Well it is time to write the September Newsletter again. We had an unbelievable August here at St. Paul’s with fantastic events such as the Corn Roast and “Back to School” Picnic and Peach Festival.
September is proving to be an exciting month as well. There are service activities planned for September 7th as well as Rally Day September 8th and the Launch of the 150th Planning Meeting.
So, if you have any desire or passion to be part of the discussion, I invite you and encourage you to attend the meeting on September 7th that the Evangelism Committee is sponsoring which is intended to be a church wide event.
I have heard from some of you on which to include in the next volume of our church history which I am putting together for release next year. June Pickett has promised some bulletins/flyers from past “Mother-Daughter” Banquets which was a great tradition here at St. Paul’s.
If there are others out their with any memories or memorabilia please let me know when you have a chance so that they can be included in the booklet.
For this month I thought that I would include a moment from our history in 1958.
1958 - Members of the Brotherhood (Harry and George W. Renn) began taking the recordings of the 11:00 a.m., worship service to shut-ins. Boys in the confirmation class began serving as acolytes.
February 1958 - Mr. John Kruhm donated folding doors to be installed between the church and the future parish hall.
16 February 1958 - At the Sunday worship service, each member placed a card listing his or her favorite Scripture passage and any words he/she desired to write to future generations in a copper box. After other items of historical interest were included, the box was sealed and included with the cornerstone. On 9 March a service was held with Elmer Wessel laying the cornerstone.
30 November 1958 - Herman Bassler, a son of the congregation and student at Capital Seminary, preached the sermon at the 11:00 a.m. service for the dedication of the parish hall and bell tower and the rededication of the church. Chaplain Colonel Cecil L. Propst, also a son of the congregation, preached the sermon at the 3:00 p.m. service at which the new chancel, the new altar ware (given in memory of Mrs. LeRoy Niemann by her husband), a new altar (donated in memory of Mrs. Niemann through other memorials), Bibles (donated by Mrs. Propst and the Junior Mission Band), paraments, (made by the women's circles), and the altar rail (by Mrs. Frank Bassler as a memorial to her husband, who was president of the congregation when he died on 26 July 1958) were all dedicated. The new altar brass by Sudbury Square consisting of as follows: Cross, 30 inches Candlesticks, 14 inches - Vases, pair about 13 inches; Missal Stand ; and Candlelighters. The pulpit and lectern, donated for the new church in 1933 by Pastor and Mrs. Propst, and two altar chairs, donated by Mr. and Mrs. John L. Murphy at that same time, were rededicated.
Maybe we could also include some of the “sons” and "daughters" of the congregation to our activities in 2020. It would be interesting to learn how many of our youth have entered in the clergy as well and other youth have achieved. Please bring your thoughts to the meeting on September 9th at 7 pm.
PS keep watching for more information about the 150th Anniversary in the coming months!
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