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Nora Lutheran Church (ELCA)

Nora Lutheran Church

36528 130th St
Kensington, Minnesota 56343
Phone: (320) 965-2549

Pastor Janna Bader

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From Kinsington, Mn, go South on Cty Rd 1 into Pope County. In Pope County the Cty Rd changes from #1 to #3. Follow Cty Rd 3 to Cty Rd 26 and the church will be on the North side of Cty Rd 26

Pastor Janna Bader
Church Interior

Alter of Nora Lutheran Church.
Church Cemetery

Cemetery of Nora Lutheran Church
Church Announcements

First's Annual Meeting: of First Lutheran Church of Kensington, MN will be held January 20th, 2019 before the worship service at the church.

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Weekly Events

Information below is provided by this organization

From Sunday, Jan 13th To Sunday, Jan 20th


Sunday, Jan 13th

  • NoraWorship at 9:00am.
  • Coffee at 10:00am
  • No Sunday School at Nora at 10:00am
  • No First Sunday School at First from 10:00am - 12:00pm.
  • First Worship at 11:00am

Monday -

  • Nora Quilting at 1pm with potluck lunch.

Tuesday -

  • Naomi Bible Study at 7pm.

Wednesday -

  • NFLY/Confirmation from 4:00pm - 5:30pm at First.

Thursday -

  • No Events Reported

Friday -

  • S.S. Movie & Game Night at Parish House from 6pm - 8pm

Saturday -

  • No Events Reported

Sunday -

  • Nora Worship at 9:00am.
  • Coffee at 10:00am
  • Sunday School at 10:00am at Parish House
  • Nora /First Annual Meeting at 10:00am.
  • First Worship at 11:00am.
  • Potluck following the service
History of Nora Lutheran Church

Nora Lutheran Church was officially organized on September 1, 1870, under the guidance of pioneer pastor Rev. Peter S. Reque. In the mid-1860's, settlers from Norway began arriving in northwestern Pope County in what would become Nora township. Government surveyor reports from 1866 indicate several settlers were already living in the yet unnamed township. As early as 1867, written accounts indicate these first pioneers were meeting for worship services conducted by laymen or traveling pastors.

By 1869, Rev. Reque began visiting this and many other settlements to conduct services, instruct confirmants, perform weddings, officiate at funerals, administer the sacraments, and organize congregations. The Norwegian language was used at Nora Lutheran for at least 65 years until the mid 1930's when English was gradually phased in. The last full Norwegian service was conducted in 1972 for a special occasion.

1870 was a key year when Nora township, Nora Lutheran Church, and the first school district were all officially organized. As new immigrants continued to arrive, their numbers became so large and the area so widespread that in 1875 the Nora congregation divided into two separate churches, with Nora retaining its name to the north and St. John's organized to the south.

In spite of many efforts to raise money for a church building, due to grasshopper plagues and financial hardships, worship services continued in homes until 1886 when the first church was finally built. A large steeple was added in 1896, and in 1903 the building was completely remodeled and enlarged into a cruciform style. Finally, the congregation had the house of worship they had been working for. Then just two years later in 1905 it was struck by lightning and burned to the ground with all its contents.

Undaunted, the members immediately began the task of rebuilding with the second church located across the road from the cemetery. It was built in similar style to the first church but larger with 72 foot steeple, balcony, and seating for 300. In 1954 a large fellowship hall and other rooms were added. Once again the congregation had the facilities they had worked so long for. Then in 1968 that entire structure was also destroyed by a fire, this time caused by electrical fault.

Again, the congregation voted overwhelmingly to rebuild. The third and present Nora Lutheran Church dedicated in 1969 is a modern structure, all on one level, and handicap accessible. Its primary function is as a house of worship, but the church also serves as a community center for other activities. The convenient facilities were expanded somewhat this spring with an enlarged narthex and added separate room.

During all of its history, an active ladies organization has played a key role in the congregation. Today that continues along with a Sunday School, Youth Group, Bible study, and quilters. Throughout the years, many anniversaries have been celebrated on special milestones, the most recent being the 135th last year.

Five sons of the congregation have gone into the ministry, and members have faithfully supported mission work financially, through clothing drives, with countless quilts, and locally by contributing to food shelves and holding benefits for those with special needs.


by James Belgum

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