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The 50th Anniversary Celebrations of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, ELCA

3800 East Third Street Bloomington, Indiana

Sunday, October 4, 2009, Rev. Bill Veith, former member of St. Thomas, returned to bring the Word to the congregation that nurtured his vocation. The day celebrated the anniversary of the church calling its first mission pastor (October 2, 1959). That mission pastor, Rev. William Rowen, set about the task of gathering people from the community and the campus in order to build towards organizing as a congregation of the Lutheran Church in America. This celebration focused on the history of mission at St. Thomas. An Oktoberfest luncheon followed.

Sunday, December 6, 2009, Rev. Rich Zawistoski, campus pastor at Indiana University (1989-2000) preached, recognizing the date of our first worship service on December 8, 1959. That it required our mission pastor only two months to gather enough folks to warrant a worship service is remarkable. This was a celebration of our roots and heritage as a town/gown ministry (joint congregation/campus ministry). A reception was held between services.


Sunday, February 7, 2010, Rev. Arnie Pierson, pastor of St. Thomas from 1973 — 1981, will be our guest homilist at the third celebration which will focus on our history and tradition of fine music and education. This event will recognize the dedication of our pipe organ on February 7, 1999. A reception will be held between services.

Sunday, April 11, 2010, Bishop James Stuck (Indiana-Kentucky Synod) will preach at the final celebration services. This is "St. Thomas" Sunday and falls near the date of the charter signing April 3, 1960. On that day sixty-four confirmed members signed the charter of organization, marking the official beginning of St. Thomas Lutheran Church as a congregation of the Lutheran Church in America (now Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). A catered dinner will be held, with special presentations honoring charter and other early members and opening of the time capsule that was buried in the patio at the 25th anniversary celebration.

Last update: Wednesday 16 December 2009 14:43

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