King of Glory, A North American Lutheran Church, will hold a “Celebration Worship Service” to commemorate its start as an NALC congregation on Sunday, June 5, at the Good Samaritan Society in Sioux Falls.
The worship service will begin at 10 a.m. in the Jerstad Center of the Good Samaritan Society, located at 4800 W. 57th Street. Coffee and treats will be served at 9:30 a.m. There will be a celebration meal following the service at 11:30 a.m.
In mid-May, an organizational meeting was held to approve by-laws and a budget, elect church officers and finalize paperwork to become a plant church with the NALC. In doing so, King of Glory is the first NALC congregation in Sioux Falls.
Pastor Rich Merkouris has been called by the NALC to serve as King of Glory's pastor. Merkouris, a 2004 graduate of the University of Sioux Falls and a 2009 graduate of Sioux Falls Seminary, was ordained as an NALC pastor on May 18. Rev. John F. Bradosky, the NALC General Secretary, presided over the ordination, which was the first ordination service in the NALC.
"We are extremely excited to serve the community of Sioux Falls,” Merkouris said. "Our hope is to bring a variety of ages together to faithfully follow Jesus together and share His message in partnership with other Christian groups in the community.”
The congregation began worshiping at the Good Samaritan Society in early March. Approximately 100 people attended the first worship service. Over the past three months, attendance has averaged 125 worshipers per Sunday. A total of 117 individuals attended the organizational meeting on May 11, becoming founding members of the congregation.
The NALC was established in August 2010 at its inaugural convocation in Columbus, Ohio. Since that time, over 200 congregations have voted to join the NALC. Four key attributes describe the NALC and its congregations, those being Christ-centered, mission-driven, traditionally grounded and congregationally-focused.
“We believe there is a strong need for a North American Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.” Merkouris said. “The NALC is a perfect fit for us and this community with its commitment to the authority of Scripture and being about Jesus Christ’s mission.”