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To see German Pastoral letters, click here. For German Worship Service outlines, click here.

Recordings of all our services are available on the : TLC YouTube channel

Upcoming live streams can be found at: TLC YouTube scheduled livestreams

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New Bible Studies

We are gearing up for Bible studies again!

Mark your calendars and get excited! Wednesday evenings from 6:45 to 7:45 PM (via Zoom) and Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 AM (hybrid), we will dig in & explore some familiar stories & passages.

Wednesday group (6:45 – 7:45 PM)
September 21st – October 12th: Reconciling Scripture for Lutherans
October 26th – November 23rd: An Indigenous Version of the New Testament

Thursday group (9:30 AM – 10:30 AM)
September 22nd – October 7th: Reconciling Scripture for Lutherans
October 27th – November 24th: An Indigenous Version of the New Testament

There is a PDF to purchase for the Reconciling Scripture study and a copy of the Indigenous version of the New Testament to purchase for the second study. Please let Pastor Erin know of your interest, and she will send you the order links!

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Your participation is needed!

Our archivists Barb Ritter and Trudy Davis are looking for pictures from the past 20 years to continue with the Trinity Lutheran Historical Albums and possibly display at the November 12 Homecoming service and banquet. If you have photos that you would like to share from church services, Sunday school, marriages, baptisms, confirmation, funerals, various church group activities, committee work, causal and formal, all are welcome! Please contact and send pictures directly to the church office.

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Trinity’s Pantry

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is just over a month away! TLC has often used Thanksgiving Sunday as a way to stock our food pantry, allowing staff and pastors to share needed groceries with folks throughout the week. Mark it on your calendars to bring dry or canned goods with you to church on Sunday, October 9th! Make sure that all items are before their best buy/expiry dates and are free from damage of any kind.

We need:
– Canned pasta, meat/fish, soups, stews/chilis, and vegetables with pop tab lids (many folks don’t have kitchen/kitchen utensil access; pop tab lids are really helpful in this regard)
– Cheese’n’crackers
– Juice
– School lunch items

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Choir Rehearsals

The choirs will sing at the combined service on September 25.
Joint rehearsal – German and English choirs: Wednesday, September 21st at 7 PM (please note the time change)

Regular English choir rehearsals start on Wednesday, September 28th at 7:30 PM, while the German choir rehearsals start on Thursday, September 29th, at 10:45 AM.

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Trinity’s Masking Policy

The Church Council has decided to formally amend the current COVID policy regarding wearing face masks. Trinity’s new policy is that wearing face masks in worship or at Trinity gatherings is optional (most recently the policy recommended face masks be worn by all). We still encourage worship or group leaders to consider masking when serving others personally, and we continue to encourage members who are feeling unwell to consider participating in events virtually rather than in person. Thank you for continuing to safeguard the health and well-being of our community.

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Trinity Lutheran Church invites you to SAVE THE DATE!

We are planning a fabulous year of celebrations to honour our community ― past, present, and future. Be sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend our festivities. Stay tuned, as well, for more celebrations to come!

Sunday, September 25th, 2022: Fall BBQ
Saturday, November 12th, 2022: Banquet Celebration
Sunday, November 13th, 2022: Combined Worship Service

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4. Pentecost – July 3, 2022

There were some issues with the livestream of our services this morning. Please join us for our German worship service today at:

German Service

Or, join us for our English worship at:

English Service

All are welcome, thank you for your understanding.

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Helping Make Worship Happen

Trinity is looking to grow the number of people willing to help out in our worship services as ushers. Fun duties include welcoming people, ringing the bell, lighting candles, helping collect-offering, and distributing communion. On Sunday, June 19th, we are having a quick training session to show people what is involved. If this is a way you would consider helping out at Trinity, please join us on June 19th in the Sanctuary immediately following the English service. Thank you!

