St. Michael’s Evangelical Lutheran Church to Observe 75th Anniversary
Source: La Crosse Tribune and Leader-Press; 28 Sept. 1935; transcribed by Sandra Wright
Fountain City, Wis. - (Special) - The 75th anniversary of St. Michael’s Evangelical Lutheran church and the annual Mission festival will celebrate next Sunday, St. Michael’s day, with services in the morning and in the afternoon. Sermons in German will be preached by the pastors Rev. Otto Nommensen of South Milwaukee, and Rev. Paul Lorenz of Watertown, Wis. The English sermon in the afternoon will be preached by Pastor Julius Gamin of La Crosse, Wis. The Rev. Otto Nommensen takes the place of his brother, the Rev. William Nommensen of Columbus, Wis., president of the West Wisconsin district, who is unable to come on account of a sudden attack of sickness.
Trinity Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church at Norden Celebrates Golden Event
Source: Mondovi Herald (29 Sept. 1922); transcribed by Sandra Wright
Norden Church Fittingly Celebrates Golden Event
By: Rev. L.S. Marvick
The fiftieth anniversary celebration of Trinity Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran church at Norden last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, was a great success. The congregation was organized Dec. 16, 1872 at the home of Peder N. Ausen, by Rev. Lars Sherven now of Los Angeles, California, who was called as the first regular pastor. He and three other former pastors of this congregation took part in the celebration, viz. Rev. H.C. Wik of Mondovi. The present efficient pastor is Rev. J.A. Westberg, who came to Norden four years’ ago to minister to the spiritual wants of this congregation and East Bennett Valley. He is now also serving Pleasant Valley. The people at Norden and Bennett Valley from the beginning were served by the Rev. Sherven from Strum.
The opening sermon, based on Psalms 100 was given by Rev. J. Norby of Deerfield, president of the Eastern District of the Norwegian Lutheran church of America. He very fittingly conducted the bishopric visitation in connection with the opening services, when the local pastor also catechized the catechumens and some of the smaller children.
Free dinner was served each day by the ladies in the Y. P. hall near the church. They deserve special mention for fine service.
Rev. O. Guldseth introduced a fine instructive and edifying discussion on Christ’s parable, “The Workers in the Vineyard” - Matt. 20:1-16. Most of the pastors took part in this general discussion Friday afternoon and Saturday, which greatly contributed to making this jubilee celebration a memorable event. The following pastorswere present: J. A. Westberg, Pres. J. Nordby, D. Sherven, C. M. Holseth, C. Guldseth; H. C. Wik, E. A. Norson and M. Flekke of Mondovi; A. O. Langehough of Eleva; A. O. Hjemboe of Strum; and Louis S. Marvik of Black River Falls.
Rev. Marvick, president of the Mondovi Circuit, gave an address on Friday evening on “The Young People and the Church.”
Prof. M. O. Wee of Luther Seminary, St. Paul, preached an inspiring jubilee sermon Sunday morning, at the same time Rev. Sherven preached at an overflow meeting.
Sunday afternoon an open air meeting was held to accommodate the large audience. The local church history, covering those fifty years, had been carefully prepared by Thimen Helgeson, and was read by the pastor, Rev. Westberg.
Short addresses were also given by the former pastors - Wik, Guldseth, Holseth and by Prof. Wee and Rev. Marvick.
The Norden church has been served by the following pastors:
L. Sherven: 1872 - '74
F. A. Moller: 1874 - '79
H. A. Heyer: 1879 - '84
O. O. Daehlen: 1884 - '88
O. Guldseth: 1888 - '92
M. C. Holseth: 1893 - '06
M. C. Stenson: 1906 - '11
H. C. Wik: 1912 - '18
J. A. Westberg: 1918
The church was erected by Ole Haave in 1878. Peder N. Aasen donated three acres of land for the church and the cemetery in 1876. The bell was purchased in 1888. The lumber was transported by ox teams 30 miles. It was donated labor. The church was dedicated May 27, 1888 by Prof. F. A. Schmidt.
The following names were mentioned in connection with the pioneer church work and organization of the congregation: Peder N. Aasen, Jens Tostenson Kvammern, Lorentz K. Venaas, Ole Engebretson Halrud, Ole Hareson, Torgrim Tomason Berg, Ole J. Lindelien, Anders E. Bruvold, Knut H. Bren, Jens Halsovson, Nils Gjermunkison, Anders Olson Skovbraaten and Andreas Olson Nordager.
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