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Feast of Laura S. Copenhaver (August 28)   1 comment

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LAURA LU SCHERER COPENHAVER (AUGUST 29, 1868-DECEMBER 18, 1940)

U.S. Lutheran Hymn Writer and Missionary Leader

Laura S. Copenhaver was an English professor, a missionary leader, a Farm Bureau Director of Information, a charitable entrepreneur, and a hymn writer.  She left the world a better place than she found it.

Our saint, born Laura Lu Scherer, was a daughter of John Jacob Scherer, founder and first President (from 1873) of Marion College, Marion, Virginia.  The school (closed since the 1960s) was a Lutheran-affiliated junior college for women.  The college was a family business; Minerva May Scherer, a sister, was the Dean of Women, and our saint taught English there for decades.  The other family business was church work.  Another sister, Katherine Klinger Scherer Cronk, was a writer and missionary leader.  Furthermore, brother John Scherer was a Lutheran pastor in Richmond, Virginia.

Our saint, later in life, worked beyond a collegiate setting.  She served as the Director of Information for the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, emphasizing cooperative marketing to improve the standard of living for farm families.  She also headed the Women’s Missionary Society of the United Lutheran Church in America, founding the Konnarock Training School to provide elementary-level education in academics and religion for those would otherwise be uneducated in those areas.  And she operated Rosemont Industries from her Marion home, Rosement.  In that capacity Copenhaver hired women to make traditional crafts, from coverlets to rugs, fringes, and bed canopies then sold those products around the world.

Copenhaver also traveled to lead Summer conferences.  For one of these she wrote a missionary hymn, “Heralds of Christ,” which I have added to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

Copenhaver, who extended domestic missions to Virginia mountain women, had literary connections.  She wrote Short Pageants for the Sunday School (1929) and mentored her son-in-law, the writer Sherwood Anderson.

Our saint died at Marion, Virginia, also her birthplace.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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God of grace and glory, we praise you for your servant Laura S. Copenhaver,

who made the good news known in the mountains of Virginia.

Raise up, we pray, in every country, heralds of the gospel,

so that the world may know the immeasurable riches of your love,

and be drawn to worship you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Isaiah 62:1-7

Psalm  48

Romans 10:11-17

Luke 24:44-53

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 59

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