History at a glance

The 50's

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Determine a need and established a congregation.

The 60's

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Built the church building and added the education wing.

The 70's

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Added stained-glass and a balcony to the sanctuary.  Pastor Ashley retires.

The 80's

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Welcomed Pastor Spong, launched the pre-school and installed the pipe organ.

The 90's

Exterior of the bell tower and chapel window.

Welcome pastors Hall, Young, Fricke, and Cavendish.  Added the chapel and bell tower.

The 2000's

Gathering of current and former pastors.

Welcome pastors Schacht and Miller and several actrivities sourounding our 50th anniversary.

The 10's

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Continue to grow our programs: scholarship, refugee project, ...

The Future

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We hope to continue to shine the Light of Christ through service to others and spiritual growth for ourselves.

History - (Still under construction)

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1955 - Began

April - Pastor Martin Ashley arrives to call on prospective members and determines the need for  a church.

September - First service with Pastor Ashley in the parsonage living room

December  -  First service in the House Chapel at 330 South 84th Street.

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1956 - Congregation Established

April  -  The congregation is organized with 70 charter members


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1959 - Pastor Traub Joins

 Pastor Walter C. Traub joins Morning Star as co-pastor with Pastor Ashley after retiring from Kontze Memorial Lutheran Church.  Pastor Traub serves from 1959 through 1967. 

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1958 - Received Property

December - Recied gift of porerty at 311 South 85th Street as a memorial to Carl A. and Caroline G. Swanson.

60's

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1961 - New building

 

March 19  -  Groundbreaking service held for the new church building

April  -  Construction underway

December 16 - Dedication of the main sancuary of the new church at a cost of $321,845.

Older man with glasses in front of a ledger book

1964 - Order of St. John

Organized by John Boyer

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1966 - Fund for Education Wing

Congregation grows and plans are made to add an education wing for a church office and classrooms.

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1967 - Altar Guild

Altar guld created.

Pastor Traub retires.

1968 - Order of Ruth

Order of Ruth established.

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1969 - Education Wing Dedicated

March 18 - Education wing is dedicated.

Pastor Roger Shewanick joins to serve as assistant pastor from 1969 through 1972.

70's

three sesctions of stained glass depicting the birth of Jesus.

1971 - Stained-glass windows

The first of the stained-glass window along the sides of the sanctuary are installed.  These depict the stories of the Bible.

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1972 - Pastor Arganbright

Dr. Burd Arganbright is welcomed as a Visitation Pastor.

1973 - Fund Missionaries

Morning Star funds church members Dr. and Mrs. Jack Lausterer as medical missionaries to Liberia

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1974 - Balcony Completed

Construction of a balcony in the back of the sancuary is completed.

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1977 - Pastor Ashley Retires

Pastor Ashley retires after 22 years of ministry.

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1978 -

Large stained-glass window in the west end of the church is dedicated,

Pastor Richard Faust begins his ministry at Morning Star.

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Pastor Faust

80's

Black and white picture of a couple  posing in front of a parament

1980 - New Paraments

New altar paraments designed by member Richard Thompson are completed and still used today.

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1984 - Pastor Spong

Pastor David Spong arrives and continues his ministry until 1998.

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1985 - Pre-school begins

Morning Star Lutheran Church Preschool and Child Care Center is opened under its first director Gloria Spong.

90's

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1993 - Pastor Hall

Welcome Pastor Peggy hall to serve as Associate Pastor

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1996 - Chapel and bell tower

Morning Star celebrates its 40th Anniversary with several gifts

  • $40,000 for a new mission church
  • $5,000 for Habitat for Humanity
  • $110,000 to build and chapel and bell tower.

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1999 - Pastor Fricke

2000's

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2000 - Pastor Cavendish

Welcome Assistant Pastor Brent Cavendish from 2000 through 2002.

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2002 - Pastor Schacht

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2004 - Bringing the Light of Christ

"Bringing the Light of Christ to All Creation" is adopted as Morning Star's vision statement.

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2005 - Pastor Miller

April - Welcome new lead pastor Tom O. Miller.

December 3 - Kick-off of 50th Anniversary Celebration

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2006 - 50th Anniversary

April 29 - Special anniversary service and dinner.

10's

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Pastor Gayle

Welcome intrum Pastor Gayle

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2013 - Pastor Chris

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Refugee Program