|The scene a few days after the August 28, 2014 fire|
Besides having sympathy for the parishioners (including Sandy of Sheffield Lake, who is a member there and helps me with my blog research from time to time), I also have a connection with the church. My parents and grandparents attended First Lutheran for years, and our family as well – until we switched to a new Lutheran Church that opened on the west side of Lorain in the late 1960s.
While the good parishioners of First Evangelical Lutheran Church decide whether to rebuild or relocate, I thought it might be a good time to post a small piece of the church's history that's been in the Brady family for years. It's a 1966 directory of the congregation (below).
People had large families back then and the fact is pretty well represented in the directory. It's typical to see at least 2 or 3 kids or more in each family. You also see a lot of widows such as my grandmother and her friends.The back of the book includes an alphabetical listing of all church members including those serving in the military.
The directory – published by National Church Publications of Mansfield, Ohio is a quaint snapshot of First Lutheran in the mid-1960s. It's definitely a glimpse of a bygone time, when people made it a priority to belong to a church, and wear their "Sunday best" to services.
Looking through the book, I'm amazed at how many people I know and recognize, including a few civic leaders. Parishioners are not just from Lorain either – I saw people listed from all over Lorain County, including Amherst, Elyria, Sheffield Lake, Vermilion and Avon Lake.
There's also several of my fellow Masson Elementary classmates – once again proving to me that those bonds forged in Lorain City Schools during childhood are still stronger than any I've experienced since.