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Near Manchester in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Bethel Church

 
 
Bethel Church Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Dave Wilcox, April 24, 2012
1. Bethel Church Marker Side 1
Inscription. (side 1)
In 1840 the Reverend Frederich Schmid of Ann Arbor organized the Evangelical German Bethel Congregation in Freedom Township. Schmid, a missionary pastor originally from Basil, Switzerland, frequently traveled to the township and held services in the Kuebler District School, one mile east of here. In 1849, Johannes and Louis Strieter deeded one acre of land to the congregation. Church members built a log church on the lot where they worshipped until 1857 when a frame building replaced it. That church stood just west of here. The church served until 1909 when the present structure was dedicated. Services were conducted only in German until 1926 when English was introduced into the Sunday school. German services officially ended in 1955. Today, Bethel Church is a member of the United Church of Christ.

(side 2)
This Gothic Revival-style church, designed and built by Charles A. Sauer and Company of Ann Arbor, was dedicated on December 18, 1909. The Manchester Enterprise boasted that it was "one of the most complete church edifices in the state." Earlier that year the congregation had agreed to build a new church of native granite. The church was constructed of fieldstone gathered by local farmers and then shaped, given a rock-face finish and laid by the masons in random ashlar form. The square
Bethel Church Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Dave Wilcox, April 24, 2012
2. Bethel Church Marker Side 2
belfry contains a 2,000-pound bell from the previous church, made by the Buckeye Bell Foundry in Cincinnati. The stained glass windows were made by the Detroit Stained Glass Company. In 1965 the education wing was constructed.
 
Erected 1990 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1666.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 10.858′ N, 83° 55.933′ W. Marker is near Manchester, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of Bethel Church Road and Schneider Road, on the right when traveling east on Bethel Church Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10425 Bethel Church Road, Manchester MI 48158, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Salem Church (approx. 5.2 miles away); Manchester War Memorial (approx. 6.7 miles away); Riverside Mortuary Chapel / Wirt Rowland (approx. 7.6 miles away); Clinton / Site of the Clinton Inn (approx. 7.7 miles away); St. John's Episcopal Church (approx. 7.8 miles away); Saline Presbyterian Church
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By Dave Wilcox, April 24, 2012
3. Bethel Church
(approx. 7.8 miles away); Jira Payne House / The Smith-Kimball Family (approx. 7.9 miles away); Clinton Woolen Mill (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manchester.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Bethel Church image. Click for full size.
By Dave Wilcox, April 24, 2012
4. Bethel Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2012, by Dave Wilcox of Grass Lake, Michigan. This page has been viewed 285 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 15, 2012, by Dave Wilcox of Grass Lake, Michigan. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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