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“In the Community” Events–A Fun Success

Thanks to all those who came out for Trinity’s first “In the Community” Events.  Our “Trinity on the Town” event at TGI Fridays in Greenbelt on October 6th drew 19 folks out for a good evening of food and fellowship.  And our “Bible Study in the Neighborhood” at Ledo’s in College Park on October 16th brought 8 of our Trinity Family together for good food and good conversation with each other and about the Word.  (We were also happy to run into other members who were at Ledo’s for their own meals and gatherings, and to know that one of our own works there.)  And, if you are interested in knowing a little about what we talked about over our meal, feel free to look over a copy of the evening’s study guide found on the link below.
Bible Study In The Community Study 10-2012

Both of these events were wonderful moments to learn, have fun, and to connect with one another.  We hope to continue these fellowship opportunities and you can find updates on future events right here on our website. And please remember, these events are for everyone–Trinity members and friends as well as your own family and friends who you would like to bring to meet your church family.  All are welcome!

Also, our special thanks go to Rick Hudson who has done a wonderful job for us in coordinating these events for us.

Hope to see you all with us when we’re out “In the Community” again!

Fellowship Events Out in the Community

As a church family, we want to be able to not only share the joy we have in being with one another as we gather together at church but to share in that joy anywhere we may find ourselves gathered together.  It is good for us to have opportunities to share our fellowship with others outside of our church’s walls and give people a glimpse of who we are: followers of Jesus who love each other, who love others, and who even love to have fun together.

Two new fellowship opportunities are planned, and we hope that they will become regular events for our Trinity family and our friends and acquaintances.  All are welcome!

Trinity on the Town:
What is it? Trinity On the Town is a time for us all to get together outside the church walls for fellowship and fun!

When is it? Saturday, October 6th at 4PM till ???

Where do we meet? TGI Fridays, 6460 Capitol Drive, Greenbelt, MD

Who’s buyin’? A bunch of German Lutherans are going Dutch for this event!!!

Please bring a friend or two so we can show off what is great about being a member of Trinity!!!  Families and kids are welcome!!!

Fellowship and Study in the Neighborhood:
We look forward to gathering for times of fellowship, fun, and food for both body and soul.  Bring yourself and your friends for a time of getting to know one another and to grow together as we look at God’s Word.

Our first gathering will be held on Tuesday, October 16th at Ledo’s Restaurant, 4509 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740.  We will gather at 6:30 PM for a bite to eat, have time for fellowship and conversation, and then a bit of time in the Word.  Bring an appetite to be fed with good food, good company, and growth in the Lord.

Reservations are not required, but letting us know who will be coming in advance would be helpful so we can get enough space at the restaurant for everyone.  Dinner will be “dutch”, and we’ll have a few appetizers ordered to get things started. Please contact Rick Hudson at or cell phone 240-638-6307 or the church office at, phone: 301-864-4340, and let us know if you will be joining us.

Being an Informed Christian Citizen

From Pastor Schiebel:
As Christians, we owe our loyalty to both Christ and His Church as well as to our own country and its government.  We understand that government is indeed a gift of God to us, and that we are commanded to honor it and the leaders whom we have elected to govern and serve our nation (see the Fourth Commandment and the Table of Duties: Of Civil Government & Of Citizens in Luther’s Small Catechism).

Our nation’s Constitution in its First Amendment states that: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”.  This first statement in the Bill of Rights grants religious liberty to every citizen to practice their faith, whatever it might be, according to the dictates of their conscience.  The Government is not an arbiter of faith, and the Church is not a ruler within the civil realm.  As Lutherans, we know this as “The Two Kingdoms”–that God rules over us both through the Church and the authorities that have been placed over us.  We would agree with the constitutional idea of “Separation of Church and State” as being an expression of this “Two Kingdom” theology.

That being said, there are times when Christians, with consciences formed and shaped by God’s Word, cannot in good conscience agree or accept as right that which our government asks of us or what government may deem to be permissible.  Within this free society in which we live, we all, as Christians and as people of faith and of no faith, have the right to voice our opinions and to exercise our privileges and rights in the hopes that we may see laws change.  People of faith do this not seeking to impose our faith upon others or to in some way create a sort of theocracy.  Rather, we work towards gaining freedom–freedom already guaranteed to us that we may be people who are able both to be faithful to our God and His Word and to be loyal citizens of our land.

In our country, we understand that there is a good and proper separation of Church and State.  We understand that there is no “religious test” to hold public office.  We understand that we live in a pluralistic society in which there is to be no preference given to any one group over another.  Yet, this does not mean that as citizens we are then asked to check our beliefs and our consciences informed by those beliefs outside of either public discussion and discourse or even before we step into a voting booth.  People of faith and of no faith have informed consciences shaped by what they believe, and they will use those consciences in expressing themselves through the opinions they hold dear as true.  As citizens, we are guaranteed the right to hold and to express these opinions in words and also in our deeds, including our right to vote.

Our Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod takes no official view upon governmental policy.  Yet, our very existence in this country is because our founders came from their homes in Germany to this land in order to be able to exercise their faith freely and without governmental hindrance, and to do so in both word and in deeds.  We therefore stand in the belief of and seek the right for Religious Liberty, not only for ourselves but also for every citizen of our land.  We also realize that the membership of our Synod’s congregations is diverse–reflecting any number of differing political loyalties and outlooks on laws and policies.  We respect the rights we all have to share the views that each person holds as true.  We also ask for the same respect to be able to express our own views from our consciences informed by our faith.

