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Results of our Historical Reflection—

Timeline of Church Life and History

In July 2005, the Ministry Planning Task Force led us in a period of historical reflection—a time for members and friends of the congregation to talk story about church history as they know and perceive them.

Several participants shared their own memories, and then everyone took up pens and markers to add their own items to a timeline that had been prepared from a variety of sources.

According to members of the Task Force, the purpose of the event was for everyone to face the truth of who we are by celebrating / confronting past actions and drawing out the story of who we want to be as a church. The Alban literature pointedly notes the importance of shining light on the skeletons in our past, as well as on the face we prefer to show. Honest self-examination is a starting point for discerning our vision for the church’s future.

This table was compiled from For Beer and the Bible by Sandra Wagner and contributions from the contributions at the Historical Reflection Gathering in July 2005.

If you have items to add to the timeline—big church events that we forgot or your own personal milestones—please use this form to submit them for inclusion.

1900     1950     1960     1970     1980     1990     2000     future
 
Time Period Event
  1849  
Herr Hackfield arrives in Hawaii (1849)
1881
1st Arrival of German Agricultural Laborers
1883
Lihue Lutheran Church founded
1899
Hackfield and Isenberg families donate funds to found Deutsche Evangelische Lutherische Gemeinde zu Honolulu
1900
1900
LCH charter church founded
1901
LCH church building dedicated
1912 1914 Pastor Englehardt installed
1914 1916 Interim Pastors—Isenberg and Schalfirt
1916 1954 Pastor Hörmann installed
1917 1918 U.S. in WWI
1921
Green Street parsonage purchased
1926
Swedish Crown Prince Gustavus Adolfus and Princess Louise visit LCH
1930
“Hawaii Lutheran” newsletter begins
1941 1945 U.S. in WWII
1945 June 30 Pastor Hörmann retires. Pastor Hamme installed.
1950
1950
50th Anniversary. LCH buys Punahou property. Pastor Edward Spirer installed as acting pastor (1950-1954)
1953
Punahou Street Church dedicated
1954 1963 Pastor Glen Balsley installed
1956
Russell Berkstresser installed as choir director
1958
“Heartbeat” publication begins
1959
Hawaii Statehood. Martin Luther King Jr. stays at LCH parsonage in Kahala
1960
1960
U.S. in Vietnam
1963 1969 Pastor Earl Johnson installed
1965
Associate Pastor Nathan Huang installed.
1966 1968 5 national Lutheran Church bodies join to form “Buddhist-Lutheran Dialogue” through LCH
1966
AA uses LCH as meeting site
1968
Rev. Ted Fritschell installed to establish Lutheran Campus Ministry at UH and East-West Center
1967
Assistant Pastor Howard Correy installed
1969 2000 Pastor Don Johnson Installed.
1970
1972 September Joe Hansen installed as Choir Master. Carl Crosier becomes organist. Carol Langner joins choir.
1973
Dedication of remodeled church
1973 January Official end of Vietnam War
1973 1974 Makiki Park Community Activism
1975 April Saigon falls. U.S. out of Vietnam.
1975 May Beckerath Organ dedicated.
1976
Compline Service initiated. Bach cantata vespers and EPG concerts established.
1978
Carl Crosier becomes director of music. Katherine Crosier becomes organist
1979
Meals on Wheels founded
1980
1980
Randy and Jeanne Castello Marry and join LCH.
1980
Fred Benco and Carolyn Ishikawa join LCH. Paul Benco baptized.
1980
Chinese Lutheran Church services begin.
1980
“Children’s Sermon” time outside of sanctuary begins under Nicki Stewart Chinn.
1981 August Olivia Rambell joins LCH.
1981
Bhanu Rana and Meena Ishikawa baptized
1982 Spring Lutheran Campus Ministry ties severely reduced
1982
