MANCELONA — St. Matthew Lutheran Church is celebrating 120 years.
The Mancelona church is holding a special service Sunday, Aug. 22, to mark its anniversary. Former pastor James Walburg will be a guest preacher at the 10 a.m. service, joined by current pastor Donald Ritter.
Following the service, at the church on East Hinman Street, there will be a meal and entertainment by CenterStage, performing a variety of gospel music.
The church started in December 1890, when nine families joined together to build a Lutheran church to serve the German residents of Mancelona as well as the residents of Wetzel.
The lot on East Hinman originally was purchased for $25.
The original building is now the chancel area of the church; the first service was on Easter 1891.
The congregation formally joined the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in 1968; the following year, the fellowship hall, basement, kitchen and restrooms were completed.
For more information, call 587-8442.
Original property was bought for $25 in 1890
MANCELONA — St. Matthew Lutheran Church is celebrating 120 years.
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