Welcome! The Lord be with you.
Trinity Lutheran Church is a congregation of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, serving the Boulder Junction area in the northwoods of Wisconsin. We are a biblical, creedal, liturgical congregation. We represent classic Lutheranism in our area in a time when many are resorting to gimmicks or indulging the cultural erosion.
What sets Trinity apart from other Lutheran churches in our area? As a member congregation of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) we hold to the Holy Scriptures as the inspired and errorless Word of God, and acknowledge that the Scriptures are the sole source of teaching in the Church. We hold to the Lutheran Confessions as a faithful summary and application of the Scriptures as authoritative creedal authority.
We stand out as a traditional, liturgical and doctrinally steadfast congregation amid the cultural trends against Christianity. We are pro-life, uphold a biblical view of creation, uphold biblical natural marriage for one man and one woman, and understand gender according to Scripture as binary (male or female only). We understand that Christians confess the faith in a fallen world to reach out with the Word of salvation in Christ to deliver the forgiveness of sins to sinners. We desire to be light in the darkness of a dying world even the beauty of the north woods.
Within our own church body we desire to remain steadfast to the classic Lutheran ways that the founders of our synod promoted – Bible, catechism, reverent traditional liturgy, the holy sacraments, classic Lutheran hymns, the life of prayer, reaching out with the Law and Gospel of God. Rather than seeking to “get with the times” we seek to be in the unchanging truth of God which abides into eternity.
At Trinity you’ll find the Bible, Catechism, and hymnal thoroughly used in our life together in Christ. We believe the historic liturgy and faithful body of hymns from our Lutheran heritage best reflect what we receive from Holy Scripture and confess in our Lutheran Confessions, the Book of Concord. We believe these are assets for the faithful proclamation of the Gospel to all because they confess the changeless and universal faith that we have received from the faithful who have gone before us and confessed the apostolic faith.
We wish, by God’s grace, to remain distinctly confessional Lutherans in our teaching and practice rather than blending in with the religious landscape of the modern culture. We believe we have a treasure to preserve, teach, and give to others freely, since we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ the crucified and risen Lord. Even in the challenges of being in an area largely comprised of vacation and retirement population, we seek to be a steadfast beacon of God’s unchanging truth, so that the good news of eternal life in Christ can go forth to everyone in our area. As we worship and receive the Holy Supper of Christ’s body and blood we seek to proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes again in glory. We are sent forth by the Lord’s blessing each week as we go from the Divine Service into our daily callings in life.
Paths to becoming a member of Trinity
Which path toward membership is determined to a large degree by the individual’s background. Meeting with the pastor is the best place to start. But generally speaking, the following description of the paths toward baptized, communicant membership are followed:
+ TRANSFER – For those coming from another congregation of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS), who are already baptized communicant members of their previous congregation, are usually simply transferred by action of both congregations. Transfers cannot be made from ELCA congregations.
+ AFFIRMATION OF THE FAITH AND COVERING SOME ISSUES – For those coming from non-LCMS Lutheran congregations but are still Lutheran in background (for example, ELCA or WELS), those persons may, by individual circumstances, be admitted by pastoral conversation and public affirmation of the faith by the individuals joining the congregation. The chief task in this case is to preserve the unity of the faith and practice in the congregation. In some cases, the pastor reserves the right to have some amount of instruction prior to admittance to communicant membership. Review is always a good idea!
+ GENERAL ADULT CATECHISM CLASS – For those coming from non-Lutheran Christian background (for example Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist, Baptist, non-denominational, etc.) usually adult catechesis (instruction) is held to cover biblical teaching as summarized in the catechism and to cover the historic Lutheran liturgy. This course usually will go for some months, but usually less than a year.
+ ADULT CATECHISM CLASS WITH EXTRA ATTENTION – For those coming with no or little Christian background thorough catechesis (instruction) will be needed toward both receiving Holy Baptism, public affirmation of the Lutheran confession of the faith, and to be received as a communicant member of the congregation. In mind for this path are those coming from non-Christian religions or no religion at all (for example Buddhist, Muslim, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, atheist, pagan, unitarian).
For those coming from other Christian denominations and are already baptized, we want to ensure in these days that such were baptized with water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. For those baptized with water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, there is no need for another baptism and it would be wrong to have another one. Those baptized among Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses or Oneness Pentecostals will need to be baptized again, so to speak, though in such cases those baptisms were not properly Scriptural, as those religious belief systems do not confess the Trinity.
+ YOUTH CATECHESIS – Baptized youths at Trinity go through Catechism Class (“confirmation”). A minimum of three years of intensive instruction are required at Trinity prior to going through the rite of confirmation. Youth catechism class is for youth whose families are already attending Divine Service regularly. Catechism class involves classroom discussion, study, memorization of the Catechism and Scripture passages, learning about the Divine Service, and regular church attendance.