125 years: Trinity Lutheran marks anniversary with a weekend of celebration

May 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community
Norm English looks forward to sharing the church’s historical artifacts.

Norm English looks forward to sharing the church’s historical artifacts.

By Nancy Jennings

Silverton’s Trinity Lutheran Church will observe its 125th anniversary with a community celebration June 2 – 4. Starting off with a traditional Scandinavian dinner on Friday evening, and ending with a special service on Sunday, much will be shared about its history.

Former Congregational President and local historian Norm English will present a program on the church’s history Friday after dinner.

When the church was founded in 1892, it was known as the Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran Church. The name was changed to Trinity Lutheran in 1917. In 1919, a new church building was constructed within that year. Then a major renovation took place in 1971, which included the addition of an elevator.

English said his wife, Margaret, and her family started attending the church in 1957 when they moved from Michigan. They attended other churches in Silverton over the years, but chose Trinity as their home church in 1971. Both of their children were baptized there.

English has been organizing the anniversary event since last Fall. With the help of volunteers, a glass case displaying historical items of the church has been completed. Each object has stood the test of time – and carries its own story.

“We all remember things differently. It’s all about perspective,” English said. “If it’s history, it’s entrenched in my blood.”

Church member Nancy Ohren and husband, Gary, are hopeful to see a solid turnout for the weekend celebration.

“Norman has gone through a lot of work to prepare a presentation in the historic room so that we can delve deep into our history. I’m looking forward to meeting and greeting former members and people of the community,” Nancy Ohren said.

Trinity’s officer manager and treasurer Jill Lounsbury has worked at the church for nine years – and has been a member for 13. “It’s very peaceful and spiritual here. It’s kind of like my second home,” she said.

Lucille Hatteberg, whose in-laws founded the church, has been an active member since marrying her husband there in 1952. She has been involved in the ladies’ quilter’s club for many years, and is excited to take part in the celebration. “My son will be here from Arizona,” she said.

The June 2  dinner will be provided by Silverton’s Zest Catering. The menu will include: Swedish meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes, mashed rutabagas, spiced red cabbage and pickled  herring. Norwegian flatbread and brown goat cheese will serve as appetizers. Desserts will include Lefse and other Scandinavian treats.

The June 3 activities will include the “Saturday Lunch Program” at 12 p.m. and a tour of the church at 2 p.m.

Sunday’s 11 a.m. “Anniversary Service” will welcome visiting organist Karl Jurisons of First Immanuel from Portland. At 1 p.m. a light lunch will be served, followed by a tour of the church.

The entire community is welcome, and encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for Friday’s dinner. Contact Lounsbury at the church office at 503-873-2635. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children, cash or checks only.

Trinity Lutheran Church, is located at 500 N. Second St., Silverton. For years it tours were offered to view its beautiful stained glass windows.

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