Welcome to Trinity Lutheran Church!

Discovering and sharing the hope of Jesus.

Where our faith calls us to explore, engage and expand.



Trinity Lutheran Ministry Site Profile


 Pastor Isaacson's blog.  



Holy communion is offered each week at Trinity and

ALL are welcome to the Lord’s Supper.

 7:45 a.m. - Traditional Worship
 9:00 a.m. - Contemporary Worship
(Televised live over local Cable TV Channel 3 and
broadcast live on KROX 1260 AM Radio)
10:10 a.m. J.A.M. (Jesus and Me)
for 3yrs. old thru 10th Grade
10:10 a.m. - Worship
at First Presbyterian Church - 510 N. Broadway


MONDAY: Church Building is CLOSED.
Call ahead for a key if needed.
8:00 a.m. - 12 Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 


Thursday, December 12
9:00 AM Team Devotions
10:00 AM RiverView Center Holy Communion
12 NOON Advent Study @ FPC
2:00 PM Villa St. Vincent Holy Communion
Friday, December 13
9:00 AM Team Devotions
12:00 NOON Al-Anon/Room 1A
6:00 PM Food Basket Packing/Crookston Armory
Saturday, December 14
8:30 AM Food Basket Delivery/Crookston Armory
Third Sunday in Advent/Youth Sunday, December 15
7:45 AM Traditional Worship
9:00 AM Contemporary Worship with youth leading this
Advent service that includes a play and special musical
10:10 AM J.A.M. (Jesus and Me)
10:10 AM Children’s Christmas Store/Youth Room
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Second Annual “Evening of
                 Caroling, Cocoa & Conversation”/Meet in
                 the Fellowship Hall

Monday, December 16
Church building closed today. Call ahead for key if needed.
6:30 PM Congregation Council/Library
6:30 PM Cub Scout Pack Meeting/Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, December 17
               for Sunday: 12/22 & Christmas Eve: 12/24
9:00 AM Team Meeting
1:00 PM Nimens Apts Holy Communion
2:00 PM Oak Court Holy Communion
3:30 PM Summerfield Apts Holy Communion
Wednesday, December 18
9:00 AM Team Devotions
NO Half-Time today.
NO Jubal’s Joy today.
6:30 – 8:30 PM Junior/Senior High Youth Nite: Traditions
                          of Christmas/Youth Room
Thursday, December 19
9:00 AM DAC Cleaning/Sanctuary
9:00 AM Team Devotions
12 NOON Advent Study @ FPC
6:00 PM Lions & Tiger Dens/Happy Hollow
6:00 PM Troop 41 Fruit Baskets/Fellowship Hall
Friday, December 20
9:00 AM Team Devotions
12:00 NOON Al-Anon/Room 1A
Saturday, December 21
No events scheduled.
Fourth Sunday in Advent, December 22
9:00 AM Worship with Holy Communion
NO supervised childcare, J.A.M. or cinnamon rolls today

For further calendar information please go to the
Home Page and click 
on "Calendar".

Sunday, December 22
9:00 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion
(NO adult supervised childcare, J.A.M. or rolls)
 Christmas Eve Worship
with Holy Communion
3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
 9:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church
Sunday, December 29
9:00 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion
(NO adult supervised childcare, J.A.M. or rolls)
Trinity’s 9:00 a.m. worship service in broadcast live over
 KROX 1260 AM Radio and televised live on local Cable TV Channel 3

The Church Office will be CLOSED:
Monday, December 23
 Tuesday, December 24 
Wednesday, December 25
The Church Office will be OPEN:
Thursday, December 26 & Friday, December 27
9:00 a.m.—12 NOON
Monday, December 30 & Tuesday, December 31
8:00 a.m.—12 Noon and 1:00 —5:00 p.m.
In case of emergency, call 289-0353 for the pastor on call
or 281-4276 and follow the voice prompts.


The Community Christmas Food Basket Committee is preparing for delivery of the 2019 Christmas Food Baskets. Our local 6th grade students and local churches provide nearly 10% of the food for the baskets. Funds received from individuals, businesses and organizations are used to purchase the remaining 90% of the food businesses in our local community.


We continue to need your financial and spiritual support! Monetary donations may be dropped off in the church office or mailed to P.O. Box 598, Crookston MN 56716. Please designate your gift to “Community Christmas Food Baskets.”  


Boxes are available at church entrances for your donations of non-perishable food items.


