Congregation gathers to celebrate 125 years of Marshall church

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 25, 2001

ADAMS – That was quite a crowd at Marshall Lutheran Church Sunday for Terry Voigt’s birthday.

Monday, June 25, 2001

ADAMS – That was quite a crowd at Marshall Lutheran Church Sunday for Terry Voigt’s birthday.

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The bishop of the Southeast Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America was there, too.

Actually, it was just a coincidence that Voigt observed his 40-something birthday on the same day Marshall Lutheran Church observed its 125th.

"One thing we’ve managed to do is attract and keep young families," Voigt said. "We’ve got a lot of families with little children and that keeps a church strong and growing. I’m proud of it."

A full house packed the country church northeast of Adams for Sunday morning worship. Bishop Nycklemoe brought greetings from the Southeast Minnesota Synod. Former pastors, the Revs. Nancy Wigdahl and Truman Mohn, shared reminisces with the readings of the lessons. Another former pastor, the Rev. Wayne Quibell, delivered the gospel lesson and also preached the 125th anniversary sermon.

Letters were read by congregation President Rod Sprau from former pastors, the Rev. Donna Joseph and Garnette Granby-Noble.

The Rev. Allan Gunderson led the congregation in reciting the Apostles’ Creed.

April Voigt offered special music during the offering.

Another former pastor, the Rev. M.L. Witte, reminisced and led singing accompanied by his wife, Ardis, before more special music by Amy Carpenter and April Voigt concluded the service.

Cindy Bellrichard was master of ceremonies for the dedication ceremonies after members and their families enjoyed a pork dinner and music by the Marshall Band, featuring Paul Gordon.

One of the highlights of the dedication ceremonies was the recognition of senior members 80 years and older, including V.A. Fisk, Helen Fisk, Lillian Flo-Verlo, Rena Hanson, Ella Himebaugh, Kenneth Sprau, Lillian Sprau, Ruby Underdahl, Walter Underdahl, Andrew Verlo, Agnes Kellogg and Margie Osmundson.

Church history books were a popular collectors’ item for members and guests as well as the official 125th anniversary T-shirts.

Also, a bronze plaque detailing the church’s history from 1876 to 2001 and significant milestones was unveiled Sunday. It was donated in memory of life member Donald W. Underdahl by his wife Ruby and their family.

Among those enjoying the day was life member and former church organist Margie Osmundson.

"I have so many memories of this church," she said. "It’s a wonderful place rich in history. I wish I had to time to mention all those memories."

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