Grace Free Lutheran Church - established in 1987
Trinity Lutheran - established in 1882
Church of God of the First Born - established in 1949
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Once again there was lots of food for sale last Saturday at Trinity's Fall Festival.
There is NO better picture than taking of people's backs!!! These are the ladies that made all the great food for Trinity's Soup & Sandwich part of the Fall Festival. Left to right is Loretta Monson, Vera Brandvold, Tami Larson and Beatrice Amundson.
Odalen Lutheran Church
Odalen Lutheran Church was established in 1884. Many of the founding fathers immigrated from the Odalen Parish in Norway, so they agreed to call the new organization Odalen Norwegian Lutheran Church.
Odalen held it's last regular church services in June, 2000 with a special closing celebration. Memorial Day services are held in Odalen every May.
The "Church by the Lake" holds fond memories for many people.
Thursday, June 21, 2007 Odalen burned to the ground. The fire was called in about 7:30 PM. What a tragic loss. The Edinburg Fire Department put forth a valiant effort to save the Historical Landmark. We still have the memories.
Below is a poem written by Lowell Thorson's cousin, the Reverand Leighton Carlson and submitted by Linda Thorson.
THE LITTLE WHITE CHURCH
(We called it Home)
There was a little white church in the country that stands in our memory today.
It seems we can hear the bells now ringing, tho' we are many miles away.
And many times in church on Sunday morning that whole countryside would gather there.
They would all kneel down by the altar as they lifted up their voice in prayer.
Oh, that church in the country. That little white church is the place that we loved so well.
Now we are sad and lonely for that little white church in the dell.
Whenever we cross over the river, the face of our Savior we'll see.
And we know some of them will be singing, "Nearer my God to Thee".
And whenever we enter that bright city in splendor forever there to dwell.
We know the faces there will be many from that little white church down in the dell.
The Odalen Norwegian Lutheran Church west of Edinburg, ND Burned to the ground in 2007
Muriel Paulson, Ellie Stabo, Betty Hanson and Lois Mathiason were once again in charge of the bake sale at Trinity.