And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
We’re part of a bigger church family, the Lutheran Church of Australia. Together we want to be a place where love comes to life. We believe that God’s love is for everyone, everywhere, and we want you to see how his love comes to life in us – and in you.
Trinity Lutheran Church Cooma had its roots in the turmoil of post World War II Europe. Many of the refugees from across Central Europe through the Baltic States were Lutheran, and a diverse mix of nationalities and cultures found their way to work on the Snowy Mountains hydro-electric scheme. The early pastors provided an exhausting chaplaincy role, to simply listen to these refugee people unfold their stories of pain, tragedy and loss, in the tough conditions of rudimentary accommodation in the harsh environment of the Snowy Mountains.
In 1967, a permanent church building was built in Cooma, with just one Australian-born person on the membership list. It is a uniquely lovely little church which was designed by a Lithuanian refugee. With the diversity of cultures who came to the Snowy Mountains after World War II, Cooma is often considered the birthplace of multiculturalism in Australia. A remnant of these people remains, now in their senior years.
When the Snowy construction came to a close in the early 1970s, many of the people moved on to seek work elsewhere. The numbers at Trinity Church declined rapidly and the pastor was relocated to the new church at Belconnen in Canberra. Cooma was served with increasing difficulty from Canberra and numbers declined to a level where the church was at risk of closure. In 2009 the small congregation called local member and businessman Melvin Salzke to serve the congregation as a specific ministry pastor. Pastor Melvin was ordained as our pastor on 13 February 2010, and he continues to run his business which supports the continuation of his ministry role.
The congregation is small, but we normally meet approximately three Sundays a month at 10.30am. We meet quite simply around God’s word and sacrament. We share holy communion together each Sunday to express our absolute dependence on God, through the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. We share fellowship around morning tea following the service.
Whether you are are a local or visitor and would like to check us out, you are always welcome. Please check on the church door or ring pastor Melvin on 0412 384 443 to confirm church times.