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About Us - Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sheraden

In our hurried world of today, it is important to have a place where we can withdraw from the regular activities of the week

...a place for quiet meditation,

    ...a place to give thanks for God's mercies,

        ...a place to re-evaluate your life of discipleship,

            ...a place to worship Almighty God. 

                Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sheraden is such a place!

Our Mission Statement

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church's Mission is: Spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ through worship, education and example! 

Sunday SchoolSunday morning offers a chance to attend Sunday School, starting at 10:00 a.m.  We have a brief opening prayer and worship service, followed by Sunday School classes.  Our Sunday School provides classes for all ages.  Children 3 years of age through the 8th Grade receive instruction in the Bible and the Christian faith.   Our high school students have a special discussion and study group, while the adults meet in the Fellowship Hall for the Bible study class.

Worship Service The Worship Service begins at 11:15 a.m.  Trinity uses the Lutheran Book of Worship (green hymnal) for it's Worship Service and hymns.  To make the Service easier to follow, we've created a Sunday Bulletin which includes the entire Worship Service within its pages.  The singing of hymns, the Scripture readings, the prayers and the sermon - each has a place in bringing you into contact with God.  Worship opportunities are also provided on special Holy days:  Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, etc.

The Sacraments The Lutheran Church teaches us that, according to Scripture, there are only two sacraments:  Baptism and The Lord's Supper (Holy Communion).  They are sacraments because each contain a specific command of Christ to do this, a promise connected with their use and a visible substance or symbol.  The sacraments are special institutions of Christ for the purpose of conveying the saving benefits of the Gospel to believers.

  • Baptism In the Lutheran Church, most people are usually baptized when they are infants, though we always welcome any believer who would like to be baptized.  In this sacrament, we become God's children.  Baptism marks the beginning of the new life in Christ.  The continuance of that life depends on Christian teaching and training as we mature.  The Lutheran Church also encourages those who were not baptized as children to arrange for their baptism as soon as possible by contacting the Pastor.
  • The Lord's Supper (Holy Communion/Eucharist):  Participation in the Lord's Supper is the reception of the body and the blood of Christ, given as bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself for us to eat and drink.  We hold that a person is well-prepared and worthy to receive this sacrament if he or she believes the words of Christ: "This is my body...this is my blood...given and shed for you, for the remission of sins."   The sacrament of the Lord's Supper is offered at every Sunday Worship Service, as well as on special Holy days and festivals.  The Pastor, upon request, will bring the Lord's Supper to those who, because of age or infirmity, are unable to either walk to the altar or are unable to attend the Worship Service in the Church.

Pastoral MinistryTrinity has FOUR (4) Pastors who are on call at all times.  In times of sickness, death, disappointment or joy...our Pastors are as close as your telephone.  They are ready to help you, if you give them a chance.

  • Counseling A Pastor, by his/her training, is qualified to assist in the solution of a variety of problems which we face during life.  A talk with the Pastor, and praying together concerning the problem, may help you find a solution to your problem.  If the problem is of such a nature that the Pastor's help is not enough, he/she may be able to refer you to someone who can help find a solution.
  • Encouragement during Illness A sympathetic visit by a Pastor can be a big encouragement in time of illness.  In case of illness or accident, a call to the Pastor will bring him/her to the hospital as soon as possible.

  • Comfort in Times of Sorrow:  Every home, at some time, experiences the sorrow that comes with the passing of a loved one.  The Pastor is "on call" in your time of sorrow.  He/she will come, as soon as called, to the home where sorrow has come - to bring the comfort of Scripture and prayer, and assist in arrangements for funeral services.

  • Weddings Marriage has been considered sacred by the Church since the days of Christ's early ministry, when He beatified it and sanctified it by His presence at the wedding in Cana of Galilee.  The State of Pennsylvania grants the Marriage License, but all couples are encouraged to exchange their Marriage Vows before the altar of God and receive God's blessing in their new venture as husband and wife.  All couples desiring a wedding in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church must consult with the Pastor well in advance of the wedding date, as well as arrange and participate in pre-marriage counseling.  No wedding will be performed without prior counseling with the Pastor.  For the list of fees involved with a church wedding, go here.

Fellowship and ServiceChurch fellowship is enjoyed by the friendly exchanges before and after the Sunday Services and at a number of special programs and fellowship suppers that are scheduled throughout the year.

  • Brotherhood:  The men's Brotherhood, a social group of the congregation's men, meet on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. for a snack, followed by a meeting.
  • Trinity Lutheran Church Women (TLCW):  The Trinity Lutheran Church Women (TLCW), a social group of the congregation's women, meet on the third Thursday of each month for study, special projects and programs.

  • Community Outreach:  Trinity is actively involved in our community.  We try to schedule an activity each month to bring the community into our Church, so that they can have a chance to meet us .  Some of these events are: Lenten Fish Fry dinners, Valentine's Day dinner, Mother-Daughter Banquet, Halloween Fair, Spaghetti Dinner, Pancake Breakfast, Trash & Treasure sale and Breakfast With Santa.  

  • Community Support: Various community groups meet at our church.

  • Congregational Service:  There are many opportunities for service within the congregation:  Sunday School teaching, choir, acolytes, Committee members, Church Council officers, ushers, volunteer help in the church office, etc.  All members of the congregation are encouraged to offer their services to the Church and community in those areas where they are able.

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