History of Epiphany Lutheran Church
Epiphany Lutheran Church began in 1960 as a tiny congregation of the Lutheran Church of American (LCA). Early on, Epiphany acquired land on Chautauqua Street at Glenview in Carbondale and built a small worship space. Meanwhile, in the 1970s, another small group of Lutherans left the Missouri Synod and began worshiping together in Carbondale as a congregation of the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC). In the 1990s, these small congregations (each with about 50 members) formed a single congregation, following the merger of the LCA, the AELC, and the American Lutheran Church, to form the present day Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA).
The new larger congregation immediately started discussing the possibility of constructing a larger sanctuary and expanding its fellowship area. This became a reality in 1997 with the dedication of new worship space, an enlarged fellowship/kitchen area, and expanded office space. For many years, Epiphany has had a large wooden cross in the lawn, often using that area for personal prayer and a gathering place for Easter processions. In 2020, a paved path to the cross was added to allow a safer egress to the cross for our older and handicapped worshipers.
This vital congregation supports (and is actively involved in) local, national, and international mission projects. Like many congregations, Epiphany practices “faith pledging” where each member makes an annual pledge as to what that person intends to give through the following year. However, at Epiphany, the pledge card is signed, sealed, and placed in an offering basket at the altar. No one opens the envelopes. The pledge is between God and that person.
Epiphany welcomes students from Southern Illinois University and John Logan Community College to its worship services. It continually seeks avenues to strengthen the bond between the students and the congregation.
Please consider this your invitation to join us for worship on Sunday and other activities during the week.