Monday, September 10, 2007

Friendship Photo History, First Worship

[I'm going to start posting photographs from the history of Friendship Lutheran Church here.]

The photo below is from the congregation's first worship celebration. It was held on May 19, 1991 in the auditorium of Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School. The president of Lutheran Men in Mission of Ohio presented hymnals and Good News Bibles to the not-yet chartered church. (That wouldn't happen until November 23, 1993.)

The LMMO president is at the podium. To his right is Roger Holmgren, president of the congregation's Service Committee. That committee was a kind of Church Council, but unelected, recruited by me as Pastor-Developer.

At the piano on that first Sunday as a special favor was Vi Sill, a member of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Anderson Township. At first, our only pianist was Barb Holmgren, Roger's wife. She would soon be spelled by Paul Niehaus.

There were 91 at Friendship's first worship service, 45 of them from our area. We started with a nucleus of just five households, including the Danielses. That core group of five hand addressed three mailings of 10,000 apiece to announce the service. By that time, I had knocked on some 6000 doors inviting people to learn more about this new church.

The Holmgrens would soon move from our area. But they maintain their interest in and prayers for Friendship to this day.

By the way, I don't think that clock ever told the right time.

[Click on image to enlarge.]


Post a Comment

<< Home