Sunday, July 24, 2005

Abbreviated Sermons Anyone?

Mountain Ranch Lutheran Church- Posted by Picasa

Across the street from our local Post Office sits this church.
I believe it was built by Benidito Devoto as a home for his family, sometime after the late 1860s.
Mr. Devoto, born in Italy, opened a bakery in what was then known as El Dorado, and now known as Mountain Ranch.
As a child, I'd attended various churches with my family including Methodist, Baptist and Lutheran. I've visited Catholic churches as well, and also a Jewish Temple, yet I don't believe I've ever seen such a small place of worship!
If I still attended Sunday services, this would have to be my church!
Looking at the small size, and the lack of visible air conditioning, I'd imagine the sermons would be short and to the point.
Now that's my kind of church.


Blogger cheesecakey said...

I can only HOPE they were short....

10:00 PM  
Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! WOW!

What a great pic...let me know if you attend. Thanks for sharing that.

P.S. Appreciate you visiting me too. (smiling)

9:01 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

I believe that most sermons and lots of my old textbooks would be much better written on post-it notes!

No, I don't attend, and don't intend to.
I've been intrigued by the structure of the building, and it's history. It appears to be half completed at best.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Having been raised Catholic it's not the sermon that comes to mind first. There's so much pomp and ceremony that the actual sermon is never more than 10-15 minutes tops. At least, it was like that back when I still went. :-)

Neat building there, though.

9:35 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

What I most remember from attending Mass was the constant kneeling, only to rise, and kneel, and rise...
Had a Catholic friend who attended Mass one Sunday.
A large woman happened to be sitting directly in front of her.
This woman got up and walked towards the altar to receive communion with an M&M lodged between her butt-cheeks!

10:09 AM  
Blogger cheesecakey said...

if church were always that entertaining, I might consider going ;)

11:42 AM  
Blogger Chackler said...

The church looks like it belongs on the set of "Little House on the Prairie."

Does it get packed with people?

12:16 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

I totally agree!
Maybe the M&M lady was saving it for later?

Yes, it does look like that!
I don't know if it gets packed, since I rarely go into town on the weekends. Lots of tourists pack the parking lot at the market, so I try to avoid town.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Rae Ann said...

I love little old churches like that, to look at-not attend. I was brought up Lutheran so I imagine it probably had short and sweet services. Cool post!

12:57 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

If I went to Church it looks like one I would pick to go to. I often wondered why what a church looks like on the outside took on such importance, if you know what I mean? Guess that is why I like the church inside my heart.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Gabriel said...

Too funny... it's great that you got to experience so many different faith bases at an early age..

I feel that having a very strong foundation in one faith, then experiencing so many others as I've traveled the world has been a great time because I was mature enough to soak it all up and make sense of the diversity of beliefs. How did you work it all out as a child?

2:08 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

rae ann-
I was baptized Lutheran, but haven't attended in many years.
I believe the church pictured still has services, since the bulletin board outside appears to be updated.

I know what you mean.
I've seen lots of churches spend so much money on improvements to the buildings, when you would think helping those in need would be more important.

2:10 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Oops, you slipped in while I was posting!
Since I was exposed to similar Christian religions, there was no confusion.
I raised my own children to observe and be open to all religions.

2:13 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Mr. Eclectic was raised in New England where there is wonderful architecture on display at so many of the old stone churches and cathedrals. I think church buildings provide an interesting look at religious anthropology -- figuring out how much a given community prioritized its public religion. That one looks like a single side of a double wide -- it's darling!

2:38 PM  
Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

I definitely was admiring the building and structure...esp. w/me loving old places and things from years past.

Thought perhaps though, if they did... it may be neat to go and attend at least once. (smiling) Probably interesting people congregate there who knows.

Love your picture selections!

2:46 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

You nailed it- it does look like a split up double-wide!
I so want to visit New England in the future. The architecture, history and seafood... mmmmmm!

I try to post of all things local, but sometimes I slip back into my old family history routine.
What's truly interesting is that there's a bar not but two or three doors down from the church. Perhaps that's where the agnostics and atheists in the families wait for the service to end.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Job Pundit said...

The church attracted the Google Ads.

7:50 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

james shen-
Thank you, but I'd figured this out and noted the fact on my following post.
Thank you for dropping by!

9:21 AM  

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