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Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA)
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Trinity Lutheran Church

200 E Main St P O Box 220

Cyrus, Minnesota 56323

Phone: (320) 795-2569
or Phone (320) 795-2543

Pastor Chris Richards

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Pastor Chris Richards
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The History of Trinity Lutheran Church of Cyrus, MN

Trinity Lutheran Church of Cyrus was officially organized on October 16, 1968 although incorporation papers were not filed with the state until November, 1968, and its first joint worship service and congregational meeting were not until January. 1969. Trinity was formed by the merger of three older congregations: St. Petri Free Lutheran (formed in 1883), Scandia Free Lutheran (formed in 1889), and Cyrus Lutheran (formed in 1884 and joined by Scandia Lutheran [ELC] in 1953). Herman Rosholt, Fred Tinseth, Earl Ettesvold, Martin Estenson, Palmer Barsness and Gerald Wiger volunteered to act as incorporators of the new congregation. A name committee, consisting of Marion Hill, Thora Tollefson, and Helen Ettesvold, reported that “Trinity” was the most suggested name mentioned in a poll of all members of the three predecessor congregations. Therefore “Trinity Lutheran Church of Cyrus” became the official name of the new congregation.

The first officers of the church, elected July 26, 1968 were: Herman Rosholt, president; Gerald Wiger, vice-president; and Earl Ettesvold, secretary.

1969 The first joint worship service and annual meeting was held on January 18th, at the Cyrus School Auditorium with Dr. E. A. Hansen, the president of the SW Minnesota District of the American Lutheran Church, presiding. Congregational officers elected were: Gerald Wiger, president; Charles Bright, vice-president; Jere Ettesvold, secretary; Curtis Gunvalson was appointed financial secretary and Mrs. Sigvald Berg, treasurer. The Rev. Robert E. Crofton was officially called as the congregation’s first pastor on June 19th although he had served the congregation since its merger

1969-1972 The people worshipped at two locations—Trinity East (the former Cyrus Lutheran Church and Trinity West (the former St. Petri Lutheran Church).

1972 In January, all worship services were moved to the Trinity East site and the former St. Petri Church became a youth center and eventually a Senior Citizen’s Center until it was dismantled in 1982. Trinity becomes the first congregation in the area to have early communion for fifth graders. The Rev. John R, Maim was installed on July 2, as the second pastor of the congregation.

1973 An architect was hired to draw up plans for a new narthex on the front of the church and a new upper addition to the education unit.

1974 Construction on the narthex, second floor of the education unit, and a remodeled nave was begun. Worship was held in the Cyrus School Auditorium.

1975 The first service in the remodeled sanctuary was on Easter Sunday. The new units and remodeling was officially dedicated on August 24th. From March through August, the Trinity ALCW paneled, painted, and carpeted the basement fellowship hall and redecorated and installed new flooring in the kitchen. The Trinity West site was sold to the Senior Citizens of Cyrus for use as a meeting hall and activities center.

1976 The congregation on November 28th voted to give twenty feet of its parking lot to the Cyrus Café in exchange for the landscaping, blacktopping, and lighting of its remaining parking lot.

1977 The congregation’s constitution was revised and updated.

1979 Eva Pederson retired as church organist on October 1st after 56 years of service to Trinity and the former St. Petri Lutheran Church. She is replaced by Phyllis Helgerson and Gorden Thompson. The permanent use of lay readers in the worship service is introduced.

1981 The mortgage for the 1974-75 addition to the church is burned on July

1982 The Rev. Marlan M. Johnson becomes the third pastor of Trinity on April 25th. A member of the congregation, Lyle Hansen, builds the new free standing altar for the sanctuary. New paraments, utilizing various traditional forms of stitchery, are begun to be made by members of the congregation.

1984 A new organ is dedicated on January 15th and cushions for the church pews are purchased.

1986 Gordon J. Straw, son of Doris and Tom Straw, is the first son of the congregation to be ordained into the ministry on July 13th.

1987 On January 18th it was voted to approve the church merger which formed the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA). The merger was finalized with the ratification of a new constitution on January 15, 1989.

1989 A new public address system is installed and the church sanctuary and basement is installed with air conditioning, The Rev. John P. Smith is installed as the fourth pastor of Trinity on September 10th.

1990 The congregation begins supporting Dr. Mark & Linda Jacobson, medical missionaries in Arusha, Tanzania. A closed circuit television system is installed in the church to enable those unable to climb the stairs to still participate in worship services.

1992 The congregation approves an elevator and building project. Ground breaking for this project was held on October 15th. The church’s first pictorial directory is completed.

1993 Ribbon cutting and the first official use of the elevator occurs on March 14th. The dedication of the elevator and office addition is held on March 28” with the Rev. Charles Anderson, Bishop of the SW Minnesota Synod of the ELCA, presiding. The Trinity Lutheran Church women hold their 25th annual Fall Bazaar on October 23rd.. The confirmation mentoring program is introduced

1994 The addition to the Cyrus South cemetery is finalized and is dedicated on October 9th. The celebration of Holy Communion is changed from once a month to twice a month plus on holidays. Trinity becomes one of the founding congregations of the Pope County Free Thanksgiving Meal and immediately becomes known for supplying its lefse and a majority of the volunteers.

1999 A new Congregational Mission Statement with goals is accepted with changes to the church’s constitution at the January 24 annual meeting. The congregation’s second pictorial directory is completed. The Godly Women Out of History Group is organized and begins presenting its original program written and directed by Marcella Hansen to neighboring congregations.

Annual Church Events

2009 Gaither Trip
2009 Palm Sunday

2009 Mother Daughter Banquet

October Trinity Bazaar

Christmas Program
Christmas Program Photos(complete album)

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