Church: Withee St. John’s (Votes for New Church – Dec 1965)


Surnames: Urman

---------Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 09 Dec 1965

St. John’s Lutheran Church of Withee (Clark Co., Wis.) has voted to build a new church until, including educational facilities in 1967. Secret ballots sent to every family were opened in congregational meeting Sunday, Dec. 5, 1965.

A building committee will be appointed soon. Decisions as to type of building and its location will be made and announced in the coming months. A building study committee began work on the project more than a year ago, presenting its recommendations to build to the congregation last fall. A that time the members voted to build a new building and to bring the date to a vote this year.

Rev. L.A. Urman, pastor of St. John’s, in a letter to the congregation stated: “We have purposed to build a house unto the name of the Lord Our God, is the message that St. John’s Lutheran of Withee will carry to this community in the coming years.

“And may all our members, together with this community, rejoice greatly. Let us rejoice greatly that we will have a more adequate sanctuary to worship God. Let us rejoice that we will have more adequate teaching facilities. Let us rejoice greatly that we will have a better place for social gatherings.

“Building means many things. It means headaches, much work, and sacrificial giving. Above all, it means a rare privilege of showing in wood and brick and stone how much our Lord means to us. We thank God, therefore, for the opportunity to say with Solomon, “I purpose to build a house unto the name of the Lord My God.”



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