Outreach & Giving

Outreach & Giving

January 1, 2015

Giving at Holy Trinity

Online Offering                                                              

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
      • proportionate
      • regular
  • 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.

Capital Giving

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.

Legacy/Estate Giving

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

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. IMG_2166_2

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. IMG_0003_2

Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio

Holy Trinity sends volunteers twice a month and raises money periodically 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 Leah Forts to learn more or get engaged. IMG_0535-2_2

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 learnIMG_8643_2_2 more or get engaged.

YWCA-Family Center

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 IMG_0120_2music 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. DSC_0334

Community Life

All-Congregation Events

Holy Trinity has a series of all-congregation events to celebrate its fullest vitality as a community of faith:IMG_3938_2

  • 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
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Welcome Center

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.

Upcoming Events
10:00 am Worship
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
In-person worship in the sanctuary or Remote worship live-streamed online at www.engagedbygrace.org/livestream or located at the top of engagedbygrace.org homepage under Online Worship.
8:30 am Office Hours
Office Hours
Jun 17 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
3:00 pm LSS Food Pantry
LSS Food Pantry
Jun 17 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
6:30 pm BSA Troop 555
BSA Troop 555
Jun 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Troop Meetings/Events in Grace Hall Scouts will set up tables and chairs as needed
8:30 am Office Hours
Office Hours
Jun 18 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
10:00 am Visitation
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Carolyn Beebe
11:00 am Funeral
Jun 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Carolyn Beebe
7:00 pm Habitat Humanity
Habitat Humanity
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
8:30 am Office Hours
Office Hours
Jun 19 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
10:15 am Bible Study
Bible Study
Jun 19 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am
In-person Bible study at the church led by the preacher that week and focused on the upcoming Sunday scripture lessons.
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