Trinity Lutheran Church celebrates 20th anniversary
|Members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Urbanna celebrated the 20th anniversary of the church last Sunday.|
Trinity Lutheran Church in Urbanna celebrated its 20th anniversary with a service of commemoration followed by a brunch held at the Steamboat Restaurant in Hartfield last Sunday.
From the very beginning, the congregation has sought to serve others in many ways—including support of a prison ministry, Hands Across Middlesex, a local food bank, and Lutheran World Hunger. Trinity continues to welcome visitors as well as those seeking a church home. Information about services is available at 758-4257.
The first service of this congregation, led by the Rev. Richard C. Olson, was held on August 1, 1993, at the Middlesex County Woman’s Club building. Of the 45 people who attended this initial service, five are still active in the church: Russ and Pat Russell, Jan and Jim Stellwagen, and Elsie Sauer.
Although Trinity is independent of any synod, the mission was organized under the auspices of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Richmond. Rev. Olson served the congregation until his death in 1996 as the result of a car accident. Pastor Luther Baugham, a prison chaplain, served the congregation from 1996 until his death in 2008. In 2009, the Rev. Paul Napier, an ordained MCLS pastor, became the third minister of Trinity.
“The most unique characteristics of this congregation are the high rate of attendance of members at services and support of those in need in the community,” said a church spokesperson.