Pastor Dan Witkowski from First Lutheran, Moline, will be the preacher at the annual Swedish Service (Högmässa) at the Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover on Sunday, September 29, at 4 pm. A lifelong Lutheran, Pastor Dan has served ELCA congregations and institutions his entire life. He holds degrees from Creighton University, Wartburg Theological Seminary, and Augustana College in Rock Island. He also works as a spiritual director and retreat director. The message will be given in English.
Don Faust from Davenport will conduct the liturgy in Swedish for this Svensk Högmässa service, and Deanna Swanson from Augustana Church in Andover will be the organist. Light refreshments will be served following the service by members of First Lutheran Church in Rock Island.
The Chapel, constructed in the early 1850’s, is named for the celebrated Swedish singer, Jenny Lind, who gave a generous donation to Pastor Lars Paul Esbjörn, leader of the Swedish immigrants to Illinois. It became the mother church for hundreds of other churches of the Augustana Lutheran Church in America. The lower level houses a museum highlighting the Swedish immigration and ancestry of the Augustana Synod. The Chapel, which is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm April through October, is a ministry of the Northern Illinois Synod. The website is jennylindchapel.org.