1947

The attached photo was taken in 1947 of young people from Zion Lutheran Church at Oberlin. Lutheran churches baptize babies as infants, but then provide catechism classes to them as teenagers. Once they can demonstrate their knowledge of the beliefs of the church, they may choose to “confirm their baptism” and become members of the congregation. These five did just that in May 1947. They are (back row): Lorraine Endert, Ida Schlese, Betty Fanslau, (front): Bob Erdman, Mildred Endert and Pastor Britzke. Zion Lutheran of Oberlin merged with St. Paul’s Lutheran of Gladwin, forming the Our Savior Lutheran Church. They closed both of the old buildings and moved into their current facility on Clendening Road on the north edge of the City of Gladwin.

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