PARTICIPATING IN GOD’S MISSION OF LIFE!

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On behalf of the thriving faith community of Trinity, I extend to you a warm and friendly welcome. We welcome everyone here regardless of race, nationality, or gender identification. As a Reconciling in Christ congregation, members of the LGBTQ+ community are welcomed into full participation in the life of our faith community.

This community takes seriously (in a joyful, hope-filled way) Jesus’s command to “Follow me.” Guided by the Holy Spirit, we laugh and cry, celebrate and grieve, confess and forgive all the while trusting in God’s abundant love for creation revealed through Jesus Christ. Christ Himself holds us together, not political party or common agreement. We claim our identity as God’s beloved by participating in God’s good work of giving life to the world, caring for creation and neighbor, recognizing and respecting our differing opinions on a variety of issues. We all agree on this one thing: Jesus is Lord.

In Jesus’s name we care for creation and neighbor in a variety of ways. We adopted a trail at Petrified Springs. We support the Grace Welcome Center, the ELCA Outreach Center, Congregations United to Serve Humanity (CUSH), Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services (KAFASI), the Shalom Center, Habitat for Humanity and many more. We minister to youth and families through our Sunday morning learning events, various service and fellowship activities, our Co-Op preschool and our partnership with the campus ministry of Carthage College.

Aside from all the things we do to the glory of God, we believe we are more of whom God created us to be with your participation. Visitors and guests are God’s gift to us. Join us Sunday for either our 8:00 am Tradition-rich Lutheran worship or our 9:30 am Family-Friendly worship. We live-stream our 9:30 service – just click on the tab at the top of this page or go to our Facebook page (TrinityLutheranChurchKenosha).

So consider yourself invited. Come. Experience God and healing. Make new friends. Renew your hope.
We may not get this welcome thing right all the time, but know we mean it! Welcome! May the living Christ watch over and guide your days. I look forward to meeting you.

In Christ,

Pastor Tom Smith
(He/Him/His)

We are a Reconciling in Christ Church

In February 2016 Trinity Lutheran Church declared itself to be a Reconciling in Christ church

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You

YOU’RE tired of religion that judges and excludes. You wonder if following Jesus makes a positive difference not only for eternity but for the challenges confronting you (and the world) because your heart breaks for the suffering you see and you want to do something about it.

Us

We are a faith community that understands what keeps us together isn’t our politics, skin color, race, sexual orientation or anything else. WE’RE HELD TOGETHER BY THE SHARED BELIEF THAT JESUS IS LORD.

God

THE TRUE Triune God is love and the source of life and God loves everyone and wants everyone AND EVERYTHING to live and God is gracious, generous, merciful and gracious (yeah. really gracious)

OUR STAFF

There aren’t many of us but the staff we have is passionate about building a faith community that is life giving. We try to create space for the Holy Spirit to work so that means sometimes things go really well and sometimes things don’t go as planned and the result is so amazing we know it was the Holy Spirit’s doing.

Tom Smith – Pastor

Pastor Tom’s call to staff ministry began in 1998 as the full time Youth and Family Minister with Messiah Lutheran Church in Wauconda, IL. In 2002, he and his family moved to Dubuque, IA and Wartburg Theological Seminary. During his internship year he served Partners in Faith Ministry-three small churches placed amongst the corn fields of northwest Iowa. Upon graduation in 2006, he was called to serve Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Whitehall located in the coulee region of northwest Wisconsin. In 2010, after three formative years of ministry, Tom accepted the call to Trinity.

Pastor Tom’s goal as Pastor is to renew the life giving and transformational power of a Christ centered faith community and extend an invitation for everyone to come and see. By listening to the current faith community while engaging the greater culture, his goals include casting a sustainable vision and mission that remains at the forefront, leading a staff, fostering a spirit of teamwork, and helping people grow in their relationship with God. He enjoys welcoming new people, creating opportunities for people to share their gifts and preaching a relevant and scriptural message of God’s unconditional love experienced most fully through Jesus.

Kerri Sherwood – Music Minister

Yamaha recording artist Kerri Sherwood comes to Trinity with 21 previous years as director of music in churches. Kerri is a composer, pianist, singer-songwriter whose music has charted on radio and been played in major and minor radio markets as well as in contracted music networks and has earned spots on highly sought after national listening walls. In the music arena, her experiences range from music minister to radio host to teacher to conductor.

Kerri feels there’s a special bond in the choirs and the music program in churches and, for her, it’s never about perfection. Instead, joy and connection are at the center of her directing. As such, she relishes the joy and connection at Trinity.

New York native Kerri has two children she adores, a fat tuxedo cat, a high-maintenance Aussie dog and David, her world-class sooo-loved husband, not necessarily in that order of importance. 😉

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Lea Ann Taber – Preschool Head Teacher and Administrator

Mrs. Taber holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Administration. She has been recognized as an Outstanding Future Educator by the Indiana Dept. of Education, is a Girl Scout troop leader, and is married with 3 children. In her own words, Mrs. Taber “loves working at Trinity because of the great family involvement with a co-op preschool. Trinity’s advantages include our low teacher to student ratio, tender loving care and thematic units which incorporate reading readiness skills, math, science, social studies and life values.”

 

Want to worship with us?

“When I first attended Trinity I expected to find people all dressed up and not very friendly. I have small children so I worried how they would behave in church and how people would react. I was really nervous. But when Pastor Tom brought out his puppet ‘Mike the Moose’ for the children’s message and the kids kept interrupting him and he smiled and joked with them, I started to relax because he seemed so relaxed. Then we did an echo prayer together and when he had the children gather around a microphone and say, ‘the peace of the Lord be with you all,’ I really felt at peace and knew I’d be back.”