Online giving now available

Trinity Lutheran Church is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account or processed using your credit or debit card. Our electronic giving program offers convenience for you and much-needed donation consistency for our congregation.

To give online, simply follow these easy steps:

  1. Visit the church website at http://tlcmsn.org/giving/ 
  2. Click on the Give Online button
  3. Click on the Create Profile button
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to create a profile and schedule your recurring contributions.
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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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Sermon: Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 14, 2014

Genesis 50:15-21
Psalm 103:1-13
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35

In the wake of our recent observance of the anniversary of September 11, it is sobering to ponder what Jesus would preach if he were presented with today’s texts. It’s so obvious that in our Scriptures for today that we are being called to address is the subject of forgiveness, and yet it is so hard to proclaim when people are still hurting. Sometimes there are things we can’t forget and just don’t want to forgive. And what’s more than that, we don’t want God to forgive them either. We want evil-doers to be held accountable. Continue reading

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Planning Council Minutes – August 12, 2014

The June 10, 2014 minutes were approved by the Planning Council at its August meeting:

PC Meeting Minutes – August 12 2014

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Sermon: Funeral for Robert Suter

(based on Luke 24:1-11)

The passage I just read from the Gospel of Luke is one version of the Easter story from the Bible. After Jesus died, his body was taken to a borrowed grave with none of the proper ceremonies or services we want our loved ones to have. So after the Sabbath was observed, a group of grieving women went to the place where they expected to find Jesus’ body, because they wanted to pay their respects. Perhaps, if you were here yesterday, you understand the urge. Continue reading

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Take action on campaign finance reform

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A message from the ELCA Advocacy Office:

“This church shall seek to… contribute toward the upbuilding of the common good and the revitalizing of public life through open and inclusive processes of deliberation.” – ELCA Social Statement: The Church in Society: A Lutheran Perspective

The corruptive influence of money in American politics today silences the voices of middle-class and poor Americans in the democratic process. It is time for people of faith and moral commitment to insist on reform. As early as today, Monday, September 8, the United States Senate is scheduled to vote on legislation that would re-establish Congress and individual states’ ability to pass guidelines for election spending. S.J. Resolution 19 has nearly 50 co-sponsors in the Senate, and comes in the wake of the upcoming election season where roughly $72 million has been spent on 9 Senate elections alone. This important legislation comes as a result of the Supreme Court’s narrowly divided ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.
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Sermon: Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Ezekiel 33:7–11
Psalm 119:33–40
Romans 13:8–14
Matthew 18:15–20

“Let us lay aside the works of darkness and put on the Lord Jesus Christ.”

When I was growing up, it was a tradition in our family that on the anniversary of our baptisms, we got to choose what we would have for dinner, and afterward there would be a special dessert and family devotions at which we lit the candle we received at our baptisms. My dad would choose a Bible passage to read for the person we were honoring that night. One year, when it was my special day, my dad chose this passage from Romans for me. He asked if I knew why. I knew instantly: because I never forget what I put on. I could tell you the exact outfit I wore for the first day of school, or the first day on the job, or the first big date…pretty much as far back as you might care to hear about, I could tell you what I put on. Continue reading

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