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Questions about Christianity, Lutherans, and Trinity Lutheran Church
If you, or anyone you know is interested in
joining Trinity please connect with the church office or with Pastor Simon.
Becoming a Member of Trinity Lutheran Church
Here at Trinity Lutheran Church our mission as children of God is to live together in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, acting in compassion in the world as we proclaim the promises of God. We want every member to be a regular worshipper. We want to be a place where worship is vibrant, innovative and rooted in the Gospel. We want every member to be a growing disciple. We want to be a community growing in mission.
Do you share this vision? Then God may be calling you join us at Trinity Lutheran Church. In partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we invite you to share in our mission by becoming a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Each year from September through May, we provide several opportunities for people to do this. Every other month we have new member orientations, a new member welcome pot-luck, and a new member Sunday.
We invite you to take part in these events (see above for the upcoming dates):
1. New Member Orientation - There are two identical meetings and you only need to attend one. Meet other new members, learn about what opportunities Trinity has to offer you, kids can register for Sunday School and take a tour of the building! You do not need to RSVP for this informal gathering and nursery care is provided.
Both meetings are in the Lounge, which is across from the office. There will be signs to direct you.
2. New Member Pot-Lucks - If you are able to make it to one of the orientation meetings, then please also mark your calendar for this family pot-luck dinner with all the other new members, friends from Trinity, and special guests.
3. New Member Sundays - At the worship service of your choice you will be received as a new member of Trinity!
Please join us! If you have any questions about Trinity or if you're interested in becoming a member, please contact Pastor Simon Fensom at 236-1333 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
If I am transferring membership from an ELCA congregation somewhere else, do I need to contact them?
We will take care of requesting the transfer after you have filled out paperwork at one of the orientation meetings. We recommend as a courtesy that you contact your congregation to make them aware that you have moved from the area if you have not already done so.
Can I become a member of Trinity and still be a member of another ELCA congregation?
Sometimes people choose to remain associate members of their former ELCA congregation when becoming members of Trinity. If you wish to do this, please contact that congregation to inform them of your wishes.
Does Trinity send out reminders of upcoming New Member Weeks?
Yes we do! We keep a database of people who have indicated interest in becoming members of Trinity through speaking to pastors, staff, members - however we come across the information. We do our best to contact everyone interested in membership and reminders are sent out about one week before the orientations. If you are unsure if you are on our database, please contact Pastor Matt at email@example.com.
Can my child(ren) be in Sunday School or Confirmation if I/we have not yet become members of Trinity?
Yes. If you wish to register your children for Sunday School or Confirmation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Sunday School or email@example.com for Confirmation.
Questions about Christianity, Lutherans and Trinity
How Does a Person Become a Christian?
Christians believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and was raised to new life. One becomes a member of the Christian community through the sacrament of Holy Baptism. If you have not been baptized, one of the pastors would be happy to meet with you personally to guide you in preparation to be baptized. Lutheran Christians do not re-baptize people coming from other Christian faith traditions.
What is a Lutheran Christian?
Lutherans believe that because of our Baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit we are Christians and God meets us where we are in life. God even meets us in our pain, weakness, doubt - offering us love, acceptance and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, God's Son. Lutherans teach that through the hearing of God's Word, the Holy Spirit points us to Jesus Christ as our only hope and promise for salvation - salvation because of his suffering and death on the cross, and not because of anything we can possibly do. Lutherans believe that all baptized Christians are justified by grace through faith; that because of Jesus Christ, we are all accepted as Children of God - a gift of God that we do not deserve - a gift in which we put our trust.
How are Christians called to live?
Christians are called to follow Jesus in his death and resurrection - a death and resurrection that happens in Baptism. Baptism does not make us sinless, we still continue to sin and disobey God, but we come to God to confess our sins and ask forgiveness. The Christian life is not a perfect life - it is a life in which we must daily be reminded of our need for God's love, acceptance and forgiveness that is found only in Jesus Christ. In response to this, we are called to submit to the will of God, to trust God in all things, to love and serve others with this same acceptance.
What is Holy Communion?
Holy Communion, also known as Eucharist or the Lord's Supper, is a special meal for all baptized Christians through which we receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ through bread and wine. This reminds us that we receive God's love and forgiveness through Jesus' suffering and death on the cross and that we are part of the community of all Christians as the body of Christ.
How can I become a part of the Trinity Lutheran Church Community?
You are always welcome to participate in worship and in the ministries and other activities at Trinity Lutheran Church regardless of who you are. We also welcome you to become a member of Trinity Lutheran Church - an opportunity to affirm the Christian faith and more actively participate in and support our Christian mission to this community and world.