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Challenge Grant

The purpose of the Holy Trinity Challenge Grant fund is to support initiatives for the development of services to address social, economic or cultural needs in Lancaster County.

Since 2001, the Community Outreach Ministry has awarded a $5,000 Challenge Grant annually. In 2011 the committee awarded two $5,000 grants to commemorate the Challenge Grant‘s 10th anniversary. In 2013 the Challenge Grant awarded $2,500 for existing programs, in addition to the $5,000 Grant for new projects.

Priorities in selection of an organization to be awarded a Challenge Grant are:

  1. Address the needs of the most at-risk populations
  2. Provide services which help recipients to move toward living situations of self-support
  3. Empower people to be full participants in the economic, social and cultural life of the community

The process begins with a letter being mailed to all identified organizations in September with a grant request proposal. Our grant reading volunteers privately submit their assessment of each grant, ranking in order those they find the most deserving and why. The top 3-4 ranked organizations are invited to a designated day and time to be interviewed by a separate committee. From that interview process the current year organization is selected to be awarded the grant.

The grant presentation takes place on a Sunday in mid-November at the beginning of the worship service.

Past Recipients Include
ASSETS Lancaster
Bridge of Hope
Clare House
COBYS Family Services
Crispus Attucks
Milagro House
The Mix at Arbor Place
Mom’s House
The Threshold Foundation
Transitional Living Center

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Family News

The Latest from the Vestry

The annual vestry report was held after worship, Sunday, April 23rd. Our worshippers enjoyed a wonderful brunch prepared on site by volunteers. A brief summary of latest activity was then shared by leadership. Including a summary of our discipleship committee’s work, a financial report, updates on endowment opportunities, a review of our Historical Holy Trinity Lutheran Church video and a walk around the newly operational web site.


Sunday, May 28th, by the Power of the Holy Spirit and through Water and Word, Elise Shea Dommel was claimed as a child of God. Her parents are Dusty and Kristen Dommel, her sisters are Averi and Natalie. We welcome Elise into the Lord's family. Thanks be to God!


Sunday, April 23rd through Water and Word, Charlotte JoAnna Fanelli was made a child of God via the Rite of Baptism. We celebrate and welcome Charlotte into the Lord’s Family. Thanks be to God.

Upcoming Events

June 4, 2023

Pentecostal Summer Picnic

Join us for a summer picnic with burgers, hot dogs, watermelon, and fun & games.

June 7, 2023

Pastor Mentzer farewell gathering

Holy Trinity will host a drop-in gathering on Wednesday, June 7 from 4 -7 p.m. in the Fondersmith Auditorium to bid farewell to Pastor Mentzer. Pastor Mentzer has accepted a call to be an assistant to the Bishop of the Southern Ohio Lutheran Synod. Pastor has been a wonderful leader for the disciples who serve God at Holy Trinity. We wish him the best in this next step of his life.

July 23, 2023

I’ll Fly Away

Servant Stage Company will present “I’ll Fly Away” in our auditorium beginning at 4:00 PM. A wonderful show complete with old time classic hymns, patriotic music and sing along folk songs. Afterwards, we’ll serve a summer picnic of hot dogs, watermelon and ice cream.

July 24, 2023

Vacation Bible School coming to Holy Trinity

Vacation Bible School Zoo! Vacation Bible School is set for the week of July 24th through July 28th. Our VBS theme for 2023 is Vacation Bible School Zoo, which will feature animal bible stories! VBS will start at 5:30 pm. Dinner will be served starting at 5:30 pm. VBS will wrap up for the evening about 7:30 pm. This will be a family style Vacation Bible School where parents are encouraged to stay and participate with their child or children. Be sure to join us for a really wild time! Please contact Rachel Kramer at [email protected]. for more details.