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Evangelical Lutheran Church
Bethlehem Lutheran was organized on
September 9, 1860 by German settlers. Earliest burial records
indicate that most early members were from Westphalia Province,
Prussia, which is now part of Germany. The church was first
served by a Missouri Synod pastor in 1870. On December 25
1881, it was voted to join the Missouri Synod, and official
acceptance was on January 12, 1882.
The first building constructed in 1860 served as the church, school
and parsonage. The present church building was built in 1893
at a total cost of $2466. The original 75 foot tall steeple
was replaced after being destroyed by lightning. In 1952, the
present parish hall was added.
At this time Bethlehem is the third oldest active Missouri Synod
Church in Texas.