COURTLAND - The pews of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Courtland were packed Sunday, for a special service honoring the sesquicentennial of the Immanuel Lutheran School.
Established in 1864, the Immanuel Lutheran School is one of the oldest schools in Minnesota.
The service included a history of the church and school, a performance from the Children's Choir, and guest speakers from the school's past and present to share their memories of the 150-year-old institution.
Staff photo by Clay Schuldt
Students at Immanuel Lutheran School in rural Courtland participated in a church service on Sunday honoring the 150th anniversary of the school.
Principal Dan Erdman spoke during the service and was honored for his 25 years with the school. Erdman thanked the congregation for their support. Operating the school would not be possible without their assistance, he said.
Erdman said that the best part of his time as principal is the relationships he has created with former students. The school offers a curriculum from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
Following the service a lunch was hosted at the school. Former teachers and former students were encouraged to explore the school and mingle with current and former students.
Over the last 150 years Immanuel Lutheran School has an averaged eighth-grade graduation of 11 students per year.