Registrations for food baskets will be taken now through Friday, December 6th by calling (218) 280-8026 from 9:30—4:00  p.m. If no one answers the phone, PLEASE leave YOUR NAME and PHONE NUMBER where we can call you back  to get the necessary information for you to receive a basket. 


Mark these dates on your calendar to help with basket assembly and delivery at the Crookston National Guard Armory: Friday, December 13th at 6:00 p.m. to help pack the baskets and Saturday, December 14th starting at 8:30 a.m. to begin delivery. 


Thank you and may God Bless You!


Community Christmas Food Basket Committee

Jim & Kathy Borkowski, Allan Dragseth,

Ray & Terry Dusek, Bill & Kim Gillette, Scott Kleven

Pete & Ann Graham, Greg & Marlene LeBlanc,

Gerry & Jackie Lindsay, Jean Tate


“Away from the Manger”


by Elizabeth M. Topp


Sunday, December 15  

               @ 9:00 a.m.  

All Generation Advent Celebration


 Trinity Youth present “Away from the Manger”


A few worshipers visited the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. But what about those who stayed away?  With light-hearted humor, we’ll meet a group of shepherds, some scientific wise men, a few shy stars, a busy Innkeeper’s wife & her barn animals who didn’t go to the manger. And just like these folks, we’ll be challenged to examine why WE sometimes stay away from the manger!


Minneapolis BOUND in 2021!

NYG Envelope Fundraiser


Help us as we prepare to experience “God Beyond Measure” at the ELCA National Youth Gathering in 2021! The NYG “Board” in the Fellowship Hall features 150 dedicated envelopes for you to purchase (for example: #17 = $17) during our Envelope Fundraiser! Details on how to make your donation are located on the board or see Leah Winjum or any NYG parent.



As a sign of gratitude, the NYG youth & their families have donated gifts & services to be randomly given away during the Envelope Fundraiser the next three Sundays: TODAY, Dec. 1st  & 8th.  Gift recipients will be announced during Fellowship Time.

 Thanks AGAIN from our NYG Crew for your support! 



National Youth Gathering 2021
Hugo’s Coupon Book Fundraiser
Trinity’s NYG Crew is selling Hugo’s Coupon Books as a fundraiser
for their journey to the ELCA National Youth Gathering
 in Minneapolis. Coupon books are $10 each.
Contact any youth attending NYG 2021 to get your coupon book.
 A limited number of coupon books are available for purchase in
the church office during regular office hours. 
Thanks for your continued support of Trinity Youth!


Christmas Child

 75 joy-filled shoebox gifts are packed & headed to over 100 countries because of your willingness to share the love of Jesus! Thank you for your time, effort and thoughtfulness!

Cub Scout Hat & Mitten Collection
Cub Scouts are collecting NEW winter hats and mittens that will be donated with the local Community Food Baskets in December. A donation boxes is located in the parking lot entrance at Trinity. Other donation locations are Cathedral, TLC Family Hair Care, Hardware Hank, Crookston True Value & Rejuv Salon & Spa. 


Sunday, December 15
6:30 8:30 p.m
We’re Getting Together for our
“Evening of Christmas Carols,
Cocoa & Conversation”
Folks of ALL ages (individuals, families, children, youth, friends, neighbors, etc.) are invited
 to come out for an old-fashioned night of caroling. Meet  in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. to divide into singing groups before we disperse into the com
munity. Song sheets and jingle bells are provided! 
Please bring a plate of your favorite Christmas goodies to share with the groups
and of course, your vocal cords!

If you have a request for specific individual(s) and/or home(s) to visit, please share this in advance by calling Leah Winjum at 281-4276 by
 Tuesday, December 10th!

Time to Order Poinsettias for Christmas!
Honor someone with a poinsettia for the church sanctuary this Christmas. Order forms are available in the church office, Fellowship Hall and narthex. Submit the completed form with payment ($20.00/plant) and place in the offering plate, bring it to the church office or
mail it to P.O. Box 598, Crookston, MN 56716
no later than Wednesday, December 17.
Phone orders will not be accepted.


