The London Moravian Church congregation will celebrate its 125th Anniversary on Sunday, October 12, 2014. The church, located in Jefferson County, Wisconsin between the communities of Cambridge and Lake Mills, was established on October 6, 1889.
All former Moravian pastors and spouses who have provided ministry leadership at London have been invited to join the anniversary to celebrate their contributions to the congregation’s history. Douglas Bauder, who served as pastor from 1982–92, will be the guest preacher for the anniversary. Joining him is a daughter of the London congregation, Staci Marrese-Wheeler, now pastor at Lakeview Moravian Church in Madison, Wis., who will be worship leader. The service will begin at 9:45 a.m. with prelude music by the Glenwood (Madison, Wis.) Moravian Church Trombone Choir. The worship liturgy will begin at 10:15 with a noon meal to be served following the service.
The congregation is also inviting all those confirmed at the London Church to return for this homecoming. Since 1943, 170 youth have professed their faith and been received into the London Church.
This congregation of 90 members has an active Sunday school, Women’s Fellowship, and four talented musicians who rotate providing both organ and piano music for Sunday worship services. Since 2009, the congregation has learned about and supported over 30 mission projects locally, nationally and worldwide. In addition, several projects have recently been completed to update the building and property.
Today, the oldest member of the congregation is 90 years old and the youngest child is four years old. Forty-five of the 90 members (one-half of the membership) have joined the congregation in the last ten years. Pastor of the congregation is Jane Follmer Zekoff, who resides in Lake Mills.
Throughout the upcoming year, the anniversary celebration will continue with musicians from neighboring churches and the community providing special music on the second Sunday of each month. In July, as the Moravian Church remembers the 600th anniversary of the martyrdom of John Hus, the London Church will incorporate into that remembrance an honoring of the many saints of the London Church who have enriched the congregation’s story.
London, Wisconsin, is a small, unincorporated community located on the Jefferson/Dane county line, in the Town of Lake Mills. It is part of the Cambridge School system. This once thriving railroad community has seen most of its businesses close, the rail tracks removed and replaced by the Glacial Drumlin state bike trail and the school across the road from the church turned into a community center.
The presence of the London Moravian Church has been a steady anchor and an abiding light in the community’s history.
Jane Follmer Zekoff is pastor of London Moravian Church.