Trinity United Methodist Church, 425 N. Lyndon St., PO Box 27, Waldo WI 53093 Ph. 920-528-7123

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The history of our church

Trinity United Methodist Church
(Information from historical files)

In February of 1977 the three former United Methodist congregations of Cascade, Hingham, and Waldo, became one congregation. The decision was made to worship at the central geographical point, and only community with one church present. Trinity Church centered itself in Waldo.

During 1977 a Long Range Planning Committee study compared the feasibility of remodeling the existing Waldo building as opposed to building new. At the Annual Church Conference Meeting held October 19, 1977 "a motion was made to elect a Building Committee empowered to employ an architect to draft and submit preliminary plans and cost estimates for a church building using the Buelke site as a model and reporting back to the Administrative Council as soon as possible." The motion was seconded and carried, 38 yes, 14 no.

At the January 5, 1978 Administrative Council Meeting, a motion was made to have a Charge Conference on February 12, 1978 with the following agenda: 1. Elect a Building Committee, 2. Exercise the option to purchase the Buelke property, 3. To receive and view the architect’s preliminary drawings. The motion was seconded and carried.

February 7, The District Committee on Church Building and Location met with our Building Committee and "moved to accept the Buelke property and that Trinity Church purchase the property immediately."

At the Charge Conference of February 12, action was taken to purchase that property. The transaction was completed March 31, 1978. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Sunday April 22, 1979. The first Sunday Worship was Palm Sunday, March 30, 1980. Consecration and Opening Services were held Sunday June 22 at 2:00 p.m. On Sunday June 29, an informal open house with tours was held.

The Trinity Church Bell Tower incorporates the bells of three former churches, Cascade, Hingham, and Waldo. There is an old pew from the old Waldo Church in the back of  Trinity. Read about it here. The stained glass window in the Narthex is from the old Waldo Church. View our stained glass windows.

The parking lots and driveways were paved in the fall of 1983.

The building debt and mortgage were satisfied as paid in full March 1987. On Celebration Sunday, April 26, we celebrated the Burning of the Mortgage.

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