From the Trinity Chimes:  

2/9/1941    The new pipe organ, received from the Reuter Organ Company, Lawrence, Kansas, was dedicated.

3/9/1941    "The introductory price of the new hymnals is 81 cents.  After Easter the price will be $1.75."  

District News 4/15/1941:   "When Immanuel congregation at Riverside had assembled for Sunday morning services, army trucks from nearby Camp Haan brought 250 soldiers to attend the services at our Lutheran Church which seats about 100 with some crowding.  All of these men were Lutherans, 3000 miles from their home churches.  The members cleared the church and turned it over to the Army."   

Trinity Chimes:   4/20/1941   "The matter of placing our country's flag in our church was discussed at the recent voters' meeting. The thought was expressed that someone might wish to give a flag as a memorial..."  

5/4/1941     "Recent arrivals from Seward, Nebraska:  Mr. & Mrs. Leroy (Jim) Schlegelmilch, Leroy's parents and brother Kenneth."  (Jim & Ruth Schlegelmilch would become active members of Trinity for the next 69 years, Jim serving on the Board of Finance, and as Financial Secretary; on the Board of Elders and as chairman of that Board.  Both Jim and Ruth were members of the choir and gave generously to the many needs of the church.  They both went to be with the Lord in December of 2010 within four days of each other.)

District News 6/15/1941:   "The War Dept. (now the Dept. of Defense) estimates that of the 1,200,000 officers and men now mobilized in the U.S. Army, about 75,000 are members of the various Lutheran Synods,with probably 15,000 holding membership in our Synod."  

Trinity Chimes:   6/22/1941    "The beautiful American and Christian flags have been presented to our congregation by the members of the local A.A.L.  We are grateful indeed for this appropriate and timely gift..."  

7/27/1941    "Franz Kruse has been ordered to report at a camp for training flyers in Alabama..."  

10/12/1941  "George Wiemers has been ordered to report for service in the Army..."   The attack on  Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, began at 7:55 A.M., 9:55 California time, on December 7th.  Trinity's service began at 10:15.  God's people were in worship and prayer then as now and into eternity.  

District News 12/15/1941:   "Every congregation of the District will take this situation most seriously and will act according to the will of  God in behalf of our nation and in the spirit of loyal citizenship.  God will deal with us according to His promises. 

Let us daily commend to the care of our Lord our sons and our chaplains in the service of our nation..." 

-Pauline Hiles, Winter 2012