St. Jude’s supports Christian Service Center

CHRISTIAN SERVICE CENTER
Posted 8/4/13

GULF SHORES, Ala. — From the beginning, Rev. Deral Rollings and the congregation at St. Jude’s by the Sea Lutheran Church have been loyal supporters of the Christian Service Center.

Rarely missing a Board Meeting, Rev. Rollings is kept up to …

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St. Jude’s supports Christian Service Center

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GULF SHORES, Ala. — From the beginning, Rev. Deral Rollings and the congregation at St. Jude’s by the Sea Lutheran Church have been loyal supporters of the Christian Service Center.

Rarely missing a Board Meeting, Rev. Rollings is kept up to date on progress made through the efforts of the Center which he was instrumental in founding through the Pleasure Island Ministerial Association. In fact, he and his wife, Jean (to whom he has been married 31 years) volunteered to do the initial landscaping for the Center’s permanent home.

The Church had its beginnings on Sept. 23, 1980 with 17 local Lutheran Church people. A retired pastor, Rev. H.G. Welch, agreed to serve the parish. Having no assets other than a few tattered hymnals and much faith, the congregation adopted a theme of self-reliance and resolve, with God’s help, to be a selfsupportingcongregation.

Although it meant erecting and dismantling the altar and chairs each Sunday, they were content to meet in the Roberts Community Center on East Third Avenue. By 1983, however, it became apparent that more space was needed and on July 29, 1984 a new building for the congregation was dedicated on property adjacent to the Community Center.

Then in February, 1986 the mortgage was burned in a special celebration leaving the congregation debt free.

On Sept. 7, 1986, Rev. Rollings became Pastor of the growing group of worshipers at St. Jude’s by the Sea. The Church had been named for the Patron Saint of Sailors by its founding parishioners due to its proximity to the Gulf.

According to Rev. Rollings, the Church remains a small congregation with a big heart with the number of worshipers varying from 32 at low tide to 250 winter worshipers at high tide.