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Holy Trinity Lutheran celebrates its centennial

More than 100 years ago, seven people attended the first worship service of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Briggs Hardware Building in downtown Raleigh. Five of the worshipers were members of Pastor Jacob Morgan’s family.

But now on Sunday mornings, more than 300 people gather in the church’s sanctuary, and Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran has sponsored seven new Lutheran churches in the past century.

Church members have spent the past year honoring the centennial anniversary and learning about the church’s history.

Last summer, they held a costumed re-enactment of the first service. Morgan’s 95-year-old daughter, who grew up in the church, attended the performance.

This weekend, the congregation will celebrate the anniversary of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran officially becoming a church on July 7, 1912, with a dinner and a gala worship service.

The community is invited to the worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 8, at the church, 2723 Clark Ave., Raleigh.

One of the hallmarks of the church’s history has been a strong partnership with N.C. State University, with an active campus ministry and many students attending worship services.

When Jacob Morgan was considering starting the church, the Lutheran leadership discouraged him from doing so because Raleigh was considered a small town. But after meeting Lutheran students at N.C. State, Morgan was encouraged about the potential ministry in Raleigh and decided to start the church anyway.

“The slogan for our centennial celebration has been ‘faithful fellowship,’ which really reflects our humble beginnings and our pastor going out on faith that he could make the church work even though the powers that be did not give him much support,” said Sharon Freeze, team leader of the celebration.

Throughout the past decade, Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran church has emphasized social ministry and made a big impact on the local community.

Church members helped start Pan Lutheran Ministries in the church’s basement, and Lutheran Family Services began through the church in an alcove office under the stairs. Many members are active in Meals on Wheels, along with numerous other community projects.

“I would love to be a fly on the wall when our congregation celebrates its 200-year anniversary and see what the next 100 years brings,” Freeze said. “Working on this celebration has made realize how deeply I love my congregation. It amazes me how much the people in our church do and the impact we have when we all work together.”

Living Word Family Church mission trip to Costa Rica

Last month, 10 people from the Living Word Family Church in Wake Forest headed to La Barra del Colorado, Costa Rica, as part of a prayer and construction mission trip.

Some members of the team went house to house praying with community members while the rest of the team worked on the foundation for a new children’s area at the local church.

At the beginning of the trip, the local residents and fellow workers were a bit wary of the mission team. But by the end of the trip, the Costa Ricans were asking the Wake Forest team to pray for them, participants said.

Windborne UMC small-group study

A new six-week small group study is beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at Windborne United Methodist, 9121 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. The group will meet for fellowship and then break into two study groups that include both a video and discussion time.

The women will study “Real Women, Real Faith” and the men will tackle the book “Game Plan for Life” by Joe Gibbs, three-time Super Bowl winner and NASCAR champion. For more information, call 919-386-0212 or visit www.windborneumc.org.

Crabtree Valley Baptist vacation Bible school

Crabtree Valley Baptist Church is holding a vacation Bible school called “Discovering God’s Creation” from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, July 9, to Thursday, July 12, at the church, 4408 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh. The week will include Bible stories, crafts, science demonstrations and animal programs for children age 4 through fifth grade. For more information, call 919-851-6976 or visit www.crabtreevalleybaptist.org.

St. Michael’s Episcopal organ concert on Friday

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church is holding an organ concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, at 1520 Canterbury Road, Raleigh. David Briggs, organist emeritus of Gloucester Cathedral in England, will play St. Michael’s new Nichols & Simpson organ. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.holymichaelmusic.org. For more information, call 919-782-0731.

Crossroads Fellowship Bible and sports camp

Rising kindergarteners through rising fourth-graders are invited to a free Bible and sports camp from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, July 16, to Friday, July 20, at Crossroads Fellowship, Millbrook Campus, 2721 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. Campers will participate in sports activities, crafts and Bible stories while learning about five important character traits. For more information or to register, visit www.crossroads.org/millbrook or call Jeanine Condon at 919-981-0222 x116.

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