Saron Lutheran Church

510 Main St., St. Joseph, 49085 (directions)



A small group of Scandinavians met for worship in the St. Joseph fire station on August 3, 1875. After the service Rev. J. P. Nuquist called for the establishment of a Lutheran church for people of Swedish descent and 29 persons signed a charter to become part of the Augustana Synod. The name "Saron" was chosen as the title of the congregation. It was the Swedish spelling of "Sharon" in the Bible and refers to God's love as a blossom like a rose in the desert.

Saron, a congregation of the ELCA, celebrated its 135th anniversary in August of 2010!

Recent Renovation and Building Addition

In November of 2001, Saron dedicated a new building addition and renovated the entire building. The work included a new Narthex, elevator, air conditioning and handicap access. See Building Dedication for more information.

Information About Members (2011 data)

Baptized: 298
Confirmed: 251
Average Attendance: 97

Holy Communion

Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday. All baptized persons (5th grade and older) are invited to commune with us. On the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month, communion is served by common cup or individual glasses at the railing in the front of the church. On the second and fourth Sundays of each month, communion is served by intinction. Grape juice is available. Younger children are invited to come forward with their parents to receive a blessing.

Liturgy and Hymns

Saron's worship includes liturgies and hymns from the new Evangelical Lutheran Worship book and a liturgy and hymns from With One Voice.

Christian Education

Church School for ages 3 to adult
Bible Study each Thursday, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Acolyte training (5th Grade)
First Communion Instruction (5th Grade)
Vacation Bible School
Confirmation Classes
Confirmation Mentoring Program

Fellowship and Social Activities

Church Choir
Women's Group
Youth Group
Men's Breakfast Group
Potluck Dinners
Soup Suppers during Advent and Lent

New Members

New member classes are usually held once a month. If you are interested in membership or would like more information, please speak with Pastor. You may also indicate your desire to be contacted later by Email or on a pew attendance card.

Neighborhood Outreach Ministry

ELCA Synod Ministries
World Hunger Appeal
Soup Kitchen
Benton Harbor Habitat for Humanity
Benton Harbor Street Ministry
Berrien County Association of Churches
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan


Our congregation encourages parents to bring small children to worship and to send them to the altar when we have a children's sermon. We accept the occasional interruption children may cause. However, there are times when your children may interfere with your ability to worship. Please feel free to take them to the nursery at any time during the service. There is a public address speaker there so you will not miss the service.

Stained Glass Windows

Beautiful stained glass windows surround the nave of the church. The stained glass window on this page is in the west wall of Saron's Narthex. The window shown on the Worship Schedule page is in the front of the church. Both windows are illuminated each evening.