Preparation for Ministry Complete

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While in academia, Carol McLaughlin began to question her calling. Academics or ministry? She took her thoughts and questions to her pastor, Rev. Matt Robbins-Ghormley. Thus began a five year journey which recently culminated in the Presbytery of Olympia certifying Carol as ready to submit her credentials to churches seeking a pastor. 

Bev Hatter, Carol's Session representative at Trinity, reflects on her walk with Carol down this beautiful and difficult path.

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One of the perks of serving on Session is the opportunity to walk with a candidate for ministry in their journey to realizing their call.  Five years ago, Carol McLaughlin was pursuing a doctorate in religion at George Fox Evangelical Seminary (now Portland Seminary) while teaching religion classes there.  Carol had been undecided about whether to continue teaching or to apply to the Committee for the Preparation of Ministry (CPM) through the Presbyterian Church. She loved the academic challenge and richness of the teaching profession but wasn’t sure which path would better use her unique gifts. I was given the opportunity to serve as Carol’s Session liaison with the CPM while Carol went through the process of readiness and discernment.

The ordination process is lengthy and demanding.  In addition to the educational component of completing a Master in Divinity degree, there are written exams in the areas of Bible content, theology, Bible exegesis, polity and worship and sacraments.  It is necessary to complete a psychological evaluation, submit character references, complete a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education and meet for regular consultations with the CPM. All the while, her faith and commitment were growing and changing and challenging.

Carol was well prepared to meet many of the challenges of the ordination process, however there were unplanned obstacles and events that occurred in her life.  In a very short span of time Carol and her family experienced the deaths of her father-in-law and brother-in-law, the serious car accident of her elderly mother-in-law and the premature births of twin grandchildren.  Any one of these difficult experiences could have derailed Carol’s process. Because of her maturity, faith and resilience, Carol took the time to care for self and family while she persevered in the process of her faith walk.  The CPM has recently approved her as a Certified Candidate for Ministry within the PC(USA). Carol is now invited to present her credentials to churches seeking a pastor.

I am grateful for this opportunity to sojourn with Carol while representing Trinity in its support of a highly qualified candidate for the ministry.  Please pray along with me as Carol faces her next steps in discerning her call.

New Community Group Forms

A Community Group is a small group of people from the Trinity community who regularly gather in a home to grow in relationship with God and one another. Members of a community group may prayer together or study together or work on a service project together. They share their life with one another.


This fall, a new community group is forming at Trinity which will be led by Jason & Julia Corbett. If you are interested in learning more about this new community group, please contact Julia at or call 253-272-8819 x104.

Bryant Late Start, 2018-2019

Trinity is offering childcare for students in Kindergarten - Fifth Grade on the "Late Start Days" in the 2018-19 school year.  Late Start is the second Wednesday of every month during the academic year. 

Students can be dropped off at Trinity starting at 9 AM. Trinity Staff will walk the students to school at 11:30 AM.

Our staff supervise fun activities and free time for the students, in addition to a light snack.

We have space for 20 students. 


Contact or call 253-272-8819 to reserve your space!

Cost is $10 for the first student, and $5 for each additional student in the family. Payable via check or cash when you drop off your student.

Click here to download the registration form. Return in advance, or turn in Wednesday morning.


Last Year at the BLC


Jaquette Easterlin has served as Trinity’s Learning Center Coordinator for seven years now. We are grateful for her leadership as we start a new year of programming this fall. The Trinity Learning Center offers academic support and enrichment activities to middle school students from Bryant Montessori and Jason Lee. Read on to learn some of what the Learning Center has done in the last year.


2017-2018 featured another amazing year at the Learning Center. We served a total of 194 students this school, alongside 15 volunteers, including 4 returned from the previous year. We added several new partnerships with Alchemy Skateboarding, Weikart Center, YPQI SEL, Tacoma Rescue Mission, and SnapEd.

