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GETTING READY TO CELEBRATE NO. 150

INSIDE THE WALLS - Joan Osterman and Marylu Pille stand inside St. Paul's United Church of Christ, which will celebrate its sesquicentennial next month.

MINONK - Preparations continue toward St. Paul's United Church of Christ's upcoming sesquicentennial, which will highlight the congregation's faith, service and fellowship. The celebration will take place during the May 6 worship service.

The church formed a sesquicentennial committee last summer. One member of the committee is Joan Osterman, who has researched the eight beautiful stained glass windows in the sanctuary. In the church's monthly newsletter, she has been sharing the stories of the families who donated each window. The articles contain bits of the families’ obituaries and old photos along with the scriptures depicted in the windows. Osterman found the bill of sale for the window her great-grandfather, Julius Folkerts, donated.

“The bill of sale was in my grandmother’s purse. It was $300 in 1918,” she said.

The first church was built at 236 W. Fifth St., in 1884. In 1918, the it underwent major renovations which included remodeling the sanctuary, the addition of stained glass windows, a full basement and kitchen and the brick veneer. The church’s tall steeple was replaced with a brick tower, continuing to contain the clock and bells that still chime each hour today. In 1952, the interior underwent more changes with the central altar installed along with a pipe organ hidden behind screens on the side. In 1960, the congregation adopted the name St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and also added an educational wing.

See article on April 12 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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