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Parishioners open time capsule buried since 1925

POTTERSVILLE As they embraced the onset of a new era Sunday, the congregation members of the Episcopalian Church of Christ were privy to a glimpse into the values and beliefs of a previous generation of parishioners. Following their traditional Sunday-morning service, a time capsule, which was discovered in the cornerstone of the previous structure of worship only after an arsonists fire destroyed the building, was opened. We had no idea it was there, said church Warden John Watson. We found the time capsule in the east cornerstone of the church as a result of the fire. Watson explained that hiding information inside the masonry of the building itself follows a long Christian tradition that is rooted in medieval European culture. Lifelong congregation members were stumped as to what would be found inside. We are all so anxious, said church member Susan Hitchcock. Everyone has been trying to guess. Housed in the small copper box was a host of documents and hymnals which depicted a time and place long past. Among the documents in the time capsule was a typed description of the initial Church of Christs history, which was founded in 1844. According to the document, the original church building was destroyed by fire in April 1925. The documents say the time capsule was placed in the cornerstone of the buildings second incarnation in August 1925, when reconstruction was well under way. The capsule represents a binding together of past and present, Watson said. We will continue the tradition when the new building is ready. Parishioner Robert Hill said that the time capsule brought a much-needed lift to the spirits of church members. He said that he will be very happy when the new facility is completed and they have a place of their own to worship. Watson said that along with the 1925 capsule, a new time-capsule will also be placed in the Churchs foundation which will include photographs and numerous documents. According to Watson, the framework has been started. The complex will include a meeting hall as well as the church itself, he said. Yet again, it seems that fire can not hold the Church of Christ congregation down. It is possible that the fire has served to only strengthen the Episcopal community. We are like the phoenix, said longtime church member E.V. Tear. I hope they incorporate the phoenix in the stained-glass at the new churchit would certainly be appropriate.

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