Pastor A. Walter Baker died in April. Rev. Olney E. Cook served for a while as supply pastor. The congregation held a special meeting to consider the election of a new pastor; in October they voted to call Rev. Cook as the official pastor.
In May the congregation offered Pastor Cook $10 per week ($127.80 per week in 2006 dollars), and they asked the Synod for continued support of $150 per year ($1,917 per year). In August, Victor Lasher chaired a special meeting, where the congregation voted to increase the pastor's salary to $12 per week ($153,36 per week) and to ask the Synod for $300 per year ($3,834 per year) for pastor support. A few weeks later, the congregation had to have another meeting to consider the following Synod resolution:
That Pastor Cook and the Congregation of Christ Church be notified that further aid on salary will be discontinued on Sep 30, 1943 inasmuch as the Congregation can be served by a neighboring pastor and owing to the acute shortage of qualified ministers Pastor Cook's services are needed elsewhere.At the annual meeting, the Elders voted to pay Pastor Cook $20 per week, or $1,040 per year ($255.60 and $13,291.12, respectively, in 2006 dollars) "for as long as he cares to stay with us."(1)
The church had a "bee" to clean the parsonage and grounds.
The congregation voted to have both organs (the small melodeon serving the Sunday School in the back of the church and the larger reed organ in the chancel) "put into shape" by the Mohr Company.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democrat) was President. The 77th Congress was in session. (The midterm elections that year would elect the 78th Congress.) A dollar in that year would be worth $12.78 in 2006 for most consumable products.
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