Church history event set at Lebanon church

March 19, 2019

LEBANON -- In celebration of turning 175 years old this year, Immanuel Lutheran Church of Lebanon, N554 County Highway R, has special events planned for every month to celebrate this milestone.

As part of the anniversary celebration, local historian Charles E. “Chuck” Werth will offer an illustrated presentation titled “Immanuel as Mother Church: The Genealogy of Lebanon’s Congregations” Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Lebanon gym. Werth will define and illustrate Immanuel’s role in shaping the religious history of this area.

Immanuel occupies a unique position in the history of Lebanon, Emmet, Ixonia and Watertown, stated a media release for the event. As the first Lutheran congregation in Dodge and Jefferson counties, virtually every Lutheran congregation and First Baptist Church in Watertown traces its origins to Immanuel, the release continued.

Werth, who now lives in Milwaukee, continues to serve as unofficial town historian for Lebanon, is curator of the Lebanon Historical Society’s Museum and Karl Greve Log Cabin and directs the Staerk Media Center. He maintains an office in the Lebanon Town Hall/Fire Station complex. He is a frequent presenter for the society and maintains the society’s Facebook page and blog.

Descended from pioneer families -- Werth, Schoenike, Uttech, Krueger, Braasch and Tanke/Lehmann -- Werth has researched and published many articles for local publications and scholarly journals on Lebanon’s unique place in the linguistic, cultural and theological controversies between Pomeranians and Oderbrüchers.

Light refreshments will be served at Sunday’s event. A freewill offering will be gathered. Call the church office at 920-925-3540 for more information and to make reservations.