Gift of God Lutheran Church
Served by Pastor Delwyn Maas
Gift of God organized as a preaching station the fall of 1991 as an extension of the ministry of St. Paul, Ponsford, MN and Mt .Olive, Detroit Lakes, MN. As they grew in number up from three families they started meeting in a hotel conference room in Fargo. In the fall of 2001 they organized as a congregation and the following year was accepted as a CLC member congregation.
In September 2001, about the same time they organized as a congregation, they moved from the hotel conference room and started renting a vacant church building in Mapleton, ND. Mapleton is a town of approximately 700 people ten miles west of Fargo.
September 9, 2001 was the first worship service in the church building which was very memorable as it was two days prior to the September 11 attacks. The following year, they purchased the church building and on October 13, 2002 the sanctuary in Mapleton was dedicated to the service of the Lord God.
In 2002 they started providing VBS for the Mapleton community with the aid of the Traveling Vacation Bible School team. The summer of 2007 they felt they were ready to go out on their own, with the help of God, as they did their own flyer distribution and teaching with approximately 20 students in attendance. The CLC Board of Missions offered mission status to Gift of God in 2005 and Matthew Gurath was installed as the first resident pastor, who is currently serving the group. Gift of God is the sole religious organization in the Mapleton community.