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"As you come to him, the living stone-rejected by men but chose by God and precious to him-you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
-- I Peter 2:4,5

August 21, 1952
First service in the basement of the Roland Borchardt home with the Rev. John Lau of Minneapolis serving.

June 28, 1953
Rev. Kenneth Roever installed as first Resident Pastor. Installation service at St. Paul's Lutheran in Jordan, MN.

June 19, 1955
Rev. Robert Demcak installed as second Resident Pastor.

October 13, 1957
Dedication of our first chapel.

October 19, 1958
Rev. Gilbert Bunde installed as third Pastor.

October 15, 1961
Rev. LeRoy Lothert installed as fourth Pastor.

August 26, 1973
Rev. Oliver Lindholm installed as fifth pastor.

July 25, 1976
Rev. Stephen Lawrenz installed as sixth Pastor.

July 13, 1980
Rev. Rodney Pudell installed as seventh Pastor.

November 22, 1987
New church dedication Sunday at 833 Marshall Road South.

July 26, 1992
Rev. Mark Schwertfeger installed as eighth Pastor.

December 21, 2003
First service at 12700 Marystown Road was the Sunday School Christmas program.

February 29, 2004
New church dedication Sunday at 12700 Marystown Road.

In the text to the left, Peter, writing by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, refers to Christ as our living Stone and his people as living stones. Christ, the living Stone died so the dead stones (people) could live. Through the Word, he made us alive in Christ as his people, his living stones. Stones are used to build houses. The Lord uses us as his organic stones to build his spiritual house, the church. By grace through faith, we are his holy priesthood daily making acceptable offerings and sacrifices to him.

12700 Marystown Road
Shakopee, MN 55379

Member congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)

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