When students were surveyed they highlighted how personable and supportive our staff was, and their appreciation for a safe/physical space to do homework! Our staff strives to provide all students with opportunities to grow emotionally and academically. We strongly believe in allowing students to have choice and voice in program. We do this by asking for input on current and potential activities. Several of our current enrichment activities came for a passion of a youth. For example, cooking, poetry, robotics, dance, and leadership.

This has truly been one of best years. I want to give a special shout out to Trinity’s Learning Center staff, Daniel Akamine and Laura Johnson, and to the Peace Community Center Staff we partner closely with; Maya, Tarik, Nichole, Que'Veon, and Ben. Thank you all for a wonderful year!


Tony's Kitchen: An Experience Not to Skip!

Every Friday from 1 - 2 PM, Trinity opens up our lower level to Tony's Kitchen, a long standing program offering soup and conversation to anyone who walks through the doors. We were happy to have Trinity Youth, Malia Neidlinger, spend an afternoon serving. Read her thoughts below.

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During Foss High School’s 2018 Senior Skip Day, I decided I would volunteer at Tony's Kitchen. I assisted the head chef in baking bread, preparing cookies, cooking soup, and serving our guests. I served food to everyone who came in for the meal. I was able to discuss the importance of generosity, hospitality, and love, in community with people from all walks of life who happened to come through our doors. I had several interesting conversations with people I served regarding childcare and education in times of poverty. These conversations with our guests about their lives helped put things in perspective for me and my own life. Reflecting on the experience, I'm extremely grateful for the life I lead, and the opportunity to help those around me. I plan on continuing this activity long after my completion of the International Baccalaureate Program at Foss, and am so proud that Trinity continues to reach out to our neighbors in this way. If you’ve never helped out on a Friday at Tony’s Kitchen, I’d encourage you to do it!  You won’t be sorry you did.

Official disclaimer: Trinity Presbyterian Church does not condone students skipping school, but if one must skip school, serving at Tony’s Kitchen is a solid alternative for that day.

Summer Youth Mission Trip 2018


Reflections by Youth Intern Christian Rude

Nothing can prepare you for Grant on a microphone. Not when he's backed  by his band. There’s John, Bella, Ian, Zach and Katy all thrash their respective instruments. Heads are banging, hair is flying. Grant’s face is beet red with intensity. Like any good rocker his words are barely decipherable. It is a spectacle.

Julia looks at me, a wild glint in her eye. “This is why I love youth ministry” she says.

That was our third day in Novato,  a suburbia across the bay from San Francisco. We had just returned  to our host church, Living Word Chapel, after a long day of running a VBS, exploring the bay, and visiting a Sikh Temple. Your average humans would have been too tired for such a show, but not these kids.

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About a month ago, Trinity's youth embarked on our first solo mission trip. None of us knew what to expect. Here we were traveling 746 miles south via van to work with a mission organization and church with whom we had no prior history. We'd be stuck together for seven days, for better, or for worse.

I’d be lying if I said the trip was all sunshine and rainbows. We didn’t sleep much. One student concussed themselves by walking into a pole. There was some conflict and shouting. We powered through though. The kids bonded in that uncomfortable , pressure cooker, can’t escape from each other kind of way. On numerous nights they stayed up to talk. Not to tell jokes and make fun of each other, but to be real and to listen.

We learned from each other and from people of other faiths, learned from people who shared our faith but followed Jesus way differently, learned from people whose home was under an overpass and whose homes were burned to the ground.

Under a bridge a lady named Tina spoke to us. She lived there, in a tent, with her huge pitbull Marshmallow. Her community was just yards away from six lanes of rushing traffic. Tina told her story, shared how she had seen Jesus, and prayed for us.  

Jesus said the Kingdom of God is like a someone who plants seeds. Whether the sower sleeps or rises the seeds grow, and she doesn’t know how. In a way, we just showed up and then God was doing things. I guess that’s one of the reasons the Kingdom of God is so good. We don't get to know, we don’t get to take credit.


