As it states in the introduction of our 50th Anniversary booklet from 2010, “It is impossible to measure and recall exactly how God's spirit created – and has sustained – this fellowship of Christians. We do know, however, that the establishment of this mission church was a successfully unique and challenging experience for those who committed themselves to the task. We are both blessed by, and grateful for, their courage and tenacity.” That statement remains true to this very day.
We asked Norma Tofall and Olin Shuler, charter members, to write something for this 60th Anniversary Seed about their memories of this congregation and its beginnings. I know you will enjoy what they have written and you just might learn something you didn’t know about Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of Quincy, IL (our official name).
Also included in this edition of The Seed is a list of the founders who, on Sept. 25, 1960, signed the Charter that currently hangs above the water fountains in the narthex. That document reads, “We, the undersigned, believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, as our Savior, and desiring to have a place in our community where we and our children may worship Him, thereby petition the Home Mission Board of the Illinois Synod of The United Lutheran Church in America to permit us to organize ourselves into a congregation by such a means as they deem wise and advisable to foster its growth.” Be sure to check out the list of signers. No doubt you will recognize the names of some of those faithful dreamers and doers.
Over our 60-year history we have had 16 different called and interim pastors, not including the mission developer, Rev. James Plymire, who served from July 1960 – July 1961. Nine of those 16 were called pastors. God has not let us down yet in the search for a pastor and we know He won’t abandon us in this tenth search, either. He will lead the right person to our doorstep in His own good time. As President Tabb has reminded us frequently, we just need to “Stay Calm and Carry On” while we wait.
Speaking of waiting, we had planned to have a 60th anniversary “day of celebration” later this month, but don’t think we can now do so safely. So, we will look toward spring for that celebration. We’ll keep you posted as the planning progresses. And while waiting to officially celebrate, we wanted you to have a bit of fun. Be sure to check out our special section in today’s Seed, “Back in 1960”