St. John's Lutheran Church (Vegreville, Alberta)

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St. John's Lutheran Church (Vegreville, Alberta)

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Work began in the Mannville area by Rev. R. Hildebrant around 1917 and extended to the German Lutherans living in the Vegreville district. Although worship services were conducted throughout the years the congregation was not organized until 1926. The founding meeting for St. John's Lutheran Church was held in June 1928 under the direction of Pastor R.E. Luening. A Sunday School was also organized at that time as well. The following month the congregation decided to affiliate with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Through the Church Extension Fund of the synod, the congregation was able to construct a church building on lots donated by the town of Vegreville. The Church was built with volunteer labour and dedicated on December 9, 1928. The congregation was part of the Vegreville-Mannville Parish and in 1945 the areas around Tofield and Bruce were also served by this parish. The first resident pastor, Rev. Nast, moved to Vegreville in 1959. The congregation sold their old church to the Baptist congregation and built a new church on 4.8 acres in 1962. In 1977 the congregation sold their extra property which was made into a subdivision. The congregation joined the newly formed Lutheran Church-Canada synod in 1988.

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