History of Grace Lutheran

Around January 3, 2003 elders from Faith Lutheran Church of Fairfield Bay, AR met with local residents, Leonard and Valerie Clark, with a goal of establishing a Missouri Synod Lutheran congregation in Mountain View AR. The outcome was positive. On April 29, 2003 a telephone survey was conducted in the Mountain View regarding the matter. The survey was sponsored by Arkansas Central Mission & Ministry Council of the MId-South District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.

As a result of the survey and word of mouth contacts a worship service was planned for June 8, 2003 at 3:30 pm in the library meeting room in Mountain View. Two weeks later a second service was held in a building located at the Stone County Fairgrounds. Through the efforts of Hulda Sims, the First Church of the Nazarine on Gloria Street extended an invitation the group to hold services in their facilities beginning in July on the first and third Sundays of the month a 3:30 pm.

Worship and the Lord’s Supper were celebrated for a year at this location. By then the group had doubled in size and the congregation decided they wanted their own building. In August of 2004 the congregation incorporated into Grace Lutheran Church and the ten Charter Members purchased a building from White Water Missionary Baptist Church at the corner of Park Avenue & Webb Street. Grace Lutheran’s new sanctuary was formally dedicated on December 5, 2004.

The following is a quote from the new congregations service folder:

Today we are reminded that the journey of faith is a continual and daily walk marked by repentance and faith every step of the way. As part of that journey, we, the members of Grace Lutheran Church, have begun a new walk of faith in the purchase of this church building. And so we are here today to dedicate this facility to the glory of God and His service. This journey began at our baptism when we were first clothed with Christ and God gave us faith. ¬†As we continue our Advent preparation, the preaching of John the Baptist reminds us that the life of faith is a journey that requires faithful and continued use of God’s means of grace, His Holy Word and Sacraments, to keep us alive, and ready!

Grace Lutheran has since developed their own constitution, bylaws and manual of duties.

Grace Lutheran currently meets for Bible Study at 8:30 am and Worship at 9:30 am each Sunday Morning. Please come and worship with us!

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