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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 Church Calendar


     Change of Sunday Worship Service Times

    Starting on September 1st through December the Worship Times will be as follows:

    Emmanuel 9:00 Worship

    Emmanuel 10:30 Sunday School

    Hauge  10:45 Worship, 9:15 Sunday School

    Watch past Church Services here -(click this link)

    Upcoming Events. . . . .

    October Parish

    HEY at Emmanuel

    October 10th   Hauge

    WMF Annual Meeting

    October 8th  Hauge

    Council Meeting

    October 12th  Parish

    District WMF Rally at Emmanuel

    October 14th  Emmanuel 

    Council meeting

    October 14th   Parish

    Hauge Sponsored Knitting Club


    October 17-18th   Parish

    AFLBS Up Close

    October 19th  Parish

    Men’s Bible Breakfast at Emmanuel

    October 2th   Parish

    Pre-HEY Shindig at Emmanuel

    October 28th   Parish

    Hauge Sponsored Knitting Club

    - Ministry Opportunity: “Have you experienced the deep grief of losing a loved one? Have you learned valuable lessons and experienced healing from the hurt? Would you like to help others do the same?

    Grief Share is a 13-week program intended to do just that. Through weekly sessions and daily devotions individuals from our congregations and community are invited to come and find help and healing in their times of grief through this biblically based program, and we need your help.

    No prior training or education is required. All you need is a listening ear and a willing heart. If you’re interested or if you know of someone who might be interested in helping in this ministry, please call or email Pastor Gideon to find out more.”

     - Confirmation Class has begun. This class is traditionally offered to 7th and 8th graders in our congregations, but it is open to older students and/or adults. This year we will be studying through Luther’s Small Catechism. Please call or email Pastor Gideon for more details or if interested in attending. 

    - 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.

     - Bible Study -  Pastor Gideon will be working on another option for study and will give further details as they come. Afternoon Bible Study will continue to meet on Wednesdays at 1:30



    Remember in Prayer


    ·         Mariah Lang

              Nate Broughten

    ·         Jesse Johnson

    ·         Bobby Johnson

    ·         Natalie Johnson

    ·         Nathan Johnson

    ·         Hart Holmberg

    ·         Michael Walker

    • Outreach in our parish & community
    • Pastor Gideon & family
    • Brent Raan, Emily, Amaleah, Sarala & Isaiah
    • Friends and family  in hospital, nursing homes, or rehab centers
    • The Greg Greseth family & friends
    • The continual healing of Micah Johnson.
  October 2019  
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