Good Shepherd Lutheran Church may have celebrated its 50th anniversary in June, but do to some unforeseen weather, Reverend George Qualley and members of the congregation just buried one very important asset of of their celebratory efforts last week; a time capsule.
“We wanted to do a time capsule that could be opened on the 100th anniversary of Good Shepherd in 2063 but the weather was just not cooperating with us,” said Qualley. “We’d get too much rain and we couldn’t dig the hole.”
Last Thursday, the weather finally cooperated and Qualley along with Dave Litherland were able to auger the hole for the piece of history.
The capsule, which is buried at the base of the Memorial Bell Tower on the lawn of the church, contains a letter written by Qualley to the church members of 2063 as well as newspaper articles about the church and accomplishments of members of its congregation. The articles are broken down into sports activities, which includes the accomplishments of the Zeller family and others as well as the civic involvement of members of the church. Also included are devotional booklets, a coffee mug from the Good Shepherd 40th anniversary, a pen, bookmark and photo CD from the 50th anniversary, and other church documents including pictorial directories.
In Qualley’s letter he mentions the former pastor’s of Good Shepherd, many of which attended the anniversary activities held two weekends in June. Revs. Gordon Labuhn, Orlyn Howe, John Pavelka as well as mission pastor Mark Powell and Mark Vander Tuig, service coordinator of the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ all attended some of the events offered during the celebration. He also mention that Pastors Labuhn, Howe and Pavelka were instrumental in shaping parish life and growth within the church.
The letter also mentions I-69 being a connection to Evansville and the impact the next phase of the interstate, which will eventually connect Washington to Bloomington and Indianapolis within the next two years, will have on this area as new jobs are created.
Qualley said that Good Shepherd is anticipating a influx of new people to the area with the I-69 expansion and that an outreach targeting the age group called the “Millennials”, or people born between 1980 and 2000, is also in the works. The church has a website and are also developing a Facebook page.
The 50th anniversary celebration also permitted the congregation to upgrade the pipe organ, install the Memorial Bell Tower, up grade office equipment, improve the church library, purchase choir chairs, a parament for Reformation Sunday and new landscaping.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is located at 1002 1/2 NE Sixth St., Washington. For more information about the church contact the church parsonage at 257-1032.