Our Savior Lutheran Church came into being as the result of a merger between St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, organized in 1881, and the German Evangelical Church (later renamed Redeemer Lutheran Church) established in 1889. Language (German and English) was the issue that initially separated the two congregations.
On Saturday, June 18, 1994, a fire that ravaged the Redeemer building hastened the merger that was already being studied. St. Paul’s opened its doors and heart and welcomed the people of Redeemer to use their facility. Later that year both congregations voted in favor of consolidation. The constitution for the new church was adopted at a Joint Special Congregational Meeting on December 4, 1994, and Our Savior Lutheran Church came into being. The first worship service of the congregation was held on January 1, 1995.
Our Savior Lutheran Church has had a number of significant developments occur since the merger, the most significant being an addition to the existing building (which included a new sanctuary, narthex, offices, and multipurpose room), purchase of adjacent lots and construction of a parking lot, and purchase of the former Wayne Public Library (to be used for youth ministries).
Throughout the years of our existence we have had excitement and joy with our pastors as well as sadness and disappointment. Other areas of concern have had to do with worship styles, ministering to our elderly population, and youth participation in the life of our congregation.
Even with several changes in pastors and staff, our history reflects the many wonderful and faithful ministries that have guided our mission and vision in the community of Wayne and Nebraska. Our Savior’s Women of the ELCA, Visitation Ministry group, Sewing women, VBS, Sunday School, youth camping trips to Colorado, and participation in the ELCA Youth Gathering have remained active and strong. We have made mission trips to Montana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, and Mississippi to help build or renovate specific projects for Native Americans, survivors of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters, our ELCA camps, Habitat for Humanity, and our sister congregation in Tanzania.
We are pleased to have opportunities for our members to become involved in programs that are a central part of Our Savior: Bible Studies, Sleeping Mat Ministry, Pies 4 You and Faith Builders.
With God’s help Our Savior Lutheran Church will continue to serve its members and reach out to those in need. We are a congregation that believes in our mission: That all may Know Christ, Grow in Christ and joyfully Go with Christ.