Bethlehem Lutheran Church


History of Bethlehem Lutheran Church 100th Anniversary

The 100th Anniversary Committee met in February 2008, and planning for Bethlehem’s anniversary began under chairman, Joanne Gerber. Members ofthe 100th Anniversary Committee were: Jan Bakke, Cheryl Erickson, Dana Copiskey, Linda Southerton, Grant Forsyth, Marilyn Lee, Shirley Barber, Tina Anderson, Pastor Jeff Holter, Joan Holter, Sandi Davis, Nancy Grote, Amelie Lindberg-Livingston, and Jane Rohlf. The theme chosen was “In God’s Time.” A logo was created based on a design by Nancy Grote, and commemorative items (sweatshirts, coffee mugs, and tote bags) were offered for sale to the congregation at reasonable prices. Church secretary, Mary Towers, proved to be an invaluable asset to the anniversary committee. A special 100th Anniversary edition of the Parish Profile, designed and edited by Joanne Gerber, was mailed to the membership in July, and an outdoor banner advertising our 100th year was displayed on the church lawn. Bethlehem’s history was updated, and archival photos were posted on a specially designated bulletin board in the church narthex. Articles and photographs outlining Bethlehem’s history were printed in the Proctor Journal, and photo albums were created.The 100th Anniversary Committee hosted a celebratory worship service and congregational picnic on Rally Sunday, September 7, 2008. There were 129 people who attended the picnic. The cost for the picnic lunch was $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages 10 and under. Members of the congregation were encouraged to dress in circa 1908 costumes. Bishop Aitken honored our congregation by delivering the sermon that day. Other speakers included Munnie Skog, Karen Linne', Mark Steen, Al Dirksen, and Pastor Jerome Elness. Members of the congregation and guests gathered outside after the picnic to reveal the contents of the 1955 time capsule. While the weather was less than cooperative, the smiles on the faces of friends and family made the lack of sunshine far less noticeable. Proctor Mayor Stephen Anderson read a proclamation announcing Sunday, September 7 as Bethlehem Lutheran Church day in Proctor. JakeBenson, from the Proctor Journal, was on hand to photograph and write about the event.