Here is what the church brochure says about this beautiful historic church...
"It is older than the telegraph, the telephone, the automobile, the electric light bulb and the airplane...like a sentinel on watch, since 1879."
It is located on a winding hilly road near Das Kleine Haus. If you look closely you can see the top of the church steeple above the trees.
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As I approach the church, I look up at the bell tower. I can feel a tightness in my throat as I see the steeple cross, reaching high towards the clouds.
Written on the historical marker are the words, "It is an excellent example of an open plan Gothic church with a central bell tower."
The rose design window, above the pointed arch doors, takes center stage.
The dedication year is shown in the window frame.
As I step inside, the sun is shining through the rose window, casting light on the wooden Cross.
Looking up, I see the rope to the bell tower. The brochure tells me the bell has engraved, in German, the words of Matthew 11:28, "Come to me all yea that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
The bell has been rung for 13 decades, at the beginning of each service. It has rung joyously for weddings and somberly for funerals. Other occasions it has rung, have been the declaration wars, fires in the community, and other significant events in the world.
It also rang somberly, according to the brochure, on September 11, 2001 following the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, DC.
Opening the door, my eyes were immediately drawn to the altar, where you see a brightly colored stained glass window.
On my way outside, I noticed the church bazaar announcement.....so, it was off to a local ranch to check out the goodies being sold.
I was very late arriving, but I did manage to buy some home-made treats. I was reminded by a very friendly woman, that next year, I need to arrive around 8am. It seems there is a line waiting to get in early.
Hmmmm....if it's good enough for Santa's reindeers, it's good enough for me to eat!
And so, another Saturday, in my wonderful part of the world I call home....
Come on over, and let's sample all the treats...