Special to The Hays Daily News

Great Bend -- The congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend will celebrate the church's centennial with a variety of events in August.

One of the celebration highlights is the opening of the cornerstone of the church building Sunday. This ceremony will take place after the 10:30 a.m. service and before the Sunday School Rally Day picnic at noon.

Pastor James Strasen will welcome all to the 100th anniversary worship services Aug. 30 and 31.

Joining in the celebration are former pastors including Ken Behnken, Nevada, Bob Studtmann, Oklahoma, Lyle Stuehrenberg, Garden City, Keith Wiens, Manhattan, Chuck Tews, Wisconsin, Gary Teske, Lawrence, Lenny Dale, Kansas City, Mo., David Carlson, Missouri, Robert Kreier, Salina, and Deaconess Gretchen Shults, Texas.

Tews will preside at Saturday evening's communion service at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 and Teske will preach at the 8 a.m. Aug. 31 service, with Studtmann preaching at the 10:30 a.m. service.

There is a long tradition of music and instrumental prominence in worship at Trinity, and the centennial celebration has acclaimed organist Walter Pelz from Lindsborg as guest organist.

The Joyful Praise Ringers bell choir, the Chancel Choir and the Youth Choir and the Cherub Choir will also be providing special music during the celebration services.

The library will display some of the remembrances of the last 100 years.

The anniversary banquet will be at noon Aug. 31 at the Highland Convention Center. The Joy singing group from the 1970s will reunite to provide special music for the banquet.

Advance tickets for the event can be purchased at the church office, 2701 24th Street in Great Bend. Babysitting by the Trinity youth is provided. Transportation can be arranged to the dinner by calling (620) 793-7894.