Friday, December 19, 2014
Star of Bethlehem was founded in 1998 in Savoy, Illinois and serves the greater Champaign, Illinois area, also providing WELS Campus Ministry to the University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois University, Lakeland Community College, and Parkland Community College. They served WELS college students studying in the Champaign-Urbana area. The colleges and universities in the area are:
University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign Campus
Eastern Illinois University
Parkland Community College
Lake Land College
Richland Community College
Danville Area Community College
Demographics for 702 E. Church Street, Savoy, IL 61874
|Nothing happens without enablers like Uncle John Brug,|
DP Disappearing Doug, and SP Mark Schroeder
Pastors Serving the Church
Pastor Tim Glende, Bethlehem/Star of Bethlehem Lutheran Church; Urbana/Savoy, IL (1998-2006)
Greg Pufahl was born on January 4, 1979 in Lake Mills, WI. He graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2006. His first call was to a small mission church Star of Bethlehem Ev. Lutheran Church in Savoy, Illinois. He served as their Pastor until December 2011. He served there for 6 years.
Original Church (Bethlehem Lutheran) that was sold to St Nicholas Orthodox Mission. 312 W Elm St Urbana, IL 61801
Note on St Nicholas Orthodox Mission Web Site:
The building was purchased in 2001 and first used for Divine Services in Holy Week 2001.
March 16, 2004
2008-2009 Projects WELS Church Extension Fund
Star of Bethlehem – Savoy, IL
2008 assessed: $175,660 (Zillow)
|Lenski and JP Meyer condemned the gimmick approach|
dearly loved by Glende and WELS.
May 12 2009
Filed In: NORTH AMERICA
|Star of Bethlehem|
On April 25, 2009, everyone coming to the dedication at Star of Bethlehem, Savoy, Illinois, experienced the Illinois prairie winds as they pried open the doors of the church. The prayer is that the Holy Spirit will work in the hearts of many people and lead them through the doors as disciples of Jesus.
Savoy, immediately south of Champaign, is part of the Champaign/Urbana metro area. The original WELS church in Urbana was called Bethlehem. The congregation experienced a host of problems and was barely surviving. The group appealed for help to the Western Wisconsin District Mission Board. The decision was made to close the congregation, sell the property, and do a restart under the name Star of Bethlehem. Pastor Tim Glende from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary was assigned as the first pastor.
The group had a ministry center and worshiped in an office mall in another part of Urbana. They encountered many roadblocks in the search for land in the Urbana area. Eventually the decision was made to move to Savoy, a well-planned and expanding city directly south of Champaign. A near perfect location in an expanding housing area on Church Street was purchased. The small unit is the first stage of a building plan that will eventually make excellent use of the acreage.
Pastor Greg Pufahl serves the congregation. Assisting at the dedication were Pastor Tim Glende, liturgist, and Pastor Keith Free, preacher. Pastor Free is chairman of the Western Wisconsin District Mission Board.
The congregation is grateful to WELS Church Extension Fund for the loan to build the multi-use structure.
Pastor Wayne Schulz
702 E. Church Street, Savoy, IL 61874
Year Built: 2010
Lot Size: 4.19 AC
New Construction - Weger & Associates Architects
Developing Residential Neighborhood
Convertible to Day Care Operation
Built in 2010, this 3,499 SF structure features metal steel studs with steel exterior siding and asphalt shingled roof, on a concrete slab. Mechanicals consist of a Forced Air Natural Gas furnace with Central Air and 225 amp electrical service. Site is adjacent to Prairie Fields Subdivision & Prairie Meadows Subdivision in East Savoy with agricultural fields directly east and south. Subdivisions are detached single family homes and duplexes.
May 20th, 2012
A very important congregation meeting will take place following the service on Sunday, May 20th. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this meeting to help make decisions about the future of Star of Bethlehem.
Real Estate For Sale Ad - Listing Price $595,000
July 28th, 2014
|Star of Bethlehem, RIP|
The new location, viewed from the corner of Old Church and First, in Savoy, looking to the northwest.
This building is the former home of Star of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. We pray God’s blessings on that congregation as they move to a new location.
After 4 years in a rented location, we are purchasing an existing church building in Savoy! Beginning on Sunday, August 3, 2014, we will worship at
702 E Church (corner of Old Church Road and First Street), Savoy.
August 14th, 2014
Star of Bethlehem Writes:
After sharing God’s holy Word and the life and love of Jesus in the Champaign-Urbana area for over 40 years, Star of Bethlehem Lutheran Church held its final worship service for the foreseeable future on Sunday, August 10, 2014.
Champaign County Illinois Land Records Search
|Recorded Date||Document Name||Last Name||First Name||Party Type||Document Type|
|09/10/2014||2014R16874||BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH||GRANTEE||RELEASE|
|09/10/2014||2014R16873||BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH||GRANTEE||RELEASE|
|12/26/2008||2008R31023||BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH||GRANTEE||AGREEMENT|
|12/26/2008||2008R31022||BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH||MORTGAGOR||MORTGAGE|
|12/26/2008||2008R31021||BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF URBANA||GRANTEE||RELEASE|
|12/26/2008||2008R31020||BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF URBANA||GRANTEE||RELEASE AGREEMENT|
|05/19/2004||2004R14904||BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL||LUTHERAN CHURCH||GRANTEE||AGREEMENT|
|05/19/2004||2004R14903||BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL||LUTHERAN CHRUCH||MORTGAGOR||MORTGAGE|
|05/03/2004||2004R12671||BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL||LUTHERAN CHURCH||GRANTOR||WARRANTY DEED|
|02/10/2004||2004R03798||BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL||LUTHERAN CHURCH||GRANTEE||RELEASE|
|03/06/2000||2000R04654||BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL||LUTHERN CHURCH||GRANTOR||WARRANTY DEED|
|07/01/1998||1998R19509||BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL||LUTHERAN CHURCH||GRANTEE||WARRANTY DEED|
|08/19/1993||1993R23344||BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL||LUTHERAN CHRUCH||GRANTEE||OTHER MISCELLANEOUS|
|08/19/1993||1993R23343||BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL||LUTHERAN CHURCH||GRANTEE||RELEASE|
|08/18/1993||1993R23153||BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN||CHURCH OF C-U||GRANTOR||WARRANTY DEED|
|03/15/1978||1978R05194||BETHLEHEM EVAN||LUTHERAN CH||MORTGAGOR||MORTGAGE|
|02/28/1978||1978R04168||BETHLEHEM EVANG||LUTHERAN CH||GRANTEE||WARRANTY DEED|
|07/14/1975||1975R09996||BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL||LUTHERAN CHURCH||GRANTEE||WARRANTY DEED|