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The Estonian Church Effect

Ever since the first volunteer workers and more and more visitors began to visit the Estonian Ev. Martin Luther Church , irrespective of it’s dire physical condition, the same words came out of the mouth’s of visitors. The church and it’s pastoral surroundings have a calming, soothing and spiritual effect on its visitors. In the past two years and whatever the condition of the church during i’s occasional restoration efforts, thousands of visitors have come to visit this obscure historic site. The few services given on the site by visiting pastors seem overshadowed by the visitors who find a tree stump to sit on to meditate and say a silent prayer. One must wonder, are the prayers in remembrance of the souls still buried in the eleven…

Vandals paint Satanic symbol on historic Lincoln County church

Vandals paint Satanic symbol on historic Lincoln County church Laura Schulte, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Published 3:50 p.m. CT July 24, 2017 | Updated 4:35 p.m. CT July 24, 2017 The Estonian Evangelical Martin Luther church in Gleason has experienced several instances of vandalism this year, owners said. (Photo: Laura Schulte/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin) GLEASON – Vandals splattered paint and painted a Satanic symbol inside a century-old Estonian church in Lincoln County. The incident on Thursday is just one of several instances of vandalism to take place since the beginning of the year at the historic Estonian Evangelical Martin Luther Church, which was built in 1914. Bill Rebane is one of the owners of the church, located at 1488 Estonian Church Road, and has been part of…

Antigo Daily Journal: Hidden Places: Estonian church slowly returns to dust

From the Antigo Daily Journal: Far from the land that incubated it, the little church stands quietly in the dale. Estonian Lutheran Church, a humble one-of-a-kind, was the first congregation of its type established in the United States, but it never had a full-time pastor and, today, lies forgotten in the woods at the Langlade-Lincoln County border near Gleason. Strike that. It’s almost forgotten, except for a few hardy historians and a Lutheran pastor with a propensity for pastoral ponderings. “Have you done the old Estonian church on (aptly named) Estonian Church Road near Bloomville and Gleason?” Rev. Nancy Richmond, pastor of St. John and Arbutus Lutheran Churches, asked in an e-mail to the crew. “I heard or read somewhere that it was the first…

VANDALS ENTER CHURCH

FEBRUARY 16.  According to our neighbor Bob  Eaton , vandals have entered the church to have a beer party. But, it did not end there. Whomever they were they did not stop until  they toppled all the church peaches and the altar. This is reminiscent of the early l960s when vandals stole everything in sight. The benches. the altar and  the chuch bell, originally donated to the church by Sears and Roebuck. It was devastating news  and we are at a loss as to how to protect the church from such abuse. Any  ideas?  Please let us know…

Ready for the next chore

Running a little short on time and physical help, if we are to get the roof done before the white stuff begins to come down.Most of all, if this reaches anyone in the Lincoln Country area, we are i dire need of couple of hours of dirt moving equipment. Bob Cat or tractor with front end loader to clear away the heavy rock and dirt now piled up around the church and which robs us of elbow room to set the dry stone foundation support wall. Also, visitors will now be able to get a little glimpse of the church from the access road thanks to the efforts of Jaeme Kaski from Norway Michigan who single handedly brushed out the thick underbrush on the north…

THE PICTURE OF THE ESTONIAN CHURCH FEATURING A NATIVE AMERICAN AND THE AMERICAN FLAG EXPLAINED

There is much confusion about the image of the Estonian Church featuring a native American and the American Flag. Many viewers of our Facebook Page have wondered of just what does this signify and mean? Finally an explanation: Several centuries ago, the land, the First Estonian Church was built on was Menomenee’s and Ho Chunk territory. In the mid l800’s, the first Estonian and Latvian immigrants to lincoln county wisconsin purchased this speck of land to build this place of worship – The First Estonian Church in America. In 2015 after restoration work began to save this historical icon Estonian artist Endrik Koester created this composite image for the promotion of a fund raising concert, (June 2015) which featured a Estonian singing star (Tonis Magi)…

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