Churches plan celebration

Churches plan celebration Bergen Lutheran in rural Meckling, Vangen Lutheran in Mission Hill and Gayville Lutheran churches announce their upcoming 140th parish anniversary commemoration on Oct. 10. The three congregations were organized as one parish in 1864 by Norwegian immigrants.

The day of commemoration begins with an open house at Old Vangen in Mission Hill, built in 1869, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., resuming from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., combined worship at 10 a.m. at (new) Vangen with South Dakota Synod Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl preaching, followed by a catered dinner and time of sharing at the Gayville Community Hall at 1 p.m.

Tickets for the dinner must be purchased by Oct. 3, and can be obtained at the churches after Sunday worship, or by contacting Ardis Olson at 267-4550 or Marlys Jensen at 624-5643. Most of the former pastors of three congregations will be present for the day, and will be speaking at the afternoon program. The day ends with a Vespers and Holy Communion Service at Bergen Lutheran at 4:30 p.m., followed by a light supper.

Anyone connected or interested in any way with the history or present ministry of these three congregations is warmly invited to be a part of this celebration, and to help spread the word to family members and friends who may not otherwise hear of this event.

Becky Aga is the chair of the planning committee and can be called for further information at 624-4276.

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