Historic Trinity
Lutheran Church
Rev. D. Lee Andrzejewski, Senior Pastor
Dr. Kieth Gerberding ~ Rev. James Gruetzner ~ Rev. Ronald Guettler
Rev. Gary Headapohl ~ Dr. John Heins ~ Dr. John Herzog
Lay Assistant: Jakob Andrzejewski
Mr. Karl Osterland, Music Director and Organist

Worship Services at 8:15, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m.
Sunday School and Bible Class at 9:30 a.m.

5th Sunday of Easter
Mother's Day

May 14, 2017
Historic Trinity Lutheran Church Is a traditional
Cathedral Ministry in downtown Detroit,
Serving the Metropolitan area providing an open and caring environment,
That encourages personal and
spiritual growth.

Preaching: Rev. D. Lee Andrzejewski

Rev. D. Lee Andrzejewski, Senior Pastor

Welcome to  Historic Trinity  Lutheran Church, the Mother Church of Detroit Lutherans and our Lutheran Cathedral in downtown Detroit since 1850.We pray you leave this house of worship renewed and refreshed through the power of the Holy Spirit as we continue to celebrate our Risen Savior and His victory over sin and death that we may be saved for all eternity.


Serving the Historic Trinity Cathedral Ministry today are: Rev. Darryl Andrzejewski, Rev. Dr. John Heins, Rev. Dr. Kieth Gerberding, Rev. James Gruetzner, Rev. Ronald Guettler, Rev. Dr. John Herzog, at Historic Trinity. Rev. Dr. Kieth Gerberding at Adult Bible Study and Rev. Gary Headapohl on R/R.


8:15 a.m.
Worship Service
Matins Worship Service on the 1st Sunday each month

9:30 a.m.
Worship Service ~ Adult Bible Class ~
Sunday School for all children 3 years old and older.

11:00 a.m.
Worship Service

The Chalice used for Communion at Historic Trinity.  (Photo by F. Hoeper)


All who accept the Real Presence of our Lord’s Body and Blood in the Sacrament are invited to attend Holy Communion.

Holy Communion is celebrated on:
1st Sunday of the month at 11 a.m.
2nd Sunday of the month at 9:30 a.m.
3rd Sunday of the month at 8:15 a.m.
4th Sunday of the month at 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.
5th Sunday of the month - no Communion


Celebrating Mother's Day this Sunday, May 14, 2017 at all three Services


The Historic Trinity Festival Chorus, under the direction of Karl Osterland, presents 'A Festive Triptych of English Anthems' on Sunday, May 21st at the 9:30 & 11:00 am Worship Services. If you would like to lend your voice to the chorus, please contact Karl Osterland for rehearsal dates and times. Most rehearsals will be at Historic Trinity but Karl will also hold optional Saturday rehearsals at his home in Ann Arbor. You can contact Karl through email: church@historictrinity.org


We are planning a work day at HT to clean up the grounds, weed and spread mulch. We will be working at church from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 3rd. Please bring your weeding tools, gloves and rakes and come and pitch in. Your help is greatly appreciated! Enjoy a day of sunshine and fellowship while we beautify the church grounds


On Sunday, June 4th, we will recognize our Historic Trinity Graduates for 2017. We would like to recognize all those who are graduating or who have graduated from High School, College or Graduate School since last spring. Please fill out the form in today’s bulletin and return it to the church office or place it in the box on the desk in the Marowske Room or you may call or email the church at 313-567-3100 or email church@historictrinity.org. Information is required by Wednesday, May 31st for inclusion in the bulletin.


Timothy Schmalz has begun to sculpt our Martin Luther piece and we have begun the plans for mounting and securing our new sculpture. Improvement of the groundwork in front of the church is required. The installation target date is late summer. Thanks to all who have so generously supported this 500th Reformation Anniversary project. As a reminder, outstanding pledge money is due in April. Once again, thank you for your continued support of this amazing work of art that speaks to Martin Luther’s theses and pillars of our faith.


