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April 2024 Newsletter

Heritage Herald – April 2024 Edition

From Pastor’s Desk

S.M. Lockridge (March 7, 1913 – April 4, 2000) was the Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, a prominent African-American congregation in San Diego, California, from 1953 to 1993. He wrote a now famous Good Friday poem titled “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!

It’s Friday
Jesus is praying
Peter’s a sleeping
Judas is betraying
But Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
Pilate’s struggling
The council is conspiring
The crowd is vilifying
They don’t even know
That Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
The disciples are running
Like sheep without a shepherd
Mary’s crying
Peter is denying
But they don’t know
That Sunday’s a comin’!

It’s Friday
The Romans beat my Jesus
They robe him in scarlet
They crown him with thorns
But they don’t know
That Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
See Jesus walking to Calvary
His blood dripping
His body stumbling
And his spirit’s burdened
But you see, it’s only Friday
Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
The world’s winning
People are sinning
And evil’s grinning.

It’s Friday
The soldiers nail my Savior’s hands
To the cross
They nail my Savior’s feet
To the cross
And then they raise him up
Next to criminals.

It’s Friday
But let me tell you something
Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
The disciples are questioning
What has happened to their King
And the Pharisees are celebrating
That their scheming
Has been achieved
But they don’t know
It’s only Friday
Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
He’s hanging on the cross
Feeling forsaken by his Father
Left alone and dying
Can nobody save him?
It’s Friday
But Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday
The earth trembles
The sky grows dark
My King yields his spirit.

It’s Friday
Hope is lost
Death has won
Sin has conquered
and Satan’s just a laughin’.

It’s Friday
Jesus is buried
A soldier stands guard
And a rock is rolled into place.

But it’s Friday
It is only Friday
Sunday is a comin’!

Easter is a season in which we should be filled with joy, looking forward to the good things God has in store. We live in what can be a very dark, sad world. Wicked people do horrific things to innocent victims. The biggest threat to the survival of the human race is the human race. Nuclear war, chemical warfare, manmade pandemics all are real threats in our generation. Yes, ours may be a dark day, but a bright new day is coming! A day in which the Righteous Judge arrives to judge the earth with righteousness. A day in which all evil is eternally chained and consigned to hell.

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
And the former shall not be remembered or [a]come to mind.
 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create;
For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing,
And her people a joy.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
And joy in My people;
The voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her,
Nor the voice of crying. – Isaiah 65:17-19

-Pastor K.J. Anderson

Treasurer Update

FY24 March Financial Summary

March Financial

Council Update

Membership and Financial Data March 2024

Director Reports

Spiritual Oversight – Elders are gathering data for discovery on insights about weekly service frequency.  Chairman Cook also reported on the work of the nominations committee for exploring upcoming ballots for council positions this summer.  Elders are also reviewing potential candidates willing to serve on the Board for Spiritual Oversight.

School Board – Math and Science night was a success although less people attended compared to other years.  There is an ongoing discussion and review of the Divine Call and staffing.

Outreach – Sarah Smith is doing some outreach to school families and providing some Bible resources. Food truck planning is underway.  The board is also exploring open gym and other events for adult activities.

Properties – The school entrance project is nearly complete. A Properties committee has been formed and will gather input from many members.

Treasurer – Attached

Chairman– Dave is reviewing roles and duties for office staff with changes in school programming.

TLC/Office–  The office will be relocated to the entryway soon.


Heritage Lutheran School Grades K-2 Update

At the recent voters’ meeting the call to Miss Adsit has been amended to be a full-time position. This will include a summer program to be developed for 2025. She is currently serving as lead preschool 5 teacher at Cornerstone Early Learning Center in Hugo, a ministry of Christ Lutheran Church in North St Paul. Please pray for her as she deliberates her new call to Heritage as well as her current position at Cornerstone. May the Lord guide her to what is best for his Kingdom.

