Church can preserve heritage while moving to new location

To the editor:

I was born and raised in St. John United Church of Christ.

I was also baptized, confirmed and married at St. John, as were our three sons. I hold my church very dear to my heart. I have seen many changes at our church, and it has always remained a beacon of light for our family and me.

For it to remain this guiding light, our church needs to keep the German heritage that was started in 1855. Our German heritage changes as we have moved forward and includes many items of importance that date back to the original building. These items include all stained-glass windows, the original German bell, the pipe organ, etc.

The above treasured items should remain with our congregation as we move forward to a new location for the continuing growth of our congregation and the preservation of our German heritage.

The above-mentioned treasured items will be installed in our new church. Our congregation is following the earlier example of previous congregations by moving on and saving our present and future congregation and our German heritage.

Those individuals who are opposing the selling of our church do not understand the importance of the need for the life and growth of our congregation.

Linda L. Miller

New Palestine

St. John UCC elder