Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wistful Wednesday : 1966

In 1966 I was confirmed.  The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod is a bit stuffy sometimes.  But by golly we make our kids memorize Luther’s Small Catechism or all the the “what does this mean?” parts of that Catechism. 

I went to confirmation class on Saturday morning from 8-11 or maybe even noon.  I hated getting up on Saturday morning.  School five days a week, then confirmation on Saturday morning and church on Sunday morning..when all I wanted to do was sleep in.

Here I am clutching the Luther's Small Catechism.

Connie Confirmation 1966 April 03

The Mothers all got together and sewed confirmation gowns.  Under that gown I am wearing a store bought dress..oh it was lovely.. a knit that was a turquoise and beige tweedy thing with three quarter sleeves and a peter pan collar..I loved that dress. 

Confirmation Days would not be complete with out a big meal and lots of relatives.  I do not remember, but I am sure my Mother cooked a big meal and asked a whole bunch of relatives over for dinner. Unless we had a church dinner in the basement of the church to honor all the confirmands.

I see Easter Lilies on the Alter in the church.. this was Palm Sunday in 1966.

Confirmation Class April 03, 1966

It was a small church.  These were all the 8th, 9th and 10th graders that I was confirmed with.  I was in 9th grade that year. When it came to our questioning..we were allowed to answer as a group..safety in numbers…and some of those kids were really good with the What does this mean part:)

1 Peter 5:10 “And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”

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18 comments:

  1. Interesting memories. Wonderful old photos. I'm not sure I could answer what that means.

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  2. Wonderful memories ! I was born just before your confirmation in April of 1966 ! Awesome photos ! Have a great day !

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  3. I didn't know Lutherans had confirmations for their young ones; I thought it was only Catholics. Sure wish I could see a picture of that pretty dress you described so well! :-)

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  4. Thanks for sharin' your beautiful memories sweetie, just look at you in that second picture...your beamin'. I can see Jesus in that smile sweetie! If that's not confirmation, I don't know what it is!!!

    God bless and have a spectacular spring day!!! :o)

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  5. Great memories. Too bad you couldn't show off that pretty dress. The Mr. was confirmed in that synod.

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  6. Oh the memories. I too was confirmed on a Palm Sunday in the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran church! Saturday confirmation class sucked! So what was your bible verse you were given?

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    1. I think it was John 3:16 I have a booklet someplace and a certificate that has the verse. I will have to look for it! What was yours?

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  7. Looks like you had a pre-made Ghost costume for Halloween too...

    I like that bible verse.

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  8. What precious memories and precious (looking) kids! I love that the girls have adopted the same hair style, with slight variations!

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  9. I was confirmed as an adult in LCMS, so thankfully, I didn't go through questioning or memorizing. My church does group questioning, too. It is much less stressful for the confirmands.

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  10. Interesting that my Dad was brought up in the Lutheran church and he talked about confirmation and it sounds like the same routine. Dad's confirmation would have been about 1926.

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  11. I was Methodist and we had confirmation, too. Yup--it kind of ruined the weekends, that's for sure. I have always been a questioner and found out that was not appreciated in confirmation classes. I found them, therefore, dull, boring, memorization classes just like most of my classes in school. The main thing I remember is the pastor's daughter swearing and wanting to play hooky after our break and not go back to class. I joined her a couple of times. She also smoked! Helen was the most fascinating thing about confirmation class. ;)

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  12. Maybe you are all smiling so brightly because you know that now your Saturday morning classes are done!

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  13. I also didn't realize that Lutherans do confirmations. Raised Catholic I definitely experienced the whole confirmation ritual thing. Ours was done with all the kids in the whole diocese which I think covered our whole state and it was huge and overwhelming but I do remember a brand new dress under the robe. I don't recall the details of mine but I'm sure it probably had a Peter Pan collar too. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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  14. Such a pretty smiling picture of you! This old Baptist didn't have to go through confirmation classes, but I stood in front of our church in a group answering questions and pledging my faith many times, so I can relate somewhat.

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  15. I was confirmed in a different Lutheran Synod, but we had those long Saturday morning Confirmation classes too. I remember my Confirmation verse:

    "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help". This has proved to be true. I lived in Wisconsin growing up but it was much like MN.

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  16. I was confirmed 1955 in a Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ohio.. We also had Confirmation classes on Saturday mornings. Sometimes the Pastor got a bit peeved at some of the kids who didn't do their memory work -- so the next Saturday they had to go, but the ones who knew their stuff didn't. Made my Mom happy as we lived in the country & our Church was about 10 miles.

    Good memories,
    Naomi

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  17. I was confirmed in the Methodist Church but I remember classes and never getting enough sleep back then and I had a picture of myself like yours in the white gown, pointy toed flats which made my big feet look even bigger and I had the dark framed glasses which are now back in style! LOL! I really am pretty sure we must be related...Ha! Ha!

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