Minnewaska Lutheran Church (AFLC)
Minnewaska Lutheran Church

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108 W Broadway P O Box 87
Starbuck, Minnesota 56381
Phone: (320) 239-2105

Pastor Todd Klemme

9:00 a.m Worship Service

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Scripture Reader for - April 2: Doug Amundson - Maundy Thursday Exodus 24:3-11 & I Corinthians 10: 16-21

Scripture Reader for - April 5th: Roy Toivonen - Easter Sunday Isaiah 25:6-9 & I Corinthians 15:19-28

The church council will meet Thursday, April 8th at 4:30pm

Men's Devotional Breakfast will be Thursday, April 16th at 7am at Lyn's Café.

Church weather Cancellations can be heard on KSAX Channel 5 and KKOK 95.7 from Morris MN

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Palm Sunday Sing

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Coffee Fellowship

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Weekly Events

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From Sunday, March 29th To Sunday, April 5th


Sunday, March 29th

  • 9:00 am Worship Service
  • 10:45 am Sunday School
  • Scripture Reader for - Mar. 29: Tom Elbe - Palm Sunday Zechariah 9:9-10 & Philippians 2:5-11


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  • 11am Bible study on the Book of Acts
  • 5:30 pm Confirmation
  • 6:30 pm dinner
  • 7:00 pm Lent Service with Pastor Mikchael Peterson


  • Maundy Thursday Service (with Holy Communion) at 7pm
  • April 2: Doug Amundson - Maundy Thursday Exodus 24:3-11 & I Corinthians 10: 16-21


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  • No Events Posted


  • Easter Sunday
  • 7:30 am Worship Service
  • 8:30 am Easter Breakfast
  • Scripture Reader for - April 5th: Roy Toivonen - Easter Sunday Isaiah 25:6-9 & I Corinthians 15:19-28

Kids Sermon
History of the Congregation

It was a cold day in February 1883 when a group of Scandinavian residents of this area met at the home of Ole Knudsen to organize what is now Minnewaska Lutheran Congregation.

These men were farmers, laborers, and a few businessmen who had recently emigrated from Norway and other Scandinavian countries and settled in and near Starbuck. They were men of faith and courage, and were anxious to continue the worship they were accustomed to in their homeland. They had gathered occasionally in homes or schoolhouses to share the Word of God. At one such meeting they had drawn up a constitution which was read and accepted on February 9, 1883, and thus began Hauges Menighet at Pope County. Rev. Olson Tuve was chairman at this meeting. During the early years many pastors served the congregation. Some of them came long distances. Consequently, services were very irregular. Rev. Tuve conducted the first confirmation service in May 1886.

Services were held in homes or in the schoolhouse during the first twelve years. With increasing membership and a desire to have a church, the congregation began negotiations for suitable church property and the gathering of funds. Faith, prayer, hard work, and sacrifice resulted in the completed church in 1896. The name was changed to Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Congregation. Shortly after the Lutheran Free Church was organized in 1897, this congregation became a member of that church body, and the name was changed to Minnewaska Lutheran Free Church Congregation. In the 1950s a new constitution was adopted and the name of our church was changed to Minnewaska Lutheran Church. In 1963 the church became a member of the American Lutheran Church. In 1987 a major change came about when the ALC along with two other church groups formed the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and we became ELCA.

In 1952, it was decided to remodel the church--adding to the length and building a basement. Much of the work was donated and many items were given as memorials, serving as silent but permanent reminders of church members who gave of their strength and means so that future generations may share in the blessings that this church offers.

Over the years, Minnewaska Lutheran Church has had working relationships with area churches, including Lands Congregation of Hoffman (1921-1955) and St. Petri Congregation of Cyrus (1955-1962). In 1964 the councils and membership of Minnewaska and Fron churches of Starbuck voted to enter into a working relationship (1964-1990). The year 1990 saw many changes. At this time we began a re-awakening of spirit and calling and began praying for a new direction for our congregation. After much soul searching and prayer, we voted unanimously on July 28, 1996, to withdraw from the ELCA and return to our roots by affiliating with the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC). In 1999 Pastor Todd Klemme was called to serve and became our first full time AFLC pastor residing in Starbuck.

Minnewaska Lutheran Church observed its 120th Anniversary on August 10, 2003. The focus for our 120th Anniversary was Romans 8:28 which continues to give us strength and guidance: "…all things work together for good for those who love GOD and are called according to HIS purpose."

"For 120 years, the Minnewaska Lutheran Church has preached the Word, administered the Sacraments and has offered people the opportunity of a living relationship with Jesus Christ. The Congregation has a rich Lutheran heritage. We have been connected with the surrounding communities in our Gospel outreach. We look forward to serving this area in the future. We thank God for the 120 years of blessings and growth that we have experienced at the Minnewaska Lutheran Church." Pastor Todd Klemme


by Alice Kyvig


Colorado Retreat Center

Annual Church Events 2013 - 2014

Thursday Night On The Town

Gospel Sing-Along

Pie and Ice Cream Social 2014

Christmas Caroling

Hay Ride 2014
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Soup, Chili and Pie Supper 2014

Easter Breakfast

Vacation Bible School

Christmas Decorating

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Youth Outings

Heritage Days Float
2013 Float (Christmas In July)
2012 Float (Moses Served In Court of Pharoah)
Times Photo
2011 Float (Fisher's Of Men)
2010 Float (In The Big Inning)
2009 Float (Ready For The Harvest



2008 Float (That Old Time Religion)




Christmas Caroling

Church Do-Day Cleaning
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Christmas Program
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MWF Fall Rally

Klemme's Open House

Missionaries We Sponsor
Brazil - Paul & Becky Able

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Paul & Becky Abels
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Pastor Paul and Becky Abels and their children, Joanna, Christina, Andrew and Matthew, serve AFLC World Missions in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. Since 1985, they have established three churches in suburbs of this large city, as well as the Brazil ARCA retreat center, where they now make their home. The Abels will be in the U.S. on furlough from May - December of 2006.

Jasson, Becky & Paul
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Mexico - Todd & Barb Schierkolk

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Todd & Barb Schierkolk and Family
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Wycliffe Bible Translators - Steve & Glenda Kvale


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Steve & Glenda Kvale
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The Kvales are members of the AFLC Congregation in Pipestone, MN. They are preparing to be missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators. How precious His Word is to us……. "Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts." Colossians 3:Discription

Steve & Glenda Kvale with Dr Lee
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Steve & Glenda
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Uganda - Nate and Hannah Jore

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Nate and Hanah Jore
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