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Mission/History

         

 

Our Vision: To Share the Caring Christ with All People

 

WE ARE:

A unified, growing, serving inter-generational family;

Seeking to  provide ministry programs for all ages;

Fulfilling our purpose for existence—to reach the unchurched.

         Jesus said: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” 

Matt. 28:19-20

Historical Highlights of Trinity Lutheran Church

1872 Traveling missionary commissioned to serve 17 counties, including Stearns & Benton

1881 Rev. von Brandt called to serve Sauk Rapids and 26 other preaching stations in 8 counties

1886 Disastrous tornado nearly wiped out Sauk Rapids

1887 Rebuilt community resolved to organize Die Evangelisch-Lutherische Dreieinigkeits-meinde

1888 The Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church built and dedicated, the first Lutheran church in Sauk Rapids

1888 Christian Day School begun

1895 Trinity Lutheran congregation joined the Missouri Synod

1899 St. John's Polish Lutheran merged with this German Lutheran congregation

1902 Ground broken for a new $7000 church building to accommodate increasing membership 

1915 Dedication of pipe organ to replace the reed organ

1924 New Christian Day School built

1925 English-speaking service added

1937 44-foot addition with current altar and chancel stained glass built, due to continued growth

1937 50th Anniversary celebrated in 3 languages

1949 Services in Polish discontinued, but fund-raisers with Bouja, a Polish stew, continued

1952 German services discontinued after 65 years

1957 Trinity assisted in establishment of Faith Lutheran, a mission congregation

1963 Congregation involved with building and operating Good Shepherd Lutheran Home

1973 School addition of classrooms, gymnasium and kitchen dedicated

1980 Constitutional change allowed women the right to become voting members, Trinity involved in establishment of Messiah Lutheran in Sartell

1983 Two-story church addition provided offices, classrooms and a elevator to improve access

1987 Trinity's Centennial celebrated

1989 Trinity involved in development of Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church in Rice

2000 Lutheran School Ass'n formed with other congregations to build new Christian school

2003 Generation to Generation campaign led to ground-breaking new church building

2004 Sale of church/school properties on 2nd Ave. N. to Harvest Fellowship

2005 Dedication of Trinity Lutheran Church and Child Development Center (CDC) on Mayhew Lake Road Prince of Peace Lutheran School dedicated

2008 Increasing space needs led to additions of church classroom & meeting rooms and school lunchroom & kitchen

2005