is a time to consider God’s long-term plans, and how God has promised that he will intervene in the lives of his people — and in the world itself — on the coming Day of the Lord. This four-week Bible study takes a look at the Old Testament prophecies of our Lord’s Advent, and shows how these prophetic words were fulfilled by the coming of Christ over 2000 years ago, and how they also point ahead to the return of Christ in his Second Coming.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM Sunday, December 15 @ 9:30 AM. Larry King EXCLUSIVE Interview with Manger Animals! Program practices will be on Sundays during Sunday School, Wednesday, December 11 @ 5:30 PM(meal provided), Saturday, December 14 Practice @ 9:30 AM.

QUILTERS We will be going out for a Christmas lunch on Wednesday, December 11 @ 11:30 PM instead of quilting at the church. Reminder to bring your donation for the Children’s Inn.

DEACONS’ MEETING Minutes from the October meeting is attached. We will have a Deacons’ Meeting on Thursday, Dec 12 @ 7 PM.

MISSIONS The November meeting minutes are attached.

MEALS ON WHEELS December is our month for delivering Meals on Wheels. Please sign up at the Mission Table.

NEW YEAR’S EVE BLESSING Alice Jacobson has scheduled our church to serve a meal at St Francis House on New Year’s Eve. Please contact Alice if you are willing and able to help prepare the meal of beef stew, dump salad and left over Christmas treats that you could donate. We will also need some volunteers to serve the meal.

GIVE THE GIFT OF WARMTH Bring hats, mittens and scarves to decorate the tree. Items will be disbursed throughout the school district. Snow pants and socks can also be donated and put in the red tote.

POINSETTIA FOR CHRISTMAS You are invited to purchase a poinsettia in honor and/or in memory of a loved one. We will be decorating the Sanctuary with these beautiful and special plants beginning Sunday, Dec 20. A list of those being honored/remembered and their donors will be printed as a special insert in the Christmas Eve bulletin. You will be able to take them home after Epiphany Sunday. Please place your order by putting your completed form and your check(designating “Poinsettia” on the memo line) in the collection plate or the basket in the back. Deadline for ordering is Dec 15.


WORSHIP ASSISTANTS: Team A Please sign up for December, there are still some spots available.

TEAM B Please sign up for January. Thank you ALL for serving!


Pray for our military: Kurtis Lunstra, Dawson Satter, Ken Knutson.

Pray for those facing health concerns: Nancy Jellis, Axel Toft, Miles Olson, Jim Bahr, LeRoy Downs, Jim Olson.

Please continue to pray for Jane Andersen. She will have surgery in 2-3 weeks for kidney stones.

Prayers of comfort for Lynne Erickson and her family. Lynne’s Dad passed away last week.


Sundays, 8:30 AM Advent Study ~ Prophecy Fulfilled. FINISHES DEC 22

Sundays, 9:30 AM Worship

Sundays, 10:30 AM Coffee Fellowship

Sundays, 10:30 AM Sunday School. NO SS DEC 22 OR 29

Tuesdays, 9:30 AM Women’s Bible Study @ Bethany Meadows. NO WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: DEC 24 OR 31

Wednesdays, 7 AM Text Study. We will study the upcoming lectionary for the next Sunday. NO TEXT STUDY DEC 25

Thursdays, 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study. NO MEN’S BIBLE STUDY DEC 26


SOT Quilters, December 11 @ 11:30 AM Christmas Lunch @ Minervas

SS Practice, December 11 @ 5:30 PM

Deacons’ Meeting, December 12 @ 7 PM

SS Practice, December 14 @ 9:30 AM

Spirit Lifters, December 17 @ 1:30 PM

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service @ 5 PM, December 24

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! December 25

New Year’s Eve, December 31


CONFIRMATION | Grades 7-8 | Wednesdays | 6:30 – 7:30 PM

MAPS | Grades 6-8 | Wednesdays | 7:30 – 8:30 PM 

COMPASS | Grades 9-12 | Sundays | 7 – 8:30 PM




No Regular Youth Group December 15 – January 7


Anniversaries                                                                Birthdays

VERMEER, Ed & Lila                       12/05                 GRIMMIUS, Austin          12/03

ERICKSON, Mark & Lynne            12/08                   LEIDHOLT, Elizabeth       12/03

KRULL, Gary & Judy                       12/23                   ERICKSON, Mark             12/06

ANDERSEN, Jim & Jane                 12/26                 GROTEWOLD, Shorty      12/06

                                                                                       GROTEWOLD, Savonne   12/06

                                                                                       BURKMAN, Judy               12/07

                                                                                       SCHROEDER, Diane          12/08

                                                                                       ARP, Robert                       12/13

                                                                                       DOWNS, Janet                   12/13

                                                                                       CLOW, Tamie                     12/15

                                                                                       BAHR, James                      12/18

                                                                                       RIEF, David                         12/19

                                                                                       TRUMBLE, Hank                12/20

                                                                                        ELLIS, Kate                         12/22

                                                                                       FLIER, Caleb                        12/22

                                                                                       SUNDVOLD, Wyatt            12/24

                                                                                       ERICKSON, Mike                 12/25

                                                                                       ERICKSON, Cody                 12/26

                                                                                       BRENDEN, Bonnie              12/28

WEEKLY SERMONS The sermon is now available on our website under the Media tab.

