The weekend reunion for Friends of Jenny Lind
Chapel, Augustana Synod, and
Swedish descendants originally
scheduled for 2014 has been
rescheduled to April 25-26, 2015.
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth
Eaton will preach at the 2015 Founders
Day Service the weekend of the
reunion. It will be the 165th
anniversary of the organization of
the Lutheran church in Andover and
the 155th anniversary of the
Founders Day Service
Sunday, April 27, 4:00 pm
This service commemorates
the beginning of Augustana Church,
Augustana Synod, and Augustana
College and Theological Seminary.
Rev. Mark Hanson, who
served as Presiding Bishop
of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America from
2001-2013, will be the
A meal will be served
following the service for
Rev. Hanson and his wife, as
well as for persons
attending the service. A
free will donation will be
received to cover the cost,
but we do need an RSVP by
April 18 so as to have
adequate food prepared.
Please contact the Augustana
Church office: 309-521-8127
More Fun on 81 Festival
Saturday, June 7
Events include the sixth annual antique
lawn & farm tractor show, food, fishing
derby for kids, treasure hunt, chalk
drawings contest, surprise games at the
lake, pickle ball, talent show, pork
chop supper, and concert by the Orion
Community Band. These will be at
Andover Lake Park and nearby sites.
Sunday, June 8
Events include antique lawn and farm
tractor show, breakfast in the park,
outdoor community worship service at
9 am, and Salute to Veterans at
10:30 am. These will be at
Andover Lake Park and nearby sites.
Vespers Service conducted by area
Every Sunday, June -August, 7:00 pm
Swedish Högmässa Service
Sunday, September 28, 4:00 pm
At this service the sermon is in English
and the liturgy is in Swedish.
Andover Christmas Walk
Saturday, December 6, 4:30-8:00 pm
The walk is at several locations
including the Jenny Lind Chapel.
of Christmas with Augustana College
Wednesday, December 10, 7:30 pm
This event starts at Augustana Lutheran Church
and ends at the candle-lit Jenny Lind Chapel.
Students and faculty from Augustana
College join the community for this
beautiful service of worship and music.
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service with
Wednesday, December 24, 11:00 pm
Annual Julotta - early Christmas
morning service at Augustana Church
December 25, 6:30 am
At this service the choir anthem is in
Swedish and the sermon is in English.
Jenny Lind Chapel is a memorial to
Swedish settlers who came to America in
1849 to found a branch of the Swedish
Lutheran Church under the leadership of
Pastor Lars Paul Esbjörn. He
later became the
first president of Augustana
a struggle for these pioneers to fund
and build this chapel. The
congregation grew and in 1870 they built
a new church in Andover. The
chapel was given its name in 1948 as it
was presented to the Augustana Synod.
Jenny Lind Chapel became the mother
church for hundreds of other churches of
the Augustana Lutheran Church in
America. This church body merged into
the Lutheran Church in America in 1962
and is now a part of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
The Chapel is owned by the
Northern Illinois Synod (ELCA).
Chapel is on the National Register of
Historic Places. It houses a
museum that offers exhibits of the early
immigrant experience as well as audio
and video presentations. The
cemetery adjacent to the Chapel is the
resting place of the faithful including
Jonas Swensson, the second president of
the Augustana Synod. During the year the
Chapel is visited not only by Swedes but
also by people of many other
nationalities interested in the
The Chapel hosts special events
throughout the year including the annual
Founders Day service in April, Sunday
evening vespers at 7:00 pm during June,
July and August, the Swedish Högmässa
service in September, and the "Joy of
Christmas" service. Call
Augustana Lutheran Church at
309-521-8127 for current schedule
insure the continuation of the Chapel as
an expression of the pioneer heritage of
the Lutheran Church in the U.S.,
prayerfully consider a donation or
estate gift to the Chapel. Please send
your check to Jenny Lind Chapel,
Augustana Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 157,
Andover, IL 61233. Make it payable
to "Jenny Lind Chapel".
You may also
use your credit card or
PayPal account to make a
contribution to the Chapel's
operating fund by clicking
on this Donate button.
You will receive an email
receipt. Thank you!
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Photos courtesy of Austin Oaks
Portrait Studio in Andover. Click on them to view
a larger image.