SD Church Celebrates 150th Anniversary
by Associated Press
July 21, 2013 2:34 PM
A South Dakota church that bills itself as the first Norwegian Lutheran Church in the Dakota Territory is celebrating its 150th anniversary.
The St. Paul Lutheran Church in Elk Point was founded in 1863. The parish was originally known as the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Congregation.
The far southeastern South Dakota church has been served by 20 pastors. Rev. J. J. Nesse was the first resident pastor.
Church spokesman Glenn Olson tells officials that the celebration is exciting at a time when the changing face of agriculture and population shifts make it difficult for rural churches to survive.