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The Germans of the Community of Feketitsch
by Dr. Viktor Pratscher
Translated by Brad Schwebler
Pages 80-81 | Table of Contents

Church Appliances

     In 1835 the community bought a collection bag, which brought in 15 Florints, 4 Kreuzer in the first year. In the following year a small bell for it was received for about 30 Kreuzer. It is noticed that for the offertory a separate ledger was kept, but unfortunately this booklet does not exist anymore. Until the '70's it was the duty of the church elders to go from pew to pew with the collection bags during the first hymn to collect the offertory. With the acquisition of the collection box, the collection bags disappeared from all the Evangelical communities. For community purposes the collection box contained in 1931: 4,972 Dinar, in 1932: 4,269 Dinar, in 1933: 3,539 Dinar, in 1934: 2,831 Dinar, in 1935: 3,196 Dinar. Total: 18,507 Dinar.  For the community's poor the collection box had in 1931: 1,252 Dinar, in 1932: 1,390 Dinar, in 1933: 1,136 Dinar, in 1934: 995 Dinar, in 1935: 710 Dinar. Total: 5,483 Dinar brought in. Earlier an offertory box of the Gustav Adolf Association was put in for the beautiful purpose of the Diaspora and would also like to pass this honor to today's community. There can be no more beautiful memorial to the greatest heroes of the Evangelical church as that for the dispersed poor who would be brought help in their Evangelical beliefs, overcome with joy in his name, who had come from distant Sweden out of great necessity, urged ancestors to win their help. - At the time 5% of the offertory money was intended for the Gustav Adolf Association.

     The first communion goblet was purchased in 1836 for 13 Florints, 40 Kronen.  A second goblet was bought in 1853 for 75 Florints in Viennese currency and was made of bronze.

     The first tin altar cans bore the inscription "Feketehegy 1837 Eccl. Aug. Conf." For each 35 Florints was paid. Three more tin altar cans bore the inscription "Feketehegy 1869 Eccl. Aug. Conf." These cost 46 Florints, 49 Kronen in Austrian currency, of which the amount of 33 Florints, 78 Kronen in donations flowed in. The tabernacle iron cost 12 Florints, 30 Kronen. The teachers Peter Burg and Karl Burg baked the tabernacle with it. Later Friedrich Hoffmann became the tabernacle baker. Now the tabernacle orders would be finished.

     In 1838 a baptismal cup made of tin and two tabernacle plates were purchased for 9 Florints. In the same year the old baptismal can was exchanged for a new one and paid 4 Florints for it. In 1908 on the site of the baptismal cup a very valuable and decorative font made of marble was received from the church inspector of the time, Dr. Johann Scherer. The silver baptismal can came from earlier years.

     Unfortunately several of these church implements have been lost. It is hoped that in the future more attention will be devoted to the protection and preservation of each object that our ancestors used.

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