September 18, 2018

Pub Theology Thurs, Oct 11th

The next Pub Theology will be on Thursday, October 11th at Runways (18421 Henson Blvd). Pastor David will be facilitating. Join us for a time of conversation about life and God or whatever questions or concerns that come up!

The non-church venue and menu offers those interested a chance to gather as brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, to connect with each other on a weekday, to think about the Church, Faith, Society, and to offer a stepping stone between Sunday gatherings. We meet the second Thursday of every month. All are welcome. Come just as you are.

Please RSVP to the church office or to the event on Facebook. We
would like to be respectful of their space by giving them a headcount while also
ensuring we have the space we need!

The Grill at Runways18421 Henson Blvd. Hagerstown, MD 21742
Runways Facebook page


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The 150th Anniversary of Trinity will begin with a Unity Service of Celebration on Sunday, October 14th 2018. We have chosen this date because it is close to our actual groundbreaking for the original church on Franklin Street which took place in October, 1868.We will symbolically commemorate the ground breaking by breaking ground in the front of Trinity and planting a dogwood. Each person present will participate in this planting by putting soil on the new tree.

We will have a brunch in Fellowship Hall following the service and tree planting. Tickets may be purchased beginning September 16th. A video of memories will be shown as part of the brunch. We are in the process of gathering your memories. This will be ongoing through the year as we add to the video. A memory basket will be placed in the narthex as well as in Fellowship Hall. Please write your memory to share. Our history is made of your memories. All thoughts you would like to share are welcome.

The anniversary committee meets the second Tuesday of the month in Memorial Hall at 7 PM. Come join us! The next meeting is Tuesday, September 11th.

Contact Carol Brashears at 301-992-5016
or for more info.

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September 13, 2018

Micah’s Backpack Ministry

Dear Micah’s Backpack Volunteer,

I know I sound Like a broken record but thank you from the bottom of my heart for your dedication to the Micah’s’ Backpack program.  Collectively, we packed and delivered approximately 2, 720 bags this year. That translates into over $30,000 of food.  It works because of you!

We are still waiting the results of the survey from the schools.  I will share it with you when we begin in the fall.  Be assured that the need is great and we are making a difference. We even added a student at Eastern in June.  Even though there were only 2 weeks left in the school year, the child was added because they needed food.

You may have seen 2 articles in the paper this past spring:

  1. Micah’s is serving over 1000 children per week.  Trinity was mentioned for bringing the program to Washington County.  Thanks be to God for moving the hearts of so many churches to embrace this ministry.
  2. Citi Corp is sponsoring 2000 bags this summer to be handed out through the MEAL MACHINE. Many of our children will continue to get a bag of food each Friday because of their effort. Thanks be to God.


If you are willing to participate in this ministry by packing or delivering please call at the phone number or email address listed below.

Packing takes place on Sundays or during the week . Some teams pack between the two services on Sunday morning. Others teams pack on Monday afternoon around 4:30pm. Delivery takes place during the week. We ask that you deliver your bags on Wednesday of Thursday to the schools for the children to take home on Friday. We would love for you to help!

In Christ,
Carol  and Jeff


We are always looking for ways to improve the program. If you have suggestions, please call me at 301-992-5016 or   Thanks, Carol


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September 13, 2018

Washington County Goes Purple

Trinity will participate in the Washington Goes Purple Prevent Addiction Program during the month of September. This is a substance abuse awareness program that will engage our community and youth to stand against substance abuse. It is especially focused on educating our youth about the dangers of prescription pain killers.   We know that the opioid crisis is at epidemic proportions.  Watch for ways that purple will pop up in various ways in the church. There will be more information in the mini messenger and on social media.

For information about this county program
go to

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Starting October 7th, we will kick off our Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive to benefit not only our food bank clients but our Micah’s Backpack families as well. Easy basket is $10. Envelopes will be available at each service for your contribution. The collections will be accepted through Thanksgiving. Thank you for your generosity.

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September 13, 2018

Social Ministry Sunday, Oct 7th

Blessed by Serving.

