Pastor Gary's Finale 2015

On June 7, 2015 Pastor Gary Halverson presided at his final Service of Word and Sacrament at First Lutheran Church of Karlstad for both the First and Eidsvold congregations gathered together.  On the first  Sunday of June 1990 (June 3) he presided at his first Services of Word and Sacrament at First and Eidsvold.   The slide show below was created by Andrew A. Halverson for the viewing after his final service..  The video was taken by Beth Murray at the program following his final service.  A DVD is available to borrow at the church office of both the final service and the program.   CLICK ME to be taken to watch the video of the program.

June 7, 2015 Restrospective

Special Finale Choir performance


Karlstad, Minnesota

June 7, 2015

Pastor’s final Sunday Service

Presider                                         Pastor Gary Halverson

Organist & Choir Director                          Kirstin Olson

Scripture Reader                                    Emma Halverson

Communion Servers     Bonnie Loveness & Gine Wollin

Acolytes                          Beau Spilde & Trevor Johnson

Greeters                                        Jim & Connie Englund

Ushers                  George Hultgren & Anthony Hultgren

Setting Two                    Evangelical Lutheran Worship

Prelude & Announcements

Choir:  “As We Come Together” by Stan Pethel

Confession and Forgiveness                     pages 116-117

Hymn:  “The Church’s One Foundation”                 #654

Greeting and Kyrie                                             page 120

Canticle of Praise “Glory to God”             pages 121-122

Prayer of the Day (page 26)                                  page 124

Choir: “Beautiful Savior” arr: Fettke

 First Reading: Genesis 3:8-15

Psalm 130 (read responsively)                                      #130

Second Reading: 2nd Corinthians 4:13-5:1

Appointed Verse “Alleluia”                               page 124

Gospel:  Mark 3:20-35


Hymn:  “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”           #597

Apostles’ Creed                                                 pages 127

Prayers of Intercession                              pages 127-128

Offering & Offertory Prayer                     pages 128-129

Great Thanksgiving                                   pages 129-130

Thanksgiving at the Table I                       pages 130-131

Lord’s Prayer (right column)                                 page 134

Canticle “Lamb of God”                                     page 135

COMMUNION                                               #817, #810

Prayer, Blessing, and Dismissal                pages 136-137

Hymn:  “Lead On, O King Eternal!”                         #805


Thank you all for your friendship, kindness, and generous support of us and our family over the last 25 years.  It has been a privilege to serve the Lord in this parish with you.

Pastor Gary & Ruth Halverson

The flowers at the pulpit today are from Thomas, Andrew and Emma Halverson in honor of their father.

The flowers on the organ today are from the First Lutheran Choir in honor of Pastor and Ruth.

Please join us for a short program and dinner today following our communion service.  All are welcome.

The new Kittson County Veterans Memorial in Lake Bronson will be dedicated next Sunday (Flag Day) at 2:00 with U.S. Representative Collin Peterson speaking.  Pastor Halverson will deliver the invocation and the benediction.

There will be an ongoing moving sale in the parsonage attached-garage through June starting this week.  If the garage door is open, stop in and shop.

NOTE: This was a combined service for First and Eidsvold as well as the community.  No service in Halma this day.


 Mistress of  Ceremonies was Carolyn Turnwall, First Lutheran Church council

Opening Remarks were by Steve Murray, president of First Lutheran Church

A letter was read from NW MN Synod Bishop Larry Wohlrabe

Greetings were given by local pastors;
  • Barry Durkee of the Karlstad Baptist Church
  • Chris  Thoresen of the Karlstad Assembly of God Church
  • Mitchell Tolpingrud of Bethel Lutheran Church
  • Kathy Levenhagen of Zion Lutheran Church
  • Mark Hanson of the Karlstad Gospel Tabernacle
  • David Fish of the Karlstad Seventh Day Adventist Church
Not present but sending well wishes were David Riveness, retired, and Tim Elliott of Resurrection Church

Reading a tribute to Ruth Halverson was Elaine Ruud

"Singing" a selection was a "special" women's chorus led by a guest "director."

Ruth Halverson spoke in response since the pastor had given his thoughts in his sermon.

Pastor gave a brief thank you and introduced his three children: Thomas currently of East Grand Forks, Andrew of Chicago, and Emma of Minneapolis with friend Andy Fox.

Closing Remarks were by Mark Prosser, president of Eidsvold Lutheran Church.

The table grace was sung before a delicious summer dinner was served by Everett Englund and crew.

A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY Pastor Gary L. Halverson

Baptized on June 11, 1950 at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin by Rev. Walter K. Bodamer.  First child of  Alvin and Thelma Halverson.

Confirmed in April 1965 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Viroqua,Wisconsin by Pastor James R. Bjorge.

1972 graduate of Luther College of Decorah, Iowa

1976 graduate of Luther Seminary of  St. Paul, Minnesota

Married Ruth Hammer on February 28, 1976 at  Bethany Lutheran Church of rural Thief River Falls, Minnesota (Goodridge Area Parish) by Pastor Bruce E,. Anderson.

Ordained on November 28, 1976 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Viroqua, Wisconsin by Pastors Sheldon Torgerson, Bruce Anderson, Duane Nelson, Roger Hjelle, Iler Anderson, and two local retired Lutheran pastors: Ellefson and Christianson.

Three children, all born in St. James MN:   Thomas (10/9/1981), Andrew (10/1/1983), and Emma (5/2/1987)  all baptized by their father at Albion/St. James and confirmed by their father at First/Karlstad.

1974-75 pastoral intern in the Goodridge (MN) Area Parish (Bethany, Eklund, Faith, & Telemarken) under Pastor Bruce Anderson.

1976-1979 Pastor of Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Anton, Colorado

1979-1990 Pastor of Albion Lutheran Church of rural St. James, Minnesota

1990-2015 Pastor of Eidsvold Lutheran Church of Halma MN and First Lutheran Church of Karlstad MN.