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Celebration Sunday set at Christ the King


Christ the King Lutheran Church will hold Celebration Sunday on Sunday, Oct. 14. The public is invited to attend events at the church, which is located at 1114 17th St. SW, Jamestown.

The day will begin with an 11 a.m. worship service celebrating the 40th anniversary of ministry as a congregation. In October 1978, a group of conservative Lutherans gathered to organize a new congregation as part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). When this group was first organized, it chose the name James Valley Evangelical Lutheran Church. In 2009, the congregation changed the name to Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church. In 2016, they officially adopted the slogan “Proclaiming Christ Crucified and Victorious.”

The church is followers of the protestant Reformation led by Martin Luther which began in October 1517 when Luther Posted his 94 theses - or statements - for discussion. Christ the King, as adherents to the teachings of the Reformation, are dedicated to conserving all of the teachings of the Bible. As such they hold that all of the Bible is the inerrant word of God that is the only standard for doctrine.

The congregation has had eight pastors over its 40-year history. The Rev. William Allwardt was the first resident pastor. All of the pastors also served St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Valley City. The Rev. Wayne Fischer currently serves Christ the King.

The church’s first building was dedicated in 1980, it moved to its current location in 1994 and completed a renovation project in June.

Celebration Sunday will also include a 1:30 p.m. presentation on a new WELS program, Mission Journeys. This program gives WELS members an opportunity to spend a short time on a unique journey to share the Gospel of Jesus. The presentation will be made by a group fo members from St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Watertown, S.D. This group went to East Asia for its Mission Journey and is led by Matt Roberts. He and some group members will share the culture and sights of their trip. Everyone is invited. Refreshments will follow.