In September of 1879, nine men from Bethel Lutheran Church (rural northwest Frankenmuth) met with five men from St. Paul's Lutheran Church (rural congregation four miles south of Frankenmuth) and 11 men from St. Lorenz Lutheran Church to pursue the formation of a new flock to be
shepherded under God's Word . The result was that one month later, on October 31, 1879, on the Festival of the Lutheran Reformation, 25 members gathered to form St. Johannes Lutheran Evangelische Kirche.
This newly formed assembly extended a divine call to Reverend Johannes Fritz of the Pittsburgh Synod . Reverend Fritz accepted that call to serve as pastor and so became the first to shepherd this fledgling flock. Even without a church building this small flock of believers gathered around the true foundation of their new church, receiving Jesus ' body and blood in holy communion for the first time on Dec. 7, 1879 in a village home of one of the members.
The first church building, an A-frame located on West Tuscola Street, was erected in 1880 at the cost of $4,000. This church building, dedicated as a sanctuary of God's Word and sacraments on Nov. 7, 1880, served as such until 1996.
To Your temple I draw near; Lord, I love to worship here. Here are sacrament and Word; Here believers meet their Lord.
Rev. Jeff Luplow