Vacation Bible School will be here soon! Please join us June 26 - June 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All children ages 3 years old through those entering 6th grade this fall are welcome. This year’s theme is Maker Fun Factory. To register, call the church office (313-567-3100) or go to www.myvbs.org/historictrinity. We are in need of volunteers and would love to have you join us! Please call the church office or email Kristine Kistka at Kristine@historictrinity.org to volunteer or make a donation for snacks, arts and crafts, etc.

PARISH NURSE - 2nd and 4th Sundays in the Lounge

For your added privacy, the Parish Nurses will be taking your blood pressure in the enclosure found in the Luther Lounge. The Historic Trinity Parish Nurse Council provides important services to our members by the caring and professional nurse volunteers from the Historic Trinity congregation, who willingly use their God-given talents on our behalf. These dedicated nurses assist us in being more aware of our health - physically, emotionally and spiritually. One of the parish nurses is available on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The Parish Nurse will measure blood pressure and/or help answer your health questions. We invite all nurses of the congregation to join the Historic Trinity Parish Nurse Council. See Parish Nurse Nancy Jones for information.



Your help is greatly needed to serve as an Acolyte, Crucifer or to help with Communion set up/clean up on the Altar Guild. Many volunteers make 'light work' for all. With enough volunteers, your help will only be needed once a month or even less. Training is quite simple and will be provided where needed. Please call the church office (313-567-3100) if you are available to assist in any way. Thanks!

CHOIR REHEARSAL - Wednesday Evenings

All those adults who are interested in lending your voice in praise to our Lord are welcome to join the Historic Trinity Cathedral Choir. Rehearsals are held every Wednesday evening at Historic Trinity at 6:30 p.m. Please talk to Karl Osterland, our director of music, for details and schedules.


Prayer Shawls are always prayerfully made for those in need of comfort. They become a physical expression of our prayers, a reminder of our love and God’s Blessings! Let the church office, 313-567-3100 or Barbara Asmus know if you or someone you know would appreciate one of these gifts of hope, comfort, peace and of love, or if you would like to deliver a shawl.


Your continued donation of old, new, or unused eyeglasses (also, just lenses) to assist MOST mission teams, around the world, is very much appreciated. There is a box located in the Parish Hall hallway for you to place your donated glasses. Great job, members and friends. Thanks!


At Historic Trinity, we offer prayers daily through a prayer chain, or during any Worship Service. Make your prayer chain requests to the church office at 313-567-3100 during office hours: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. You may also request prayers online at historictrinity.org, and use the "Prayer" tag link on the home page.


Your continued donations of personal care products for the homeless is greatly appreciated. Products may include unused samples of soaps, shampoos, tube socks, hair conditioners, hand lotions, toothpaste, deodorants, aspirins or other over the counter sample products. These personal care products will be donated to area homeless shelters. Please place your items in the box in the Parish Hall hallway. See Karla Jaeger for more information.


Since 1967, the Fort Street Open Door has provided care to over 400 men and women every week in downtown Detroit. Though they began as a soup-kitchen, and continue to serve over 20,000 meals annually, Open Door does more than feed the hungry. In addition to a warm meal, guests have access to clothing and outerwear, showers, hygiene supplies and barber services, medical care, and an on-site social worker. They also run a weekly Career Closet that provides business and interview attire to men and women who are about to re-enter the workforce. For years, members of Historic Trinity have helped the Open Door and you can too! They are always ready to welcome volunteers on Thursdays from 8:30-11a.m. to help serve food, distribute clothing, and greet guests. If you are unable to offer time, they accept new or gently used clothing and outerwear, travel-size hygiene supplies, and washcloth and towels. Because all services are offered at no charge, monetary support is also needed. All donations are tax deductible and can be forwarded to Fort Street Open Door (631 W Fort St., Detroit, MI 48226) or sent through Bill Vollmert, a Historic Trinity member, who volunteers weekly and can be contacted at 313.394.2089. A representative of the Fort Street Open Door can be reached at 313.961.4533 x34 or at open-door@fortstreet.org


