Affirmation of Baptism October 28, 2018

October 30th, 2018

Here is the affirmation of baptism service held for Joseph Foley, Sophie Selander, and Sydney Poppy. In this rite the three of these confirmands affirmed their faith.

ALC Good Samaritan Fund

September 26th, 2018

ALC Good Samaritan Fund Online Request Form


The purpose of the ALC Good Samaritan Fund is to provide financial assistance to persons who are confronted with short-term emergency situations within a specific local region as defined by highways: US 150, IL 81, IL 82, and IL 17. These boundaries are not rigid and serve as a basic area of focus only.


Any individual or family in the Andover area and nearby communities (as defined above) may receive assistance. This includes retired and disabled community members, spouses, surviving spouses, and their dependent, orphaned, or incapacitated children. Recommendations for assistance will primarily come from local food pantries, village boards, funeral homes, township supervisors, school districts, or any other organization the ALC Endowment Committee invites to participate in the ALC Good Samaritan Fund program. Requests meeting the Assistance Guidelines (see below) will be processed on a first-come, first serve basis as long as monies are available from the fund.

To a lesser extent, emergency aid may be given to stranded motorists passing through Andover at the discretion of Augustana Lutheran Church Staff. The aid in this case will be limited to the distribution of Casey Gift Cards…enough to get the motorist on to their next destination.


Assistance Guidelines

  1. The ALC Good Samaritan Fund provides assistance for short-term, emergency situations. Monthly stipends to assist with living expenses are not available from this Fund.
  2. No assistance with non-medical debt retirement, past due current income tax encumbrance, legal/attorney fees, or fines will be provided through the ALC Good Samaritan Fund.
  3. Distributed funds are considered a one-time gift only to the assisted individual… no ongoing support are to be made nor implied. Additional gifts to individuals will be considered on a case by case basis, but only after a period of at least two years between gifts has elapsed.
  4. The ALC Good Samaritan Fund is intended for those individuals within the geographical area defined above by highways: US 150, IL 81, IL 82, and IL 17. These boundaries are not rigid, but serve as a general guideline for the focus area of support.
  5. Initial implementation of the ALC Good Samaritan Fund begins once the fund reaches a minimum level of $10,000.
  6. Fund distributions will continue until the Fund drops below $2000. At that point, Fund operation will be suspended until the Fund attains the original startup value of $10,000.
  7. Distribution Limits: in order to maximize the number of individuals helped, the anticipated level is $500 – $1000 or less. Needs beyond $1000 will need to be considered on a case by case basis.
  8. Assistance Request Process consists of submitting a three section online form by the organization recommending individuals needing assistance. The three sections are:
    1. Section 1: Contact information of assisted individuals; $ amount requested; and description of the specific need for assistance
    2. Section 2: Contact information of the organization submitting the request
    3. Section 3: Contact information as to where the distribution will be sent. Typically this would be the debtor of the assisted individual
  9. Online Request Form is found at:

The ALC Good Samaritan Fund income sources:

  1. Annual “Community Outreach” distributions from  Augustana Lutheran Church’s (ALC) Endowment Trust
  2. Gifts and bequests from individuals
  3. Contributions from organizations

All assistance payments and emergency grants shall be made only to the extent that monies are available from this fund.

The ALC Good Samaritan Fund is administered by the ALC Endowment Committee and is empowered by the Church Congregational Council. The Endowment Committee reviews requests for assistance and authorizes payments in accordance with the guidelines listed below. The granting assistance in any form is solely at the discretion of the Endowment Committee, and reserves the right to modify these guidelines.


Assistance will be in the form of a lump sum payment directly to the individual’s debtor, in most cases. Records will be maintained to track when, who and the amount of assistance provided. Every effort will be made to distribute assistance funds within one week of a submitted online request form, provided all the Assistance Guidelines are met. Additional time will be needed if exceptions to the guidelines need to be considered. The organization submitting the request will be notified by email as to the disposition of the request.



Please click the button below to help contribute to this wonderful ministry:


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How Does One Contribute to the Endowment Fund?

September 26th, 2018

How Does One Contribute to the Endowment Fund?

Contributions may be made in cash, real estate, securities, life insurance, trust fund, or bequest.

Contributions to the Augustana Lutheran Church Endowment Fund are tax deductible within provisions of federal tax law.


Cash Contributions


Cash contributions, both large and small, to the Endowment Fund can be given at any time for a variety of reasons.


Charitable Life Insurance


Making the Augustana  Endowment Fund of Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church the beneficiary of a life insurance policy enables you to finance a sizeable gift by the payment of a relatively small annual premium. Both new and existing policies may be used for such gifts. In all cases the Endowment Fund must be named as the irrevocable beneficiary. In that way the annual premiums you pay are tax deductible and the proceeds payable to the Endowment Fund upon your death are exempt from estate and inheritance taxes.


Wills and Bequests


A bequest is a gift made through a will. Those interested should have an attorney draw up a will to assure that property will be distributed in accordance with the donor’s wishes after death. Every person has the privilege of deciding who is to receive his or her estate after death, no matter how small or large the estate.


Every Christian also has a stewardship responsibility of providing for the continuing work of Christ through a portion of assets accumulated through one’s lifetime. These responsibilities may be fulfilled by including a provision for the church in a valid will.


A gift to the Augustana Lutheran Church Endowment Fund made by a will provision could be in the form of cash, securities or real estate and such gifts are free of federal estate taxes and inheritance taxes. Your attorney is best qualified to advise you on these matters.

The following suggestions are offered here for discussion with your attorney.

1. General Bequest: “I give and bequeath to Augustana  Endowment Fund of Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church, Andover, Illinois, the sum of $xxx (and/or the securities or other property described herein, namely, ____________________).”


2. Residuary Bequest: “All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate both real and personal, I give, devise, and bequeath to Augustana Endowment Fund of Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church, Andover, Illinois.”


3. Contingent Bequest: “In the event __(name of person)__ does not survive me, I give, devise, and bequeath such property to Augustana Endowment Fund of Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church, Andover, Illinois.”


Online Gifts

Select “Give” below to send an online Gift:

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These guidelines were borrowed from the Trinity Endowment Fund of Trinity Lutheran Church in Moline, Illinois.

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.

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


May 7 and 8 – Garage Sale

June 5 – Food Stand at More Fun on 81

November 13 – Trivia Night

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


Our 3 year Church Modernization drive was reached on Nov.8, 2020.
The graph below shows the journey over the past three years.
The Church Modernization Account will continue for future property improvements.

Thank You for your Support!

Blue Line = $ Received for Week
Red Line = Total $ Received
Green Line = Total Pledges
Purple Line = Goal

Goal = $125,000 

# Pledges Received = 31
$ Pledged =     $ 65,590
Total $ =           $133,087*
% of Goal (Pledges) = 53.3 %
% of Goal ($) =            106.5 %

  • Includes $20,00 From ELCA Endowment Principal and  LaVerna Stromquist Insurance Gift in November and a generous $5,000 donation in December

If you would like to give to the Church Modernization Fund electronically, please click on the button below:

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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!