First Lutheran Church Timeline

1892    Congregation organized on April 14th with 19 Members.
1895    The Reverend Jones Magney, pastor of Balsam Lutheran Church, conducted services here once a month from 1895-1903.
1898    The congregation bought a lot and built a church for $1,000.
1905    Built the first parsonage.
1906    The Ladies Aid was organized.
1917    Our 25th Anniversary was celebrated.
1920    The Women's Missionary Society was formed.
1921     Offering envelopes were used for the first time.
1927    A basement was added to the church for $1,000.
1941    The original church was remodeled at a cost of $3,000.
1942    We celebrated our 50th Anniversary.
1950    Pipe organ was was installed.  The M&M Club was organized.
1956    New parsonage on Hyland Avenue.
1957    The Mortgage for the basement addition was burned.
1962    White church was razed in April.  First worship service and laying of cornerstone was held in the new church on November 11.  Total cost of church including furnishings: $164,600.
1963    New church dedicated on April 28th.
1967    The 75th Anniversary was celebrated.
1974    Stained glass windows were installed.  Couples Club started.
1975    Elaine Meyer was the first woman to serve on the Council.  The church mortgage was burned.
1981    The organ was expanded to 10 ranks.  Food Shelf started.
1982    90th Anniversary celebrated.
1989    Karen Christopherson started as Church Secretary.
1991    Men in Mission began.
1992    100th Anniversary was celebrated.  Fellowship Hall addition and remodeling started.  ($550,000)
1993    Sold Parsonage.  First Stephen Ministers commissioned.  Women, Infant, Children Clinic started meeting here.
1994    Mick Larsen hired as a custodian. (retired from position 2022)
1996    Bought Bob Lee Property for parking. ($26,000)
2004    Men in Mission began making Baptismal Faith Chests.
2005    Bought LaMere property, removed house for parking.  ($71,950)
2006    Parking lots paved.  Loan balance was $435,126.
2007    Wednesday youth program Friends in Faith started.
2008    Men in Mission started selling scrip.  Food Pantry moved to old hospital Building.
2009    Hosted Walk through Bethlehem.  Blacktopped south lots. New First Lutheran Logo.  Started supporting Sunbeam Boy's Home in Jamaica with mission trips.
2010    Organ console restored with midi-system. ($40,250)
2012    Church men refurbished new youth area downstairs.
2013    Liz Bowmen joined our staff working with our youth. (Took different job 2021)
2014    Honored Julie Selle for being our organist for 40 years. Mortgage Burned.  
2015    New pew cushions installed.  Purchased property north of our Fellowship Hall ($49,500)  House removed, and landscaped into a nice yard for our youth. 
2016    Remodeled Sanctuary, narthex, gathering area.  Much of the work done by members. ($55,476), Put linoleum in the serving area of the Fellowship Hall.  We thanked Julie for faithfully being our organist. Beth Ray and Julie Hanlon Johnson hired to provide music.  Received a large endowment gift in memory of Milt and Irene Simon.  Received a grand piano in memory of Chuck Polfus.
2017    Celebrated 125 years with monthly activities.  Remodeled sacristy, and carpeted Fellowship Hall.
2019    Starting streaming services and special events online

Resident Pastors who have Served First Lutheran

1904-1910      Rev. J.A. Gustafson
1910-1926       Rev. M.Th. Andren
1927-1931        Rev. M.A. Melford
1931-1936       Rev. A.P. Almen
1937-1942       Rev. C.J. Karl
1942-1948      Rev. L.K. Anderson
1949-1953      Rev. Norman I. Magnuson
1954-1955      Rev. Clarence Seburg
1956-1965      Rev. Marvin D. Johnson
1965-1970      Rev. John M. Loberg
1971-1984      Rev. Tom A. Nygaard
1985-1989      Rev. Lawrence J. Day
1990-1991      Interim Pastor Rev. Emil Dockter
1991-2005      Rev. Marcia Lynn Pyle
2005-2006     Interim Pastor Rev. Mike Soppeland
2006-Today   Rev. Tim Bjorge

Intern Pastors:  This program began in 1978 with Walter "Chip" Bouzard, followed by Katie Herman, Robin Pearson, Tim Dusenberg, Don Clifford, Ann Bergstrom, and Dan Alexander.
Visitation Pastors included Lowell Bolstad and Loren & Linda Schumacher
Seminarians included Greg Stoddard, Douglas Johnson, Tom Nacey, Diane Blahauvietz, Dave Teig, Tricia Noha, Diane Norstad, and Heidi Williamson
Youth Workers have included Neil & Sally Pickard, Dave Teig, Carole DeJardin, Travis Bauermeister, Heidi & Josh Williamson, Liz Bowman, Steve & Erin Osero.

As of December 30 2016 Total Baptized membership 514.
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