Germanfest this weekend
year -- family time, German food, polka music
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[October 16, 2008]
The 10th annual Germanfest at
St. John United Church of Christ will be on Saturday.
The menu, need we say, will be full of German specialty foods.
The menu: brats, red cabbage, sauerkraut, German potato salad,
applesauce, apple strudel, and German chocolate cake or angel food
cake -- all to be served with apple cider, lemonade, tea or coffee
under the tent on the parking lot of the church, on the corners of
Eighth and Maple streets.
The youth of the church will offer the same at a drive-through line
available alongside the east ALMH parking lot, at the alley.
There will also be a "Market Strasse" featuring homemade and
vendor crafts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the church's Fellowship
Hall. Other events planned are a used book sale and a silent
Tickets for the meal are $7 for adults, with children under 6
eating free. This year there will also be free in-town delivery of
six or more prepaid meals.
Proceeds will benefit mission projects, which have been the
recipients of this event from its beginning. Missions served have
been the Austin Bahn fundraiser, Back Bay Mission, Boy Scout Troop
1106, Church World Service Disaster Relief Fund, Community Action
Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity of Logan County, Hope From the
Rubble (UCC CWS/9-11-01), Illinois Conference Hurricane Relief Fund,
CROP, Mom and Me Camp, Reinhold Niebuhr memorial plaque, Salvation
Army, SHARE, St. John UCC of Chicago (sister church), St. John UCC
Youth Veteran's Dance and the Teddy Bear Project of ALMH.
This year there will be an old-fashioned hymn sing under the
tents on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. The community is welcome and
invited to bring lawn chairs. A hymn booklet will be provided for
all to join in singing old-fashioned hymns and gospel songs from the
days of old. Tim Searby will be the emcee. Laura Lee, Kay Dobson and
Rachel Hall will be the accompanists, and two groups will sing
special selections. Refreshments will be available during the hymn
For more information, call 732-6957.
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St. John United Church of Christ has a rich and storied history
in our community. In the 1850s a number of immigrants from various
provinces of Germany who had settled in Postville and the rural area
around it began to assemble for religious services. At first, these
services were probably in homes when a preacher was available. Then
this pious little group began to congregate at the Rothschild
School, a country school building located about four miles northwest
of Postville. The calendar was relayed by a horseback messenger to
the families who were members of this group.
By 1860, the meeting place for these worship services had been
moved to the Fourth Ward, which is geographically Postville. Here,
the Fourth Ward Schoolhouse on Jackson Street, midway between Fifth
and Sixth streets, was where the group met for services.
On a Sunday in September of 1860, the first German Evangelical
Congregation was founded. This was the ancestor of today's St. John
United Church of Christ.
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