Congregational Anniversaries (October 2016)


 The Lutheran Witness welcomes notices 50 words or less from LCMS congre­gations about their upcoming “milestone” anniversaries. The deadline for re­ceipt of such notices is the 10th of the month two months prior to the publi­cation month (e.g., October 10 for the December issue). Send notices to — Ed.

Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bennett, Colo., is celebrating its 30th anniversary October 23. The 10:00 a.m. worship service will be followed by a luncheon with a special program at approximately 1:00 p.m. Cake and ice cream will complete the festivities. Contact Sharon Neira at 303-622-4693 or

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Two Rivers, Wis., is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Sunday, October 9. Rev. John Wille, South Wisconsin District President, will serve as guest preacher at 9:15 a.m. worship service. Luncheon will follow the service. For additional information, call 920-793-1716 or email

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stockton, Minn., will celebrate its 125th anniversary on October 30. Dr. Dean Nadasdy, Minnesota South District President, will be guest preacher at 4:00 p.m. service. A German meal will be served following the service. For more details, contact the church at or 507-689-2777.

Grace Lutheran Church, Little Rock, Ark., will celebrate its 75th anniversary Sunday, October 30. Rev. Dr. David W. Callies, Mid-South District President Emeritus will be guest preacher at the 10:00 a.m. service. A catered luncheon and program will follow the service. For more information, contact Rev. James C. Walter at 501-663-3631 or

Hope Lutheran Church, St. Louis, Mo., will celebrate its 100th anniversary the weekend of October 7 through 9. A hymn festival, featuring Jeffrey Blersch on organ, will be held Friday, October 7. Family fall festival, including barbecue and games, will be held Saturday, October 8. Banquet will follow 10:00 a.m. service at noon Sunday, October 9. For more information, call 314-352-0014 or email

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Clovis, N.M., will celebrate its 75th anniversary October 23. Rev. Allen Anderson, Rocky Mountain District President, will preach at 10:30 a.m. service, followed by a meal for current and former members. For more details, contact 575-763-4526 or

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Richfield, Minn., will conclude its 85th anniversary celebrations with a 9:00 a.m. worship service Sunday, October 16. Rev. Dean Nadasdy, President of the Minnesota South District, will be the guest speaker. A catered brunch will be served following the service. For more information, email

Our Savior Lutheran Church, Des Moines, Iowa, is celebrating its 70th anniversary Sunday, October 30, with service at 9:00 a.m. A potluck lunch will be held at noon followed by time for memories and remembrances. Email for additional information.

St. James Lutheran Church, Holland, Minn., will celebrate its 125th anniversary October 16, at the 9:00 a.m. service. A meal will be served in the church basement at 11:15 a.m. For more information, call the church office at 507-347-3357.

St. John Lutheran Church, Nashville, Kan., will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the church building and 125th anniversary of the congregation Sunday, October 23, with Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 worship service. Catered meal will follow 10:30 service. At 2:00 p.m., there will be a dedication of the new pipe organ and recital.

St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lincolnton. N.C., is celebrating its 240th anniversary Sunday, October 30. Rev. Dr. John Denninger, Southeastern district president, will preach at the 11:00 service. A final celebration is also planned for Sunday, November 20.

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pittsfield, Ill., is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the tent mission and the 55th anniversary of the church building on Reformation Sunday, October 30. Rev. Walt Otten of Lutheran Heritage Foundation will preach at the 10:00 a.m. worship service, followed by a potluck meal, fellowship, history presentation and memory sharing.

St. Paul Lutheran School, Royal Oak, Mich., celebrates “A Century of God’s Grace”. A special service of praise and thanksgiving is planned for Sunday, October 9, at 10:00 a.m. with former pastor Rev. Ronald Guettler. School open house and light luncheon will follow. For further details, call 248-546-6555.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Strasburg, Ill, continues its 150th anniversary celebration Sunday, October 30. Rev. Mark Miller, president, Central Illinois District, will preach at the 10:00 a.m. service. A German-style meal will follow the service along with blue-grass music to follow. RSVP at 217-644-2661 or

Trinity Lutheran Church, Atchison, Kan., will celebrate its 150th anniversary November 6, at the 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. worship services. Kansas District President, Rev. Peter Lange, will be the guest pastor. For more information, please call the church at 913-367-2837 or email

Zion Lutheran Church, Omaha, Neb., will celebrate its 130th anniversary with a Germanfest October 8. On October 9, Rev. Thomas Schmitt will be guest preacher at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. For more information, call 402-493-1744 or email

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