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Trinity Lutheran church board meets to talk about moving forward

MILWAUKEE (CBS58) - How will Trinity Lutheran Church move forward after the devastating fire?

That’s what church board members talked about in a meeting Thursday night.

They discussed both short-term and long-term decisions.

First, the church decided where they would worship on Sunday.  They say several churches reached out and offered space.

Trinity decided to use an auditorium at MATC.  They will be in Auditorium C at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 20th.

The board also talked about finding a more permanent temporary space for worship in the coming months.  They haven’t made a decision yet, and say there are a lot of factors to consider.

“We want to be somewhat within the proximity for the people, for the congregation so it's accessible to everyone, parking space and so forth, so just what can accommodate the congregation the best,” said Reverend Ed May.

And finally, what is the long-term plan for Trinity Lutheran?

They made it clear that they want to stay at their current location, but are not sure if that will be possible.  There are a lot of unanswered questions about the damaged building, and whether it can be saved.

The church sent CBS 58 this full statement:

First, we would like to express our thanks and praise to God our Almighty Father, maker of Heaven and earth, for His provision and care. He made our church possible by bringing together people to receive His forgiveness and grace through His Word and Sacrament. For 140 years people have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached reminding generations that Christ died for our sins and that “He is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). We are grateful and we, “Give thanks to the Lord; for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 118:1).

A lot has transpired since our church burned on Tuesday, May 15. Many have offered their kind words of encouragement; Milwaukee churches of different denominations have offered their space for worship, and we have received many calls offering help. We have experienced mercy and grace and we quickly learned of the love of our city.

God has, and continues, to richly provide as evidenced by the building He provided and the fact no one was hurt on Tuesday. We know it will be awhile before we can return to worship on the corner of 9th and Highland – but we are confident we will return.

Until then, we will need to find a place to continue to gather to hear His Word and receive His Sacraments. We are working with our District to secure a more permanent temporary location but this Sunday, May 20, we will worship together at 10:00 AM on the campus of the Milwaukee Area Technical College in the C Auditorium.

We are grateful to our neighbor MATC and Dr. Vicki Martin, President of MATC for offering us the space for worship and fellowship as we gather for the first time away from Trinity.

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