Middle School Master Chef: Spring Break at the BLC

Throughout the academic year, Trinity's Bobcat Learning Center offers students at Jason Lee Middle school academic support and enrichment activities. During spring break, our staff turn their attention to community building and having fun with the students in their program. Read on to hear from Laura Johnson, LC Staff, as she shares what the experience means to her.


As April rolled around this year, there were two things that I was looking forward to: the possibility of sunshine and Trinity Outreach’s annual Spring Break Adventures with the middle school students at Jason Lee. When school is out every year, we prepare a few days of fun activities, team building challenges, exciting outings, and community service for our students. After a few busy (and often gloomy) months, our Spring Break Adventures is an opportunity for students and staff to take a break, have some fun, and reconnect.


This year was full of special activities that included watching Black Panther, grabbing food at Five Guys, playing Laser Tag at Odyssey 1, and undertaking the equal parts disgusting and fun Bean Boozled challenge. However, I was most excited for the return of an activity that we did last year. Inspired by such cooking shows as Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen, Daniel and I created the Bobcat Cooking Challenge: two teams, two kitchens, $1000 Bobcat Bucks, five mystery ingredients, and two mystery recipes. Before cooking students bid against each other for sabotages (like having a staff member choose the music for the entire duration) and choice of mystery ingredient. The end result was a few hours of student led fun, creativity, and laughter.

In our regular programming during the week at Jason Lee, it is easy to get bogged down by tasks; there’s always another assignment to ask about, another teacher to talk about, another binder check to do. In our work to create and atmosphere and avenues for students to succeed academically, it is easy to forget what our main goal is: building community. For me, there are a few important times in the year to take a step back, reframe, and refocus on our values, mission, and efforts after school at Jason Lee, and Spring Break is one of the most important ones. At the end of the day, it’s often the moments for having fun with our students, acting silly, and laughing together that inspire the most connection and community.

As another Spring Break Adventures came to a close, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed myself and how much I learned about my students. As we head into the end of the year, I am looking forward to creating more time and space for my students to connect with each other, staff members, and our community. Hopefully this time around, however, there will also be some sunshine as well.


A Day at the BNC

The Bryant Neighborhood Center is is both the future home of the current outreach programs at Trinity Presbyterian Church, and a space for potential community partners to use, offering programming that welcomes our community into this space. To accomplish this, we are working towards a $4.7M capital campaign. Read on to experience more of what a day in the completed BNC might look like, and consider supporting us in this journey! 

Special thanks to Tom Llewellyn for writing down this vision, originally shared at Trinity's 2018 Easter Service.

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The first thing you see is the sign. You notice the name—Bryant Neighborhood Center. That’s your neighborhood’s name. That’s for you. This place is for you—for you and your neighbors.

And that’s who you see going in there. On a Monday morning, you hear and see a mob of preschoolers and their parents gathering in the new space—playing, creating, connecting with each other, and with professional parenting resources. You hear the sounds of kids playing—laughing, crying, shouting. You hear mothers and fathers talking—getting to know each other, building relationships.

After the kids leave, you watch adults come for a workshop for medical resources—less fun, but practical—connecting these people—your neighbors in need—to services that help folks navigate the complicated system of healthcare resources.

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Then you see an after-school program. This one looks familiar. You recall it’s been going on for years, but here it is again, only this time it’s in a sparkling new space, brightly lit and brand new. And the quality of the space communicates something to you—a first-class level of love for your neighborhood and for the kids who live by you.

And then you hear the sounds of play again. More laughing and shouting, along with running feet and balls bouncing—when the gym is opened up for supervised playtime—a safe place for kids to gather, a safe place for kids to do the best of human activities—to play.

That same feeling of safety carries over to the next group that comes. This one is called the IF Project and it connects juvenile offenders to the resources and support they need to succeed on the outside.

