It was a combination of the old and the new at an historic Akron church over the weekend.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church marked the 100th anniversary of the laying of its cornerstone.
(Holy Trinity Lutheran Church cornerstone, picture: Mike Ward, AkronNewsNow.com)
Cornerstone committee chair Sandy DeLuca says the church on North Prospect Street had many prominent Akronites involved in its long history.
"F.A. Seiberling was the creator of Goodyear, and so his father was a founding member of this church," DeLuca tells AkronNewsNow.com, "as well as other families...the Hower families, who are affiliated with the University of Akron, and we also have the Miller family and the Albrechts."
But in addition to the focus on an important milestone, Holy Trinity also sent off a group of 11 high school students... on a week long mission to Queens, New York.
And they'll be busy.
"Maybe painting houses, fixing up the area," Firestone High junior Tyler Rieman tells AkronNewsNow.com, "you know, the hurricane went down there, too, so there'll probably be a lot of cleaning up down there."
Tyler says he wants to experience different cultures and go where he's needed.
Ellet High senior Morgan Bader says she and the other students want to bring some light into the lives of those who need it.
"I think that they really want to help the community and fix up what happened,' Bader says, "and bring some sunshine down."
The group will be going with four adult chaperones. The students chose the destination before Hurricane Sandy.
Rev. William Hauser was associate pastor at Holy Trinity in the 1970s...he says he learned a lot there.
And he says one thing he learned, was keeping young people interested by giving them ways they can serve.
"And I think that this trip that they're going on is one of those ways that we can do that," Rev. Hauser tells AkronNewsNow.com, "because they're interested in serving, and they don't know where...or how. And the church provides them with that opportunity."
The cornerstone ceremony is just the first celebration of Holy Trinity's rich history.
The church will mark the 100th anniversary of its building dedication in December 2014, and the 150th anniversary of the creation of the congregation in 2018.