What We Believe

Mission

Stated simply: God loves us so much that God is working throughout all time to bring all of creation into life everlasting.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. –John 3:16-17

Vision

To be accepting, diverse, loving and supporting. To be a bold, strong and thriving community committed to ministry. To be a welcoming, joyful place grounded in Faith, spent to the Spirit, and biblically centered. To be interconnected with the wider community and responsive to its needs.

You Are Welcome Here

Reconciling in Christ

We believe the love of God is meant for everyone. Our welcome statement reflects the commitment we have to make Trinity Lutheran Church a place where everyone can come and experience that love. Trinity is the only Reconciling In Christ congregation in Washington County.

Core Values

Sharing the Good News of Christ Everywhere

We are called to share our experience of God’s love in Jesus Christ wherever we go.  We are not called to share our doctrines, ethics or ideas, but simply a loving, life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ.

Loving Unconditionally

There are no strings attached to God’s love.  In response to God’s love for us…we, in turn, love others with no strings attached.

Living With Honesty and Integrity

Sharing the truth in love is central to healthy, honest relationships that grow and work together.

Trusting and Depending on God and Each Other

We know that we cannot carry on the work of God alone.  We trust God to provide the strength that we need.  We also depend on one another as fellow members of the body of Christ.

Growing in a Relationship With Christ and Others

As we grow closer to Christ, we can share him with others more fully and effectively.  We cherish those relationships which give us life and prepare us for our mission in the world.

Forgiving

Forgiveness is central to our relationship with others.  As God in Christ has forgiven us all our sins, so we are asked to forgive the sins of others.

Following Christ's Example of Unselfish Service

As Jesus lived his life, he put others first and, in love, emptied himself completely for us.  As followers of Christ we are called to offer ourselves in unselfish service to the world.

Rejoice and Praising

Because we trust God in all things we give thanks and praise.  In all places and under all conditions, we rejoice because God is present with us.

Equipping People for Servant Leadership

All of God’s people are needed and called to their unique place in ministry.  The Holy Spirit continually works through the Church to empower and prepare people for their particular role in fulfilling God’s Mission.

Building Up Each Other

Everything we do should be for the strengthening and encouragement of one another.  We seek to support and enliven each other and not to tear each other down.

Seeking Out the Hurting

Jesus was driven by his compassion for people.  He was constantly reaching out to those who were hurting.  Following the example of Christ, we too are called to reach out to the hurting of the world.

Living in Hope

We live our lives filled with hope.  We do not despair.  Because our future is in God’s hands, we are not afraid.

Offering Hospitality

An important aspect of sharing God’s love is creating a space where all people feel welcomed and valued…without exception.

Valuing and Respecting Everyone, Everywhere

All of us are valued and cherished by God.  In the same way we value people so much, that without compromising our identity as disciples of Christ, we meet people where they are at, rather than expecting them to meet us where we are comfortable.

Striving for Justice

In response to a just God, we are a people who strive for justice in all that we do.  That justice is concerned about building a community where the weakest, smallest and least powerful are cared for and honored as much as the powerful and wealthy, and mercy is extended to all.

We are united in God’s love and promise

For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us.       – Romans 12:4-6

In 1 Peter 2:5 we – the followers of Christ- are described as the “living stones”, joining our time and talents together to build a temple for the Lord that is tied to neither time nor space. What binds us together is that we were all called by God, united together in God’s love and given the same mission- to share God’s love and call others into its life-giving kingdom.  

God’s love and mercy comes to us in countless ways.

Our Lord Jesus is chief among these.  It is through the love and forgiveness that is ours in Jesus that we can boldly claim to be God’s own people—not because of what we have done, but because of what God has done for us through Jesus.

We are invited to share God’s love and promise in the world.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”   – Matthew 28:19-20

Our congregation is a gathering of “therefore” people.  We have experienced God’s great love and mercy – “therefore”, we work together to share that love and mercy with the world through our words, our actions and our lives.

We are entrusted with Gifts for doing God’s work

“Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms”                  -1 Peter 4:10.

We are entrusted with all of our blessings – talents, time, wealth, influence and wisdom – to be a blessing to others.  We are called to use our gifts to God’s glory by living lives that illustrate God’s love and grace.

We are empowered by God to live lives that Shine with God’s love in the world’s darkness.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.     – Philippians 4:13

God offers to each of us the strength, power and ability to spread the love and promise of God as effectively as those first 12 disciples.  But like those first 12 we have to be willing to follow, grow and shine.

Our Vision

To be accepting, diverse, loving and supporting.

To be a bold, strong and thriving community committed to ministry.

To be a welcoming, joyful place grounded in Faith, open to Spirit, and biblically centered.

To be interconnected with the wider community and responsive to its needs.

Our Afiliations

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

ELCA congregations are centers for evangelical mission, where people of faith celebrate, learn and connect with one another and others around the world through service and weekly worship. We are a church that belongs to Christ. There is a place for you among our nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. For us as the ELCA, this faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world.

Reconciling In Christ

The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations. Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are accepted onto the Reconciling in Christ Roster which now exceeds 600 settings. Most groups start the process of consideration by engaging in a study program or series of educational meetings. Hearing the experiences of LGBT people and their families often creates greater understanding and insights.

Our Core Values

Sharing the Good News of Christ Everywhere

We are called to share our experience of God’s love in Jesus Christ wherever we go.  We are not called to share our doctrines, ethics or ideas, but simply a loving, life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ.

Equipping People for Servant Leadership

All of God’s people are needed and called to their unique place in ministry.  The Holy Spirit continually works through the Church to empower and prepare people for their particular role in fulfilling God’s Mission.

Forgiving and Building Each Other Up

Forgiveness is central to our relationship with others.  As God in Christ has forgiven us all our sins, so we are asked to forgive the sins of others. Everything we do should be for the strengthening and encouragement of one another.  We seek to support and enliven each other and not to tear each other down.

Seeking Out the Hurting

Jesus was driven by his compassion for people.  He was constantly reaching out to those who were hurting.  Following the example of Christ, we too are called to reach out to the hurting of the world.

Trusting and Depending on God and Each Other

We know that we cannot carry on the work of God alone.  We trust God to provide the strength that we need.  We also depend on one another as fellow members of the body of Christ.

Growing in Relationship with Christ and Each Other

As we grow closer to Christ, we can share him with others more fully and effectively.  We cherish those relationships which give us life and prepare us for our mission in the world.

Offering Hospitality and Loving Unconditionally

An important aspect of sharing God’s love is creating a space where all people feel welcomed and valued…without exception. There are no strings attached to God’s love.  In response to God’s love for us…we, in turn, love others with no strings attached.

Valuing and Respecting Everyone, Everywhere

All of us are valued and cherished by God.  In the same way we value people so much, that without compromising our identity as disciples of Christ, we meet people where they are at, rather than expecting them to meet us where we are comfortable.

Living and Serving with Honesty and Integrity

Sharing the truth in love is central to healthy, honest relationships that grow and work together. As Jesus lived his life, he put others first and, in love, emptied himself completely for us.  As followers of Christ we are called to offer ourselves in unselfish service to the world.

Rejoicing and Praising with an Abundance of Hope

Because we trust God in all things we give thanks and praise. In all places and under all conditions, we rejoice because God is present with us. We live our lives filled with hope. We do not despair. Because our future is in God’s hands, we are not afraid.