(Le Mars) — The Grace Lutheran Church of Le Mars will be celebrating a milestone anniversary during Sunday services. The Missouri Synod Lutheran church will turn 75 years old. Pastor Timothy Geitz says the church got its start because of a pastor from Hinton who conducted worship services for retired people living in Le Mars.
Geitz says there have seven pastors that have served the Grace Lutheran Church during its 75 years. He says the church moved around a few times, before settling in its present building in 1980 located on 7th Avenue Southeast.
Geitz says the Le Mars Lutheran church has had many milestones, including setting the platform to teaching future pastors.
Today, Grace Lutheran Church has around 700 members in its congregation. Pastor Geitz says while the church is celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Lutheran denomination is acknowledging Martin Luther, the founder of the Lutheran faith,
for 500 years of existence. Geitz says several artifacts from the previous buildings were included for the present church structure.
Known perhaps around the community for its annual Broasted Pork Chop dinner, Geitz says the people of Grace Lutheran participate in many outreach mission programs.
In addition to its regular Sunday morning service, this coming Sunday Grace Lutheran will hold a special celebratory service beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church holds its regular Sunday service at 9:00 a.m., and Pastor Geitz says as the church looks back on his 75 years, it is also looking ahead to the next 75 years and beyond.