History of St. Matthew

 

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BUILT ON THE FOUNDATION OF THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS, WITH CHRIST JESUS HIMSELF AS THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE.
(Ephesians 2:20)

1863 Original 23 charter members of St. Matthew sign constitution of the congregation.

1864 Church and parsonage built (at a cost of $2800).  School is held in parsonage and taught by Pastors.

 

1879 School room is added to rear of church ($95).  19 students attend first year.

1889  4 acres added to church property. One room school is built to accommodate 100 students.

1893  First teacher is called to teach 53 students.

 

1923  English language services introduced.  Prior to then they were all in German.

 

           Original church burns down.
1942   Congregation vows to stay together and worships in the school until the new chapel (our current       one) could be completed.
           Services held in school auditorium for 7 years.
           Construction is delayed due to lack of materials during WWII.

 

 

1949     Current chapel completed.
       
1953     School expands to 3 classrooms.  Kindergarten added.

1959    School up to 182 students and 5 teachers.  
            Addition added to church.  
            Periodic German services discontinued.

 

 

1960     Current parsonage built.
       
1963     Cornerstone is laid for current school on our 100th anniversary.
       
1964     Current school dedicated.  (cost $250,000)  165 students and 6 teachers.
       
1989     School receives National Lutheran School Accreditation, which it continues to    maintain.

 

1990     Groundbreaking for existing sanctuary.
       
1992     Sanctuary completed.
       
1993     Preschool started.

2013     150th Anniversary Celebration of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and School

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