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Trinity’s 100th Anniversary Banner

The elements of the banner make it uniquely Trinity’s. The banner is symbolic from the very top to the bottom. The rays of sunlight filtering from the rainbow reflect the radiance of Christ as a light for our way. The rainbow itself represents hope and God’s promise to us. The dove with the olive branch shows God’s Spirit amongst our church community. The hands and faces reaching up to the sky signify the relationship that the church members desire with God and the praise and help they give God in doing His work.

The church in the middle of the banner represents the physical presence and statement of the members’ beliefs and actions in their service to God. The steeple’s pointed arch and soaring space seem to lift the human spirit heavenward following the Cross to heaven. The cross itself embodies all TRINITY EV. LUTHERAN In God’s Service 1902 – 2002 of our faith as a symbol of the death and resurrection of our Lord. Luther’s Coat of Arms flanks each side of the banner signifying our Lutheran heritage. The hands are actual drawings of the hands of Trinity’s members honouring the Work of members past and present.

The work of the quilt itself has been done by the members. The techniques used in the banner, hand applique and hand quilting, have supported relationships between members and are also a physical expression honouring God. Over 1,500 hours of time were spent appliqueing and hand quilting, allowing time for members to reflect on spiritual matters. This banner was produced as a labour of love by members of Trinity for all who have attended worship at Trinity over the past 100 years.

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Cemetery Service

Our annual cemetery service is planned for Sunday, June 26th at 2 PM at Trinity Cemetery (corner of Ellerslie Road SW and Parsons Road SW). Join us as we remember in word, song, and prayer those beloved friends and family members who have gone on before us.

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End-of-School-Year BBQ

We are having an “End-of-the-School-Year” BBQ for all youth on Wednesday, June 29th! We’ll be joining up with the awesome folks at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church for hot dogs/veggie dogs and games. If you need transportation, email Pastor Erin or call her at the church office (780-433-1604) and we will make sure to get that arranged. We would love to have you all join us!

What: End of School Year BBQ
Where: Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 11223 – 51 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB
When: Wednesday, June 29th @ 6 – 8 PM

See you all there!

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2022 Marks the 120th Anniversary of Trinity Lutheran Church

Your Communications Committee is planning a commemorative issue of the Trinity TEAM for release this fall. We are inviting submissions of your memories, stories, and photographs to be part of this special issue. Please forward your submissions to the church office with the subject line TLC 120. We are looking forward to your participation!

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Invitation

A Celebration of Life will be held for Ernie Lotz on May 27th at Strathcona School. BBQ at 5 PM. Program at 6:30 PM. Email the church office for further information.

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Mustard Seed Training

Mustard Seed Training is happening again next Thursday, May 19th from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM here at the church! We will be looking at how to support ourselves & those around us who might be experiencing the impacts of trauma. Call the office today to register!

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Holden Prayer in the Park

Holden Prayer in the Park is back!

When: Wednesday, May 25th, 5 – 7 PM
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park,
10380 Queen Elizabeth Park Rd, Edmonton AB
(parking lot on both sides; service on left/west side)

Bring a picnic supper for you & your family, lawn chairs, water bottles, bug spray/sunscreen, & games! Join ELCIC churches from across the greater Edmonton area in a time of reconnecting, food, friends, & prayer. We will be sharing in Holden Evening Prayer together around 6:30 PM. Be welcome to come beforehand & have a picnic supper, or stay afterward & enjoy the great outdoors!

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Combined Service, Coffee and Cake on Trinity Sunday [June 12th]

Guess what?!

Trinity Lutheran Church is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year!!!

TLC is planning a wonderful celebration to come this September. To mark our birthday month this June, we will be having a cake and coffee time together after our combined service on June 12th at 10:30 AM! We have so many stories to share and so much legacy to celebrate. Join us as the German and English congregations celebrate Trinity Sunday together, and to kick off our fabulous birthday year after the service! We’d love to share this time with you!

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Pioneer Day at Mulhurst Camp

When: June 23rd
Where: Mulhurst Camp
Time: 11 AM to 4 PM

The camp team is hard at work preparing a “gathering of old & new friends” out there at the camp. They will have coffee, treats, a meal prepared for you, and a LOT of catching up.

