Our Mission Statement – To celebrate God’s grace through worship, fellowship, and service.
Our Church History – Our Lutheran presence in Dothan began as a mission congregation of the American Lutheran Church (ALC) and was called the Dothan Lutheran Ministry.
The first service was held on August 1, 1982, in a building rented from the Dothan Federation of Garden Clubs. In September of that year, the membership voted to name the congregation Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church (TCLC), and the congregation was incorporated under the laws of the State of Alabama in March 1983.
Although the ALC has purchased land for the new church building, the congregation had to raise the funds to build the facility. TCLC continue to meet in many temporary buildings for several years while conducting a building fund campaign. In 1988, the American Lutheran Church merged with two other Lutheran bodies and became the evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Several congregations in the new organization supported TCLC with financial gifts, and construction of the present building began in 1990. On July 14, 1991, TCLC joyfully held its first worship service in our current facility.
The TCLC membership has carried on its mission of worship and service in Dothan for 35 years! We strive to support the community and look forward to many more opportunities as we continue our mission. We are and will always be a welcoming, loving Christian community for all of God’s children.
Our Pastors – We are currently served by a part-time Pastor and dedicated lay people.
Our Congregation – TCLC members generally have grown up in other parts of the country, moving to the Dothan area because of Ft. Rucker, various employment, or the warm climate! Since we all hail from different locales, we understand the importance of hospitality as new people come to us. We are a community of God’s people committed to mutual care and concern for each other. Regardless of your background, you will find a warm welcome, a hot cup of coffee, and an open invitation to make us your church family!
WELCA – Women of the ELCA – All women of the church are members of this group, which meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the church Fellowship Hall for Bible study, fellowship, and service projects. Our WELCA group travels to regional meetings and participates in a beach retreat a couple times a year. A recurrent project the women manage is our Fall and Spring Yard Sales. The money generated supports donations to local, national, and international organizations. In the past we have donated to SARCOA, Wounded Warriors, food banks, and disaster relief funds, and we have sponsored many Angel Tree children.
Ladies Sewing Group – This group of ladies meets in the Fellowship Hall on an intermittent basis to make items for donation. Sewing ability is NOT required, as people to cut fabric and perform other tasks are needed. You can even learn to sew if desired. A current project is sewing tote bags which we fill with hygiene items, such as bath towels, wash cloths, bar soap, toothpaste, a toothbrush, a comb, and various toiletries. The bags are distributed to the homeless through Dothan 211
and to women and children through The House of Ruth. Another ongoing project the group sews is sanitary supplies which are sent to Lutheran World Relief for distribution in Africa. Having these supplies has greatly increased the ability of young African women to attend school.
Men’s Group – All men are encouraged to participate in the monthly Men’s Group meeting. held on the third Saturday at 8 AM. Coffee and donuts are plentiful, as is conversation, and many problems of the world are solved! A property workday from 9:30 AM-noon usually follows the meeting for those able to help. The Men’s Group and members of the congregation have gone whitewater rafting, canoeing, and attended Biscuits baseball games in past summers.
Youth Program – Our young people enjoy attending Vacation Bible School each summer; Easter egg coloring, hunting, and a cookout the week before Easter; swim parties and family activities in the summer, and occasional Friday night movies in the Fellowship Hall during the school year. The group presents a Christmas program for the congregation each year. Older youth participate in the Worship Service each week as acolytes and crucifers.