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Church to Celebrate Centennial

Herzog, Karen. "Church to Celebrate Centennial." Bismarck Tribune, 5 June 2008.


Friends of Glueckstal Lutheran Church of rural Tappen in Kidder County are invited to the celebration of the church’s 100th anniversary, June 14-15.

Two services are planned; one at 7 a.m. June 14 and a repeat service at 2 p.m. June 15.  The Rev. Milton Ost, who served Glueckstal Church from 1961 to 1965, will be the speaker for both services.  In remembrance of those homesteaders who were charter members, the service will have both English and German prayer, scripture and song.

Friends of Glueckstal Lutheran Church of rural Tappen in Kidder County are invited to the celebration of the church’s 100th anniversary, June 14-15.

In the late 1880’s and early 1900’s Glueckstal Lutheran Church was built by North Dakota homesteaders who came to America from German villages near the Black Sea in Russia.

Missionary Heinrich Nagel served as the first pastor to Glueckstal Church, serving first pastor to Glueckstal Church, serving from 1908 to 1913 and from 1924 to 1930.  The first church was a sod church located on land owned by Simon Albrecht.  When it was time to replace the sod church, a high-steeple wooden church with a bell tower was built in 1913 on land donated by Jacob Werre Sr. and his wife, Christiana.  Many of the charter members were from the Glueckstal colonies of Neudorf, Hoffnungstal and Glueckstal, which were German villages in Russia near the Back Sea.  Glueckstal can be translated as "Lucky Valley."

Those attending the celebration are asked to bring a folding chair for outside visiting or extra church seating. 

Regular worship services are no longer held at Glueckstal Church, but it remains standing much in its original state.  The cemetery is still being chosen for burials. 

Glueckstal Lutheran Cemetery Association is a nonprofit corporation, which is governed by a five-person volunteer board.  The church and cemetery are being kept up by volunteers who donate materials, time, labor and money.  The Cemetery Association’s Board directs the activities of the cemetery and church and has managed to keep it going until now. 

Becker, who has researched, written and published a book on the church called "Glueckstal Lutheran Church: A Link to the Past, An Extension of Faith," said that the church’s roof has sustained some hall damage, and the next challenge for the association is to find a roofer who is willing to undertake the repairs.

The book, Becker’s personal project, is a compilation of historical information about Glueckstal and its members.  She began the project in 1995 and completed it in 2008.

Reprinted with permission of the Bismarck Tribune.

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