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Duluth Church Closed After Almost 60 Years

Posted at: 08/18/2013 1:56 PM
Updated at: 08/18/2013 10:42 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

A Duluth church had its final service after almost 60 years. The Reverend of The Lutheran Church of Christ the King said it's a trend in smaller congregations.

"It's not just Duluth, it's all over Minnesota," Reverend Wurst said. "All over the nation and the world."

Wurst did not want to say exactly why the church is closing, but did mention attendance has dwindled over the years. He said an important group of church goers have left the Duluth area for work after college.

"The young people would have to stay and the young people who don't go to church would need to come to church," Wurst said.

The LCCK was built in 1957 and several members have been around since before the walls were built.

"I've been in this congregation for about 75 years," Marjorie Harms said. "I was saddened because it's been all of my life practically."

While members said the church is not dependent on a building, many people were sad to think it might be demolished.

"When I tell people that the church will no longer be here they say, 'what?!'," Joyce Olafson said. "This is a big spot on Grand Avenue here."

Wurst said there is a potential buyer, but nothing has been finalized. He said the building may be demolished.

"This building here it can't save us," Wurst said.

The final service was at 3 p.m. Sunday. Wurst will join family in Michigan tomorrow.