Missouri Synod

“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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Hurricane Carla forces the question in Old Dime Box

After the remnants of Hurricane Carla passed through Lee County on September 11th and 12th in 1961, the faithful at Trinity Lutheran Church of Old Dime Box discovered that the building that they’d purchased from the Evangelical and Reformed Church almost twenty years earlier was damaged beyond repair. However, many in the congregation had already …

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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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Trinity Lutheran Church – Old Dime Box, Texas

One hundred and twenty years ago, as the nineteenth century drew to a close, Lutherans in and around Dime Box organized Trinity Lutheran Church. For forty-two years some time, the congregation met in a repurposed home followed by two different school buildings. In 1941 the congregation purchased a church building in Lincoln from the Texas …

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