Alamosa Christian Reformed Church

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Our History

 

Organized in 1904

Alamosa Christian Reformed Church was first organized as a congregation part of the Christian Reformed Church in North America in 1904 but her history begins twelve years earlier. 

 

In 1892 sixty families moved to the San Luis Valley from the Netherlands. They had bought land which had been described as "the Italy of Western North America"; a long of bountiful soil, mild climate, and a sun that did not burn and a cold that did not hurt. Upon arriving in Alamosa in early December, they were greated warmly by the local residents. The next day they boarded a train and upon arrival in Waverly they realized they had been swindled - the fields looked unfertile (local farmers told the new immigrants that the land was not worth $5/acre), the temperature was subzero, and the housing was unfinished. All but one family from this initial immigrant group moved to other parts of Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, or Nebraska.

 

In April of 1904, the six families who had been worshipping in a home officially organized as a congregation and began to meet in the local school house. They build an church in 1908; these early services were led by some of the members and visiting pastors. As more families continued to move to the area the need for a pastor became apparent. After building a house for a pastor in 1923, they were able to call their first pastor. 

 

The first church building was used faithfully by the congregation until it was torn down in 1952; the current church was built on the spot of the old church and was finished on February 9, 1953.

 

From her small beginnings this church has a long history of families coming together to worship and learn about God and to work and care for each other. 

 

This history lead someone to describe Alamosa CRC in this way:

"Alamosa Christian Reformed Church is a ragtag collection of ordinary dedicated folk who love God and desire others to be captivated by His grace and love as well. We are awestruck by his story of self-giving love in Jesus and desire nothing more than to grow deeper in our understanding and participation in that ongoing story. As young and old we are seed-throwers and fire-starters, hope-peddlers and grace-givers, risk-takers and dreamers. We link arms with anyone who tells the story of Jesus. Through the power and leadership of the Holy Spirit we seek to empower the poor, strengthen the weak, embrace the outcast, seek the lost. We serve together, play together, worship together, live life together. We are sent by God to be his healing presence in a hurting world."

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