Welcome to Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church!
We are blessed to be a thriving Christian community centered on God’s grace in the Lutheran tradition. We welcome all who seek to meet the Risen Christ in worship and ministry and serve our community in his name.
A Congregation Grounded in Faith-Filled Living for Over a Century
“Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am with you.” Matthew 18:20
A lot has changed since the summer of 1914. Richfield was little more than a farming area at the time. There were no sidewalks and no paved streets. The old Dan Patch railroad line was in place but the streetcar ran no further south than 50th and Nicollet.
The truck farmers who lived in the area raised garden vegetables. Wagons and horses created a pathway from farm to market. The little village of Richfield was starting to grow and soon there was a need to develop a new Lutheran church in the area.
On January 4, 1915 over fifty people gathered together in worship at the old Bookwalter summer home on 58th and Clinton. But before too long it was evident a new church home must be found. Thus the “new church home” was established on 58th and Wentworth.
And as town of Richfield and the neigborhood grew, so did Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church. As Minneapolis expanded their city limits, RELC found itself no longer in Richfield but with enough established presence in the community to retain their identifying name.
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With the church walls beyond capacity, conversation and plans were revealed in 1954 for church expansion at the Wentworth location. This was only a temporary fix for the rapidly growing church and on Sunday September 7, 1958 a ground breaking ceremony was held for a completely new church location on the corners of 60th Street at Nicollet Avenue in south Minneapolis. The corner stone was laid in 1959 and current home of Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church was in place.
The bold and powerful style of the welcoming Christ Window that illuminates the sanctuary is the signature of Richfield Lutheran. The architecture embedded colored chunks of glass into concrete in a large mosiac pattern that is visable day and night from area freeways. In addition, on the outside walls of the sanctuary are large colorful symbols that represent significant life experiences of Christian life in color and design.
Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church continues to be a vibrant part of community life. Currently RELC finds itself in partnership in ministry with the Community Child Care Center (CCCC) as well as being partners in ministry in our community with Mundo de Paz Christian Fellowship who also meets throughout the week in our facility. Partnerships in ministry and community life are happening throughout the church both day and evening, as well as every Sunday morning as we provide worship space for three additional congregations and their communities of faith! We also offer rental space for two area churches and several community groups. WE also provide a chance for Fellowship and Food through our connection with the Sunday evening meal in our Weavers Wholeness Center. Our mission outreach includes partnerships with Luther Park Bible Camp, Feed My Starving Children, Martin Luther Campus, Luther Seminary, Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP), Meals on Wheels and many other social ministries. Please consider joining us this week for worship and service!