Milestone coming Sunday for St. Paul Lutheran Church
Celebrating the 130th anniversary of its founding with special activities this Sunday, Oct. 13, will be St. Paul Lutheran Church at Cave Creek.
As part of the 10 a.m. worship service, the church’s recently restored stained glass windows will be rededicated.
After that, a barbecue meal will be served at approximately noon. The public is invited to join in both the worship and lunch.
St. Paul Lutheran Church is located approximately 11 miles northeast of Fredericksburg on Ranch Road 1631.
On Nov. 9, 1883, a group of men in the North Grape Creek community (later known as the Cave Creek community) met at Conrad Herbort’s home to discuss organizing a Lutheran congregation.
Most of the men and their families were members of Zion Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg, but by horse and buggy or by wagon, found the distance of 10 to 15 miles almost prohibitive. As a result, they were irregular attendees.
History notes there was great concern over the community’s children when they reached the age for confirmation. Zion’s pastor, the Rev. Weiss, would occasionally conduct services in a residence out in that community, but it didn’t offer a permanent solution.
A resolution was adopted that the men and their families could proceed with organizing a new congregation. All those who were members of Zion Lutheran Church and who wanted to take part in the new church were to secure membership transfers.
The church’s new name was: Evangelical Lutheran St. Paul Church.
Five acres of land for the church, its parsonage and cemetery were donated by Herbort.
Erected was a church 30’x25’x14’ feet with a 40-foot tower, funded by building pledges totaling $434.
Construction of the new church building began on Feb. 11, 1884. L. Gardner was served as the stone mason for the foundation and Peter Schandua was the carpenter.
The cornerstone was laid on Feb. 22, 1884, and the “1884” carved in the limestone is still visible today.
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