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Trinity Lutheran St Petersburg, FL


IN RESPONSE TO THE ORLANDO SHOOTINGS

 

Our bishop, Robert Schaefer, wrote, “Our baptismal covenant summons every Christian to strive for justice and peace in all the earth. The time for action is here. We cannot keep voicing kind sentiments and kicking action down the road.”

 

Our presiding bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, wrote: “We need to examine ourselves, individually and as a church, to acknowledge the ways we have divided and have been divided. We must speak peace and reconciliation into the cacophony of hatred and division. We must live the truth that all people are created in God’s image.”

 

The city of St Petersburg held a vigil on the steps of City Hall.  Pastor Paul is invited to offer the invocation at Thursday’s City Council meeting.  Area churches, including Lutheran Church of the Cross, are holding memorial services.  St Paul’s Lutheran Church, in Clearwater, will host an interfaith service on Sunday evening at 6:30.

 

At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, Channel 10 will air a “town hall meeting” to discuss the implications of the event.  They’ve asked Pastor Paul to participate.

 

The best way that we, as a congregation, can respond to this tragedy is by proclaiming, all the more loudly and clearly, our belief in the unconditional love of God for all people and for all of creation.  We have three opportunities to do so in the week ahead:

 

Thursday, June 23, is the 2nd Annual Interfaith Pride Worship Service, being held at King of Peace Church, 3150 5th Ave N, at 7 p.m.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.

 

On Saturday, June 25, Trinity will march in the Pride Parade to spread the word that we are a welcoming congregation.  Sign up to be a part of our marching unit; if you can’t walk the parade route, you can ride in Art Pass’ car!

 

On Sunday, June 26, between noon and 6 p.m., we will staff a table at the Pride Festival on Central Avenue.  Sign up for this opportunity to meet people and tell them what you love about Trinity.


EVENTS AT A GLANCE

June 5 Special Congregation Meeting after worship

June 10-12 Synod Assembly @ Daytona Beach

June 18 Hops & Hymns 6pm @Tavern At Bayboro

June 20 Council Meeting 6pm

June 20 F.A.S.T. Year End Celebration 7 pm - postponed from June 6

June 23 Interfaith Pride Worship @ King of Peace 7pm

June 25 Pride Parade - Central Ave. 7pm

June 26 Pride Street Festival - Central Ave. 12-4pm

The FAST Celebration has been postponed to June 20, at 7 pm.

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Because of a series of events that happened in June of 1969, June is the month set aside to celebrate and affirm gay pride. The city of St. Petersburg plays host to a number of events during this month and, because we are a congregation that welcomes the LGBT community, it is good for Trinity to be involved in these events.

Every year, the Episcopal Cathedral of St Peter offers the Spiritual Pride Dinner, which features a guest speaker. This year’s dinner will be held on Saturday, June 18, and Pastor Paul has been invited to be the speaker. The dinner is being held in the ballroom of the Princess Martha, 411 First Avenue N, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $35, and they are only available to those over the age of 21. Please contact Don Werner if you’d like to attend.

The Second Annual Interfaith Pride Worship Service will be on Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m. This year, the service is at King of Peace Metropolitan Community Church, 3150 5th Ave N. Pastor Paul is once again involved with planning the service, along with other pastors, rabbis, and imams. Members of the congregation can provide goodies for the reception that follows the service.

Trinity will march in the city’s Pride Parade on Saturday, June 25. The parade begins at about 7 p.m. Last year we joined with other Lutheran churches to form a large unit. This year, we’ve decided that Trinity will be better represented by its own unique marching unit. We’ll be walking down Central Avenue in our "Team Trinity" shirts, shaking hands with the folks lining the street.

And on Sunday, June 26, members of Trinity will be promoting the church and its ministries with a table at the Pride Festival on Central Avenue from noon until 4 p.m. We’ll be protected from the sun and the rain, but we need volunteers to work different shifts, so that the day isn’t too overwhelming.

Call the church office if you want to participate in the Interfaith Service, the Parade, and/or the Festival. There are also sign-up sheets on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall.

Sunday Morning Bible Study

Pastor Paul and Deacon Lynne are leading a class called "End of the World Bible Study." which will look at the book of Revelation and other places where the Bible talks about the "end times."

We’ll look at the stories of the Flood and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by fire and brimstone. We’ll spend some time with the Old Testament prophets Ezekiel and Daniel. If we’re feeling very brave, we’ll dip into the not-so-scriptural book of 2 Esdras that is a part of the "apocryphal" Bible books that informed first-century Jewish thinking. We’ll explore what Jesus and St. Paul had to say about the world ending. And only then, with all of that as a foundation, will we try to decipher the often-misunderstood book of Revelation.

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about-reconciling-in-christ.jpgTrinity is a "Reconciling in Christ" Congregation in the ELCA.

Welcoming all people without regard to race, family or economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or differing abilities.

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Our Mission at Trinity is very simple: Sharing Christ’s Love through Welcoming, Worshiping, Learning, and Serving.  We take great joy and satisfaction in working within the community, and welcoming all who wish to worship with us.

Come Join us this Sunday: Trinity Lutheran is located in the downtown area of Saint Petersburg, a block from the Coliseum and the Senior Center. Parking is available in three lots and on the street.
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Our Missionary, John Lund

 

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Trinity Lutheran Church
401 5th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701