June 29, 2018

Reconciling in Christ

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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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
November 20, 2016

TLC Clothing Bank

Open Tuesday – Thursday, 11am to 1:45pm “If there is among you a poor man, one of your brethren in any of the towns which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to give him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.” —Deuteronomy 15:7-8. For 25 years, our church’s members and friends have faithfully been opening their hands to fulfill the needs of the poor around the church in this town that God has given us. This is a long overdue glimpse into the labors of eight volunteers who toil unseen during each week of the year. We know the numbers of visitors grows annually and that the word has spread. In the past several years, volunteers have heard guests referring to our Clothing Bank as the “Trinity Bon Ton” and, recently, the “Randolph Street Mall” when referring to the bountiful, highly organized, outstanding variety that is offered our neighbors. When guests enter Trinity’s Clothing Bank in the order of their signup at arrival, they are asked if they have been to our Clothing Bank before. If so, a filed […]
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 12 scouts and 4 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 Ed Patterson 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 […]