Saude Lutheran Church

Saude Evangelical Lutheran Church, originally known as the Dale Norwegian congregation and then as the Little Turkey Lutheran congregation, was organized in 1857 under the leadership of the Rev. U. V. Koren. The first church building, a log church, was replaced by a frame structure in 1875. In the 1880s, the congregation was divided by the election controversy, and a minority left to establish Immanuel Church nearby. The 1875 building was struck by lightning and burned in 1903. The present church building was completed in 1904.

Extended History of Saude Lutheran Church

Cemetery Listings for Saude Lutheran Church

Saude & Jerico WWII Program (1945)

Jerico Lutheran Church

Jerico Evangelical Lutheran Church, originally known as the Crowe Creek congregation and then as Crane Creek Lutheran Church, was organized in 1867 under the leadership of the Rev. U. V. Koren. The first church building, constructed in 1875, was sold to a minority of the congregation in 1890 as a result of the election controversy which arose in the Norwegian Synod. A second building, dedicated in 1891, was struck by lightning and burned in 1892. A third building was constructed the same year. When the congregation outgrew that building, the present church was built and dedicated in 1913.

Extended History of Jerico Lutheran Church

Jostedal Church – Norwegian Roots of Jerico Lutheran Church

Cemetery Listings for Jerico Lutheran Church

Saude & Jerico WWII Program (1945)

Redeemer Lutheran Church

Redeemer Lutheran Church was organized in 1941 with the congregation meeting in the American Legion Hall. The congregation then moved to the Redeemer Chapel, the upper level of a house in New Hampton. In 1953, the present church building was purchased and moved to its location on W. Court Street. The congregation shared a pastor with Trinity Lutheran Church in Calmar from 1966-2018 before forming a three-point parish with the Saude and Jerico congregations.

Christian Education

The Christian education of children has always been a strong emphasis in our congregations. In 1889, the ambitious goal of 151 days of instruction was set for the year. The most concentrated time of instruction was Norwegian School, which ran the entire month of June. This ended with a special meal and program in the church. In the early part of the twentieth century, plans were made to emphasize Christian education even more.

Strandebarm School

In memory of his wife Anna who died in childbirth, the Rev. H. M. Tjernagel built a log cabin. He named it the “Strandebarm” after Anna’s childhood home in Norway. After its completion, the Rev. Tjernagel made this announcement:

“It is five years since their mother left them. The cabin is a memorial to her and a play house for her little girls. It is their father’s ambition that they may follow after her in the paths of righteousness, and by the grace of God through Jesus Christ, be reunited with her at the right hand of God. A Christian day-school is therefore conducted for her girls, and others who wish to come, in the memorial cabin.”

The school operated from 1928-1936. It still stands next to the parsonage.

Strandebarm Lutheran School Teachers:

1928-29 — Olivia Tjernagel
1929-30 — Jeanette Jordahl
1930-31 — Morris Dale, Nora Leverson
1931-32 — C.O. Kirkpatrick
1933-34 — Bjarne Teigen
1934-35 — Torald Teigen
1935-36 — Wilbur Dorn, Reinhold Dorhmann

Saude Lutheran School

When the Rev. N. S. Tjernagel succeeded his father as pastor, he brought the idea of a school before the Saude & Jerico congregations. A school was opened in 1943 in a rented public school building. The following year, a different building was purchased and moved to a plot on the south end of the town of Saude. The Saude congregation officially took over control of the school in 1947, and it remained in operation until 1979. At that time the schools were consolidated, and all students attended at Jerico. The Saude school building was sold in 1983 and removed from the property.

Saude Lutheran School Teachers:

1943-44 — R. L. Wiechmann
1944-45 — Armin Keibel
1945-46 — LaVine Hagen
1946-47 — Theodore Aaberg
1947-51 — Orla Anderson (Petersen)
1952-55 — Paul Madson
1955-57 — Keith Olmanson
1957-58 — Ernest Geistfeld
1958-60 — Earl Brassow
1960-61 — JoAnn Storlie (Lillo)
1961-62 — Irwin Levorson
1962-63 — Margaret Myrum
1963-65 — Ruth Roberson
1965-66 — Donald Johnson
1966-69 — Norma Bell (Miller)
1969-70 — Linda Thesenvitz (Marozick)
1970-72 — Kathleen Skaaland (Keats)
1972-74 — Lael Bahn
1974-75 — Alona Steffen (Knutson)
1975-77 — Sarah Aaberg
1977-79 — Marie Aaberg

Jerico Lutheran School

Children from both congregations attended the Saude school after it opened in 1943. But by 1947, the Jerico congregation recognized the need to have a school of its own. A building was moved over from Elma to its present location west of the Jerico church. In the spring of 1968, the Jerico and Saude schools began to operate jointly with grades 1-4 at Jerico and grades 5-8 at Saude. The two schools were combined at Jerico in 1979, and the school continued to operate until 1982.

Jerico Lutheran School Teachers:

1947-48 — Theodore Aaberg
1948-51 — Joan Gilbo (Krueger)
1951-52 — Esther Petersen (Faugstad)
1952-53 — Corrine Hoefker (Schoer)
1953-55 — LaVonne Bodirius (Grauer)
1955-57 — Irma Speerschneider
1957-58 — Marshall Handberg
1958-60 — Stanley Holt
1960-61 — Ione Lillegard
1961-62 — Alice Knutson
1962-63 — Kenneth Fossen
1963-65 — Diane Natvig (Skaaland)
1965-67 — Pamela Scheidel (Davis)
1967-70 — Judy Tostenson (Teigen)
1970-72 — Camilla Dashcund
1972-74 — Alona Steffen (Knutson)
1974-75 — Carol Weber (Kraepel)
1975-77 — LaRue Jans (Heyn)
1977-78 — Sarah Aaberg (Mehlberg)
1978-79 — Karen McCreary (Huffman)
1979-81 — Carol Graham
1981-82 — Alona Knutson

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