The Vine Newsletter

        May 9th


Maybe you have plans to get back out on the water this month.  May holds the opening of fishing season and the time we look forward to hot sun and warm breezes.  Even though half the time at opening fishing, we’re wearing two coats, our winter gloves and fighting snowflakes, my family always enjoys getting out on the lake.  Our family will be together for Mother’s Day way up north on Lake Burntside, where the ice just went out this week.  It is a huge lake and we always take care when deciding to go out because the wind can come up so quickly.

May always feels a little like a big lake on a windy day.  It is always a busy month for families.  There are many obligations that pull us in many directions.  Whether we get back out on the water or not this month, we can begin to feel like a boat that is not anchored; a boat that is out in too windy conditions.  We can end up going wherever the wind blows us. 

Just as the water currents are subtle but very strong, the world’s currents are as well.  We need an anchor in our lives to secure us against the dangers of the world to our souls.  Jesus is our anchor.  He keeps us from being crashed against into the rocks, or run aground in our lives.

As we begin the busyness of summer I invite you to keep attached to Jesus, your anchor.   Maybe it means you attend church when you are at the cabin or camping and of course come to Christ Lutheran when you are home.  We hope you will remember Christ Lutheran financially throughout the summer and perhaps consider signing up for automatic giving. 

As Minnesotans we all love the warmer weather.  This year it is truer than ever for me.  It feels like winter has lasted too long.  I hope you catch lots of fish if you are into fishing and that you enjoy the sun and warmer weather.  My prayer for you is that you would meet Jesus in the midst of this busy month and allow Him to anchor you.                                                

~ Pastor Carol



"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them."                                                                                                                                             Matthew 18:23




                                           Tool Box


                                     KEEP IN PRAYER

                                   Kevin & Connie Glarner

                                           Nancy Gruchow                  

THANK YOU:  to the choir for singing on Confirmation Sunday.

to Michelle & Luke for playing during the service.

to Tod Vaudrin for making the wonderful crosses, for each confirmand. 

 to Deb Smits  & Melissa Bauer for helping with the confirmation breakfast,

to Tod Vaudrin for organizing the painting of the church, Tod is painting the offices, and kitchen himself and if you would be willing to help, please talk to Tod.

 to everyone who gave to help defray the cost of the  painting  $980 was gifted to the project, thanks.


WOMEN'S SUPPER & STUDY:  Bible study, May 13th, at 6pm. Hosted by Melissa Bauer here at Christ Lutheran. Just started a new study,  if you would like to join us, we would welcome you.


LECTOR: New list will be going up this week. Please fill in the dates that you would be willing to lector.


QUILTING~ Saturday June 8th , 9-4pm, please bring a dish to share.


Good Earth Village:  Christ Lutheran Week is  July 21 - 26th  (but if that doesn't work for you…please look at the other options).   Open to k-12

go to  to see more information & to register

We are asking/looking for  a female member of Christ Lutheran to be a delegate to attend the South East Minnesota Synod Annual Assembly in Rochester, Friday May 31 & June 1st. Please talk to Pastor Carol if you would like to volunteer. 


Summer Stretch packets are ready to pick up. On Wednesdays ,for 6 weeks youth 6-12th will be doing a servant event followed by a fun event . Cost is $85 for all 6 weeks.


Youth Summer Mission trip ~for all youth(6th completed - 12th grade) wanting to go on this great summer trip. Heading to South Dakota.


All Stars For Jesus~. Please mark your calendars for VBS which will be  August 5-9th, 5:30-7:30pm. Also, many  of the young children will be eligible to go to Good Earth Village, the summer camp in Spring Valley MN. We picked July 21-26th for "our week", but  if that doesn’t work, look at their web site. for information & to  register.


HERITAGE DAY~ June 15th.  We are looking to have a float again this year in the parade. We need a truck and a flat bed trailer. We ideally need the trailer about a week early to get it decorated. Please let the office know if you can help.


GRUBBY SUNDAY~ is May 19th, we have a newly painted inside, it would be nice to get the grounds outside ready  for the summer.  Come ready to work. Thanks.



