Centennial Moments

Researched & Written by David Goeke


REGULATIONS YOU WON'T FIND IN YOUR CHURCH

When the Wendish people, under the spiritual leadership of Pastor Jan Kilian, immigrated to Texas in 1854 and founded St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin, Texas, they likely never expected that they would have to post a rather unusual set of church regulations. It seems that some American visitors not accustomed to the decorum and the etiquette due a worship service, conducted themselves in a rather unseemly manner. Thus, the following list of rules were posted in the church and in the two general stores in Serbin:


It is forbidden that men should wear their hats during the worship.

It is not permitted for anyone to smoke a pipe or chew tobacco in the church.

It is forbidden that anyone should carry six-shooters or any other weapon into the church

It is not permitted that anyone leave the church during the worship.

It is not permitted in coming in or leaving the church to walk noisily or to make a make a disturbance.

It is not permitted that anyone speak aloud in the church or near the church during the services.

It is not permitted that anyone should laugh in church.

It is not permitted to laugh as though in sport in front of the windows or the church doors.

It is not permitted to comb or arrange the hair during the worship.

It is also forbidden to enter into the parsonage without permission, while the pastor is in the church.