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St Johns Lutheran Church (LCMC)
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St Johns Lutheran Church

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17852 350th Ave.

Cyrus, Minnesota 56244

Phone: (320) 795-2569

Pastor A J Kluver


To find out if church is cancelled, listen to the following radio stations. KKOK – 95.7 fm KMRS – 1230 am KIKV – 100.7 fm Please listen for your individual church


Pastor A J Kluver

145 Years Celebrations 01/26/20, Praise the Lord
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History of St John's Lutheran Church

The first settlers came to western Pope County the 1866, 1868 and the 1870's. The first service in Western Pope County was held August 9, 1869 at the Nils Wollan's home by Pastor Nils Brandt of Decorah, Iowa on a missionary journey.

Nora Lutheran Church was formed in 1870 with the assistance of Rev. Peder S. Reque. Because of the number of pioneers coming, the congregation divided with Nora staying at their location and St. Johns moved seven miles south. On January 12th,1875 an organizational meeting was held at Hanna Olson's (first homestead south of the church) and by May 29,1875 St. John's war organized as St. Johannes Norsk Evangelisk Lutherske Minighet in Pope County. Twenty-eight members signed the constitution.

The Church building was built in 1876. It was 30 ft. wide 40ft. long and 16ft. high walls. It had single board walls and home made benches. The cost was $555.86. Our present church is the original building! The walls and ceiling were finished on the inside in 1881. The steeple with the beautiful bell, first entry, balcony and new pews were added in 1887. More building in 1896 added the chancel and the sacristy with the altar, pulpit and baptismal font. Artist H.Gaustad painted the altar picture of Jesus in Gethsemane. Because of the need for more room for meetings, the basement was dug under the church in 1923. The stained glass windows were installed and a gas lighting system was also installed. The bell tower was repaired in 1975 and also in 2009.

The Ladies Aid Society was formed in 1885 and the Young People's Society/Luther League in 1905. The ladies did much handiwork that was sold to support missionaries in Madagascar, South Africa, Alaska and an Indian Mission in Wisconsin. DoDay's continue to provide opportunities for quilting, packing health and school kits for Lutheran World Relief.

St. Johns Lutheran Church has gone through five mergers over its history. First, it was the Norwegian Lutheran Synod, then the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and in 1947 the name was shortened to the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELC). In 1960 St. Johns became a part of the American Lutheran Church (ALC). In 1988 another merger changed the name to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. After the ELCA approved the Call to Common Mission (CCM) in 1999, St. Johns affiliated with WordAlone Network in 2000. The congregation voted to join Lutheran Churches of the Common Confession (LC3) in 2006. Research started in July 2006 to form a multiple congregational parish. Fron, Indherred, Immanuel and St. Johns organized into the CrossWind Lutheran Parish with an Interim Parish Council and Call Committee. Pastor Paul Johnson became the first pastor on Reformation Sunday 2007 and Pastor Sarah Taylor join the Parish in July 2008. In 2010, St Johns began affiliating with Lutheran Congregation in Mission of Chrst (LCMC) in an effort too better preserve its Lutheran heritage nad its long history of mission emphasis

Submitted by Lauren and Irene Sansness

January 30, 2010

Annual Church Events
St John's 135th Anniversary Celebration


2014 Vacation Bible School



Ice Cream Social



Cemetery Clean-Up


St John's Sermons
Date Sermon Titles

Sunday 7-07-24 Pastor AJ Kluver - In Dependent
Sunday 6-30-24 Pastor AJ Kluver - Faith and Peace
Sunday 6-02-24 Pastor AJ Kluver - Lord-of-the-Sabbath
Sunday 5-26-24 Pastor AJ Kluver - WOW...Let's Go
Sunday 5-19-24 Ken Elvehjem - No Title Sermon

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