112 E Annabelle St. Brandon, SD 57005
605.582.5030
spiritoftruthlutheranchurch@gmail.com

Monthly Newsletter

APRIL NEWSLETTER

WORSHIP/MUSIC On behalf of the Worship and Music Committee, I would like to thank all of you who agreed to help with the Lenten Series: “Telling Their Stories – Encounters With Jesus”. These were the individuals who willingly agreed to help with the series by reading the monologues and helping with the scripture readings and leading the Lenten Services:
Monologue 1 – John – Bruce and Diane Schroeder
Monologue 2 – Peter – Kerry and Jane Ellis
Monologue 3 – Malchus – Jason and Sasha Krumvieda
We also had these members who we did not get to hear from:
Monologue 4 – Nicodemus – Wyatt Sundvold and Pam Meland
Monologue 5 – Pilate – Rob Nelson and Connie Matsuda
Monologue 6 – Judas – Dan Larson and Judy Krull
Monologue 7 – The Centurian – Phil and Rhonda Toft

We also had several individuals who had offered to provide special music during this Lenten season. Thank you to Miles Krumvieda for playing your violin for us on March 8. Others who were willing to provide music for us included: Erin Castle, Ellie Erickson, Nichole Hansen, Matt Onnen, Jim Olson, Vyonne Manning and Howard Hedger. Your willingness to share your time and talent is so very much appreciated by our entire congregation.

During these last few months when we have been without a full time Pastor, so many of you have stepped up to help with services. Many of you do not get thanked enough for baking and serving goodies and meals, welcoming and greeting us on Sunday mornings, serving communion, baking the communion bread, serving us as Deacons, serving on various committees, arranging for mission projects, teaching Sunday School, Bible School and Confirmation, running the sound system, not to mention the many projects and activities that Clarissa arranges for our youth. 

Last, but certainly not least, it goes without saying that a VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU is extended to Pastor Larry Jerke, Jim Erickson and Jeanne Jensen for keeping us in the Word week after week. We all serve a Risen Savior and in times like these it’s good to remember that even though we are going through troubled waters, our Savior was able to walk on the water. He will continue to lead and guide as we turn to Him with praise, prayer and thanksgiving.

Our heartfelt thanks to all of you and “Thanks be to God!”
Claudia Abraham
Worship and Music Committee
Due to the Coronavirus and the recommendations from Governor Noem, The Spirit of Truth Board of Deacons have canceled our church services and group activities for the month of April. We will continue to offer our online worship services where we can still be “Together”. We are so grateful to Jim Erickson and all who are participating and bringing these WONDERFUL services to us. THANK YOU for sharing your gifts with us and filling our hearts!!!!!!!

MISSIONS 
We have a unique opportunity to let our community know who we are as a congregation while road construction is underway and traffic is routed in front of our building. A great suggestion was made that we create signs to offer hope, faith and love during this time; as well as proclaim the Easter message. You can make this a family project while you are home from school and work; an artistic individual or group sidewalk chalk project! Sign frames, paints, chalk and other supplies are available at church during office hours – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9 AM – 5 PM or you may contact Clarissa! She can be reached by email at Clarissap782@hotmail.com or call her at 605-254-2985.  Let’s lift up our neighbors and community by participating!!!
The Brandon Citywide Rummages are held each year in May and August. Due to COVID-19, we are not currently taking registrations for the Spring sales. The Spring sales may be held May 7-9, 2020. The Fall sales will be held August 28-29, 2020. Each year our missions team participates to raise funds for youth trips. This year, we will be raising funds for 2021 summer trip to Jamaica!! If the sales do not happen in May, we will still have one in August. That said, Alice Jacobson has offered her garage again to hold the sale. You may begin bringing your items to her garage. Just give Alice a call at 605-351-8226, and she will open her garage door for you to unload your items as well as any tables you might have to donate; BUT make sure your tables are marked so we can get them back to you! Getting items early is a great help to us for the set-up process!! Blessings to you while you are staying safe at home! 
  We are collecting paper and cleaning products to disburse between the Brandon and Garretson Food Pantries. Thanks so very much for your help in advance!
  THE BANQUET Bruce Dysthe is collecting plastic garbage bags, silverware, serving items and containers like butter, cool whip, etc. for the new Banquet West location. You are welcome to drop off at church.
YOUTH There will be no youth activities or youth group as long as there is no school. Instead, Clarissa will be providing students with virtual devotionals and activities. You can follow these on the youth’s Facebook page ( https://m.facebook.com/groups/364986443585477?tsid=0.9137452997102609&source=result) or Instagram (@spiritoftruthyouthgroup). Devotionals will be posted on Wednesdays and be targeted towards grades 6-12. Events in May are as planned for now. We will keep everyone updated as we get closer to those dates.  PICTURES! SELFIES! We are going to do something extra special for Easter. Please send in a fun picture of you or your family, a selfie, whatever you are doing with family during this time of “shelter in place”. We want to bring HAPPINESS & JOY when we show this in a slide show on Easter Sunday! Hoping it can bring us together EVEN more!!! Please send your pictures(horizontal) to SOT Email by TUESDAY, April 7. The more people that participate and share, the better the show! PLEASE participate. Doesn’t have to be anything fancy, we’re just looking to bringing everyone together and make it so we “SEE” each other!
How Can I Help Sew Masks for Health Care Workers?
https://www.avera.org/balance/wellness-and-preventive-care/how-can-i-help-sew-masks-for-health-care-workers/We want to be there for you and to help in any way we can! If you are needing special errands or someone to help with getting your groceries, PLEASE call the church 605-582-5030. We have people who are more than willing to help! If you are interested in being on the list to help, please email Jeanne.


