For May, I thought I would continue where I left of in April
(continued from January's Newsletter, February's Newsletter and March's Newsletter and April's Newsletter page 8
[See the Newsletter page if you missed any)
February 17, 1948
St. Paul’s Brotherhood was organized and the following officers were elected: President John Bassler, Vice President, Norman Wessel, Secretary, Raymond Moore, Treasurer, Lee Hall, Chaplin Robert Kemp and custodian Emory Iager.
April 25, 1948
Two additional plates and alms basins were placed in the chancel. The plates were donated by a family of the congregation and the alms basin was purchased by the church.
September 26, 1948
Pastor Anderson, having accepted a call to the parish of Columbiana-New Waterford, Ohio, preached his farewell sermon.
February 27, 1949
Pastor Robert F. Hein, having been dully called, began serving St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
April 30, 1949
First meeting of Junior Mission Band. The name was later changed to Junior Lutherans in 1959. The society was for children ages eight to eleven years.
The Luther League expended $195 for painter the upstairs interior of the church. Mr. Melvin Scaggs was selected as painter. The task was completed in early December.
As an addition to the cemetery, a triangular parcel of ground located in the back of the cemetery was purchased.
October 1, 1949
A flagstone bulletin board, constructed on the front lawn of the church was completed by Mr. Roger Gordon. Mr. Elmer Wessel made the cross that was incorporated in the stone work.
February 18, 1950
A fence was erected on the west and south sides of the cemetery.
A contract was awarded to Mr. Howard Ingram to refinish the basement with knotty pine paneling, asphalt tile floor, and acoustical tile ceiling at a cost of $4,461.69. The money was provided from the following funds:
March 5, 1950
A cash memorial in lieu of the customary gift of flowers was present to St. John’s Home, Mars, PA by the ladies Aid and Missionary Society in memory of a member of the congregation.
A brass missal stand (reading stand) was placed on the altar to hold liturgy and prayer books. The was dedicated in memory of the parents of Rev. Frank Florstedt, given by Pastor and Mrs. Frank T. Florstedt.
April 16, 1950
Dedication of the church basement. Also a spinet Baldwin piano was procured by the Sunday School.
Members of the Ladies Aid and Missionary Society formed the Mars Home Auxiliary.
Mixed bowling league teams bowled at Edmonson Village with St. John’s of Pfeiffer’s Corner. The teams were Braves, Giants, Cardinals, Phillies, Cubs, Pirates, Dodgers and Red legs
The Ladies Aid and Missionary Society visited Baltimore City Hospital on a continual basis until October 1, 1961 distrusting donations of candy, cookies, chewing gum and fruit.
The practice of having two ushers aiding during communion was commenced.
The practice of handing the communion card to the usher as the communicants left the pews to partake of the Holy Sacrament was continued.
A gift of $200 was given to the Brotherhood by the Ladies Aid and Missionary Society.
A movie projector (Bell and Howell, 16mm sound) was purchased at a cost of $511.25 . The project was funded by the Sunday School, Brotherhood, Ladies Aid and Missionary Society and the Luther League.
The Junior Choir was organized by Mrs. Robert f. Hein.
May 3, 1952
The Council appointed a "Lot" Committee for the new parsonage consisting of Lee Hall, Albert Wessel, Cissel Grauel, Ellsworth Iager, Elmer Wessel and Roland Grauel.
A plot of ground adjacent to the church property (1.5 acres) was purchased from Mr. Carl Iager to erect a new parsonage. Of the total cost, the expenditure was authorized from four separate funds.
August 6, 1952
A foundation was dug by fourteen men of the congregation on which the Iager house was moved in order to provide location space for the new parsonage. Through the efforts t of these men the church was able to realized a savings in construction costs. The Iager house was then moved to its new location by the Frizzell Brothers.
October 1, 1952
A deed of transfer for 1.5 Acres of property for the new parsonage was executed by Carl and Josie Iager.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert W. Brady through deed of transfer made a gift of a small triangular plot of ground to the Church located between the new lot and the county road.
The Junior Mission Band made 14 Kiddie Kits designate for Korea or Germany. The Jr. Mission Band held a Thank-offering service.
March 8, 1953
A parsonage building committed was formed to plan the new parsonage. Members were Pastor Robert F. Hein, C. Ellsworth Iager, George Barnes, Frank Bassler, John Bassler, Cissel Grauel, Kenneth Grauel, Poland Grauel, Lee Hall, William Kahler, Sr. Otis Mauck, Theodore Schaefer, Albert Wessel and Elmer Wessel.
March 25,1 953
The Ladies Aid and Missionary Society voted to place four palms in the chancel for Palm Sunday annually. Also the practice of presenting memorials to the Mars Home in lieu of flowers was established.
July 12, 1953
Mr. Russell Wheeler was contracted as architect for the parsonage, Which was s to be of stone veneer, Cape Cod style, one and one-half stores, containing seven or eight rooms as follows; study, living room, dining room and kitchen. Downstairs, three of four bedrooms, full basement and a garage with breezeway.
July 13, 1953
A new Honor Roll plaque for servicemen was placed on order and updated with the following names:
Charles Thompson, Jr.
Samuel Nichols, Jr.
Theodore Schaefer, Jr.
John Tyler, Jr.
Harvey Haviland, Jr.
George F. Eley
Looking through our history, I see a call to St. Paul’s ending in 1948 some 70 years ago with:
Pastor Anderson leaving us and a new beginning with Pastor Robert Hein Joining us.
I certainly want to take this opportunity to thank Pastor Gerry for his service to St. Paul’s. He will be missed and I wish him well as I am sure the entire St. Paul’s family does . I will miss helping with his laptop.
I look forward to welcoming Pastor Dave Shank as our new Assistant Pastor in June. So the cycle continues.
There are remarkable examples of service to the church form the early fifties with volunteering and work toward the improvement of the church.
The opportunity to be of equal service is still with us today.
What legacy would you like to leave behind?