Weekend Anniversary Celebration For Trinity Lutheran Church & School and Concordia University-Portland
September, 11-13 • 2015
September 11-13th will mark the start of a year long celebration of the 125th Anniversary for Trinity Lutheran Church and School and mark the 110th year of Concordia University, Portland. This special three-day-weekend celebration with activities and festivities at Trinity Lutheran Church & School and the Concordia campuses will offer the opportunity for the community to gather and reminisce their Tiger, Blue Jay, and Cavalier days. It’s also an opportunity to recognize their shared beginnings — Concordia began 1905 as Concordia Academy in the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church and School.
It all began in the late 1800s with Pastor Edward Doering, a young pastor from Illinois who had arrived in Portland in the summer of 1881. He made many hazardous and difficult trips throughout the Willamette Valley on horseback, making contacts with Lutherans in Salem, Albany, Eugene and Mt. Angel, but it was in Portland, Missionary Doering saw his work culminate in the founding of Zion Lutheran Church in 1889 and Trinity Lutheran Church on December 10, 1890.
The horses are long gone from NE Portland except for a few tie down rings found on the curbs but there will be activities to mark the journey of Lutheran education in Portland all weekend. On Friday there will be two special chapels, tours, alumni choir practice, a CU soccer game, and visiting at the Concordia Ale House. The next day will start early at 9 am at Trinity Lutheran Church and School with “The Luther Lap” a 2.28 mile Walk/Run with the Tiger Marching Band leading it off and ending with a final lap around the Concordia stadium cheered on by the CU Cross County team. After crossing the finish line alumni are welcomed to the rehearsal for the Sing Again Alumni Choir in the CU Fine Arts Building from 11:00 to 12:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to take a step back in time with a walk through display of history in the CU library and of course there will be birthday cake for all at the end.
The Education Sunday Service will accent the festivities at 10 am and all alumni and friends are invited to enjoy special guest speaker, Northwest District President Rev. Paul Linnemann an alumnus of PLS and Concordia University. The Sing Again Alumni Choir will practice at 9:00 am and will be made up of Trinity Tigers, Blue Jays from Concordia, LuHi, PLS, and Cavaliers will perform under the direction of retired music teacher, Dick Wrye (1972-99). The service will be followed by a potluck picnic at Trinity Lutheran Church & School.