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Saint Peter Lutheran Church, in Afton, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year through a variety of performances and celebrations. Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.

Celebrating 150 years of faith


It was 1861 and a group of German families from Martinsville, N.Y., had settled in the small rural community of Afton Township.

At that time, the five-or so families were hard pressed to find a place to worship, so the group persuaded a traveling missionary to conduct services in their homes.

This was the beginning of Saint Peter Lutheran Church, which officially formed Dec. 27, 1863.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.