Traverse City Record-Eagle


August 21, 2010

St. Matthew celebrates 120 years

Original property was bought for $25 in 1890

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.

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