Saturday, November 30, 2019

Worship at 11:30

The United Church in Cut Knife, Saskatchewan.  It has both a crenellated bell tower and a crenellated steeple...that makes it a little bit special in my book.

A Celtic cross on the roof peak.

Everyone welcome!

Photographed on October 23, 2019.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Gutenburg's Corner

At a country crossroads near Tramping Lake, Saskatchewn.

This barn has a decided slope to the south.

The view to the west.

I found some "Gutenburg" headstones in a nearby cemetery.

Remember that Bill Withers song, "Lean on me..."

Photographed on November 18, 2019.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Saint Laurence Anglican Church

Saint Laurence Anglican Church is in the village of Monitor, Alberta.  This is the view from the rear swinging-doors towards the altar.

And this is the view from front to back.

Beautiful solid wooden beams and tongue-in-groove ceiling.

The arched stained glass window above the altar.  The inscription along the bottom reads: "to the glory of God and in loving memory of our pioneers."

The altar with its green and white draperies.

The baptismal font..."suffer the little children to come unto me."

The reverend's chambers.

The view from outside.

A German trench mortar mounted in front of the church.

Monitor and the surrounding area contributed a record amount to Victory Bond sales.

More views from outside.

The Celtic cross on the rear peak of the roof.

The church has never been locked since it was opened in 1915.  It is listed on the Alberta Register of Historic Places.  In my opinion, "It's a beauty!"

Photographed on November 15, 2018.

Happy American Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving wishes from Hogeland American Lutheran Church.

Photographed in Hogeland, Montana on October 21, 2018.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Meeting Lake

The appealing and very photogenic Saint John Cemetery near Meeting Lake, Saskatchewan.

The pink granite main markers listing all those known to be buried here.

The cemetery sign...

...and just down the road is a sign where the store and post office used to be...

...and up the road is where Saint John's Lutheran Church welcomed all.

Photographed on October 24, 2019.

Whitkow Elevator

The abandoned Pool elevator in Whitkow, Saskatchewan.

This one is a nice combination of straight and sturdy mixed with weathered wood and peeling paint.

I stopped to talk with a young fellow who was making some repairs to a combine just down the road from the elevator.  There had been an early snowfall and some of the farmers in the area (including him) still had crops in the fields to be harvested.  The weather really has gone crazy over the past few years.

Photographed on October 24, 2019.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Concordia Lutheran Church

Velkommen to Concordia Lutheran Church, established in 1905.

The church is in good condition and the grounds are well maintained.

It was a nice surprise to see the bell still in the bell tower.

The church sits in a little meadow next to a farm yard.

The stained glass window above the front door.  Overcast days make for the best photos of stained glass windows as it's much easier to control the light.

I'm used to seeing the old-fashioned type of altars in Lutheran churches but this one is of modern and artfully economical design.  It looks very 1960-ish.

The patina on the wooden pews is second to none and a delight to see.  Each pew consists of a tongue-in-groove back with a solid plank for each seat and end.

Looking towards the altar from the entrance.  The church would comfortably seat over a hundred people.

Usually the basement of a Lutheran church has a "gathering place" with kitchen and tables for the parishioners to socialize over a meal.  Not so in this case...these timbers keep the basement walls from collapsing.  Good to see that someone cares.  I hope it lasts for another century.

Photographed near Canwood, Saskatchewan on October 25, 2019.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Saint Joseph's Colony

Last week while driving along a road near Leipzig, Saskatchewan this statue unexpectedly came into sight as I neared the next crossroads.  Gray sky to the east...

...and blue sky to the west.

The surrounding area of seventy-seven townships (over 2700 square miles) was mainly settled from 1905 to 1907 by German Catholic immigrants from the United States.  They named it Saint Joseph's Colony.

It is a Saskatchewan Historic Site...and a captivating sight it is out on the open prairie.  I enjoy researching an area for a road trip but no amount of research will tell you everything...and that's a good thing.  I love coming across these "unexpected" treasures.

Information courtesy of GRHC (Germans from Russia Heritage Collection).

Photographed on November 18, 2019.