Members of the Johnson family, one of the founding families of Scheie Lutheran, are shown with the piece written for Country Magazine by Amy Hahn, a granddaughter of Scheie’s oldest member, Irma Johnson. Shown, from left, are Susan Johnson Hahn, Irma Johnson, Anya Miller and Jessica Hahn-Miller.
Members of the Johnson family, one of the founding families of Scheie Lutheran, are shown with the piece written for Country Magazine by Amy Hahn, a granddaughter of Scheie’s oldest member, Irma Johnson. Shown, from left, are Susan Johnson Hahn, Irma Johnson, Anya Miller and Jessica Hahn-Miller.
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If one goes way back, 160 years to be exact, one might find descendants of Thore Faa and John Jacobson (later changed to Johnson) sharing a pew together at Sunday worship at Scheie Lutheran Church in rural Mabel.

What is remarkable is that on Palm Sunday, these two families worshipped together again, and one of the Faa descendants, a 10-year-old boy, brought his talent for the congregation to enjoy. Many of the descendants from these families are still in the area and are still members of the Scheie congregation.

There are six generations found in each family whose membership at Scheie runs through all the years of its history. The first meeting of the congregation was held at the Thore Faa home in 1857.

If readers pick up this month’s issue of Country Magazine, one of the feature articles is about Scheie Lutheran and is written by Amy Hahn, a member of the Johnson family. Her grandmother is Irma Johnson, the oldest living member of Scheie.

Hahn is well known in this area, and her writing and speaking have been covered in the paper several times before. Her article brings Scheie to many areas in the United States, and this history is similar in many of the rural churches today.

Silas Flatin, 10, son of Rhan and Selma of Spring Grove, provided special music. Piano is his instrument. Silas played with the Scheie Chimers and also presented his special piece that he played at the Minnesota Teachers’ Association Piano Competition. He advanced and will be playing again in late April.

A small town has many unusual and wonderful advantages. Devoted and faithful families continue to live in the community that is their home. This is one celebration for Scheie’s 160th year and it is a time of looking back and forward.