Contact Information for ALC Endowment Fund Committee

September 26th, 2018

This page is currently not fully developed. Please contact the church by phone (309) 521-8127. Or Email Pastor Reed

Megan Pedersen’s Presentation on Alzheimer’s Disease

August 22nd, 2018

On August 12, 2018 Megan Pedersen gave a presentation on Alzheimer’s disease during coffee hour in Luther Hall. Here is the two part video in which she not only presents, but also answers questions that different people had about the disease.

Vacation Bible School 2019 – Miraculous Mission: Jesus Saves the World

June 5th, 2018

Vacation Bible School

Monday, July 15 – Thursday, July 18

Augustana Lutheran Church

Andover IL

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Light supper served at 6:00pm

Followed by Games, Music, Stories and More!

Register Your Child Online Here

 Or… download  form here...print, complete and return to church office

Or…call the  Office 521.8127



Highlights from Holy Week

April 9th, 2018

Here are the highlights from Holy Week at Augustana!

If you would like to know what Holy Week was like at ALC than here is a recap.


Maundy Thursday

On this night the church heard a message from Pastor Reed focused on the Last Supper. Then the congregation gathered around the rail for the service of Holy Communion. Lastly, the altar was stripped as Pastor Reed improvised musically on Psalm 22.


Good Friday

The people listened to Pastor Reed preach on how the cross is a sign of love. The people went through bidding prayers to God. Lastly, before leaving in silence, the people were given time to reverence the cross while three men from ALC sang “Were You There?”


Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday the congregation had a sunrise service at Jenny Lind at 7 a.m. and then a service in the cathedral at 10:30 a.m. During the children’s message there was an alleluia shouting match between the congregants led by the youth. The cherub and youth choir sand “This is the Day”. The Adult Choir sang “O Glorious Day”. There was a message from Pastor Reed about how every day is Easter for Christians. There was a baptism of an adult who wished to be welcomed into the waters of baptism. Then almost all of the approximately 160 people at worship came up for communion.

Aerial View of Augustana Lutheran Church – Easter Sunday, April 1st, 2018

Youth Fund Raising Events

February 27th, 2018


All proceeds go to help fund Youth Gathering Trip!!

Sunday, March 25

9:00 – 10:15 AM Palm Sunday Breakfast in Luther Hall

The Luther League will be serving a breakfast of egg casserole, muffins and juice on Palm Sunday.

EVERYONE is invited to Luther Hall breakfast and fellowship.

A free-will offering will be received to help the cost for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston.

NOTE to Luther League members:

Please have your already cooked casseroles and muffins to Luther Hall by 8:30 am on March 25th.

Saturday, June 2  

More Fun on 81 Weekend

Rummage Sale and Food Stand during Festivities

Lenten Schedule

February 6th, 2018

Ash Wednesday is February 14

Ash Wednesday worship service will be held at Augustana Lutheran Church on February 14, 7:00 PM in Luther Hall. The service will include Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion. All are invited to attend this worship service that marks the beginning of the season of Lent.

Midweek Lenten Worship – Luther Hall

“A Lenten Journey to the Easter Vigil”

Wednesday evenings in Lent at 6:15 PM,

February 21, February 28, March 7, March 14, March 21


6:15 pm   Soup, Sandwich, and Dessert

Served by the youth attending the ELCA Youth Gathering (Free-will offering)

7:00 pm   Service

Pastors participating:

Prs. Matt and Laura Kamprath, First, Geneseo
Pr. Mike Lawyer, St. Paul, Orion
Pr. Wayne Melaas-Swanson, Messiah, Port Byron
Pr. Reed Pedersen, Augustana, Andover
Pr. Gwen Sefrhans-Murphy, Peace, Port Byron
Pr. Randy Swanson, Cambridge, Cambridge


Readings will be drawn from the Vigil of Easter service. Each reading offers a description of God, a metaphor of the resurrection, and a reference to Baptism.

Come and hear the stories of  creation, the flood, deliverance at the Red Sea, Salvation freely offered to all, and delivery from the fiery furnace.