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And that’s just Monday—just one day of a busy week.

But there’s so much more to come in the rest of the week: support groups for Bryant Montessori parents, financial literacy classes, a professionally staffed health clinic, meeting space for community partners like AA and Youth For Christ.

One of your favorite things to watch is the bike repair workshop, done in partnership with a local non-profit, helping turn well-loved bikes into well-working bikes. You like watching your neighbors find the clothes they need at Pat’s Closet. And you like watching when Tony’s Kitchen turns the Center into place of soup and conversation. And on Sundays, you see the space fill with kids from the church above. Seems like a nice church. Seems like nice people.

But your eye keeps returning to that sign: Bryant Neighborhood Center. You smile when you look at it, because it means something—to have a space just for your neighborhood. Because, you know, lots of folks talk about helping, but talk is cheap. But that kind of dedication—I mean, such a nice place—such a busy place, just for your neighborhood. Well, that’s kind of what love looks like, doesn’t it?


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Pat's Closet and the Heart of Christ

Trinity's clothing bank, Pat's Closet, offers clothing and household items to anyone in our community. Our inventory is donated by groups and individuals throughout the Tacoma area, and made freely available for anyone to come and take what they need. Pat's Closet is open Thursdays from 5-7 PM, and Fridays from 1-3 PM. Mark Hillis regularly volunteers at Pat's Closet, and offers a reflection on his experience.

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Mark Hillis, a regular Pat's Closet volunteer.

Pat’s Clothing Closet is an example of a ministry that, like all good outreach programs, serves multiple purposes consistent with the heart of Christ: meeting needs, being present, and staying put for the long term.  What’s illuminating here is how the heart of Christ works too, which is to say inclusively.

The Clothing Closet is a place, located in the basement of Trinity Presbyterian Church, that provides clothes and food to those with modest means.  More than that, it provides a retreat for someone to get out of the cold. A place to talk. A place to relax in a peaceful atmosphere. What is experienced reveals itself by means of thankfulness and humility, charity and welcome… and it’s really good.

But there is something else at play, which I hadn’t planned on experiencing as a volunteer: humility.  This emerged through watching and serving others who consistently expressed a deep sense of gratitude. This is what it looks like:

  • A woman asking if it would be alright to grab an extra pair of socks

  • Listening to a teenager express gratefulness as they receive a hot meal

  • Watching Iris engage in a lengthy conversation with a someone who just needed to talk and be heard

  • Always hearing a ‘thank you and God bless’ when leaving Pat's Closet

I came to Pat’s Closet thinking I was going to ‘do a good thing.’  Fortunately, it has turned into ‘having a good thing done to me.’ And that, in the best sense of the word, is humbling.

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Iris and Barry Jackson, serving coffee to Pat's Closet guests.

Those who frequent Pat’s Closet are gracious people.  They don’t have a lot, but they still somehow find it in themselves to be thankful for everything they get.  The heart of Christ is a funny thing. Right when you think you’ve figured out the dimensions of it, it seems to expand and include much more than you ever thought possible.

Report: Neighborhood Clinic

The Trinity Neighborhood Clinic is open every Tuesday night, from 5-7 PM. Below, find the 2017 Annual Report, detailing the good work of the organization over the last year.

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Our Patients

The Trinity Neighborhood Clinic offered high-quality medical care for over 322 individuals in the greater Tacoma area last year. We provide care to a culturally diverse population representing over nine languages, with Spanish being the most predominant non-English language spoken.

Our patients include people experiencing homelessness, people unable to qualify for Medicaid or subsidized coverage, people insured but unable to afford visit copays or prescription refills, and people who have experienced recent incarceration.

Our Services

Our services include acute medical visits, sports physicals, medication refills, and community referrals. Total patient visits increased from 308 in 2016 to 322 in 2017. Sports physicals continue to be our largest service offering. Fifty percent of sports physicals in 2017 were given to students that attend Lincoln, Jason Lee, Wilson, Foss and Stadium; more youth were seen for sports physicals from schools outside the Hilltop/Bryant neighborhood than in previous years.

