A History of Trinity - Introduction
The Essence of Trinity
Some years ago, Trinity Lutheran Church prepared a brief history of its social ministry. During the research to complete that history, the following prayer was found in Trinity's archives:
We are conscious of so much to be done in our church, our community, our country, and our world and we look forward to a new era for Trinity Church under the leadership of our pastor with fervent prayers that it will become truly an instrument of our Lord through which beliefs are put into action.
This prayer, written in January 1964 by the late Frieda Patterson, then Vice President of the Lutheran Church Women, evoked both then and now an underlying spirit that beautifully defines Trinity for what it has been over its 40 years of existence. Trinity has been and continues to be a congregation with great humility, understanding the challenges before it. It has sought and welcomed strong leadership, not only from its ordained pastors but from its lay membership as well. And Trinity has realized throughout its years that all things are possible through our Lord, whose example is our light and strength.
The Structure of This History
This history of Trinity has two elements to it. First, it offers, in part, a decade by decade narrative of major and meaningful milestones in its 40 years. Second, it shares reflections from a number of members of the congregation, each of whom has joined Trinity in one or another of its decades.