On Sunday February 12 during worship, St. Paul Lutheran Church began observances of its 140th anniversary with a special prayer and recognition of the founding families and their descendants. On February 15, 1872, the following people signed the charter officially organizing St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mason: Matilde Christianus nee Bogusch, Karl F. Eckert, Carl Earnest Eckert, Wilhelm Geistweidt, Johann G. Ischar, Heinrich Albert Priess, George W. Probst, Adolph A. Reichenau and wife Katharina nee Arhelger, John F. Ruegner, Gotlieb Friederich Schmidt and wife Kathrina, Johannes Schuessler and wife Eva nee Dieschinger, Jacob Schuessler, and Robert Zesch. At 6 p.m. today, the church bell at St. Paul will be rung in observance of the church’s 140th anniversary. At that time, we are asking that all the people of Mason County join us in prayer. You can say your own prayers, or read the following prayer, written by the Rev. Charles Eckert: “O God our heavenly Father, we give You thanks on this day as we celebrate Your guiding hand on us as a people for nearly a century and a half. During times of trials and tribulations You were there, as well as times of joy and celebration. We are grateful for those first founders who struggled to build Your Kingdom in the wilderness called Texas. Now continue to lead and guide us as we celebrate Your faithfulness during this year of jubilation. In the Name of Jesus, our Rock and our Salvation. Amen.” The Parish History and other committees at St. Paul will be planning other events to celebrate our 140th anniversary throughout 2012.