Our Savior's Lutheran Church is older than the community it calls home.

When the parish began, in 1867, Hartland wouldn't be incorporated for another 25 years. 

"It really is part of the history of Hartland," said Deb Nollen, Our Savior's service coordinator.

That history — all 150 years of it — is being celebrated this year by Our Savior's congregation. The church, W299 N5782 Highway E, has planned a spate of events to commemorate its sesquicentennial anniversary, and the community is welcome to join in.

Brief history

According to Nollen, the church, originally called St. Martin's, had its first meeting May 5, 1867. Parishioners met in a church on a hill at 400 Capitol Drive, across from what's now the Hartland Village Cemetery.

The church changed its name to Our Savior's Lutheran Church in 1935, and moved to a new location — at the southeast corner of North Avenue and Highway K — in 1971, Nollen said. That building, distinctive for its circular shape, still stands.

Our Savior's moved to its current home, just down the road, in 1999.

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Two longtime members who can trace their family history to the genesis of Our Savior's are Larry and Kathie Lund. 

Larry Lund's great-grandfather, Ole Hanson, was a founding member of the church. Hanson, along with two other men, put up $50 to start it.

"It's a proud moment for us to say that Larry's great-grandpa was a founding member," Kathie Lund said. "We really have roots in that church, and we don't have any plans on leaving."

Anniversary events

 The church has planned a series of evens to commemorate the anniversary.

First up is a June 4 jazz worship service called "Jazz Liturgy of Hope." The service begins at 9:30 a.m.

An anniversary-themed worship service will be held 10:30 a.m. June 25.

Our Savior's will also present a float in the Hartland Hometown Parade on July 2.

A full list of events is available on the church's website at www.oursaviorshartland.org.

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