Historic Swede Home Church celebrates 150th anniversary

SWEDE HOME – In the countryside northwest of Stromsburg, stands a majestic church and this past Sunday, 150 people gathered there to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Swede Home Calvary Lutheran congregation.

A century and a half ago, a group of 28 settlers gathered to talk about their need to create a place of worship. That is just what they did.

But as said during this weekend’s worship service, what they did was build much more than a structure. They built a long-lasting legacy of faith and community.

The settlers constructed a church during the years of 1881 to 1883, starting services there in 1883.

The congregation built its present red-brick sanctuary with two silver steeples in 1914.

Across the road of the beautiful church is the historic church cemetery, where some of the founders of the church are buried. Also buried there are the graves of Johan and Kajsa Hult, victims of the 1878 prairie fire which devastated the area, although the church itself was spared.

Today’s members gathered to celebrate the many years of worship and kinship, remember the special events which took place there and thank God for the many blessings that have been bestowed over the years.


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