The Clinic continues to prioritize prescription refills and health education as primary methods to address chronic disease. The pharmacy coverage program the Clinic budgets annual provides patients free prescriptions for needed medicines dispensed at Tacoma General Hospital. In 2017, the Clinic encouraged patients that had the financials to fill prescriptions at commercial pharmacies taht offered a low-cost prescription program.


In 2017 the Clinic received generation grants and in-kind donations from faithful and new supporters, including:

  • The Dimmer Foundation
  • Pierce County Medical Society
  • The Milgard Foundation
  • MultiCare
  • CHI Franciscan
  • Anderson Island Community CHurch
  • Bartell Drugs Foundation
  • The Florence B. Kilworth Foundation

These donations pay for patient prescriptions, Clinic insurance, facility and assistive support from the Trinity House, and the Director's stipend. In addition to the above monetary donations, we receive many hours of donated time by providers, nurses and front desk support from members of our community. We could not operate without our generous volunteers.


In 2017 we were excited to welcome new clinic volunteers to our team. We are joined by a new provider, Dr. Norman Gosch, a retired family physician, and two retired nurses, Laura Gruse and Joann Smith. Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) students have also supported the Clinic by supporting the assessment and development of needed community resources for our patients.


Staff changes that occurred in 2017 included a change in Clinic leadership. R'Lene Brobak, the Clinic Director since 2014, turned in her hat to spend more time with her grandchildren and pursue new adventures. In her place, the Clinic welcomed Sarah Stacy. Sarah located to the South Sound this year to complete her master's degree in nursing at PLU. Prior to joining the Clinic, Sarah worked in various capacities to improve healthcare access in community health center settings.

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Trinity's 2017 B2SN

Community Partnerships

Community partnerships and services are an integral part to the Clinic. Community partnerships maintained in 2017 included connecting with Pierce County's Project Access for specialist and dental care referrals, as well as additional support from MultiCare. Patient community referrals in 2017 coordinated by the Clinic included Pierce County Project Acces, Sea Mar Community Health Center, Community Health Care, and the Mary Bridge Mobile Immunization van.

In September, Clinic volunteers provided free sports physicals as part of Trinity Presbyterian's Annual Back-to-School Night. At this event, families in the Hilltop/Bryant Neighborhood are given backpacks filled with school supplies, hot dogs and snacks to celebrate the start of a new school year. One parent, so happy with the care their child received, donated the little money they had on hand to support the Clinic.


The Clinic Directory launched a weekly email newsletter communication for donors, community partners, and volunteers. This has been a successful method in coordinating Clinic workflow updates, supply and donation needs and volunteer opportunities. Providing consistent communication is also improving current and interested volunteer engagement at the Clinic.

The Trinity Neighborhood Clinic is an investment in the health of our friends, family, neighbors, and community. There is no greater method to improve healthcare access than by making medical services free of charge. There is no better time to make a difference in our community than now.


-Sarah M. Stacy

Clinic Director

30 Hour Famine 2018


Every year, the Trinity Youth participate in World Vision's, 30 Hour Famine. This learning experience and fundraiser focuses on the 795 million people around the world facing chronic hunger. February 24-25, 2018, the youth spent 30 hours fasting, while learning about these important issues and serving at local nonprofits. Read on to hear a little more about their experience.


Twenty-nine youth and six adults gathered this year from Trinity, Overlake Park, Snohomish, and Calvin Presbyterian Churches for the annual 30 Hour Famine. It wasn’t our first, and it won’t be out last

We wanted to be together, to raise money, to learn about poverty here in Tacoma and around the world, to think critically about our call as follower of Jesus, serve our community, and have some fun while we were at it!

During one special time, we were visited by Anya, a refugee from Luhansk in Eastern Ukraine. She is 17 years old.


