Trinity Lutheran Church's Next Chapter

Trinity Lutheran Church has called a new pastor, the Reverend Sara Cogsil, and together they began serving alongside one another on August 15, 2017. They will officially mark the occasion with Pastor Cogsil’s installation service to be held on Sunday, November 12 at 4:30. The installation service will be led by Bishop Abraham Allende and will be held in the chapel of Lakewood Congregational Church, Trinity’s future home.

Pastor Cogsil came to Trinity after having served as an associate pastor at a church in East Lansing, MI. She is a 2013 graduate of Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH and is happy to return to her home state. She learned about Trinity a year before the church voted to call her and from the first conversation she had about this congregation, she knew there was something special about them. She was intrigued by a congregation that was in the process of selling their building. In a time when church culture is changing she was excited to see that the people of Trinity were looking to put their mission first. Trinity is small, but mighty. They have a passion for being together and for serving the community through their outreach ministry, Trinity Lutheran Community Outreach. Any Sunday morning you can find the people gathered at 10:00am for worship where they sing hymns, read Scripture, and share in communion. As they gather, they are then equipped and strengthened to go about their days and weeks reminded that they are beloved and that they are called to be a part of bringing about God’s transformative power in their lives, community and world.

Trinity is a Reconciling in Christ congregation meaning that it is a Lutheran congregation that publicly welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people. Trinity believes as a community of faith rooted in God’s reconciling love and grace, that all people should be welcome, and they work hard to transcend all human boundaries. They deeply value the diversity of God’s creation and seek for unity within the diversity.

As a congregation that is putting their mission first, they will move to Lakewood Congregational beginning on Sunday, December 3, the first Sunday of Advent, the first Sunday of the church year. It is important for Trinity to begin this next chapter in its new place. Trinity is excited about this partnership and for the potential ministry opportunities that working with LCC will bring both congregations. As we move, as we celebrate our new pastor, and as we see where God is at work in Lakewood, we are excited to continue along this journey.

Sara Cogsil

Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and Executive Director of Trinity Lutheran Community Outreach

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017