Mankato Evangelical Lutheran Church observing their 150th anniversary
Evangelical Lutheran Church History
December 8, 2022
If a new community is being built and the people are to be taught about God, a congregation must be established. On Dec. 14, 1872, at Jewell Centre (Mankato), a meeting was called to organize such a congregation. Eleven voting members were present, electing John J. Aaboe, foreman, and Jacob Tonning, secretary. They resolved to affiliate with the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Synod. These intentions were sent to the foreman of the synod. In answer, a letter was received saying there would be a visit by Pastor G. Erdalh. He made his visit in the spring of 1873.
The congregation lacked a p...