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HISTORY OF CLC IN BLAIR

Christ Lutheran Church began in the Spring of 2010. Several people from the Blair area were looking to form a community of Lutheran Christians who valued the Bible as the true Word of God, recognizing the presence of the Risen Lord Jesus in all of life, and sought to share that message in word and action. They considered meeting in homes, but with the growing numbers that would have been difficult, and worship was held at First Baptist Church at 205 South 18th Street in Blair. The Sunday school was combined and the Lutheran worship took place afterwards. Holy Days were shared with the Baptist congregation and other congregations were invited to join in worship, praise and prayer. The congregation was served by Rev. Walter Behrens and interim Pastor Norm Jelkin. Nearly 50 people gathered regularly to gather together around Word and Sacrament, enjoying fellowship and service to the community.

The congregation became official by affiliating with the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) in August of 2010. Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, which started in 2001, is an association of congregations and individuals who are: free in Christ; accountable to one another; rooted in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions; working together to fulfill Christ's Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations. The foundation grew more solid by chartering the congregation and registering it with the State of Nebraska a month later. The constitution and bylaws reflect a free congregation answering only to God and His will. A core value was established to believe, teach and confess the Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the priesthood of all believers for God’s mission in the world. As the resources grew the congregation decided to call a pastor. The Rev. Michael Chaffee of Lincoln, Nebraska accepted the call to serve as Senior Pastor and began in August of 2011. That same month the congregation was invited to hold worship at the Carter House, an assisted living community in north Blair.

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