10/30/2013 8:29:00 AM Living Word Lutheran to hold last service Sunday
Parishoners at Living Word Lutheran Church in south Windom will hold services one last time Sunday morning and then close its doors for good - at least as Living Word Lutheran.
The church, which was chartered in April 1988, decided recently to close after its membership slipped to just 10 people.
"A lot of our membership has passed away and the people who started the church were older people in the first place," said Jim Robinson, secretary of Living Word Lutheran. "Eventually we couldn't afford a full-time pastor and then we got a part-time pastor, Rev. Tom Tuura from St. James."
Tuura accepted a call to a church in Stover, Mo., in August 2012 and, since then, Robinson has been providing Sunday morning sermons.
Robinson says that about the time Tuura accepted the call, the church's membership had already begun discussing dissolution of the church.
However, services will not be ending at the church.
"We didn't want to just close. We wanted the church to be used as a church. We didn't want to have someone come in, take it and resell it for commercial use. Our goal was to keep the Word of the Lord going," Robinson explains.
And that's just what's going to happen.
In April, Church of God Prophecy, a Hispanic church that had been meeting in the Windom Evangelical Free Church Chapel, contacted Living Word Lutheran about holding services there.
The church council agreed and on Monday, the small, but growing Spanish-speaking church, through the denomination headquarters, purchased the building. It is now officially the home of Church of God Prophecy.
"We are excited to be passing it on to them, to keep it going - to keep it 'living,' " Robinson says.
That's not the only group meeting there. About two years ago, the Windom Area Chordhustlers began holding practices in the church on Monday nights. It will continue to do so, appreciating the structure's good accoustics.
Robinson and Nordquist said that the remaining members of the congregation will find new churches to attend.
For more on this story, see the article on the Faith & Family page in the Oct. 30 edition of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands today.