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.
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 that 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 a […]
On Wednesday, November 21st at 7:30 p.m. we will continue our Jazz adventure at Trinity Lutheran Church with a special Thanksgiving celebration. 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. Come at 7pm to enjoy dessert and refreshments before the service. Invite some friends to join you for this blended service to wind down your day. Free and open to the public. Click for Directions
We provide temporary shelter for homeless adults age 18 and over, those who can care for themselves and are not at risk to themselves or others. The shelter is open from late October through the first Sunday in April and is operated and staffed primarily by volunteers from churches or organizations on a weekly basis. Hours of operation are 7pm to 7am Monday through Saturday and 3pm to 7am on Sundays. Hours may be extended during severe weather/cold. The Day Resource Center is open 9am to 1pm daily for those who need a place to stay warm. Maximum bed capacity is 42 (30 men and 12 women). When the temperature or wind chill factor is 32 degrees or below and/or there is the presence of snow up to 6 overflow beds are available. Trinity’s dates to man the Cold Weather Shelter run from December 9th through the 16th. We need all the help we can get! Sign-up sheets are available at both services or call the office to volunteer.
The annual congregational meeting will be held Sunday, November 18th following a Unity Service at 10am. Fellowship and Parish Life will provide fried chicken and beverages. We are asking members to please bring a dish to share. We would like for you to bring a dish that has been in one of Trinity’s cookbooks or that is one of your favorites from years ago (pleases share the name of who put the recipe in the cookbook). If you don’t have a Trinity Cookbook, try one of the recipes that have been in the Messenger for the past 5-6 months (Click Here for Newsletters). This is in keeping with the 150th year-long celebration. If it’s one of your old favorites, perhaps you could bring the recipe to share. Thank you, in advance!
There are two different bible studies meeting every week to choose from. All are welcome! Monday evenings at 7pm in Memorial Hall, there will be a bible study focusing on the Gospel of John. Tuesday Mornings at 10am in Memorial Hall, a second bible study will be looking at the Book of Exodus. Monday Evening, 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! Tuesday Morning, The Book of Exodus The Tuesday morning Bible study will focus next on the book of Exodus, beginning 10 a.m. on August 21. In this “historical” book, God uses slavery in Egypt to gather a people and bring them out of bondage into a new life in […]
Trinity Lutheran Church is currently in the process of looking at Reconciling Works as a vehicle for becoming a more welcoming church. What follows is a record our journey as we explore this idea. Reconciling Works and Trinity, Newsletter Article, July 2018 I‘m sure that many of you have questions about the reconciling works ministry and perhaps some skepticism as well. Questions such as what actually is this ministry, what are we’re trying to do, what would this mean for Trinity and for each of us personally. Our team, which has about a dozen people on it, appreciates the need and wants to be as open, candid and transparent with you as possible. What we believe is that God teaches us to love our neighbor and that many of our neighbors have been neglected by the church universal. In a nutshell, we recognize that there a need in our community, we’re having a conversation about what can do about it and we want to know if this is something Trinity can or wants to be a part of. So far, we’ve had about a half-dozen meetings over the past year. We were asked to delay doing anything until Pastor […]