Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 300 N. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park, good Lord willing, will take note of its 100th Anniversary on Sunday, April 22, at 4 p.m. At that time, there will be a special Anniversary Worship Service, with Pastor R.J. Lietz conducting the service and preaching the sermon. The choir from a sister congregation, Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Oak Forest, will sing a timely arrangement for this happy occasion.

Trinity Church extends an open invitation to anyone desiring to attend this Service of Thanks to the God of all grace and mercy in Christ Jesus.

Trinity Congregation began in April of 1907 as a member congregation of the predominantly German church body, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Because of many who could not speak or understand German at that time, Trinity was the first English-only congregation of the LC-MS in the Chicago area.

On account of the great need for such a congregation during those early years of the 20th century, the congregation quickly outgrew its first building on the eastern part of its current property, making necessary the construction in 1916 of the larger facility on the western end of its present property. As English slowly came into more and more LC-MS congregations in the city of Chicago and the surrounding areas, members in those areas transferred their membership from Trinity to a church more in proximity to their homes.

At the present time, Trinity is a member congregation of the Concordia Lutheran Conference, which has two other congregations in the south suburban area: Peace Lutheran in Oak Forest and St. Mark’s Lutheran in Sauk Village. The CLC website, www.concordialutheranconf.com, will provide much information concerning this church body, especially its doctrine and practice. Six times a year, the CLC publishes and distributes a very timely periodical, The Concordia Lutheran. This publication is now in its 52nd year and is available for only $5 per year from Scriptural Publications, 17151 S. Central Ave., Oak Forest 60452-4913.

Each Sunday, Trinity has Sunday School classes for children and a Bible Class for adults at 9 a.m., with the Divine Worship Service at 10:15 a.m. For anyone wanting information, the church phone number is 708/386-6773, while the parsonage number is 708/386-4145.

What does Trinity Congregation believe, teach, preach, support, and follow? Motivated by the love of Christ toward all sinners (II Corinthians 5:14; Romans 3:22b-23)), it holds to God’s Word alone as the sole standard of what it teaches, preaches, and practices in its on-going life and work, knowing that the Word of God interprets itself and is not of any “private interpretation” (II Peter 1:20). This changeless standard is the solid foundation on which Trinity will, by God’s grace in Christ, build on and stand in the post-centennial years!

Rev. Robert J. Lietz
Oak Park

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