In his service,

Dave Paulsen, Congregational President

John LaSalle, School Board Co-Director

Dusty Balliet, School Board Co-Director

TLC – The Ladies’ Connection

The Ladies’ Connection will meet on Saturday, April 6th, at 10:30 a.m.

Member Photo Directory

The photo directory is in the process of being updated. If you have a recent picture that you would like us to use, please send it to Katie & Kevin Henricks – 2k2nhenricks@charter.net


Adult Bible Study Opportunities

Women’s Bible Study. 

All the women of Heritage are invited to join us on Monday night, April 8th @ 6:30 p.m. as we start a study of  Equipped: The Armor of God for Everyday Struggles. Contact Ruth B. for further details. Contact Ruth B. with questions or to join virtually.

Men’s Bible Study

The Men’s Thursday Morning Bible Class is studying 1 Kings and meets at church on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

Members Helping Members

Greetings from Members Helping Members,
We help with rides to doctors’ appointments, limited help with car repairs, meals, or any other help someone may need. This month we supplied several meals to families in need. Please contact Pastor or myself if you need any help. If you would like to help on this committee, please contact me.
Thank you,
Barb Oachs

Companions in Prayer 

My Prayer Story

I have not recently updated the congregation on the activities of Companions in Prayer.  This is a group of members who have gone through education related to intercessory prayer, the process of how requests are communicated,  and the importance of confidentiality.  There are 3 goals as described below including activities that took place in 2023.

  • Goal 1: Establish a group of individuals who will actively participate in intercessory prayer for individuals/groups of the congregation as well as family and friends of the congregation members.  (This includes prayers for healing, for thanksgiving, for celebration, for strength, recognition of special events,  )
    • A total of 55 individuals were prayed for. (Sometimes 1X up to all year long.)  These include those having immediate need for intercessory prayer and those who have the potential to have the concern returning.  About half of the individuals were members and half friends/family of members.  An additional 9 group/general prayers were offered.
    • 57 cards of encouragement, congratulation or condolence were sent.
  • Goal 2: Foster an active and effective prayer life of Heritage members through on-going communication that encourages individuals and families to expand their prayer life. (This could include notes in the newsletter, bulletin boards, bulletin inserts, facebook postings, etc.)
  • The monthly Newsletter has continued with a “story” related to prayer each month.
  • The monthly Newsletter also continues to include suggestions for congregation intercessory prayers.
  • Goal 3: Develop and maintain resources that will assist individuals and groups in enriching and expanding their prayer life.  (This could include samples/illustrations of prayers, scripture references for specific types of prayer, a retreat on prayer, bookmarks, notecards, etc.)
  • Individualized bookmarks that commemorate Baptisms and Confirmation.

If you have a request, questions or an interest in participating, please contact Alice Schmidt or the office.

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayerThat calls me from a world of care,

And bids me at my Father’s throne  Make all my wants and wishes known;

In seasons of distress and grief,  My soul has often found relief;

And oft escaped the tempter’s snare, By thy return, sweet hour of prayer;

And oft escaped the tempter’s snare, By thy return, sweet hour of prayer.


Congregation Prayer Suggestions: 

Intercessory prayer – prayers on the behalf of others – are a part of a Christian’s life.  If you have a request for Companions in Prayer at Heritage to pray for you or someone you know, please contact Alice Schmidt, Pastor Anderson or the Office.

Each of you have a list of those you pray for, but consider adding these to it.

  • Several of our members and their families have gone through very difficult times in the last months. Please continue to pray for them – that they will find comfort in God’s promise of salvation to all who believe in Him.
  • A revised call has been sent to McKenna Adsit for the open pre-school teacher position. Pray that God give her guidance to her In her deliberating to do what is best for both schools and for her.

