Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 320 North Cedar and one of the oldest churches in Abilene, celebrated its 148th birthday Monday.

On Oct. 22, 1870, several Abilene area families who wanted to worship God using his Holy Word, the Bible, and to raise their children in the faith of their fathers banded together to form a congregation and to establish a place of worship with a regular pastor, according to church records.

Today members of Trinity Lutheran Church not only continue to meet in the same red brick Gothic Revival-style building that was dedicated on Aug. 18, 1878, but also continue to worship with the belief that Jesus Christ is the only Savior of the world and the Bible is the inerrant word of God, according to Trinity’s pastor Rev. Keith Less.

“We are Bible-based, and we encourage people to read the word, hear the word and be the word so we’re grounded in the basics of the Bible,” Less says. “Culture changes and societal norms change, but the one constant is God’s Word and we have to follow that so that we are not teaching something that isn’t true.”

In order to be affiliated with a Bible-based Lutheran church, Trinity Lutheran Church in 2017 became a member of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) which believes Jesus Christ is the only Savior of the world, the Holy Scriptures in the Bible are the authoritative source for all matters of life and faith, and that the mission of the church is to preach the Gospel and to make disciples for Christ in our congregations, communities, nation and around the world, according to the NALC website.

Trinity Lutheran Church invites all to visit during its worship service at 10:45 a.m. on Sundays at 320 North Cedar. Or, interested persons can watch a condensed version of the service on Eagle Community Channel 20; the program schedule can be found at www.eaglecomtv.net/eagle-ch-2-program-guide/.

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. prior to the Sunday worship services.

In addition, Trinity offers three hour-long Bible Study opportunities at the church to which everyone is welcome. The Gospel of Mark is studied on Sundays at 6 p.m., Jeremiah is discussed at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, and an overview of the Books of the Bible is the focus at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays which is preceded by a fellowship meal.

Trinity also has an active Youth Group which focuses on Bible study and mission work.

For more information about Trinity Lutheran Church, visit www.tlc.org or call (785) 263.2225.

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