What to Expect

1. Lots of visiting and laughs
2. Meet the Program Staff for 2022
3. Games (ladder ball, bocci ball, cards). Bring your favorite game with you.
4. Take a tour of the grounds and the ongoing building project They still have a bit to go but what has been completed looks fantastic.)
5. The most important goal is to gather together and have fun. 😀

We hope to see you there!

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A New Book Study

We are starting another book study on Wednesday, May 11th, 2022!

Many of us have experienced different kinds of breaks in our relationships since the beginning of the pandemic. Family arguments, friendship breakdowns, and polarized viewpoints have all contributed to deep rifts between people and within ourselves.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Reverend Mpho Tutu have known more than their fair share of injustice and suffering in the world. They have co-authored the book The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World. If you are seeking ways to begin some inner healing work or to discover how God’s multi-faceted vision of forgiveness might look in our societies, be welcome to join us!

We hope to dig more deeply into this concept of forgiveness and how it might look for us after this season of pandemic upheaval.

Wednesday mornings starting May 11th at 11 AM – a hybrid format (in-person and online)

Wednesday evenings starting May 11th at 7 PM – format TBD

Contact Pastor Erin at 780-433-1604 to register!

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Installation of New Church Council

The installation of the new Church Council will take place on Sunday, May 8th, at the end of the German service and the beginning of the English service. The members of our Church Council are as follows: Monica Bishop (Chair), Susan Denning (Vice-Chair), Jeff Gusdal (Secretary), Frank Thede (Treasurer), Bobby Belsek, Wauneita Garret, Janice Miller, Barbie Onyschuk, and Will Tonowski. We thank all of them for their service and commitment to our ministry.

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As we begin our Holy Week celebrations, we want to take the time to ask everyone planning to attend in person to please wear a mask while inside the church space. COVID numbers are rising once more, and we want to support our community to have a safe & good Easter by helping prevent the spread as best we can.

Thank you for joining us in continuing to support one another! On behalf of the pastors and staff, we wish you and your loved ones a happy Easter!

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April 2022 Team Now Available

The April issue of the Trinity Team is available by clicking on the image below, print copies can be picked up on the table in the atrium.

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English Choir Resuming Rehearsals

The English Choir is getting ready for Easter! Jordan Van Biert will be directing the choir on Sunday, April 17th, and you are invited to participate. If you are keen to engage in the musical life of Trinity, consider joining in! The rehearsal schedule is as follows:

Sunday, April 3rd (12 PM – 1 PM)
Wednesday, April 6th (7 – 9 PM)
Wednesday, April 13th (7 – 9 PM)

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Holy Week Schedule

Sunday, April 10th
German Palm Sunday Service, 9:30 AM
English Palm Sunday Service, 11 AM

Thursday, April 14th
Maundy Thursday Combined Service, 12 PM

Friday, April 15th
English Good Friday Service, 3 PM
German Good Friday Service, 10 AM

Sunday, April 17th
German Easter Service, 9:30 AM
Easter Breakfast, 10 AM
English Easter Service, 11 AM

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Easter Breakfast

Sunday, April 17 from 10 AM to 11:30 AM. Come before the English service or after the German service to enjoy a wonderful breakfast and a time to visit.

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Annual Youth Spring Flower Fundraiser

It’s that time of year again: it’s time to jazz up your spring gardens with flowers from the Annual Youth Spring Flower Fundraiser! Our delivery/pick-up date will be the weekend of May 6/7th, 2022, so be sure to submit your order on the link below.

The Spring Trinity flower fundraiser will be only online for orders. Please order online (the deadline for orders is Friday, April 22nd) If you need help, you can call/text Jean Kant personally to place an order (call the church office, 780-433-1604, for Jean’s phone number).

There are four ways to pay for your order: cash, cheque to Trinity, e-transfer to Jean’s email address (contact the church office for Jean’s email), or credit card is preferred to the greenhouse directly.

