September 9, 2017

What We Believe

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 […]
October 14, 2016

Life Events

Baptisms Weddings Funerals
January 23, 2018

Soup and Sandwich Sale

You are invited to participate in the soup and sandwich sale on Sunday, January 28th, hosted by the Fellowship and Parish Life Team. Come down to Fellowship Hall and enjoy a bowl of soup (ham & bean or potato, corn & leek chowder), a sandwich, and a beverage for $5, joining in fellowship with other members. Money raised will help support our 150th anniversary celebration in 2019. We hope to continue with the soup lunches on February 25th and March 18th.
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 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 ( 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.
The Museum of Fine Arts -Washington County is pleased to present Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts, 13th – 18th Centuries, which features more than thirty-five works drawn from Christian, Persian, Jewish, and classical traditions. Works include – medieval Bibles, prayer books, psalters, Books of Hours, choir books, missals, breviaries, and lectionaries, all of which are drawn from the collection of the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania. Examples of materials such as parchment, vellum, gold leaf, and minerals that were used by artists are on display in the exhibition. The exhibition will be on view from November 4, 2017 through January 28, 2018 with several special events featured. Learn More
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) Living Lutheran Magazine Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp & Retreat Center
August 8, 2017

Building Use Policy

The facilities of Trinity Lutheran Church (TLC) are primarily for worship, meditation and spiritual healing, Christian education, service to the community, and fellowship. TLC members, ministries, and teams may arrange to use rooms, furniture, and equipment for ministry programs and events (such as meetings, bible study, VBS, receptions, coffee hours, yard sales, festivals/bazaars, etc).  Such events are planned in advance through ministries and teams, and scheduled through the Activities Coordinator.  Dates for events occurring that were not anticipated during the planning process should be reserved through the church office for referral to the Activities Coordinator to avoid scheduling conflicts.  Specific guidelines for use of church are outlined in paragraph II(E) below. Church facilities may also be used (at the discretion of the senior pastor) by church members and associate members for other purposes, such as weddings and receptions, funerals, showers, and socials.  The facilities may also be used, for a suggested donation, by non-members (nonprofit organizations, etc.) provided an application is submitted and approved by Council. The TLC facility may not be used for commercial (concerned with or engaged in commerce) or political purposes (does not participate in, or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition […]
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.