Rose Hill Church update

Posted August 7, 2013 at 11:16 am

According to Jeff Moser, Denver, Colo., about 100 people attended the auction of the Rose Hill Church building and church items, Saturday, July 27, 2013.

Moser added the following history of the long-standing rural church:

Thirteen men and one woman served as full-time Presbyterian pastors of the church between 1924 and 2010, and the church was supplied by many part-time and temporary ministers from various denominations and their families who served through the years from the early days on and in various capacities.

The last full-time pastor was the Rev. Allen Sager who served both the Presbyterian Church of Wessington and Rose Hill, and then retired and moved to Huron. Jeff Moser conducted final Sunday worship service on August 21, 2011, as a lay minister.

Dean Duxbury auctioneered the sale. It opened with the final ringing of the bell from the steeple at 1 p.m. Brian Winter led an opening prayer. Then Tom Koth said a few words about the closure, the rich history, and long ministry of the church throughout the past century.

The last item sold was the church building itself, which was purchased by Roger Venjohn of Vayland. The bell will be removed from the steeple and placed in the cemetery located south across the road from where the church now stands. The cemetery is controlled and maintained by the Rose Hill Cemetery Association.