CELEBRATING THE FIRST 125 YEARS OF GOD'S FAITHFULNESS
2018 is a special year for EFCCL...
A helpful background to our anniversaries begins with a look back to 1875 when a group of local Swedish immigrants began to meet in a chapel on the Dole Mansion property. Faithfully serving this group and others in McHenry County via his horse and buggy in mud, snow, rain and shine, was the Rev. Peter Arvedson. A Swedish immigrant, farmer, and father of 12 children, Peter served Christ-followers with devotion and sacrifice. When some from this group decided to move their place of meeting to the brand new home of Peter and Brita Naslund on Lincoln Parkway in Crystal Lake, Rev. Arvedson preached there, too, until his death 3 years later. Peter and Brita Naslund continued to open their home to their church family and the traveling pastors who served them, and lived only in the lower level of the house, keeping the upper level for church for 16 years. (This home still stands today.)
In 1893 land was given and money donated to build an actual church building just a few lots down on Lincoln Parkway (see photo at top of the page). The small, simply constructed building was completed in the summer of 1893, 125 years ago. The Church had no special creed, was non-denominational, and welcomed all who came to worship, giving no thought in its early years of being an organized congregation.
Then, in 1903, 115 years ago as of February 14, 2018, this Swedish, non-denominational church, became The Swedish Mission Church. While our location and name has changed somewhat over the years, what has not changed is God's faithfulness in providing a place of worship for our community.
Special monthly celebrations are planned throughout the spring and summer of 2018, culminating the weekend of August 17-19. Our weekend celebration will include special guests at our reunion dinner on Friday, and a special service on Sunday followed by a picnic with games and fun for all. We extend an invitation to all in our community to join us as we celebrate 125 years of God's faithfulness and look forward to the next 125 years!
Did you know...
125 years ago in 1893, a group of Swedish immigrants built our first church.
115 years ago on February 14, 1903, we officially became the Swedish Mission Church.
Contact Jill Cristao
Director of Connections and Communications
815-459-1095 x 314