TROY — Next Sunday, First Lutheran Church in Troy plans to celebrate a special milestone with worship and fellowship.
The church will celebrate the 170th anniversary of its founding on Sept. 30 with a special service, Pastor Heidi Holst said.
“It will be a happy, happy celebration,” Holst said. The service will begin at 9:30 a.m. and it will be a “festive Lutheran worship service with Holy Communion.”
The bishop of the North American Lutheran Church, John Bradosky, will preside over the service with Holst. The service will also feature special music from the anniversary choir.
A reception will follow the service, which will feature displays of pictures and items from the church’s history.
A lot has changed since the church’s founding — in 1848, Troy had only had six mayors, according to a history kept by the church. In 1913, the congregation celebrated the opening of a new church building on Main Street across the street from the county courthouse. In 1948, the church celebrated its centennial by painting and redecorating the old building.
In the early 2000s, the church moved to a new location on West Main Street and last year, First Lutheran Church welcomed its first female pastor.
Going forward, Holst said she hopes for growth and happiness for her church family.
Holst, who came to the United States from Germany and taught art before she was called to serve as a pastor, described her congregation as a peaceful, but fun group.
“There is a joy here,” she said of First Lutheran Church.
For more information about the church, visit www.firstlutheranchurchtroy.org or call (937) 335-2323.
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