"No services until further notice."

Unfortunately with today’s environment we will have to miss our church family until the threat of this virus is over. 

Howeverit does sound like churches will be first to be allowed to assemble if the “stay home mandate” is not extended.  Maybe we can get together again on May 10th. It sounds like we might need to submit a health and safety notice regarding what cleaning and safety measures we are taking. 

Here is our plan:  Sanitizing stair rails between people touching them or people need to wear disposable gloves- door handles and everything anyone is touching.  Hand sanitizer as people come in and go out.   It is also good if we can open doors and air out.   


Also:  We will continue to record the sermon and post it on the website and on Facebook for those who are not comfortable coming back.  

So, I know it is hard to predict what the future will hold, but we will still keep in mind our date for our Annual Fall Festival!  September 20, 2020.

Our Council has not had an opportunity to meet in a couple of months, but we do keep in touch.  If church meets on May the 10th, Council will meet after church as it is the second Sunday in May.

Prayer Concerns…__________________________________________________________

All those who grieve:  The family of Rita Roepke, Alice Brede’s sisters family, Zelda Schuft’s family, Ella Rickheim’s family


All those in need of strength and healing:  Dorothy Burke who has been moved to hospice care, Angela-George Blum‘s daughter, Adeline Laabs, George Blum, Alice Brede, Pearl Seale, Pastor’s sister Ann, Doris Schuft, Marlene Stockmann, Wendy Renner, Doug Proehl, Nancy Windschitl, Marcene Witt, John and Mavis Renner, Gregory Grochow, Rev. K.K. Alavi and wife Jasmin and family in India, and Gloria Sauck. 


Those in danger:  Rev. Titus Maidrin and all females for conversion to Islam.


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Member passing… since we cannot be together, permission has been given to print the service bulletin for Rita Roepke.  Also, condolences can be sent to:  

Jennifer Trettin

13382 Zane Ave

 Stewart MN 55385


 Rita Kathryn Roepke

Born:  September 9, 1936         Passed Away:  April 9, 2020         Funeral:  April 18, 2020 

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church Fernando                  Officiant:  Reverend Aaron Albrecht 

Urn Bearers:  Ainsley Hoffman and Tyler Trettin                   Urn made by:  Kyle Hoffman and Alex Trettin

Poem McKenzie Hoffman

Reading  Emilie Theis

     “I am the resurrection and the life” says the Lord; “he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.”            John 11: 25 -26a


P. Almighty God, by the death and burial of Jesus your anointed, you have destroyed death and sanctified the graves of all your saints. Keep our sister Rita, who we now lay to rest, in the company of all your saints and, at the last, raise her up to share with all your faithful people the endless joy and peace won through the glorious resurrection of Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, now and forever.  C.  Amen

Poem Tyler Trettin

Music Harbor Lights

Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:  “Death is swallowed up in victory.”  “O death, where is thy victory  O death, where is thy sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 15:51-57


Message Rev. Albrecht

Music On the Wings of a Snow White Dove

P.  In the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to almighty God our sister, Rita and we commit her to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.  The Lord bless her and keep her.  The Lord make his face shine on her and be gracious to her.  The Lord look upon her with favor and give her peace.  C:  Amen


P:  Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:

C:  Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,  

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

       Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, 

as we forgive those who trespass against us; 

and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

      For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, Forever and ever. Amen


P:  Lord Jesus, by your death you took away the sting of death.  Grant to us, your servants so to follow in faith where you have led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake in your likeness; to you, the author and giver of life, be all honor and glory, now and forever.      C:  Amen


P:  Rest eternal grant her, O Lord; C:  and let perpetual light shine upon her.


P:  “The God of peace - who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the everlasting covenant  - make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.C:  Amen

P:  Let us go in peace. 

     Rita Kathryn Roepke was born on September 9, 1936, in Le Sueur, MN. Her parents were Frank and Rose (Herschman) Riebel. She was baptized as an infant and later confirmed. She attended country school in St. Henry and graduated in 1954 from Le Center High School. Furthering her education at Mankato Business School, and after completing business school, she moved to Minneapolis and worked as a secretary at Honeywell for 16 years.

     On April 15, 1961, Rita was united in marriage to Lloyd Roepke in Minneapolis, MN. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Patti, Jeff and Jennifer.  Rita and Lloyd resided in Golden Valley until moving to their farm south of Brownton, MN, in 1972.  In 1983, they moved off the farm and into their home in Brownton. They shared 40 years of marriage until Lloyd passed away in May of 2001.

     After working as a farmwife for 11 years, Rita began working as a benefits specialist at Hutchinson Technology Inc. in 1981. She worked there for 20 years before retiring in 2001. 

     She was a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Fernando, MN. 

     Rita enjoyed spending time at her timeshare at Breezy Point, traveling, and attending card club. One of her favorite places to visit was Grand Marais. She had a passion and talent for making quilts. She marked many special occasions with the gift of a quilt. These will be cherished keepsakes for friends and family forever. 

      Family was the center of Rita’s life. Spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild was what she cherished most. She was a devoted cheerleader at her grandkids’ swim and track meets, hockey, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball and soccer games.  She was generous with her time and talents and always put family first.  She will be missed.

     Rita passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at her home at Greencastle in Hutchinson, at the age of 83 years. Blessed be her memory.

     Rita is survived by her:  Children, Patti (Greg) Stoeckmann of Farmington, MN, Jeff (Kym) Roepke of Colfax, ND, Jennifer (Larry) Trettin of Stewart, MN; Grandchildren, Emily (Ben) Theis, Mackenzie (Kyle) Hoffman, Katelyn Roepke, Alex Trettin,  Nick (Carissa) Roepke, Eric Stoeckmann, Tyler Trettin; Great Granddaughter, Ainsley Hoffman; Many other relatives and friends.    


     Rita is preceded in death by her Parents, Frank and Rose Riebel; Husband, Lloyd Roepke; Siblings Betty King, Pat Riebel, Eddie Riebel, and many close friends.