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Norman County Minnesota Churches
The following are churches in Norman County, or those that existed at one time. The churches are listed along with the community in which they were located. Their present day name is indicated, when known or applicable. This list is a work in progress and corrections and additions are appreciated. The cemeteries for these churches and burial sites not associated with a specific church are listed by township.
Religious History of Norman County
The Red River Valley was at one time called the “Bible Belt of the Northwest.” The hardy pioneers that settled Norman County brought with them their Bibles, hymns books, and prayer books. There were also pastors who served the early communities though not called. It was not long until many churches were built by the settlers, and as soon as they could, they secured pastors to lead them. Many of these country churches have now been closed and the members have joined other congregations, but there are still some rural churches left.
Ladies’ Aid groups were organized by the women largely for social reasons. Their mission projects soon shifted the focus to a more religious purpose. They visited, served lunch, and had a form of devotion. Usually they had to walk with their younger children to the home where the meeting was held because the horses were needed in the field, so Ladies’ Aid was an all-day affair.
Sunday school as we know it was unknown in pioneer days. Parents would teach the catechism in the home and in some places, the congregation would have two weeks to two months of parochial school in the Norwegian language.
Norman County Lutheran Churches from 1843 to 1916
Taken from Norsk Lutherske Menigheter i Amerika 1843-1916 (in Norwegian)
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