Trinity Lutheran Church - Fremont, Nebraska
"With what can we compare the kingdom of God? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade." Mark 4:30-32
God has grown Trinity to be a big ole tree - that's you and me - where the birds of the air can make nests in our shade - that's the children God has entrusted to our care for over 125 years.
Our seed was first planted by Pastor C. W. Baumhoefener in the mid-1870s when he began gathering German Lutherans in and around Fremont. In the early 1880s, Pastor E. Julius Frese of St. John's Lutheran Church at Hooper and Pastor J. Hilgendorf of St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Arlington began conducting services in Fremont's Dodge County Courthouse. In May of 1884, Trinity was organized as the first Lutheran church in Fremont. Our first house of worship, measuring 26x44 feet, was erected at 3rd and C Streets the same year. Dedication services were spoken in German, Danish, and English, but Trinity quickly became known as the German Lutheran Church in Fremont. August Lange was our first pastor.
Our dedication to children began with the founding of our school, the oldest parochial school in Fremont, in the same year of 1884. Gustav Jaeger was our first called teacher. The school was located in the house behind the church, and Pastor Lange lived on the second floor. Can you imagine the racket? Our second pastor, Peter Graef, established the same second floor as an orphanage in 1892, which was the seed that became the present Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska. Today, Trinity Lutheran School serves almost 200 kindergarten through eighth grade students at our church and school campus at 16th and Luther.
Our dedication to children continued with the sprouting of our next major branch, our Early Childhood Center, in 1988, under the leadership of Pastor Donald Levenhagen. Our "ECC" provides excellent Christ-centered daycare and preschool for almost 200 children at our 3rd and C campus.
God has grown Trinity to be a big ole tree - that's you and me - where the birds of the air can make nests in our shade - that's the children God has entrusted to our care for over 125 years. As Jesus grew in wisdom and stature (Luke 2:52), we, too, are called to grow "to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13), providing nests and shade for generations who will provide the same in Jesus' name.