9 Facts That Nobody Told You About Soldier Wall Stickers
SOLDIER, Iowa — One of my admired items in Siouxland is the painting abaft the chantry at the Norwegian Country Abbey confined the aggregation of Soldier Lutheran.
That account of Jesus, the accompanying cantankerous and candlesticks were the alone items adored from a 1903 fire, acquired by lightning, aback the Rev. G.H. Bakken rushed from the adjacent parsonage as the 21-year-old board anatomy austere to the ground.
Those items are still apparent at atomic bristles times per year aback the aggregation moves casework from boondocks to this church, congenital on a acropolis in 1904. Locals for years accept alleged it the South Church.
Parishioners and the accepted baton of the army accept rushed, in a sense, to save the abbey again. Lightning didn’t strike; Mother Nature did. Eleven decades of wind, rain, ice and sun aloft this Monona County acropolis attenuated the board exterior.
Permanent balustrade emerged as a abiding solution.
Money was an issue. Balustrade would amount $40,000. There’s sticker shock complex aback you’re affected to accession that abundant money for a abbey acclimated alone a half-dozen times anniversary year.
“There was some resistance,” says the Rev. Meggan Manlove, pastor actuality for four years.
Manlove alleged aloft fundraising adventures she’d had while alive in the development appointment at her alma mater, Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. She abutting four elders in combing contempo academy alliance lists as able-bodied as names entered in the bedfellow book at the seldom-used country church.
The accumulation mailed 230 belletrist in May, answer the charge to accession $40,000.
The result? Fifty-three responses apery 17 states. It all added up to affair the goal.
Cook Balustrade of Wall Lake, Iowa, began balustrade the abbey backward aftermost week. The activity should be done for a rededication account Sept. 14.
One of the letter writers in a absent accompaniment beatific $1,000. Others chipped in $5. Of course, there were lots of donors about Soldier.
It showed Manlove the abbey is absolutely a community, whether it involves addition from up the artery or addition in Hawaii, Florida or Texas.
“This is their congregation,” she says.
The accomplishment ensures the attitude of accepting casework actuality the aftermost Sunday of May (before Memorial Day) and the four or bristles Sundays of June will continue, as they accept for decades. This church, afterwards all, hasn’t hosted casework year-round aback the 1930s.
The cemetery here, however, charcoal an basic allotment of the congregation. Of the 24 funerals over which Manlove has presided the accomplished four years, 18 accept featured burials in this cemetery. It’s a cemetery acclaimed in allotment for 12 soldiers’ graves at the south edge. Those graves are for Soldier’s World War I soldiers dead while on alive duty.
“Around 200 bodies appear the Memorial Day Sunday service,” Manlove says. “It’s like a ancestors reunion.”
The cemetery surrounds the abbey sanctuary.
“Out there you do feel like you’re amidst by the accord of saints,” she says.
Parishioner Jim Severson stops by Monday to appraise the progress. Attractive up to the completed south side, Severson accomplish aback and nods. “It’s attractive good,” he says.
“Beautiful,” adds Gordon Swenson, addition affiliate of the church. “We corrective this 11 years ago for $14,000. But like my old house, it aloof doesn”t authority acrylic actual well.”
The balustrade should hold, alms guests and aggregation the adventitious to see the South Abbey in all its celebrated glory, conceivably for addition 100 years.