Can you imagine life 100 years ago? Can we really know what it was like to work, to travel, to communicate, to learn?
Just think about going to work—how would you get there? One hundred years ago you would have to start much earlier than you do now; probably you would not have the particular job you have now. Getting 20-30 miles to work like most of us do used to be a day’s journey. Of course, that’s why Sunday Houses were built!
But, 100 years ago, a pastor who moved from a foreign country to a small country town believed enough in God’s journey for him that he kept the staying power needed and the enthusiasm required, along with the prayer he knew would see him through, to more than anything else, build a church. Build a church that would bring people in to learn about God, to become closer to God, and to teach their children.
The area was ripe for the German Lutherans living here; they had been away from their church too long. Pastor Schliefer was the catalyst needed to bring it all together, although he sometimes had a hard time believing that himself. But, he knew what was right and in his heart, he just knew what God had in store for this little country town, and he was the one to make it happen.
From one man’s perseverance, to a woman’s generosity, to ten more men’s fortitude in signing a paper and a pledge, St. James Lutheran Church became a reality and has been a big part of Harper’s life for more than 100 years. It’s time to celebrate!
So celebrate they will—April 21, 2013. Bring your family, bring your friends; they hope to see you there. Be there for singing, a little re-enactment, historical facts blended with modern actions, food, pageantry and recognition of people. The people who have made St. James Lutheran Church what it is today and what it means for the folks who worship there every week.
Join in! Come and have some fun! Come and have some good food, sing some old songs, sing some new songs, have your picture taken, look at the ‘old stuff’ your parents used to have. Spend a Sunday with friends.
There are still a few folks that haven’t been located; if you have any connection to St. James and would like to have an invitation or just RSVP for the lunch, call the office at 830-864-4193 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and let them know you are coming so a welcome can be prepared. The more friends to celebrate, the more voices to lift to the Maker who has been with them all the way.