Lutheran Church in Texas

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A series Origins of Texas Lutheranism NOTE: The History of the First Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Texas is reprinted here with the permission of the Augsburg Publishing House of Minneapolis. The history was composed at the 75th annual convention convention of the Synod which was held at. Fredericksburg Fredericksburg in 1927. The author of the history was Pastor M. Heinrich. A short statement of the conditions which faced the first Lutheran ministers may be necessary to fully understand the difficulties which the ministers had to overcome. The first German German immigrants to this area left their native country country during a tumultuous period. Revolutions had taken place in many of the German principalities in 1830 and 1848. Certain members of the German society were seeking a more democratic method of government and perceived the church as supporting the prevailing political powers. When these disgruntled democrats fled to the New World, many carried with them a anti-religious attitude attitude stemming from BELIEVERS FELLOWSHIP their feelings of disenfran- cisement. The town of Comfort for at least 50 years after its founding had no need of being served served by a church. Sisterdale was settled as a "Latin Colony" of highly educated philosopher/farmers, who also saw no need for an organized religion. A further difficulty for the first Lutheran ministers to the German population was that church's condemnation of Masonry, which was very popular in Texas. One of the objects of sending these men to Texas was to learn more about the religious conditions conditions obtaining among the German population of that state and something of the requirements desirable in the men who were to serve this people in future years. Spittler very soon became convinced that it was not sufficient to send to our state only catechists, but there was need of a number of ordained pastors. Consequently, in the year 1851 six pupils of his institution were ordained ordained and sent to Texas. They landed at Galveston TRUTH TABERNACLE KERRVILLE APOSTOLIC on the second day of September, 1851. Their names were: John Conrad Roehm, John George Ebinger, Ebinger, Philip Frederick to America, affiliating, at first, with the Pittsburg Synod. He had come to Texas in 1850 and had organized a Lutheran con- families who offered them shelter and food. But it was clearly evident that they could not remain here, and a meeting was Zizelmann, William T. gregation in the city of arranged for the purpose of Strobel, Christian Oefinger Oefinger and Henry Wendt. At this time there ,was stationed at Houston, Texas, a Rev. Caspar Braun who had been trained trained for the ministry at the Basler Missionshaus in Switzerland and had come Houston. The six missionaries who had landed at Galveston were cordially welcomed by a number of Christian- minded gentlemen, and for the time being were received received into the homes of seven determining what should be done next. Since it appeared appeared desirable that one of the number remain in Galveston, Rev. H. Wendt was asked to stay. The other five brethren were to continue their journey to Houston. They were cordially cordially received at Houston by the Rev. Braun and the Cand. Theol. Braschler, who happened to be visiting with Braun. It was now decided that the five remain at Houston at least a few days, and a plan was made to organize a synod before the brethren should depart and be scattered to their different fields of labor. TEMPLO SILOE 216 Blanks, Kerrville History of the First Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Texas TURTLE CREEK COMMUNITY CHURCH

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  2. 12 Mar 1983, Sat,
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