We find the Jordan congregation supporting those members who were serving in the military through an aggressive letter writing campaign, the sending of care packages, knitting of sweaters and a bounty of heartfelt prayers. The large plaque currently hanging in our Memory Room was commissioned 75 years ago to recognize those from Jordan who proudly served in the armed forces; several of their children remain life-long members of Jordan. As national production increased following the war and provided a revitalized nation, so did the general welfare of our nation. Families, who had encountered two wars, looked for the stability within their churches and the sense of comfort from each other. The church property which had been neglected for many years primarily due to the lack of funding was now receiving the attention it deserved. Basic improvements within the church and sexton’s home were completed, including running water being supplied to the Sexton’s Home from the church. Jordan was strengthened under the strong leadership of an ailing Pastor Wenner who diligently extended himself in spite of his declining health.
In June, 1953, Pastor Marvin Harding was called to serve the spiritual needs of Jordan. The church provided the pastor with a comfortable parsonage located adjacent to the newly built Parkland High School on Rte. 309 at a cost of $16,500. It was during Pastor Harding’s tenure that aggressive, extensive renovations continued at Jordan including the addition of a dual manual organ featuring thirty two ranks of pipes, a new church roof, carpeting throughout the sanctuary and balcony, new lighting, new pews, the installation of new stained glass windows designed and crafted by world recognized glass artist, Leonids Linaut, a Carillon of bells, a formal narthex and sanctuary wall division, enhanced altar with a wall painting behind the pulpit and an exquisite statue of Christ which still graces our narthex. As appropriately described at the dedication: “Truly, who can enter and not know he is in a House of God?”
The sexton’s house also received necessary upgrades to address deteriorating bricks and damaging water leakage. Stucco was added to the exterior walls, a chimney was added to accommodate the newly installed oil furnace, an interior bathroom was installed, all wooden floors were refinished, wall paper was hung and the interior trim and doors were painted. Completing this aggressive renovation, all the out buildings and barn received a new coat of paint. The Jordan church and Sunday School addition, the sexton’s house and all outbuildings were in pristine condition. The cemetery was receiving the attention it deserved and provided a park like setting for those looking for solace or simply enjoying a walk.