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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Harmony to hold final service

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church outside of Harmony. Photo by Hannah Wingert

By Hannah Wingert

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, also known as the Big Springs Church, has been a landmark on County Road 22 outside of Harmony for over a century now. The congregation was first organized in January 1870 and in 1873, the church members purchased two acres of land. The parsonage, which the church sold in 1979, was the first building put up on the land and was completed in the spring of 1874. Members of the congregation worshipped in the Big Spring public school until 1890, at which time they made the decision to build a church. The church was built in September 1891 and cost a grand total of $2,100.00 to build.

For decades, the church thrived, but in the last decade or so, it began to experience a problem that many rural areas face. Unlike previous generations, children who grew up in the church were leaving the area and moving on as they graduated from high school. The membership began to decline. “We’re down to 6 to 12 attendees each Sunday and sometimes as low as 3 or 4,” Church council president of 21 years, Jeanette Serfling said. “We can’t pay a pastor to preach for only a few people.”

At the church’s annual meeting in 2015, the congregation had to face their reality. They didn’t have the funds to pay a full-time pastor and the small membership numbers meant only one thing. The church would have to close its doors. “We knew it was our only choice,” Serfling said. But that didn’t make the news any easier to swallow. Serfling has been a member of the church for 43 years, and her children were baptized, confirmed, and grew up there. “It’s a sad deal,” she said. “We (the congregation) are like one big family.”

The church lost their part-time pastor at the end of February 2016 who did Sunday services and spent on day a week doing visitations. Since then, they’ve used pulpit supply pastors for services only one Sunday a month.

“The only thing that has kept us alive for the last few years are annuities left to the church by members who passed away. That’s what paid the majority of our expenses,” Serfling said.

Serfling isn’t sure what the remnants of the congregation will do after the church closes. Some will probably attend Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony, others may go to Christ Lutheran in Preston or St. Matthew’s in Granger, which is St. Paul’s sister church.

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Letter about Jeremy Miller...

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The Minnesota Legislative session is over and no one is happier than Senator Jeremy Miller. It’s no longer where Senator Miller wants to be, at least based on his attendance record over the last two sessions, that’s what you’ve ..... 
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Myron D. Scheevel

Thu, Jun 2nd, 2016
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Myron D. Scheevel, age 84, of Harmony, MN, died Monday, May 30, 2016 at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, WI. Funeral Services will be 1:30 pm Friday, June 3, 2016 at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony. Interment will follow in Greenfield ..... 
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Fillmore Central accepts Boots & Badges donations from American Legion and VFW

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met for their regular meeting on May 24 at 6 p.m. The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and approved along with the district bills. Principal Heath Olstad reported that the local banks are continui ..... 
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Engagement - Hahn-Larson

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Joseph and Susan Hahn, of Harmony, announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Connie Hahn of Preston, to Christopher James Larson of Preston. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Irma Johnson and the late Dale B. Johnson of Mabel, and Vio ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Finding you

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Harmony Journal Student Writing Project

By Blake Bigalk With my senior year coming to an end, and graduation within reach, this is my last article that I will be writing for the Fillmore County Journal. With that in mind, I really wanted to write about something that meant a lot to me a ..... 
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Kasey Back wins first place in Congressional Arts Contest

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

Fillmore Central sophomore Kasey Back recently won first place in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District’s Congressional Arts Contest! Kasey’s oil landscape painting “Goodnight Moon” will be on display at the United States Capitol in Was ..... 
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Clark B. Law

Thu, May 5th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Clark B. Law passed away 1 May 2016 from complications of liver disease. He was born 2 April 1942 to Frances Adams Law and Ivan Law in Muscatine, Iowa. Clark grew up in the Davenport area. In the late 70’s, he moved to Erie, Illinois. In July 19 ..... 
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Sharon A. Girolamo

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Sharon Girolamo, age 76, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2016 at Hawkeye Care Center in Cresco, Iowa. She was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on May 4, 1939, the daughter of Delos and Virginia Derouin. She graduated from Regis High School, Eau Clair ..... 
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