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.

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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.

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The young people of Trinity are a very caring and compassionate group. Though small in number, they have big hearts. Last week, their month collection totaled $101.60 and will fund gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

As part of Samaritan’s Purse and the ministries of Billy, and now Franklin Graham, Operation Christmas Child encourages people to fill a shoebox with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for shipment to children around the world in time for Christmas. You can help by donating money or by taking a box to fill and returning it by Tuesday, November 13th. It costs $9.00 to package and ship each box, so keep that in mind as you donate.

Our goal is a minimum of 12 boxes ready to go on Nov 13th.
Thank you for helping!

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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!

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“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.


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 families. What a way to celebrate Harvest Sunday! It will also be our annual Congregational Meeting and Meal. Why not bring a dish to share from one of our cookbooks? In November we will ask all to look through past cook books and bring a dish to share (please share the name of who put the recipe in the cookbook) to share as part of the congregational dinner.  Don’t have a cookbook?  Use one of the recipes that have been in our newsletter the past 5 or 6 months (Click for Newsletters).  Each recipe shared is from one of the cookbooks.

We have something special planned for Christmas, so watch for more information in the Messenger and miniMessenger as we “Celebrate Our Past and Embrace Our Future.”


Jottings from Yesterday…

Did You Know?  Bulletins were not used until 1941. Dr. Ard began them during his first year at Trinity. Before that, the hymn boards would display the hymns sung each Sunday. The hymnals were handed out by the ushers and collected at the end of the service. They placed them on a table in the Narthex.

The anniversary committee meets the second Tuesday of the month in Memorial Hall at 7 PM. Come join us! The next meeting is Tuesday, November 13th.

Contact Carol Brashears at 301-992-5016
or brash115@aol.com for more info.

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September 13, 2018

Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive

We’ve kicked off our Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive to benefit not only our food bank clients but our Micah’s Backpack families as well. Please consider a donation. $10 will support an entire basket including the turkey. Envelopes will be available at each service for your contribution through Thanksgiving.

Thank you for your generosity.

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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 the Promised Land. We will use the Kerygma series. We will use books, but you can miss a class and not be lost! Refreshments are served! If you have not been attending this study but want to come, please call the office or tell Pastor David so we can have a book for you. To begin, we will study the story of Joseph, which will help us under- stand how God’s people got to Egypt in the first place. This will continue for the first two Tuesdays in August. A movie will be shown about Joseph, starring Ben Kingsley. If you want to, just come for the movie!

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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.

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Congratulations to Trinity’s Graduates! We pray God’s blessings upon
each of you as you begin the next chapter in your lives.

Laura Reed graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in May.  She received the degree of Doctor of Medicine with a specialization in neurosurgery.  She will begin her residency at the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple, Texas.

Caroline Kreiger received her Master of Arts in teaching from Liberty University in May.

Alex Paddack graduated in December 2017 from Bridgewater College with a Bachelors of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences.  She has minors in philosophy and religion. She also has concentrations in Family Life Education and Child Development. She is currently working with the Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Daved Paddack graduated December 21, 2017 from Towson University with a Bachelors Degree in Biology with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology.  He plans to pursue a career in medical device sales.

Patrick Anthony will be graduating on June 5, 2018, from Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. He will be attending Shepherd University in the Fall, majoring in Music Education.

Elias Josh Fowler will be graduating from North Hagerstown High School on the 8th of June.

Kristina Norgard will graduate June 8 from North Hagerstown High School. She will be attending St. Mary’s College of Maryland in the fall. Major is undecided.

Taylor Mayhugh will be graduating from E. Russell Hicks Middle School in June and will be starting in the Academic Leadership Academy at South Hagerstown High School in September.

In addition to all of our student graduates, Trinity lutheran Church Scholarships were awarded to Patrick Anthony, Max Conrad and Elizabeth Dagliano. Each will be receiving a scholarship of $500 to put toward their college education. Congratulations to all!

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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.

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