Friday, October 5, 1956
Missouri Synod Will Start Group
Under the sponsorship of Faith Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, a new congregation is to come into being with Sunday school and worship service to be held in the Kellond school, 6606 E. Lehigh Dr., Sunday morning.
The first Sunday school session will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the first service at 10:45 a.m. Those attending will be listed among the founders of the congregation.
The Rev. Wm F. Dietze, who served as interim pastor at Faith Lutheran Church until the Rev. Carl H. Harman was installed in July, will take charge of the new congregation until a permanent pastor can be called.
The mission board of the church hopes to call a pastor for this new congregation within the month. Pastor Dietze will be assisted in the Sunday School by Herbert Ellerman and a staff of teachers who have volunteered their services.
A door to door canvas of the eastern area of the city of Tucson was made last Sunday. It is planned that the new church site will be on Camino Miramonte.
Thursday, November 15, 1956
A New Lutheran Church!
Under the sponsorship of Faith Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, a new Congregation has come into being with Sunday School and Services being held in the Kelland School, 6606 E. Lehigh Drive. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. and the Service at 10:45 a.m.
The Rev. William F. Dietze, who served as interim pastor at Faith Lutheran Church until the Rev. Carl H. Harman was installed in July, will take charge of the new Congregation until a permanent pastor can be called.
A door to door canvas of the eastern area of the City of Tucson was made in September by a group of people from Faith Lutheran Church.
A simple underground shelter would provide almost complete protection from radioactive fallout while a regular frame or brick home would provide some protection, the Federal Civil Defense Administration reports.
Door Shanger announcing church services and Sunday school for the new Fountain of Life church.
You Are Cordially Invited and
Heartily Welcome to Attend
KELLOND SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
6606 EAST LEHIGH DRIVE
SUNDAY SCHOOL, AT 9:30
SERVICES AT 10:45
EVERY SUNDAY MORNING
REV. WILLIAM F. DIETER
IS SERVING AS PASTOR
The mission is sponsored by Faith Lutheran Church, East Fifth Street and Alvernon. Affiliated with the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, the church of the “Lutheran Hour” and “This is the Life.”
“I WAS GLAD WHEN THEY SAID UNTO ME, LET US GO INTO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.” – Psalm 122:1
YOU ARE ALL WELCOME
Saturday, September 21, 1957
Meibohn to Become Lutheran Pastor
The Rev. Richard Meibohm of Cleveland, Ohio, will become the first permanent pastor of the new Missouri Synod Lutheran mission meeting in Kellond public school.
He will be commissioned at the special service in Faith Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.
The Rev. William F. Dietze has been serving the New Mission Congregation since the beginning almost a year ago. Kellond School is at 6606 E. Lehigh Dr.
The Rev. H. H. Engelbrecht of Phoenix will read the installation rite. The Rev. Carl H. Harman, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, will preach the sermon, and the Rev. Mr. Dietze will serve as liturgist.
Pastor Meibohm is a native of Buffalo, N.Y., attended Concordia Institute at Bronxville, N.Y.; Concordia Theological Seminary at St. Louis, Mo., where he graduated in 1937.
He has been pastor at St. John’s Church, Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church at Cleveland since 1949.
The New Mission Congregation, organized Oct. 7, 1956, is a branch of Faith Lutheran Church. The congregation numbers 100 and has 60 children enrolled in Sunday School with an attendance of 50.
A 10-acre site has been purchased by the Missouri Synod mission board on the west side of Kolb road, midway between East 22nd street and East. Broadway.
September 22, 1957
Invitation to Commissioning Service for Pastor Meibohm
Original of invitation on file in Library, copies made upon request
September 22, 1957
Commissioning Service for Pastor Meibohm
The Order for the
The Reverend Richard P. Meibohm
Pastor Elect of
FOUNTAIN OF LIFE LUTHERAN CHURCH
6606 East Lehigh Drive Tucson Arizona
The Fourteenth Sunday After Trinity
Sunday, September 22, 1957
Tucson Church Directory
Saturday, October 5, 1957
Meibohm New Pastor
Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, now meeting at Kellond Public School, 6606 Lehigh Dr., will hear new pastor, The Rev. Richard P. Meibohm preach tomorrow.
