RELC completes construction project

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Redeemer Evangelical Church has undergone many transitions in the past 30 years. The latest change has resulted in a new building at 2000 Diamond Dr.
In the early 1970s, Grace Lutheran Church closed down and the property was sold to Ed Grothus, which became part of the “Black Hole.”
The congregation disbanded and members moved on to other churches. One such church was Immanuel Lutheran Church in Santa Fe.  
In 1999, Immanuel Lutheran Church voted to lay the groundwork for planting a new congregation of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod in Los Alamos County. In January 2003, lay lead services began with Pastor Douglas Escue of Immanuel Lutheran Church traveling from Santa Fe once a month to administer the sacrament of Holy Communion.
On April 25, 2003, Immanuel Lutheran Church purchased land at 2000 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos. On Sept. 7, 2003, formal services were led every Sunday afternoon by Pastor Escue in the side chapel of the United Church in Los Alamos.  
In February 2004, Rev. Mark Larson, Dr. Erich Helge, Mr. Bernie Braunschweig and Mr. Dan Bacon led mission development and financial workshops. On Dec. 5, 2004, a total of $300,980 was pledged through a three year Sustained Giving Stewardship Emphasis program, along with $232,000 through a Jean Elder/Elsie Seek memorial gift.
Immanuel Lutheran Church issued a call to Concordia Theological Seminary-Fort Wayne graduate Brian Kachelmeier. On June 26, Kachelmeier was ordained into the Office of Holy Ministry and installed as associate pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, with the task of planting a new congregation in Los Alamos. Kachelmeier is a 1990 graduate from Los Alamos High School.  
Formal Divine Services led by Pastor Kachelmeier began at the Los Alamos Community Building on July 10, 2005. After using various locations in public schools and county facilities, the new mission began leasing a storefront space in White Rock in 2007.
Several months later, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Los Alamos became a member congregation of the LCMS. Kachelmeier was later installed as the first pastor of Redeemer.  
Last summer, a building loan was acquired through LCEF and in August, a groundbreaking ceremony took place at 2000 Diamond Dr.  
The new sanctuary was dedicated last month. Rocky Mountain District President Randy Golter was the guest preacher.
The building was designed and built by Klinger Constructors and Mullen-Heller Architectural firm, which also designed and built the county animal shelter and is in process of designing the new visitor center in White Rock.  
Antonio Vigil, a Los Alamos High School graduate, was part of the architectural team.  Albuquerque Steel donated the cross on the tower of the new building. Weekly services have begun in the new facility, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday during Lent.