The History of Concordia


 

    Concordia United Methodist Church started out as a class of 11 German speaking members in Sauk City in 1853. In 1870 this growing congregation became known as the “Friedens Gemeinde” (Peace Society) with services held in members’ homes. In 1872 a stone church was built in Sauk City near the village limits of Prairie du Sac in a section known as Middletown. By 1905 the congregation had grown to a membership of 238 prompting the decision to build a new church. This church was built in Prairie du Sac at 585 Fifth Street (at the corner of Fifth and Galena). The name on the red granite stone on the bell tower is “Friedens Kirche der Ev. Gemeinschaft” (Peace Church of the Evangelical Association). The photo on our home page and in the upper left corner of this page is that building. In the 1930’s the language of the Worship and Sunday School gradually changed from German to English. About this same time the name was changed to Concordia Evangelical Church.

    When the Evangelical and United Brethren churches united, our name changed to Concordia Evangelical United Brethren Church. In 1968 when the EUB and the Methodist churches merged, we became Concordia United Methodist Church. An Educational Unit was added in 1952 to meet the needs of an expanding Sunday School program.

    Today we have a membership of 260 with Sunday School classes from nursery to adult, meeting from September through May. Church programs include an active Youth group, Men’s Fellowship group, United Methodist Women chapter, Children’s Choir, Chancel Choir, and a Handbell Choir. Our member activities in the surrounding community range from elective office to volunteer work in many service organizations.

Reverend Doris Simpson

Pastor


Pastor Doris Simpson is an elder in the United Methodist Church, serving Concordia UMC since 2012. Her ministry passions include: sharing the amazing love and grace of God for all of Gods people and creation,  empowering the laity to discover and grow their gifts and graces, and supporting the mission and ministry of the local church as it fulfills Jesus command that we go into the world and love one another. Doris is a second-career person. She worked in the human services field primarily with senior citizens as a Senior Opportunities and Services Coordinator at a Community Action Agency prior to attending seminary at Garrett Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. As a pastor she has served: La Farge and Dell, Norwalk: Emmanuel and Salem, Viola and West Lima, La Crosse St. Luke’s, and Augusta and Pleasant Valley prior to her appointment at Concordia. Doris also completed a residency as a chaplain at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. Pastor Doris has two adult children, Diana and Devin.

 

Administrative Assistant


 

Laila Drescher

Youth Leader


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LaNell Jaquish

Organist

 

 

Cindy Rothmann

Pianist/Accompanist

 

Tom Clark

Handbell Choir Director

 

 

Robin Steinweg

Chancel Choir Director