Lost Island Lutheran Church

The 8:45am Lost Island service will be found on our youtube page by end of day Sunday or you can tune into the livestream at 10:30am on the Bethany/LostIsland Facebook page.

or Join us for Worship:

Lost Island Lutheran

911 address
3797 310th Street
Ruthven, IA 51358

Mailing address:
3532 358th Street
Ruthven, IA 51358

GPS address:
3797 310th Street

Graettinger, IA 51342

Pastor Peter Morlock

Pastor Peter Morlock

Congregation of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Sunday Bulletin


Annual Meeting Booklet: Meeting: January 24, 2021

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Courtney's Chronicles -  Click here to see it!


Thank you for your partnership with this Wycliffe ministry! 

In Christ,

Courtney Davis

"Heal Our Panes" Window Restoration Campaign

All the windows are done! Stop by anytime and see how beautiful they are.

Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Stained Glass Window  balcony side light 

Sanctuary window      

 Stained Glass Window     Sanctuaary Window after   
Before               After      

The last 5 windows out for repairs August 26th
returned October 12, 2018

Window out for repair    Small windows out for repair     Balcony Sidelights out for repair

3 windows on the west side of the sanctuary out for repairs on April 21st - returned July 12th
3 windows on the east side of the sanctuary out for repairs on August 3rd - returned October 5, 2017

Window Repair   removal of stained glass windows  Church minus windows

Altar windows and one of the sanctuary windows out for repairs on May 15th - returned August 3rd

Altar Area  - no stained glass   West Sanctuary Window Cartoon Paper  West Sanctuary Window New Leading
double balcony window   
 out for repairs March 9th - returned Easter Sunday!   

Cartoon Paper to lay out the window  Window laid out - old lead Window torn apart Laid out for re-leading   
Curved Window re-leaded ready for solder


VBS 2021 - Mark your calendar  for August 3 - 5

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Pastor Luther Thoresen, has served several Lutheran Churches in his 39 years of ministry, most recently serving the congregation of American Lutheran Church, in Grundy Center.  He began his ministry at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wheaton, IL, where he and his wife, Paula served for 6 years.  From Illinois, the Thoresen family moved to Ruthven, IA where they served Zion and Lost Island Lutheran Churches for 24 Years.  Luther and Paula moved to Grundy Center in 2011 to serve at American, and they are making their home here.


In the words of Ecclesiastes 3:1, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under Heaven.”  Pastor Luther, as he is known, will begin a ‘new season,’ as he retires on September 30, from full-time ministry.  A card shower is planned to celebrate this milestone.  Greetings may be sent to Pastor Thoresen and his wife Paula, at American Lutheran Church, 1103 F Avenue, or their home at 806 M Avenue, Grundy Center, Iowa 50638 

They would enjoy hearing from you!

Pastor Luther



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