Maundy Thursday Online Services @ 9:30 AM.
Good Friday Online Services @ 6:30 PM.   Online Services from Heritage Lutheran Church. LIVE STREAM @ 6:30 PM.   Easter Online Services with Communion @ 9:30 AM. 


Dear Spirit of Truth: It has been awhile since we have all been able to come together in person, but I know we have been strengthening one another and coming together in the spirit of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We, the deacons, realize in these unknown times there can be an abundance of concern, worry and even fear.  Holding fast to our beliefs in the Living God will help us get through this and other trials and uncertainties that come our way.
One of the uncertainties we face is what our personal financial situation might be when this finally comes to an end. Please ensure you take care of your families needs first, but if you are still able to give an offering we want to be able to offer you some options.1. Mail your offering to the church Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church PO Box 481Brandon SD 570052. Drop off your offering at the church Jeanne is normally at the church Tuesday – Thursday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. In order to respect social distancing, you can put your offering in an envelope and place it on the bench in side the main door to the church. You may want to call the church and let Jeanne know you left your offering.3. Sign up for Simply Giving If you are more of the techie type, you can add an app to your phone to make it even easier. The instructions for this are attached.
Please know that you are being thought of and prayed for during this time. Spirit of Truth is a strong, supportive family who will help one another through this trial. If you are in need of something you feel the church can help with, please reach out to us at the church or to a deacon. Stay safe, take care of yourselves and trust that God is in control.
Matt Onnen Treasurer Spirit of Truth

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL June 22 – 25 | 6 PM to 8 PM | Free light supper at 5:15 PM daily. We invite preschool and elementary children to come visit Athens and hear the awe-inspiring story of the Apostle Paul, straight from Paul himself!                                                                                                                                                                  Registration information will be posted at the end of May and registration will be available at the church and on the website in June.                                                                                                                                                                                                      ***PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHMENT FOR THE DONATION LIST FOR VBS. 


PRAYER REQUESTS:  
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, Mark Haigh, Tom Fuller, James Rabenburg(Toole), Roy/Bobbi Toole, Jim/Jane Andersen, Art Aadland. Please continue to pray for Shannon Hansen. PRAISE/JOY:You make our world a little brighter every day. . . because you care enough to volunteer. Thanks for all you do! We are so grateful for you and are so blessed you choose to give your time to us. ~ St Francis House LINK TO COMPLETE CALENDAR

WEEKLY SERMONS The sermon is now available on our website under the Media tab and on Facebook Sunday morning @ 9:30 AM. The worship service is broadcast on Alliance on your local channel on Fridays @ 6:30 PM.
STAFF Clarissa Lindstad, Youth Director clarissap582@hotmail.com   605-254-2985 (text or call) Jeanne Jensen, Financial Secretary spiritoftruthlutheranchurch@gmail.com   605-582-5030Claudia 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
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“Today I choose JOY!” Jeanne Jensen Financial Secretary Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church PO Box 481, 112 E Annabelle St Brandon SD  57005(605)582-5030www.spiritoftruthsd.org spiritoftruthlutheranchurch@gmail.com