WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE CONGREGATION?
One of the benefits to Trinity is that you will NOT be just another face in the crowd. The members are welcoming and friendly (we don't let the four grumpy ones near the visitors), and our community of faith is a safe place to share whatever joys or sorrows, struggles or triumphs you are experiencing in your life.
WHAT ARE THE WORSHIP SERVICES LIKE?
We use the Revised Common Lectionary (a three year series of selected Bible readings which is used by the Lutheran, Roman Catholic, UCC, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Methodist, and several other church bodies) and observe the different seasons on the church calendar (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost). We celebrate Holy Communion using wine (also offer grape juice) and unleavened bread on the first and third Sundays of each month.
Our choir provides music from September through May and is open to anyone (member or visitor) who likes to sing. About once a month, members provide special music during the service on a variety of instruments (chime choir, guitar, hammered dulcimer, trumpet, clarinet, etc.).
Most services last about one hour.
Yes. Some parents chose to have their younger children attend worship with them, while for others, wrestling with one or two youngsters makes it difficult for them to participate. Those wishing to make use of our nursery need only to ask one of our ushers at the back of the church and the usher will direct you to the nursery room filled with toys. Trinity employs a dedicated nursery attendant for 9 months out of the year, and volunteers from the congregation staff the nursery during the summer months.
WHAT SERVICE PROJECTS IS TRINITY INVOLVED IN? CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THEM?
We attempt to have a different service emphasis each month for the entire congregation. (World Hunger, Disaster Relief, Salvation Army Kettle bell ringing, Mosaic-several homes in Macomb for differently abled individuals, Loaves and Fishes-the local food pantry, Lutheran World Relief-health, school, & layette kits, Habitat for Humanity, and Prison Ministry to name a few.)
We have contacts with each of the organizations if you want to serve by working at a local Habitat for Humanity site, help staff the local food pantry, visit Mosaic residents, or ring a bell near Christmas for the Salvation Army.
There are many other opportunities for anyone to serve the local or global community that we do not have in a monthly focus, such as Hurricane Katrina Relief trips (with other ELCA congregations) and Mission trips to Costa Rica (with the Western Illinois University Campus Ministry Partnership).
WHAT ELSE HAPPENS ON SUNDAY MORNING?
From September to May we have a Christian Education hour at 9 am prior to our 10 am worship service. Children from about age 3 to young adults in high school have classes geared for them, while the ADULTS have a forum to discuss a variety of topics dealing with faith and everyday life. In our ADULT FORUM, we have a wide spectrum of opinions that are expressed, and both the members of the group and the facilitator are respectful towards all as we wrestle with what following Christ means in the 21st Century.
Immediately after worship, about 11 am, we have fellowship time in our sunny narthex. A variety of refreshments are served, and each week it is different. Some weeks we snack rather healthy, grapes, cheese, carrots, and apples, while other weeks we laugh and visit, share our ups and downs over doughnuts, cookies, or cake.
Not everyone decides to attend the educational hour and/or the fellowship time after worship, but certainly all are welcome.
I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS...
If you have a question concern that was not answered here, please send us an e-mail at the address above. We'd love to hear from you!
We begin each service with a time for announcements as birthdays, anniversaries, prayer concerns, and items of information are mentioned. Bulletins containing the entire service (except for the hymns) are provided to all, and
the hymns are found in our new red worship books "Evangelical Lutheran Worship." Although we use time honored liturgical expression during the service (Kyrie, Sanctus, etc.), the music it is set to is contemporary, and the service itself often has a relaxed atmosphere.