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     Welcome to Emmanuel Lutheran Church - Aspelund, MN. We are a member of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. (AFLC)

     "At Emmanuel we desire that people come to know the Lord Jesus in a personal way by faith, that they grow in their relationship with Him, and that they show His love to others through the way they conduct their lives."

     Here you will find information concerning our church and its ministries. We hope you find your time spent here a blessing. Our church is a warm and loving church, and we want you to feel comfortable and at liberty to call on us for anything you need. Feel free to browse through the various areas of our website and learn about our fellowship.

     If you are considering a new place of worship or a relocation to our area, we would love to have you be our guest.

     When you visit our church, you will find:

  • A caring congregation that will gladly welcome you
  • Preaching/teaching that is centered on the Word of God
  • Ministries to meet the spiritual needs of every age

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, AFLC

of  Aspelund
42957 County 1 Boulevard
Kenyon, MN  55946

Pastor Gideon Johnson



Emmanuel Church  507-824-2307

Hauge Church 507-789-6343

Our Church History . . . 

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

1862 – 2016

“Jesus Christ, the same

yesterday and today and forever.”

Hebrews 13:8

Remember . .  Renew . .   Revive

History  . . . 

     The first Norwegian immigrants arrived in Wanamingo Township in 1854.  In 1859 a church group was organized by Rev. A. L. Boyum of the Hauge Synod.  The synod originated in Norway and was named after Hans Nielsen Hauge, a Norwegian minister who preached against the spiritually dead state church.  The first baby baptized was Gunhild Andria, Osten Hanson's daughter, on March 7, 1861.  The first wedding recorded was on September 22, 1861, between Hargus Osmundsen and Ingegorg Halvorsdatter (Odengaarden).  The first confirmant was Gertrude Andersdatter, daughter of Anders Larssen Walsvig, on November 29, 1861.  Osten Hanson became the first ordained pastor.

     July 9, 1862, was the first formal organization of the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of Wanamingo.  On November 20, 1862, one acre of land was purchased for $20.00 from Henry Sands (as known as Knut Olsen Wing) for a church and cemetery.  The first burial occured on November 25, 1862, the wife and infant son of Johannes Johannessen Lee.  By 1863 the first church building was erected and a Sunday School established, as well as an inner mission fund to support Christian laymen.  The name was changed to "Emmanuel Menighed to Town of Wanamingo" in 1875.  In 1877 the first meeting of the Emmanuel Ladies Aid was held.  These usually were all day long and held in the members homes.  Men were also included!  A sister church was organized in 1878 at Roscoe, at first called South Prairie Chapel and later named Stordahl.

     Rev. Osten Hanson died in 1898 after a long life of serving the Wanamingo community.  A parsonage was purchased in Kenyon around 1898.  The worship service was changed to the English language during the ministry of Rev. M. A. Hall.  A large remodeling project was completed in 1961 to the east side of the church.  During the ministry of Rev. Ray Larson,  the congregation withdrew from the American Lutheran Church Synod.  The church voted to withdraw from the Minnesota Council of Churches.  In 1971, Emmanuel joined the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations.  In 2002, a two part project of a ramp and lift was begun and completed in 2003.  Recently, a new entryway and conference room has been added on the north side of the church.


Contact Information


42957 County 1 Boulevard
Kenyon, Minnesota 55946
Phone (507)824-2307


  • Coming Events:

    October  2020 calendar link click here


    Upcoming Events  . . . . . . . .

    Service Times are.....

    Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.

    Church services at 10:45 a.m.

    Here’s upcoming events to be aware of:

    - Public Catechization of 3rd Confirmation students: October 21, 7:30 at Emmanuel.
    - Confirmation Sunday at Emmanuel (Hauge won’t have any being confirmed this year): October 25 during morning worship (those being confirmed: Wyatt and Wesley Duben, Isaiah Tennessen, Bethany Trelstad, and Josiah Trost)

    HEY meets at Emmanuel in October.

