History: New Hope Lutheran (1988 - 2008)
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Surnames: Hacking, Dettinger, Amunrud, Main, Hohensee, Thorson, Johnson, Jessie, Trundle, Dokkestul, Olstad, Schnick, Simonson, Olson, Rogstad, Bergerson, Humphrey, Laufenberg, Erickson, Jacobson, Krszjzaniek, Faldet, Sandwick, Hass

----Source: Banner Journal (Black River Falls, Jackson Co., WI) October 29, 2008 (page 6)

New Hope Lutheran Church (20th Anniversary – 2008)

New Hope Lutheran Church Celebrates its 20 Years of History

The day came bright and sunny as New Hope Lutheran Church celebrated its 20th anniversary, Sunday, October 19, 2008.

The congregation has come a long way from its beginnings as a home fellowship and Bible Study group that met in the summer of 1988. By October 23 of that same year, the first worship service was held at the former York school house. Conducting that service was Pastor Daniel Hacking and 57 people attended. Pastor Hacking would continue to serve until March of 1990.

While its church was being built on a parcel of land purchased from Eugene Dettinger, the congregation met at the farm of Katherine Amunrud. Worship services were held in a Quonset building there from May 21, 1989, until the new church building/fellowship hall was dedicated October 22, 1989. (The church is located between Northfield and York just off STH 121.)

Pastor Michael Main was interim minister from the fall of 1990 until January of 1991 when Pastor Lowell Hohensee accepted the call to New Hope. During his ministry the parish built another addition to the church building to house a worship center/sanctuary. The sanctuary was dedicated in January 1993 by Pastor Donald Thorson of Chippewa Falls. Pastor David Johnson accepted the call to serve the congregation in October of 1998 and still serves today.

A history of an organization wouldn’t be complete without listing a few “firsts,” as listed in the booklet celebrating the church’s first 10 years:

First parish council (steering committee) was President - Mavis Jessie, Secretary – Katherine Amunrud and Treasurer Alfred Trundle, Jerome Dokkestul, Harlan Olstad, Ozwald Schnick and Alvin Simonson.

The ladies club, Women of Life, was organized in 1988 and officers were: President Ilah Johnson, Vice President Avis Olson, Secretary Violet Rogstad, Treasurer Leona Dokkestul, Secretaries of Stewardship Bertha Bergerson and LaVerna Humphrey, Secretaries of Education Lonny Bergerson and Carol Laufenberg, and Sunshine Girls were Ethel Erickson and Edna Simonson.

The first janitors were Lyle and Mavis Jessie.

The first baptism was of Micah John Jacobson December 11, 1988, by Pastor Dan Hacking.

The first confirmation class was Dustin Bergerson and Justin Krszjzaniek and the service was conducted by Pastor Michael Main October 21, 12990.

The first wedding in the parish was that of Ann Faldet and Tony Sandwick, conducted by Pastor Lowell (Bud) Hohensee, September 21, 1991.

The first wedding in the sanctuary was that of Amy Hass and Ryan Bergerson, conducted by Pastor Michael Main June 13, 1998.

The first funeral was that of Mary Bergerson, conducted by Pastor Main April 27, 1990.

Pastor David Johnson is very proud of the church and congregation. “Except for the roofing, local church members lent their talents and skills to build this church – it makes it literally a church of the people.”

This is a busy parish. There is a church council, the Women of Life group and a Men’s Club. The Sunday School Choir and the New Hope Singers sing praises at services.

New Hope is becoming well-known for the making of beautiful quilts. These works of art are sold to finance parish projects, donated to fundraisers and giving to those in time of need. The church is also famous for its talent shows, which grow bigger every year. It hosts a Valentine’s Banquet, a Harvest Dinner, Shrove Supper and Ice Cream Social. Every year it has a bake sale – this year it is going to be held December 5 at the Jackson County Bank in Black River Falls.

With all these activities as well as weekly Sunday services, this church has packed a lot of memories in its 20 years of existence, making it truly deserving to the motto, “A Church Alive is Worth the Drive.” It will be fun watching what the future has in store for this country church.



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