Sometimes to know where to go you need to know where you have been. In 2017 LCOS marks 90 years of ministry, and our past is a good signpost for where we should go. In the next few issues of The Messenger you will find articles about the history of our ministries and the pastors who led them. This article traces the evolution of our expanding church building, reflecting the growth of LCOS.
The congregation celebrated its first worship service on August 28, 1927, in a storefront at 417 Haddon Avenue in Haddonfield, which is now next to Tony’s Pizzeria. To construct a church building at the current site of Wood Lane and Wayne Avenue, the LCOS founders purchased the steelwork from the Chapel of All Faiths, which had been erected at the Sesquicentennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Much of the work was done by men of the congregation.
Since then several renovations over the years have adapted the building to meet our growing ministry needs. In the late 1930’s the congregation renovated the sanctuary, added a brick veneer to the exterior, mounted a steeple on the roof, and purchased the parsonage. The Parish Education wing was added in 1955- 56 and, upon his death, dedicated to Pastor Donald Irvin. Under Pastor Edwin Wisser a second wing was added to accommodate classrooms, offices, the sacristy, the choir room, and the youth room. In addition, in 1982 renovations to the chancel were made and a new pipe organ replaced the one from 1947. Pastor Lou Dunkle led the congregation in a threequarter million dollar effort to make the building and sanctuary barrier-free. A full-sized elevator was added and renovations were made to the parish hall, office spaces were moved to the first floor, the kitchen and choir room were re-located, the library was expanded, and the narthex was added. In 2014-15 Pastor Wayne Zschech conducted a capital appeal to refresh the worship space by repairing the organ, purchasing new sound and video systems, painting the chancel and sanctuary, installing new carpeting, pew cushions, and a hardwood floor in the chancel. Most recently, the Memorial Gifts Board transformed the garden into a Memorial Garden, which will be dedicated on All Saints Sunday, November 6, 2016.
LCOS 90’S COFFEE HOUR CELEBRATION
As part of celebrating the church’s 90th Anniversary, Sisters In Service is honoring those members who are already in their 90’s or will be turning 90 by the end of 2017. On Sunday, November 13th, beginning at 9:00 AM and continuing until the start of the 10:30 Service, the Coffee Hour will honor these members. Several of our Honorees have already confirmed they will be there for the celebration. Please plan on stopping by during the coffee hour to see the special morning we have planned. For questions, please call Bobbi Newsham.
IN MARTIN LUTHER’S WORDS
I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that, I still possess.
We have Children, Teen and Adult books and DVDs highlighting Martin Luther and the Reformation. Check the table in Narthex and the marked shelves in the library.