You can almost smell the homemade apple pie when you arrive in Algona, Iowa. The town draws us back to the days of old, when all families had perfect children and white picket fences. Your children can wander safely anywhere on their bicycles. But, Algona is so much more. It’s not a sleepy little town. Drawn to its shopping, schools and medical facilities, people come from neighboring farms and communities to this vibrant hub. There’s a sense of pride in Algona.
And there, in town is Trinity Lutheran Church, where they just celebrated the Rev. Henry Friedrich’s 65th ordination anniversary, baptized an adult, and confirmed nine new members. Thanks be to God! Like the town, Trinity welcomes people in and sends them back out.
“People are drawn into Trinity where they are able to receive God’s gifts and then they return to their homes and communities where they live, serve, and reflect God’s love,” said Senior Pastor Tom Schlund.
The congregation at Trinity gathers each Sunday not because of the perfection of the setting, but to receive the perfect gifts of God in Christ. Forgiveness for sins. Life in the Sacraments. All given to the people in this idyllic setting. Just as it has always been.
Nostalgia may require revision of history. But the solid foundation of Trinity remains on the eternal Son of God, who calls sinners to repentance and grants them eternal life. And that brings joy in this American small town.