Helping with the anniversary celebration are Trinity Lutheran Church members, front row, from left, Pam Tape, Barb Westphal (WELCA president), Maura Holma (council secretary) and Betty Petroski; back row, from left, Ray Westphal, Pastor Kevin Kaiser and Judy Johnson (council treasurer).
IRON RIVER—Three former pastors will join Trinity Lutheran Church’s 110th anniversary celebration on Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29.
Pastors Kim Beckmann and Fred Kinsey, who led the Trinity congregation from 1987 to 2006, will be in attendance, as will Harvey Gustafson, who served as pastor from 1958 to 1964.
In addition, Pastor Doug Johnson and his wife, Elaine, will represent Bishop Skrenes of the Northern Great Lakes Synod.
“We are very pleased to have former pastors join us in this celebration milestone,” said present Pastor Kevin Kaiser.
Pastors Beckmann and Kinsey spearheaded a very successful 100-year anniversary during their tenure, which many parishioners will happily recall.
Gustafson noted that he was the first pastor to conduct services in English rather than the then-traditional Finnish language.
He wondered how many would remember those days!
The 110th anniversary dinner and program will be held at Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp in Crystal Falls, beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 28. Tickets at $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 12 will be available at the door.
On Sunday, worship and celebration will be held in Trinity’s church atop Stambaugh hill in Iron River beginning at 8:30 a.m.
A farewell reception for the former pastors, visitors and friends will be held in the church basement following worship.
The breakfast buffet is being prepared by the women of Trinity, with a free-will offering made available.
Additional information may be obtained by calling Betty at 265-0529.