HISTORICAL TIME LINE
We celebrated our 125th Anniversary on February 21.
The Rev. Dr. Gerald Mansholt, Central States Synod Bishop was the guest speaker
for worship. A potluck dinner followed. More than 150 people attended.
A new computer was purchased for the office.
Pastor Patsy Koeneke accepted our call to serve as full-time minister for the
congregation of St. John. St John's first website www.stjohnkensington.com was
created. St John joined with the community to Support Our Soldiers
(Operation SOS) who are deployed around the world.
Outdoor cemetery directory was erected with memorial donations.
We completed a major challenge of restoring our Altar, Pulpit and Lectern
with donations in excess of $20,000 from individuals
and memorials. Pastor Frank Pekarek retired from full-time ministry.
Sunday school rooms and Parish Hall were remodeled and windows replaced.
New electric piano/organ combination was purchased.
Memorial donation of Hand Bells led to the formation
of the Bell Choir which performs monthly.
Professional Ministry Assistant Judy Rahjes and others lead St. John
until Pastor Frank Pekarek accepts our call.
Interim Pastor Constance Morrow assists St. John in
giving thanks and praise in celebrating its 110th anniversary.
Pastor Dan Breda became our pastor and our first computer was purchased
for the church office. Air conditioning was installed in the church.
Memorial funds purchased a new sound system, pew cushions and made
the restrooms handicapped accessible.
With the help of Pastor Greg Gaskamp, we supported the Fountain of
Hope church in Kansas City, Missouri with the donation of 500 lbs.
of food and supplies to this mission church. During this time we also became
part of the new Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Early communion was made available at the fifth grade level.
St. John answers Seminary Appeal by donating over $33,000 from
congregational members. Joint Vacation Bible School was expanded
to include all four churches in Kensington.
New Parsonage was built. Pastor David H. Sites helped
with efforts of members from all four churches in
Kensington to form a refugee ministry in our town.
Pastor Virgil Anderson became our new minister and served 15 years.
The broadcasting of a half-hour Sunday morning worship service with
Pastor John Minneman began on KKAN 92.5 FM, Phillipsburg, Kansas.
The broadcast has been in continuous operation for 47 yrs. and there are
no plans to discontinue this service. The congregation celebrated its
75th anniversary with the dedication of the new parish hall.
Pastors serving during this period were Pastor O. Spehr,
Pastor E. A. Stein, and Pastor A. Eggerling. The Sunday school program
was expanded and Sunday evening services were conducted.
Evangelism and parish education programs were introduced during this time.
Our present church was dedicated by Pastor Charles Bunge.
The Church building was destroyed by fire due to anti-German sentiment.
Pastor L. Uhlman served during this difficult time of World War I.
First parsonage was built during the pastorate of F.W. Hainke.
The first church was built one-half mile north of Kensington with
the leadership of Pastor John Gemaehlich.
St. John Lutheran Church of Kensington, Kansas was founded by
seven charter members. Services were conducted in a school house by
The Rev. J.F. Dilges of Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Stuttgart, Kansas.