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St. Peter Lutheran Church (Holgate, Ohio) - MS 1074 mf

Introduction | Agency History | Order of Microfilming


The records of the St. Peter Lutheran Church, Holgate, Ohio were transferred for microfilming to the Center for Archival Collections, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio with the cooperation of Pastor Tamara Wood and the assistance of Carol Swihart, church secretary.

The Center for Archival Collections is the publisher of this microfilm edition. The camera negative is the property of the Center for Archival Collections. For restrictions on the duplication of this collection please see the accompanying Note to Researchers.

This collection consists of two record books dating from 1906 - 2007. The record books contain historical records, membership records, church officers, pastoral records, communion records, confirmation records, baptisms, marriages, and funerals.

This introduction was prepared by Mary Bowles in September 2007.

 Agency History

St. Peter Lutheran congregation first met on January 17, 1906, in the home of F. H. Voigt. Some of the thirty-six charter members came from St. John Lutheran Church in Holgate, Ohio. On April [23], 1906, land was purchased at the corner of William and Section Line (Kaufman) Streets. Ground was broken in October 1906 with the cornerstone laid May 12, 1907. The Holgate Presbyterian Church offered the use of their edifice until St. Peter Lutheran Church was completed. The church constitution was recommended January 28, 1906. The congregation resolved on May 19, 1906, to purchase land for a cemetery, which adjoined that of St. John Lutheran cemetery. On June 1906, in a meeting of the Evangelical Lutheran District Synod of Ohio of the General Council, this congregation was received into the Evangelical Lutheran District Synod of Ohio of the General Council. Charter membership closed on April 21, 1907 with 56 communicants participating. On November 11, 1907, St. Peter Lutheran Church of Holgate and St. John Lutheran of Standley broke their shared pastoral relationship with Zion Lutheran Church of Defiance. The congregation of St. Peter Lutheran Church on December 8, 1907, participated in the consecration and dedication of their edifice where Reverend Engers preached the first sermon in German followed by Reverend J. H. Wannemecher's sermon, which was given in English. The St. John Lutheran Church in Standley, on January 1928, voted to merge with St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Approval was given by the congregation on November 9, 2003, to purchase land on Joe E. Brown Avenue in Holgate, Ohio. This land was subsequently purchased on January 13, 2004.The first service in the new edifice was the December 24, 2005 service. From Easter 2006 until October 22, 2006, thoughts and memories commemorating the past one hundred years were read after the Sunday church announcements. The one hundredth anniversary celebration culminated in a celebration on October 22, 2006, with former pastors attending the church service.

The above history was compiled based on information obtained from St. Peter Lutheran Church, Holgate, Ohio, the St. Peter Lutheran Church, Holgate,Ohio Record Book 1906 - 1927, and from Henry County, Ohio: A Collection of Historical Sketches and Family Histories, Henry County Historical Society (Ohio), Napoleon, Ohio : The Society, 1976-1979.

 Order of Microfilming

Reel 1

  1. Record Book, 1906 - 1927
    • Church Constitution and By-laws
    • Church Officers
    • Church Membership
    • Baptisms
    • Marriages
    • Funerals
    • Communion Season Participants
    • Pastoral List
    • Church History
    • Confirmations
  2. Record Book, 1927 - 2007
    • Pastoral Listing
    • Council Members
    • Church Members
    • Child Members
    • Communions
    • Baptisms
    • Confirmations
    • Marriages
    • Funerals
    • Annual Summaries
    • Historical Events

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