The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 23, 1966 · Page 10
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 10

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Algoira, (to.) Upp«r DM Motn** Tuesday, August 23, 1966 Finnish Church Functions Noted By IFYE Student WESLEY By Mrs. Viola Studer BY TRUDY HUSKAMP August 4, 1966 Dear Friends, One of the most interesting parts of the Finnish social system is the church. The church village is usually the center of the parish and various types of church buildings, from 500 year old stone structures to bright cheerful red wood ones to the ' most modern designs. Finland has two official state churches —the Evangelical Lutheran to which 92.6% of the people belong and the Greek Orthodox, serving s small (1.3%) but significant part of the population, (mostly from the Karalian or far eastern sector ceded to the U.S.S.R. in 1944. The church is supported by taxes collected by the state. Finns pay one tax at the rate of 12 pennies per 100 marks of taxable income (3 1/2? per $31.25) to the state. The state then divides this three ways state, local, and church - the church getting one penny of the 12. At first everyone paid the church tax, I was told, but about 15 years ago those members of minority denominations were exempted. The state is responsible for establishing new dioceses and the President of Finland calls the church synod into session once every five years and at other necessary times. The President also .chooses the Lutheran bishops (there are two in Finland) from five men nominated tor each post by the church. Many times these men axe university professors of religion. In return, the Lutheran church serves the state by handling the population register for all its members — recording births, deaths, marriages, etc. When one of my host sisters needed her birth certificate to aipply for her driver's license she went not to the clerk of county court, but to the parish pastor. (All non-affiliated Finns are recorded in the small Civil Register). If one is born into a church family, he has no official name until baptized. Furthermore, if one is baptized into the church, he must be confirmed in order to be married in a church ceremony. Other services to the state that the Lutheran church provides are ministers in hospitals and prisons. For all this elaborate structure, church attendance is low. Transportation is a problem not every family has a car and large families are hard to transport on motor bikes. Many years ago church boats were used, carrying up to 40 people from community to church over Finland's extensive waterways, but these are now museum pieces. Services are long - Lutheran ones average 1 1/4 hours with six hymns, Greek Orthodox may run two hours with all the people standing during the entire service. A religious family may listen to the service on radio or watch it on television if they have one, but rarely attend. Sundays and religious holidays are primarily a time to rest and relax. Churches have youth groups, but they seem to duplicate the activities of other youth organizations. I have not heard of any men's or women's church groups at all. In closing, I want to thank all of you who have been so kind as to write to me. While I don't have time to answer them all, I am truly grateful. I hope that when I get home 1 can thank each of you in person. Thank you again and farewell for now. Your IFYE in Finland, Trudy Kay Huskamp INVINCIBLE METAL FURNITURE franchlsed dealer — Upper Des Moines Pub. Co. Sister Luke of Chicago, Sister Marjorie of Dubuque, Mrs. Lulu Ammamm, Mrs. Pete Ammann, and Mrs. Bernard Pfeffer, all of Geneva, George Kunkels of St. Benedict, Mrs. Albert Becker and three children of St. Joe and Clarence Rothmeiers of Dedham were guests in the Leo Hanig home one day last week. They also visited Mrs. Luke Hanig and family and other relatives. Mr. and Mrs. James Pierce and family of Westwego, La., were Wednesday evening dinner guests in the Francis Pierce home. Mr. and Mrs. N. F. Weber accompanied their son Harold Weber, wile and son Don, to Maryville, Mo.7 where they visited relatives Saturday. They also visited relatives at Creston and the Calvin Meineckes at Jefferson. Five year old J. C. Meinecke returned with the Wesleyans Monday evening for a visit with his grandparents, N. F. Webers, and with the Harold Webers. The Francis Pierces were hosts to relatives for a Pierce family reunion Sunday, Aug. 14. Those who attended were Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Pierce and family of New Brighton, Mian., Roger Sandbergs, St. Paul, Minn., James Pierces, Westwego, La., Mrs. Katherine Pierce, Mrs. Mae Gar man and John. Mr. and Mrs. Dale Winger and daughters, Paul Froehlich and Stan Hanig were Sunday callers. Mrs. Katherine Pierce spent last week in the Francis Pierce home. The Dr. Jongewaard family returned Wednesday evening from a 4-day outing in northern Minnesota. Dick Jongewaard attended summer school for eight weeks at the University in Iowa City. He will enter the University in September. TIRE SALE Ifenl BEHR'S STANDARD 4M E. STATE PUBLIC AUCTION Due to retirement, we will hold a Complete Closing Out Sale. Saturday, Aug. 11, 1966 AT 5:30 P.M. COMPLETE LINE OF Groceries, Canned Goods, Dry Goods & - FIXTURES - if 11 cu. ft. Frigldaire Freezer with Glass Top * 30 cu. ft. G. E. Cooler * 2 Bread Racks * Standard 24 Ib. Scale * National Cash Register * Account Register * 4-drawer Filing Cabinet * Victor 8-col. Adding Machine * Meat Grinder '/ 3 h.p. Motor * Meat Block * Needle & Bobbin Case * 5 V/ooden Tables * Super-Flame Oil Burner * Duo-Therm Oil Burner * Radio * 25-drawer Wooden Counter * Platform Scale ANTIQUE ITEMS — Roll Top Desk & Chair 5 Glass Display Cases Bowl & Pitcher Picture Frames Calendar Clock Oliver Typewriter Clock Auctioneers Note—This Sale will be sold by the number system, so come early and register with the clerk. Schultz Grocery LONE ROCK, IOWA Jenson & Bensen, Auctioneers— —Lone Rock Bank, Clerk

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