Three of 1st Lutheran Church's oldest members reminisce about their church

Standing in front of the First Lutheran Church building on Curtis Avenue in Chariton are from left to right: Miriam Hibbs, Harlan Ranshaw and Martha Milnes. Milnes passed away this past Sunday, Sept. 1, at age 93.

Editor’s Note: This is the second story in a four-part series about the First Lutheran Church in Chariton, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The third story will be in Tuesday’s Chariton Leader.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful, and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works...” Hebrews 10:23-24.

Pastor Don Harding used this scripture as a reminder and challenge to his congregation of the First Lutheran Church in an Anniversary booklet. The year was 1969, and they were celebrating 100 years as a congregation.

Now, 50 years later, First Lutheran is anticipating the celebration of their 150th Anniversary! As in 1869 when the church was organized as the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Congregation, so now in 2019, the members strive to “consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.”

In July three of First Lutheran’s oldest members met to reminisce about their long association with the church. Violet Johnson Houghlan, age 95, First Lutheran’s oldest member, was not able to take part and has since passed away.

(Read the rest of the story in the Chariton Herald-Patriot Sept. 5, 2019 edition)

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