Five of our Youth will be traveled to Houston, TX last week to attend the ELCA Youth Gathering Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.

Our youth will continue Fundraising over the next few months to help offset the costs associated with attending the Gathering.  Thank you so much to those of you who have already sponsored us and supported us on this important journey.  We are continuing to accept donations for our “sponsoring a mile” for $5.00/mile fundraiser as we travelled 1,390 miles from Hagerstown, MD to Houston, TX and then 1,390 miles back to Hagerstown, MD.  Please see Stephanie Angles or Maggie Stone if you wish to donate.

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Join us at 9 a.m. at the Dutch Market at the Long Meadow Shopping Center.  Not an exclusive group, just a gaggle of Lutherans enjoying breakfast and fellowship time.  Started several years ago with a few men having coffee and now can number up to 20!  Come as you are able to join.  No assigned seats, no membership fee, just fun.

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Congratulations to Trinity’s Graduates! We pray God’s blessings upon
each of you as you begin the next chapter in your lives.

Laura Reed graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in May.  She received the degree of Doctor of Medicine with a specialization in neurosurgery.  She will begin her residency at the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple, Texas.

Caroline Kreiger received her Master of Arts in teaching from Liberty University in May.

Alex Paddack graduated in December 2017 from Bridgewater College with a Bachelors of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences.  She has minors in philosophy and religion. She also has concentrations in Family Life Education and Child Development. She is currently working with the Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Daved Paddack graduated December 21, 2017 from Towson University with a Bachelors Degree in Biology with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology.  He plans to pursue a career in medical device sales.

Patrick Anthony will be graduating on June 5, 2018, from Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. He will be attending Shepherd University in the Fall, majoring in Music Education.

Elias Josh Fowler will be graduating from North Hagerstown High School on the 8th of June.

Kristina Norgard will graduate June 8 from North Hagerstown High School. She will be attending St. Mary’s College of Maryland in the fall. Major is undecided.

Taylor Mayhugh will be graduating from E. Russell Hicks Middle School in June and will be starting in the Academic Leadership Academy at South Hagerstown High School in September.

In addition to all of our student graduates, Trinity lutheran Church Scholarships were awarded to Patrick Anthony, Max Conrad and Elizabeth Dagliano. Each will be receiving a scholarship of $500 to put toward their college education. Congratulations to all!

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It’s Extreme Coupon this month and next and you can help!!  Many weeks our food bank needs to supplement with trips to the grocery store.  In order to stretch our dollar we are calling all coupon clippers!

Where can you find coupons?  In the newspaper of course but you can also google “coupons” and a whole host of websites come up that you can print coupons.  If you enter zip codes for cities with a higher cost of living, often times you can get coupons greater than those that you would find in our “21742” zip code!  Some zip code suggestions?  Try 20815 (Chevy Chase, MD), 20854 (Potomac, MD and 20814 (Bethesda, MD)

Items to clip?  Pasta and sauces, juices, canned veggies and fruits .  Please make sure you cut out the coupons.  We don’t have manpower to sift through full pages and cut out what is needed.  Place your coupons in the boxes in Fellowship Hall or the Narthex.

Thank you so much for you help!!  We look forward to
replenishing our food bank.

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The Hagerstown Area Religious Council (HARC) keeps an up-to-date listing of area inter-faith events on their website ranging from Spaghetti Feeds to Zion’s Cinderella Shop for second hand prom dresses to the HARC Hike coming up in June. It’s way too much to list individually. I encourage you to check out their website,, or sign up for their email list on the home page.

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January 15, 2018

Prayer Blankets

The Christian Education Committee is accepting prayer blanket sponsorships. Blankets can be sponsored in several ways; a monetary donation, a gift card to JoAnn Fabrics or Wal-Mart, or 2 matching (usually one print and one solid) pieces of fleece fabric (48″ x 60″, or 60” x 72”). On all donations, please indicate it is for the prayer blankets and your name. Please see or email Stephanie Angles ( with any questions regarding the prayer blankets.


Since September 5th, 29 blankets have been donated to Washington County Public Schools’ homeless coordinator to distribute to students in need right here in our community. We will continue donating the prayer blankets throughout the winter season.

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Ron Fisher will be hosting a Crochet and Knitting Fellowship Group in the parlor from 6p-8p. The group will meet the first and third Wednesday of each month. Come together to share ideas, work on projects for the community, do your own project, and bring your questions. Learning from each other is a great way to make friends and share ideas and a fun way to network and build your confidence in these arta! All who love the art of crochet and knitting are welcome; some basic skills are needed to work on projects.

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St. John’s Lutheran Church holds mid-week services on Wednesday evenings at 7pm.  Services are contemporary style and take place in St. Johns informal Worship Center. If you are traveling on Sunday and can’t attend Trinity, could use a mid-week worship experience, or want to worship with your St. John’s friends and family, Wednesdays are a perfect time!  Any offerings designated for Trinity from our members will be sent back here.

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