Martin Luther stood before the Diet of Worms in 1521, asked by the leaders of the government of his day to recant his writings and teaching.  He refused, declaring that his “conscience is captive to the Word of God”.  As Christians in our own day, we have the right to say the same, and to let God’s Word and our faith allow us to make informed decisions, living both as citizens and as Christians.  We are indeed a free people in this land, and as Christians in this land we are also “Free to be Faithful”–as people who are able to be “true to our God, true to our native land” (LSB Hymn # 964, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, stanza 3).

Our Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and Lutheran Hour Ministries have both prepared websites which may be of use to you in helping to understand some of the issues facing our nation, especially the issue of religious freedom and liberty.  Feel free to look at these sites and their resources to help inform you of what we as Lutheran Christians believe, teach, and confess, and to see how our faith speaks to the issues we face.

From the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod:
Religious Liberty: Free to be Faithful
The LCMS launched an education and awareness campaign called “Religious Liberty: Free to Be Faithful” in September 2012 in response to increasing intrusions by government into the realm of the church. The campaign’s main goal is to inspire LCMS rostered members and laity to take informed action to protect the freedom of religion.

From Lutheran Hour Ministries:
The Intersection of Church and State
Religious freedom in America has been an issue of paramount importance since the beginning of this great nation. As the nation has grown and changed, so has the relationship of the federal government and the many religions that comprise the community of faith throughout the land. Questions of the relationship between Church and State have never been more relevant than they are today!

Equipped with this information, please exercise the rights you have as a citizen and vote according to the dictates of your own conscience.  But above all, no matter how you vote or no matter of the political position you may side with, be a faithful Christian who daily prays to God that we may live in this land and have leaders who will allow all of us in our nation to “live peaceful lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:3).  God grant it.  Amen!

Celebration of the ministry of Concordia Lutheran School

We will be celebrating the 68 years of educational ministry accomplished by our Concordia Lutheran School with a special day of events on Sunday, September 16th (the 56th Anniversary of the signing of the articles of incorporation for CLS).

10:00 AM      Festival Worship Service at the Longfellow Street Building
3705 Longfellow Street, Hyattsville, MD 20782
Holy Communion will be celebrated and a special rite will officially decommission the School Building and bring the ministry of CLS to a close.

To conserve limited parking, please consider meeting at Redeemer and carpooling to the service.

12 Noon      Celebration Luncheon at Redeemer Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
3799 East-West Highway, Hyattsville, MD 20782
A time of fellowship and reminiscing. Greetings will be brought to the Concordia Family and Mr. Norm Hoerauf, Principal at CLS from 1964-1994, will give the Keynote Message. The luncheon is catered and is a ticketed event. Please contact the Trinity Church Office at 301-864-4340 to RSVP.

More information can be found on the attached flyer. Hope we will see you for this special event!

New Fall Christian Education Offerings for Adults

This fall, Trinity will have two study opportunities for adults which we hope will be exciting and interesting to all.  These studies will be held at Trinity in the Multi-Purpose Room.  Please come and join us for these times of learning, and feel free to bring a friend.

Sunday Mornings at 9:00 AM beginning September 12th
“Jesus Among Other Gods”

In today’s world, filled with so many religions, the prevalence of “create-it-yourself” spirituality, and the general sense of relativism held by so many, the question of “What is truth?” is a question which is often asked by many.  With so many “versions of truth” out there, what is really true?

In a video-based study with renowned Christian Apologist, Ravi Zacharias, we will look at the “exclusive claims” of Jesus and Christianity and compare them with similar claims made by three of the world’s most followed faiths: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.  Pastor Art Simon and Helen Joynes will be team-leading this study.

Wednesday Evenings at 7:00 PM
beginning September 12th

“The Case for Christ”

It is often said that Jesus never claimed to be the Son of God and that this claim was a later “invention” by the Church as the Gospel accounts were written to evangelize people about this new faith.  But, can this claim stand as true?  Do the Gospels verify that Jesus is who He says He is?

Taking a video journey with former Chicago Tribune legal reporter, Lee Strobel, we will examine the evidence, following his own journey from skeptic to believer.  This study will be led by Pastor Schiebel.

End of Summer Picnic

Trinity held an end of summer picnic on August 18, 2012 for our church family, neighbors, and friends.  As always, there was good food, great fellowship, and a good time had by all.

“Celebrate Concordia” Sunday

On Sunday, March 25, 2012, Trinity celebrated its shared ministry in our Concordia Lutheran School.  In observance of Lutheran Schools’ Month, we were privileged to have the Concordia School Handbell Choir, under the direction of Teacher Edith Damron, enrich our worship that day with their musical offerings.  We also received a “State of the School” message from Principal Jeff Burkee, which gave the congregation a valuable view into what our school is doing and where we hope to continue to go.

To round out our celebration, a special fellowship was held after the service for all who were at worship.  The center of attention during the fellowship was the chocolate fountain which was enjoyed by all, as the pictures show.  Thank you to Cathy Burkee for sharing the “gift of chocolate” with us.