Updates from congregations around the Church of the Lutheran Confession
Since we were last highlighted in the February 2018 issue of the Lutheran Spokesman, there are a few things that are new with us here at Trinity that we’d like to share with you!
In 2019 we replaced our church organ. Our old organ had been showing its age for some time, with certain notes not playing and other issues. We had a new one custom-made through Arnold Organs. Now, instead of having “stops” to press or pull as on a conventional organ, the new organ has all the stops displayed on touch screens. It has taken some getting used to, but with the cost being very affordable it was a worthwhile update for us. We have enjoyed the actual pipe organ sound it produces, as well as the various pipe organs that are saved on the onboard computer, available for use at the touch of an icon.
For many years we had a church sign out along the main street that runs past Trinity. In 2019 we were able to purchase a new Daktronics digital display board. It has been a real treat to change the message from the warmth of a car using a cell phone app instead of having to do so by changing plastic letters in the freezing cold of winter!
Along with everyone else across the country, Trinity weathered the COVID storm that swept across our nation starting in 2020. We had been in the process of updating our audio and video equipment, and those plans were kicked into high gear when we found it necessary to worship “virtually” via the internet for a couple months. Trinity member Ethan Dummann stepped up and got us up and running in short order. Since then we have resumed most of our in-person customs, but we have continued to make our services available online, and encourage our shut-ins, as well as those who are traveling or who are sick, to make use of the YouTube option for “attending” our services.
Another thing that is new on our church property has to do with our parking lot. For many years most of the lot has been gravel, with one portion paved with blacktop and another with cement. In the fall of 2022 we finally enacted long-desired plans to pave the whole lot with concrete. We hired out for the paving, and then took care of the back-filling around the lot ourselves. Yes, our parking availability was limited for a few weeks, but the end result is wonderful and makes our property much more attractive. Besides, now we have no more plowed gravel on the lawn and no more mud in the spring!
For the past couple of years Trinity member Rebecca Larson has spearheaded a new venture for us. On a December Saturday we offer a one day “VBS” program in which the children hear of the newborn Savior, sing Christmas carols, make holiday crafts, and have some Christmas sweets, too!
We have also had new faces at Trinity. Since our last article the Lord has blessed us with internal growth in the form of a handful of infant baptisms. And as a result, our small Christian day school at Trinity is seeing slow but steady growth. During this current school year we also had a new instructor in the classroom. Stephen Krause spent several weeks at Trinity practice teaching as part of his final year in the Education Program at Immanuel Lutheran College.
But no matter whether we have new video equipment, or new pavement in the parking lot, or a new church sign, or a new organ, new students or new VBS program, we are glad to continue offering at Trinity the never-changing (but always new!) message of salvation and eternal life in our Savior Jesus Christ!