A Thousand Words

Posted by Mark Donahue on Thursday, September 7, 2017 @ 11:15 AM

If you stopped by my office over the last month, you may have noticed something intriguing on my desk. It’s brought on some interesting conversations and insight into the past of Holy Trinity, and I’ve learned so much about Holy Trinity’s 60-year history in one short month.

Working with the Church Council Secretary, we discovered thousands of photographs hidden in the music office and in the basement. These photos vary between the new Sanctuary construction, anniversary celebrations, Calumet trips, Confirmation classes, the Steeple installation, newspaper clippings, and artwork of Holy Trinity. Last but not least, I found photos and articles dating back to 1957 when Holy Trinity was first established, including a photo of Holy Trinity’s very first bulletin on October 27, 1957, when the church was dedicated.

The task: To scan every photo and save them to the office computer as a backup. In the beginning of August, I began scanning the photos immediately after Pastor George left for Tanzania. As of this week, I’m less than 50% done with the project. I’ve estimated there are around 4,000 photos I need to scan, and 1,200 photos have been scanned so far. I’m aiming to finish by the end of the September, earlier if possible, because I want to share all of the photos with you!

Beginning mid-to-late September, I will begin a new weekly blog titled: “The Weekly Photo Remembrance”. Every week until the end of the year, I will hand pick one photo from the last 60 years of Holy Trinity. These photos can be viewed in multiple ways:

  • · The Weekly Email Blast linked to our webpage
  • · The paper copy of The Tidings (2 photos per issue)
  • · On Facebook every Saturday

All of these photos are stunningly beautiful, and I cannot wait to share them with you. As the idiom states, “A picture is worth a thousand words”, but by the end of the month, I’ll be finished with the equivalent of a novel.