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About Holy Trinity Church

A History of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Two years before the birth of George Washington and 46 years before the Declaration of Independence, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church was a worshiping congregation. Formally organized in 1730 with its first baptism recorded on May 4th of that year, Holy Trinity Church is the oldest church in Lancaster and one of the oldest in Pennsylvania.

The congregation worshiped in a small stone church on Duke and Cumberland streets for 30 years. Construction of the present building began in 1761. In 1766, the new church was dedicated with Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, the patriarch of the Lutheran Church in America, officiating.

During the Revolutionary War, Civil War, two World Wars, the Cold War people came here to worship.  To find hope and peace during the conflict and fear.  To this day, Holy Trinity Lutheran is a living church – recognizing God’s goodness in yesteryear, the hearty expectation of God’s blessings in the present, and the confidence in God’s strength for the future.

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Family News

School Supply Drive

Thank you to all who donated School Supplies to Trinity's Annual School Supply Drive to benefit Lancaster's Families In Transition Program. This year we're able to donate a variety of supplies as well as over $1500 to the FIT Program

God’s Work Our Hands Sunday

We kicked off our Sunday School year with this service project, assembling and decorating snack bags for our Breakfast Fellowship Ministry.

Labor Day Lemonade on The Lawn

After Worship we gathered under the tents for refreshing Lemonade, Iced Tea, fresh fruit and more.

Upcoming Events

October 1, 2023

Adult Forum – Pastor Linda and Cliff – Small Catechism

Pastor Linda and Cliff continue with their series on "What it Means to be Lutheran". This week, The Lord's Prayer and the Apostle's Creed - what does Luther say about both.

October 8, 2023

Adult Forum – How do we elect our judges?

Jess Oullet, chair of the Lancaster Bar Association Judiciary Committee will walk us through the process of electing judges. We go to the polling booth, see a list of options, but how do those candidates get to that point?

October 15, 2023

Adult Forum – Mediation and Restorative Practices

Krista Rittenhouse, Director at Advoz will join us for a presentation and their important work in the community. Advoz provides restoration services and offers training for those interested in being a part of their mission.

October 22, 2023

Adult Forum – The Senior Pastor Search Focus Groups

What are some of the outcomes and common threads from your input. Our vestry will report back on what they learned as the congregational profile is prepared for delivery to the Synod.

October 22, 2023

Concert Series with guest Christopher Brooks

Renowned violinist Christopher Brooks along with our very own harpsichordist, Dr. Robert Horton, will perform Sunday, October 22nd beginning at 4:00pm in the sanctuary. Mr. Brooks, born and raised in Brooklyn started playing the violin at a very young age. As he shares "back when a subway token cost 15 cents". This performance will be a treat for the senses. Following the concert, at about 5:00 we will serve a cheese steak dinner. Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can best prepare how many to serve. Either call the church office, or email Loren Good at [email protected]

October 28, 2023

Community Safe Trick or Treat Event

Trinity's 2nd Annual Safe Community Indoor Trick or Treat. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will once again hold a community indoor Trick or Treat. Join us on Saturday, October 28th, 2023 for some fall fun! The trick or treat starts at 3:00 pm and will go until around 5:00 pm or until the candy runs out!

October 29, 2023

Adult Forum – The Ministry of the Chaplaincy

Julia Snyder, Chaplain Associate at Lancaster General Hospital will talk with us about the services Chaplains provide in a hospital setting.

November 12, 2023

Adult Forum – Pastor Linda and Cliff – What it means to be Lutheran.

Pastor Linda and Cliff conclude the series on what it means to be Lutheran. The subject - What Luther says about the sacraments - Holy Baptism and Holy Communion.

November 18, 2023

Servant Stage Jingle Bell Jukebox November 18th

We so enjoyed the summer performance from Servant Stage and they're coming back. Saturday, November 18th beginning at 2:00 they'll perform their Jingle Bell Jukebox show in Holy Trinity's Sanctuary. Come celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with holly jolly, vocals, show-stopping dancing, a large cast and a live band. You'll love it...from the First Noel to the final curtain. Join us and get ready to sing along at this high-energy holiday Event. All are welcome. Afterwards, we'll provide lite refreshments in Trinity's Parish House auditorium. Make a note of it on your calendar and see you there. Any questions, please email Loren Good: [email protected]

November 26, 2023

Adult Forum – Wreath Making and Christmas Ornaments for our home bound

Director of Children's Ministry, Rachel Kramer will lead this event. Learn how to make a wreath and join us to create Christmas ornaments for our home bound disciples.

December 10, 2023

The Concert Series Continues With Harpsichordist Nanga Lin

At 4:00pm Nanga Lin will perform a concert in our chapel. Nanga is a student at Millersville University's Tell School of Music.

December 17, 2023

Children’s Christmas Program

Holy Trinity Lutheran children will present their Christmas Program beginning at 10:45am after worship. Please plan to attend and enjoy the performance.