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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.



Coming Events:

September  2020 calendar link click here


Upcoming Events  . . . . . . . .

Service Times are.....

Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.

Church services at 10:45 a.m.

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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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VBS Fun and Adventures

Vacation Bible School was enjoyed by many children 3 years through 6th grade August 3-7. Erin Johnson coordinated the activities of the week. Jan Strand taught the kids many songs which they learned quickly. They were coordinated with the lessons they learned each day. Molly Barsness led the opening and closing. Puppets, Sally and John, helped Molly. The kids were very enthusiastic about them.

Pastor Gideon (aka Lighthouse Larry) taught the daily lessons about: Paul in Athens; Jonah; David and Goliath; Adam and Eve (AND ANOTHER I CAN'T REMEMBER). Lighthouse Larry taught a new Bible verse each day and a song which he accompanied on his guitar. Sonny (puppet) also helped with the lesson.

Every day the children got lots of exercise by active games. Packaged snacks were enjoyed. Different crafts were made each day.

            A contest between the boys and the girls was held to see which team would bring the most money to be given to the Miriam Home in Brazil. Lighthouse Larry told the children about this mission. The boys won the contest and were able to "pie the pastor". This caused a lot of excitement by everyone!!

            A good week was enjoyed by all.  Many volunteers helped VBS run smoothly.

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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


·         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.

  September 2020  
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