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Vergas church marks 125 years of faith

St. Paul's Lutheran in Vergas will be observing a milestone this year, and the celebration weekend is May15-16.

St. Paul's, Loon Lake, Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, of Vergas, will observe its 125th anniversary Sunday, May 16.

Saturday evening, May 15, a social time will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. at the church. The Sunday morning preacher will be Roger Sonnenberg, Acadia, CA., a son of the congregation.

Worship service with holy communion will begin at 10:30 a.m. Dinner will be served following the service, along with an afternoon of informal gathering to share past memories and fellowship.

Friends and former members are invited to join St. Paul's celebration of God's many years of being blessed.

Around 1880, German and Russia-Poland (Russ-Polen) families that first settled in Carver County, MN, began moving into Otter Tail County. 

They had been contacted by a traveling missionary that ministered to them and helped start a congregation.

It was Ascension Day, Sunday, May 14, 1885 that the German Evangelical Lutheran St Paul's Church was organized. The constitution was read and accepted. Twelve men signed it. In 2010 several of these charter members have six generations of present membership, to name a few are: Hoffman, Moltzan, Kratzke, Wischnak and Richter.

A frame church was built and dedicated in 1907. The beautiful altar is still in use today. Additions have been built on to the church and a building purchased to accommodate Jesus Little Lambs Preschool. The church's current pastor, the Rev. Robert Hinckley, was installed in 2007.

The church is located 2.5 miles south of Vergas, on County Road 4, among the beautiful trees on a hill, across from Loon Lake.