Shoe Drive for
 Care & Share
Seeking donations of gently used & new shoes of all sizes & styles!
Shoe donations will be collected and packaged locally, purchased and shipped by Funds2Orgs with proceeds paid directly to Care & Share in Crookston. Funds2Orgs coordinates transportation and distribution of shoes to several countries in Africa including Kenya, Tansania, Morocco, Ghana & Haiti. The shoes are then handled by small business owners and made available for purchage at a low price for local residents.
There is no cost to participate in this sho
e drive.
Care & Share will .40¢ per pound of shoes collected. Our goal is to collect 2,500 pairs of shoes by December 31st.
Direct benefits of the the Care & Share Shoe Drive:
  • Provide funds to financially support Care & Share
  • Help boost economy in small African Countries
  • Provide affordable shoes to families in Africa
  • Clear our our personal racks & closets
Accepting donations at these
Crookston sites:
Crookston Times Office
Hardware Hank
Care and Share
For pick-up of donated shoes, please call or text 289-1400




 Communion Servers Needed
At Christmas Eve worship services, we will serve Holy Communion by intinction.  Volunteers are needed at the 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. services.  If you are willing to serve at either service, please call the church office at 281-4276.    
Greeters Needed
Volunteers are needed to serve as greeters at the Christmas Eve worship services. If you are willing to serve at either service, please call the church office at 281-4276

Children’s Christmas Store

for the many great gift items that have been donated for the Children’s Christmas store!
It’s exciting to see new things coming in daily! 

Please help fill these spaces by donating NEW or “like new” items for our store…
  • Gift items
  • Household items (no vases but coffee mugs are great!)
  • Decorative items
  • Christmas Decorations
  • Children’s toys/Stuffed animals
  • Jewelry
  • New gloves, mittens
  • Men’s items (no clothing, please!)
  • Gifts bags, tissue paper and tags

Place your donations in the boxes located at
Trinity’s parking lot entrance.

The store will be open for all Trinity children
(ages 3 yrs. old through 6th grade)
on Sunday, December 15th


Mendenhall Presbyterian Church
 of East Grand Forks, MN is seeking a compassionate

 with good preaching and communication skills.
Funding is possible for educational requirements.
For more information call the

Mendenhall Church at(218) 773-2469 or


Keep your Contact Information Current!
As you are preparing to “go south” for the winter months, or are leaving for an extended vacation, please remember to inform the church office when you are leaving the Crookston area and when you plan to return. This will help us keep current with our mailing lists.
Let us know of any changes in your mailing address – new, temporary or “temporarily away” by calling the church at 281-4276 or emailing jean@trinitycrookston.org


If  you are interested in receiving the Table Talk newsletter in an electronic format vs. “snail mail,” please call Jean LaPlante at the church office (281-4276) or email her with your request at jean@trinitycrookston.org
Please note that “Table Talk” is also available on our website at trinitycrookson.org

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  Trinity’s Women of the ELCA are planning to purchase new plates (2 sizes)
for the church kitchen. Before this project can start, new homes are needed
for the current dishes. If you of a place, charity or other entity where we
could donate our current plates, please call Judy Dragseth at 281-2550 with your ideas!


The Worship & Music Team encourages YOU in Trinity’s mission of

“Building a Bigger Table”

Please prayerfully consider your place at our table and how you can share your gifts, talents and service during worship. Worship Volunteer Opportunity (white half-sheet) forms are located throughout the church building; please complete the form and return it to the basket. Thank you!


Be the change! Give your time as a tutor!
Reading is the foundation of all learning – but in Minnesota, one in three third graders struggles to read. As a literacy tutor, you can help these students gain the skills they need to thrive.
Minnesota Reading Corps is currently recruiting tutors in our area. More information is available by calling 866-859-2825 or you may apply online at ReadingAndMath.net
Volunteers work full or part-time and receive a small stipend and other benefits depending on hours worked. All schedules are Monday – Friday.
An informational flyer about this position is located in the parking lot entrance.


A NEW Electronic Giving Opportunity!
Along with Trinity’s current on-line or electronic giving system that has been available to you for  many years,
we are now offering you an additional way to support Trinity— directly from your smart phone. 
Download the app “Give Plus Church” from Google Play or the App Store,
follow the instructions to find our church and enter your information.
Use your existing on-line giving sign-in, or create a new account, 

and your general fund donation amount.  It’s as simple as that!

