Church History

History of Our Church

Calvary Lutheran Church, founded in 1938, has a rich history.


See below for some special dates in our history.


Read the Edina "About Town" article about Calvary's 75th Anniversary.  the article begins on page 6.









1933 Three families expanded Sunday evening hymn sings into a formal group.
1934 Thirty-five people attended evening worship services led by Rev. Dorrance Jensen, Pastor from Wooddale Lutheran Church.  The church became known as the Cahill Branch of Wooddale Lutheran Church.  They met in a school, paying $1 per night rental fee.
1936 Purchased a parcel of land at 70th Street and Cahill Road for $50. Ground broken for this first Lutheran church in Edina.
1938 Congregation organized and incorporated as Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cahill. The first worship service was held in the newly completed building (17’ X 36’) with 36 members.
1949 Church choir was organized.
1955 First parsonage built with a contribution of $21,500.
1956 Building plans begun for congregation of 350 people.
1959 Ground broken at 6817 Antrim Road in Edina.
1960 Laid cornerstone of new church; later this became the Fellowship Hall and Education Wing.
1969 Ground broken for a new sanctuary.
1970 Laid cornerstone for Calvary Lutheran Church building addition.
1979 Dedicated new Jan van Daalen Organ. Want more info about our organ?
1988 50th Anniversary Founders Worship Service held.
1990 Handbell choir organized with a set of two-octave handbells.
1992 Dedicated new sanctuary grand piano, presented by Don Limbeck in honor of Walt Wietzke.
1993 Dedicated new altar railing, given as an anonymous gift; and established a sister congregation relationship with St. Catherine’s Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg, Russia.
1994 Established Endowment Trust Fund (perpetual and memorial) and a committee to administer the fund.
1996 Dr. Konstantin Shperling, President of St. Catherine’s Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg, Russia, visited Calvary.
1997 Initiated video ministry on Public Television; began first Annual Don Schlaefer Memorial Lutefisk Dinner.
1998 Celebrated 60th Anniversary, began first Annual Advent Carol Festival.
 2001 Nine people went on mission trip to St. Catherine’s Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg, Russia.
 2005 Established a Memorial Garden on the church property..
 2008 Dedicated the new Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal and celebrated the 70th Anniversary. 
 2011 Calvary Lutheran Church added to Facebook.
 2012 Calvary website renovated and installed

Calvary 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee

Celebration Worship Service on Sunday September 29, 2013.






August 19, 2019


 Calvary 2017_Logo_


Wade Wacholz 


We are Blessed to be a Blessing! 
All are welcome!


Come as you are!



Worship Service
Summer Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

Holy Communion

First and Third

Sunday of the Month
by Distribution


Coffee, Love & Community (CLC)

Coffee Hour
Sundays at 11:00 a.m

WOW! (Word on Wednesdays)

Faith Formation for ALL Ages!

Wednesdays Evenings at 6:30 p.m.
(September - May)





Time After Pentecost  

 Sunday, August 18, 2019

 10:00 a.m.

Sermon: Pr. Wade Wacholz

Genesis 1 & Matthew 6



 Sunday, August 18, 2019

 11:00 a.m.






























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