By:  Kelly Stuart Williams, MA

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lutz is more than a place of worship at 20735 Leonard Road; it is a community resource that features the Little Lambs Preschool, Heaven’s Kitchen (event venue and catering), 4th Sunday Bunco, and community outreach events ranging from Blood Drives to Rummage Sales.  Two Sunday Worship services are held at 8:00am and 10:00am, and many members and guests enjoy coffee and networking time between services.  Adult Bible Study is available on Sundays and Thursdays, and Sunday School and a church nursery is provided for children.

Pastor Steven Naylor said, “As you can see, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church has more than Sunday worship service, and we certainly enjoy the friends, fellowship, and food. However, our main focus is to bring hope to all:  a hope that abounds no matter where we are in life. Whether we are surrounded by the life of a child or important events in life such as graduation or marriage, or if we struggle in our personal lives, or even when we face death itself; we at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church share hope. This hope is not in ourselves but on the Gospel of Christ crucified and resurrected; it is based on His forgiveness from what He has done for each of us. So, come and enjoy the friends, fellowship, and food, but stay for the forgiveness of sins given to us by Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.” 

Holy Trinity Lutheran held the first Lutheran worship service in Land O’Lakes in April 1973, when 15 adults and five (5) children attended the first service at Land O’Lakes Community Center.  Sunday School classes were held in the “open air” pavilion, behind the community center. Since that time, Holy Trinity Lutheran has gone from a “church without walls” to a community venue and early childhood education center that welcomes the public into a “place to call home.”

Most recently, a new nursery has been updated in the church to accommodate our youngest members, and the growing Little Lambs Preschool provides early learning and care: full-time or part- time. After school and before school programs are available as well as a VPK program, for ages 1 – 11. Other programs include Drop-In Care, Tumbling Bug, and Happy Feet Soccer.

Programs are offered at a nominal price with discounts available for multi-children (5%) and church member discounts (10%). Holy Trinity Lutheran offers a unique, Christian-based program that is licensed by the state of Florida and lead by experienced, certified teachers and assistants.  Little Lambs is a non-profit preschool featuring spacious classrooms and a large fenced playground with a variety of age appropriate toys and equipment.

Heaven’s Kitchen is an on-site event venue and catering service that offers facility usage as well as full, onsite food preparation and serving.  The activity center can accommodate up to 200 people comfortably in a well-appointed, modern meeting facility.  It can be configured for a variety of functions from seminars to formal dining events.  The presence of a stage and big screen (for audio-visual presentations) creates a perfect setting for meetings, and ample parking is available on the grounds. 

The center has accommodated events ranging from wedding receptions to corporate meetings; from birthday parties to anniversary celebrations; and Heaven’s Kitchen can provide the catering, or hosts may choose to bring in food from the outside and cater the event themselves.

For those who prefer to use the Church’s catering service, Heaven’s Kitchen can provide menus ranging from fish fries to formal fare that includes a variety of hearty, enticing menus created by skilled specialists.  The fully equipped, commercial-style kitchen is geared toward meeting the culinary needs of even the largest event.  And event planning professionals are available to help plan and execute any occasion.

The Holidays will soon be upon us, so Heaven’s Kitchen would be delighted to host and cater your family or office celebration.  Please call the church directly at 813-949-7173, or contact our Heaven’s Kitchen mission director, Harvey Rhinehart, at 813-777-4852 (mobile), or hrjr@verizon.net.

Whether looking for a new church home, an event venue, or state of the art childcare, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is known for being one of the most friendly and welcoming churches, “I had been a member of another church and visited Holy Trinity Lutheran for the first time.  I was awe struck by how many people greeted me and made me feel welcome and at home,” said Debbie Tuttle.

Debbie’s words are aligned with the vision and mission of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, “Our vision and mission are simple: worship God, bless others, and build community.” Guests are welcome and encouraged to visit. Check the church calendar for information about programs, services and community activities at http://www.holytrinitylutz.com/calendar. For more information, please call the church office at 813-949-7173, or e-mail htlutzoffice@verizon.net.

.