Christ's Lutheran Church in 1966

[ Pastor Norman C. Krapf ] Pastor Norman C. Krapf, pictured here, conducting services. (To enlarge the picture, just click it.) Pastor Krapf 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)
I remember my nearly eight years as Pastor of Christ's Church as a time of beginnings. It was my first parish. I was married during my ministry there.… It was a time of change. The LCA was born. A new parish education curriculum and Service Book and Hymnal was introduced. New members joined with existing members to maintain and advance our life and work.… It was a time when deep friendships were made.… I recall the many deep relationships with so many which remain among the richest treasures of my ministry at Christ's Church. Above all, I rejoice with you in Christ because he enabled us to come together, sharing joy and sorrow, as we sought to render service together, in His Name.…
Here are some later reminiscences(2): From Christ's Beacon, February 2006. (Close)
It was good to know the many fine people who were members… and this is the most significant recollection I have of my ministry there. I recall an emphasis on fundamentals, Baptism, worship. education, support of our life and work, catechetics, weddings and funerals.… Christ's Church was the first parish I served following seminary graduation.… I remember hearing a world traveler saying: "the Woodstock area is one of the most beautiful areas of the world." Upon gazing at Overlook Mountain…, I felt a sense of awe at its majesty and beauty. It was always a joy to look out of the parsonage window and see the mountain. In making pastoral calls, it was always an inspiration to view the natural beauty of Woodstock and the surrounding area as I traveled to and from the homes of those I visited. Many of the members I knew are now with the Lord. I remember them with thanksgiving and their contribution to the life and work of Christ's Church. I recall a colleague once saying: "that among the parishes I served in my ministry, there is something special about my very first parish and my service there." He was right. I still see and inexperienced Pastor moving into an area of inspiring natural beauty called to serve a parish and learning that yes, the Pastor molds the congregation but likewise the congregation molds the Pastor.…
There were 134 "active" members, 93 children registered in Sunday School.

The church council authorized the continued hiring of talented high-schoolers to fill in as organists.

In the council notes(3):

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], Chapter 9. (Close)
A question was raised as to whether or not a letter of thanks should be sent to the architect [of the Fellowship Hall construction project]. The general consensus of the Council was that this was not deserved.

The council decided that it no longer consisted of trustees, elders, and deacons--just officers and councilmen. Seven months later they decided to amend the Articles of Incorporation to read that

[t]he Church Council shall consist of the Pastor, nine (9) Deacons, which shall constitute a Board of Trustees and Council of the congregation.

The pastor's salary and benefits amounted to $5,190 ($30,984 in 2006 dollars); organist (Donald Reinhard, a talented high schooler) $600 ($3,582); the sexton $500 ($2,985). The yearly budget was $15,160 ($90,505).

On three different Sundays, there was a guest pastor from each of the Methodist, Episcopal, and Dutch Reformed Churches.

The Woodstock Region in 1966

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The United States in 1966

[ Lyndon B. Johnson ]

Lyndon B. Johnson (Democrat) was President. The 89th Congress was in session. (The midterm elections that year would elect the 90th Congress.) A dollar in that year would be worth $5.97 in 2006 for most consumable products.

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The World at Large in 1966

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