Welcome, in Jesus' Name!
Redeemer Lutheran Church is committed to preaching, teaching, and learning of God's redeeming work in Jesus, the Christ. Please come and celebrate the love and joy of our Savior Jesus Christ with us on Sundays. Our church is wheelchair accessible. And don't be concerned about what to wear...our Lord is concerned about our hearts, not our clothing.
|I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the house of the Lord." Psalm 122:1|
The History of Redeemer Lutheran Church
Redeemer Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
In July of 1948 Candidate Warren Gritzke was called to serve as a missionary-at-large for the Eastern District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Candidate Gritzke was sent to the city of Auburn to establish a congregation here. 38 members of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Mapleton Station, NY were asked to be a nucleus to develop a Church in Auburn. The Church in Mapleton was dismantled. Candidate Warren Gritzke was called and installed as the shepherd of the newly named Redeemer Lutheran Church of Auburn, NY. The initial worship services were held at the YMCA in Auburn.
In October of 1948, the Eastern District purchased property and a building at 72 South St. Auburn for the purpose of giving Redeemer Lutheran Church a home to worship from. Renovations took nearly one year, and the first service was held at 72 South St. on August 24, 1949. Over the next two years, renovations would continue on this site.
In June of 1950 Redeemer Lutheran Church adopted a constitution and by-laws. Redeemer Lutheran Church applied for and was granted membership into the Eastern District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod in 1952. In 1953 the constitution was modified and amended to conform to the incorporations laws and regulations of New York State.
In 1954 Redeemer Lutheran Church began planning for a new building because its current facility had become too small for the increased membership size. Property was purchased at 183 Franklin Street, and meetings were held with architects for the design of the new facility.
However, Cayuga Community College also desired to build on 183 Franklin Street, and the Church sold the lot to the College. Redeemer then purchased a new lot at 225 Franklin St. and construction began in the summer of 1958 and was dedicated at a service in June of 1959. Redeemer Lutheran Church has remained at this location on the corner of Franklin and Prospect Streets ever since.