Trinity 75th Anniversary Celebration – Thank You!

75th Anniversary Committee Co-Chairs Paul Foster and Charlie Labonte, along with Pastor Nathan Pipho, thank the congregation for a joyous 75th Anniversary Banquet last Sunday, November 5. Over 150 people attended the banquet, including Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty and the Rev. James Hazelwood, Bishop of the New England Synod. Thank you to all members of the 75th Anniversary Committee who worked so diligently and faithfully during the past year to host the many activities of the yearlong anniversary celebration.Thank you to former Trinity pastors Christopher Hoyer and Susan Nachtigal, and pastors Ruth Popkin and Stephanie Pope, former members, for returning to preach. Thank you to all Trinity members who participated in the events. Thank you to all who made financial donations in support of the efforts. Thank you to the congregation for pulling together to celebrate the past, present, and future saints of Trinity during the past year.

The 75th Anniversary Committee will meet next on Sunday, December 10 at 11:30 a.m. in the Library for a wrap-up meeting.  Again, thank you to everyone who pitched in to celebrate Christ’s work in Trinity Church for 75 years.

Featured in the photos from the November 5 Banquet: SAC Spelmanslag Musical Ensemble, Bishop James Hazelwood, Mayor Joseph Petty presenting the key to the city of Worcester

Trinity celebrated its anniversary throughout the year with a number of fellowship events, ministries, fundraisers, and guest preachers.

The Rev. Christopher George Hoyer – guest preacher on Sunday, May 7  Pastor Hoyer served Trinity September 1, 1996 to November 10, 2003.

Holy Trinity Sunday Luncheon and Silent Auction – Sunday, June 4  This luncheon and silent auction fundraiser was held immediately following the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist on our namesake Sunday. The silent auction raised over $3,000 to fund 75th Anniversary events. A booklet of greetings and reflections from former pastors who have served at Trinity was presented to the congregation.

The Rev. Ruth Popkin – guest preacher on Sunday, July 2 Pastor Popkin is a former member of Trinity and now serves as an ELCA pastor.

The Rev. Stephanie Pope -guest preacher on Sunday, July 16 Pastor Pope is a former member of Trinity and Youth Minister at Trinity who now serves as an ELCA pastor.

Ministry Fair – September 17 To celebrate the ministry of Trinity today, Trinity’s Ministry Cabinet hosted a fun and interactive Ministry Fair. Trinity ministries showcased their ministries to invite new participation and understanding of the ways the Holy Spirit is working in the congregation.

International Dinner Potluck – Saturday, October 14 To celebrate the diverse ethnic heritage of Trinity today, members were encouraged to bring a dish to share representing their ethnic heritage. The event was held in Jeppson Hall.

The Rev. Susan K. Nachtigal – guest preacher on Sunday, October 15 Pastor Nachtigal served September 1, 1997 to November 5, 2017.

Past, Current, Future Saints of Trinity – All Saints Sunday, November 5 with guest preacher Bishop James Hazelwood and Banquet in JeppsonHall Over 150 members and friends gathered in Jeppson Hall along with Bishop James Hazelwood and Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty

75 Items each month for the Carty Cupboard Food Pantry As a way to celebrate Trinity’s 75 years of ministry in the city of Worcester, the 75th Anniversary Committee encouraged specific donations to the Carty Cupboard Food Pantry each month throughout the year. These items were specific asks of the food pantry and were blessed in worship on the first Sunday of the following month.

Christmas Ornaments The Anniversary Committee designed, ordered, and received Trinity Lutheran Church Christmas ornaments as a fundraiser to support Anniversary activities.  These remain available for purchase for $20 for one or $30 for two. For more information on how to purchase an ornament for a homebound member click HERE

Homemade Trinity Quilt  Trinity member Carl Robertson quilted a Trinity Quilt as a fundraiser item. Tickets may be purchased for the chance to win the quilt in a raffle held at the end of the November 5th Banquet. For more information on the quilt click HERE.