The entire worship service is broadcast on Alliance on your local channel on Fridays @ 6:30 PM.


Clarissa Lindstad, Youth Director clarissap582@hotmail.com   605-254-2985 (text or call)

Jeanne Jensen, Financial Secretary

spiritoftruthlutheranchurch@gmail.com  605-582-5030

Claudia Abraham, Music Coordinator

But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own;

He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come. ~ John 16:13

November 18, 2019

The Missions team met to discuss the remainder of the calendar year for Missions.

In attendance: Linda Granberg, Connie Matsuda, Alice Jacobson, Jami Anderson, Kay Burkhart and Lynne Erickson. 

We made decisions for the remainder of 2019 and made adjustments to the Tithe calendar.

THANK YOU and BLESSINGS to all who made the trip to Rosebud for the Feast of Nations. Reports are that many more people were served meals than in the past (we don’t have an exact number), but a grateful experience by those who traveled to serve. It has been decided that monies left from the turkey fund will be issued into a check to Jack Moore (pastor there) for distribution as needed.

**Due to the unseasonable weather this year, it was decided that we will not host the Live Nativity this year.

*November tithes will be distributed to one local family, recommended by Lanette Thompson through Valley Springs Elementary and the Principal at Valley Springs Elementary to purchase much needed winter clothing to have on hand and distribute to kiddos as needed.

**December tithes will be split between Sioux Falls Ministry Center and Union Gospel Mission

**The youth have placed the mitten, hat and scarf tree up for donations to Brandon schools.

**December is our congregations turn for Meals-on-Wheels, please consider this support.

**Alice has called and scheduled our church to serve a meal at St Francis House on New Year’s Eve.  Please contact Alice if you are willing and able to help prepare the meal of beef stew, dump salad and left over Christmas treats that you could donate.   We will also need some volunteers to serve the meal.

Submitted by;

Lynne Erickson

Missions Team Chair


Board of Deacons

October 10, 2019

                The Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church Board of Deacons was called to order by Vice President Jim Andersen at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

Present: Jim Andersen, Tim Scherb, Rhonda Toft, Brenda Bjorum, Krista Leidholt, Matt Onnen, Jason Krumvieda, Dave Lien, and Lynne Erickson.

Excused:   Deanna Larson, and Judy Krull

Devotions:  Tim Scherb

Secretary’s Minutes: – Krista Leidholt

Motion to approve Tim Scherb, Second by Matt Onnen.  Motion Carried

Treasurer’s Report – Matt Onnen

Account balances as of September 30th, 2019:

General Fund Balance                                                                                        $   22,317.74

Building Fund Balance                                                                                        $  27,625.16

Mission giving for September – $850.00 each to Life 96.5 & KLOVE 90.1

Motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report by Rhonda Toft, Second by Tim Scherb.  Motion carried.

Pastor’s Report – None

Old Business

  • Congregational Profile  – Jane Ellis – Profile has been completed, minor adjustments will be made and the document will be sent out on Monday October 14th.
  • Property Update – Dave Lien
    •  Water Leak in the North West classroom and Leak in the Sanctuary – Jose has been contacted.  He will fix.  Leak is due to screws that have popped out due to the long sheeting on the roof.
    • Shades for Windows in Sanctuary – Dave will get a total amount for the next meeting
    • Overhead door will be giving a quote for a “concession curtain”
  • Commitment Sunday Updates – November 17th – Will burn commitment cards immediately following church service.  – Judy will update if more is needed.

New Business

  • 2020 Annual Meeting Items
    • Budget Preparation – Matt will provide deacons w/ copies of their old budgets – Ready by November 1st.
    • Deacons Positions Open – Evangelism, Personnel & Property – All three are unable to stay on another full term due to bylaws.
    • Nominating committee – Attempt to contact before next meeting.
    • Tentative Date for Annual Meeting – February 23rd following the Service – May try to set up “pizza party” for the kids
  • Heritage Event – Shannon Hansen
    • Bible study In the Middle of the Mess has 17-20 people participating.  She would like to plan another Bible study after Christmas
    • Would like to have a “Heritage Day” baking event.  Requested to use church on November 16th for baking / cooking.  Deacons requested she fill out the Conditional Use Form.
    • Suggestion on streaming services – Right Now Media or Life Gateway have streaming services that may be helpful.  More information needed – will be considered.
  • November Deacons Meeting will be rescheduled to November 21st.
  • Thanksgiving Service at Bethany will be November 27th
  • Annual Fundraiser – Suggestion to hold it in January and February until the annual meeting.  Will discuss more at November Deacons Meeting


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 8:49 P.M.  The next meeting of the Board of Deacons will be Sunday November 21st 2019.  Devotions – Jason Krumvieda

Respectfully submitted,

Krista Leidholt