April 6, 2018

Koogle Wedding

When: July 7, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: The Sanctuary


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 […]
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.
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.
March 5, 2018

Scholarships Available

TLC Scholarship Packets are now available in the church office. Applications are due by April 29, 2018. In addition, the Community Foundation of Washington County MD has 70 scholarships available totaling more than $90,000 for local students preparing for a post-secondary education. The Foundation encourages all students who live in Washington County, MD, to apply for these scholarships. Each scholarship has different eligibility criteria, so students should review all stated criteria before applying. There is no charge to apply for a scholarship listed on the Community Foundation’s website. All 2018 scholarship applications are due in April.
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.
October 25, 2017

Web Links

Lutheran Sites Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland Synod Area Lutheran Churches Hagerstown St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Haven Lutheran Church Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Concordia Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod)  Smithsburg Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Williamsport Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church    Miscellaneous Hagerstown Area Religious Council (HARC) Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp & Retreat Center Living Lutheran Magazine Christianity Today Magazine
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

Pastor’s Ponderings

Pastor David Eisenhuth May 2018 At a beautiful service held here at Trinity on Saturday, April 28, Sarah Schofield Wright received the Church’s gift of ordination to the ministry of Word and Sacrament. Trinity nourished Sarah with the Word and the Sacraments. In turn, a process of discernment led her to believe that she was called to exercise a public ministry. After much study and an internship, the Church agreed that Sarah had a call to be a pastor and offered the gift which only it can confer—ordination. I would like to use this article to unpack what all of this means. It is said that one of Martin Luther’s chief doctrines was the Priesthood of All Believers. He never actually used those exact words, but his intent was clear. Luther grew up in a world sharply divided between “secular” and “sacred.” Lay people were secular, and those who had taken holy orders (deacons, priests, bishops) and/or profession as members of religious orders were in the sacred realm. Guess which realm was considered to be more important? He dismissed this idea in a 1520 treatise called To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation. He put forward a doctrine that […]