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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, July 24, 2013 Page 3 "-" From page 1 Pageant week -- From page 1 There will be door prizes consisting of a machine quilt- ed quilt, sewn by Bethany Sewing Ladies, 2 picture frames, made by Karen Fay and Bob Swenson, and an Anniversary pitcher. Later coffee and cake will be served Bethany Lutheran Church was organized on January 20, 1913 by Pastor J. Lewis, and became part of the Old Westbrook Parish. Charter members were: E. E. Smestad, Tom Olson, Mrs. Celia Hanson, Ole Jensen, Carl F. Peterson, Ole B. Johnson, T. T. Warenas, Peter Jensen, John Rongstad, Soren Jensen, and P. M. Hanson, Sam Christenson, Torkel Aftreth and John Olson. Today nine members of the congregation are descen- dants of Bethany's founders. They are: Jeff Pederson (great-grandson), Kelsie Lund, Preston Pederson, and Tanner Pederson (great- great-grandchildren) of Soren Jensen; Reid Oleson, Victoria Zam, and Karen Fay (great grandchildren), Stacey Groen, Shannon Weston, Sydney Fay, and Jesse Fay (great-great grandchildren), and Nolan Weston (great- great-great grandchild) of Sam Christenson. Three young men became Pastors and were ordained at Bethany. They are: John Thorsness in 1968, Gary SOlomonson in 1982 and Dean Natterstad in 1981. Three other men were at one time members at Bethany and became pastors but were ordained elsewhere. They are: Obed Sunde in 1955, Virgil Westgor in 1959 and Wilfred Eckhardt in 1963. Verona Famess Kane, a for- mer member, served in the mission field in Pakistan. During 1911 and 1912, services were conducted at a lodge hall at what is today is 114 America Street. This was also the location of the Storden post office for many years. In 1914 a small white clapboard church was built where the James and Mary Westerman home (213 Sorensen St.) now stands. The first service was held Christmas night, December 24, 1914. Pastor Lewis served the congregation until 1928, dur- ing this time the congrega- tion had grown to the point where the church building was inadequate. Plans were made for a new building in 1930. The cornerstone of Bethany Lutheran Church in 1913 the present church was laid in July and dedication was held November 23, 1930. In 1946 Old Westbrook and Highwater were formed into one call, Amo and Bethany into another. Church was now held every Sunday instead of every other Sunday. The front entrance of the church was substantial- ly changed in 1981. Tl~e outdoor steps were covered when a sizable new entry was added. After a congregation- al vote in 1987, Bethany became a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on January 1, 1988 when three Lutheran bodies, the American Lutheran Church (ALC), the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC) merged. This was not the first merger the cOngregation had witnessed. Originally a member of the United Norwegian Lutheran Church, Bethany became a part of the Norwegian Lutheran Church in 1918 when three Lutheran synods merged. Following World War II, in 1946, the Norwegian Lutheran Church changed its name to the Evangelical Lutheran Church. In 1960 another merger formed the American Lutheran Church. Bethany celebrated its 75th anniversary June 16, 1988 with three former pas- tors in attendance. In 2000 the congregation purchased the old fire hall property immediately west of the church. The old build- ing was removed and trees, shrubs and grass were plant- ed on the site. In 2005 Amo and Bethany were asked to consider join- ing a new area parish, today's Prairie Star Ministries. After prayerful consideration Bethany voted to not join what became a five point parish. The congregation at Amo voted to join. After nearly 60 years the joint Amo--Bethany parish was no more and Bethany, for the first time in its history, was a single parish. In January of 2008 Trinity Lutheran Church of Jeffers and Bethany entered into a sharing agreement and again Bethany found itself part of a two point parish. Pastor Cole McCormick accepted a call from the con- gregation and was installed in December 2011 and is cur- rently serving Bethany and Trinity. And so the work of Bethany continues. Many thanks for tile work each member contributes with their hands, feet, hearts, and minds. As Bethany begins its second century let us pray for God's continued guidance as we strive to share God's Good News in Storden, the United States and in the world; and may we always proclaim - 'My God How Great Thou Art'. Ron Kelsey brought his hand corn sheller to demonstrate and for kids to crank it as the machine shelled the corn into a bucket. He also supervised the seed art table for kids. Kids worked on various arts and crafts in the park shelter building. Of course there was no shortage of food available -- from ice cream cones, funnel cones, snow cones, to coney dogs and much more. There were several craft and flea market vendors selling their wares. The Wilder Museum and Information Center was a popular place where peo- ple hung around to not only see the displays, but browse through the visitor center gift shop as well. Saturday morning the Walnut Grove Area Loggers held their annual Fishing Derby for kids at Lake Laura southwest of Walnut Grove. The kids were award- ed prizes of fishing poles and Logger T shirts. Hot dogs and pop were served to the hungry anglers. Family Festival week three Right: This Laura Look-a-Like hopeful pondered a ques- tion during the com- petition Saturday. Below: Dave Doubler talked to visitors Saturday afternoon at the Family Festival as Joe Doubler looked on Next week will be another big week- end highlighted with the Family Festival Saturday morning and after- noon. There will be live entertainment by The Minnesota Square Dancers. Dave Doubler and his crew will again present civil war re-enactments along with pre- sentations on civil war weaponry. Kids activities, craft and vendor sales, food and much more will be avail- able for everyone to enjoy. The Zoo Express, Great Plains Zoo, will present an interactive program about animals and conservation. Of course the Wilder Pageant "Fragments of a Dream" will be presented Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9:00 with the Pageant Singers performing at 8:00. Don't miss an exciting time in Walnut Grove this weekend. Pageant attendance for last week- end was 971 for Friday night, and 853 for Saturday night, making the two week total 3530. tmr'g PARTY We strive to be the best place in town to have a drink, play pool or darts and meet friends, old and new. With an immense cocktail list; outstanding munchies and a fun, casual atmosphere, it's a scene away from the usual bar scene. After all, it's not just another bar, it's a classic o neighborhood hangout. 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