A builder of faithful and responsible lives for a stronger community

About Eidsvold Lutheran Church

Our Pastor

Pictures from Pastor Andrew Wendle's Installation Service

 

 

Grace and peace to you in the name of our living and loving Savior, Jesus the Christ!

 Phew … summer seems to have just run by this year for me.  How about for you?  I’m not sure that I really ever settled into it.  Certainly it was filled with some wonderful things, but I felt like I was running from one minute to the next simply trying to keep up.  I just added it all up, and altogether my family and I traveled over 4,000 miles this summer.  And what’s more, we’re not even done yet!  We’re traveling to Madison, Wisconsin in September to pick up a family heirloom that my mother would like us to have.  That’ll add on another 2100 miles to our travels this year.  Phew indeed!

 And if that wasn’t enough I’ve just slowly begun to realize that my kids aren’t really so small any more.  Okay, I’ve realized this for a long time as Charis has slowly begun to climb the ladder of height and now stands just a little shorter than me!  Time, with my children, like the miles we’ve traveled this summer,
has just seemed to go faster and faster and faster.  How did this happen and how do I get it to stop?!

 Of course, we all know that we can’t get it to stop.  As the Steve Miller Band proclaimed, “Time keeps on
slippin’ slippin’ slippin’ into the future.”

 So let’s enjoy the time we have now!

 And I don’t mean enjoy like you enjoy a cup of coffee or a nice summer rain or something else, but enjoy by truly living in joy.

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 St. Paul knew this:  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.  Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”  Philippians 4:4-6

 The Psalmists knew this:  “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.  Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the
nations, “The 
Lord has done great things for them.”  The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.”  Psalm 126:1-3

 Some of our saints in light have known this: 

“Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”  -  Mother Teresa

“The Gospel is nothing less than laughter and joy.”   -  Martin Luther

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 And so should we!

 I am going to strive ever more at treasuring the moments I have with my kids, with
my wife, with my family, with all of you.  May we all find the true joy from God that comes when we realize the gift we have in relationship with each other and with our God.

 In Peace,
    Pastor Andy

Our History

Eidsvold Lutheran Church was established in 1904 in the years when many immigrants were arriving from various European countries.  Many Norwegian immigrants established themselves in Somers and founded a church which reminded them of their beloved "Eidsvold" in Norway.  It is the town in which they signed their Constitution in 1814.  "Eid" means a road passing around a waterfall and "Vollr" a meadow or field.  Thus, the name Eidsvold for a town surrounded by fjords, mountains and water.  It was a fitting name for this church situated near the lake in the beautiful Flathead Valley

Through the years, Eidsvold Lutheran Church has become a church home to people of all heritages and traditions welcoming people from many different places.

What do Lutherans believe?

Lutherans are Christians who accept the teachings of Martin Luther (1483 – 1546).  Luther was a German theologian who realized that there were significant differences between what he read in the Bible and the practices of the Roman Catholic church at that time.  On October 31, 1517, he posted a challenge on the door of Wittenberg University, titled “95 Theses” (to debate 95 theological issues).  His hope was that the church would reform its practice and preaching to be more consistent with the Word of God as contained in the Bible.

What started as an academic debate escalated into a distinct separation between the Roman Catholic church of the time and those who accepted Luther’s suggested reforms.   "Lutheran" became the name of the group that agreed with Luther’s convictions.

Today, nearly five centuries later, Lutherans still celebrate the Reformation on October 31 and still hold to the basic principles of Luther’s theological teachings, such as Grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone.  These comprise the very essence of Lutheranism:

  • We are saved by the grace of God alone -- not by anything we do;
  • Our salvation is through faith alone -- a confident trust in God, who in Christ promises us forgiveness, life and salvation; and
  • The Bible is the norm for faith and life -- the true standard by which teachings and doctrines are to be judged.

Over the years, different Lutheran church bodies have been established and organized to meet the needs of Lutherans in communities and nations all over the world.  The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is the largest Lutheran group in North America, founded in 1988 when three North American Lutheran church bodies united: The American Lutheran Church, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches and the Lutheran Church in America.  Learn more about the History of the ELCA.

Lutherans are part of a reforming movement within the whole Christian church; as a part of practicing their faith, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its predecessors have engaged in ecumenical dialogue with other church bodies for decades.  In fact, the ELCA has entered into cooperative "full communion" agreements (sharing common convictions about theology, mission and worship) with several other Protestant denominations, including

The United Church of Christ The ELCA has an ongoing dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church, and in 1999, representatives of the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.  This represented a historic consensus on key issues of faith and called for further dialogue and study together.  To learn more about these ecumenical relationships, visit Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations.  Lutheranism is a faith tradition that is open to all, regardless of background.