Thursday, August 1, 2013

The church bell rang....

In 1965, Zionsborg Lutheran Church held it's last worship service and on July 28th, 2013 fellow parishioners and others gathered outside at the church site to once again share the word of God with the living and the souls of those who are buried in this special place now called Zionsborg Cemetary.

When celebrating a special occasion, one must "spiff" up the place for lack of better wording and that's what several members of the Zionsborg Cemetary Assocation did prior to the beautiful Sunday morning church service.  Power washers were gathered, vinegar bottles ready and the team spent an evening washing away many years of dirt, grime and mold spores that have attacked the gravestones.  As the sun was setting, the stones revealed themselves anew again and shined in the glory.  It was truly a sight to be seen.

Vinegar is sprayed on the gravestones to release as much of the mold as possible and than the power washers take over - the end result is amazing! (This limestone gravestone was almost black and no words could be read)

Hard working, caring souls who spent their night giving back!

Many did take part in the revelation of that sight by joining together and sharing stories of times past spent in the Zionsborg Church.  The last couple to be married in the church was present, along with their daughter and son-in-law.  A very special moment for them and for the rest of us!  Pastor Frykman led the worship service and very appropriately so as many of his family including himself once attended this special church.  Songs were beautifully sung without the aid of any musical instruments, prayers offered and thanks given to those who remembered what life was like back in 1965 and the last time people gathered inside the church.
Past parishioners and neighbors gathered this beautiful Sunday morning

Historical information that will be complied into a book to be released sometime in the spring of 2014 - we'll keep you posted!!!

The bell was rung (with the aid of a hammer) to signify the call to worship

Gathering and praising in His holy name

Cars parked just like back in 1965

All good Lutherans must have lunch.  Coffee and goodies were enjoyed after the service

Neither myself or family nor my husband or family has any ties to this church but our loving brother-in-law is buried in this cemetary and we have rented the land surrounding it for more than 30 years.  It has become our decision to make this our last resting place and to join many others who have made that decision as well.  We are proud to be a part of the Zionsborg Cemetary Association and are grateful for caring souls who wish to keep the memories of not only the church but of the parishioners alive by giving of their time to beautify this everlasting home!

Blessed be the memory of Zionsborg Lutheran Church!

Goodspeed - Julie

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