Anya spoke to us in Russian, translated by Children Youth and Family Director, Julia Corbett. Anya shared how she and her family got out of her city just weeks before the war erupted. They moved from refugee camps to apartments and back to refugee camps. Sometimes her Dad would bring home only one loaf of bread for the entire family. It never really felt like reality, always like a dream. She imagined she would wake up and be back in her old home. Now, Anya goes to Stadium High School with some of our Trinity Youth, but somehow they've never seen her until now.

Listening to Anya, volunteering at TRM, and holding a prayer vigil, we were reminded that the funds we raise for the 30 hour famine are for real conflicts and deep trouble that harm real people.

This year our goal was to raise $3000 to give to World Vision. We haven’t quite reached that yet. If you’d like to be apart of our effort, but have not had the opportunity to donate yet, it’s not to late. Click here and to get started.

Many thanks to everyone who prayed for us, donated, helped with breakfast, drove children, spent the night on the floor, and danced team name aerobics. None of this would be possible without you.




Session: Class of 2018

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Trinity Presbyterian Church is governed by Session, a body of nine elders and our two pastors. Each year, three new session elders are elected, and three complete their term. This year, we say a fond farewell to Erika Mariani, Nalani Linder, and Tom Llewellyn. We are so grateful for the time, wisdom, and leadership they have shared. Read on to learn a little about the experience, and what kinds of things a Trinity session elder does.

It is amazing to think that my 3 years as an Elder on Session is coming to a close soon.  When I said “yes” to this commitment it was because I had no solid reason to say “no”. I felt God calling me to serve in this way during this specific season of my life and this period of our church life.  The many months of meetings, emails and ongoing discussions we have had as a governing board all blend together now, but I am left with a strong impression of the tremendous teamwork and collaboration I felt in working with these amazing people that make up our Session and our church.  I value each and every one of the members of Session and felt honored to serve alongside them as we discerned over and prayed about all of the decisions made in the past 3 years.  Thank you all for this opportunity to serve the Trinity community.

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I’m grateful for having been part of the Presbyterian process and structure of Session these past three years.  Like most acts of faith and service, I got a lot more from it than the I put into it.  I sincerely appreciated being in closer community with the other Session members through the monthly meetings, and grappling together with a variety of issues facing Trinity.  It was great to work more with Matt and Rod, who are both highly competent leaders administratively as well as in church on Sundays. A ‘bonus’ for me was getting to do tasks assigned to Elders and Deacons that were surprisingly touching and meaningful for me: serving communion, talking about faith with new members, and other activities that called me into deeper reflection and relationship with God and with others at Trinity.   

Importantly, I also got an insider look at the extraordinary work that happens every day (and night) at Trinity House.  It’s a very special place, doing important and sometimes difficult work.  The stories of the many people who use Trinity House grounds as a place to sleep, stay and linger—often bringing drugs and/or weapons with them—breaks my heart, has me worried about the safety of staff, and invited us as session members into ongoing discernment about what the Christ-like response is in such complex circumstances.  These will continue to be questions for Session and staff, and all of us who care for Trinity and the Bryant Neighborhood.

As the 3 of us cycle off, I offer blessings to the ongoing and new members of Session as we move forward with the campaign, temporary relocation, and renovation.  Such exciting times and an important time for leadership.  Thank you for your service!

Nalani Linder

The top five things about serving on session:

Number five: Serving as an elder is indeed a time commitment, but it’s a small one. One elder meeting a month and then, typically, involvement in one other team, such as children and youth, budgets, personnel, nominating—that sort of thing. But beyond that, serving is an honor—a sacred duty. So, if someone on that nominating team calls you in the future, say yes. You can fit it in.

Number four: Serving on session is indeed sacred—more than I imagined it would be. I sit in meetings all day at work, and originally kind of dreaded another meeting, but these gatherings are different. Matt works to create sacred space when we get together—with time for prayer and reflection.