Recently installed at Faith Lutheran Church as pastor of the Missouri Synod congregation, Pastor Meibohm came here from Cleveland, Ohio, to become the first regular pastor of the year-old mission.
Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. will have a rally day. His subject for the 10:45 a.m. worship service will be “An Important Assignment—Feed My Lambs”.
Flyer inviting neighbors to Fountain of Life
Original on file in Library, copies made upon request
Door hanger inviting children to Sunday School
WE EXTEND THE HAND OF FELLOWSHIP TO YOUR CHILDREN AND TO YOU.
BRING THEM TO OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL..
COME TO OUR CHURCH.
YOU WILL RECEIVE A WARM WELCOME.
God promises a blessing…
“BLESSED ARE THEY THAT HEAR THE WORD OF GOD AND KEEP IT.” – Luke 11:38
ENROLL YOUR CHILDREN ON SUNDAY
Saturday, January 11, 1958
Lutheran Church Elects Council
Fountain of Life Lutheran Church of the Missouri Synod has been organized under the direction of Pastor Richard P Meibohm. Officers will be installed tomorrow.
The constitution calls for the acknowledgement by all members of the Fountain of Life congregation of the inspiration of all the books of the Bible, as well as the Christian creeds and Reformation confessions.
First chairman of the congregation is Herbert Ellermann.
Vice chairman and head of the building committee is Norman Stevens; secretary, Harvey Kuehner; treasurer John Bradnan; and financial secretary, Frank Warsinski.
Elders included Harvey Kuehner and Harold Hoffman. Trustees are Monroe Birkeland, Don Eichorst and Carl Kaase.
Superintendent of the Sunday school is Elmer Willer and Choir director and pianist is Ann Ludwig.
The new congregation has adopted a budget that calls for $12,800, one-tenth of which will be used for mission and church extension work. The English district of the Missouri Synod will subsidize the Fountain of Life congregation.
Meetings are held at the Kellond Public School, 6606 E. Lehigh Dr., until such time as a buildings can be erected on a 10-acre site on Kolb road.
Among the congregation’s calendar events scheduled:
Feb. 12–Fellowship supper
Feb. 26–Showing of Martin Luther film at Kellond school
Evening worship–Ash Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Holy Week and Ascension Day.
Photo: New Records for a New Church – Pastor Richard P. Meibohm (standing) displays to the first council of Fountain of Life Lutheran Church a records book of the new congregation. Watching (from left) are: Back row–Harold Hoffman, Don Eichorst, Monroe Birkland, Carl F. Kaase and Elmer Willer; front row–Frank Warsinski, Chairman Herbert Kuehner and John Bradnan. The congregation will build a Missouri Synod church on Kolb road. Not pictured was Norman Stevens, absent.
Saturday, April 6, 1958
Scenes Around Holy Sepulchre Will Be Featured At Service
Church To Present Program on Easter
Outdoor Easter services featuring a dramatic presentation of scenes around the Holy Sepulchre will be presented in the patio of Kellond school, 6606 E. Lehigh Dr. by Fountain of Life Lutheran Church at 10:45 a.m. Easter Sunday, it has been announced by Pastor Richard P. Meibohm.
The dramatic scenes will include the Roman soldiers at the tomb; the women hurrying to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus; the apostles Peter and John racing to the open empty sepulchre, and the appearance of Jesus to the disciples.
Miss Ann Gallaspy, senior drama student at the University of Arizona, is directing the dramatics and is also designer of the costumes. The two choirs participating in the service under direction of Ann Ludwig. Pastor Meibohm and Dr. Raymond Klein will be the narrators.
Other participants in the drama will include Ed Fienhold, Betty Prchal, Janis Eichhorst, Naomi Grimshaw, Lary Ellerman, Greg Kuehner, Michael Reis, William Kane and Sgt. Hal Hoffman. Wilma Miller is in charge of making the costumes and Herb Ellerman in charge of scenery.
Photo: Drama on Resurrection
Members of the Fountain of Life Lutheran Church will present a drama on Easter Sunday at the Kellond School. Taking part in the play “And Because He Lives,” are from left to right, Herb Ellerman, Josephine Kline and Naomi Grimshaw.