We are continuing to gather non-perishable food items for our Historic Trinity Food Pantry Project. We have and will be providing these items to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Detroit in support of their neighborhood Food Bank Ministry. They have an active and vital ministry that reaches out to their neighbors in need. Suggested pantry items include: canned goods such as vegetables, tuna fish, chicken, sauces, stews, soups, chili, fruits and apple sauce. Plastic jars of peanut butter, spreads and unsalted nuts. Boxed or bagged pastas, noodles, dried beans, Rice-A-Roni, Mac N Cheese, cereals and oatmeal. At this time we are avoiding glass containers. Your monetary donations are also appreciated and will be used to purchase needed items as determined along with fresh foods. Bring in your donations on Sundays, drop the food off on the counter near the back door and we will take care of the rest! Thank you for your continued support of our much needed ministry of reaching out in love to those who need a helping hand. Matthew 25:34-40



Led by: Rev. Dr. Kieth Gerberding

Men’s Bible Study - 2nd & 4th Mondays
9:30 a.m. Led by: Rev. Ronald Guettler

Theology on Tap - Mondays - 6:00 p.m.
Led by: Rev. Andrzejewski


will be discussed and dissected (but not disputed) in our 'HOLY HUDDLE' Bible Class in March. Jesus’ ‘Sermon on the Mount’ will be the object of our attention as found in the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5 - 7. We plan to hear and listen to Jesus as He calls us to be His disciples, in word and deed. Please come at 9:30 am to the Heritage Room, Sunday.


Mondays thru May 22
Join us Monday evenings at 6:00 pm for a light supper and beverages. Bible study begins approximately 6:20 p.m. 'til 7:30 p.m. with Rev. Andrzejewski

May 15 HT Goes to the Movies. Field of Dreams:
When Love is Strained
May 22 HT Goes to the Movies. Saving Private Ryan:
A Life Laid Down


Want to relive a wonderful sermon message?? Missed a church service?? Now you can watch our Pastor’s wonderful sermon messages online! There is a link provided for your easy access on our Historic Trinity web home page. Click on the link Video Sermons and you will be taken to the livestream.com site.

Then click on the sermon you would like to view. Turn up the volume on your computer and listen to God’s Strong Word. 

Remember to check historictrinity.org for our Worship Schedule, events and links to photos at FlickR!
Like Historic Trinity Lutheran Church on Facebook.
Be inspired and share the posts and pictures with your Facebook friends.


The Lutheran Hour, the radio program of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod can be heard each Sunday at: Detroit - 6:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon on WRDT (560), and 6:30 a.m. on WDFN (1130), Ann Arbor on WAAM. at 7:00 a.m.


The personal daily devotional booklet Portals of Prayer is now available in the church narthex (rear hall). Large print copies are available in the church office. Use this devotional guide for your personal and spiritual growth.


Historic Trinity has columbarium niches available in the beautiful Hayes Memorial Garden. A niche is a recessed chamber for the permanent placement of the container holding a loved ones cremated remains. The columbarium niches are made from cast bronze and are sealed. We also offer the opportunity to commemorate members who have not been interred in a Columbarium niche by placing their name on a memorial plaque in the Chapel of the Resurrection. Each name is inscribed on a bronze plate mounted to a large memorial plaque. Please call Kristine Kistka at 313-567-3100 for more information or email her at kristine@historictrinity.org.

Historic Trinity is an international parish,
a destination church that
attracts people beyond its geographic boundaries

by marking these dates...

May 7 Christmas Market Meeting - 10:30 am
May 7 Jr. Confirmation Sunday - 11:00 am
May 8 Theology on Tap 6:00 pm
May 9 HT Ladies Guild Meeting - 6:30 pm
May 11 HT Ladies Aid LWML Meeting - 11:00 am
May 14 Mother’s Day Celebration - 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 am
May 15 Theology on Tap - 6:00 pm
May 21 HT Festival Chorus - 9:30 & 11:00 am
May 22 Theology on Tap - 6:00 pm
May 23 Community Seniors - 12:00 pm
May 26-29 Office Closed for Memorial Day Observance
June 3 HT Voluteer Work Day 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
June 4 Graduate Recognition Sunday



