The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on July 18, 1965 · Page 17
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The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 17

Racine, Wisconsin
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Sunday, July 18, 1965
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1%. THE RACINE JOURNAL-TIMES SECTION B SUNDAY, JULY 18, 1965 History of the Old and New Testaments takes on a new dimension, the Rev. Francis Vajda of St. Lucy's Church finds, when he illustrates with coins such as the one he holds above. It is a tetradrachm, and dates to 285-246 B.C. He uses his coin collection in instructing both children and adults. •!• • •• I- 11 : Pliliiliii^iilii iiiililii illiiil^^^lfciiilB ' V, „v' v-j-s; Dr. Clarence Seidenspinner of First Methodist Church considers this piece of driftwood as having all the grace and natural beauty that collectors seek. It comes from the dunes near Two Rivers, and has the characteristic silver gray patina. Doctor Seidenspinner is also an avid stamp collector. Because the Disciple Andrew was a fisherman, the new St. Andrew Lutheran Church employs the liturgical symbol of the fish. Its pastor, the Rev. Gerald Larson, whose hobby is contemporary art, designed the Communion tray pictured above, as well as the three wooden Crosses which dominate the sanctuary of the church at 1005 4 Mile Road. ^ .*....M. Although the Rev. Thorvald Hansen of Emmaus Lutheran Church can't devote the time he'd like to his hobby of refinishing and restoring furniture, he finds his interest "symbolic of the ministry—you take the material you find, and you do the best you can with it." Both the chair and table pictured have sentimental as well as historical value to the Hansens. —Journal-Times Photo* urcnmen 3 J^oLLied an^e 3. ap an d WiJe For clergymen, there's no such thing as regular office hours. Neither is there much monotony for the men who, because of their spiritual leadersliip, are expected daily to solve problems ranging from sermons to sick calls, finances to family fights, counseling to case work. What hobbies intrigue them, during their scattered leisure hours? A sampling of Racine churchmen reveals that pastoral viewpoints and interests often carry over into their limited free time. The Rev. Thorvald Hansen, pastor of Emmaus Lutheran Church, finds his hobby, refinishing and restoring furniture, has a symbolic corollary in the ministry. The Rev. Francis Vajda, pastor of St. Lucy's Catholic Church, uses his collection of ancient coins to bring Biblical history to life. Dr. Clarence Seidenspinner, pastor of First Methodist Church, has two major hobbies—stamp collecting and the collection of driftwood. In the latter he finds both "gentle exercise and the beauty of nature." The Rev, Gerald Larson, pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, is engaged in applying his hobby, contemporary art and design, to his new church and its fittings. The Rev. S. B. Witkowiak of St. Catherine's High School finds relaxation in the intricate mechanisms of watches and clocks. Special conversation pieces in the Thorvald Hansen home are the heirloom table and the rocking chair he has restored. The table, entirely doweled with hand-made brass hasps at the corners, was purchased by Mrs. Hansen's grandparents, the late Carl Jensens, soon after they emigrated to this country. The table traveled with the family, and came to the Hansens through her parents, the N. C. Carlsens. The art of refinishing, by which the t^ble was brought to its present polish, was taught to Pastor Hansen by an English artist in Hartland, Wis. The rocking chair came from an old Milwaukee family's estate, and was one of the first pieces of furniture the Hansens acquired and he refinished after their marriage. The Hansen home also has the 75-year-old Cornish reed organ which was a wedding gift to Mrs. J. C. Jensen of the Danish Old People's Home from her husband. Pastor Hansen, with some help, has replaced the bellows with a power unit, and installed hi-fi equipment back of the music rack. To his dexterity with sandpaper and pumice seed oil, too, must be credited the Hansens' burl-walnut trimmed chest of drawers with ebony teardrop handles. "Money costs money," observes Father Vajda, explaining how his collection has been acquired. He finds that history comes alive when students handle the very same coins that were in use in Biblical days. Father Vajda has most of the coins connected with, or mentioned in, the Old and New Testaments, among them the shekel of Tyre, (Turn to Page 2B, CoL 1)

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