BEMIDJI — Trinity Lutheran Church in Bemidji is celebrating its 100th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 28. Worship services will be held at 10 a.m. with a picnic lunch and celebration for all to enjoy.
"A celebration choir will be participating in the service along with LCMS Minnesota North District President Pastor Brady Finnern giving a sermon and Pastor Robert Wentzel presiding," a release said. "Former Trinity pastors, their spouses and special invitees are planning to attend and everyone in the community is welcome to join us."
The history of Trinity Lutheran Church dates back to the fall of 1922 when the church was formally organized. The constitution was adopted under the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. In 1923 the first church building was completed at 1300 Beltrami Avenue, the release said.
By the late 1950s, the church was too small and plans began for building a larger church. The present-day church located at 123rd 29th Street NE was dedicated on May 10, 1964, when a procession moved from the old to the new church during a Sunday service, the release said.
"There have been many changes and numerous dedicated pastors throughout the 100 years of Trinity Lutheran Church," the release added. "Each was special and greatly contributed, spreading the word and the gospel of Jesus Christ to its congregation.
"Their dedication has been very much appreciated by the church. There have also been many people and organizations that have worked hard within the congregation and in the community. Each has contributed to the progress and special history of Trinity Lutheran Church. We look forward to our next hundred years living under our Lord’s grace and mercy."