Christ's Lutheran Church in 1996

Pastor Wynemah Hinlicky, conducting services. She continued building the confidence of the congregation and reversing the downward spiral that had begun in the previous decade. She worked full-time as a part-time pastor! According to church historian Mark Anderson, Pastor Hinlicky is an excellent liturgist. As well as her fine voice, she has an intuitive as well as a schooled grasp of liturgy.

The projected full-year expenses for the year amounted to $74,190.00 ($91,996 in 2006 dollars).

Michael Church, son of Garet and Karin Church (both of whom had served as presidents of the church council), grandson of former Pastor Anderson and nephew of Mark and Eleanor Anderson, was ordained. A Vassar, Princeton, and LTS-Philadelphia graduate, he was the historian of the Metropolitan New York Synod. He had served as vicar at St. Peter's in Manhattan under former Pastor Kortrey.

The church constitution was revised.

The 1995 paperback hymnal With One Voice, or WOV, from Augsburg-Fortress Press began supplementing the green 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship (or LBW) hymnal. It included three additional settings for communion and about 175 hymns numbered to follow in sequence from the LBW. As historian Mark Anderson has pointed out, the supplement added a wide array of multicultural hymns as well as providing additional liturgies for our use. The music in this book continued the trend established in the LBW to use more inclusive, gender-neutral language.

With One Voice continues what was a mild beginning in the LBW to improve traditional language and to make the hymns and creeds more acceptable to feminists. For example, the Apostle's Creed is changed here from "his only son, our Lord," to "God's only son." Some critics have held that while the change may appeal to feminists, it undoes the Trinitarian shape of God Himself. Nonetheless, there are some excellent new hymns as well as hymns from diverse sources available in the book.

The introductory material in WOV is helpful in outlining the "shape" of the liturgy. It provides instruction regarding what is mandatory for the communion service versus what is optional; for instance, the confession and/or entrance hymn is optional, a sermon is required, the creeds are optional, the communion is required, and so forth. Whereas most Lutherans are familiar with these "rules," WOV has provided a simple outline and explanation for us. This is a continuation of the liturgical renewal that was begun in the nineteenth century.

The WOV seems to have been intended as an "add-on" to the LBW. A disadvantage lies in the tendency to try and interleave good and appropriate material from each book within a single service, with further additions included in the printed program. The juggling of books and the difficulty in following the printed programs has become something of a trademark of our services at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Doris Blatter has frequently resorted to making copies of material in order to relieve the choir of the task of carrying multiple books in procession and then finding the appropriate one at the right time.(1)

Quoted in Anderson, Mark J., For All the Saints: Christ's Lutheran Church, Woodstock, New York, 1806-2006 [Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2006], pp. 160-61. (Close)
Anderson also pointed out how the liturgies and hymns in both books are accompanied(2): Ibid., draft. (Close)
The usual pattern that has been followed since [the acquisition of the supplementary hymnal] has been to use the organ when the liturgy comes from the Lutheran Book of Worship and the piano when using liturgies from With One Voice.

Victoria Langling, as co-founder and general director, continued to administer the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, in partnership with area restaurants and with all the local Christian churches, the Jewish congregation, and the Onteora Teachers Association. According to Langling,

We have learned that there are many who are hungry and come to our church soup kitchen, but we have also learned that many are there for the companionship that comes from sharing a community table. Some early supporters: Barbara and Don Stephens, Carmen & David Adler, Marie Schussler aka "The Cookie Lady," Francis J. Turmo, Joe & Hedi Jorgensen, Nancy Pape, Lois Ostapczuk, Bob Langling, Bob & Carolyn Barrette, Bill & Chris Cox, Lai Look, Dottie & Bob Balzer, Kristen Scialampo, Henry Guendel, Pastor Hinlicky,… Pastor Emeritus Walter Kortrey, and all families and spouses who worked with them and/or allow them to keep this commitment.(3) Quoted in ibid., p. 139. (Close)
The soup kitchen served 50-70 people three times each week.

The Good Neighbors Food Pantry helped 300 people per month.

Erwin and Elsa Holumzer celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Edna DeWitt celebrated her 80th birthday.

A new hot water heater was installed in the Fellowship Hall.

Rev. Stephen Bouman was elected Bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod (MNYS).

The Woodstock Region in 1996

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The United States in 1996

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Bill Clinton (Democrat) was President. The 104th Congress was in session. A dollar in that year would be worth $1.24 in 2006 for most consumable products.

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The World at Large in 1996

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