Lutheran Church’s 150th year marked

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - Religion -

First Lutheran Church, 314 E. Eighth St., will cel­e­brate its 150th an­niver­sary at 3 p.m. Sun­day.

Ac­cord­ing to church records and Del­bert Sch­mand’s 1988 book The His­tory of the First Lutheran Church, the 1888 build­ing is the sec­ond struc­ture that has housed the con­gre­ga­tion since the church’s found­ing in 1868. The con­gre­ga­tion was orig­i­nally formed when 24 Luther­ans met at the home of area busi­ness­man Charles Miller to form the con­gre­ga­tion. Ser­vices were orig­i­nally con­ducted in Ger­man, tran­si­tion­ing into English around the begin­ning of the 20th cen­tury, and be­ing held in both lan­guages in the 1930s.

In 1907, a build­ing built next to First Lutheran served as its first school, and a newer one built in 1965 be­came the present-day Christ Lutheran Church and School.

The Rev. Steven Teske, who was pas­tor of First Lutheran from 20032006 and is a cur­rent parish­ioner, said the con­gre­ga­tion these days av­er­ages 62 wor­ship­pers, and that the church hosts the main Ref­or­ma­tion ser­vice for cen­tral Arkansans each year on the last Sun­day of Oc­to­ber. At those ser­vices, mul­ti­ple Lutheran pas­tors lead dif­fer­ent por­tions of the ser­vices and a choir of mem­bers from area churches.

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