The congregation, which started in the basement of the Armory Square Mall in the early 1990s, now owns the building after several years of holding services elsewhere.


 


The church known today as Redwood Alliance in Redwood Falls got its start in the basement of the Ar-mory Square Mall.

The congregation then made a move from that building to the school and later held its worship services at the Redwood Area Community Center.

The congregation, which officially formed in the early 1990s, came full circle in September when it held its first worship service in its most recent location – back at the old Armory building on Second Street.

According to Pam Arentson and Cindy Goblirsch, two of the congregation’s members who have been around a while, the idea of having a place to call its own has been talked about seriously for some time.

In fact, the church had established a building fund and was looking for land or a building when current pastor Tim Dean was approached by the previous owner of the Armory building.

Dean said the owner asked if the church was interested in renting more space, as it had already maintained an officer there.

Dean then said no, but the church might be willing to buy the building.

The deal went through in December 2008 and work on the building started in January.

Much of the work on the facility, especially the demolition, was done by members of the church who volunteered their time to the project.

“The amount of volunteer work impressed me from the beginning,” said Goblirsch, adding there were even people from outside of the church who volunteered to help.

The congregation then be-gan the work of creating a new facility that now includes a variety of rooms on two floors, including Sunday school rooms and a large sanctuary.

The sanctuary, said Dean, has a capacity of 220, and the current attendance on any given Sunday is about 60.

That, agreed Dean, means there is a lot of room for growth.

The new church has a kitchen area, as well as a nursery, as well as a room for the church’s youth.

In the end, many commented on how well the vision of the church came together in its new facility, but those who attend the church know full well the real vision came from God. They can see his hand involved in the project in so many ways.

An open house has been scheduled for Nov. 1 with a brief recognition and dedication program at 1:30 p.m.

Self-guided tours of the new building then go on from 2-4 p.m. Refreshments are being served during the open house.

The public is invited to attend the open house. For more information about Redwood Alliance Church, call (507) 627-5562.