“I Give Online”
Laminated cards are located in the sanctuary pews.
If you support Trinity Lutheran and its ministries by giving electronically, you may place this card in the offering as a way of participating in this act of worship.
If you are interested in giving electronically, please check the online giving options through our website www.trinitycrookston.org or use your smartphone to download the “GivePlus Church” app to set up your donation(s). If you have questions about giving electronically, please contact the church office at 281-4276

National Youth Gathering Family Gathering


Trinity Lutheran Church, Crookston is looking for an individual to give leadership in planning, coordinating and enhancing a contemporary Sunday morning worship experience.  Position is approximately ten hours per week at $20 per hour. 
A complete position description is available upon request from Rev. Gregory Isaacson by emailing gregoryi279@gmail.com. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Rev. Isaacson via email.



at First Presbyterian Church
ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY: 20 hours per week – schedule is flexible. Candidate must be proficient in computer skills, including Microsoft Word. Good communication skills required. Experienced preferred. Wage is dependent upon experience.
Call (218) 281-4853 for more information.
Resumes may be sent to 510 North Broadway, Crookston MN 56716, Attn: Ruth.

Applications will be received until position is filled.           




Trinity has been blessed to offer rides to Sunday worship at Trinity FREE of charge via Ampride Taxi and Tri Valley Bus for several years. 
Due to limited funds, Trinity’s Congregation Council has decided
to discontinue ride services with Ampride Taxi 
but will continue to pay for rides to worship with
the Tri Valley Bus Transportation system.
These changes became effective July 1st.   



Items for the Sunday bulletin must be in the church office
no later than 12 Noon each Wednesday



Service Work Group #3 will serve the next funeral.
You are in this group if your last name begins with the letters G through J. Co-chairs of SWG #2 are Diane Rood (218-4306) and Ruth Wilder (281-4179)

Thank you for your service.



    Lutheran Social Service on MN will offer a NEW monthly support group for Caregivers at Trinity Lutheran Church the first Thursday of each month at 11:00 a.m. beginning September 6th.
    This group offers comfort, support and education to caregivers during tough seasons. This group is for those caring for an older adult or anyone an early onset memory related disorder.
    CAREGIVER SUPPORT & RESPITE: Are you stressed and in need of extra support while caregiving? LSS of MN offers a variety of services to help those in need. Caregiver’s can receive individual support, attend educational classes, gain respite support, and even gain support with and through their electronic devices.
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    Lutheran Social Services of MN is seeking volunteers for their Caregiver Support programs. Volunteers provide companionship to elderly and veterans in their community. AmeriCorps offers modest compensation for their volunteers.
    For more information or questions about any of these opportunities, contact Ashlee Grussing, Lutheran Social Service Caregiver Support & Respite Program, for more information.
    Call Ashlee at (701) 330-1681 or email ashlee.grussing@lssmn.org
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  • Planning to be away from Crookston
  • on Sunday?

    We offer several giving options, so you may continue your support of Trinity’s ministries.
  • Give Plus Church from Google Play or the App Store, follow the instructions to find our church and enter your information. Use your existing on-line giving sign-in, or create a new account, and your general fund donation amount.  It’s as simple as that!
    Simply Giving allows for regular contributions to be made right from your checking account. See Jean in the church office for more information about the Simply Giving program.
    Online Giving is available and may be accessed by visiting our website at www.trinitycrookston.org You can make a safe and secure one-time or recurring gift to Trinity via credit card.
    Traditional: Using the US Mail service is always an option or you can stop by the church office to drop off your gift. Pick up a bulletin to stay informed of all the happenings at Trinity!
  •  For Prayer Chain
    requests please contact Claudia Cirks at 281-1442
    or JoAnn Youngquist at 289-0008. 

    Want to join the prayer chain? Please call Claudia. 


Help us keep our church contact information current. If you have had a change in your phone number or address, please contact the church office with these changes. Call 281-4276 or email:  jean@trinitycrookston.org


Carrying the message of the gospel through the streets of Crookston
can feel intimidating but through Trinity’s Radio and TV Ministry,
we are reaching out to those who may not step into our church building
to hear the message. 
This vital outreach touches lives well beyond Crookston’s city limits.  

Gifts to the Radio Fund can be given to honor or remember a loved one. 
Recognition of the weekly radio broadcast sponsorship can be scheduled
to coincide with a memorable date. 
The cost of each weekly broadcast is $126.00
If you would like to sponsor a broadcast,
contact the church office at 281-4276 to schedule a date.  
Up-to-the-minute calendar and ministry information
about Trinity
is available just by clicking your mouse!

Click on the Calendar tab at the top of the page!



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