STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) — A local church celebrates 100 years.
The Lutheran Church of Christ in Struthers is hosting an event this weekend to recognize all of its accomplishments within the community.
Founded by 13 families in 1922, Christ Lutheran Church has served its members since its construction in 1929.
Church members say it’s more than a building, it’s a lifetime of memories and community.
“When I look over there, I see tears of joy. I see tears of sadness when people are at that railing. So it’s more than just a church that looks pretty simple,” the parishioner said. David Frank.
Frank’s family was one of the founding families. His grandfather helped build the church, and his family has attended it for generations.
Church members say the survival of the church is a mark of the importance of their involvement in the community.
“It shows that we have a place in the community during our hours and that is, I think, a key. What I said earlier, we need to start looking to the future, not just the past,” Frank said.
The church sponsored children dealing with loss to attend bereavement camp, donated suitcases to foster children and even co-sponsored the Midlothian Free Health Clinic in the mid-2000s.
“We have a lot of turnout – that’s one thing we do – and I think that’s why our church is still here,” parishioner Pat Demas said.
Frank hopes the church will continue to support the Struthers community.
“I always think about the community. Not always worried about what’s going on in this church, but helping people,” Frank said.
As for what Frank hopes the church will be doing in 100 years…
“I wish we could sing better,” Frank said.
On Sunday, the church is holding an afternoon service where Mayor Cat Miller will speak. It is a way for members to honor these original founders.
“We are able to see and continue their legacy and what they started,” worship leader Robert A. Zielke said.