Graduate Information

If you attend ARC and are graduating from high school or a higher education this year, please report name, present school, and future plans to the church office at 283-8600 or by May 28. Graduates will be recognized May 31.


Rocky Mountain High

The Synod of the Heartland has decided to postpone Rocky Mountain High youth retreat to next summer. New dates will be July 31-August 4, 2021. Refunds will be sent out in June.


Vacation Bible School

The ARC Discipleship Team has made the difficult decision to cancel our traditional VBS for this year due to the many challenges created by COVID-19. Please watch for other opportunities we are hoping to offer later this summer as we are able.


Supplies & Help Needed


The Rock County COVID Task Force is asking for help from people willing to make masks. Our long term care facilities in Luverne, Sanford Hospital, SW MN Youth Services in Magnolia, and many others could use them. While many people are willing to sew the masks and have fabric, other items are in short supply. If you have 1/4 inch elastic or 1/2 inch double-fold bias tape that you would be willing to donate, please leave in the tote outside the church office. If you are making masks and are in need of supplies, help yourself to what’s available in the tote.


Thank You!


A heartfelt thank you to all who pitched in for Home Delivered Meals during the month of March! Lord willing we will serve again in December 2020.


Offering for Rock County Foodshelf

Donations given to local food shelves during the month of March/April will be calculated, and corporate entities through MN FoodShare will give additional money based on the donations at each location. Monetary donations for the Rock County Foodshelf can be made to ARC anytime before April 26 to be part of the matching gift.



Online Giving

Even before there was social distancing and public closures, we were in the process of looking for a way to accommodate giving for those who are not able to be present at our Sunday service. Online giving is now available on the website. Simply click on the GIVE tab at the top of the page. No need to register or set up an account, just enter your name and credit/debit card or bank account information and the amount you would like to give. You can even choose which fund or project you would like to donate to. If you have questions, contact the church office.

Response to Coronavirus

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

After meeting with the Consistory and staff, I want you to know we are doing our best to stay informed on the current threat of the coronavirus, its effects, and the anxiety it’s producing in our community and around the world. And while we firmly believe that God’s perfect love drives out all fear and leads us to a place we can fully trust him with our lives and future, we also want to be wise in how we share community life in the midst of this potentially critical situation. We also have a responsibility to be mindful of each other’s well-being.

As of now, we plan on gathering for worship Sunday morning and the nursery will still be available for your convenience. We plan to have Sunday School and will keep you posted about Pioneer Club and youth groups that meet on Wednesday night. That being said, we are encouraging you to refrain from hand to hand contact, and we also want to encourage those who might have compromised immune systems to feel free to stay home and join us online. And as is always the case, if you have been sick, please make sure you are well before you join us.

As I shared in this week’s ARChive article, while there’s no sense in being careless, it’s trials like this that reveal what we believe about God’s sovereign rule in our lives and in our world. While there are so many good verses to claim at this time, I am claiming Galatians 2:20 as one of them, “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Grace to you and Peace,

Mike Altena

Volunteer Opportunity


Gather your friends and family for a work project at Inspiration Hills Retreat Center, March 27-28. We will be replacing siding and doing some painting and other projects. A variety of skills are needed. Volunteers can also provide food and help in the kitchen; lodging is provided. Contact Travis Chapa at 507-227-1582 with questions. Sign up at the Narthex table.


VBS Project Night


Monday, March 16, 6:30 PM, Fellowship Hall // We’re getting a head start on summer and making decorations for VBS! Have gifts of service or creativity? Get your friends together ’cause this night is for you! Wear paint clothes.