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Church celebrates 35 year anniversary

SUWANEE - On April 24, 1974, 280 members were baptized into the newly formed congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church. Today, the church has grown to 1,272 baptized members in its 35 years in the Suwanee community.

The church was founded under the Rev. Donald Hanberry, who served as pastor until 1987, when current pastor Dale Sillik took over leadership of the congregation. The Rev. Jill Henning, who has been with the church since 1995, serves as pastor of faith development.

To celebrate its upcoming 35th anniversary, Trinity will hold a Choral Celebration at 4 p.m. today, featuring music ensembles and a video presentation of its history.

"We have such a growing and strong music ministry at Trinity, everything from contemporary praise band to bluegrass ensemble to brass and hand bells and choral music as well," Sillik said. "It's a great way to praise God with all the music we have and it seems fitting that this growing and vital ministry be a part of our 35th anniversary."

Trinity's Chancel Choir will present a piece written in memory of Jim Bell, a charter member of the church, and will dedicate hand bells in memory of James Dock, a former church council president. Both men died last year.

Trinity's anniversary celebration will conclude with a reception and time of fellowship following the concert.

"I think Trinity has done well in its 35 years and has been a place where Christ meets the community," Sillik said. "I believe we have been a congregation that has not only tried to build up our members but we have reached out to the community around us."

For more information on Trinity Lutheran Church, call 770-972-4418 or visit www.tlc-lilburn.org.