St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church - Mazzeppa Township, SD
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N 45° 09.938 W 097° 03.962
14T E 651986 N 5003169
Quick Description: St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church - Mazzeppa Township, SD
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 2/5/2012 7:31:34 PM
Waymark Code: WMDNN0
The third early congregation in the region was Mazeppa Township, SD, named St. Johns as were a number of other congregations in the region. There are two dates for its organization on local signage, 1888 and 1890. It built a church in 1897 and a few years later it built a schoolhouse. Other congregations had such schools, such as St. Paul's, Argo Township. These schools supplemented the public schools during the summer months with lessons in catechism, Bible History and German. There were no Sunday Schools as such.
Confirmations classes in the winter time were virtually impossible. Then too German was taught, because the child in the public school were taught only in English, and was in danger of loosing his German. It was considered sacrilegious to teach religion in English to these early German immigrants.
Mazzeppa too had its moments of glory and hosted a convention. When it disappeared from the 1969 Statistical Report, Bethlehem on the north side of Watertown took its place. In reality, St. John's of Mazeppa became Bethlehem of Watertown.
Active Church: No
School on property: No
Date Built: 1/1/1888
Service Times: Not listed
Website: Not listed
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