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CHICAGO, IL (August 30, 2010) – Following is a list of the contents removed from the time capsule during Monday’s decommission service at Evangelical Covenant Church offices.

The time capsule was found inside the cornerstone that was laid on September 17, 1947. Groundbreaking occurred on June 30 that year with completion scheduled for April 1948.

The metal time capsule was placed in the cornerstone by T.W. Anderson, president, and Edgar Swanson, secretary of home mission. Anderson prayed “fervently” and all prayed the Lord’s Prayer.

The box contained 20 items:

  • Bible
  • Standard Revised New Testament
  • Covenant Memories (1935)
  • 3 Covenant Presidents: Biographical Sketches (1945)
  • Frykman, Hultman, Skoog: Pioneers of Covenant Musicians (1943)
  • Covenant Yearbook (1947)
  • Our Covenant (1946)
  • Covenant Weekly
  • Sunday school papers
  • Covenant Quarterly
  • Covenant Home Altar
  • 1946 Annual Meeting program
  • 1947 Annual Meeting agenda
  • 1947 agendas for Executive Board and Board of Missions
  • Sions Basun (1909)
  • Covenant hymnal (1931 – known as the brown hymnal)
  • Youth and the Way of Life (1940 – first English language confirmation text)
  • Director of Covenant Churches (1947)
  • Miscellaneous pamphlets (also known as tracts)
  • Photo of groundbreaking ceremony, June 30, 1947

About the Author

  • Marianne Peters is a freelance writer, master gardener, and environmental educator. She lives in Plymouth, Indiana with her husband, two teenage daughters, and two mischievous ginger cats called Fred and George (after the Weasley twins of Harry Potter fame). From 2008-2013 she wrote the Creation Care column for Covenant Companion magazine. In 2011, her family decided to downsize by half, a decision that led to the publication of her book Declutter for Good: Share Your Life and Reclaim Your Life. She blogs about green living and gardening at www.freshwordswriting.com.

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