A new Benevolent Fund has been established at Historic Trinity designed to aid the hurting, broken and needy in our congregation and community. For our congregation this fund would allow our Pastor(s) to work with Historic Trinity families who are struggling, not just as a financial resource, but as an opportunity to reach into and bless families and teach family stewardship. This fund would also serve as a Scholarship fund for Historic Trinity members who are going into church work. In our community Historic Trinity, along with the Lutheran Church in the City could help financially support organizations such as Family of God, the only LCMS mission church within the city of Detroit and The Luke Project. The Luke Project, led by Rev. Brad Garrison and his wife Sherie a trauma nurse at U of M Hospital, will travel to targeted sites and provide free health and prenatal care around Detroit. This fund may also help provide financial support for our members to travel on MOST Ministry short term mission trips or further fund our active participation in the Community Seniors Group. Please prayerfully consider supporting this fund.


Historic Trinity is blessed to be sending two of our sons to Lutheran seminaries. Brian Muldowney begins his second year at Concordia, St. Louis, while Jake Andrzejewski begins his first year at Concordia, Ft. Wayne. As a congregation, we would like to support their educational costs. Envelopes are now available in your 2017 offering envelope packet or you may find them on the welcome desk. Thank you for your support of our future Pastors.


Historic Trinity provides an opportunity for giving above and beyond your regular donations. We have developed a ‘Wish List’ of items for your consideration. Please see the ‘Wish List’ flyer located flyer in the bulletin and in the rack in the Parish Hall or click the link to view it online. Thank you!


Your continued donation of old, new, or unused eyeglasses (also, just lenses) to assist MOST mission teams, around the world, is very much appreciated. There is a box, located in the Parish Hall hallway, for you to place your donated glasses. Great job, members and friends. Thanks!


Each major city in the world usually contains at least one cathedral. This unique niche ministry has stood the time thru many centuries. It becomes "The" church in the city. Historic Trinity is our Lutheran Cathedral in downtown Detroit. As a Cathedral Church it is a source of beauty and pride for the city, outrageous and orthodox, utopian and savvy - the place comes to you all at once, in a great rush of contradiction and paradox. A place of holy awe! The cathedral church speaks in the quietude of holy sanctuaries, in the golden shout of the mighty organ raining down, in the stories of Christian history captured in stained glass and wood and stone carving. It educates and uplifts, using pageantry and drama, choral music and concerts, dance and sounding bells. Everywhere it provides beauty. As important as the cathedral church building is, the Cathedral Ministry consists not of the building's appearance - but in how the ministry is conducted. The Historic Trinity Cathedral Ministry is more than its own parishioners, more than a membership club. Such a ministry has a vital, committed parish membership at its core, nurtured by solid pastoral care. The Cathedral Church belongs to more than its members. The Cathedral ministry belongs to all who are encouraged to claim it as theirs, to use it on occasion, to return to it anytime, and to bring their children there to see their historic roots. The Cathedral Ministry also finds purpose in reaching out to the unchurched. Reaching far beyond the four walls of the cathedral building and beyond the four lines that mark the property border. A Cathedral Ministry serves a far wider sphere of people- this is this our joy, our privilege and our responsibility. A DVD on the Historic Trinity Cathedral Ministry is available from the church office or on our Web Page. You may also review the DVD on the Web Page http://historictrinity.org

Historic Trinity CATHEDRAL
is an ecclesiastical, cultural, community
for all of Metro Detroit.


The Historic Trinity Endowment Funds provide you with an opportunity to help secure the future of Historic Trinity. One of the major costs related to operating a downtown church is the maintenance of its facilities, meeting the ever growing costs of its utilities and insurance premiums, and salaries. For over 160 years, since 1850, Historic Trinity has been a beacon of religious stability for families, friends and individuals of Metropolitan Detroit. Your Endowment Fund gift will assure that this fine historical cathedral will be serving future generations well into the 21st century. See the pamphlet on Endowments located in the racks throughout the church.

Historic Trinity Church is the House of God, and it is a gateway to Heaven. Whosoever you are that enters this church, leave it not without a prayer to God for yourself, for those who minister, and for those who worship here.


The Lutheran Church is the largest Protestant Church in the world, with nearly 80 million members living in every corner of the world. The Lutheran Church is the third largest denomination in the United States with over eight million members. Historic Trinity Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod that has nearly three million baptized members in some 6,000 congregations located in fifty states. Together, we send missionaries to thirty countries.

