PASTOR'S PAGE...........................June 2021

“What is the Christian faith?” So begins the 'Explanation of the Small Catechism'. I suspect that if you were to ask your friends or family members or neighbors that question, you'd get some pretty interesting answers, such as… “The Christian faith is a way of living that helps you be a better person.” “The Christian faith is one way among many to worship God.” “The Christian faith tells you what you have to do to get to heaven when you die.”

So, what about you? How do you answer the question, “what is the Christian faith?”

Actually, there are two ways to correctly answer this question depending on how you hear it. First, there's the answer that puts all of the focus on Christ and who He is and what He has done. “The Christian faith is the confession that Jesus Christ is the world's only Savior and Redeemer.”

This begs the question, “Who is Jesus Christ?” (Question #2) “Jesus is true God and true man in one person. He is the eternal Son of the Father, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary to be our Savior and Lord. This God who became flesh in the person of the Son, Jesus Christ is the only true God, the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”

That may sound like both a mouthful and a headful, but every part of that answer is critical to getting it right. Misunderstanding or misrepresenting any of these parts and pieces results in something other than who Christ really is and what the “Christian faith” really is. And the fact that this happens a lot is why we get all those bad answers from our family, friends and neighbors.

The second way to answer this question, “What is the Christian faith,” just as correctly is to put the emphasis on the Christian. Question #4, “What is a Christian?” I also suspect that our family, friends and neighbors would have some pretty interesting answers to that question as well, such as… “A Christian is someone who prays.” “A Christian is someone who goes to church on Sunday.” “A Christian is someone who tries to do good.”

So, what about you? How do you answer the question, “What is a Christian?” “

A Christian is someone who, by the power and work of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, believes in and confesses Jesus as Savior and Lord. Through Baptism, a Christian is adopted into the Father's family, the Church.”

Again, a mouthful and headful, but also again, each and every part of the answer is critical to getting it right. We are living in a world that is very confused about what the Christian faith is and what it means to be a Christian. This confusion has led to so many tragic results. How very important it is for us to have a clear understanding and confession, both for ourselves as well as for our confused family, friends and neighbors! So, along with your Bible, read your Small Catechism regularly. Yes, even during the Summer!

Have a blessed Summer,

Pastor Wagner


Registered Visitors at First Trinity for April/May 2021 - (Visitors who filled out cards.) 

April 25 Gary/Kathy Adams – Bakersfield, CA; Dianna Bannister – Omaha, NE; Alfred Wollenburg – DeWitt, NE

May 4 Marcia Ramey – Kansas City, MO; Steve Schumacher – Harbor Beach, MI

May 9 Dianna Bannister – Omaha, NE; Jim/Lisa Bluege – Belvidere, IL; Steve Schumacher – Harbor Beach, MI

May 16 Lyle Osborn – Lenexa, KS; Wayne/Vivian Zimmerman – Beatrice, NE; Nathanael Prince – Beatrice, NE; Ruth Stroemer – Beatrice, NE

May 23 Steve Schumacher – Harbor Beach, MI; Nathanael Prince – Beatrice, NE 


Church Offering Income for the Month of April: $8,441.30


First Trinity Lutheran Church Council Meeting Minutes 

May 11, 2021

The meeting was called to order by Elder Dean Damme at 8:34 pm. Pastor Wagner gave an opening devotion with a reading from 1 Peter, Chapter 2. The minutes of the council meeting were approved as corrected for spelling. Russell Behrends presented the Financial Secretary's report. The Treasurer's report was provided by Ron Malchow. Income received from Financial Secretary for April was $8,441.30, expenses $11,173.54, with an ending balance of $72,139.63. Motion was made to accept financial reports by Allen Pfingsten. Seconded by Pastor Wagner. Motion carried. (see reports)

Elders’ Report –

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

Pastor’s Report – Pastor Timothy Wagner

· Pastor Wagner will be taking vacation days on May 18-20 and on June 11-14. Pastor Schauer will fill in on June 13.

Trustee’s Report – Not present, no report.

· It was noted that there is some winter damage to shrubs around the school and parsonage.

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

Sunday School Superintendent - Not present, no report.

Cemetery Sexton –

· Someone was out today to eradicate gophers and badgers.

· Trees have been trimmed in the cemetery.

Old Business

· The 2020-year end and the February 2021 Financial Secretary and Treasurer reports do not agree for income received and needs to be reconciled. The issue on February’s report was due to the bank not transferring $2.05 as requested. The transfer was finally made in April. Russ and Ron will get together to get these reports reconciled.

· Volunteers from the church will do the prep and forming work for the cemetery parking project.

New Business

· Helen Burger has requested to transfer her membership here from St. Paul, Beatrice. Motion by Allen Pfingsten to approve. Seconded by Russ Behrends. Motion approved.

Motion to adjourn by Allen Pfingsten. Seconded by Russ Behrends. Motion carried. Meeting was closed with the Lord’s Prayer at 9:13 pm. Members present include: Pastor Wagner, Dean Damme, Allen Pfingsten, Russ Behrends and Kyle Spilker.

Submitted by Secretary Kyle Spilker.



Ethan McAllister            3                      Andie Koch                    16

Mora Nickel                       5                      Michael Hinz                24

Samuel Hahn                     7                      Gracin Hahn                 25

Laura Bock                         11                    Curtis Reynolds         30


Renee Kettelhut             3                       Laura Bock                    17

Abby Schuck                     6                        Walter Neumann      17 

Angela Belding                8                        Samuel Hahn               20

Judy Pohlmann                8                       Ethan McAllister        21

Michael Sothan               13                     Arlene Smith                 24


Dan/Carolyn Bennett         1

John/Lydia Niemeier           4

Kyle/Betsy Spilker                11

Lee/Sara Nickel                      12

Matthew/Carolyn Brott    14

Pastor Tim/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.