Our Church Sign

In October 2009 our electronic church sign was installed.  A church sign had been on the wish list for the St. Paul staff for several years.  We believed it would be an effective way to communicate the happenings at the church, and it would provide a special way of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ through messages and Bible verses.

The dream of purchasing this special evangelism tool became a reality when Ralph Thrower, a good friend of St. Paul member Don Heins, offered to donate money to St. Paul to support a special project.  When Ralph was presented with St. Paul’s project wish list, he decided that he would like to help purchase the new sign.

With donations starting to come in for the sign, the project was turned over to our Evangelism/Membership Committee, chaired by John Kittleson.  In the midst of our fundraising efforts, Don’s wife DeElta passed away.  Don wished to have the new sign dedicated to the memory of DeElta, so he designated all memorials received in memory of DeElta to the sign project.  With over two-thirds of the cost of the sign now raised, Don, two of his nephews, Ralph Thrower, members of St. Paul, and area businesses provided the remaining funds needed to install the sign.  In the end, Don’s friend Ralph Thrower provided over half of funds needed to complete the project.  Tragically, Ralph passed away just days before the sign was installed.

Our sign was purchased from and installed by American Signs & Designs of Boscobel, Wisconsin.  The two electronic amber grayscale message boards were manufactured by Optec Displays, Inc. of City of Industry, California.  The excavation for the base was completed by Szabo Construction of Postville, which they provided as a donation to the church.  The stone coved bases for the sign poles were added in 2010 by Dick Schlee, a member of St. Paul.  Dick donated his time and some of the cost of the materials.  Additional gifts from Don Heins and members of St. Paul covered the remaining cost of materials. The granite memorial plaque was purchased from Decorah Memorial Company.

The sign is programmed weekly by Patience Kober