Greetings and God's Peace
At Range Apostolic Lutheran Church it is our aim to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to our community and to share the hope and peace of the God. We profess that the gift of salvation can only be found in the finished work of Jesus Christ and that it is God's will for all people be saved.
God desires to enter your life just as you are, for it is written in Romans 8:39, "Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." We invite you to gather with us to hear God's Word and to join us in Christian fellowship!
Our Church History
The history of the Range Apostolic Lutheran Church begins on the 27th day of January in the year 1907, when a group of men gathered together for the purpose of incorporating a church according to Michigan law. These men were Sakri Seppala, Arvid Rukkola, Levi Malmstrom, Henry Peterson, Edward Loukinen, Carl Juntikka, Jalmer Ponka, and August Eskola.
Ultimately, a lot was purchased from the Whealkate Mining Company, and in March 1907, Sakri Ruske was chosen as the contractor to build a church 50 feet long and 30 feet wide near the west end of 2nd Street. A loan of $1200 from the South Range Bank was utilized to fund the construction.
Around 1917, a basement and furnace were added to the building. In 1918, a wooden fence was built around the church as protection from cows, which were being sent to and from pasture.
The original South Range Apostolic Lutheran Church was demolished October 2001, but the joy and fellowship have carried on, just a short walk from the original, now empty lot. The 2nd Street church was used for 92 years, giving way to the beautiful newly constructed building in the winter of 1999. We rejoice in that, while this building will also one day be no more, the Grace, Mercy, and Peace found only in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be with us forever.