Milestones are moments in our lives when we stop and consider the many blessings that God has given us. Especially as children grow and experience God’s grace in new ways, Holy Trinity is committed to helping families mark these special occasions.
We would love to share in the Baptism of your child! All baptisms at Holy Trinity happen at a regularly scheduled worship service. Parents should contact the Church office to schedule a date and worship time. We will then schedule a time to meet and talk about what Baptism means for us, and you, and the little one with whom you are sharing this gift.
Baptism is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. But if you are new to the Christian faith or have never been baptized, there’s no better time than now! Contact the Church Office and we will help you decide if God is calling you to be baptized and schedule a date and time.
You can also learn about baptism via these sites –
Each year around the start of school we set aside a spacial Sunday for a Backpack Blessing. Students, from preschool to college, and anyone who is involved with the education of children, youth, and adult learners – teachers, bus drivers, aides, food service, custodians, or staff receive a blessing as they begin the new school year.
Be sure and invite your friends for this special event and don’t forget your backpack!
Classes – Spring of 2018
Receiving First Communion – Spring of 2018
With Lutherans throughout the world, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America confesses that the crucified and risen Christ is present in, with, and under the bread and wine of Holy Communion. The Lord’s Supper, as this meal is also called, give to all who receive it the gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation.
At what age a child begins to receive the bread and wine at the the Lord’s Supper is a decision made by the child’s parents in conversation with their pastor. At Holy Trinity we offer to kids in 2nd grade and their parents a special opportunity to learn about Holy Communion. Parents and kids meet together in 2 classes to learn about the history and tradition of the Lord’s Supper and experience what the Bible says about Holy Communion. Kids get to taste the bread, grape juice, and wine (if parents say it’s ok!). Plus kids and parents work together to create a special keepsake to remember their first communion.
To sign up for the next First Communion class, contact Darcy.
In addition, Holy Trinity also offers a one-time class for older youth who would like to start receiving communion.
If you would like your child to begin receiving communion before 2nd grade, please contact Darcy Mittelstaedt. We can provide you with valuable resources to teach your child about this special gift from Jesus!
Classes – Fall of 2017
First Bible Sunday -Fall of 2017
At a child’s baptism parents promise to “place in their hands the Holy Scriptures.”
The community of faith are partners with parents in this promise
So at Holy Trinity children receive a “First Bible” when they begin 3rd grade. Parents and kids are invited to attend a 2-session class to help you get to know – and use! -your new Bible. You learn about the Old and New Testaments, how to find the books of the Bible, and how to look up verses. We’ll highlight a couple of stories you’ll definitely want to remember and answer questions you might have about the Bible (especially helpful for parents!).
Then, on a special Sunday morning during worship, parents, as you gather with your child at the altar, you get to “place in their hands” these already used Bibles!
To sign up for the next First Bible class, contact Darcy.
Sunday, May 2018 TBD
Confirmation is an opportunity for youth to affirm their baptism. In Jr. High Youth Group (6th-8th grade) students learn about the faith that has been passed on to them by parents, church and others. They build relationships with peers and nurturing adults and together ask questions about why we believe what the church teaches. They live out their faith by service within the church and in the community. And they grow deeper in their understanding of the Bible.
Confirmation Sunday happens near the end of their 8th grade year. Students write a Faith Statement which they share in church. They affirm their faith and promise to live according to the teachings of Jesus. They receive a blessings with laying on of hands and the community of faith celebrates each of them with admiration and thunderous applause!
For information about Confirmation, contact Darcy Mittelstaedt.
Spring of 2018
Graduation is often celebrated as the completion of high school…and it is good to honor this goal that many students reach. But graduation is best understood not as an end, but as a beginning – an opening of many gates that lead to pathways where blessings, challenges, and opportunities await.
This prayer, from the service of Evening Prayer (ELW pg 309) captures the hope and wonder of graduation:
O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Holy Trinity recognizes graduating high school seniors on the first Sunday in May at the 9:30 a.m. service with a blessing and a gift.