A Message From Pastor Hanson

 

Pastor Hanson

 

Moses wrote in Psalm 90, "Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfalling love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. May the favor of the LORD our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us- yes, establish the work of our hands."

 

As generations of God's people come and go in Christ's church, the Lord our God remains the same. God does not change, but we change. There are changes in the way we look as the aging process seems to do a number on our appearance over the years. Families grow as children are born or decrease as loved ones are called home to be with the Lord forever in heaven. Yet, the Lord remains constant. He is and will always be our dewlling place, our refuge of spiritual safety and eternal security. His amazing love for us in Christ never changes. As Moses reminds us, our Lord and his saving grace in Jesus our Savior truly gladdens our hearts and is also the greatest inheritance that we can pass on to the next generation. This is more than just a Church Directory. These are the names and pictures of God's people, his servants who been called by his grace to make his salvation in Christ known to the world. May our unchanging God continue to establish the work of our hands and bless our feeble efforts to do his work.

 

Pastor Virgil Hanson

 

History

 

Former Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church

The first church was built in 1878 and located just south of Slab City Road between the old and new Highway 47.

 

The second church was built in 1904. It was built by Bill Toll and his brother's carpenter crew.

 

In June of 1922, the church was repaired and remodeled due to lightning striking the Friedens church. The lightning created extensive damage to the steeple and tower. It did not catch fire. Windows were broken in the church, parsonage, nearby homes, and local cheese factory.

 

After the church was struck by lightning, the tower was rebuilt but the steeple was not as it seemed to draw lightning. Electricity and lights were added. New art glass windows were installed to replace those blown out.

 

In 1947, the church was remodeled and completely redecorated. A new Wurlitzer organ was also purchased.

 

The third, and current, church was built in 1972. On May 14, 1972, the congregation moved from it's church on the hill (Slab City) to the new church in Bonduel. A worship service of "Thanksgiving and Praise" began in the old church and ended in the new church with the laying of the corner stone after the service.

 
In 2003, Friedens Congregation celebrated 125 years of God's abundant blessings. The Lord has truly blessed Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church with faithful pastors and congregations throughout the years. Since 2003, we have redecorated the church with a new paint scheme and pew upholstery.

 

Other improvements made to our church: Speaker system, new carpeting, new roof, repaved parking lot, new Rogers organ, new windows, air conditioning, electric piano, Carillon bell system elevator, new furnace, new lights in parking lot, and many other blessings which are too numerous to mention here.

 

Pastor Geiger served Friedens for more than 38 years, from May 20, 1973 - September 2011 when he retired.

 

Pastor Virgil Hanson was called to serve and began his call on September 18, 2011.

 

Many upgrades have been made to the sanctuary, the church building and the parsonage in the time Pastor Hanson has been with us. Most significant of those was a new Rodgers organ and TV monitors for aid in projecting the sermon text and hymn lyrics.

 

We continue to upgrade our technology to be able to reach out via social media outlets to spread the "Word of God".

 

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