150 years

Immanuel Lutheran Church in West Ely will be celebrating its 150th anniversary during service on Oct. 27.

1 Peter 1:25 “But the word of the Lord endures forever” is the theme for the 150th anniversary of Immanuel Lutheran Church, West Ely.

The congregation will be celebrating this milestone Sunday, Oct. 27, at the church, which is located at 6510 County Road 263, Hannibal (West Ely).

The first official meeting of Immanuel Lutheran Church took place March 8, 1969.

In 1872, the church joined the Missouri Synod. From 1869 to 1889, Immanuel acquired 15 acres of land, a church, school, other buildings and then established a cemetery.

On Oct. 17, 1911, a new one room school house was dedicated. The doors of Immanuel Lutheran School were closed after 119 years at the end of the 1988 term. The building is presently going through a restoration.

Members of the congregation will use the facility as a Christian history education tool and for congregational and community functions.

In March 1913, a new church building was dedicated. One of the highlights of this new church was the hand pumped Hinners pipe organ. Later an electric motor was installed to pump the bellows.

This organ was restored and moved to the present building in 2010.

In 1914, the current parsonage was built. A parish hall was added to the property in 1953, and it still serves the congregation and community.

Realizing more space was needed for growing Bible classes and finding the church structure failing, the 1913 church was razed and replaced with a new structure in 2010.

This handicapped accessible facility features a large sanctuary, fellowship hall, vestry, narthex, five rooms for Bible classes, two offices and a balcony.

Today’s congregation is rich in German history with many of the members having ties to those original founders.

Church services on Sunday, Oct. 27, will be held at 11 a.m. 

The guest speaker will be The Reverend Doctor Robert Lee Hagen, president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

The lector will be Pastor Kenneth Schamber, retired pastor of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, and the officiant will be Pastor Scott Salo, the current church pastor.

A meal will be served from 12:15 to 2 p.m.

The school building will be open, and history displays can be viewed throughout the afternoon.

The Immanual choir will present a music program at 2 p.m. A cake and punch reception will wind up the celebration.

The congregation welcomes members of the community to come and join in celebrating Gods many blessings to this, his church.