Plants can be picked up at church or arranged to be delivered by youth or by Jean.

On a side note: the prices have increased; however, I tried to keep them as low as I could with an approximately 8% profit ratio. Supply chain issues, transport costs, flooding in BC, have all contributed to this. We are grateful for your support.

Thank you for supporting our youth group!

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Volunteers Needed for a Work Bee
[Saturday, April 23rd]

Now that we are resuming more in-person events, we are calling on all Trinity members to help spruce up our building. So we are hosting a Work Bee!

We need moppers, sweepers, & dusters; kitchen cleaners, brass polishers, & window washers – all sorts of various jobs need to be done! If you are able to share a few hours of your time on Saturday, April 23rd between 9 AM and 2 PM, we would deeply appreciate it. A pizza lunch will be provided.

If you can make it, we ask that you bring pails/rags or brooms. Other cleaning supplies will be provided for here at the church.

We invite you to email or call the church office (780-433-1604) and sign up to come. We will also be calling people individually to touch base. For those folks already attending TLC in person, sign-up lists will be posted in the atrium for you to choose a task in the next week or two.

Thanks all for your help!

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Time Change for Our Passionsandacht on Thursdays

Please note that the time of the German Lenten services has changed. In order to accommodate the German choir, which has resumed practice in preparation for Easter, effective Thursday, March 24th, the service will start at 12 PM rather than 10 AM. We look forward to seeing you there and thank you for your understanding!

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Important Announcement Regarding the Mask Mandate at Trinity [Updated]

Trinity Lutheran Church acknowledges that the City of Edmonton has now lifted its masking bylaw, and that the wearing of masks is now left to the discretion of us as individuals.

Here at TLC, we have chosen to be in solidarity with congregation & community members who are more at risk of the impacts of COVID-19. We are asking that everyone still choose to wear masks when coming here for any reason.

We appreciate the desire to be done with all mandates – the exhaustion is great. However, we also acknowledge that not every person has equal access to personal choice without facing real threats. While we cannot impose a demand on you and force you to wear a mask, we do ask that you respect our desire to support all of our community members here.

Thank you all for your cooperation as we continue to seek to support our whole community through this season.

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Lenten Services

English Lenten Services: Wednesdays, March 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, & April 6th @ 2 PM. Come for a brief meditative time to support your Lenten journey this year.

German Lenten Services: Thursdays, March 10th, 17th, 24th, & April 1st & 7th @ 12 PM. Come join Pastor Sigmar in a brief morning Lenten service.

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2022 Summer Camps at Mulhurst

The program team at Mulhurst Camp has been busy preparing for the upcoming summer. For all camp-related information and to register, please visit their website.

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A Message from Our Friends at Mulhurst Camp

Dear Pastors, Office Administrators, and Church Representatives

These past couple of years have been a challenge for everyone, we have not been able to gather together with friends and family and it is hard to “keep in touch” with everyone. Communication (community) is so important to us at Mulhurst Camp so we ask as a Member Church that those communication lines stay open.

Executive Director Sheryl Stone has been busy writing job descriptions and setting up online application forms on our website. If you have any youth & young adults that are looking for job opportunities, please send them our way.

We have a dedicated team of staff and volunteers working on a schedule of events for this upcoming year anticipating a year of gathering again, keep up to date with all events on our website. The complete contact information for the camp may be found here.

Exciting News! We have been able to get a lot of work completed on our Expansion over the last couple of years, thanks to our generous donors. The exterior of the building is finished, electrical & plumbing are ongoing and the building is insulated (which has been a blessing these past few weeks) but the work is not done. We (Mulhurst Camp) with the support of Member Churches, congregation members, and community members would like to be able to complete the project in 2022, and it cannot be completed without your continued support and prayers. Together we have an amazing opportunity to create a beautiful space for families and friends to gather for the next 75 years to celebrate God’s love.

The electronic copy of the 2021 Mulhurst Camp report may be read here.

