Wonderful things are happening at Immanuel Lutheran Church.



The bell tower is moved to it's new location before beginning construction on the new Fellowship Hall.


AND THE WINNER IS.....By Val Moore

On October 14th, the drawing for the 1946 Chevrolet Fleetmaster donated by Tommy and Delores Nordhagen was held at the fall bazaar sponsored by the WELCA of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

The lucky winner of the classic car was Cason Charles Baugartner of Minnesota.. Cason has been employed in the Westby area for many months and frequently attended the summer steak frys.

When the winner was drawn, none in the audience was familiar with the name and the ticket showed he was from Minnesota.. Danny made the call and after several attempts finally got in touch with the young man who was now working 2 1/2 hours away. He was elated and went on and on how he never won anything and would make the drive up that night to see the car. In the mean time word spread as to who the winner was and I gave Marlene Anderson a call in AZ to let her know. She exclaimed, "You know who that is, don't you?". I had no idea. "I sold him the ticket. He is the young man who donated the $1,200.00 cash at one of our summer steak frys.". At the time he made the donation he did not wish to give his name, but was known around town as Casey. Hence, no one put two and two together. Word has spread about the generosity of this young man, so we wanted you to know the rest of the story... Wow!. Talk about the icing on the cake. It shows once again, what goes around comes around. We are as happy as Casey was for his good fortune.

(Reprinted from The Parish Ambassador, Val Moore)




No one could have anticipated the success of this project. The fundraising committee had their biggest success story thus far when on Sept. 7th they held a salmon and rib feed combined with a parcel post auction. Net proceeds came in at over $20,000.

Approximately 175 congregational and community members from across the county enjoyed a dinner of salmon/BBQ ribs, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, tomato slices, hard rolls and a choice of dessert: Peanut Buster Parfait or Orange Sherbert Dessert with lemon sauce.

Silent auction items were on display throughout the evening. Most of these items were donated by their creator. Immediately following dinner, the parcel post auction began. These auction items were received from Lutheran churches across the country who answered our request for packages representing their churches' area or state. Each box was auctioned sight unseen and the guests enjoyed the unveiling of the package by the successful bidder. The bidding started high and stayed high with the 27 packages bringing in over $15,000. The last item auctioned was a chain saw carved eagle by Nate Olson. This beautiful work of art brought in $2,300.


Immanuel Fundraising Committee's Sizzling Summer Steak Fry

When: Every Friday Night

Where: Picnic area beside the Westby Community Center

Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Menu: 8 oz Bar-B-Que Sirloin, Baked Potato, Salad, garlic bread, a bar, and lemonade/coffee for $12.50. Children's Hot Dog plate will be available for $5.00



The Council, Building Committee, and Fundraising Committee met with Tamarack Construction and Alex Tommerup. Everyone was in agreement to accept the construction bid of $499,871.27 for the addition. They hope to start construction in the new future! With hope and Thanksgiving, we go Forward in Faith!

(Reprinted from The Parish Ambassador)



Although Sunday, September 23rd, dawned a beautiful sunshiny day, members of Immanuel felt the warmth as much from within as they did from the penetrating rays of the sun as they prepared for the groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for that morning. Close to 100 members and friends attended the service symbolizing the congregation's committment, moving them one step closer to making a ground level handicap accessible fellowship hall a reality.

Guest speaker was Dr. Tom Lidahl from Plentywood with music provided by the youth organization under the guidance of Sue Meyer. In the outdoor ceremony Kim Rust and her Sunday School students had a balloon releasing ceremony prior to the blessing of the pledges and the service wrapped up with council members and representatives of each church organization turning three shovels of dirt.

Immediately following, everyone enjoyed barbequed hamburgers, beans, and ice cream sundaes. Immanuel Lutheran Church has been fundraising and working towards the construction in anticipation of getting the cement work done before the snow flies.



IMMANUEL TO HOLD STEAK FRY FINALE: All good things must come to an end, if so; it may as well be with a bang. The "Sizzlin' Summer Steak Frys" have been successful beyond our wildest dreams and may even be resurrected next year, but for now will wrap up on August 31st with the finale set for September 7th. The finale will be a special night with a varied menu and an auction you won't want to miss. The Immanuel fund raising committee has been working all summer on this event and promises a fun filled night for everyone. To compliment the steak, Alaskan salmon has been flown in as a special treat. Along with the steak & salmon, will be several sides and a mouth-watering dessert.

Following the meal, donated items representing areas from all over the United States will be auctioned, sight unseen. The successful bidder will then open his package for the rest of the audience to see. Several art items will be on display for a silent auction, as well. Watch for more details as the date draws nearer.