Saturday, September 28, 1958
New Church Planned by Lutherans
Another new church plant will becoma a reality in Tucson in 1958, Pastor Richard P. Meibohm of Fountain of Life Lutheran Church announced yesterday. This church is currently meeting in Kellond School and has been organized about a year.
The new church will be unique in architecture, with a peaked overhanging roof at the front. There will be a large amount of window lighting. The building will cost about $135,000. It will house the sanctuary, seating 250 persons, 12 classrooms, offices and overflow facilities for crowds.
Pastor Meibohm said the building will be financed by the sale of 2 to 4 per cent interest-bearing bonds to interested people by the Church Extension Agency of the Lutheran Church. The new plant will be built on a 10-acre site on Kolb Rd. immediately south of the Glen Heather Estates.
Photo: Striking Design For Eastside
This is an architect’s conception of the proposed Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, to be built on Kolb Rd. This one unit will contain the sanctuary and church school facilities and is to be built next year.
Saturday, March 27, 1959
HE IS RISEN . . . “The Tomb Is Empty”
An Easter festival with dramatic scenes will be presented by Fountain of Life Lutheran Church at Kellond School under direction of U. of A. drama student Kathy Leake at 10:45 a.m. tomorrow. In this preview the angel is Mrs. Albert Gliedt; the Roman soldier, Maj. Frederick E. Hintz; the disciple John, Irvin Klaus; and the disciple Peter (right), Sgt. James Colton. Pastor Richard P. Meibohm will deliver the message. A preliminary is an Easter Egg hunt at 9:30 a.m. The services are open to the public.
August 15, 1959
Lutheran Missionaries Spent Lives with Apaches
The only white person ever to be adopted into the White Mountain Apache Tribe is the Rev. E. Edgar Guenther, of Whiteriver Missionary on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation since 1911.
Ever since their arrival in Arizona as newly weds, the Rev. and Mrs. Guenther have spent their lives in the cause of bringing spiritual, moral and physical betterment to the Apaches. They are the founders of the first Indian orphanage, the Lutheran Mission School at East Fork, and the builders of churches at Whiteriver, Maverick and McNary. The latter two churches were built by Missionary Guenther with his own hands and with the able assistance of Mrs. Guenther, who has been her husband’s assistant is his every endeavor down through the years.
The Guenthers raised a family of four sons and five daughters.
Although at present Missionary Guenther is semi-retired, the Indians still regard him as father confessor. He spends many hours of every day in his study giving personal advice and speaking words of spiritual uplift.
He has been relieved of much of his work load by the Rev. Arthur A. Guenther, the only son to follow in the foot steps of his father.
At the present time the Rev. and Mrs. Guenther are visiting their three daughters who reside in Tucson, Mrs. George Kessel, 2009 North Village Dr.; Mrs. Karl K. Kochendorfer, 430 E. Roger Rd. and Mrs. Max Hillard, 6423 East Calle Capelta.
The Rev. Mr. Guenther will speak on mission work at the morning service at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church in the Kellond School, 6606 E. Lehigh Dr. at 10:45 a.m. tomorrow.
Pastor and Mrs. Guenther will also present a lecture on their work among the Apaches at Faith Lutheran Church, East Fifth street and North Alvernon Avenue, on Monday, August 17, at 7:30 p.m. The Guenthers will display pictures of the Apache Indians, Indian baskets and other Indian artifacts.
Both meetings are open to the public.
Thursday, December 24, 1959
Lutheran Christmas Eve Service
Following an example set by Martin Luther himself on Christmas Eve, Fountain of Life Lutheran (Missouri Synod) will meet in Kellond School at 7 p.m. today to sing hymns and hear a message by Pastor Richard P. Meibohm. Afterward in the school patio they will sing “Silent Night” around this Nativity Scene. Actors (from left) are Marvin Schmirt, Donald Ellermann, Sgt. James Colton, Alice Boyd (Mary), Thomas Repp, Donald Anderson, Timothy Birkeland and Robert Repp. The meeting is open to the public. The school is at 6606 E. Lehigh Dr.
Summary of Facts Pertaining To The Sanctuary And Buildings
Copy of Summary on file in Library
1958 Financial Report
Copy of Financial Report on file in Library