Outreach & Giving
Giving at Holy Trinity
Holy Trinity has partnered with Tithe.ly, an ELCA-endorsed electronic giving platform, that makes it easy for people who prefer to make their contributions via credit or debit cards through a website or mobile device. Simply click on http://www.engagedbygrace.org/offering or scan the QR code to the right which directs you to our customized giving site. If you choose to use Tithe.ly for your offering, it will be treated the same as any other offering you provide, with one exception. As with any credit/debit transaction, there are associated fees. Tithe.ly allows the donor to cover those fees, if you wish, enabling Holy Trinity to receive the full value of your gift.
Regular Proportionate Giving
God accomplishes the ministry of our spending plan through the investment of each household in the congregation through their regular proportionate offering.
- Some communities described in the Bible talk about proportionate giving as a tithe
- That is, presenting the first 10% of one’s income as an offering to God.
- The purpose of a tithe is three-fold:
- Expresses thanks to God
- Supports God’s mission in the world
- Puts love of God over love of money
- New Testament teaching
- Jesus in Matthew 6: Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
- Paul in 2 Corinthians:
- given to God’s saints/mission
- set aside in advance
- Some households grow in their own health and joy for giving to know that the average household gift in the congregation is approximately $2000.
- Everyone’s financial circumstances are different.
- Average will be too much for some; not enough for others.
Gifts for capital improvements at the church are received only after regular proportionate commitments are met. They generally draw on reserve and surplus pools of personal financial resources, and are used for special purposes designated by the congregation/council.
In the spirit of love for Christ and others, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church invites you to consider continuing your financial support of our ministries through a gift from your estate after God calls you home. Whether the Lord has entrusted you with much or little, God’s spirit calls you to be a good steward and to use your possessions as a witness to your faith.
Outreach and Social Justice Activities
Community Service Partnerships
Beacons Quilting Group
This group meets at 9:00 on the first Wednesday morning of the month at church to make quilts and coordinate other outreach efforts for Lutheran World Relief. Contact Shirley Doolittle to learn more or get engaged.
First English Lutheran Church
Holy Trinity partners on mutual service projects with this inner-city congregation of Columbus, serving breakfast on each 4th Sunday of the month and other shared community events as well. Contact Becky Warnement to learn more or get engaged.
Jacob’s Porch Lutheran Campus Ministry at OSU
Holy Trinity shares a part of the Jacob’s Porch Partner coalition of congregations to support this vital OSU campus ministry with money and leadership. Contact Pastor Steve Wachtman to learn more or get engaged.
Knitting for the Needy
Knitters in the congregation gather in the church library at 10:00 am on the second Saturday of each month to knit items that will help those in need. Contact Joline Boettcher to learn more or get engaged.
Habitat for Humanity
Holy Trinity serves with other Northwest Partnership congregations to pay for and build one Habitat for Humanity house in Columbus each year. There are opportunities to work construction, provide meals, and help raise money for this project. Contact Benson Ross to learn more or get engaged.
Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio
Holy Trinity regularly sends volunteers and raises money for the Food Pantry in addition to sharing 1% of annual receipts with this vibrant social service agency in Central Ohio that does so much to feed the hungry, house the homeless, and protect the vulnerable. Contact Pastor Steve Wachtman to learn more or get engaged.
Mission Endowment Fund
The Mission Endowment Fund at Holy Trinity seeks to serve three segments of the community with gains to its fund: outreach ministries of Holy Trinity, outreach ministries of the wider church, and outreach efforts of the community at large. Requests for funds are due by September 30 each year with disbursements approved by the congregation at its annual meeting on the fourth Sunday in January. Contact Paula Fenner to learn more or get engaged.
Paulsgemeinde, Schwerin, Germany
Holy Trinity partners with Paulsgemeinde in Schwerin, Germany for cross-cultural ministry support and hospitality. Each congregation regularly hosts guests from the other for ministry, learning and hospitality. Contact Pastor Steve Wachtman to learn more or get engaged.
Holy Trinity prepares and serves dinner on the first Saturday evening every other month at the Y-Family Center on the east side of Columbus. The Center houses families who are between homes and helps them re-establish a suitable residence. Contact Chris Pryor to learn more or get engaged.
Concerts at Holy Trinity
The vision for the Mission Outreach Concert Series is Holy Trinity Lutheran Church extending its service to the gospel of Jesus Christ through the appreciation of music. The mission of the concert series is to present up to nine concerts per year of various music styles for the sake of engaging the widest possible interest from the local music community whose monetary donations will sustain the concert series and replenish the Holy Trinity Mission Endowment Fund which funded two-thirds the cost of the new organ. Annual gains from the Mission Endowment Fund are granted to support outreach ministries within the local community, the wider church and Holy Trinity itself. In his role as Minister of Music, Joshua Brodbeck serves as our worship music director and our artist-in-residence leading the concert series.
Holy Trinity has a series of all-congregation events to celebrate its fullest vitality as a community of faith:
- Blessing of the Backpacks/Rally Day in August
- LutherFest on the Saturday before Reformation Sunday
- Advent Decorating and Family Workshop on the first Sunday in Advent
- Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on the day before Ash Wednesday
- Spring Mixer Event
Saturday Night Adult Fellowship
Generally meeting on the second Saturday of the month at the church or a host’s home, adults in the congregation gather for a potluck dinner and program as scheduled at the annual planning meeting in July each summer. Contact Bob & Patti Kammeyer to learn more or get engaged.
Holy Trinity enters a team in the Western Columbus Lutheran Co-Rec Softball League which plays at St. James Lutheran Church at the corner of Trabue and Rome-Hilliard Roads. Eligible for all men and women high school age and above, a good time is always had by all. Contact Mark Abell to learn more or get engaged.
Holy Trinity schedules greeters to welcome worshipers and guests at the main entrance of the church on Sunday mornings. Contact Joshua Brodbeck to learn more or get engaged.
Property Ministry Team
Holy Trinity is blessed with wonderful facilities that support its mission to share the love of Christ with the community around us. The Property Ministry Team identifies property related concerns and sets priorities for our property budget and maintenance schedule. Contact Pastor Steve Wachtman to learn more or get engaged.