St. John’s History

History of St. John’s…

St. John's Lutheran Church history photo of present sanctuary on august 28, 1949

This photo was taken at the dedication of present sanctuary, August 28, 1949.

On May 30, 1882 a number of Lutherans met in the home of Mr. C.F. Rittman for the purpose of organizing a congregation. The Rev. C.F. Obermeyer of Little Rock was present and presided at the meeting. The congregation was organized as St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Missouri Synod, Unaltered Augsburg Confession of Clearpoint, Arkansas County, Arkansas.

In the absence of a church building, services were conducted for some time in the homes of members, though the matter of building a house of worship was immediately discussed. On September 14, 1882, the congregation by vote selected the Armbreuster Tract which is no Lone Tree Cemetery; the building was dedicated on March 11, 1883.

It wasn’t until 1885 that the congregation decided to move the church to its current location in Stuttgart. The original building was moved so it is said, “By rolling the wooden church building across the prairie on wooden logs and ox team.”

What a sight that must have been! St. John’s has such a rich history and heritage; the above excerpts don’t even begin to scratch the surface. So much as happened since that first wooden building was drug across the prairie.

Excerpt above taken from Concordia Publishing House

Saint John's Lutheran Church, today.

Saint John’s Lutheran Church, today.