In January of 1863, the sanctuary was dedicated to the Glory of God. It was originally heated by
two large wood-burning stoves, and there were livery sheds behind the building for horses and carriages. The Sunday
School room was added in 1914, and the basement was enlarged in 1949. New siding was installed in 2005 to cover the
weather-worn many times painted boards. In 2006 the congregation was given an Allen Digital Computer Organ. In
October of 2009 the church purchased the property to the East for more parking.
German Lutherans used the sanctuary until St. John's Lutheran Church in Hebron was built in 1902. When there was a school
in Alden, the church was used for school plays, operettas, and senior class banquets and graduations.
The building has been used over the years for Township and Cemetery Board meetings, Scout troops, Alden Community
Club, and many other civic causes.
A favorite hymn of the congregation reminds us:
The church is not a building
The church is not a steeple,
The church is not a resting place,
The Church is the People!
are the Church" 1972 Hope Publishing