             April 28th

                                                        CURRENT            MORTGAGE


                                                              $2,969.00         $275.00

NEEDED  weekly

                                                         $2,888.00             $150.00


         May 5th


                                                     CURRENT            MORTGAGE


                                                      $2,234.00               $320.00

NEEDED for the week

                                                     $2,888.00                 $150.00



 Monthly Worship schedule for May

Communion set up~ Linda Foellmi & Deb Smits

 Please feel free to step up and help us serve each other.



May 5th               Confirmation                                _______                           9:30am

Acolytes:  Lane Tinaglia & Reid Wildgrube    Cross/candle bearer:

                                                                        Sophie Sanders/ Marisa Parkos

Ushers:  Luke Havumaki                                       Lector:  Mark Freeman

Money Counters Jenny Coulsey  & Liz Tinaglia

Communion Assistants :    Neil & Jenny Whannel & Doug Tinaglia

Council Hosts  Tod Vaudrin




May  12th                     Mother's  Day                                                                     9:30am

Acolytes:     Jones Stricker & Aubrie Havumaki        Cross bearer: Hunter Mueller

Ushers:  Brian Gunderson                                               Lector:  Jane Voit

Money Counters Nita Kramer  & Linda Hesse

Council Hosts  Liz Tinaglia



May 19th___________________________________________________9:30am

Acolytes:   Ashlin Havumaki/Lily Dube                       Cross bearer: Mason Delaney

Ushers:                                                                                        Lector: Luke Havumaki

Money Counters : Jenny  Coulsey  & Linda Hesse

Communion Assistants :   Tod Vaudrin,  Paul  & Linda  Foellmi

Council Hosts  Neil Whannel




May 26th_________________Volunteers Needed___________________9:30am

Acolytes:                                                                        Cross bearer: Tyler Heintz

Ushers:                                                                                         Lector: Dan Brewster

Money Counters ; Jenny  Coulsey  & Linda Hesse

Council Hosts : Dan Tinaglia


Please note that the acolytes will be exiting the church with the candle holders lit, showing the  light of Christ going out into the world.

Please remain seated till they leave the sanctuary.




                         May Birthdays

 Neil Whannel                            May 2nd

Lane Tinaglia                             May 5th  

 Kelsey Johnson                          May 6th

 James Parkos                              May 6th

 Ken Mueller                               May 9th


Mark McKenna                           May 12th

Matthew McKenna                     May 12th

Tracy McGilberry                       May 13th

Drew Pilon                                  May 13th

Linda Hesse                                May 14th

Kathy McKenna                          May 14th

Jane Livingood                           May 15th

Cheyenne Wenker                      May 17th

Theresa Schweisthal                   May 18th

Sandy Flom                                May 18th

Luke Havumaki                          May 18th

Anna Havumaki                          May 19th

Kellsey Meyer                              May 19th

Danny Tinaglia                            May 20th


Joanne Omtvedt                           May 21st

Sam McGilberry                          May 24th

Elizabeth Tinaglia                       May 24th

Shirley Drentlaw                         May 25th

William Drentlaw                        May 27th

Alyssa Sanders                            May 31st



      May Wedding Anniversaries


Mike & Brenda Crissinger  May 10th

TJ & Becky Mueller            May 12th

Neil & Jenny Whannel        May 14th        



Pastor Carol Sinykin contact information:  Office at 507-334-8821.

Pastor Carol's cell : 507-301-2438  

Email is:





                                                   Rummage Sale

                                               Saturday May 18th





You can bring your 'treasures', Wed-Thurs May 15th - 17th



 Please note we are not selling shoes, clothing, TV's or any electronics


 Volunteers are always needed to help set and help out setting up and on the day of the sale.



                                      America Legion   Omelet Breakfast

                                             Sunday June 2nd 8-noon

                             Fundraiser for Christ Lutheran Church Holy Smoke events

                                Tickets: Adult $10 at the door  (presale $9)

                                      Children U12 $5 at the door    (presale $4)

Pre sale  tickets available here at  church  every Sunday morning  from Sally & Wally Walburn.