Show and Tell

December 26, 2021


Until about the age of six, my family went to the East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church in the city of Lancaster, PA. We children were all given a penny bank that was modeled after the church building as it looked in the 1950s. It was made by one of the pastors who was a pattern maker at the Hubley Toy Company in Lancaster. We children were encouraged to put pennies in this bank and then bring the money to church on missionary Sunday. Our pennies would go to missionaries who were sent out from the congregation, as I recall.

This church bank is one of my treasures. I’ve heard one like it was sold at an auction in Lancaster for over $700. I don’t want to part with mine. I cherish it and the memories associated with it.

Bible References

  • John 1:1 - 5
  • John 1:10 - 14
  • Colossians 3:12 - 17