Elim Lutheran is hosting another Living Cemetery Tour on September 15. It is an opportunity to hear the stories of saints who rest in the cemetery. (In Lutheran tradition, all are considered saints and sinners. So these folks were everyday members of Scandia.)
Attendees will hear multiple perspectives including settlers, a farm couple, a minister, the Scandia fire department, etc. A slice of their lives is shared through interpreters who tell the stories in first person.
The cemetery has been serving Elim's congregation and the Scandia area since the early 1860s. There are over 3,000 lots within two sections, and over 1,700 burials. The original cemetery (or North Cemetery) is directly across from the church in downtown Scandia.
Attendees will gather in the Fellowship Hall at Elim Lutheran Church. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. The tours will be in flights of 18 people, leaving every 20 minutes to walk through the cemetery, listening to each saint's story. The tour lasts about an hour. The tour route will stay on sidewalks and there will be chairs at each station for those who need to rest. To make reservations, contact Steph Pereboom at (651) 433-3508 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Confirmed reservations will be posted on the church website https://www.elimscandia.org/living-cemetery-tour-reservations.html