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Letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Homer Synnestvedt, 1919-11-21

Identifier: RG.004.01

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Typed letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Homer Synnestvedt in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Pendleton has received Synnestvedt’s last letter. He apologizes for not being a better correspondent. In answer to Synnestvedt’s question regarding tableaux services, Pendleton writes, “My brother introduced that custom here in Bryn Athyn for a number of years, and his dignity and presence made a success where I fear another man might fail. My own inclination is in the other direction. It seems to me well to keep the sacred rituals of the Church apart from other performances, even though they be representations of Biblical scenes.” Pendleton then updates Synnestvedt on life in Bryn Athyn; He writes, “. . .the attendance at church since the Assembly averages about three hundred, - - a number of whom are strangers. Many sightseers come every day, sometimes on Sunday afternoons there have been five hundred. I suppose we may expect this as long as the good weather lasts. We have organized committees of young and old who are willing to be at the church at certain hours, in order to look after the visitors. It may or may not lead to the conversion of one or two, - - who knows?”


  • 1919-11-21


From the Collection: 368.00 Linear Feet

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Part of the Academy of the New Church Archives Repository

PO Box 740
Bryn Athyn PA 19009 USA