PASTOR'S PAGE..........................................JUNE 2019

Summer vacation time is here. Most of you will likely be taking a vacation away from home during these summer months.  These vacations may take you to many different cities and states of our country.

As you travel you will continue to live your baptismal lives.  You will continue to sin and will also need to continue to live in the promises that God made to you in your Baptism by daily contrition and repentance, hearing the Word, confessing your sins, and clinging to Christ for forgiveness in His Gospel and Sacraments.

Wherever you may go you should be able to find a congregation of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod where you can attend the Divine Service. To find an LC-MS congregation you can go to There you can click on ”locators” and then “find a church.” Enter there the appropriate information and you should be able to find a church near where you are. When you go to a church introduce yourself to the pastor and ask him beforehand if it is alright if you partake of the Sacrament with them.

This year I thought we would try something a little different. When you travel somewhere send a postcard here to the church and we will put it on a bulletin board. Then bring a bulletin from the church where you attended and we will add it to the bulletin board.

The Lord protect and guide you as you travel.  We pray that He would make your ways safe and your homecoming joyful, and that He would at last bring you to your heavenly home.

You can pray that with this prayer: Lord God our Father, You kept Abraham and Sarah in safety throughout the days of their pilgrimage, You led the children of Israel through the midst of the sea, and by a star you led the Wise Men to the infant Jesus. Protect and guide us now in this time as we set out to travel. Make our ways safe and our homecomings joyful, and bring us at last to our heavenly home, where You dwell in glory with Your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Have a safe and blessed summer,

Pastor Wagner

Registered Visitors at First Trinity for April/May 2019

(Visitors who filled out cards.)

April 28 Rosie Hill – Fairbury, NE; Norbert Meyer – Beatrice, NE; Steve Schumacher – Harbor Beach, MI; Kim Witulski;

Art/Eleanor Wagner – Imperial, NE; Jeff/Liz, Hallie & Reagan Elgan – Gretna, NE; Chris/Leah, Zia, Eli & Mya Humphries – Omaha; Chris & Paxton Teeter and Bobbi Stohs – Plymouth, NE; Adaline Dorn – Beatrice, NE; Wayne/Vivian Zimmerman – Beatrice, NE; Craig/Jan & Emily Frenzen – Fullerton, NE

May 5 Norbert Meyer – Beatrice, NE; Lyle Osborn – Lenexa, KS

May 12 Norbert Meyer – Beatrice, NE; Andrew Zimmerman – Beatrice, NE; Brady & Bonnie Yoder – Omaha, NE; Steve/Macie Ramey – Kansas City, MO; Jayme Sederberg – Lincoln, NE; Logan Spilker – Lincoln, NE

May 19 Norbert Meyer – Beatrice, NE; Martha Aring – Jacksonville, IL


Church Offering Income for the Month of April: $9,244.44



Ethan McAllister 3      Michael Hinz      24

Samuel Hahn        7      Gracin Hahn        25

Laura Bock           11     Curtis Reynolds 30

Andie Koch          16


Renee Kettelhut 3                   Michael Sothan    13

Abby Schuck         6                    Laura Bock              17

Angela Belding    8                    Walter Neumann 17

Judy Pohlmann   8                     Samuel Hahn         20

Augustus Wollenburg 9         Ethan McAllister 21

William Spilker      11                Arlene Smith         24

Amanda Johnsen 12


Dan/Carolyn Bennett                             1

John/Lydia Niemeier                               4

Kyle/Betsy Spilker                                 11

Lee/Sara Nickel                                       12

Matthew/Carolyn Brott                    14

Pastor/Timothy/Cynthia Wagner 21

Wayne/Carol Ossowski                     26

Aaron*/Abby Schuck                             30

*If your birthday, baptismal birthday, or anniversary date is missing from our lists, please contact the church office so we can include it next year.


First Trinity Lutheran Church Council Meeting Minutes - May 14, 2019

The meeting was called to order by Elder Dan Bennett at 8:30 pm. Pastor Wagner gave an opening devotion with a reading from John, chapter 16. The minutes of the council meeting were approved as read. Russell Behrends presented the Financial Secretary's report. The Treasurer's report was presented by Ron Malchow. Income received from Financial Secretary for April was $9,244.44, expenses $16,053.62, with an ending balance of $33,165.89. Motion was made to accept financial reports by Allen Pfingsten. Seconded by Dean Damme. Motion carried. (see reports)

Elders’ Report –

· Next month’s meeting will be June 11, with the Elders meeting at 7:30 pm and council at 8:30 pm.

Pastor’s Report – Pastor Timothy Wagner

· Birth and Baptism of JW Everett Beethe.

· Heather Warnken has requested a release from our congregation.

· Confirmation of Trevor Johnson and Samuel Wagner was April 28.

Trustee’s Report – Not present, no report.

· Update on cross by Russ Behrends and Kyle Spilker.

Stewardship / Board of Education – Not present, no report.

Sunday School Superintendent - Not present, no report.

Cemetery Sexton – Not present, no report.

Old Business

· None

New Business

· Moved by Dean Damme and seconded by Allen Pfingsten to grant a release from membership to Heather Warnken. Motion carried.

· Elders have and will purchase additional Reserved Banners and Cords to be used in church using memorial money out of savings.

Motion to adjourn by Russ Behrends. Seconded by Ron Malchow. Motion carried. Meeting was closed with the Lord’s Prayer at 8:55 pm.

Members present include: Pastor Wagner, Dan Bennett, Dean Damme, Ron Malchow, Russ Behrends, Allen Pfingsten and Kyle Spilker.

Submitted by Secretary Kyle Spilker.


April 29, 2019

Dear Friends in Christ,

Thank you, on behalf of a grateful District, for the generous gift of $500.00 that First Trinity Lutheran Church – Beatrice, has made of our Building Together. In Christ. For Mission. Capital Campaign.

With your commitment, you have made a bold statement about the future of our Nebraska District LCMS and its ministries. Your support will be restricted to the project(s) as you have designated.

Our campaign has already received over $2,000,000.00 in gifts and pledges. Those commitments will allow us to renovate the University Lutheran Chapel in Lincoln, strengthening our ability to attract and better serve students, and to better engage the neighborhoods that surround the Chapel. Support for this campaign will also provide for renovations of the District Office, which will strengthen the staff's ability to better serve congregations throughout the District.

Thank you, again, for your congregation's investment in the future of our Nebraska District LCMS and its ministries. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and greatly needed as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev. Richard Snow

District President (2 Corinthians 5:20)


**Thank you for this wonderful gift to the renovation!

God's Blessings, Joyce