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Congregational Info

Congregational Information:

1.Worship Times:

•Saturday 5:30 pm – Contemporary Worship

•Sunday 8:30 am – Traditional/Liturgical Worship

10:30 am -- Blended Worship (a relaxed style with some traditional worship elements)

2.Education Times:

•Sunday 9:30 am – Children, Youth, and Adult Education

•Wednesday 6:30 pm – Children, Marriage/Parenting Classes and Confirmation Ministries

3.Discipling Ministries:

•Prayer / Intercessor Ministries

•Men’s Study / Discipling Groups

•Women in the Word Groups

•Traditional Women’s Circles

•Wired 12:2 (Junior High Youth Ministry)

•Student Impact and Going Deep (High School Youth Ministry)

•Breakout (Wednesday Children Faith Formation/Growth)

•Care Ministry

4.Congregation Council Contacts:

•President: Wayne Zysset –

•Vice President: Randy Schaefer –

•Secretary: Mike Kruse -

5.Call Committee Co-chairpersons:

Bob Becker

Cell: 402-276-5555

Bill Curry

Cell: 402-416-3819

6.Trinity Lutheran Church Identity:

Prior to the 1988 merger which formed the ELCA, Trinity had been a member congregation of the Lutheran Church in America. The congregation joined LCMC in 2002, one year after LCMC was first organized, and was dual-rostered in the ELCA and LCMC until voting overwhelmingly to leave the ELCA in 2005.

Trinity is Lutheran in doctrinal teaching. We are rooted in the foundation of The Scriptures, the Lutheran Confessions, Word and Sacrament, and evangelical in our vision and our understood mission. We value the contributions of other Christians and their congregations to the work of Christ in our community, and are often willing to engage in cooperative ventures with them for God's kingdom.

A Long-range Planning Team at Trinity recently identified Missions, Worship and Music, and Student Ministry/Children’s Ministry as Trinity's "Vanguard Ministries", meaning these ministry areas are not more important than others, but are what Trinity is perhaps most known for. Trinity has a very active Missions Board, established in 2006. Under their coordination we have supported missionaries and missions agencies all over the world with monthly financial support and, from time to time, with short-term missions workers.

Trinity has begun casting a vision of believers as "Living a Missional Life", and becoming a "Missionally - Focused Church". A recently approved Ministry Plan for 2016-17 seeks to strengthen Trinity's connections in the Columbus community, and expands ministries to hurting people.

7.Church Facilities:

•Trinity Lutheran Church celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2003. The congregation doubled in size from the mid-1960s into the early '80s. The present church building was dedicated in 1962, and a major addition with offices, a youth room and a multi-purpose meeting room was added in 1983.

•The church building houses Trinity's own radio station, KTLX, which has broadcast Christian programming since 1972.

•A major expansion of Trinity's Media Ministry and significant development of Broadcast Ministry have been ongoing since the mid-'90s.

•Classroom renovations/remodeling occurred over the past 12 years.

•A modern Nursery and a peaceful Prayer Room resulted from renovations done in 2013.

•In 2015 Trinity completely renovated the Chancel to better accommodate modern worship forms, dramatic productions and worship dramas, and to allow more flexibility for special programs or concerts.

Additional Information:

1.Community involvement currently includes:

•Packing meals for Mercy Meals

•The Columbus Rescue Mission

•Columbus Area Youth for Christ

•CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) Central Community College

•The Platte County Food Pantry

•The Columbus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity

•The Columbus Chamber of Commerce

•“Adopting” Columbus Middle School

•Assistance to clients of The Center for Survivors

•Annual Angel Tree Christmas Distribution

2.Projected Ministry Staff:

•Three Pastors, Parish Ministry Assistant, Director of Music and Fine Arts, Music Group Directors, Director of Children’s Ministry, Director of Student Ministries, Nursery Coordinator, Nursery Assistant Coordinator, Two Media Team Captains.

3.Transitions Planning:

Trinity has entered a transitional period that will continue to unfold over the next two years, as this assistant pastor position is being filled, and the other associate pastor position will be filled two years from now at the planned retirement of the other associate pastor. The church council has closely with Dr. Jim Pence of Walkalong Consulting to ensure a smooth transition. The Church Council has also appointed a Transitions Advisory Group to oversee the transitions process and make recommendations to the Council and Staff.

4.The Columbus Community:

Columbus is a town of approximately 22,000 residents, located at the confluence of the Platte and Loup Rivers in east-central Nebraska, and about 90 miles west of Omaha. Set in heavily agricultural surrounding countryside, Columbus’ economy is bolstered by a highly diverse manufacturing sector. Recreational activities abound, parks are plentiful, and community events and activities are year-round. Great schools and low crime make Columbus an attractive setting for family life. More information is available at:

5.Call Process:

•The call process will follow the procedures recommended by LCMC. A summary of the duties and responsibilities of the Assistant Pastor will be made available on the Trinity and LCMC websites and copies will be made available upon request.

Call Committee C0-chairpersons: Bob Becker and Bill Curry

Trinity Website:

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