Tuesday, August 04, 2009

165th Anniversary Outdoor Worship at Anderson Farm

Press Release

165th Anniversary Celebration at Amund Anderson Homestead

On August 30th, 2009 at 10:30 a.m., East Koshkonong Lutheran Church will host an outdoor worship service at the farm of Ronald and Shawn Anderson, 279 Hwy A, Cambridge, WI 53523. This farm was homesteaded by Amund Anderson (Ron Anderson is a direct descendant), and August 30th, 2009 marks the 165th anniversary of an outdoor worship service at the site, the first service of Word & Sacrament conducted on the Koshkonong Prairie for the Norwegian settlers. There is a large granite monument on the farm, in both Norwegian and English, commemorating the event.

A potluck lunch will be served following worship, and all are invited to attend. Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service. Lemonade will be provided. Electrical hookups are not available, so bring food in hot or cold containers. Historical or Norwegian dress (like bunads) is welcome and appreciated but not required.

The guest speaker for the day, Walter Sundberg, is Professor of Church History at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. Local legends The Hill Prairie Singers will perform, as will the East Koshkonong Lutheran Church Choir.

Although the event is not handicap accessible, Ozee Cars of Stoughton will be providing free shuttle service via electric cars from the parking area to the gathering space.

Please call East Koshkonong Lutheran Church, 608-423-3017, www.eastkoshkonong.org with questions.

Submitted by The Reverend Clint Schnekloth

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