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Taken 25-Jul-08
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Keywords:Texas Historical Marker, Uvalde County Historical Marker, Emmanuel Lutheran Church
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Dimensions2896 x 1944
Original file size1.33 MB
Image typeJPEG
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Date taken25-Jul-08 14:56
Date modified25-Jul-08 14:56
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Camera modelNIKON D60
Focal length18 mm
Focal length (35mm)27 mm
Max lens aperturef/3.5
Exposure1/200 at f/9
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Exposure modeAuto
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ISO speedISO 200
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Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Uvalde County, Texas
29 17.514' N 99 38.153' W

Text: This church traces its origins to 1904 when nine charter members led by the Rev. Gottlieb Langner organized a congregation in Knippa. Services were held in the homes of its members, who were served by area pastors and traveling missionaries. George Knippa, for whom the town was named and a charter member of the church, died in 1905. The land he donated in his will to be used for a Lutheran Church was exchanged for this church site. A wooden church with a 67-foot bell tower was built in 1910. Pastor Langner became the first full-time pastor in 1912, organizing a Sunday School and choir. The German-speaking congregation conducted its services in German. During World War I, a Uvalde County resolution prohibited the use of the German language. Challenged and appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1918, the court ruled it was a matter for the church to decide. German was spoken in church until 1942. A new sanctuary was constructed for the growing congregation, and was dedicated on the 50th anniversary of the church's founding in 1954. A new parsonage, annex and fellowship hall were later added. This church continues to serve its membership and the community as it has for more than 90 years.