“Celebrating our Past and Embracing our Future” The 150th Anniversary of Trinity will began with the Unity Service of Celebration on Sunday, October 14th 2018. We chose this date because it is close to our actual groundbreaking for the original church on Franklin Street which took place in October, 1868. There are some fantastic pictures, both past and present, osted pictures on the bulletin board in the Narthex.  A timeline is beginning to form in Fellowship Hall. Watch it grow through the year. We will also have wonderful scrapbooks of our early church days out for you to look through during the brunch. Please take time to look at these artifacts. We were blessed by the diligent research of Janet Dayhoff and Dottie Cochrane. Their tireless work, attention to detail, and the formation of the Heritage Room provide us with a wealth of information from our past. November Each month we will celebrate the anniversary with a special focus one Sunday a month. In November, we will focus on Harvest Home which has been a long-standing tradition at Trinity. This will occur on Sunday, November 18th. This will also be the day we provide Thanksgiving boxes to our Micah’s families and Food Bank […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
July 31, 2017

Council Minutes

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February 18, 2017

Pastor’s Ponderings

Pastor David Eisenhuth The dictionary defines a self-made man as “someone whose success lay within the individual himself not with outside conditions.” Originally coined in 1832 by U.S. senator Henry Clay, the term often referred to an individual who rose from a poor or otherwise disadvantaged background to prominence in financial, political, or other areas by nurturing qualities such as perseverance, hard work, and ingenuity, as opposed to achieving these goals through inherited wealth, family connections, or other privileges. By the mid-1950s, success in the United States generally implied “business success.” I had such a man in my congregation at Faith Lutheran in Cockeysville. Let’s call him George. George had grown up in a small town on the Eastern Shore, a child of a poor family. He joined the U.S. Navy and served four years. After he was discharged, he used his veteran’s benefits to go to college. Then he went to law school. He worked his way through law school. He got a job working with Merrill Lynch. By the time I knew him, he was the highest grossing stockbroker in the company. He was the private banker to people whose names he said I would know. George and […]
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 […]
November 18, 2016

TLC Food Bank

Open Tuesday – Thursday, 11am to 1:45pm Trinity’s food bank, like the clothing bank, is open each week Tuesday through Thursday from 11:00am to 1:45pm. Clients are required (after their first visit), to apply for a Food Bank card through Community Action Council office on Summit Ave.  The card holder is able to visit our church as well as other church food banks in the area once a month for a variety of food items.  Trinity’s food bank offers USDA foods, such as cereals, pasta, canned goods, as well as items donated by local grocers, such as frozen meats, breads, pastries, milk, eggs and cheese. Sometimes a local butcher will donate frozen packages of venison, which seems to be popular with the community. Trinity member Keith Scheer graciously donated deer meat from his hunt last fall. Thanks to all who kindly donate food items throughout the year! Many Trinity volunteers help to cover hours on these days including Judy Purdham, Judy Melby-Robinson, June Habeck and Dottie Rhodes. These church volunteers stock shelves, greet clients and help them with their food needs. If you would like to help, please contact either Jeff Reed or Ralph Conrad who oversee the operation. Some days […]
November 18, 2016

Micah’s Backpack

The Micah’s Backpack program in Washington County follows a model established in Blacksburg, VA.  The program is designed to feed hungry students through a partnership between each elementary school and one or more churches/organizations in its community.  Brought to Washington County by Trinity Lutheran Church in 2010, the program now serves more than 826 students in 27 elementary schools and involves partnerships with more than 45 churches and organizations. Over 10,000 students in Washington County Public Schools receive free or reduced lunches and for many this lunch will be the last hot meal of the day. Children are especially hungry over the weekend when school is not in session. How Micah’s Backpack Works Each Friday afternoon identified elementary school children receive a bag or backpack of healthy food and snacks. On Monday each child returns the empty bag or backpack to the school to be restocked with food for the following Friday. The filled backpack may include the following individual serving-size items: cereal, oatmeal, juice, tuna, peanut butter, crackers, macaroni and cheese, soup, applesauce, fruit cups, spaghetti, ravioli, beef stew, canned vegetables, and other nutritious food. Who Can Participate? Eligible students are identified by the school principal and a designated […]