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New: Midweek Bible Study

Starting Wednesday, February 9th, at both 11 AM & 7 PM, we will spread our study out over 8 or 9 weeks. If you can attend during the day, be welcome! If you can attend during the evening, be welcome!

Once we have a few people signed up, we will decide as a group whether to meet in person, via Zoom, or both. People will need to provide proof of full vaccination for in-person gatherings.

We are going to read Borders & Belonging by Pádraig Ó Tuama and Glenn Jordan. It’s a rather daring book focusing on the story of Ruth. It challenges us to think in different ways about strangers in our midst, about the crossing of all kinds of borders, & about how we can deepen community with the people around us.

Copies of the book are available on Amazon, but if purchasing a copy is a barrier for you, let the church know. We want everyone who wants to participate to come & participate. If you’d like to attend, call or email Pastor Erin. We’d love to have you join us!

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Temporary Office Hours Change on Some Mondays

Please note that the church office will be open from 9 AM to 12 PM only on the following Mondays: January 24th, February 7th, March 7th, March 21st, and April 4th. While our Office Manager will take some vacation days, a volunteer will cover the office. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding!

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A Message from Jordan Van Biert, Music Director

Dear friends at Trinity,

For many of us, the pandemic has provided an opportunity to reflect. For me, a reduction in opportunities to engage in many aspects of my work has been an occasion to look carefully at how I apportion my energy and my capacity, and how I might do a better job of that in the future.

We aren’t done with COVID. But now that we are finding ways to resume group activities, resume worship, resume community music-making, I have realized that I’m not able to contribute what is needed for a return to pre-pandemic “normal” at Trinity.

After plenty of prayerful consideration, together with my family and with colleagues at church, I’ve given notice to Council that the end of 2021 will bring an end to my time as Music Director at Trinity. Christmas Eve will be my last service in that capacity.

I have highly valued the opportunity to help see us through this much of the pandemic, to sing and make music with Cherie for pre-recorded services, and to help get the choir started up again this fall. I will miss many aspects of this work very much, and especially the relationships I’ve formed over almost 15 years, with members of the two choirs, with colleagues, and other friends among the congregation.

It’s been a blessing for our family to be part of this community. I look forward to assisting with whatever transition is planned in the New Year, and contributing to seeing music here at Trinity continue strongly into the future.

Peace be with you all.

Jordan Van Biert

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Columbarium Niches at Ellerslie Cemetery (Still) on Sale!

This is a friendly reminder that you can still save $400.00 if you purchase a columbarium niche at Ellerslie Cemetery! For more information, please consult this brochure or contact the office.

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Interac Donations Now Possible

We are happy to inform you that you can now use Interac from your online banking app to send your donations directly to Trinity. Just send the funds to the following email address, donation@trinity-lutheran.ab.ca. It’s safe and secure and managed through your banking app. You don’t need to provide any credit card information, and the donations will be recorded on your Trinity statement along with any donations made directly at church. Plus, Trinity does not pay a commission on these payments. Thank you so much for supporting our ministry!

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Archived News

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Welcome to Our New Interim Pastors

Trinity Lutheran Church is pleased to welcome our two new interim pastors! Pastor Sigmar Reichel will begin on Sunday, October 30th, supporting folks in the German congregation. Pastor Calvin Skriver will be helping to support folks in the English congregation starting on November 1st. Both pastors will be around part-time, and we are excited for them to share their gifts with us! Pastor Erin continues on as our full-time pastor and is available for any needs you might have. She and is looking forward to helping Pastor Calvin and Pastor Sigmar settle into life here at Trinity.

Our new interim pastors, wrote a short self-introduction so that you can get to know them better. You can read Pastor Reichel’s self-introduction in German and in English. Pastor Skriver’s self-introduction may be accessed here.

Welcome Pastors Calvin and Sigmar!

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A message from our Church Council

Council Chairpseron Message

Resources for children and families

Pastor Eileen shares her thoughts, reflections and resources for children and families through the weekly church e-news as well here:

Supporting Children (and Parents)

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