PARIS — The centennial of Trinity Lutheran Church is being celebrated this summer.

One hundred years ago men and women traveled to the area from Finland to start a new life. They quickly settled into farming and raising their families. They also brought their faith in God, and before they were fully settled, with few resources but real commitment, they began a congregation.

The congregation, established in 1912, met in homes until they were able to build a church on King Hill in 1919. Shortly thereafter, as the congregation became bilingual, services were held in both Finnish and English for several years. As the immigrant population dwindled, the Finnish services were dropped completely by 1965.

By 1950 the congregation had grown and the church was on the move, literally, as the building was moved to its current location on the Buckfield Road. Expansion of the building took place in 1995.

Several centennial celebrations have been scheduled for this summer, including a baptism/confirmation reunion on June 24, a picnic on July 15 and an anniversary dinner, with special music, on Aug. 26. All of the centennial celebrations will take place at 10 a.m. For more information call 743-6906.

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