Much has changed in the church and in society in the past 50 years, and one pastor among us has seen those changes and has been part of them! Pastor Philip Anderson served as pastor of Augustana Lutheran Church from mid-1964 to mid-1970. During his tenure as pastor here, he led the congregation in creating an inclusive and diverse community. He reached out to the African-American community, helped to create extensive ministries to youth, and reached out to the University of Chicago community through campus ministry. He was also the pastor as the congregation made plans to build its current building!
Pastor Anderson is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination this year. Although he is still a member of Augustana and attends worship frequently, many of us may not have known of this anniversary. We will celebrate this important time with him on Sunday, December 21st in worship and after worship at coffee hour. After the 1045 service, we will gather in the G.A. room for cake and some stories of his life long service in the church.
If you know Pastor Anderson, come and celebrate and give God thanks for his ministry. If you don't know him, this is a wonderful opportunity both to meet him, and to learn a little of the history of Augustana and the Hyde Park neighborhood.
Congratulations Pastor Anderson, and thank you for your ministry!