You are welcome here!

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Trinity Lutheran Church is a Reconciling in Christ congregation that celebrates our unity as God’s people. We welcome the participation of people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, political persuasions, physical and mental abilities, educational backgrounds, marital or partnered status, and economic conditions—all  who want to join in community to honor God and be of service to others. Trinity is a place for all people to shine in their own unique gifts.

For more information about the Reconciling in Christ program, go to http://www.reconcilingworks.org/.

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Planning Council Minutes – June 2015

The Treasurer’s report for the June Planning Council meeting is now available:

Treasurer’s Report for June 2015 COUNCIL

Full meeting minutes will be posted here when they are available.

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Sermon: Second Sunday after Pentecost

June 7, 2015

What on earth has Jesus been up to that his own family suggests he’s out of his mind, and the religious leaders accuse him of being possessed by the devil? It’s only CHAPTER 3 of Mark’s Gospel, after all! Jesus has only just begun his ministry! How can he have gotten everybody so worked up already? In order for us to make sense of today’s Gospel lesson, we need a brief recap of the first couple of chapters in Mark’s Gospel (and let me take this moment to make a blatant commercial for any and all of you to come to Trinity’s library on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m., as we are explore the Gospel of Mark this summer). Continue reading

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Sermon: Pentecost 2015

May 24, 2015

Before we explore today’s texts and what they might say to us today, I think it’s helpful to point out that some significant wordplay we English speakers might miss from the original languages. In the OT reading from Ezekiel, one Hebrew word—RUACH—is translated three different ways. It means breath, and it means spirit, and it means wind. So if you look at that lesson again in your bulletin, and use the same word over and over wherever those three different words appear, you will have a sense of the poetry of the story. In a similar vein, the Greek word PNEUMA means spirit and breath and wind. So as you look at the reading from Acts and the Gospel lesson from John, try substituting one word for each of those, and again, you will find some rich word play. Continue reading

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Letter from Hong Kong

Dear friends at Trinity,

I am imagining you very busy these days hosting bikers and homeless families on the weekends, studying the Bible on Wednesdays, singing some of the same songs we sing here in Hong Kong on Sundays, pondering how to use the money from the sale of the parking lot that will now be used by your neighbors at Fresh Start, and doing many other kinds of ministries. I hope that the little library is getting good use. Amid all of that, I want to thank you for extending your ministry to me and to the people I work with here at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Hong Kong. I enjoy working with the students here very much. You know how good it is to be in a community of kind, thoughtful, fun people at Trinity; the same is true at LTS. It is a little bit crazy right now because it is the last week of the semester. Soon people will part ways to go home for the summer, or to stay here and work on their theses and dissertations for the summer, or to begin a new job after graduating. I will stay here this summer, but next summer I will come to visit you. I look forward to that.

Christ’s peace to you.

Carolyn Schneider

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Planning Council Minutes – May 2015

Minutes from the April 14, 2015 meeting were approved by the Planning Council at its May meeting:

Trinity Planning Council Minutes – May 12 2015

Treasurer’s Report for May 2015 COUNCIL

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