Centennial Moments

Researched & Written by David Goeke


When you think of a church celebration or holiday, what comes to mind? Christmas and Easter, right? Well, it wasn't always that way among Missouri Synod Lutherans of the Texas District. In the early days of the Lutheranism in Texas, especially among the German and Wendish congregations, Christian festival days were "festival days, plus". There was, of course, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This called for worship and celebration. But, then there was also "Second Christmas" (the day after Christmas), which also called for worship and celebration. The same held true for Easter. Easter Sunday was a festive day. But, so was "Second Easter" (the day after Easter) , which also entailed worship and fellowship. Ascension Day was a day for worship and, at least a half day of rest. Pentecost Sunday was also highly festive. Baptisms, confirmations and weddings, in addition to worship, virtually always meant company, big meals, games and fellowship. Even secular holidays, such as the July 4th were celebrated by the church community with picnics, bands and fireworks. All in all, the folks in those early years took every opportunity to enjoy Christian fellowship. . .and, no doubt, it could be said, "And a good time was had by all"