150 years of Gospel work

It was March 28, 1870, when a little group of Lutherans in Davenport purchased a lot at 5th and Myrtle streets for $500. They started building a frame structure to serve as a church and school, with a 2-story parsonage.

The building was 32 feet wide by 40 feet long. The 2-story parsonage was 12 feet wide by 32 feet long. Dedication was June 12, 1870; the cost was $2,128.90 to the penny.

To the penny, that’s how frugally generous these Lutherans were. Every penny given by the Lord’s people and stirred by Him, they worked to spread the Gospel.

And, look at what was built: a church to receive His divine gifts of forgiveness, a building to teach children Christ, and a parsonage to house the pastor and family, for the Word and the Sacraments are the life of the church.

Would not those dear saints rejoice if they could see now the unfolding of Gospel work over a century and a half?

In a very real sense, we are learning still from them. Their faith in Christ, dedication, confidence to move forward, their sacrifice of themselves and offerings, all of which, comes from the Father’s gift of His Son.

Even now they witness beyond their death.

-Pastor Randall Golter

Pastor Mark Teike

The decision?

Well, it was difficult, to say the least.

When Mark Teike accepted a Call to serve as Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in the early 80s, he didn’t think he would ever leave.

God had a different plan, however.

“I thought I was going to be at Trinity for the rest of my life, and I was content to do that,” said Pastor Teike, who now serves as the Senior Pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ind. “I was pretty stubborn about leaving Trinity, and God had to make it pretty clear.”

Pastor Teike, who served as an Associate Pastor and Senior Pastor Trinity from 1983-92, is returning to serve as the Guest Preacher next weekend as Trinity kicks off its 150th Anniversary celebration.

“We are looking forward to returning to Trinity and seeing all the wonderful, loving and caring people,” said Pastor Teike, who plans to highlight his Trinity memories in his message to the congregation. “We have so many fond memories of the great people at Trinity.”

150 Year Celebrations

Mark your calendars and help us celebrate our 150 years!   Each festivity will focus on one aspect of Trinity.

  • January 26th - Forward in Faith
  • May 3rd - Rejoice Always
  • September 13th - Train up a Child
  • October 25th - Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone