Our mission is to proclaim victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ to all in our community by sharing the Good News of the Gospel and by lovingly serving those around us.
History of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS)
The Lutheran Church began in America prior to 1847 when immigrants from Germany came to America seeking freedom to practice confessional Lutheranism. On April 26, 1847 in Chicago, Illinois, the first church constitution was ratified by 14 congregations from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Michigan and Missouri. The church body was originally named The German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio and other States, but the name was shortened to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in 1947. The national headquarters are located in St. Louis, Missouri.
History of Victory Lutheran Church
Manistique, Michigan is the county seat of Schoolcraft County in the south central Upper Peninsula. Manistique and the nearby towns of Cooks, Garden and Gulliver form a population center that is bordered by miles of State and Federal forest preserves and by Lake Michigan. Manistique is approximately an hour east of Escanaba, 50 minutes south of Munising and 45 minutes south-west of Germfask – the nearest cities with a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. Prior to January 2015 there was no Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Manistique or neighboring towns.
In autumn 2014 Pastor Arthur Bode, pastor of Grace Lutheran in Germfask, approached his members who live in the Manistique area about the feasibility of starting an LCMS mission church in Manistique. The decision was made to host a public meeting on January 22, 2015. Advertisements were put in The Advisor and in The Pioneer. Pastor Bode and a representative from the Michigan District facilitated the meeting.
Finding a place to have worship services presented a challenge. Several locations were suggested, but, for one reason or another, were not workable. Then Pastor Bode found out that The Chapel at the Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility in Manistique was available on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. At the informational meeting it was decided to begin services on Saturdays with Pastor Bode officiating.
The first worship service was held on January 31, 2015. The name, Victory Lutheran Church, was chosen at a congregational meeting following worship on Saturday, February 15. In November of 2015 the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod-Michigan District purchased 16 acres of land on U.S. Highway 2, just west of Manistique, for a future church.
On September 29, 2019, we began worshiping at the Manistique Senior Center, Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
You are invited to worship with us! The Senior Center is located at 101 Main Street in downtown Manistique. The Manistique Senior Center provides a comfortable, intimate, worship experience. No one is a stranger – all are welcome. We pray that you’ll join us!
“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord’” Psalm 122:1
Scripture taken from the New King James Version.
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