All are welcome!

Community Lenten Worship

Services and Luncheons 

The Orion Area Ministerial Association is once again sponsoring Friday noontime worship services and soup/sandwich luncheons during Lent. Different area churches will host each of the gatherings. All are  invited to join their sisters and brothers in Christ for worship, good food and fellowship. A donation of $2.00 per person is requested for each Lenten luncheon to help offset the cost of the meal. The theme this year is drawn from 1 Corinthians 13. “Agape is…”.

Date                            Host Church

February 16                 Orion Methodist Sanctuary          Fr. Jim DeBisschop preaching

February 23                 Mary, Our Lady of Peace             Pr. Sharon Wilbur preaching

March 2                        Augustana Lutheran                   World Day of Prayer                                 

March 9                        St. Paul Lutheran                        Pr. Reed Pedersen preaching

March 16                      Beulah Presbyterian                   Pr. Mike Lawyer preaching

March 23                      Faith Family Church                   Pr. Sheila Sheer

Good Friday: to be determined



Church Modernization Project

January 23rd, 2018

Dear Brother and/or Sister in Christ,


Augustana Lutheran Church is beginning a three year pledge drive of $125,000 for our Church Modernization Project. The Church Modernization Project will go towards:


  1. Repainting the Sanctuary Walls and Ceiling
  2. Installing Air Conditioning (with heat pumps) in the Sanctuary.


Our hope is that when these two projects are done a person can walk into our building and see a lovely painted sanctuary while also feeling comfortable of the indoor temperature year round. The last time the ceiling was painted was in 2000 and the sanctuary walls were painted somewhere in the 70s or 80s. If anyone has gone to church service in August then you know how uncomfortably warm our sanctuary can be.


The Church Council is excited for the Church Modernization Project and the congregation agreed to go forward with it at the annual meeting on January 21st. The Endowment Fund will pay for the projects to take place and hopefully, with your help, we can replenish the money taken out of the Endowment Fund within 3 years.


The Endowment Fund committee has offered up a great first donation of $20,000 from the Endowment Fund to kick start this pledge drive. So here is where we are at already:


Church Modernization Project     $125,000

Endowment Fund                         -$20,000

Remaining Total                           $105,000


We are sending out this letter and a pledge card to our mailing list. If you do not receive that and would like to donate to this project please contact the church! We are inviting people to give a monthly or yearly pledge towards the project. You can also give one lump sum towards this great opportunity for Augustana Lutheran Church. Thank you for the consideration!


In humble service,

Pastor Reed Lee Pedersen

Pledge Drive Progress



Blue Line = $ Received for Week

Red Line = Total $ Received
Green Line = Total Pledges

Goal = $105,000

# Pledges Received = 31
$ Pledged =     $ 65,590
Total $ =           96,772*
% of Goal (Pledges) = 62.5 %
% of Goal ($) =            92.2 %

If you have not Pledged for the Church Modernization yet, you can now enter an online pledge here.

  • Includes LaVera Stromquist Insurance Gift in November

Personal Witness to Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2017

At our Thanksgiving Eve Service shared between Augustana Lutheran Church, Cambridge Lutheran Church, and St. Paul Lutheran Church there was a person from each congregation who gave a personal witness of Thanksgiving. Give them a look!




Pledge and Time & Talent Forms

November 7th, 2017

2019 Stewardship 


Click on the links below to open the Form needed, complete and submit. Results go directly to the church office.

Pledge Form

Time & Talent

Old Wittenberg Germany

November 1st, 2017

Pictures from Old Wittenberg, Germany

Site of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses posted October 31, 1517 at
Castle Church where Martin Luther primarily preached & is buried
In Recognition of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation 

Also pictures of the City Church in Wittenburg

Pictures & Virtual Reality View provided by Dr. Thomas Schulze & Dr. Peter Lorenz of Fraunhofer Institute, Magdeburg Germany…treasured friends of Gordon Rehn 

Pictures taken June 10th, 2010

See more information on Martin Luther