Trinity Lutheran in Summerfield, FL is a large congregation that can seem just “too big” at first glance. However, if you contact one of the service/social group leaders listed here, you can enjoy a variety of activities in a much smaller setting and as a bonus you will find people much like yourself. They will likely become friends closer than those in your secular life because of the common faith you share in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As the great author C. S. Lewis asked, “Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?” That was for England - in FL, it might have been “in any quiet air-conditioned place”!
With this in mind, we invite you to join one our many groups where you will serve the Lord and feel right at home as well. Many close warm friendly relationships have developed in just this way at TLC and there are many opportunities for new members to build lifelong friendships that will become a great source of support and enjoyment over many years.
Facebook is a free social networking website that provides an opportunity for members and friends to share inspirational messages and words of encouragement with each other without specifically addressing the message to anyone. Members may post notices for events and upload pictures.
The Altar Guild takes good care of the altar area with two members dusting and setting up for communion on Saturday for the Sunday services. Then after the first service, two members reset the altar for the second service and also record the number of people who have communed.
This is repeated for the two or three seasonal services. The Guild is also responsible for the candles and the altar paraments. For further information, contact Dorothy Frenz at 352-748-0253.
This group is open to anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one. Meetings are held twice a month on the first and third Mondays from 10:00-11:30 in Classroom 5. Contact Rita Luciano at 352-245-3975 for further information.
Each Sunday morning, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee greets members before and between the services. Additionally various tasty “goodies" are provided by some of our best bakers.
Contact for Coffee Bar: Toney Kendrick, 785-313-1477
Our craft group meets Tuesdays at 9 a.m. in Room 1. We work on special projects each week, learning new crafts or just enjoy the friendship of each other as we work on our own craft project.
Contact for Crafts: Janice Collins, 352-750-4021
Contact Donna and Gary Martens or Jim and Kay Jacobson for more information:
Three times a year, a large group of Trinity members gather and are randomly placed in groups of 8 (4 couples). These eight people spend the next 4 months meeting for lunch or for dinner or for "game night" or whatever they chose to do.
In a large church, this is a terrific way to become better acquainted with members, enjoy a night out, and have fun!
Fellowship Dinners, Lenten Suppers
Trinity’s Couples Golf
Once a month, we pair up teams of two couples for a fun scramble golf match. Contact Jim and Kay Jacobson at firstname.lastname@example.org to join.
Picnic gatherings are held during the year in various Villages and area housing additions. A great way to socialize with neighbors who go to Trinity! Contact Trinitylcms@embarqmail.com.
Single members in the church meet monthly at various restaurants for dinner. Contact Jim Hess at 354-633-0311 for more information.
Members meet every 4th Saturday of the month at Oakwood Restaurant, 860 S Highway 27/441 in Lady Lake at 10:50 a.m. Contact Marilyn and Bob Tomsik at 352-347-1469 or email@example.com.
On Sunday mornings and on special holiday season church services, there is a dedicated group of church members who greet church attendees at our church doors. You may have already experienced the smiles and friendliness from these individuals as you enter God’s house to hear God’s Word.
Everyone at Trinity Lutheran Church thrives on helping everyone feel welcome and a part of our church family. We believe the first impression church attendees have about Trinity is from our friendly interaction as church attendees enter God’s house.
We continue to receive positive feedback from members, seasonal visitors and guests about how they feel welcomed at Trinity. Fellow Christians wish to share our excitement about God’s Word and His love for us.
Greeter coordinators are extremely proud to be a part of the greeter program. It is a rewarding experience to know that we are part of the family of Trinity Lutheran Church. We invite you to come and share our fellowship and God’s Word. Sunday services are at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Contacts of Hospitality:
Sharon Nelson, 352-753-4052 (for the 10:30 service)
Loretta Hulke, 352-391-1320 (for the 8:00 service)
- The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
- The FL-GA District, The Lutheran Church– Missouri Synod
- Lutheran Counseling Services of Florida
International Lutheran Layman’s League Lutheran Hour Ministries presents “Bring Jesus Christ to the Nations and the Nations to the Church” through equipping and engaging laypeople, digital technology, mass media, and social outreach to become your partner in His mission.
Our flagship ministry is The Lutheran Hour, the longest running gospel radio program in the USA, with the Rev. Dr. Gregory Seitz as the speaker.
The mission of Trinity LWML is to extend the Lord's work in our church, the community and the world. By affiliating with Lutheran Women's Missionary League, all women of Trinity Lutheran Church are members and are encouraged to serve others through mission, education , inspiration and service.
Contact: Robbie Myers, Ph. 352-245-3357
Contribution to the World
Little Dresses for Haiti and Africa
Bible Storybooks for Spanish - Speaking families
Brevard Rescue Mission
Missions, in General
Contributions to the Community
Ocala Ritz Vets Village
Children of the Forest
Pillow Case Dresses
Contributions to the Church
Fund raising events
Distribution and collection of Mite Boxes
Meetings to inform and entertain
Helping hands and hearts
Trinity Lutheran Church of Summerfield, has a memorial garden located between the two buildings. The garden is presided over by a life size statue of the Lord Jesus.
Members of Trinity and their non-member spouses who receive cremation after death may choose to have their cremains placed in the memorial garden following a memorial service.
