December History of W-ELCA

HLC Women Stitch Tree Ornaments

During this holiday season, many families will be decorating trees indoors and outdoors with ornaments that have special themes or traditions.


Ornaments with special themes or traditions have also been a part of the history for Holmen Lutheran Church decorations. In the late 1970’s, Sedona Berntson, wife of Pastor Norman Berntson, organized a group of women who made styrofoam ornaments in the shape of religious symbols called Chrismons.  These hung on the tree for many Christmas seasons until age caused them to break.


In 1987, Audrey Olsen learned that the Presbyterian Church women in Galesville had patterns for needlepoint Chrismons, and she was able to get the patterns from those women. Audrey showed the patterns to Pearl Johnson, president of the congregation, and Pearl organized the Chrismon ornament sewing project.   Twenty-nine volunteers stitched the symbols with gold thread on white needlepoint cloth.  Each ornament was then encircled in gold in a three-inch frame to hang on the Christmas tree in the sanctuary.


Thank you to these 29 women who beautifully stitched the ornaments as symbols of our faith.

Sandy Bjerke                       Dorothy Johnson     Debbie Sacia

Cheryl Brenengen             Marge Johnson        Julie Sass

Vicki Brye                           Pearl Johnson          Shirley Sather

Doris Craig                          Nancy Lee               Jean Sesvold

Joanne Evavold                   Steen Mahlum         Ruth Spencer

Janet Fonstad                       Debbie Mathison     Anna Steele

Anna Marie Hendrickson     Helen Nelson          Evelyn Ustby

Patty Hendrickson                Margie Olson          Vickie Vien

Twila Jacobson                     Jean Paulson           Becky Weber

Betty Johnson                       Lu Pertzsch