Who We Are
The mission of HTLC is to be a church where everyday people become everyday disciples, serving our Lord. At Holy Trinity, we closely follow the values and principles laid out by the ELCA. “Our values are grounded in faith, in our biblical and Lutheran confessional sources, and our love of God and neighbor. They speak to the way this Church lives and practices our faith, and they will guide how we journey forward in Christ as Church together.”
This is Christ’s Church, and there is a place for you here. We are the Church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person–questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world.
All power in the Church belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ, and our congregation’s actions are carried out under His rule and authority. We embrace forgiveness in speech, action, and relationships. As Christ’s Church, we welcome all to worship and all believing in our Savior to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.
We believe that everyone has been given a place at the table. At Holy Trinity, we believe:
• People are received into a community of grace where they are invited to receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of a new and abundant life in Christ Jesus.
• All are welcomed to heal from the brokenness of life and are given an opportunity to grow as children of God.
• Here people are summoned to grow in their faith as followers of the Lord Jesus in the marks of discipleship.
• Families are embraced and supported as they nurture Christian faith in their children.
• Everyone is invited to discover their spiritual gifts and use them to serve our Lord both within the congregation and within the community.
• We answer our Lord’s call to go forth into the world as his witnesses and servants so that all may know the love of God in Christ Jesus.
The ELCA confesses the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching, the ELCA trusts the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.
ELCA teaching or theology serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have an answer for all questions, not even all religious questions. Teaching or theology prepares members to be witnesses in speech and in action of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ.
Scriptures, Creeds, and Confessions
The ELCA’s official Confession of Faith identifies the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (commonly called the Bible); the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching. ELCA congregations make the same affirmation in their governing documents, and ELCA pastors and deacons promise to carry out their ministry in accordance with these teaching sources. This Confession of Faith is more than just words in an official document. Every Sunday in worship, ELCA congregations hear God’s word from the Scriptures, pray as Jesus taught, and come to the Lord’s Table expecting to receive the mercies that the Triune God promises. Throughout the week, ELCA members continue to live by faith, serving others freely and generously in all that they do because they trust God’s promise in the Gospel. In small groups and at sick beds, in private devotions and in daily work, this faith saturates all of life.
Teaching for a life of faith
This connection to all of life is the clearest demonstration of the authority that the canonical Scriptures, the ecumenical Creeds, and the Lutheran Confessions have in the ELCA. The Holy Spirit uses these witnesses to create, strengthen, and sustain faith in Jesus Christ and the life we have in him. That life-giving work continues every day, as Martin Luther explained in the Small Catechism: the Holy Spirit “calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.”
The Congregation of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Sidney, NE, was organized on May 13, 1886. The early years were challenging due to lack of funds, and frequent changes of pastors, and having years without a pastor. Despite it all, our growth has been persistent and steady both in membership and church facilities.
The original church was built in 1888 on the corner of 10th and Linden. Currently, the Episcopal Church resides there. In July of 1955, the ground was broken for the church that we now reside on the corner of San Marino and Lodgepole Road.
In 2005, the Trinity Center addition was completed. The expansion also brought much-needed updates, such as an elevator and inclusive use restrooms.
In 1986, Holy Trinity celebrated its 100th anniversary, and we then celebrated our 125th anniversary in 2011. Both celebrations included dinners, special activities, and recognition of our 50-year members. Many previous Pastors returned to Holy Trinity to help celebrate.
Since our beginning, our church has changed and grown. There is always room at the table to share in a meal to get connected. We continue to see a need for programs such as Sunday school and confirmation. We come together to break bread during the week; some of the gatherings included Lenten soup suppers and youth-led breakfast activities. Our youth are involved with bible studies, summer camp at Sullivan Hills, and the National Youth Gathering. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, join us on Wednesday nights for outdoor worship. Some of our other ministries include our Praise Band, Young at Heart, and Women’s Bible Study.
God is on the move and inviting us to come along. We are continually asking what God wants us to be and where God wants us to go. We are enthusiastic about what the future will bring for Holy Trinity and for the ways that God will call us to serve our community.