MSUS "Unfortunate Events"

In June, 2016, MSUS celebrated its 50th Anniversary. This article focuses on the church's "Unfortunate Events."

50th Anniversary Trivia !!

TRIVIA QUESTION: What are some of the “unfortunate events” have happened at MSUS over the years? One of the first was “wet and cold!"

BONUS QUESTION: What happened when the church was moved to its present site?

ANOTHER BONUS QUESTION: Why can't we open the windows in the sanctuary?

STILL ANOTHER BONUS QUESTION: What prompted vandalism at MSUS? And what was the “Devil Church” all about?

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50th Anniversary Trivia Answers

TRIVIA QUESTION: What happened when the church was moved to its present site?

The first was when the church was on East River Road. The pipes had burst and flooded the basement. Jack Lisowski, who was responsible for maintenance, stepped into two feet of very cold water!

BONUS QUESTION: What happened when the church was moved to its present site?

In September 1970, the church building was hoisted by slings dangling from two cranes up onto the foundation (now the Social Hall). Finally, positioned properly, the church was slowly lowered towards its footings when the front slipped, crashing into the cement flooring. Only minor damage to the interior plaster resulted. The mover’s insurance paid for repairs.

ANOTHER BONUS QUESTION: Why can't we open the windows in the sanctuary?

Windows were caulked and plexi-glass installed over all the windows to protect them from destruction in November 1975. When vandals shot pellets at the church, they shattered some on the stained glass in the sanctuary windows on the platform. The middle of the left window was so badly damaged that it could not be saved. A stained glass artist was commissioned to create the chalice logo now seen in its center.

STILL ANOTHER BONUS QUESTION: What prompted vandalism at MSUS? And what was the “Devil Church” all about?

A minister in town spoke against a school board candidate who was a UU. (She lost the election.) That seemed to be when rumors started that MSUS was a “Devil Church.” Thereafter, junior and senior high school kids in Anoka County and some parts of the metro area lurked around the church, drove on the lawn, damaged trees and, sometimes, broke into the building. Sunday services were canceled when kids sprayed fire extinguisher powder throughout the building. The glass block windows in the first floor lavatories were installed to prevent an entry.