On Sunday, Aug. 26, the Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church in rural Spring Grove will host an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. in honor of Pastor Allen E. Hermeier's 50 years of ministry in Christ. There will be a program at 3 p.m.

Pastor Hermeier was born in rural Allamakee County, and he graduated from Waukon High School in 1954, Luther College in 1958 and Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque in 1962.

He served congregations in Burr Oak/Hesper, Northwood, Atlantic and Ft. Dodge. He has also spent 35 years in the "Brothers in Blue" prison ministry.

Hermeier and his wife, Helen, moved back to the Decorah area in 2000. He also spent time as interim pastor in Mabel as well as Cresco and Postville in Iowa.

For the past six years, he has faithfully served the Waterloo Ridge community. Card greetings can be sent to his home address at 203 James Ct., Decorah, IA 52101. No gifts, please.