This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Going to church the Nazarene way

(I thought it would be interesting to use Sundays to focus on Rensselaer's churches and to see how many Sundays I can go before I run out of material. Indiana is richly endowed with religious denominations, with influences from North and South, East and West. This is part of that series of posts. )

The Living Stone Church of the Nazarene is located at the intersection of Harrison and McKinley. It does not have a website that I could find, but the the Church of the Nazarene, which is the overall group to which this church belongs, is here. According to the Jasper County Interim Report, the building was built in 1949.
According to the denomination's website:
The Church of the Nazarene is a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, tracing its roots to an anniversary date of 1908. It was founded to spread the message of scriptural holiness (Christlike living) across the lands. Today the Church of the Nazarene is located in 151 world areas.

The Church of the Nazarene is a Great Commission church. We believe that God offers to everyone forgiveness, peace, joy, purpose, love, meaning in life, and the promise of heaven when life is over by entering and experiencing a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We are called to take this message to people everywhere.
A summary of beliefs is here and a readable introduction to this denomination is on Wikipedia. The Valparaiso University online religion map shows that the denomination is strong in a belt running from Ohio to Oklahoma.

According to the Church Services Directory published in the Rensselaer Republican, the pastor is Amber Karkosky-Litten. Sunday morning worship is at 10:30, and there are other meetings during the week.

1 comment:

30-year refugee said...

i'm not sure if i remember any of the churches in town other than st. augustine's, and while i was in the church and school many times, my memories of them are vague.