Taken at the Friedens-Peace United Church of Christ. Friedens Peace United Church of Christ seeks to be a transformative community where following Christ finds expression in both word and deed.
Friedens (Peace) United Church of Christ was started by a group of residents who broke off from St. Paul's Lutheran Church. In 1858, there were two Lutheran Churches in New Melle - St. Peter's and St. Paul's. St. Paul's congregation joined the Missouri Synod. That same year the St. Peter's Congregation built a new church of native stone (the building that is now St. Paul's s). The two churches were originally united but had split over doctrinal issues. In 1868, they reunited and became St. Paul's Missouri Synod Lutheran Church.
Some members continued to be unhappy and according to St. Paul's records, the dissent was over doctrine. The first records of Friedens begin in 1904. Some family names appear in both St. Paul and Friedens (Peace) records. Included in both records were the families of Henry Schewede, John Nienheuser, Jacob Boehm, Ernst Brakensiek, and John Doermann. Fourteen voting members had a dream of starting a new church by accepting the doctrinal statement of the German Evangelical Church Society of the West. This new church would eventually become the Friedens (Peace) United Church of Christ we know today.
The first minister was Rev. Stroetker, resident Pastor of St. John's Church in Cappeln. This was the beginning of a long history of sharing a minister with St. John's. The first service was held in German on August 28, 1904, in the Peniel Methodist Church on Schutzen Street (now part of a private residence).
The property on which Friedens church is located was purchased from John and Laura Koelling in 1905 for $2,400. The building on the property had been used as a grocery store/saloon. Ernest Sudbrock was chosen as a carpenter to do the remodeling, along with a lot of volunteer help.
December 18th, 2013
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