The RIC journey began at Trinity in the Spring of 2017 when Pastor Torben Aarsand addressed the Church Council requesting that we explore the program. With Council’s approval, an exploratory group was formed. The RIC Exploratory Group recently met on Saturday, January 6th to discuss its role in the process and determine next steps. How does Trinity see itself as a welcoming church community to those who may believe they are not welcome at church—specifically the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people? In the next month, RIC exploratory group members will individually study the Reconciling in Christ (RIC) program to address that question. After that, we will plan specific ways by which we can communicate what we have learned with the congregation and will envision what the program may look like for Trinity Lutheran Church. Our goal is to help the congregation make an informed decision whether to become a rostered RIC community. Congregational members are welcome to check out www.reconcilingworks.org to become more aware about RIC. Learn with us! Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, February 10th at 10am in Memorial Hall. If you would like to participate in the study, please come and join us! RIC Exploratory Group members include: Pr. […]
After the Council Installation at the Contemporary Worship Service, Council met to elect their officers. The twelve members of the new Council voted to ask Judy Conrad to remain in the position of President for another year in order to ease the transition for Pastor David Eisenhuth. They also voted to return the Executive Team to four voting members, creating a position of Assistant Treasurer to our permanent but non voting member, Inge Dudda. Craig Fentress was elected President Elect and will assume the role of President in 2019. Sam Young was reelected as Vice President. Lauren Rowe was elected Secretary and Junior Michael will be Assistant Treasurer. We hope that this will assure a smooth transition and an experienced Exec Team in the future. Please welcome the new members of Council and keep them in your thoughts and Prayers as we endeavor to make good decisions for Trinity Lutheran Church. If you have any questions, ideas or concerns, please speak to one of them and share your thoughts. At our January meeting, new Council Liaisons volunteered to work with the existing Teams already functioning here at Trinity. Team Chairpersons and Liaisons Christian Education Jane Drawbaugh (Chair), Barb Winebrenner […]
We are pleased to report that through the generosity of the congregation, we received just over $25,000 toward the payoff of the boiler loan by year end. Thus, we qualify for a $25,000 matching gift from our two donors and now have sufficient funds to retire the debt completely. Hallelujah! But wait, the story gets much better. Both our anonymous donor and the Hershey family have decided to give the full $25,000 of their offered matching funds, so we have raised $75,000 and now have a $25,000 head start on the cost of the air conditioning project in the nave. We are most thankful to all who donated to this cause, especially our matching donors.
Our beliefs are demonstrated through practices of joyful worship and faithful service in the daily life of congregation members. As Lutherans, we believe in the Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God created and loves all of creation — the earth and the seas and all of the world’s inhabitants. We believe that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life, and we trust that God’s Spirit is active in the world. As a young man, Martin Luther came to realize that a merciful God justifies us by faith to make us free. Our sins are forgiven and we are made righteous through his boundless mercy and grace. He wrote tha t faith is God’s work in us, that it changes us and makes us to be born anew of God. It is a living, busy, active, mighty thing. Justification is an unmerited gift from God granted to all who exercise faith. Even faith itself is seen as a gift of God, created in the hearts of Christians by the work of the Holy Spirit through the Word and Baptism. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), of which Trinity is […]
Pastor David Eisenhuth January 2018 “Open 24 hours a day” is a sign that is commonplace these days. One can shop at Walmart, eat at a diner, and get gas all at 3 a.m. Since I am usually fast asleep at that time I am not sure who actually is at Walmart so early in the morning. I have thought of getting up to investigate, but the call of my pillow has been all too strong. Don’t count on meeting me at the produce section of our 24/7 supermarket any time soon before noon. I was ordained in June of 1981. My first call was to Zion Lutheran Church, in Frackville, Pennsylvania. Frackville is yet today a small town. It being 1981, the idea of businesses staying open 24 hours a day was unheard of. Even the Dutch Kitchen closed at 11 p.m. Several people at Trinity who have traveled I-81 towards the Poconos or New York State told me they have eaten at this diner. It opened very early in the morning but at 11 o’clock, hangers-on were encouraged none too subtly to finish their coffee and go home. By midnight, the town was quiet. One business, however, did […]
The Micah’s Backpack program in Washington County follows a model established in Blacksburg, VA. The program is designed to feed hungry students through a partnership between each elementary school and one or more churches/organizations in its community. Brought to Washington County by Trinity Lutheran Church in 2010, the program now serves more than 826 students in 27 elementary schools and involves partnerships with more than 45 churches and organizations. Over 10,000 students in Washington County Public Schools receive free or reduced lunches and for many this lunch will be the last hot meal of the day. Children are especially hungry over the weekend when school is not in session. How Micah’s Backpack Works Each Friday afternoon identified elementary school children receive a bag or backpack of healthy food and snacks. On Monday each child returns the empty bag or backpack to the school to be restocked with food for the following Friday. The filled backpack may include the following individual serving-size items: cereal, oatmeal, juice, tuna, peanut butter, crackers, macaroni and cheese, soup, applesauce, fruit cups, spaghetti, ravioli, beef stew, canned vegetables, and other nutritious food. Who Can Participate? Eligible students are identified by the school principal and a designated […]
Worship and Music – Team deals with all phases of the music and worship experience at Trinity. Planning liturgy, Altar Guild, Trinity’s Concert Series, obtaining special performers for services, and instrument maintenance are but a few of the areas this committee is responsible for. Stewardship – Team is responsible for ordering offering, Advent and Lenten envelopes and for the annual Stewardship Campaign to encourage support of Trinity through gifts of money, time and talents. Youth Ministry – Team plans retreats, conferences, meetings and activities to keep our youth involved in the life of the church. Christian Education – Team works with the congregation in providing educational opportunities such as Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Camp Scholarships and other programs for all ages to further their relationship with Christ and His church. Social Ministry – Trinity Community Outreach includes the Food Pantry and Clothing Bank, which is housed at Trinity. This Team is also responsible for the Micah’s Backpack Ministry, which packs and delivers bags of weekend food during the school year to our partnering elementary schools Bester and Eastern Elementary. Property – Responsible for all building maintenance and capital improvements as well as our van service and maintenance of same. Finance and Investment – Led by the […]
Funerals are celebrations of the resurrection. Trinity encourages that funeral services be held in the sanctuary, where members worship and where the rich resources of Christian hymnody and music are most accessible. The pastor and staff of Trinity Lutheran Church are committed to helping with funerals, either for a member or non-member of Trinity. To have the pastor conduct a funeral at Trinity, please call the church office at 301-733-2878. A funeral service should not be scheduled without clearing the pastor and the facility’s availability. Printed copies to our Guide to Christian Burial are also available at our church office. Scripture suggestions for funerals Old Testament Lessons Job 19:23-27a “For I know that my Redeemer lives.” Isaiah 25:6-9 “Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears.” Isaiah 35:3-10 “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened.” Isaiah 40:1-11, 28-31 “Comfort, O comfort my people…In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD.” Isaiah 61:1-3 “The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me…to bring good news.” Lamentations 3:22-33 “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 “For everything there is a season.” Psalms Psalm 23 “The LORD is my shepherd” Psalm 27 “The LORD is my […]