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Steeples & people

Doors open to congregational stories

Here is the church. Here is the steeple.

A quiet town by anyone’s standards, Daykin, Neb., offered shelter from the cold January night after a long drive over icy roads.

The church has been there for a long time. An hour southwest of Lincoln, Neb., this might be a place where people escape to the country. “Most of those people haven’t discovered Daykin yet,” said Pastor Elizabeth Liggett with a twinkle in her eye.

No matter. Here one sees a steady, stable identity to sustain residents through dry seasons and the winds of change. Daykin is known as “the windmill capital,” an identity that conveys grain and wind, energy and transition. The town struggles with grain prices and changing times.

Set amid the windmills—most are actually gone—is the church steeple.St. John Lutheran Church struggles along with the people, but its symbol of identity remains strong.


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