Archive February 2020,
As, I sit here to write the next installment of “Tales from the Archives” I can’t believe that in a few short weeks it will be the Lenten Season.
As many of you know Pastor Theodore Menter passed away January 8th. We had planed as part of the 150th Celebration to have perhaps a written message or video from him for the congregation. Pastor Carolyn had reached out to invite him to be part of our celebration. So in lieu of being able to do that I thought that I would share with you all some of the memoires in the archive of Pastor Menter and his Christmas letter he wrote to my parents as well as additional information from his tribute wall at Spence Funeral Home that some of you might not have been able to see.
Pastor Menter, married my parents at St. Paul’s August, 31st, 1958 at 3pm while the Parish Hall was under construction. Many of our members at St. Paul’s were also married by Pastor “Ted”. I will be trying to answer the question how many weddings did he perform for members.
St. Paul’s first got to know Pastor Ted in June 27th, 1954. He had just earned his Bachelor of Divinity and was ordained on June 13th. We were his 1st call. Pastor Menter conducted our first Advent Service in December of 1954. He and his family moved into the new parsonage from their temporary housing in Laurel in December ‘54.
Some of the St. Paul’s milestones during his Ministry that lasted until December of 1960 were: Formation of the Mr. & Mrs. Club, drafting the Sunday School constitution, dedication of the parsonage on 16 January 1955, scholarship fund for those entering the mission field, the Young Couples Club creating the nursey, sponsoring Cub Scout Pack 797, the First Vacation Bible School August 1955 which went for two weeks, Parents class in September 1955, the 80th Anniversary 30 October 1955 with 301 confirmed members and 440 baptized and a Sunday School of 200, and expansion of the church 6 February 1956.
Pastor Menter began a new mission which became the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 19 February 1956 where he conducted the 1st service in September of 1956.
Under his watch the first Father and Son Banquet was held 10 February 1956 and the first Mother Daughter banquet was held on 11 May 1956 with 126 people in attendance. Luther League was born in 1957. Not to mention the Fellowship Hall addition in 1958 and moving the bell tower and placing the time capsule in the base of the present bell tower.
The last turkey supper was held in September 1960.
Pastor Ted would go to serve Saint Paul’s in Niagara Falls, NY, Salem Lutheran (Center for Christian Service) in Woodhaven, MI and Saint Martin in Port Huron, MI.
Later Pastor Menter would serve on the pension boards of the American Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church from 1974 to 1990. He is credited with adding the Dental program to the TALC pension plan.
He enjoyed retirement in Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, three children David (Cheryl) Menter, Phillip (Mariann) Menter and Rebecca (Tom) Converse, eight grandchildren Elizabeth (Jonathan) Spiker, Abby Menter, Courtney (Gerry) Emgi, Andy Menter, Emily (Joe) Ebert, Matthew Menter, Hannah Converse and Mackenzie Menter and eight great grandchildren Emma, Christian, Michael, Clair, Catherine Emig and Lydia, Ezra and Jude Spiker.
Pastor Menter to his great grand daughter on the Trinity
You asked in church how God could be Father, Son and Holy Spirit at the same time. You should know that, that question had been struggled with by the church, its professors, its pastors and its members for all the days of the church’s history, from 30 AD until the present time.
Every now an then a theologian or a group of theologians decides to give answer to the question. And every time the answer is faulty or misunderstood.
I could go down the years of history of the church, and quote the answers give, and we still could not know the solution to the problem.
The real answer is this: it is a doctrine to accept, and believe, even though it troubles us to that acceptance and believing. It is something about the revelation of God about himself that is beyond our comprehension.
And so, as much as we wish we could have an answer to our questions about Trinity, we must live with the fact that we cannot know, or probably could not understand what it means to be God as Father Son and Holy Sprit, on God, three expressions of God.
I hope this helps you in your struggle to find an answer to your questions.
Lovingly, your in Christ
Great Grandpa Menter
PS keep watching for more information about the 150th Anniversary in the coming months!
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