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First Lutheran Church (ELCA)

First Lutheran Church

25 State St E
Kensington, MN 56343
Phone: (320) 965-2549

Pastor Irv Arnquist

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Pastor Irv Arnquist
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First Lutheran Church Sanctuary.
Church Cemetery

Cemetery of First Lutheran Church
Church Announcements

WELCA Spring Gathering: Will be Thursday, April 28th at Shalom Lutheran Church. See flyer in Narthex for more information

First Lutheran Cemetery clean up: Will be Monday, May 9th @ 6:00pm.

Confirmation Sunday: The 8th Grade Confirmation Students will be Confirmed on Sunday, May 15th at 9:00am.

Last Day of Sunday School: Will be May 22nd with Children's Worship Service at 9:00am.

Luther Crest Vacation Bible School: Will be July 18th - July 21st from 9 am - 3 pm at First Lutheran Church.

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Weekly Events

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From Sunday, May 15th To Sunday, May 22nd


Sunday, May 15th

  • 10:00am, Morning Worship Service


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  • 6:30 pm Confirmation United Lutheran Elbow Lake


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  • Mother's Day
  • 10:00am, Morning Worship Service with Holy Communion


History of First Lutheran Church

1899- John Wedum, Anderson & J.P.Hedberg began raising funds to build a church, as Kensington had no church at that time. Sunday School was held in the school building in town.

1900- the first church building was completed.

1901- The Organizational Congregational meeting was held to elect officers and the name "Swedish Evangelical Church" was chosen. two services a month were held and Confirmation Class begun Rev.Nordtstorm, Pastor.

1904- Rev. Rudolph Vallquist called as Pastor.

1907- The Parsonage for the four point Parish (Swan lake, Hoffman, Wennersberg and First in Kensington,) Burned and destroyed all records up till then.

1920- The church was wired for electricity.

1926 - The Name was changed to "First Lutheran Church of Kensington." Also English was used for all worship services instead of Swedish.

1939- First Lutheran Combined with Norunga Church of Farwell Mn. for a two point parish. A parsonage in Kensington was purchased.

1948- A Basement was dug and the church was moved onto the foundation where it now stands.

1964- The Existing parsonage was built and dedicated in November.

1976 - June 13th the 75th anniversary celebration.

1993- Pastor Barbara Chapman came to serve First Lutheran. Elevator installed to all three floors of church. First became a three point parish with Norunga and St.Paul's of Lowry.

1999 - First became a one point parish, with Pastor Barbara Chapman also providing Sunday services for Lincoln Lutheran of Hoffman Mn.

2001 - 100 years old, Centennial Celebration June 24, 2001

Annual Church Events

Hog Roast

Confirmation Class

Sunday School

Men's Meatball Supper

Christmas Decorating

Christmas Program

Country Fair

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