Main Street Living History
The concept for Main Street Living was conceived in July of 2001. The original idea, discussed over coffee, was to telecast a local Lutheran Church service. Because the cost would be more than one congregation thought they could support, the idea grew to one involving the Lutheran churches around Sioux Falls and finally to include the entire South Dakota District of the Lutheran Church -Missouri Synod.
In the final format the Lutheran Hour Ministries program “On Main Street” was included. This led to the current program title of “Main Street Living.” An initial financial grant from Aid Association for Lutherans allowed for the purchase of editing equipment. Finally, an editing studio was equipped and a contract for the airtime approved. The South Dakota District approved the production of the program but did not accept financial responsibility. Main Street Living is a 501 (c)(3), not-for-profit organization. Main Street Living is operated entirely by volunteers. There are over 100 individuals that work over 4,000 hours per year to produce the program.
The initial program was aired on January 6, 2002. Rev. Vernon Schindler, president of the South Dakota District officiated the first program telecast.
The program features an area pastor leading an abbreviated worship service with the confession, absolution, scripture lessons, hymns, creed, and sermon. This segment is specifically designed for the hospital, nursing home, at home individuals, and the homebound individual.
The Main Street Living Choir provides the music. In Sioux Falls, this choir is composed of area musicians from many area churches. Presently there are over 60 singers that come together to record the hymns. Rev. Howard Shane serves as the director with Maxine Farden providing the accompaniment.