Missouri Synod Church in Downtown Memphis

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Phil Schmidt Dies After Battle With Cancer

It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Trinity’s Pastor Emeritus, Phil Schmidt was called to his heavenly home Wednesday evening. Phil had been battling cancer. Phil came to Memphis with his wife Jean and their two small children, Missy (Caroline Schmidt) and Stephen in the 1980’s to serve as Trinity’s associate pastor. He also served for decades as the Chaplin for the Shelby County Courts and served as Circuit Councilor for the Mid-South District. Rather than be allowed to retire peacefully, Phil served time and again as vacancy pastor for area churches who were without pastoral care. Many young people know him today for his annual work with the Lutheran Summer Camp where he instructed children in various

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Beautiful Savior in Olive Branch Joins MidSouth District

It is a fact of life that, while Lutherans number about 90 million members world wide, there are not that many to be found in the southern regions of the United States. Our friends of the Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian persuasions far out number us in both members and in numbers of congregations. As a result, a Lutheran congregation in, say, Olive Branch Mississippi might have to drive a good piece to find another LCMS congregation within their own Southern District which covers Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. A congregation so situated might have to drive a great many miles just to join in activities with another congregation in their circuit. With that in mind, we rejoice and welcome the newest

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Call Committee Works To Find A New Pastor For Trinity.

Trinity’s Call Committee is moving forward in the process to secure a new pastor to fill the vacancy created when Rev. Josh Hatcher left to accept a call to Trinity Lutheran in downtown St. Louis. Names were solicited from members of the congregation and friends as to who might be likely candidates to call. In addition, District President Roger Paavola has created a list of his own to share with us. These names were submitted to the District President who in turn contacted the individuals to see if they are open to a call and if so, to ask them to fill out a survey detailing their views of and approaches to the ministry in the Lutheran church as well

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Did You Know The Easter Bunny Is A Lutheran?

Among the things introduced to America by early Lutherans is Saint Nicklaus, Christmas Trees, Hot Dogs, Easter Eggs, Easter Baskets, and the Easter Bunny.

Actually the Easter Rabbit started out in German folklore as the Easter Hare.

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Five Very Simple Things To Make Lent More Meaningful

Five Very Simple Things To Make Lent More Meaningful

A season spent in fasting and meditation is good for your soul, but many of us don’t have the time or energy to undertake such a commitment. That doesn’t mean our Lenten season should be without meaning. Here are some simple things that you can do to make this season more meaningful to you. 1. Be Watchful “Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.  ‘Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.’” Jesus’ pleading words to his disciples might just as easily apply to us today. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall

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What If We Told Them

We know two things: (1) The U.S has become one of the greatest mission fields in the world as the number of “unchurched” grows. (2) Jesus commanded His disciples to proclaim a message of repentance and forgiveness, starting from the heart of the local city. But what about me in my daily life? Does the thought of making a defense to anyone who asks for a reason for the hope that is in you, send chills down your spine? Take heart. You have been equipped to tell others the Good News of Jesus Christ. You know how to confess your faith, and you practice it every week. On a regular basis, the whole Christian Church confesses the creeds that have

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Heroes of Faith

Who is your hero? As a child, I might have named a TV actor, a star athlete or famous musician. Somewhere along the line I started to recognize the heroic qualities in ordinary people, like teachers and even parents. Nowadays, I’m more impressed with spiritual heroes, people who have modeled Christ for me. While we all are saints by virtue of our baptism into Christ, some have proven to be outstanding “Heroes of Faith” for the church community as a whole. Back in 2002, Trinity came up with a way to acknowledge our congregation’s spiritual heroes. Originally called the “Tree of Life” and now renamed “Heroes of Faith”, it is located in Trinity’s Fellowship Hall, near the front door. It

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A New Beginning – Understanding the Divine Call

In initiating the process of calling our next pastor, we at Trinity Lutheran Church have entered into a season often marked with anxiousness, excitement, and uncertainty.  It is our hope and fervent prayer that it will ultimately lead to a time of joyful renewal for our congregation.  In this endeavor, we are not attempting to replace Pastor Hatcher, but to seek and discern the person that God sees fit to continue this wonderfully vibrant ministry in downtown Memphis, TN.  Indeed, Josh came to us and took up a baton that was passed on by those who came before him, and our next pastor will follow in that same line as we move forward. The Divine Call Part 1  – God’s

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Pastor Josh Accepts Call to St. Louis

It is with deep sorrow that Pastor Josh Hatcher announced to our congregation of Trinity here in Memphis that after much prayer and fasting, he has come to realize that God is guiding him to accept the Call to be Sr. Pastor at Trinity Lutheran in St. Louis, Missouri. Pastor Hatcher says that telling a congregation goodbye is one of the worst duties a pastor is called upon to do, and adds that he loves the Memphis congregation deeply, will miss us greatly, and that we will always have a special place in his heart. Pastor Hatcher came to Trinity with his wife Melissa and son Thomas in October of 2011. During his time with us, Pastor Josh has touched

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Trinity Constitution and Revised By-Laws

As promised at the last voter’s meeting. Here is a download of the Trinity Constitution and the revised By-Laws

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Lessons From My Sister

Lessons From My Sister

“Two are better than one; for they have a good return from their labor.” ~ Ecclesiastes 4:9 Her name is Gwen and she lives on the streets of downtown Memphis in the neighborhood of Trinity. I’ll be honest, when I hear her tapping at the front door and I look up from a cluttered desk to see her peering through the glass, my first response isn’t “Great! My sister is here!” But it should be. In the months that she has allowed me a small glimpse into her hard life, I have heard the voice of Jesus whispering to my oh-so-cleaned-up heart, “This is you, beloved.” Gwen doesn’t have a home, a place to bathe, store her belongings, or lay

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NYG 2016 Day 5 – Are you an ECHO that points to Jesus?

  Good morning dear brothers and sisters! It’s hard to believe, but today we begin our last full day of events before tomorrow morning’s worship service closes out the National Youth Gathering of 2016. As we were walking towards the Superdome last night Amara turned to me and said, “it’s weird, but I feel like a part of me really wants to be home but at the same time I never want to leave.” I echo her sentiments exactly. We are in the thick of things now and it feels like we’ve been going 100 miles an hour since last Thursday without stopping. But the rewards and benefits have been worth every second. I feel as though a typhoon of

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