Two Easters, three languages, and a community of faith at Trinity Lutheran in Minneapolis: Trinity Featured in Star Tribune
Source: Star Tribune
Date: March 31, 2018
Article by: Jean Hopfensperger
Trinity Lutheran Congregation may be the only Minnesota church that commemorates Easter twice each spring — once for its American-born members and another for its East African Orthodox members with a different religious calendar.
Trinity stands out for other reasons. It's the only Christian church in a Minneapolis neighborhood known as "Little Mogadishu." It has survived without its own chapel for 50 years. And it has become a civic and spiritual anchor in the Cedar-Riverside community, opening its doors to Christian and Muslim neighbors — including as a temporary home to a mosque.
Oh. And it's 150 years old next week.
All are welcome to join Trinity for Holy Week services.
On Maundy Thursday (3/29) at 7:15pm we will worship at Fairview Hospital's chapel, with option to participate in foot washing.
Directions: Enter Masonic Children's Hospital in the door closest to 25th St. (off of a driveway) and head straight ahead toward the back of the building, following signs for the chapel. Parking is available in the ramp off Riverside Ave. Free parking is also available in the residential area behind Davanni's.
On Good Friday (3/30) at 7:00pm we will join Bethany Lutheran for worship at their sanctuary, located at 2511 E Franklin Ave in Minneapolis.
On Easter Sunday (4/1) we will have one worship service at 11:00am in our normal location, Hoversten Chapel at Augsburg University. Before worship we will have a breakfast at 9:45am, with optional donation to support Trinity youth going to Camp Wapo this summer.
Blessed Holy Week to you, and we hope to see you!
On Sunday, April 8, 2018 Trinity Lutheran Congregation will mark our 150th Anniversary. We have an amazing history to celebrate and a faithful future in Cedar-Riverside to anticipate.
We will begin with worship in Augsburg University’s Hoversten Chapel at 11:00am. Bishop Ann Svennungsen of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA will preach. Worship will be followed by a an Eritrean lunch and a brief program in the Atrium next to the Chapel.
We will have a ‘pick-up’ choir. Anyone who would like to sing with the choir is invited to come to a rehearsal at 10:00am that morning, in the Hoversten Chapel.
Please RSVP before March 25 by clicking on the RSVP NOW button below, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear friends in Christ,
“Stone soup,” is how I described our Fat Tuesday celebration to friends, referring to the folk story in which a hungry village makes a hearty feast by each person bringing one ingredient from their cupboard. What would otherwise be a rock in a pot of water turns into a feast for one and all. Each person’s willingness to add their part turns their mere-garnish into a sustenance that can be shared.
And share you did. Jams, nuts, eggs, milk, butter, chocolate chips, oil spray, king cake, pancake griddles and fry pans galore, and most importantly, your time and energy to welcome our Muslim neighbors from Dar al-Hijrah. The buzz in the room spoke for itself as our guest arrived, some donning Mardi Gras beads and others carrying trays of food. We spanned generations, cultures, faith and language, but we shared an eagerness to be together