On Sunday, October 7th we will acknowledge all of those members of Trinity who gave their time to our various outreach ministries. Each will receive a button and a ribbon to represent where they serve. This will take place at both services with a coffee hour following each service.

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September 11, 2018

Bingo Night, Oct 18th

There will be Bingo for all ages of the congregation on Thursday, October 18th,in Fellowship Hall. A light supper will be served at 6:00 p.m. with Bingo following at 6:45 p.m. Everyone is invited. Please bring an item for the prize table. We will be collecting for the food bank that evening.

This event is sponsored by the Senior Ministry Team. Please RSVP by adding your name to the signup sheet available at both services or by calling the church office.If you need transportation, this can be arranged by calling Karen Spessard at(301) 791-1532.

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Trinity hosts a small book box outside the Randolph entrance for books to share with our neighboring families. We also have another one in the waiting room for Food and Clothing bank clients. We’re really low on both adults’ and kids’ books, so please consider donating any you may have gathering dust in your home! The books are much appreciated by our clients. It’s so fun to see little kids clutching their newfound books as they leave for home! please drop them off to the waiting room or call Judy Robinson at  (301) 491-1515 for pickup.

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There are two different bible studies meeting every week to choose from. All are welcome! Monday evenings at 7pm in Memorial Hall, there will be a bible study focusing on the Gospel of John. Tuesday Mornings at 10am in Memorial Hall, a second bible study will be looking at the Book of Exodus.

Monday Evening, The Gospel of John

John is the last Gospel written and probably comes to us from the last decade of the first century. The writer is a theologian and who takes things that appear in the other three Gospels and bends them to his own devices. For example, the synoptic Gospels—Mark, Luke, and Matthew—place the setting of the Last Supper within the framework of the Passover Meal. John says it happened at dinner the night before Passover. Who is right? There’s an obvious contradiction. So much for Biblical inherency. Come find out why John does this!

Tuesday Morning, The Book of Exodus

The Tuesday morning Bible study will focus next on the book of Exodus, beginning 10 a.m. on August 21. In this “historical” book, God uses slavery in Egypt to gather a people and bring them out of bondage into a new life in the Promised Land. We will use the Kerygma series. We will use books, but you can miss a class and not be lost! Refreshments are served! If you have not been attending this study but want to come, please call the office or tell Pastor David so we can have a book for you. To begin, we will study the story of Joseph, which will help us under- stand how God’s people got to Egypt in the first place. This will continue for the first two Tuesdays in August. A movie will be shown about Joseph, starring Ben Kingsley. If you want to, just come for the movie!

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As you all know, I have taken leadership in exploring the possibility of Trinity’s mission to be intentionally welcoming of LGBTQ people.  We know that the idea of welcoming people is easy when we don’t know their personal realities, but when we do know them by a label, such as “Gay,” it can be more concerning.  It is one thing to be tolerant, and another thing to be welcoming.

Trinity’s exploration group has been meeting for months, basically sharing our own stories. Some of us have gay family members who have not found a warm hand of welcome in the church. You and I know that some Christian churches are downright cruel about the reality of gay people. Our denomination has been more open and,  in fact, has agreed to disagree about this issue, but has opened the door to gay pastors, and of course, gay members. Nevertheless, many ELCA congregations have done nothing to be more open, in their own communities. That’s where the RIC  program has focused on helping churches like Trinity to be welcoming.

We have been talking about being welcoming!  What does it mean to be unwelcoming? Stories are important ways for us all to wrap our minds and hearts around this issue. I would like to recommend to all of you who are able to use Netflix to watch an episode of Queer Eye, a Netflix television program geared at helping us be accepting. The episode is the first one of the Second Season of this show which was broadcast a few weeks ago. It is about 5 gay men who help a lady in Georgia, her son, and her church family. It is heartwarming, and a powerful proclamation of the love of God.

I hope many of you are able to view this episode on Netflix and in the privacy of your home reflect on the Love you have in your heart, and upon the good news we together share in our church and community. God be with all of us as we consider, in the coming months, what it means to be a welcoming congregation!

Pastor Torben Arrsand




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