Sunday morning we attended First Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Washington, D.C. The Gospel lesson for the day was acted out by the Lifeline Partnership, adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. It is one of several social ministries with which the congregation is actively involved. First Trinity also has a hostel and housing ministry, as well as a public restaurant which provides job training for the unemployed. We enjoyed talking with Pastors Wendy Moen and Tom Knoll after the service, as well as other members of the congregation. The church certainly has an exciting ministry to the community and, unlike other churches we have visited, it has young adults active in its worship and mission activities. After church our son Dan suggested a trip over to the Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. It is the second market bearing its name, the first one started in 1805 and lasted until 1872. In its earliest beginnings it was situated near the Anacostia River. It was a time when markets relied on river transportation to move goods.
In 1873 a building was built at its present location, and in that building we found many vendors selling a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, meats and flowers. Somewhat similar to Soulard Market back in St.Louis.