We are a vibrant diverse community made up of life-long Lutherans and those who are new to the Christian faith. One will encounter wise seniors and little children in our midst. We are single, partnered, married, widowed, straight, LGBTQ. We are native Astorians and people from around the world. Our worship, theology and life together celebrate the abundance of God’s love, found in the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus!
Here you can laugh, cry, sing, eat, pray, serve the greater community, and engage in intimate conversations with us about life and faith.
In all that we are, we try to live our mission promise:
To Seek and Share God’s Grace Through Welcome, Worship & Work
BLESSING OF THE PETS – Sunday, October 4 @ 10:30 a.m. Worship.
In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, all are invited to bring your pets (or photographs) for Worship. At the time usually set aside for the Children’s Sermon, Pastor Paul will sit on the steps at the front of the Nave (Worship area) and persons are invited to come forward with their pets or photos of them for a blessing. Stay as long as you can with your pet. We honor these special loved ones that God has given to us.
Sunday School is offered each week during Worship. Children accompany their parents to worship and come forward for the Children’s Sermon by Pastor Paul. Afterward, they proceed to the Basement/Undercroft with the appointed teacher of the day. Pre-school aged children MUST be accompanied by one of their parents/guardians.
The schedule is as follows:1st Sunday of the month: Ms. Amy Appleton;
2nd Sunday: Ms. Heather Smith-Gurion;
3rd Sunday is Family Sunday with children remaining in worship & participating in offering collection or presenting the elements. Melissa & Omar Santisteban will lead.
4th Sunday: Ms. Maritza Tamayo will lead.
Sunday School lessons for Parents will be distributed so that Christian education may continue at home. Our mission is To provide a strong Christian foundation that will guide the hearts and minds of our young children and to grow the presence of Christ in their spirit.
Contemplative Worship MEETS IN THE BACK GARDEN! Enter through side gate on 31st Avenue
Tuesday nights @ 7:00 p.m.
Join us for an intimate worship style that includes reading of Scripture, Reflections by Participants, Meditative Prayer and Holy Communion.
We are reading the Book of Exodus. Come learn about God’s powerful love for his children and the ministry of Moses and Aaron.
Adult Choir rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings @ 8 p.m. in the Nave. If you would like to be a part of the choir, speak with William Easterling in the next couple of weeks. We plan on doing lots of new anthems and other musical selections. (Contemplative Worship will move to 7 p.m. beginning September 15th).
Do you play a musical instrument? Have you ever sung a solo? Would you like to offer your praise to God by sharing your talents in worship here at Trinity? Speak to William Easterling or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trinity Handbell Choir will resume rehearsals on Sunday, September 20, 2015, 12:30pm-1:30pm in the balcony. We normally rehearse at the same time each Sunday, and we play about once each month based on everyone’s availability. Anyone who can count to six and can keep a steady beat is invited, welcomed, and encouraged to join us! (Everything else will be taught.) We really can use a few more hands – please consider joining us! Speak to Richard Walker, Handbell Choir Director (WalkRE60@cs.com) for more information, or just come to a rehearsal!
In honor of the upcoming anniversary, you are invited to create an artistic representation of what Trinity means to you. We will be distributing small canvases to anyone interested and they can be covered with any material you want to use. They will all be displayed together on October 3rd. If you want to participate but don’t have art materials at home, contact either Appleton (email@example.com) or Lisa Canellas (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
Do you have a favourite dish from your home country? Do you know which restaurant can make it? In celebration of our 125th anniversary, we will be holding a dinner of ethnic foods – totally catered (no one cooks this night!) We want to honour the ethnic diversity of our Trinity family and the Astoria/Long Island City community. We are planning 4 stations- European: German, Hungarian, Scandanavian, etc.; Central and South American: Peruvian, Colombian, Brazilian, Chilean, etc.; Mediterranean: Israeli, Lebanese, Greek, Italian, etc.; and NYC: hot dogs, chicken fingers, pizza, etc. Want to help plan this event which will happen in December? Contact Jen Genrich at email@example.com or Pastor Paul.
Wine & Cheese social and discussion, Thursday, October 15th from 7:30 p.m. until?? Held in the Rectory Living Room. We will be discussing Harper Lee’s new novel Go Set a Watchman, which continues to tell the story of Scout and Atticus Finch told in the Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Get a copy on your kindle reader or from the bookstore and begin reading. Looking forward to a lively discussion about this somewhat controversial book.
New Members’ Classes will be held in October: 10/11 & 10/18. This is your chance to learn more about Trinity and our Lutheran way of viewing our relationship with Jesus Christ and the world. New members will be received on Sunday, October 25 during worship. (The only difference between being a Trinity family member and an official member on our roster is as an “official” member, you can run for a seat on the Church council and vote at congregational meetings.)
SAVE THE DATES
Saturday, October 3, 2015 – Trinity presents Trinity: A Music & Art Spectacular @ 5 p.m. in the Nave & Undercroft/Basement
Saturday, October 24, 2015 – Square Dance in Undercroft from 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, November 21, 2015 – Annual Christmas Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, November 22, 2015 – Metropolitan New York Synod Bishop Robert Rimbo to preach and preside @ worship in honor of Trinity’s 125th Anniversary. 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 125th Anniversary Dinner to celebrate our ethnic diversity
Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10, 2016 – Trinity Congregational Retreat @ Koinonia
Saturday, April 16 – 125th Anniversary Concert: Handbells and History of Trinity & Astoria/Long Island City