Pastor Olney E. Cook, conducting services. He later had these reminiscences of his ministry:(1)
From Moseman, Magda, and Anderson, Mark, eds., Perspectives and Patterns: Christ's Lutheran Church, 1806-1976 [Woodstock, NY: self-published monograph, 1976]. (Close)
During that time a Sunday School was organized starting with one pupil but began to grow until we had forty. A junior choir was also started and our Christmas Pageants were enjoyed by many people. Our missionary society was one of the highlights of my ministry in Woodstock, and I always found the members to be very helpful and to be interested in the church work.The average attendance at Sunday services was 59.
The congregation voted not to buy a house on Riseley Lane.
The fund for building a new parsonage on the east side of the church lot reached $14,651 ($106,073 in 2006 dollars) by October. Construction began under Mr. Bradley, the contractor. Stone for the front steps was donated by Victor Lasher. For the top front step, or landing (see the picture), the old carriage block platform of quarried bluestone, which had once been in front of the church (but removed 17 years earlier), was used. According to Erwin Holumzer,
the former "carriage block" was moved to the parsonage as a front door platform. Mr. Raymond Snyder… was a professional stone cutter, and oversaw and properly fitted the stone in its new position in front of the parsonage.(2)
Quoted in The Scroll, November 1977. (Unless otherwise indicated in a footnote, excerpts from church records or from The Scroll are cited in Anderson, Mark J., For All the Saints: Christ's Lutheran Church, Woodstock, New York, 1806-2006 [Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2006], in this case p. 183.) (Close)
The old parsonage, across the street (the current Catskill Art and Office Supply store), was sold to Donald Twine, who remodeled the front of the building and converted it into a book store. While the new parsonage was being built, Pastor and Mrs. Cook resided in rooms rented by Florence Webster for $25 per month, plus another $25 for utilities ($362 total in 2006 dollars).
The fund for building the Fellowship Hall in back of the church reached $412.09 ($2,983.53 in 2006 dollars) by October--still a ways to go.
The congregation was in considerable consternation about the church sidewalk being washed out by a drain from next-door neighbor Mr. Rudolph's cellar. Mr. Crosswell, Mr. Snyder, and Miss Peper were appointed to speak with Mr. Rudolph about diverting his water away from the church property.
Mrs. Marjorie Harder was given a vote of thanks for all of her help at the food sales and the annual supper.
The 23-year-old United Lutheran Synod of New York, of which Christ's Lutheran Church of Woodstock was a member, was renamed the United Lutheran Synod of New York and New England. (The New York and New England Synod had been part of the organization since its founding.) The organization was still part of the fairly liberal national United Lutheran Church in America (ULCA), and our little congregation continued its tendency to be part of a regional organization that takes a fairly relaxed, or "liberal," view of Lutheranism.
At Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA, a woman was an influential teacher of sociology.
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Harry S Truman (Democrat) was President. The 82nd Congress was in session. A dollar in that year would be worth $7.24 in 2006 for most consumable products.
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