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All Saints celebrates walking humbly for 30 years

Oct. 24, 2012

In the early years of All Saints Lutheran Church some children called the church the "ice cream church" since they could get ice cream after the service, which was held in the basement of the Genesee Professional Building. Eight families worked to paint the area before the first service on a sub-zero January day in 1982. Since then the church spent time at Magee Elementary School, using a table as the altar before building its current facility on Highway E near Highway 83.

As parishioners celebrate the church's 30th anniversary on Nov. 4 with a 10:30 a.m. celebration service following the regular service at 8:15 a.m. and an anniversary banquet at 11:45 a.m., they will walk under the entry lintel inscribed with the anniversary theme of "do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God," which was a gift from member Lorraine Jahnke. Entertainment will also be provided by Fishsticks, a Christian comedy group, at 1 p.m.

Housed in the Genesee Professional Building, owned by Clarence Bundy, from 1982 to May 1985, Bundy gave the lower level to the church at no cost, even opening his Genesee home for vacation bible school and Seder meals, setting up tents outside near the house for the bible school. In November 1982, All Saints became affiliated with the Lutheran Church of America, becoming the second largest mission congregation developed that year.

However, as the parish continued to grow, it outgrew its space and moved to Magee Elementary School in Genesee Depot in May 1985.

Although the Synod purchased land along Highway D for a new church, All Saints parishioners felt the church would be better located along Highway 83 since it was a main artery through the area. Construction of the new church began in 1987 but shortly after completion, Highway 83 was widened and moved, bypassing All Saints.

A downpour moved the ground-breaking ceremony for the new church to the Magee gym with a bucket of dirt from the actual site. As the church was constructed, members young and old helped.

A wedding marked the first event in the new church. The day before the wedding the bride helped scrape and clean windows, making sure the altar, pulpit and chairs were set up for the ceremony.

In May 1988, Pastor Dave Pettersen, worship and music chairman Jim Kozminski, council president Al Theis, building committee chairman Dan Johnson and youth representatives Dan Follmer and Liesl started at Magee Elementary each carrying an item for the first service in the new church, processed from Magee to the church. The congregation waited at the church, singing "Lift High the Cross" as the procession entered the building.

As the congregation celebrates 30 years, Rev. Roy Nelson said, the celebration is "not all about us," but rather the many missions the parish takes part in including housing the Kettle Moraine Food Pantry and blood drives held in the gym.

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

The Art of the Bicycle: 11 a.m. Nov. 21, 26, Delafield Arts Center, 719 Genesee St., Delafield. Diane Lehman, Peter Kudlata and Wheel & Sprocket. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. first and third Saturdays and by appointment, Free www.delafieldartscenter.org.

Organ Concert: 1:30 p.m. Nov. 21, St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 S. Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc. Oconomowoc Music Club is hosting a concert by renowned organist Dr. Simone Gheller. Refreshments will be served after the concert. Free.

Yuletide Faire: 5-9 p.m. Nov. 21; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 22, Prairie Hill Waldorf School, N14-W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee. $4 in advance or $5 at the door for adults and $1 in advance or $2 at the door for children under 15. Features strolling minstrels and costumed characters, puppet shows, storytelling, candle dipping, face painting, children’s craft workshops, children’s holiday shopping, live music, silent auction, children’s book sale, natural toys, 35 vendors, warm food, homemade desserts, candies, nuts and other treats. 

Fashionable Tidings Gala Luncheon: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 22, Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. Holiday fashions of local clothiers Paul Bruce Goodman and Liebling Leather. Music by Brusubardis String Ensemble. Lunch includes shrimp scamp and angel hair pasta with vegetables provencale. Wine tasting  and auction. Benefits Waukesha Choral Union. $35. Call (414) 297-9310 for tickets. www.choralunion.org.

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