“So if you walk in My ways and keep My statutes and commandments, just as your father David did, then I will prolong your days.” 1 Kings 3:14
On Sunday, November 24, Transfiguration Lutheran Church celebrated its 116th anniversary. Rev. Aaron Dickerson gave an inspiring sermon, emphasizing the theme “A Thankful People Serving a Faithful God”. Ms. Leslie Jones, the president of the congregation and the first Black female Lutheran church president, was the Master of Ceremony and led the congregation through a wonderful service.
Mr. Anthony Wilkins, son of Deaconess Addie Wilkins who contributed so much to the history of Transfiguration, provided some historical highlights of Transfiguration Lutheran Church. Transfiguration has such a rich history that Mr. Wilkins could only give highlights, a more in depth history can be found here.) Additionally, the chancel choir, male chorus, and the children of the Lutheran Community Center all blessed the service with songs of praise and thanksgiving.
Sisters Wilma Marshall and Marie Medcalf presented a special recognition to Pastor Donnie Robinson for his service to Transfiguration. Pastor Robinson was a friend of the late Rev. Dr. Stanley Engram, Sr. and was a great support during Pastor Engram’s illness. Pastor Robinson was willing and able to provide inspiring messages during Pastor Engram’s absences from the pulpit and was a great source of comfort after Pastor Engram’s passing. He received a plaque of appreciation which read:
“With our Greatest Appreciation To
PASTOR DONNIE ROBINSON
Thank You for serving
TRANSFIGURATION LUTHERAN CHURCH
with the Joy of Jesus.
We give thanks to God always for you
-1 Thessalonians 1:2
116TH CHURCH ANNIVERSARY
Sunday, November 24, 2019“
Mrs. Ida N. Mobley received special recognition for having the longest record of membership and attendance at Transfiguration. She was previously recognized as a Golden Girl during TLC’s Annual Women’s Day Celebration. Mrs. Mobley joined the original location of Transfiguration at the age of five and is one of the few members that was with the church when it moved to its current location. In her thank you speech, she recalled that there were no high-rises in the St. Louis City area when she first joined the church! Mrs. Mobley received a certificate of recognition and a gift from the church.
Keeping with the theme of thankfulness, Transfiguration, the Lutheran Community Center, and the Lutheran Business Women hosted a Thanksgiving Luncheon immediately after service. Members and guest fellowshipped over good food and enjoyed a slideshow presentation of TLC through the years and a video about the work of the community center.
A special thank you to all of those who made this celebration possible: the members of Transfiguration Lutheran Church, the Anna Beck Lutheran Community Center, and the Lutheran Business Women.