Trinity Choir
The Trinity Choir sings every Sunday throughout the year. Choir membership ebbs and flows as the seasons progress. Choir meets in the sanctuary on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., and from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. during Lent. There is usually a second make-up rehearsal later each week, typically on Fridays at 1:00 p.m. 
Contact: Dan Hansen

The Trinity Quilters meet together in the basement of the sanctuary every Tuesday promptly at 9:00 a.m. and go until noon, with a coffee and conversation break in between. There is chair elevator access to the basement for those who require aid navigating stairs. Experience ranges from expert to novice. Projects include quilts for Island residents who are ill or in special need, a gift quilt for each graduating H.S. senior, and quilts for overseas relief. Last year, 130 quilts were packed by the quilters for delivery overseas by Lutheran World Relief. 
Contact: Nancy Thiele  or Jim Rose

The Knitters gather in the Fellowship Hall each Monday throughout the year from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Knitting skills of participants range from novice to expert. The group produces Prayer Shawls for Pastor Alan to present to various Island residents. The Knitters also bring in personal projects and share skills and tips with one another.
Contact: Pat Clarke  or Donna Benson

Women of TELC
Women of Trinity engage in a number of charitable projects throughout the Island, the state, the nation, and the world, including but not limited to: N.E.W. Community Shelter, Green Bay; Altrusa International; Guatemala Medical Relief Mission; Quilts of Valor; WICHP; and Lutheran World Relief. They also provide Equal Exchange and SERRV sales of coffee, tea, and chocolate, helping Third-World growers earn fair prices for their produce. The group’s primary fund raiser is the Fall Harvest Dinner. All women are welcome to join.
Contact: Cindra Hokkanen    

Funeral Luncheon Helpers
Various members and friends volunteer for one month or more during the year to assist with hospitality and a meal on the day of a funeral. The Women of the Church provide hot dishes, salads, and desserts;  families may also make arrangements with the local grocery store or local caterers if they wish. This is a well-appreciated time of condolences and fellowship for the grieving family, friends, and community.
Contact: Cindra Hokkanen

Harvest Dinner
On the second weekend of October, Trinity's Women of the Church holds their Fall Harvest Dinner to benefit their various mission projects. It is typically on Columbus Day weekend, in conjunction with the Island's Harvest Weekend. The meal is a full Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings, including pie. There are various table settings throughout the late afternoon and evening. Bring your appetite and bring your friends. No reservations taken before Labor Day; call the church for the contact person to make reservations.

Wednesday High School Breakfast
High School students gather every Wednesday throughout the school year in the Fellowship Hall at 7:30 a.m. for a delicious breakfast cooked by Trinity members. Come and find out how to start your day off right…with Monkey Bread! Open to all Island 9th – 12th Graders and their friends. From time to time, you may see an alumni.
Contact: Melinda Ellefson or Marlene Mann

Altar Guild
The Altar Guild volunteers maintain and beautify the sanctuary for regular and special worship services behind the scenes. They also transform the altar area at the close of Maundy Thursday’s evening service during Holy Week and the beginning of the Easter morning service. The Altar Guild arranges for altar flowers, sets up and cleans up communion, changes the altar linens and seasonal paraments, fills the candles and baptismal font, and cares for the altar linens. They always welcome donations for flowers throughout the year. All are welcome to serve.
Contact: Mary Lynn Andersen

Advent Worship
At 8:00 a.m. on the four Wednesday mornings before Christmas, join us for a restful worship time of re-energization and focus on the wonder of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ. That God would choose to be one of us is a wonder and a joy.
Contact: Pastor Alan Schaffmeyer

Lenten Worship
On the five Wednesday evenings in Lent, we celebrate Jesus’ abiding love for us.  Join us for this wonderful holy time. 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Pastor Alan Schaffmeyer

Soup and Bread
What do you do in the winter evenings when you want to spend time together with friendly people? If it’s Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., come join us at Soup and Bread. From the 2nd Wednesday in January through Holy Week, island people gather for meals of soup and bread. Come alone; bring your family and friends; volunteer to bring a double batch of soup or two loaves of bread. Come and enjoy. All are welcome.
Contact: Melinda Ellefson

Christian Education

Hand in Hand (3 & 4 year olds & Kindergarteners)
The youngest members of the Island community gather for Hand in Hand every second Tuesday during the school year from 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.. They gather in the Fellowship hall for a snack, a story, a puppet show, and a craft. Each month revolves around a theme which relates to sharing God’s love, human goodness, and life values.
Contact: Jackie Rader

Funday School - Gather 'Round (1st – 4th graders) / Connect (5th – 8th graders)

The grade schoolers and middle schoolers arrive every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 3:45 – 5:00 when school is held. They gather together in the Fellowship Hall for an opening snack. At around 4:00 p.m., the groups gather for a song, then they separate. The Gather ‘Round group goes to one of classrooms for their lesson and craft. The older Connect group retires either to the Library of to the parsonage fireplace room for their lesson and discussion. All students and guests are welcome. We feature a grace-filled, Christ-centered set of lessons.  Contact: Gather ‘Round: Barb O’Connell  Connect:

Tuesdays with the Scriptures
Every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., folks gather in the library to read and study the Bible lessons for the upcoming Sunday service. Group member experience varies from novice to expert. Expand your knowledge. Share your questions. All are welcome. No previous experience necessary.
Contact: Pastor Alan Schaffmeyer

Ted and LouAnn Jessen Foundation
The Ted and LouAnn Jessen Foundation began through a generous donation from the Jessen family, as a means to fund out of budget items of Christian ministry in the congregation, the wider Island community, and the world. The group meets quarterly to consider fund distributions.
Contact: Don Benson, chairperson  or Carolyn Foss

New Member/Inquirer/Refresher Classes
Ever wonder why Pastor Alan keeps harping on God’s grace? Or where those different bits in the worship services came from? Or why Christmas is always December 25, but Easter day jumps between the end of March and mid-April every other year? From time to time throughout the year, we hold classes to orient interested friends and members to Lutheran ways of Christianity and the workings of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. All are welcome to attend. Ask Pastor Alan to get a group together for you.
Contact: Pastor Alan Schaffmeyer

Stella Maris Catholic Mass - Trinity Lutheran Church partners with Stella Maris members to serve the Catholic community. Mass is held in Trinity's sanctuary, and is held weekly. For more information about the service schedule, Father David Ruby, etc., contact Larry and Diane Kahlscheuer at 920.847.2289 or email

Washington Island Community Health Program (WICHP) - Office and services located at Trinity. For more information about services and support, contact program coordinator Christine Andersen, R.N., at 920.847.2108 , or find us on Facebook.

Additional WICHP resources also provided at Trinity:

  • Neighbor to Neighbor medical equipment loan closet. Contact Christine Andersen or Elise Haller 920.847.2108

  • Chiropractic services. Contact Anne Emerson, DC, for information and appointments. 920.868.9280

  • Washington Island Food Pantry. Distribution every 4th Monday for qualifying individuals and families. For more information, including making donations, call Dan Westbrook (920-847-2540) or Amy Rose at (920-847-2229).