    October 3:  Parish, Community

    Vespers Service at Hauge

    October 8: Hauge

    WMF Annual Meeting

    October 10: Parish

     WMF Fall Rally

    October 10:  Parish, Community

    Vespers Service at Hauge

    October 12: Emmanuel

    Church Council Meeting

    October 13: Huage

    Church Council Meeting

    October 17:  Parish, Community

    Vespers Service at Hauge

    October 21: Parish

    Public Catechization at Emmanuel

    - Public Catechization of 3rd Confirmation students: October 21, 7:30 at Emmanuel.
    - Confirmation Sunday at Emmanuel (Hauge won’t have any being confirmed this year): October 25 during morning worship (those being confirmed: Wyatt and Wesley Duben, Isaiah Tennessen, Bethany Trelstad, and Josiah Trost)

    October 21:  Parish

    Pre-HEY at Emmanuel

    October 24:  Parish, Community

    Vespers Service at Hauge

    October 25:  Emmanuel

    Confirmation Sunday

    October 31:  Parish, Community

    Vespers Service at Hauge

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    Also starting on Saturday, September 5th

     7 pm at Hauge

    Vespers is a weekly worship service for all people within Hauge, Emmanuel, and the community. Join us for singing, prayer, and scriptural meditation. Pray for an open heart to hear the Gospel as we seek to tell and show those within our community about Jesus. Invitation postcards are available at both churches for you to send to anyone you wish to join us on Saturday nights.

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    It is that time of year again when we get to share some love to less fortunate children and tell them of Jesus' love by sharing shoeboxes filled with love and gifts.

    You may have taken part in year's past, but this year there are a few changes. Due to Covid 19, some of you may not want to go shopping in the stores. Let Operation Christmas Child do your shopping for you. You can Build A Box Online for $25 (that includes the shipping costs) and YOU can choose what to put in the box. You can also include a note about yourself and a photo. When you pay online, you can follow your box. You will be able to see what country it goes to. “ If you plan to Build a Box Online, please contact Dorothy to get a link, so it can be put on our church’s Goal Page.”

    Each box will have added to it a leaflet "The Greatest Gift" that will tell the child about the love of Jesus. You may also include an additional $6 to pay for a child to get “The Greatest Journey”, A 12 lesson program that introduces boys and girls to salvation through faith in Christ and encourages them to grow his faithful followers.


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    We can praise God that everyday we can celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. The links will continue to be sent in the weekly newsletters. Here are the links for the previous sermons/services:

    Wednesday, March 18th. https://sermons.faithlife.com/sermons/561394-matthew-5:6

    Sunday, March 22nd. https://youtu.be/-NkLBFQVazs
    Wednesday, March 25th. https://youtu.be/CY2m7TTQl6M
    Sunday, March 29th. https://youtu.be/_WM06afMbUI
    Wednesday, April 1st. https://youtu.be/YpIVGP6Jlmk
    Sunday, April 5th. https://youtu.be/rTdKMSYvTpI
    Friday, April 10th. https://youtu.be/GdHEIpKTZNw
    Sunday, April 13th . https://youtu.be/2d_MC8GgA_Q
    Sunday, April 19th. https://youtu.be/XjV3HSPMGTc
    Sunday, April 26th. https://youtu.be/Y4sY_NT-gf0
    Sunday, May 3rd. https://youtu.be/is_QOk0Dpkw
    Sunday, May 10th. https://youtu.be/nZAFMPv7XfU
    Sunday, May 17th. https://youtu.be/w-nuEkad7Ys
    Sunday, May 24th. https://youtu.be/AtygANTfHyE

    The Work Goes On…..

    Our expenses continue as usual. If you are able, please continue to support our churches as you are able. With the uncertain financial situation and employment issues some will not be able to continue as in the past. For those in more fortunate positions, maybe you can increase a little so we all make it thru this pandemic.

    Contributions for Emmanuel can be mailed to:

    Sarah Tennessen (Emmanuel Financial Secretary):

    Contributions for Hauge can be mailed to:

    Deanna Gard (Hauge Financial Secretary):

    Watch past Church Services here -(click this link)


    - Prayer requests will start to be included in your weekly bulletin. If you’d like a prayer request posted in the bulletin, please call or email Cindy Lyon by Wednesday evening. Requests will still be asked for during the worship service.

    Special thank you to Pastor Gideon for your willingness and skills needed to bring God’s Word to us even in the midst of isolation and distress.  We have all learned more about the newest technologies in communication!   We praise God for you and your family and wish His richest blessings for you. 

    "Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding."

    Jeremiah 3:15


    Remember in Prayer

    Friends, family and all those who serve in the military.

    Pastor Gideon and Family.

    Brent and Emily Raan and Amaleah, Sarala, and Isaiah.

    Friends and family members in the hospital, nursing care, or rehab centers.

    Outreach in our parish and communities.

    Our government officials at all levels.

    Those grieving from the loss of loved ones.

    Those who are homeless and unemployed.

    Those who are struggling with addictions or other medical conditions.

Verse of the Day
  October 2020  
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