Number three: Session is a remarkable reminder that we really are in this weird thing called the body of Christ. It’s a reminder that, at Trinity, it’s easier to get through life when we do it together, with each other’s diverse talents, skillsets, and personalities. Session works the way our larger church does, on a smaller scale, and it’s kind of awesome to watch the wisdom, hard work, and generosity move into action. We’ve got some gifted folks. It’s been inspiring to hang out with them one Tuesday a month.

Number four: You get to know all the secrets of being a Seventh-Level Trinitarian: sacred handshakes, hidden passages under the pulpit, vegetable sacrifices. OK, none of that actually happens. In fact, what you learn is that our leadership is incredibly transparent and incredibly human. No secrets. No mysteries. Just people praying, asking God for help, and doing their best to make decisions in an orderly fashion.

Number five: Snacks. You get snacks.

Tom Llewellyn

Elder and Deacon Nominations

Sunday, February 11th, Trinity has our Annual Meeting. Here, the Trinity Nominating Team will bring the following nominees to the congregation for election as Deacon and Elders at Trinity.

Elders exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and together (as a Session) have responsibilities for the life of the congregation. The office of Deacon is set forth in Scripture as one of compassion and prayer, witness and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Click to learn more about the role of the deacons, or the roles of the elders.


Elder Nominees

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Alicia Klumpp

Alicia and her husband, Matt Aosved, have attended Trinity for nearly 13 years. Prior to moving to Tacoma, she directed youth & young adult ministries for 10 years.  

"I look forward to how God will use my gifts and grow my faith as I learn to serve in a new way."



Sarah Nyland

Sarah began attending Trinity regularly in 2002 after her medical residency, and was looking for a small church with a mission focus. She loves how Trinity has been open to hard questions and challenging discussions. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Gerrit, and they have two boys Henry (15) and Max (13).

"Trinity is my family. I love coming to worship every Sunday and miss it when I can't be there. I am truly blessed to be nominated and hope I can some good work over the next three years."


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Todd Rorem

Todd and his wife, Anne, have been attending Trinity since 2004. They have three kids involved in Children's Ministry.

“Over the past 14 years, I have witnessed and experienced Trinity's mission to serve our church body and surrounding community.  I am excited to be apart of session and  have the opportunity to serve.“



Deacon Nominee

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Mike Smith

Mike and his wife Holli have attended Trinity since 2004. They have four kids. Mike has been involved in various committees and volunteered in Sunday school for many years.

"We came to Trinity because we heard that there was this church nearby where the people were actually "real." That shared value of authenticity is why we stayed. My prayer to God is often that I can be useful to His Kingdom. My hope is that I can be of use to the Trinity community as a Deacon."

Trinity Neighborhood Clinic

The Trinity Neighborhood Clinic is a free clinic available to non-insured and under-insured individuals throughout the area. Our dedicated team of volunteer nurses and practitioners work alongside Clinic Director Sarah Stacy to continue to provide this valued service to our community. Read on to hear a little more from Sarah about the good work our team does!

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The Trinity Neighborhood Clinic is off to a great start in 2018! We continue to provide medical care and community referrals to individuals and families in the Hilltop/Bryant community. In 2017, our volunteer providers and nurses served over 171 individuals, totaling 413 medical visits and sports physicals. Medical care and prescriptions continue to be provided at no cost to the patient, ensuring equitable healthcare access for all. We are always pleased to see our patients leaving the Clinic with hope and support.

A family, recently immigrated from Africa, learned about the Clinic through their children’s school. They came to the clinic to access services, including the coordination of free specialty care through Pierce County’s Project Access program. One woman, a month after being seen, came back to the Clinic and made a cash donation because “the Clinic helped her in a time of need and [she] wanted to pay forward the service for someone else.” One of the volunteer nurses made a home visit to a family seen at the Clinic, providing them with a full Thanksgiving meal. The two children in this family were also gifted beds when the nurse identified they had been sleeping on the floor in a 1-bedroom apartment.


