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Welcome to First Trinity Lutheran Church

 

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Sanctuary

 

The large chunk glass window depicting the Trinity crosses and symbols given by Vossler descendants in  memory of founder Christian Vossler. The Pulpit was given in memory of founder Christian Gallmann. The sculptured Cross over the altar is empty, symbolizing how Jesus rose from the dead. The small stained glass windows - Symbols of Christian faith

 

Altar rail - Engraved with symbols of the church seasons

Baptismal font and paschal candle - Symbols, Water, Word & Spirit

 

The south side window which  incorporates parts of stained glass windows from the old church on Genesee Street; The Dove  from “ The Trinity” windows given by the Walther League youth in 1950 and Jesus Ascending from 'The Christ Jesus Ascension” window given by the Concordia Ladies Aid in 1929

 

 

Entry

There are two entrances into the church.

One entry is from the parking lot and serves as the Daycare entry on weekdays.

 
 
The other entry is off the sidestreet.
 

The Front entry opens into a larger receiving area and lounge right next to the sanctuary.

To the left is a small bathroom and sound control room.

To the right is a sound proof room for families and children and access to the balcony.

Next to the wall is a small stand with hearing aid devices that work with the sound system to assist worshipers who have trouble hearing the service.

 

Hanging in this entry is a hand carved Crucifix from the altar that was in our old church on Genesee Street

~ donated by Otto Gaede

 

Daycare

The basement and several rooms upstairs have been converted for daycare use.

 

 

 

 

Choir Room

One of the rooms down the long Hall of the church is the Choir Room.

 

 
 

Pastor's Office (Study)

Adjoining the Main Office, but also with a door in the hallway, is Pastor's Office.

Here you will always find a friend and counselor in time of need.

He will not be surprised at your sins, nor will he judge you in them, but he always invites you to share with him, the wisdom of forgiveness of sins, and the saving grace of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

 

Library/Office

There are many books, most dedicated directly to Lutheran teachings and beliefs.

 
 

Interesting points in the library:

The shelves are made from the pews from the old church.

In the corner stands the Marble Baptismal Font that was presented in the 1900's by the Ladies Aid. Inscribed on it are the words Ein Herr, Ein Taufe, Ein Glaube meaning One God, One Faith, One Baptism in German.

 

 
Also in the Library is the old Wood Pascal Candle Holder which was replaced by the brass one now standing in the sanctuary. (Behind Baptismal Font in above photo)

 

 
Over in the office area is a painting of the Wellsville Sanatorium. The Sanatorium formerly stood on the site where the church now stands.
 

Narthex - Lounge

Central to the front of the church as you leave the Sanctuary is the Narthex.

A Narthex is an architectural element typical of early Christian and Byzantine basilicas or Churches consisting of the entrance or lobby area, usually located at the west end of the nave (main body of the church), opposite the church's main altar.

This is a multipurpose area in the church. Some uses include coffee hour fellowship after worship, meetings and receptions for funerals and other events.

On the far wall are three hand carved wooden wall sculpturesby Mr. William R. MacCrea.

 

 

 

SYMBOLISM OF THE WALL SCULPTURES

As in all traditional church art, there is a great deal of symbolism in the three wall sculptures. Overall, the three represent the Trinity with the Greek letters, Alpha and Omega symbolizing the Beginning and the End at the two upper outside areas of the first and last panel.

First Panel: The Holy Spirit -as shown by the dove with wings outstretched Around the Dove are rays shinning forth in truth and light. The scallop shell with the three drops is a symbol of Holy baptism. The building represents the old Trinity Lutheran Church -- while the tree partially covering the church is symbolic of firm roots in the land and the strength of tradition. The winged human figure is the St. Matthew mentioned in the book of Revelations. The border consists of a series of trefoils interspersed with the anchor (hope) and the Celtic interwoven design which stands for the dual nature of Christ -Man and God.

Middle Panel: God the Father cannot be depicted, but the bush burned by fire and yet not consumed attests to his majesty, power and presence. The bush rooted in rocks, is meant to convey the sense of eternity as well as the church. The swirling movements flanking the bush are symbols of power smoke and wind, while in the very center is the Trinity symbol. The winged Lion symbolizes St. Mark and the winged Bull symbolizes St. Luke. The double-headed figure, entwined in the upper left hand border symbolizes man's eternal struggle: his two natures -good and evil. Growing beneath the bush is a thistle, a symbol of earthly suffering, and beside it a new growing plant, a sign of rebirth.

Third Panel: Christ as the Good Shepherd, the side of God revealed through our Lord and the New Testament, which shows concern and love, boundless mercy and compassion. Beside the Christ grows the Tree of Life, the heart-shaped leaves being as a sign of Love and Charity. At the base of the tree is a basket of loaves and these together with the Chalice on the opposite side stand as the symbols for communion bread and wine. The ground produces several plants, chief among them being the Lily from the Sermon on the Mount, also a sign of purity and the Easter Resurrection. There are many three- pedaled flowers -these being long used as a means of explaining the Three in One mystery of God. There is a thistle signifying suffering, and the eagle, again a symbol for John, the beloved. In the first and third panel, there are three stars in each. In the one, a symbol of heaven. In the other, another Trinity symbol. Together the number of stars is six the ancient number symbol for Spiritual Lover. There are other tiny symbols in the numbers of things and in the borders. May these sculptures aid in your work and in your faith.

Respectfully, William R. MacCrea

 

 

Also located in the lounge area are two curio cabinets donated by Earl Potrafke in memory of his father. Some of the contents of these cabinets include: offering box, missal stand from the Altar, mementos and pictures from the families of Pastors Potrafke and Krentz.

Also in the lounge is a large glass display case. Monthly it holds pictures taken during church service and other events. During Advent and Christmas it houses a large nativity set on loan from Jane White.

 

 

Above the glass display case is an original painting done by Eleanor Cott, donated by her estate.

 

Balcony

 

  The balcony is the home of the hand bells for the choir.

 
A room in the back of the balcony houses the organ pipes.
 
 

Organ

The pipe organ console now sits on the left side of the sanctuary below the stained glass window of Jesus.

 

The organ console was moved down from the balcony in 2003, during the sanctuary renovations.
 

 

 

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