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Taken 21-Apr-18
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Category:Architecture and Structures
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Keywords:Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Oldest Texas Churches
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Dimensions4288 x 2848
Original file size4.04 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken21-Apr-18 15:36
Date modified21-Apr-18 15:36
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D90
Focal length18 mm
Focal length (35mm)27 mm
Max lens aperturef/3.5
Exposure1/125 at f/11
FlashNot fired, auto mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Unknown
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church

Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church

Washington County, Texas
30 19.365' N 96 16.730' W
Directions: Start at the intersection of CR-97 and FM-390. Go .6 miles north on CR-97. The church is on the right (east) side of the road.

Church Plaque: Bethlehem Lutheran was organized on Sept. 9, 1860 by German settlers. Earliest burial records indicate most early members were from Westphalia Province, Prussia, which is now part of Germany. The church first served by a Missouri Synod pastor in 1870. On Dec. 25, 1881, it was voted to join the Missouri Synod, and official acceptance was on Jan. 12, 1882. The first building constructed in 1860 served as the church, school and parsonage. The present church was built in 1893 at a 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.