What is Trinity Lutheran in Toledo, Ohio all about?
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) We believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and that all we believe, teach, and profess is centered around His work for us.
Worship (Divine Service)
We believe it is through worship that we receive blessing upon blessing from our gracious God. (John 1:16) We gather together in His name where He promises to forgive, heal and restore us as His people. In worship we hear the Word of God and His forgiveness; we receive His saving body and blood; and we witness the miracle of baptism. It is in these many gifts that we rejoice and thank the Lord singing His praise together as forgiven sinners.
We believe that the Church on earth is unified in Jesus Christ and built up by the Holy Spirit around Him only. Our Life Together is marked by love and service towards one another flowing out of God’s love and forgiveness shown in Jesus. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:11)
We believe that the Word of God should be taught in truth and purity to people of all ages. We strive to teach and model that Word of God. Our Church strongly values Christian education carried out in our homes, our Sunday School, our Bible studies, and our Day School.
As a member congregation of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, we pride ourselves on walking together on the same road as the synod to which we belong. There are many resources available at the synod’s website which will further describe our beliefs. If you are interested in our communion, baptism, wedding or funeral practices, you may find them at this link. We are always eager to hear from you and to answer any questions that our beliefs and practices may raise. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Our Ministry Team
Holy Baptism is a sacrament. We read in Luther’s Small Catechism that a sacrament is “a sacred act instituted by God, in which God Himself has joined His Word of promise to a visible element, and by which He offers, gives, and seals the forgiveness of sins earned by Christ.” That is to say, baptism does something — it saves you. (1 Peter 3:21)
Scripture calls Baptism a second birth. It is the creation of a brand-new life begun in Christ which reaches its fullness on the day of resurrection. At Trinity we practice infant Baptism believing that when God’s Word says, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23) and “…make disciples of all nations baptizing them…” (Matthew 28:19), God certainly includes children and infants in these inclusive statements. We hold God at His Word when He says, “No one is righteous, not even one,” (Romans 3:10) and that when Jesus says “let the little children come to me” (Matthew 19:14) He is showing His love for them that lasts forever. By baptizing children we are taking the most important step in raising our children in the Christian faith.
We believe that baptism is something done by God. Anyone who has been baptized as the Lord commands, in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, has been baptized and does not need to be baptized again. It is God’s washing, not our being washed that cleans us and makes us His own. There is nothing that we can do, once it has been done for us it is finished.
If you are interested in learning more about baptism, for yourself, your child, or someone else, please don’t delay in contacting us!
Just like baptism, Holy Communion (also called the Eucharist and Lord’s Supper) is a sacrament. Jesus tells us when speaking of the bread and wine of communion, “this is my body” and “this is my blood.” We take these words to mean what they say, when we do His meal in remembrance of Him, we believe that His body and blood are present in, with, and under the bread and wine and that through them we receive the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation.
Communion is what the word sounds like: a community and a union. As a community of believers we believe that approaching the altar together says that we are in agreement on our doctrines. This common profession of our faith is important as we are warned in scripture that “whoever eats and drinks without discerning the Body of Christ, eat and drink judgment upon themselves” (1 Cor 11:29).
Because of this, we instruct our children through the confirmation process as to what is meant and done by the words and actions of Jesus for us. Additionally, we invite unconfirmed children, those who are new to the faith, or anyone unsure of what we believe to join us at the altar to receive a blessing.
We welcome those who are united with us in our confession of faith to commune with us but we ask that those who are not members of Trinity or of an LCMS congregation would speak to a pastor before communing with us.
Marriage is not to be entered into inadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.
This quote from the beginning of the rite of Holy Matrimony stresses for us the importance of the commitment that is being made in marriage and the picture that it gives us of God. At Trinity we are excited to share in the joy of ushering couples through the preparation and celebration of beginning a life together. If you are interested in having your wedding at Trinity, please contact Pastor Kleimola or call the church office (419)385-2651 to learn about the process.
You may download the Wedding Booklet here.
Few reach adulthood without experiencing loss of some sort. Whether you are a lifelong Lutheran, a member of Trinity, a Christian who hasn’t been around church, or someone not sure of what anything means, we would love to help you through the grief and experiences that come from coping with loss.
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14)
These brief words are a glimpse of the story of hope and promise of eternal life that are contained in God’s Word for us. Planning a funeral service may seem morbid, but it is actually a loving caring act for those who will live on. In Christ, our hope and assurance is that we will be with Him and the pains of this life will be no more when we are found in Him.
If you would like information about funeral arrangements with Trinity, please contact Pastor Kleimola or call our church office to find out how we can help. If you would like to plan your funeral service ahead of time, please use this form.
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and School was organized on July 19, 1874, in a German speaking community in Toledo, Ohio. First worship services were conducted in a small frame building that also served as a school. The first pastor was the Rev. H. W. Querl who conducted the worship services in the German language and taught the school in both German and English. It began with 14 pupils, by Christmas the school enrollment was 98. A few years later a full time teacher was called.
With a rapidly expanding membership, new facilities were constructed in the area bounded by Vance, Ewing, and Blum streets (Lenk’s Hill area). This included a brick two-story four-room school with four teachers, an expanded sanctuary, and a parsonage.
In 1958 a new facility was built on a 12 acre plot on Glendale Avenue – our present location. This first facility contained four school rooms and a multi-purpose room where services were conducted (more recently the old gym, now the cafeteria and, once again, multi-purpose rooms).
The present day sanctuary was dedicated in June of 1968. The school was expanded further in the mid seventies, giving Trinity an eight-room facility. The church office building (now the music wing) to the west of the sanctuary was constructed in the early eighties.
Another addition and renovation was completed in 2001, giving the campus a new gymnasium, more office space and updated classrooms.
In 2010, the congregation celebrated the note burning as we paid off our mortgage and became once again a debt free congregation.
Trinity Lutheran Church and School has been sharing Christ in Toledo, Ohio for generations. We want to connect with you. Feel free to stop by or drop us a note.