Holy Cross Lutheran Church – Warda

“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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Holy Cross Warda’s Link to a Past President of the LCMS Texas District

One thing that caught my attention when I was reading about the history of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda is that they were briefly served by a licensed ministerial candidate who is just listed as “F. Jesse.” From 1959-63, the Rev. Albert Jesse, who was also pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Austin …

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Rev. Johann Christian Eduard Zapf – Lutheran Pastor

Imagine this… it’s 1873. You’ve just graduated from the Pilgrim Mission Training School in St. Chrischona, Switzerland, and you’ve received your first assignment. It’s to a tiny new congregation in very rural (and undeveloped) Texas. That’s the situation the Rev. Johann Christian Eduard Zapf found himself in. He was assigned to Holy Cross Lutheran Church …

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