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Trinity Lutheran observes Shipwreck Remembrance on Sunday

"Schiffbruchsgottesdienst!" and the Famous Dove

Members of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, will observe the annual Shipwreck Remembrance on Sunday, Sept. 13.

The services, at 8 and 10:30 a.m. will give praise to the Lord for saving the lives of passengers on the “Famous Dove” when it was shipwrecked off the east coast of the United States on Sept. 17, 1831.

Many of the passengers coming from Germany were the founders of Trinity. During a terrible storm, the passengers prayed and sang hymns. The next morning, they saw that they were just off the coast of Virginia.


Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, has new fall schedule

New teachers announced at Trinity Lutheran School

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, has a new fall schedule. 

In-person Sunday services are at 8 and 10:30 a.m. with Bible classes for teens and adults at 9:20 a.m.

There will be no in-person Sunday School for children, but beginning Sunday, Sept. 13, Bible lessons, taught by experienced teachers, are available free via YouTube.  The lessons begin with creation. 

To access these lessons, visit nph.net/ss-at-home. The videos for Pre-K through grade 4 are about 12 minutes long. The videos for grades 5-8 are about 25 minutes long. 


Alois Schmitzer, pastor of Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, retires

Pastor Alois "Brownie" Schmitzer III, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera, retired after 40 years in the public ministry in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. 

A farewell service and meal were held July 19 with the six Schmitzer children and families in attendance. 


English Lutheran begins in-person worship again on July 12

English Lutheran Church, 111 Grove St., Bluffton,  will begin in-person worship again Sunday, July 12.

Worship, with COVID-19 social distancing seating and other precautions in effect, will take place simultaneously live in the sanctuary (face-masks required for ages 8 and up), and live-streamed on Facebook in the fellowship hall (face masks encouraged, but optional), beginning at 9 a.m. 

Those unable to attend in-person may follow us the service Facebook page. Please note that the church’s Sunday School program is still suspended.


Trinity Lutheran VBS in a box set for July

Have you heard of Vacation Bible School in a box? 

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, invites you to register for a free  Rainforest Explorers VBS Box by visiting tlcjenera.org.

"We will prepare a box containing VBS lessons and materials for you to do your own VBS from the safety of your home, according to VBS leaders. 


First United Methodist Church returns to in-person worship

First United Methodist Church, 116 Church St., Bluffton, has returned to in-person worship with its Sunday service at 10:30 a.m.

Many changes have been made in order to follow current COVID-19 safety protocols.