(Shaun Friedrichsen, Publisher)
On Sunday, July 31, the Immanuel Lutheran Church will celebrate God’s continued blessings, recognizing 125 years since it was founded.
The church, which is located five miles east of Daykin, was founded in 1891 when 13 Lutherans came together to sign the constitution that started the congregation. According to information provided by Mary Heidemann, who worships at Immanuel Lutheran Church, one of the people who signed the constitution, Fred Jarchow, donated seven acres of his farm to build the church and to establish a cemetery.
“The site was ideal since it was located at the intersection of the main road coming south from Western and east from Daykin. Since these were horse and buggy days, the new congregation was needed to allow people to attend on a regular basis without traveling a great distance,” Heidemann wrote.
Construction of the red brick church was completed in 1910, and it was dedicated soon after it was finished. The brick parish hall was constructed in 1949. Immanuel Lutheran Church, according to Heidemann, reached the height of its membership in the 1960s, with “333 baptized souls and 237 communicant members. Due to the large attendance at services, chairs had to be set up in the aisles.”
The church continued offer services, and it saw some changes through the years, such as allowing women to hold office on the Church Council. It also survived difficult times, such as when the red brick church sustained damage from a tornado in 2014.
The most recent improvement at the church came in 2015 when the organ that was installed in the church in 1909 was renovated. Once the renovation was complete, the church hosted a Hymn Festival to celebrate. Roughly 140 people attended to hear the new sounds from the 106 year old organ.
On Sunday, people are invited to attend a celebration to recognize the church’s 125th anniversary. Heidemann explained that this is an important event because of what it signifies.
“For the celebration, we are expecting 200 present and former members to attend,” said Heidemann. “We also have three former ministers who will be at the celebration, Reverend Frank Winter, Sr. of Livermore, Colorado, Reverend Dwayne Schroeder of Bethany, Oklahoma, and Reverend Rick Kanoy of Arlington, Nebraska.”
Events begin at 9:15 Sunday in the Parish Hall with a social time, where there will be refreshments and a display featuring the history of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Following that, there will be a worship service at 10:30, featuring the three ministers who once served at the church.
At 12:15, there will be a catered meal at Meridian School, followed by a program. Heidemann explained that there is a pictorial directory/history book available to purchase for $10, which includes the history of the church from 1992 to 2016. She believes that God has shared His blessings with the Immanuel Lutheran Church; this celebration is meant to honor that.
“God’s blessings to this country place are evident,” said Heidemann By His grace, this congregation has had dedicated pastors and members who have contributed their time, talents and money to support the church in its continuing effort to proclaim the Gospel message. By God’s grace, the mission of Immanuel Lutheran Church is to serve the Lord through the sharing of the Gospel, equipping and guiding its members so that the love of Jesus Christ is known by all.”