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Picture perfect day at St. Paul’s Church

In their Sunday best, they had photos taken.

Donovan, Lauren and Haviland, Kade. “Picture perfect day at St. Paul’s Church.” Common, Supplement to Beulah Beacon and Hazen Star, 13 April 1989, 1.


Sunday was a “picture perfect” day for members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church north of Hazen and Stanton.

Congregants of the rural church came a couple of hours early to be photographed and watch others go through the same process.

Wearing their Sunday best, they waited patiently while a photographic record was compiled of nearly the entire church membership in preparation for publication of a history book commemorating their 100th anniversary.

A two-day celebration is being planned for June 24 and 25.

Churchwomen prepared a tasty pot luck dinner, featuring ham sandwiches and an assortment of kuchen, which awaited the hungry parishoners after regular worship.

During a break, the membership held a meeting to discuss church business and decided to add indoor plumbing and explore the possibility of switching from coal to propane heating.

In all, it was an eventful day for the small rural church.

And despite all teasing to the contrary, the camera never broke once.

Left side and right side, congregants filled the pews for group photos.
While others were photographed, the rest of the congregation watched the picture taking in progress. Here the Craig and Linda Smith family with children Megan and Ryan sat patiently while the two-hour process was underway.
While the women cooked, the men talked shop. Pictured are Leavard Sailer and Ray Kruckenberg in the church basement.
The John Cole family stood while photographer Lauren Donovan prepared to take their family portrait for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 100th anniversary book.
A new minister came on board just in time to be included in the picture taking session at St. Paul’s Sunday morning. The Rev. Benjamin Fecher, pictured with his wife, Linda, started his call at St. Paul’s and Our Savior’s in Stanton this week.
Any church activity includes food and here the churchwomen prepare food for a potluck lunch to follow a long morning of pictures and regular service.

Reprinted with permission of the Beulah Beacon and Hazen Star.

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