Lord, You are our precious God. Even when evil and sin run wild and, for the moment, destroy life with sickening contempt for You, hold Your people with all good graces and make us firm in our resolve to proclaim Your good news. Let not the darkness of this world snuff out Your heavenly Light, Jesus. Be with ALL those who are grieving and assure them that You are bringing all things together in Your name. For Jesus' sake. Amen
are with the victims and their families of Egypt, NYC, Las Vegas, Sutherland
Springs Texas, Northern California and all others who have been affected by
horrific acts of terror and violence. Our prayers are also with those in Mexico,
Puerto Rico, Northern California, Texas and Florida who have suffered the loss
of loved ones and damage to property and possessions due to earthquakes,
hurricanes and fires. We pray for God’s healing power. May God continue to
comfort them in their time of need, give them hope, strength and help them to
rebuild their lives in the midst of their hardships.
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Please submit prayer requests to Lisa Beller at lhbeller@
brief history has been taken
Looking Back . . .
The history of
. . .
The town of
Beginning about 1830 immigrants from
Soon after the immigrant families settled in
The Missouri Synod officially came into being in 1847.
It is the date of August 1849 that our present congregation recognizes as
its founding date when the existing congregation had called its first resident
pastor, Pastor Johann Adam Ernst. Adam Ernst, a cobbler’s apprentice from
When Pastor Ernst came to
One of the notable figures in the history of the Eastern District,
Missouri Synod, Pastor Ernst was known as a man of “vigorous action.” When
the Eastern District, Missouri Synod, was founded in 1854 there were only ten
Missouri Synod pastors in the East. Pastor Ernst was one of these.
The first thirty-eight years in the history of
Meeting on June 3, 1878 at District Schoolhouse Number 7, located on
At their second meeting, on June 16, 1878 the founding fathers decided to
build a church. The trustees were empowered to buy as much land as necessary for
the church, school, parsonage, and cemetery. The site agreed upon for the church
property was on the southwest corner of
In February lots for the cemetery were laid out in the following pattern,
according to the church minutes: “one row for older people, one row for young
people, and one row for children.” Although some older graves were moved to
A roomy two-story frame parsonage, large enough to accommodate a pastor,
his family, and the occasional visitor was built. Construction work on the
church, which was attached to and in front of the school building, was well
underway by early spring 1879. On
May 4, 1879 the dedication services were held with much jubilation. Gathering at
the church on this festive Sunday, the men, women and children of the
congregation filed into their new freshly painted white frame church edifice.
They entered through the doorway beneath the centered bell tower, which was
topped by a high pointed steeple. Once inside, according to the custom of the
day, the ladies were seated on the left side of the nave, facing the altar; the
men sat on the right. The children did not sit with their parents, but were
required to sit in the front pews.
Until World War I, the German language had been used almost exclusively
in church at
In 1916 use of the English language was introduced in the regular Sunday
services. By 1924 there was only one German service a month. In 1929 the
congregation resolved to introduce the full English form of service, and finally
in January 1940 the last service in German was held.
The postwar years of World War I brought to
On July 27, 1930 the cornerstone of the new
In its history,
Looking Ahead . . .
Many of the younger generations and
newer families are not aware of the struggles that our congregation had to go
through. It is our hope that this history will serve to remind us of our rich
Although there were disputes and
doctrinal disagreements in the past, there is nothing of which we should be
ashamed. It is an inspiring history. The conflicts in our early period did not
bring total despair. Instead they produced strength and character. Despite the
many obstacles that were in its path, the congregation survived where many
others might have dissolved or disappeared from the scene. It always seemed as
if there was a core of faithful men and women who were ready to build and
The long history of
Understanding the past will bring us a
great blessing as we look to the future. The same Lord who led us through all
these years will guide, direct and strengthen us, so that more and more we
become a congregation that reflects His love for us.
Many chapters of our history are behind
us. God willing, there will be many more chapters to come. The important chapter
for us is the one in which we are now involved. May we continue to show the same
vision and courage as the long line of members who preceded us. We, too, have a
glorious Gospel to share with those in our generation. We have a legacy to give
to those who will follow in our steps.
God so loved the World that He gave His one and only Son
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