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St. John's Lutheran Congregation Was Organized Back in 1868 School Club," or anized on Se t .n oil fired hot water neaug 13, 1868. The geed of chuh ii system was installed in 1950; services became eviden and a  the exterior of the church was t - . . . n " covered with asbestos shingles meeti g of all interested persons  ...... was called for October 18, 1868, ano me interior was reoecoraceo when Messrs. Christian Danner, in 1951. Dedication services were Henry Vonderlieth, Jacob Starr :i held on Reformation Sunday, Oct. and John Krieg were authoriz- ed to draft a constitution and re- port on the following Sunday, Oct. 25, 1868, when the new constitution was unanimously adopted, and the name of the new congregation was establish- ed as "The United Evangelical Congregation." The Rev. William W. Deining- er became the first pastor. The Holy Communion was celebrated for the first time on Easter Sun- day, March 28, 1869, and the first Catechetical Class was confirm- ed on April 16, 1871. The congregation worshipped until 1873 in the old Unitarian Church which stood on the site of the present home of John Tendick. The first church build- ing was built at that time on the site of the present church and was dedicated on Sept. 28, 1873. In 1874 a Parochial school was built which remained at the east portion of the congregation's rent house occupied by the Her- man Hahn family. The school continued for three years when the building was enlarged to its present condition and used as a parsonage. In 1910 the present parsonage was purchased. The original church building was rebuilt and remodeled dur- ing the year 1905, at which time a furnace and electricity were in- stalled as well as new carpets, stained windows and new pews. This was accomplished at a cost of $2,000.00 and was re-dedicat. ed on Feb. 4, 1906. The building was again reined ! REV. RAY O. ZUMSTEIN eled in 1921-22 at a cost of $20,- 000. The former building was ex- tended to the rear, a wing added to the west, a complete base- ment provided, the pipe-organ, altar, pulpit and lectern install- !ed. 5TH ANNIVERSARY OBSERVED IN 1943 The 75th anniversary of the founding of the congregation of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Mount Pulaski, was observed in October 1943 with special serv- ices of worship and an annivers- ary banquet with former pastors W. N. King and F. R. Ludwig as speakers. An anniversary thank- offering of $1,500 was given for improvements to the church and parsonage. On June 11, 1960, a 21-note Maas Cathedral Organ Chime was dedicated; a gift from former member Albert Suedmeier of 28, 1951, with the President of the Illinois Synod, the Rev. H. J. Mc- Guire, as the preacher. Because of structural weakness- es of the belfry, it was necessary to remove the bell and belfry in 1955. At this time the organ chim- es were amplified, enabling them to sound from four speakers in- stalled on the roof of the church; and the bell was mounted on a stone pedestal at the back of the ST. JOHN'S church. A new Silver Communion Service, the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Uriah Tendick, was dedicated on July 1, 1956. Many other fine me- morials have been contributed and dedicated through the years to add to the comfort and beauty of our worship. Not the least of these have been substantial cash endowments from Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Jenner, MiSs Anna Schafer and Mrs. George Suedmeier. New carpeting was installed in 1957, and the church was com- pletely repaired following the explosion Juno 1, 1958. At this time the church was re- decorated in time for rededication at the Ninetieth Anniversary ob- servance on Oct. 19, 1958, at which service the Roy. Paul Ericksen, the Secretary for Parish Education of the Illinois Synod, was the preacher. An open house was held that afternoon when Mr. Uriah Tendick, the only surviving i member of the Committee in charge of the remodeling in 1921. 122, told highlights of that ex. LUTHERAN CHURCH ON WEST perieneo and otherw ed about the past church. The new llshed Jointly by e/ght bodies in America, was tin-. ed at this time. . d_[ 11 The present mere hlbvt i#li #t.. congregation is 475 hap It I# j  %fI 300 confirmed members:..Z,d d member of the Illinois v], il , the United Lutheran Cl2[._='li 1 00erica, whioh will"+':";'*l--"" t Lutheran Church In AI Jan'. 1, 1963, following i9 [ t er with the Augustana,, ish, and the American " cal Lutheran ChurcheS- ,..Mlgl@ [ t+ The congregation is J--.d forward to its lOOth AI'- PASTORS SERVING Pastors who have . congregation are:   I The Roy. William "" _ t t inger, 188-1871. . ..I ta The Pv. Otto prac  1 The875. Rev. O. F. %ert, lf (Continued on next ' coo00-00 o II  . |: WORSHIPING WITNES SING WORKING From century to century the Lutheran Church proclaims her unchanging faith t h a t Jesus Christ died for all. ......... STUDYING' SERVING SHARING" SAINT JOH N'S EVANGELICA00 LUTHERAN CHURCH Cooke and Spring 5tres