Astoria‘s Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a yearlong celebration to honor its 125 years of service to the community.
Councilman Costa Constantinides presented the church with a proclamation at the kickoff concert on Saturday, Oct. 3, where several classical pieces were performed, including three songs composed by Trinity member and Astoria-based composer Susan Stoderl.
Trinity Lutheran Church was founded in 1890 by German immigrants from Lower Manhattan. Services at the church were originally conducted in German, but changed to English in the 1920s.
According to its website, Trinity Lutheran Church’s members include people from Tanzania, Poland, Sierra Leone, Spain, Peru, Germany, Hungary, Israel, India, Egypt and more. To celebrate their diversity, the church will host a 125th anniversary dinner on Saturday, Dec. 5.
On Sunday, Nov. 22, Metropolitan New York Synod Bishop Robert Rimbo will preach at the 10:30 a.m. services in honor of the quasquicentennial. The celebration will end on Saturday, April 16, 2016, with a concert titled “Handbells and History of Trinity & Astoria/Long Island City.”
For more information on the events, visit the church’s website here.