What a peaceful, bucolic setting, nestled in among all those trees ...
I didn't go through the entire building, so I'm wondering if they still have that altar and that painting over it, around there somewhere ... This shelterhouse was built on the site of the old church, which was demolished in 1967 as the current church was being built. The shelterhouse is used for summer worship, in addition to the usual picnics and outdoor events. It's easy to sit inside the shelterhouse and get a sense of how the old church must have been. The shelterhouse holds a memorial to the old church, which contains the cornerstone. The church sanctuary is cozy and inviting. In 2001, it underwent a renovation during which the acoustic tile on the ceiling (?!) was removed and these lovely wood beams put into place as the roof was rebuilt. Many other needed updates were made at that time as well, and the details can be seen here:
The altar, formerly against the back wall, was moved forward:
I'm glad they kept this cemetery gate and maintained it over the decades. Even though it serves only a decorative purpose now, it does a beautiful job of setting the historic mood of the old part of the cemetery in an ever-so-slightly surreal and spooky manner.
Thank you again to Candy Stevely and Pr. Couser for helping to make my day special, both for photography and geneaology. To my great-grandparents, Albert & Emma Sellers, and the rest of my extended family -- rest well, until I see you again.