Month: August 2019

“Rejoice with me; for I have found the [that] which I had lost.”

After Pastor Stiemke accepted the call to Trinity Lutheran Church in Houston in 1879, Holy Cross had no pastor for about two years. During this time, the congregation was served by the Rev. Carl Ludwig Geyer of St. Peter’s in Serbin until the vacancy was filled by the Rev. Gottfried Buchschacher. Buchschacher was born in …

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“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

Pastor Stiemke of Holy Cross was certainly aware of the interpersonal conflicts that had resulted in the separation of Holy Cross as well as St. Peter’s in Serbin from Kilian’s congregation in Serbin. That’s why I find this tidbit from a letter from Pr. Kilian wrote to the Rev. F. J. Biltz in Concordia, Missouri …

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“And unto the Wends I became as a Wend, that I might gain the Wends…”

The Rev. Timotheus Stiemke was in a difficult situation. He’d been assigned to a new Lutheran congregation in the little town of New Start (a few miles south of Serbin), where he was installed on the fourth Sunday in Advent in 1874. Stiemke was the second pastor to serve the congregation, which had only been …

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The Texas Synod (attempts to) expand into Coupland, Texas

In the last few weeks, I’ve started to get to the point where I’m finding connections everywhere between congregations that I’ve photographed and researched… connections I would have missed six or twelve months ago. Or at least supposed connections. Sometimes those turn into actual connections, though. Somewhere along the way, I ran into a reference …

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Texas Synod Pastors: 1880

This afternoon I stumbled across an 1880 photograph of Texas Synod pastors on the ELCA Southwestern Synod Archives’ site. https://swtsynod.pastperfectonline.com/…/C961483D-E2A3-4D36… Some of the folks I’ve written about in the past months are pictured here, including the Rev. Frederick Jesse (who joined the Missouri Synod in 1890), the Rev. George Lieb of Round Top (who came …

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