A new gathering space
Faith Lutheran Church, of Minot, has a new home.
Services for the 1 1/2 year old church, which has been meeting in the offices at Results Unlimited for the past year, will now be held in the Immanuel Lutheran Church on the grounds of the Pioneer Village Museum at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. Services will be held each Sunday at 9:30 a.m., according to the new pastor, the Rev. Charles Gutha.
Gutha, who arrived in Minot about a month ago, and church council member Gary Price said the church has a generous rental agreement with the Ward County Historical Society to use the church. In the future, they hope to have historical activities as a church that would be in keeping with their location at the museum. Gutha said some church members think it would be fun to hold a service one Sunday with everyone in the church dressed in pioneer costumes.
Plans for the future
When there are more children in the congregation, they will be able to use the village school house on the museum grounds as a Sunday school meeting place. Gutha said the church might also do activities to coincide with the North Dakota State Fair this summer and the Norsk Hostfest in the fall.
Price said the church is currently in search of a pianist. He plays guitar and plans to play at church services.
“We want to grow our music program,” said Price
Faith Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. Gutha and Price said the church differs from other Lutheran denominations by being less hierarchical. LCMC has no bishops, so decisions such as hiring pastors are made at the local level. That means that the pastor and members of the congregation need to stay on their toes.
LCMC is a relatively new denomination, about 14 years old, said Price and Gutha. Church board members met Gutha at an LCMC convention in Denver and Skyped with him and his wife before he was hired as pastor at the church.
Gutha, who had previously lived in Minot for about a year some time back, said there have been a lot of changes in the community. He and Price said that also presents the new church with some opportunities for growth.
“I believe very strongly that God has a very important plan here in Minot,” said Gutha. “Things are happening in Minot.”
Eventually, the small church, which currently has about 45 members, would like to expand its outreach to include people working in the oil fields, said Price and Gutha.
Gutha said his congregation will be focusing on the life of Jesus Christ, with readings from Scripture at upcoming services focusing on the life of Christ in chronological order. The church also has Bible study.