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Grace Lutheran to mark 150 years

Celebration was postponed due to pandemic

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson
Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St., is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

Grace Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge, will celebrate the culmination of 150 years of ministry on May 23.

Worship services at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. at the church, 211 S. Ninth St.,will celebrate the congregation’s rich history.

The (First) Swedish Lutheran Church formed on May 31, 1870. Worship was in Swedish for many years. In 1902, there was a split and Bethlehem Lutheran Church started worshiping on the east side of the river. Then in 1947 the two churches joined together again as Grace Lutheran Church. There are seven current members who were a part of that reconciliation.

Throughout the years Grace has seen its share of ups and downs. What has been consistent through it all is the congregation’s namesake – God’s Grace. Through locust swarms, pastor shortages, the Spanish flu pandemic, world wars, unrest, droughts, floods, fires and innumerable challenges, God’s grace was more than sufficient. Despite the challenges, members have continued to “Know God’s Grace and Share God’s Love” – the over-arching theme during this anniversary year and for the church’s future.

The 150th anniversary year saw focus on ways to “Grow, Reconcile, Aspire, Console and Evangelize (G.R.A.C.E).”

COVID forced cancellation of the planned extravaganza to mark the beginning of the anniversary year, but congregation members are excited to celebrate this very special day marking the end of the anniversary year. All are welcome to attend and share in the joy of 150 years of ministry.

Guest preacher will be the Rev. Mike Kroona, assistant to the bishop of the Western Iowa Synod and a member of Grace. Special music, Holy Communion, recognition of the original members of Grace, and a gift for all who attend will help mark the congregation’s milestone. Worshipers are encouraged to wear red to help celebrate Pentecost and the historic birth of the church.

Visitors are welcome to attend the festivities. In consideration and love for our neighbors, it is requested that everyone wear a mask.

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