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January 11, 2005 05:57 AM

Hemmingsen: Sunday Morning Coming Down


It's Sunday morning in the little town on the shore of the lake. Unlike the Kris Kristofferson song, what's coming down this Sunday morning is a frothy, frosty fog draping everything in a lacy, delicate shroud of white, a bleached white antimacassar, a hardonger doily.

If God has a preference among all these churches, he isn't showing it this morning. All of the churches from Christ Lutheran to Singsaas are equally adorned in this natural flocking, their dark crosses framed in a stark white against an almost white Sunday morning sky.

Hemmfrost

Rivals in peace, Grace United Methodist and Trinity Lutheran, Hendricks, Minnesota

The 12-foot weathervane atop the Singsaas church points straight west. I ask a couple of old-timers, "Why a weathervane?" They don't know. It's always been there.

I guess the congregation...still meeting in the basement, still waiting for the windows after that vandalism spree...has its moral compass but needs to know which way the wind is blowing.

Hemmfrost

Trinity Lutheran's cross finds a hole in the trees

As the five churches loose their flocks, they filter into Irene's Café...by Julie...which is just a few doors away from Don's Bakery...by Sandy and Craig, around the corner from Kirkvold Oil, by Jim Nuese. They pour their coffee, pore over the Menard's ad and comment on how peaceful it is this morning.

Nature's pure white is a peaceful color, especially on a Sunday morning in the little town on the lake.

Hemmfrost

Hemmingsen's hedgerow dressed in white

Now the wind is coming up. The weathervane on the Singsaas steeple is swinging north. Nature's Sunday clothes are about to be shed for Monday's work clothes.

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