Wednesday, December 7, 2016

St. John's celebrates 50 years on the hill Dec. 11

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norfolk celebrates "50 years on the hill” this Sunday, December 11, 2016. On this date, 50 years earlier, Pastor Richard L. Jobman and the congregation made the move from Second and Philip to the current location of US Highway 81 and Benjamin Avenue after a multi-year building program.

“St. John’s has stood as a light on the hill. One cannot hide the light: it stands to give light to the Norfolk community. It is wonderful to be a part of their light, and the light of Christ in this place,” said Interim Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. David Cox.

“Fifty years at our current location is a significant milestone for St. John’s,” said Assistant Pastor Rev. Justin Wiese. “Rev. Jobman, building chairman Gordon Moritz, and the people of St. John’s were visionary to relocate from downtown to farmland on the north side of Norfolk in the 1960s, while Benjamin Avenue was a two-lane dirt road. As our community has grown, St. John’s finds itself at a prominent location in north Norfolk. It’s not very often you can go from the middle of nowhere to the middle of everything while staying in one place.”

To recognize this special anniversary, St. John’s regular weekend schedule has been changed. No worship will be held Saturday night. On Sunday morning, a free-will offering breakfast will be held in the fellowship hall from 8:30-9:30 AM. During this time, St. John’s members will feature seasonal music. At 10 AM, a worship service will feature a rededication of the building and its furnishings.

A Celebration of Wreaths, showcasing wreaths made by and representing the households of St. John’s, will be on display throughout the upper level of the building. Commemorative Christmas ornaments are also available for purchase. The public is invited to attend the celebration.

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