PASTOR'S PAGE...................................................SEPTEMBER 2023

In Isaiah 55, as the chapter begins, the Lord urges us to come to Him. The things we need to survive - food and drink ‚Äď He has, and wants to give. Even those without money are welcome. And what He has to give, He gives that we may live.

When we hear that, we may wonder who wouldn‚Äôt want to listen to the Lord? That‚Äôs exactly what verse two asks: ‚ÄúWhy do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?‚ÄĚ

Unfortunately, we know that people offer up many excuses as to why they don’t want to listen to the Lord. This saddens us, as Paul was saddened by the same kind of thing amongst his own people (which he talks about in Romans 9).

But the fault is not with God. God still calls out to all who want life: ‚ÄúCome, buy and eat!‚ÄĚ The language there might sound a little convoluted. How could anyone ‚Äúbuy‚ÄĚ if he has no money? This simply gets at the fact that it does have a price, yet the price was not paid by us.

Jesus came to redeem (buy) us so that we would dwell with Him forever. Because He paid, we are able to receive life.

It just so happens that life comes to us through the word of God (the call), water (baptism) and the bread and wine that are Christ’s body and blood. God calls us to these things that we may live.

This message of life is stated again in Matthew 11, where Jesus says, ‚ÄúCome to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.‚ÄĚ Jesus has done the work. We take His yoke upon us, and it is easy and light.

The call still goes out: ‚ÄúCome, hear, and live.‚ÄĚ

God’s richest blessings,  Pastor Wagner


Registered Visitors at First Trinity for July/August 2023

(Visitors who filled out cards.) 

July 30 - Rosie Hill - Fairbury, NE

August 6 - Rodney/Doris Lueders - Beatrice, NE; Paul/Beth Rydlund - St. James, ,MO; Harley Hashberger - Mankato, KS; Chirs/Leah, Zia, Eli, & Mya Humphries - Omaha, NE

August 13 - Harley Hashberger - Mankato, KS & Rod/Doris Lueders - Beatrice, NE

August 20 - Lyle Osborn - Lenexa, KS; Jeremiah/Karen, Katie, Lauren & Carter Johnsen - Omaha, NE


Church Offering Income for the Month of July 2023: $7,960.21.


First Trinity Lutheran Church Council Meeting  - August 8, 2023

The meeting was called to order by Church President James Hahn at 8:30 pm.  Pastor Wagner gave a devotion with a reading from Matthew Chapter 13.  Ten members were present.  Pastor Wagner moved to approve the minutes of July 11, 2023 meeting.  Kyle Spilker seconded the motion and the minutes were approved as printed.  Russell Behrends presented the Financial Secretary Report.  General income for the July General Fund was $76,146.48.  

The Treasurer Report was presented by Kyle Spilker.  He reported a balance as of 7/31/23 of $57,368.80.  July expenses totaled $7,265.27 and income from the Financial Secretary totaled $8,339.47.  The beginning balance as of 7/1/23 was $55,589.83.  Mr. Spilker reported that the Concordia Plan expenses were not taken out on schedule and that the August 31st billing will reflect three months of withdrawals.

Dean Damme moved to approve the financial reports.  The motion was seconded by Allen Pfingsten and carried.

Elders' Report - Allen Pfingsten.  Next month's meeting will be held September 12, 2023 with the Elders' Meeting at 7:30 pm and the Council meeting at 8:30 pm.

Pastor's Report - Pastor Wagner.  The Circuit announced that Pastor Ken Humphrey will be installed as Pastor of the two Falls City churches.   Pastor informed the Council about the Circuit renaming and structuring.  We are in the Falls City Circuit.

Trustee's Report - Matt Brott.  Mr. Brott reported that Noakes of Beatrice repaired the parsonage air conditioner.  The church lighted sign was repaired.  Beatrice Mechanical repaired the fuel line.  The storm damaged trees have been cleaned up.  One crabapple tree and one pine in the cemetery will be cleaned up.  Previous minutes from 7/17/22 reflected that LED lighting in the school be installed in all rooms but the offices and council room.

Stewardship/Board of Education - John Niemeier (not present)

Cemetery Sexton - David Faulder.  Total cemetery funds are $63,661.38 plus accrued interest.  The  cashed CD at First State Bank of $10,000.00 was deposited in the savings account.  Mr. Faulder plans to invest these funds at 5% in a Treasury Direct Account.

Unfinished Business - Pastor had a question about haying across the laterals behind the parsonage.  The thought was that no problems should arise at this point.  Discussion centered on exchanging mowing area for internet expenses.  Pastor said he would mow to the cedar trees in exchange for his share of the internet monthly expense.  Discussion:  Cemetery archway is in need of upkeep and possible relocation.

New Business - The Synod offering for the 2023-26 National synodical offering is for producing solid Lutheran materials in languages other than English for those who have needed them.  The amount of the door offering was $141.00.

Pastor presented a bid from Blackburn Tech for a Dell OptiPlex 3000N+ Series Tower computer.  Discussion centered on application and needed features.  The bid was $797.05.  Pastor is going to gather more information before a decision is made.  Key points were memory and upfront discounts.  The budget allows for $1,000.00 for  a new computer.

Mr. Pfingsten announced that the Concordia Plan insurance will be going up $113.00 per month for 2024.

A motion was made by Pastor Wagner to adjourn, seconded by Dean Damme.  Motion carried.  The meeting was closed with the Lord's Prayer at 8:48 p.m.

Members present were Pastor Wagner, David Faulder, Dave Barnard, Matt Brott, Russell Behrends, Allen Pfingsten, Dean Damme, James Hahn, Brent Niemeier and Kyle Spilker.

Respectfully submitted,

Dave Barnard, Secretary



Henry Meyer                   1        Todd Niemeier           15

David Faulder                  4         Dale Meyer                 16

Judy Haussler                  5         Ron Malchow              18

Leo Kettelhut                   7         Jamie Brandt               20

Tyler Malchow                7          Dwight Holtmeier    21

Pam Niemeier                 8           Jacob Meyer               22

Jackson Spilker              8           Karen Pfingsten        24

Evelynn Meyer              10        Mark McAllister        29

Tessie Smith*                  12        Myron Belding           30


Cameron Meyer            1       Matt Collins                   13

Fred Swartz                     4       Carolyn Bennett          20

Judy Haussler                5        Tyler  Malchow             27

Krista Reynolds            10      Pam Niemeier               28

Dillon Damme                12     Dale Meyer                    30


David/Victoria Barnard      2

Gerald/Judy Pohlmann        6

Leon/Marie Zimmerman    8

Todd/Kathy* Niemeier       10

Dale/Arlene Meyer              26

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