Historic Trinity Lutheran Church
Is a traditional Cathedral Ministry in downtown Detroit
Serving the metropolitan area
Providing an open and caring environment
That encourages personal and spiritual growth


Be sure to check our Facebook (Remember to "Like us") page. In addition, you can check out photos from Historic Trinity events on Flickr. Now you can also go to

  • Vimeo (much more room than YouTube) lets you view our outstanding DVD's.

  • YouTube lets you view videos others have uploaded about Historic Trinity.
Each week we continue to develop these sites. Join us through the above links or by click on the images below:

FlickrJoin Historic Trinity on FacebookHistoric Trinity videos on YouTubeView our DVD's through Vimeo

Thanks to Shannon Ireland Behnke for keeping our social media pages updated. Thanks to Paula Douglas for keeping our events posted on the internet. Thanks to Pam LeDuc for keeping the Historic Trinity Web Page updated.


Visit the Historic Trinity Guild Counter in the Marowske Room for special sales. There are many new items available, including note cards, greeting cards, puzzles and toys. Lots of gift items - check them out. You can also purchase the Pewabic Anniversary Tiles, the 165th Anniversary Commemorative Book & Drama DVD or a miniature replica sculpture of ‘Whatsoever You Do’. All proceeds go for various ministry projects undertaken by the Guild.


Every Sunday, 8:30-10:45 a.m., a coffee hour is held in the Luther Lounge. This gives us an opportunity to have a cup of coffee, tea or juice...a goodie or two... a time to visit with other members and friends and a chance to warmly welcome visitors. We are so very grateful to all of those who donate coffee cakes, cookies, and other snacks, those who donate money to purchase these items, and those who help set-up coffee hour. Thank you to Roger DeNeen for making sure the coffee and goodies are always ready! If you would like to volunteer to help with coffee hour, sign up on the sheet provided on the display board in the Marowske Room.


Historic Trinity presents two Web Sites. These are among the finest church web sites on the Internet- very comprehensive, informative, regularly updated. There is extensive information for everyone from grandma to the newest tech savvy person. You may reach:

Take a look at the pages, and see what Historic Trinity is all about in its mission and ministry. If you happen to miss church on a Sunday, or you are out of town, you can "Stay Connected" by going to the current Sunday Bulletin on the Web Page. You can request a prayer, or "Ask the Pastor" a question, learn about our history, get information regarding our beautiful cathedral, and much more. There are numerous photos (pics) taken at the many events at Historic Trinity. Check and see, if you are in any of these photos, and you can double click on the photo to print it out. There are various video presentations and virtual tours. You may place orders, make donations, or make reservations using your credit card on our secure internet web pages. Encourage others to check out the Web Pages to learn all about Historic Trinity’s mission and ministry.

HISTORIC TRINITYHistoric Trinity Processional

Historic Trinity Lutheran Church Cathedral in downtown Detroit is one of a kind. The uniqueness of its downtown location, facilities, programs, and worship services distinguishes it from all other parishes. Since 1850, Historic Trinity has maintained a vigil over downtown Detroit through good times and bad, in periods of brilliance and obscurity, as a living vibrant church held in great esteem by its membership and others who have come to worship within its architecturally excellent facilities. We have been through all kinds of changes in the church in the past decades, but now we are regaining a resurgence of traditional civility in today’s church environment. Each person, who steps inside, derives his or her own satisfaction from Historic Trinity; whether their purpose is to communicate with the past, give thanks for the present, or to find reasonable hope for the future. Welcome to Historic Trinity, the Mother Church of Detroit Lutheranism, a downtown church that contributes to the cultural and religious environment of metropolitan Detroit. Historic Trinity is a National, Michigan State, and City of Detroit designated historical site.


The Dau Church History Library of Historic Trinity is proud to present an excellent collection of books and pamphlets on the world's great churches and cathedrals. There are over 550 booklets that include 340 different churches from over 36 countries around the world. Nancy Auffenberg is restructuring this collection of books and booklets about the great churches of the world. Thank you to those members who have already donated booklets. While on a trip, stop by churches and pick up literature for this library. Do you have a book or pamphlet to donate? Stop by the Pastors Study and review this fine collection of booklets on the world’s great churches.


