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IR church plans anniversary celebration

July 24, 2012
The Daily News

IRON RIVER - Three former pastors will join Trinity Lutheran Church's 110th anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29.

Pastors Kim Beckmann and Fred Kinsey, who led Trinity congregation from 1987-2006 will be in attendance, as will Harvey Gustafson, who served as pastor from 1958-1964. In addition, Pastor Doug Johnson and his wife, Elaine will represent Bishop Skrenes of the Northern Great Lakes Synod.

"We are very pleased to have former pastors join us in this celebration milestone," said present Pastor Kevin Kaiser.

Pastors Kim Beckmann and Fred Kinsey spearheaded a very successful 100-year anniversary during their tenure, which many parishioners will happily recall.

Harvey Gustafson noted that he was the first pastor to conduct services in English rather than the then-traditional Finnish language. He wondered how many would remember those days.

The 110th anniversary dinner and program will be held at Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp in Crystal Falls, beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. Tickets at $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 12, and will be available at the door.

On Sunday, July 29, worship and celebration will be held in Trinity's church atop Stambaugh hill in Iron River beginning at 8:30 a.m.

A farewell reception for the former pastors, visitors and friends will be held in the church basement following worship. The breakfast buffet is being prepared by the ladies of Trinity, with a free will offering made available.

For more information, call 265-0529.



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