Ascension Lutheran Church
Mitchell SD

57301



Who we are

Ascension Lutheran Church is located in Mitchell, South Dakota on the north side of the city. In the spring of 1974, a spark was struck which began the idea of a new Lutheran church in Mitchell. Pastor Robert Beckmann wrote a letter to the Home Mission Board of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, and asked that a study be made of the Mitchell area. After some consideration, Pastor John Engel was authorized to make that study of the Mitchell area and he began to explore the mission possibilities. An initial group of just fifteen people began to gather for worship on Sundays in the Milliken Funeral Home courtesy room. After accepting a call to another congregation in Canada, Pastor Beckmann was succeeded by Pastor Larry Nast, who continued the mission study. Once the study was finished and information about the mission prospects in Mitchell was recieved by the General Board for Home Missions of the Synod, the little group of believers was granted "mission status" and formed a new congregation.

During meetings that followed, the name 'Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church' was chosen by the members of the new congregation. Their stated purpose was to to spread the Gospel good news of Jesus Christ as Savior of all nations as a part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The first resident pastor to be called to Ascension was Rev. Robert Gurgel. He was officially installed as the pastor of the new congregation on July 20, 1975.

The new congregation of Ascension determined that it was now time to build. On a three-acre site located at the corner of W. 23rd Avenue and N. Wisconsin Street, on the north side of Mitchell, a new church building was constructed, along with a parsonage for the pastor, located adjacent to the church building. Future plans included an eventual Lutheran elementary school on the same site.

The last worship service in the Milliken building was held on February 8, 1978 and on June 25 of that year, the new church building on W. 23rd Avenue in Mitchell, SD. was dedicated.

THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED at Ascension:
Pastor John Engel - 1974
Pastor Larry Nast - 1974-1975
Pastor Robert Gurgel - 1975-1980
Pastor Daniel Hrobsky - 1980
Pastor Reginald Pope - 1981-1997
Pastor Martin Luchterhand -
Pastor Timothy Johnson - 1997-2002
Pastor David Reichel - 2002 - present



Church Address

Ascension Lutheran Church
521 W 23rd Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301
United States
Phone: 605-996-9123
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Church Pastor

Rev David D Reichel
Rev David D Reichel
Pastor
521 W 23rd Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301
United States
Phone: 605-996-9123
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Quote of the Day
Proverbs 10:8

The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

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501 W 23rd Ave
Mitchell, SD
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Worship services at Ascension Ev. Lutheran Church in Mitchell, SD. are held every Sunday morning at 8:30 AM.

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Lenten services (Wednesday evenings, during the season of Lent-- during Feb., Mar., and Apr.; with service time of 7:00 PM);

Easter Morning Worship service (on Easter Sunday every year);

Thanksgiving Day service (at 10:00 AM on Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday of the year);

Christmas service (on Christmas Eve night during even-numbered years, and on Christmas Day during odd-numbered years);

...and other special services at various times throughout the year. Please call the church office (605-996-9123) for more information on times and dates of special services.

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The power of Christian prayer May your light illuminate our hearts
Eternal God, this holy night is radiant with the brilliance of your one true light. May that light illuminate our hearts and shine in our words and deeds. May the hope, the peace, the joy, and the love represented by the birth in Bethlehem this night fill our lives and become part of all that we say and do. May we share the divine life of your son Jesus Christ, even as he humbled himself to share our humanity. Amen.
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