The Second St. Louis Lutheran Church (LCMS)

The March 7, 1848 issue of Der Lutheraner contained this article:

“This past Sexagesima Sunday and the day after [February 27-28] the local German Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession had the pleasure of being able to dedicate its newly constructed second church in the northern part of the city.  The church has received the name Immanuel Church.  Present and participating on this occasion, besides the two pastors, Buenger and Walther, were pastors Fuerbringer, Fick, Schieferdecker, Lochner, and Mueller.  Praise be to the One to whom all honor is due.  Amen.”

A little explanation about each of pastors listed here:

Rev. Johann Friedrich Buenger – A builder and teacher of the Log Cabin College, a teacher and later a pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis, who now will take over at Immanuel.

Rev. C.F.W. Walther – Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis and first President of the newly formed synod of Lutheran churches. Husband of Emilie (Buenger) Walther, sister of Rev. Buenger.

Rev. Ottomar Fuerbringer – A builder and teacher of the Log Cabin College and pastor of the Lutheran Church in Venedy, Illinois.  Husband of Agnes (Buenger) Fuerbringer, who had previously been married to Otto Herman Walther, brother of C.F.W.

Rev. Carl Johann Hermann Fick – Pastor of Lutheran church in New Melle, Missouri, one of the charter members of the new synod.

Rev. George Schieferdecker – Pastor of Lutheran church in Centreville, Illinois and later pastor of Trinity Lutheran in Altenburg.

Rev. Friedrich Lochner – Pastor of Lutheran church in Pleasant Grove, Illinois.  Husband of Lydia (Buenger) Lochner, another sibling in the Buenger family.  About two weeks before this event, a baby girl had been born to this couple, and about two weeks after this event, Lydia Lochner would die in Pleasant Grove.

Rev. J.A.F.W. Mueller – First graduate of Concordia Seminary, Altenburg and now pastor of Lutheran church in Central City St. Louis (Olivette), Missouri.  He was also instrumental in the formation of churches in Ellisville and Des Peres, Missouri.

Immanuel Lutheran Church was originally located near the present-day Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.  The congregation later located a little farther west, but no longer exists.


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