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Annual German Hymnfest at Hilda
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 • Posted September 16, 2009

The 59th annual Llano River Valley German Hymnfest, featuring songs of faith and inspiration used by immigrant families, will be held Sunday, September 27 at 3 p.m. at the Hilda United Methodist Church.

The annual German Hymnfest is sponsored by four Methodist churches: Art United Methodist, Trinity United Methodist in Castell, Hilda United Methodist and First United Methodist, Mason. These churches were part of the original circuit that brought Methodism to the Llano River Valley.

The purpose of the event is to promote and preserve the German hymns that helped the early settlers sustain their Christian faith. While none of the participating churches presently conduct services in the German language, the songs are recalled and sung with enthusiasm! Songbooks of the hymns in German and English will be distributed, with Mrs. Veleda Boyd as pianist. Mrs. Barbara Pluenneke will accompany the Mason Community Men’s Choir, which will also lend its voice to this event. The hymns will be led by three men well known in Mason County: Reverend Wes Schulze, Reuben Geistweidt and John Harold Schuessler.

Pastor Mal Hierholzer and the Hilda congregation cordially invite you to come join in the singing and entertainment, staying afterwards to enjoy refreshments and fellowship.


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