Whether at work, school, or church, we’ve all been new at some point in our lives. Being new can be a source of anxiety, but here at Memorial, we want to make this as welcoming and low-stress as we possibly can.

Worship is at 9:30 am each Sunday, but there’s a lot more than that going on at Memorial.

We’re located right on top of the hill overlooking Afton and the St. Croix River.

15730 S Afton Blvd.

Afton, MN 55001

Sunday Mornings

When you arrive on a Sunday morning, we’ve got greeters right inside the door to welcome you, and to answer any immediate questions you might have.

Coffee and tea are available before worship in the fellowship hall (to the left when you enter the church). Didn’t get a chance to finish your cup? That’s OK, bring it with you to worship.

Free nursery services for young children are provided beginning at 9:15 am each Sunday and lasting through our education hour. The nursery is located downstairs, just below the sanctuary, allowing easy access for any parents that might need to check on, or drop off, children during the service. We also have a separate room in the rear of the sanctuary that provides a place for parents to take children who might need a slight break from service, or just need to move around for a little bit.

When you enter the sanctuary (to the right when you enter the church), ushers will be waiting to greet you and provide our worship bulletins. If you would like an activity bag for any child(ren), please ask the ushers. The ushers can also providing hearing assistants as needed–simply ask.

Our Sunday morning services are classical and contemporary, participatory and liturgical, biblically grounded and musically rich. Sit wherever you would like. We use the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal for our order of service and hymns. Page numbers are printed in your bulletin. Occasionally, we will use the Marty Haugen “Now The Feast” order of service. On those Sundays, it will be given to you along with your bulletin. In the pews you will also find pew Bibles if you would like to look up the readings, though our readings are printed in your bulletins.

During worship, we offer a children’s time, at which children may also pick up a children’s bulletin from the front of the sanctuary.

Communion is celebrated each Sunday, and we welcome all believers to participate.

Following worship, we have a number of things you can participate in.

Our education hour runs from 10:45-11:30 am.

Adult education is offered in our Adult Ed. Classroom (downstairs) for all post-confirmation age and up. The theme for adult education varies throughout the year, please visit the adult education webpage for an update of the current topic.

Children in PreK-grade 6 participate in Sunday School in our downstairs classrooms. Children begin class in the choir room (downstairs) with singing. We have three classes: PreK/K, 1-3, and 4-6. Youth in grades 7-8 participate in Confirmation classes each Sunday during the education hour. Youth meet in the youth room (downstairs).

For children birth-age 3, we offer a special story time, led by our nursery attendant Teresa, each Sunday from 10:45-11:00 am. Nursery care is available for the remainder of the education hour for any parents who need to utilize it.

There is also fellowship time in the fellowship hall for any not participating in another activity.

Each Sunday we have snacks and beverages available in the fellowship hall for all to enjoy.

On many Sundays, we have special events either during the education hour, or immediately following, so please pay attention to the bulletin, in-worship announcements, or any postings to learn more about those. You can also visit the events page on the website.

Beliefs

Our Mission is…

To PROCLAIM the Gospel of Jesus Christ through God’s Word, the sacraments and loving service; To BE a loving and caring community where each person feels genuinely loved; To PROVIDE opportunities for spiritual growth through prayer, worship and study; To MINISTER to the needs of the congregation, the community and the world as the Holy Spirit empowers and leads us; To WELCOME without exception; LISTEN without judgment;
and SUPPORT without prejudice all people, and in this way, TO BE CHRIST FOR OTHERS!

What We Believe…

Memorial Lutheran Church is a diverse group of people, coming together as the Body of Christ, convinced that the Holy Spirit is leading us toward unity in the household of God.

As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we are connected to the faith of the church through the ages and around the world.

We believe in the Triune God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are part of God’s unfolding plan.

When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere and of every time.

When we study the Bible and pray, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.

When we serve others and address social issues that affect the common good, we live out our Christian faith.

You are invited to be a part of this vibrant community of Christian faith.

What is Christianity?
Who is Jesus Christ? What do his life and teachings mean? Get the fundamentals on Christianity.
What do Lutherans believe?
Find out how our Lutheran system of beliefs fits in the context of the Christian faith tradition.
What if we don’t agree?
How do we live with those who don’t agree with us? Find out more about the concept of bound conscience.
Memorial Lutheran Church is a proud member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the St. Paul Area Synod.

History

The people of Memorial Lutheran Church have been gathering by the river and proclaiming the love of Jesus Christ to the St. Croix Valley since 1882.   What started as a group of Swedish immigrants has grown into a diverse community of caring individuals.

