Eunice Asmus, long-time organist at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord, will be recognized Sunday, August 15 for 50 years of service.
Asmus began her service to Immanuel Lutheran on August 15, 1960. She was placed there as a teacher as a graduate from Concordia College (now University) in Seward, Nebraska.
She started playing organ at Immanuel’s former church and now plays at the present church building. She recalled in the early 1960’s she would play for three services twice a month, two services in English and one in the German language. Asmus said that the liturgy for the German service was beautiful. The pastor also chanted the liturgy. Although she has limited ability to read German, she can cannot understand it. She remembered getting lost once, but “managed to get through it.”
In addition to the Sunday services, there have also been extra services such as the Wednesday Lenten services and holiday services.
Asmus began taking organ lessons in high school and then continued throughout her four years of college.
In addition to being organist, Asmus taught 27 years at Immanuel Lutheran School. When Asmus came to Immanuel, she taught Grades 3-5. However, over the years, she taught every grade from Kindergarten to Grade 8. She also took time off to raise her sons.
During most of Asmus’ career as organist, there was more than one person who could play. She recalled, however, for about two years she was the only organist. Often, however, when Immanuel had a new principal, the principal played organ.
During the 50 years as organist, Asmus has used three different hymnals.
In addition to playing organ, Asmus has served the congregation with other musical abilities. She has directed the adult choir, accompanied the adult choir, directed hand bells, accompanied the school choirs, and accompanied the men’s quartet consisting of her husband Walter, the late Edgar Asmus, John Siewert, and Bob Darkow (now of Brainerd) for 30 years.
Asmus said that it was tough for her to play when her children were young. She said that her husband has always been supportive.
“I’m thankful that I can serve the Lord with God-given talent,” Asmus said. She has enjoyed setting a worshipful tone in leading the hymns.