A church in the middle of Alton has closed its doors.  Trinity Lutheran Church on Blair Street held its final service on Sunday.  The small congregation of just a few dozen people could no longer sustain the expenses of the parish, and the decision was made to close.  Trinity had been serving area residents for 110 years.

Church officials cite the declining membership as the main reason for closing the doors, with only the handful of active members, and others who were older and mostly confined to their homes.  The church, and its pastor, Reverend Bill Veith, was active in community service and other outreach programs including a mission of tackling the issue of racism in the city through a series of public events in recent years.  Veith is said to be seeking chaplain work at a hospital, possibly in St. Louis.  Other members plan to look for a new place of worship in the weeks ahead.  Trinity Lutheran was a part of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The building and property will most likely be sold.

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