Have you made your reservation? Over the next weeks, there are a lot of activities and events at Historic Trinity that call for reservations. Reservations are important! Reservations help us to determine if there are enough persons interested in attending, and it also gives us some idea of how much food and materials to prepare. Turn in to the box in the Marowski Room or mail in your reservation to the church office. Please look over the choices and make your reservation now. Please pay just before the event.

Historic Trinity is an international parish, a destination
church that attracts
people beyond its geographic boundries


Parking for church services and events is available in the two parking lots adjacent to the church, and for overflow on evenings and weekends in the Brewery Park lots. Please follow directions of the person in the lot, and be sure to obtain a "parking pass" if you park in the Brewery Park parking lots. Do not leave your car parked in the parking lot after church services or an event, the gates will be locked. If you are parked in the Brewery Park section and plan to attend something at the church after the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service, please move your car to the Historic Trinity lot first.


Historic Trinity has an "ID" sticker for your car windshield. Place the sticker in the lower left hand corner (driver’s side) of the window. Those automobiles that display an HT windshield sticker will not need a parking pass to the lots adjacent to the church. You will still need to enter the lots from the gate in the church’s parking lot. If you do not have a HT sticker, you will need a parking pass from the security person. Stickers can be obtained from the security person in the parking lot or from the church office.


Historic Trinity "A Taste of Heaven" cookbooks are available for sale at the Guild counter. The cost of the entire cookbook (cookbook and supplement) is $13.00. The supplement only is $5.00. All proceeds will go to the Trinity Guild to help support their various ministry projects. The Historic Trinity Cook Book makes an excellent gift. You can also order the cookbook or supplement by mail. Please note that postage/shipping amounts will be applied.


Historic Trinity provides wireless broadband connection throughout its facilities. This enables our members and those who meet in Otte Hall to have direct connection on the internet. We are always attempting to upgrade our site to meet the latest computer needs of those who use Historic Trinity’s facilities. It’s Free, It’s Fast! Password for Historic Trinity WIFI is - worship3100


The church office would greatly appreciate it if you would inform them of any update or change in address; home, cell, or work phone number; or email address. We do respect your privacy, and we do not pass on your address. Our ability to contact you, however, is only as good as the latest information we have on file. We are especially in need your current email address. In an effort to cut down on postage expense, we would like to e-mail as much correspondence as possible i.e., meeting notices, agendas, minutes, etc. If you would like to receive your correspondence electronically, please send an e-mail to sandy@historictrinity.org from your preferred e-mail account. Thanks!


Historic Trinity offers a large variety of opportunities for involvement by you, your fa.m.ily, your co-workers, and your friends through its many Worship Services, Bible Classes, events, and activities. There are numerous information and reservation flyers and mailers available to make it easier for you to invite others to join with you at a specific worship service or event. Pick up a flyer or mailer and pass it on to someone. Remember - 85% of people attend a church because someone asked them. Research by polling says that one in every four people is just waiting to be invited to church. Other research demonstrates that people need to be with people, and fellowship in a congregation helps to meet that need. Individuals are looking for a church where they can enjoy attending church - Historic Trinity is such a church. Give it a try - ask someone to share in the joy and pride of Historic Trinity.


When you attend various venues in downtown Detroit like, a Detroit Tiger baseball game, a Detroit Lions football game, a Red Wings hockey game, the Detroit Auto Show, Eastern Market, the Riverfront Walk, Winterfest, concerts and other events include Historic Trinity in your plans. All these activities are only block away from Historic Trinity. Drop by this your "Mother Church of Detroit Lutheranism" for a visit, for a tour, or to attend a Worship Service. Come dressed as you are for your activity - we are not formal!

HISTORIC TRINITY IS: Traditional, Pastoral, Caring and Enabling

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Historic Trinity Lutheran Church
1345 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48207
Phone: (313) 567-3100
Fax: (313) 567-3209
Email: Historic Trinity