On Thursday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. we will begin a new adventure at Trinity Lutheran Church. This will be in the form of a Traditional Evening Prayer service which makes use of chant, scripture, prayers, silence, and hymns to bring the presence of Christ into our midst as day gives way to evening. The only difference is that this setting of the vesper service uses the warm sound of American Jazz music. A highlight of the service is a brief teaching moment which expands on the theme of the day, blending the sacred and the secular. For this first presentation of jazz vespers we will be joined by the resident jazz quartet of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter in Baltimore where this program enjoyed an eight year run. These musicians are among the finest jazz musicians in the Baltimore area. Invite some friends to join you for this blended service to wind down your day. A wine and cheese reception will follow the service.
Don’t be shy! There is not one but two ongoing bible studies meeting every week to choose from. Please join in. All are welcome! Beginning August 20th, a bible study focusing on the Gospel of John will meet every Monday at 7pm in Memorial Hall. On Tuesday Mornings at 10am in Memorial Hall, a second bible study will be looking at the Book of Exodus beginning August 21st. 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! Tell Pastor David if you want to attend, so we can have a book for you. The Book of Exodus The Tuesday morning Bible study will focus next on the book of Exodus, beginning 10 a.m. on August […]
Talent Show and Ice Cream Social August 18th – There will be a talent show including members of all ages from our congregation on Saturday afternoon, August 18th, beginning at 1:00 p.m.  Talent possibilities include dance, art and photography displays, gymnastics, musical instruments, voice and more. One rehearsal for performers will be scheduled the week before the show. This will be a great time to enjoy and showcase the many talents of our congregation.  Plan to be a performer or a spectator or both. The talent show is sponsored by the Christian Education and Family Ministry team. Immediately following the talent show there will be an ice cream social sponsored by the Senior Ministry team. Registration forms for both are available in Fellowship Hall and the Narthex.
Join Habitat for Humanity to celebrate 25 years of constructing, renovating, and preserving affordable housing in Washington County!  The Annual Dinner Auction provides funding support for all projects throughout the year. For more information or to buy tickets visit Habitat’s Facebook page.  Last day to buy tickets is August 10. Saturday, August 25, 5 – 9 pm Hagerstown Elks Lodge #378 11063 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown
June 15, 2018

About Trinity

Trinity Lutheran Church was former in 1869, build on the first block of East Franklin Street, the current site of Pioneer Hook and Ladder Company 3. The cornerstone of the current location was set in 1909. Trinity Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.   The Organ A prominent feature of the Church is the organ, designed and built in 1996 specifically for this building, by the Schantz Organ Company of Orville, Ohio. It is a four-manual organ, meaning it has four manuals. or hand keyboards. This term distinguishes these keyboards from the keyboards played with the feet, called pedalboards. Organs usually have more than one manual; most larger organs two or three; elaborate organs may have four or more. The Schantz organ has 3,265 pipes, and 58 ranks. The term rank describes a set of organ pipes that together produce one octave of a specific timbre (timbre describes the difference between two tones, for example the difference between the same note played on a piano and on a guitar. The “Music at Trinity” concert series provides concerts for members of Trinity and the community at large. This series includes organ recitals, college and university […]
April 18, 2018

Council Covenant

The Trinity Church Council Covenant In order for the Trinity Church Council to lead the congregation well in its mission and ministry, we make these promises:   Our Promise to God We promise to pray, alone and together, to thank God, Praise God, and to ask for God’s help in our lives and in our work for Trinity Lutheran Church,
and we seek to listen and discern God’s response.   Our Promise to Each Other on the Church Council We promise to respect, care and pray for each other.
We promise to regard our time in the Trinity Church Council
as an opportunity to make an important gift to our Church.
We promise to listen with an open, nonjudgmental mind to the words and ideas
of the others in our Church and on our Church Council.
We promise to discuss, debate, dialogue, agree and disagree openly in Church Council meetings, expressing ourselves as clearly and honestly as possible,
so that we are certain that the Council understands our point of view.
We promise to support the final decision of the Trinity Church Council,
whether it reflects our view or not.
We promise to worship together often in Jesus’ name, embracing a variety of styles, hymns and spiritual songs which give […]
February 18, 2017

Pastor’s Ponderings

Pastor David Eisenhuth August 2018 Before I begin, let me say that in my last article I neglected to thank the many people who remembered my installation and the 37th anniversary of my ordination with cards and gifts. Your outpouring of support, especially in the many handwritten notes on those cards, was very affirming. I know my ministry here at Trinity Lutheran Church is helped immensely by the prayers you are all offering. I am happy that even after 37 years of ordained service in the church, things seem again fresh and challenging. I thank Bishop Gohl for matching us together and for trusting me to celebrate Trinity’s 150 years of life, even as we look to the future with enthusiasm. When our Church Council was planning the event, I was asked what kind of gift I wanted. I jokingly said a “Lamborghini.” Indeed, I got one, even if it is too small for me to get into. I have been having a grand time “driving” my red, radio-controlled sports car down the long hallways of our building. This model car has doors that open at the touch of a button, working headlights, a horn, and lots of motor noise. […]
October 14, 2016

Funerals

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 […]
October 14, 2016

Weddings

A Christian Wedding is a time to celebrate God’s love for us through Jesus Christ and to ask him to make your marriage a strong, loving, lifelong partnership. We want your marriage and life together to be a testimony to God’s faithfulness and for you to be able to display a model of respectful love. The character of all worship events taking place at Trinity must always reflect the identity of this congregation and our esteem for Jesus Christ’s authority and surpassing grace. Your understanding of and respect for these values and principles is appreciated. We at Trinity are honored to serve couples at this exciting time in their lives. We want to share in this joy while helping to guide you in creating a memorable event of worship and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ   Guidelines for celebrating your wedding at Trinity Lutheran Church The purpose of these guidelines is to free you from questions, to allow you to celebrate your special day without worry and to erase any indecision or frustration that might occur. Trinity Wedding Manual  
October 14, 2016

Traditional

Sundays, 11:00 am  This service of worship and praise is held in the Sanctuary. It offers full liturgy at “prime time,” comfortable, intimate, classic organ-led hymns, rich musical offerings, Bible-based & life-applicable messages.