Here are photos of what I think was the most impressive part of the church: the chancel and altar with its statue of Jesus. I’ll run more pictures later.
Money came with strings
Missourian photographer Fred Lynch has a series of photos showing the steeple being pulled down that makes the place look pretty sturdy to me.
It’s not my church
I was baptized in that church, confirmed in that church, suffered through a multitude of Christmas pageants in that church, and my father’s casket stood in the shadow of that altar.
I made a promise to myself never to set foot in the new building. I have no respect for an organization that allows nearly 100 years of memories to be turned into brick dust. It is no longer my church.
Photos of the church bell
I ran a post about the church’s bell in 2011. I read somewhere that the bell had been moved to the new church.
View from the bell tower
Here are photos taken from the bell tower in 1978.
1954 pledge drive
I copied a 1954 pledge drive booklet that included an extraordinary photo of the congregation. It’s amazing how many faces I can still pick out of it (names, however, are another matter).
Abraham story has him worried
Brother Mark is holding Son Matt up for a closer look. He doesn’t look too comfortable. I think he may have heard that story about God telling Abraham to sacrifice his son on an altar and he’s not sure if the story had a good ending.
I learned several things from my readers here and on Facebook:
- It wasn’t just a rumor that the donation was earmarked for a new building. A relative of the donors confirmed it.
- Jesus wasn’t welcome in the new church: he has been exiled to Hanover School. I’ll swing by to see him on my trip back to Cape in October.