Thank You

Dear Heritage church family,
I don’t even know where to start in thanking you for everything that you have done for Bruce, my
family and me! You blessed us with many prayers and cards while Bruce was sick. You offered
to bring meals, come visit and come over and pray and sing with us, help with finances if
needed, and probably more things that I can’t remember right now.
After Bruce went to his new home in heaven, you gave more prayers and cards. You have
offered help with whatever our needs are. You helped make his funeral service beautiful!
Besides making and bringing all the desserts, taking care of the drinks, setting up everything in
the gym including cloth tablecloths, flowers and Bibles on the tables, serving for the lunch, and
making sure the church was clean, I’m sure there were numerous other things that I can’t even
think of. I cannot thank you enough! We truly have a church family here at Heritage! We are so
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Ginny, the rest of the Voigt family, and the Hermanns, Shaws and Laverys


Serving in April

April Greeters

4/7 – Dennis & Ruth Braun

4/14 – Chapman

4/21 – Henricks

4/28 – Nikoley


Greeter Guidelines

To provide a consistent, friendly, and sincere greeting every Sunday to all members and visitors to Heritage Lutheran Church, guidelines have been developed to help accomplish that goal.  Following are some of those guidelines:

  • Please mark your calendar for the date you are assigned. The date assigned will be published in the Heritage Newsletter for a two-month period.
  • Please be ready to greet no less than 20 minutes before each service for which you have been assigned.
  • As you greet visitors, please encourage them to sign our guest book. If there are two people greeting, one of you could escort them to the guest book while the other continues to greet.  Ideally you should try to introduce them to another member standing nearby.  Sometimes this is difficult to do as the service is starting.  In that case, try to chat with them after the service and introduce them to other members after the service.
  • Stay at the door until the service is underway; visitors quite often show up late and really need extra help in getting bulletins and a place to sit. Feel free to involve the ushers as needed.
  • If you have a chance, get their contact information from the guest book or by asking them for it, and then follow up with a thank you text, email, or note sent to them thanking them for visiting our church. If you inform the church office, they could help with this task.
  • If you are unable to greet at both services, please ask someone to fill in for you. If you find out at the last minute, text the following who are willing to help –  Remus 651-800-5827, Braun 612-237-1064, Fahning 952-200-2870, Eisenbeis 651-230-4423, Barb Oachs 952-465-5272
  • If you have a conflict with the date you were assigned, please contact someone from your month or the next month and trade with them. This helps those doing the scheduling with juggling all the rescheduling. Thank You!

April Ushers & Acolytes

4/7 – 8:00 – Dave Paulsen, Jef Sutton/Cooper Sickmann

10:30 – Steve Cook, Elijah Cook/Josiah Mears

4/14 – 8:00 – Kurt Arehart, Jacob Calhoun/Ushers

10:30 – Jesse & Fischer Chapman/Ushers

4/21 – 8:00 – Kevin & Nicholas Henricks/Jaycen Steward

10:30 – Josh Mears, Phil Holz/Josiah Mears

4/28 – 8:00 – Micah Steward, Tim Oachs/Ushers

10:30 – Dan Schwanz, Luther Krueger/Ushers

April Recording

4/7 – Stan Miller

4/14 – Martin Paulsen

4/21 – Libby Paulsen

4/28- Stan Miller

April Altar Guild

Shirley Schwanz/Sondra Frimanslund

April Fellowship

4/7 – Kooy

4/14 – Merseth

4/21 – Calhoun

4/28 – Magda, Cori & Libby

April Birthdays

3 Laura Ronay

3 Leah Wobrock

3 Josh Sargent

4 Chloe Edsen

10 Mia Robb

11 Stacy Kiecker

12 Teresa Lehne

16 Jaycen Steward

16 Collins LaSalle

18 Klaudia Calhoun

20 Phil Holz

20 Howard Sickmann

22 Joey Talbot

22 Maley Remus

23 Ethan Sickmann

24 Daphne Krueger

25 David Koeplin

27 Martin Paulsen

27 Kyrie Mears

28 Elliot Bosak

29 Ginny Voigt

April Calendar