January 15, 2018

RIC – Learn with Us!

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. […]
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 (sangles@tlchag.org) 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.
Join us on Fridays at 9 a.m. at the Amish 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.
October 25, 2017

Web Links

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October 20, 2017

Reformation 500

In the year 1517 Luther posted his 95 theses on door of the Castle Chuch in Wittenberg, Germany. Reformation Sunday falls on October 29th, which marks the 500th anniversary of the reformation.     Living Lutheran 30 more ways the Reformation still impacts ELCA leaders
February 18, 2017

“Open 24 Hours a Day”

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 […]
This organization is housed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown, Maryland. There are approximately 85 tutors working with Basic Reading and English as a Second Language (ESL) students. Tutors receive a two day training workshop prior to working with students. The Literacy Council is always in need of additional tutors in both areas. Call Brenda Vanover at 301-739-4208 for more information.
October 14, 2016

Boy Scouts of America

Troop 10, BSA was chartered in 1929 by Trinity Lutheran Church. There are currently 16 scouts and 6 adult leaders in the troop. Since the troop’s inception 111 young men have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. The troop meets on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at Trinity where scouts work on merit badges and advancement skills. Contact scoutmaster, Hunt Hardinge, for more information.
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

Praise Worship Band

The Praise Worship Musicians are a group of singers and an ensemble of various instrumentalists who lead the music weekly at the Praise Worship service in the Fellowship Hall. This team of dedicated people also work closely with the pastor in the planning process of this service. Praise Worship is our contemporary weekly liturgy held at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Membership is open to people of all ages. Rehearsals are held primarily on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. or at the discretion of the director. Instruments used include piano, electric keyboard, acoustic and electric guitars, string bass, flute, saxophone, drums, and others. Music plays an important role in the life and worship of our parish. Trinity is proud of the diversity in the music programs. Many different styles of music have been embraced by the congregation, from the music of “masters” to the more contemporary styles of music of today’s Christian composers. Martin Luther, writing on the subject of music said, “I wish to see arts, principally music, in the service of Him who gave and created them. Singers are never sorrowful, but are merry and smile through their troubles in song. Music makes people kinder, gentler, more staid and […]