Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Roy celebrating 60 years of faith, fellowship

Friday , September 08, 2017 - 3:15 PM1 comment

JANAE FRANCIS, Standard-Examiner Staff

ROY — After 60 years of serving the community, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church will celebrate its anniversary with an effort to raise funds for further expansion.

A service, lunch and “Stroll for the Goal” walk are planned for Sunday at the Municipal Park bowery at 2200 W. 5900 South in Roy. Registration for both the lunch and stroll is $10.

Those who have attended for decades said the church has played an integral part in their lives.

The church began meeting at Municipal Elementary School before before building at 5560 S. 2300 West in Roy. John Crossfield attended the church almost from the beginning.

Crossfield said he still can remember meeting in the school and sitting in small desks while the priest used the teacher’s desk as an altar.

“He put a little cloth over it, and that’s the way we went,” Crossfield said.

As a boy, Crossfield said he came to recognize his congregation as family, and he wanted to serve them back.

“I’ve been the custodian here ever since I was in high school,” he said. “The only time I wasn’t the custodian was when I was in the service.”

Now retired from 25 years at Fred Meyers, Crossfield spends a few days a week fixing sprinklers and setting up for events at the church.

“It has kept me on the straight and narrow for the most part,” he said. “It’s an anchor. Most churches are. You kind of grow up in them. It’s a place you know  you can come back to.”

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Dema Jo Call is one of only two charter members who remain in the congregation.

She said she joined as Elim Lutheran Church organized the new congregation shortly after she arrived in the area.

While two of her five daughters were baptized at Elim before Our Savior’s was organized, she said all of her daughters were confirmed in the church.

As her children grew and attended Girl Scouts as well as church there, she said the church became a second family.

“Being about the only non-Mormons in the school then, they were happy going to the Lutheran church and making friends there,” Call said.

A second-generation Lutheran, Call said some of her great-grandchildren now are attending with the congregation, making fifth-generation Lutherans from her family. 

Participants in Sunday’s anniversary celebration will gather for music and praise at 10 a.m. Sunday at the bowery.

“Not only members of the congregation but neighbors and friends are invited as or those who might have a past connection to this, the first non-LDS church in Roy,” a news release from the church says.

After the worship service, those who attend will share in a lighthearted review of the highlights and major events of the community and the world over the past six decades, according to the release.

Church council president John Mister will serve as the master of ceremonies, while those who were a part of Our Savior’s during the various decades share their memories, stories and insight.

Following the service and sharing will be a picnic lunch at the park.

Those who attend are asked to donate $10 for their meal, as well as their Stroll for the Goal registration. The strolling event will take place on the park’s walking path.

Church members are forming walking teams, but all are invited to take part.

“All profits will go toward funding the construction of a multipurpose building that will be more able to accommodate the community than the present, well-worn 60-year-old structure,” the news release says.

Organizers are hoping participants will make contributions above and beyond the $10 suggested amount. Walkers also are encouraged to seek pledges as they “Stroll for The Goal,” according to the news release.

Registration and donations may be made online at oslcroy.com.

You may reach reporter JaNae Francis at jfrancis@standard.net or 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE or like her on Facebook at facebook.com/SEJaNaeFrancis. 

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