While there have been many changes over the last century, one thing remains the same:  our commitment to do God’s work for God’s people.

Traditions that have stayed with us:

Advent Vespers- A celebration to mark the beginning of the Advent Season that includes a Vesper service and meal complete with a sampling of Scandinavian holiday fare.

Strawberry Festival – First held in 1882 to celebrate midsummer’s day, a Scandinavian tradition. Today, it continues as a community gathering for all. The festival is held every year in June.

Church Leadership

Staff

Elizabeth Damico
Pastor
Pastor Elizabeth is originally from the northwest corner of Minnesota and studied music (piano/voice) and religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. After college she moved to the Pacific Northwest to work full time in music ministry and there she developed her love for the mountains and working with people in the church! Elizabeth attended Luther Seminary and received her Master of Divinity in 2012. She has served as village musician and pastor at Holden Village, Chelan Washington and associate pastor at Westwood Lutheran church in St. Louis Park, MN. Elizabeth is blessed to travel through this life with her daughter, Micaela!
Nancy Jandro
Administrative Minister
Hi. My name is Nancy and I am Memorial Lutheran Church’s Administrative Assistant. I am the person who will answer your telephone calls and greet you when you come into the church office. I compose the weekly church bulletins and also the “Memorial’s News and Views,” our monthly newsletter. I also work at coordinating volunteers.I have been a member of Memorial Lutheran Church since 3rd grade, attended Sunday School, was confirmed and married at Memorial Lutheran. I have 2 terrific daughters. I am also the proud grandmother of a granddaughter and also a set of twins (girl & boy) which keeps me busy, but I love every minute of it!
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Nicholas Bannon
Minister of Faith Formation
Hi! My name is Nicholas Bannon. I was excited to begin my call as director of faith formation here at Memorial in September of 2010. My wife, Katie, and I joined as members and were married here in March 2011.Whether in the context of peer ministry, camp counseling, mission work, college, seminary, urban ministry, suburban ministry , and a growing amount of rural interaction; I have found God gracious to provide me opportunities to work with youth and children. Each new experience continues to shape my faith and how I approach ministry with children and youth.I am blessed to serve here with the youth, children and families, as we witness the Spirit of Christ taking root and continuing to grow in each others’ lives.
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Lynn Dewall
Music Minister
Greetings! I am Lynn Dewall; Music Minister at Memorial Lutheran Church. I have taught, performed and been immersed in music my entire life. I have been involved specifically with church choirs, instrumentalists and ensembles for over 30 years. It is my pleasure to be at Memorial and enhancing worship through God’s gift of music.
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Scott Prunty
Minister of Finance
I have been a member of Memorial with my wife, Sarah, since 1999. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the people and programs Memorial has available to its members. My son and daughter love going to Sunday School and taking part in the numerous children’s activities. We feel very fortunate and blessed to call Memorial our church home.If you have a question about your giving statement, offering envelopes or other bookkeeping questions, let me know. I’d be happy to assist you!
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Teresa Guertin
Nursery
I work in the Nursery here at Memorial. I really enjoy spending time with kids and have many years of experience working with children as a Paraprofessional for the school district. It is such a blessing to watch and spend time with the children from the congregation. To play, laugh, and share God's word together!
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Church Council

Marit Bjork
Council President
Jill Chezik
Vice President/Staff Support
Kathy Brooks
Secretary
Mike Miller
Treasurer
Julie Kadrie
Communications
Cathy Muckala
Worship/Music
Denise Clymer
Property
Elise Winter
Evangelism
Barbara Twisk
Stewardship
Bill Ryan
Faith Formation

Membership

Are you looking to make a commitment to a faith community and take another step in your spiritual life? Memorial Lutheran is an inter-generational, loving gathering of God’s saints and sinners and would love to walk with you in faith!

October 30th, 2016 is the Festival of the Reformation, the day we commemorate the journey of our Lutheran tradition and look forward to how God is calling us to continue to re-form and live boldly in the world for the sake of the gospel.  This day is also the day we will welcome new members to the church!

If you are interested in joining the Memorial community please be in touch with Pastor Elizabeth and she will let you know when our next New Member Evening is as well as the next Sunday we will be receiving new members.

“For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.” Romans 12:4-5

For more information how you can be a part of Memorial Lutheran Church, call 651-436-1138, or email  Pastor Elizabeth.

There are a number of activities and events that take place throughout the week at Memorial. Please visit the Fellowship, Service, Music and Education pages, as well as the events calendar for more information.

We host boy scouts on Monday nights, kettle bell classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and AA on Saturday mornings. For more information about any of these community groups, or with any other questions, please contact the church office, 651-436-1138.