The ashes are placed in the ground in the 10-foot diameter garden and are not marked, nor are the ashes contained in an urn or other such container.
The name of the deceased is engraved in granite and permanently affixed to the pedestal base upon which the statue of Jesus stands, in the center of the garden. In addition to the name, the year of birth and death is also displayed on the monument base.
There is a minimal charge of $100 to cover the cost of the granite name marker and perpetual care of the garden.
In 1988 Arnie Aagesen organized The Trinity Lutheran Church Men's Club. It's first President, Clarence Stricker, did a remarkable job in structuring and guiding the group. Since then. the Club has grown through the continuing efforts of many other leaders and members.
The purpose of the Club is Christian service and charity. Among these are World Missions; support of local food pantries; seminary tuition and food bank support at Concordia Theological Seminaries, Fort Wayne, IN.; and St. Louis, MO.; as well as general support for many other Christian related charities.
All men members, and friends of Trinity are welcomed to join us on the first Monday of every month at 8:00 AM. Our meetings always begins with a devotion/prayer and continues with a hearty breakfast of eggs, biscuits and gravy, grits, hash browns, juice and coffee. A short business meeting follows the breakfast and concludes with prayer. Our meetings always includes some good natured fellowship.
Additional fellowship and camaraderie is available at the monthly golf outing following the meeting.
Among the projects of the Club are clean-up along Highway 441, newspaper and aluminum can recycling and of course the annual "monster" yard and bake sale that is co-sponsored by the Men's Club & LWML.
Join us for breakfast and/or golf by signing up on the Men's Club clip board in the Narthex.
Current Officers of the Club are:
Wes Haas, President
Jim Bohlmann, V.President
Nick Bock, Treasurer
Stu Vogt, Secretary
Dr. Richard E. DuBois, M.D.
Trinity’s music ministry is a very integral part of our weekly worship services. The choral and handbell choirs, directed by Dennis Crowley, bring a wonderful addition to our services. The choirs perform from September through early June with opportunities for small vocal and instrumental solo or group ensembles throughout the entire year.
The annual Christmas cantata, directed by our music director, is performed on the organ, piano, handbells, strings, trumpet and flute in early December, and is one of the highlights of the Christmas season. Choir rehearsals take place on Wednesday afternoons, handbells from 2:00-3:00pm; choral choir from 3:30-4:30pm. Church members are encouraged to join our choirs for the full year, or only for the cantata if so desired.
A welcome is also extended to all who have vocal or instrumental talents to contribute individually or in ensembles to our music ministry.
Contact Dennis Crowley at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Scrappy Quilters is a small group of ladies who meet on Fridays in meeting room 1 and the fellowship hall from noon till 3 as well as a small group of ladies who work from home to create quilts, walker bags, hope pillow covers, crib sheets, dog and cat beds, burp cloths, bibs and knit hats.
The items we create have been distributed to Veteran’s hospitals, veterinary clinics, animal shelters, Alpha Center for Women, Give Kids The World Village, Infant and Toddler Pantry, and children of the Ocala National forest to name a few.
Items are also given to members of our own congregation who are in need of the comfort a quilt or walker bag will bring. Besides the items we make, we also have an ingathering of Christmas stocking fillers for the children of the Ocala forest. The need is great but the workers few.
We could use a hand with sewing, cutting, pressing, pinning, organizing, quilt tying, distributing, planning quilt tops and prayer.We can always use donations of the following: fabric, sheets, pillowcases, curtains, basically anything that is fabric that is in good condition as well as thread and notions.
Donations of items may be dropped off in the bin in the church narthex or the church office. Questions? Contact Sue Lehota at email@example.com.
Trinity Best Friends (TBF) is an outreach ministry of the church that provides partners for our home bound members who would like to have a Best Friend. Through a phone call, a letter or a visit, Trinity members who can no longer actively participate in church activities will never feel out of touch, alone or forgotten.
Dave Despres, Head Usher
The duties of ushers are to pass out bulletins, take collection, assist with communion, and pick up items left in pews after a service. Ushers work as teams with a minimum of 8 people per team.
Six teams are at Sunday services, 3 at 8:00 a.m. and 3 at 10:30 a.m. A team serves a month at a time with a two-month break. There's always a need for more ushers so if you are interested, call Dave Despres at 352-750-9439.
Join us at the Welcome Center and as a guest, register, take a Newcomer Welcome badge and (if you wish) an envelope for giving. You will be welcomed with a smile!
We hand out “kid friendly” bags full of tricks to help a child settle in, a small stuffed animal for each child (if you can catch them), all made with love enclosed from our church.
Also, receive a lovely handmade cloth walker bag to be attached to your walker for convenience. The Welcome Center is the place for Lost and Found, messages, and packages for pick-up.
Scan over the Collection Corner and 9 rattan baskets waiting for your old and discarded cell phones, pillow cases, eyeglasses, soda can zip tops, coupons, sample size toiletries for the soldiers and scrap fabrics for Trinity’s “Scrappy Quilters.”
There is a bevy of books and pamphlets free for the taking and some with a price tag. CD discs of the day’s sermon are also available! Stop by, say hello (even if it’s not your first time), and you are promised a cheery hello.
The Welcome Center is the place for questions about Trinity. If we don’t have the answer we will find it for you! For more information, contact Joy Gottfried, Welcome Center Coordinator.