These stories are the essence of the dedicated number of hours our volunteers provide our community. It is the helping hands of our volunteers that enable us to support access to healthcare and services in the greater Tacoma area.

In addition to providing excellent medical care, the Clinic has a few projects underway to enhance our service offerings in 2018. A Pacific Lutheran University nursing student recently conducted a needs assessment from our volunteer clinical staff to enable a better understanding the needs of our patient population. In January, the Clinic welcomed a student intern from the Health Information and Technology program at Tacoma Community College, who is building an electronic population health management tool. Both of these projects will enable the Clinic to improve referrals and identify social needs for the patients and families we serve.

Earlier this year, the Clinic entered into a partnership with Sea Mar Community Health Center which provides the Clinic with a patient navigator - an expert in health insurance enrollment and community resources and services. In just two Clinic nights, the patient navigators have enrolled four individuals into Medicaid, and have connected two families to social services such as WIC and food stamps. The have also provided translation services for those patients that are Spanish-speaking, therefore improving the quality of care and coordination to community resource.

It continues to be a very good year for the Trinity Neighborhood Clinic. We are excited that we will continue to provide much-needed excellent medical care and services here in our community. 

Time at TAP

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The Trinity Afterschool Program, often called TAP, is an after-school reading program for first and second grade students. Kelly Humphreys, our wonderful TAP assistant, has taken a few moments to reflect on her TAP experiences so far. 


 Kelly at the TAP Christmas Party snowmen decorating contest!

Kelly at the TAP Christmas Party snowmen decorating contest!

On my first day as the new TAP assistant, I made a little girl cry. Classic, right? (She was sad she had to finish her lesson, when others had finished and moved on). She bucked up though – especially with the brilliant empathy and encouragement of Miss Rachel – and ended the day with a smile, with her favorite book. Sometimes your favorite book can make it all better.

When I was a first grader, the school librarian would only let us check out one book a day. Every day I would go to the library right before taking the bus home and check out my daily book. I’d devour it on the ride, many times finishing before I got to my house. Eventually, I checked out longer books, which took longer to read, but I’ll always remember that first love I had for getting a new book. As an only child (who also played a lot with cousins and other friends), books were my best friends. I would take a stack of books and hole up in the curtains in my home, making myself a reading fort right next to the window, with lots of natural Oregon light streaming in. Small wonder I majored in English Literature in college.

The girl’s favorite book is called What Does Bunny See?* which we usually read together after her lesson. This particular first grader – lovely inside and out -- is still learning to read by herself, but she loves this book. The colors of the illustrations are vibrant, with the cute bunny checking out different flowers and different colors in the “cottage garden.” It is written in rhyme, so the reader can guess the next color, which bursts out on the next page. This girl loves the playfulness, almost singsonginess of the rhymes, and I love her delight as we read it together.

That’s one of the reasons I enjoy working with TAP – the kids are great, and they love a good book, too. Days with a group of kids can be up-and-down, but there is always a take-away. And I love helping them get there, to read by themselves, to come alongside them as a listening and caring adult as they talk about their day, to be in a world where imagination can explode. It reminds me that God created us to be wonder-filled people. I just might get more than I give and learn more than I teach at TAP each day.

*Written by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Maggie Smith (NY: Clarion Books, 2005).


UNITE! 2017

In the last week of December, youth at Trinity joined a group of other churches in the Puget Sound region for UNITE! Winter Retreat, 2017!

Over a hundred youth came together for winter fun, playing in the snow, skiing, building community, worshiping, and learning about living a committed life. It was a fantastic fourth year participating in this three day event.

Pageant 2017

Last Sunday, the Trinity community enjoyed a fresh retelling of an old story, the birth of Jesus. We are so grateful to the many volunteers who helped make this possible, and the fantastic performers who shared this good news with us!