Marisa Castello born and baptized.
1983 June Jimmy and Olivia Castro married
1984
Pastors start preaching from outside of the pulpit
1986 1992 Seminary internship program starts
1987 September 11 Naomi Castro born. Baptized 11/01/87
1987
Roy Helms joins choir
1988
Don and Biz Person join LCH.
1989
Nick Castello born and baptized
1989
Leased church space for pre-school? “Rainbow” then “Seagull”
1990
1990
90th anniversary luau in parking lot—yummy
1990
Don deployed to Desert Storm
1990 2000 Benefit Concerts—$35,000 raised in 8 concerts for local human service agencies (KKV, HIS, Foodbasket-PWAC)
1991
Fred Benco asked by Pastor Johnson to head stewardship. Two weeks later, Pastor Johnson announces Bill Kunisch as intern.
1991
Fritz Fritschel installed as Associate Pastor
1991 May Karyn Castro born. Baptized 7/07/91
1991
Ohana / Small Group sexuality study started. Downtown Ohana Group continues past ELCA sexuality study led by Mary Reese.
1991 1974 Liturgical Dramas with Stephanie LeBlanc
1992
Lutherfest initiated—costumes/banquet/entertainment in the sanctuary
1992 1995 Parsonage issues—other members left LCH over this issue.
1993
Reconciling in Christ—approximately 15% of congregation left LCH, but some rejoined at a later date.
1993
Bhanu Rana’s funeral
1994
Paul Benco Confirmed
1995
Bill Potter joins LCH.
1996
Bob Zimmer joins LCH after seeing advertisement in Men’s Chorus Concert Program placed by the Mary Magdelene Society
1996
Judie Boutá joins LCH and becomes part of the choir after being invited to the church by Lynne Kinney saying, “Judie, you’ve got to come join our choir!!” It’s been a nurturing family!
1997
Lutheran youth go to Mexico with Pastor Johnson
1998
Pulpit comes down
1999
Congregation members start marching in Gay Pride Parade
1999
LCH Preschool founded
1999
Purchase of Poki Lot and Luther Place. Sold Kahala parsonage.
2000
2000
Pastor Johnson Resigns. Interim Pastor Barber arrives.
2000
St. Matthew Passion
2001
David and Karen Barber arrive as installed Pastor.
2001 November Linda Mizuno becomes administrative assistant
2001 Easter Michael Barnett’s 1st Attendance at LCH. Walls Shook.
2001
Church Web Page created (pixi.com)
2001 December Ray Herradura starts attending
2002
Ray Herradura becomes member of LCH.
2003
Capital Campaign begins: “Gifting · Growing · Serving.” Don Person named chair.
2003
Brian Weis joins LCH.
2003
LCH Web Page changed to own domain: lchwelcome.org
2003
First same sex relationship blessing—Bob Zimmer and Ray Herradura
2004 August Pastor Fritschel retires
2004
St. John Passion
2004
Paving of Poki Lot (Tree finally cut down)
2004
Internship program renewed after 12+ years with arrival of Intern Katy Grindberg.
2004 September Angie and Jim Niermann join LCH.
2004 December Chinese Lutheran Church departs
2005 March Ministry Plan Task Force begins work.
2005 Easter Vigil Angie Niermann baptized
2005
1st Heifer Ark floated by LCH youth group
2005 July Partnership with Episcopal Campus Ministry starts.
2005 August Intern Katy Grindberg departs leaving big shoes.
2005 September Intern Josh Graber arrives and fills big shoes.
2005 December Pastor David announces his retirement.
2006 February Call Committee convened.
2006 March 4 Children’s Benefit Concert raises $2,000 in gifts and pledges towards our second “ark” of animals through Heifer International. An article about the concert appeared in the June issue of The Lutheran.
2006 April 30 Pastor David’s last service.
2006 May 14 Pastor Steve Jensen’s first service as interim pastor.
Future


Pre-school expands or closes.


Sunday School enrollment increases.


New Bathrooms!!


Music Program expands. Becomes training center for Church Music.


Capital Campaign reaches goal.

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