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By Carissa Sitki
Last Sunday, Dec. 12, Fieldon United Church of Christ (UCC) celebrated 155 years of mission and service as a church. The congregation celebrated with Conference Minister and Pastor, Shana Johnson, giving the sermon. A slideshow of saints who have died in the past 155 years was put together by Marilyn Rogers and presented prior to the 9 a.m. service. The Sunday School kids then put on their program and a celebratory potluck followed.
UCC put out a cookbook in 2016 for their 150 year anniversary. Included in the book was the following passage about the history of the church, written by Janet Brangenberg:
“In the 1860s, a group of people longing for church services began meeting in homes. Then, just six short years later, in 1866, they formed a congregation known as the German United Protestant Church of Fieldon and on Dec. 26 of that year, the first council was elected. That date was our beginning, our birthday.
“During the following years, our church had several name changes, with the longest lasting name of Christ Evangelical and Reformed or commonly referred to as the E & R church. This name remained until 1970, when it became known as Fieldon United Church of Christ, as it still does to this day.
“The original church, built in 1868, was destroyed by fire in 1931. Our present church was constructed that same year and dedicated in December 1931. My, how we have grown!
“We have added a Family Life Center where we hold our annual July 4th celebrations and our annual fall supper in September; remodeled our sanctuary, entrance, pastor’s and secretary’s office, and added a nursery. We feel so blessed with our church.”