Social Concerns

Throughout the year, Trinity participates in activities that focus on caring for those in our community who are in need. Regular events include:

Food collection projects such as “Souper Bowl Sunday”, Lenten food bags and Thanksgiving baskets. The collected food is donated to the food pantries of Lutheran Social Services and Central City Lutheran Mission, as well as to the Genesis House transitional housing program and other families in need.

School Supply project—Backpacks and school supplies are collected in the fall for students in the community. Recipients include the children at Luther Social Services’ Genesis House family shelter and the after-school program at Central City Lutheran Mission.

Tree of Giving—At Christmas time, gifts of clothing, books, toys and household items are collected and given to families in need.

Food Bags—Ziploc bags containing food and water are available to be picked up and shared with homeless people in our community.

Shawl Ministry

Pastor Blessing Prayer Shawls

The Shawl Ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church is a group of caring knitters and crocheters who make shawls for individuals as a tangible expression of our love and prayers. While this type of ministry has been practiced by many different congregations, TLC efforts began in August 2006, and since we have given over 600 shawls. Shawls are blessed during worship to include our entire community in prayer for comfort, healing, or celebration. Contact our church office to help in identifying a recipient of our effort.

Anyone interested in knitting or crocheting a shawl can join this group. Beginners are welcome, and assistance is provided as needed. If you can’t knit, we can teach you to knit. If you can’t crochet, we can teach you to crochet. We teach each other as we learn together about comforting, caring, and praying for others. The Shawl Ministry meets at 7:00 PM on the second Tuesday of each month at Cooper-Burkhart House.

We know God hears all prayers. Our prayers and these shawls have had an amazing impact on the people receiving them. Here are some comments we have received …

“I was the most loved patient in the oncology department because I was the only one with a beautiful prayer shawl.”

“I am definitely feeling the love and hugs from afar & can’t wait to wrap up in its warm comforting embrace.”

“Thank you so much for the shawl. I truly feel the presence and love of Jesus and the women of your ministry from every stitch.”

“The shawl you knitted is a huge hug from your wonderful people at Trinity. A visual showing that someone cares more than you can imagine.”

Quilting Bee


199 Quilts on Display

199 Quilts on Display

Our quilting group meets on the first Saturday of the month in Cooper- Burkhart House at 9:00 am. There’s more to do than sewing, and they need help with all of these tasks: cutting fabric, cutting batting, pinning layers, sewing and tying quilts. Everyone is welcome. The finished quilts are donated to local ministries such as Lutheran Social Services, and to Lutheran World Relief to help refugees and disaster victims in the U.S. and around the world.

For more information on any of the above social outreach programs, please contact the church office by e-mail at office@trinityriverside.org or by telephone at 951-682-1350.