Next Sunday, April 14th the congregation will vote on possible saints to feature on this year's tour. The planning committee will make the final selection over Holy Week and hopefully we'll reveal the saints for this tour on Easter Sunday. We're looking forward to the vote from the congregation, there are so may great possibilities!
Lynne Moratzka is the coordinator for the saint selection. We've had numerous submissions and will continue to collect recommendations from the public. There will be a vote on Palm Sunday after church to give the planning committee and idea of public interest. Final selection will be made by the planning committee and be partially based on church preferences. We will also consider if we can find descendants or others to give us information and potential actors to portray the saints.
Here are the submissions so far... Not in any particular order.
Selma & Nathan Lindgren ? we'd like some more background on them...
AB Walfrid Pastor 1940 - 1946 Scandia and served during the WWII years as Pastor and hired his cousin Esther Carlson Morrison as organist. Was the pastor when Ingrid Bergman came trio visit in 1943..big write up in LOOK Magazine..a REALLLLY big event in Scandia. He began other innovations at Elim... I think he started the Elim Messenger and printed worship bulletins.
Muriel Benson Teacher at Goose Lake School.
Wendell & Louella Johnson
Wayne Erickson Scandia Men's softball
Norman Ostrand Faithful servant of Elim as Sunday School superintendant, Property Chair, and numerous other jobs.
John Franklin Nordin Farmer from Big Lake
Floyd Sandgren Fireman
Harry Onsager Fireman
Floyd Simonson Fireman
Johan Bengtson an early settler who has MANY MANY descendants in Scandia.
Doris Booren known for her welcoming of all and singing with her sisters as the Lindberg Trio
Peter Magnus Nelson Early settler in Scandia
Jean Miller lived at Bone Lake, teacher?, was a consecrated Deaconess; got a mortgage as a single woman ( one of the first in Minnesota!).
It was also suggested we consider people memorialized in the stained glass windows in the church. I think these windows were all added after the 1930 fire that destroyed the church. We need to find out more about their backgrounds and lives to add them to our list of possible saints.
Charles & ?? Benson
Mr. & Mrs. Henry A Johnson - Henry was already a saint on the 2015 tour.
Mr. & Mrs. Solomon Swenson
Mr. & Mrs. August Nelson
Mr. & Mrs. Elias Shoquist
Mrs. Matilda Grandstrand
Mr. & Mrs. John P Bloomquist
Mr. & Mrs. August Peterson
Sabina M Bloomquist
If you have suggestions for other saints, please contact Lynne Mortazka (email@example.com ) or click here to use our online saint submission form.
Potential LCT 2019 Timeline Tentative Tour Date 9/15/19
This is the approximate timeline for Elim’s 2019 Living Cemetery Tour. As dates get fixed, this page will be updated. When items added or changed, they will be in purple ink.
Late Feb/early March
Advertise Planning Meeting for LCT 3/10/19
Planning Meeting 3/10/19
Saint Selection - CONGREGATION WILL VOTE FOR SAINTS IN FELLOWSHIP HALL ON AFTER CHURCH ON PALM SUNDAY
3/17 or 3/24 Bulletin update on Tour -
Actor Recruitment - Month of April
Actor Meeting late April????
Script Writing - May - Sept.
Something around Memorial day where people can submit memories of a saint????
Actors Meet the Press mid-August
Articles to various organizations…. In past just Country Messenger and Church Monthly Messenger.
Food - Catering Light Lunch Start working mid August
Final Approach Late August / Early Sept
Dress Rehearsal 9/8/2019
Food - Catering Light Lunch Start working mid August
Tour Day 9/15/19
Displays during tour in Fellowship Hall
Myron - consulting historian
After talking with various people interested in producing a tour in 2019, we have decided to go ahead. These people have volunteered to be coordinators for the tour!
You can see a list of the possible saints suggested so far by clicking here . In late March or early April the congregation will vote on who they'd like to see after church in the fellowship hall. We will post that date here.
We are also forming the planning committee. It will include the coordinators listed above plus several other interested people. If you are interested in being on the planning committee contact Scott Walcker (see info below)
If you’d like to volunteer, and get future emails click on my email below and send me a brief message. If you have suggestions for saints or can’t make the meeting, please feel free to contact;
After a one year hiatus, the congregation is thinking about producing another tour this year. The cemetery tour features actors who perform stories about several “saints” who are buried in our cemetery. For each tour, we take suggestions for interesting Scandia members to feature. Many of the “saints” are portrayed by family members. It’s an interesting event that helps us understand people and events that shaped our community and church. In the past, this event has been attended by 100’s each year and enjoyed by all.
There will be an Exploratory Planning Meeting on March 10th at 10:45 in the small chapel* to see if we can enlist enough people to bring another tour to fruition.
To produce a tour, we are looking for people to commit to coordinating the parts of the tour;
If we get commitments for these coordinators we will start the production of a 2019 tour and keep the community updated on our progress. As we move through the summer, we will be soliciting more volunteers to help with various aspects of the production.
We hope to fill out the coordinators positions on the 10th. In the meantime, start to think about who we could feature as “saints” on the tour. We’ve had community and church leaders, children, significant events like the 1930 church fire featured on past tours.
If you’d like to volunteer, have suggestions for saints or can’t make the meeting, please feel free to contact;