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Trinity Lutheran invites public to Blessing of the Backpacks

The backpack is a staple of school life. On Aug. 7, the first day back to class, kids and parents will carefully pack it full of supplies such as pencils, notebooks and paper. They might even slide a ruler inside or a scientific calculator.

Trinity Lutheran wants to add a little something extra — a blessing.

The Hixson church is hosting a Blessing of the Backpacks in each of its three services Sunday, Aug. 3, at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

During the services, students are invited to bring a backpack or something that symbolizes their time in school and gather around the altar, explained Pastor Stan Combs. Together, the congregation will pray for them and ask a blessing upon them as they start the new school year.

“Starting school conjures up all kinds of feelings for students, teachers and staff,” said Combs. “There may be apprehension about a new teacher or wondering if they will excel or if they won’t, or excitement to see friends. [The Blessing of the Backpacks] brings God into the adventure … and provides them support from the faith community, and that can be very powerful in any of our lives.”

The service has become something of a tradition at the church, he added.

“As a parent it means a lot to know other people are praying for your children,” said church member Traci Nelson, who has two sons going back to school this fall.

The event also incorporates a way to give back to the community, Combs said. Trinity is holding a school supply drive to donate to Northside Neighborhood House.

The neighborhood center needs things like markers, pencils, pens, rulers, protractors, wide- and college-ruled paper, graph paper, binders, notebook dividers, highlighters, lunch boxes, backpacks and more.

“It’s a good reminder for young people and all of us that we have the opportunity to bless others,” said Combs.

Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 5001 Hixson Pike and can be reached at 870-1236. To find out more, visit lutherantrinity.com.