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Jourdanton in Atascosa County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church

 
 
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By John A Hensarling, June 21, 2012
1. St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Marker
Inscription. St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church has served this area of Atascosa County since 1918. Around that time, the now-dispersed farming settlement of Dobrowolski was growing, and the mostly Lutheran population needed a place of worship. At first, the congregation met at homes in Dobrowolski and Jourdanton, and at G.A. Schroeder's lumber yard. They then began meeting at the Dobrosolski schoolhouse until 1922, when members completed construction of a church building on property donated by the Wagner Family. The church purchased additional property in 1926 for use as a cemetery; the first interment there occurred the next year. The church was a mission congregation, partially supported by missions funds, until it became self-supporting after 1944.

In 1930, a storm damaged the church building; the congregation dismantled the structure and rebuilt it in the nearby, larger town of Jourdanton. An educational building was dedicated in 1952, and additional units were added in 1953 and 1958. In 1969, members began construction of a new sanctuary on Texas State Highway 97, which was dedicated the next year. Through the years, the congregation has focused on assisting the needy in the community; members have contributed funds and volunteered time to charitable organizations. The congregation has also focused on international issues, bringing
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By John A Hensarling, June 21, 2012
2. St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Marker
in displaced Europeans following World War II under a National Lutheran Council program. Today, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church continues to serve the spiritual needs of the residents of Jourdanton and Atascosa County.
 
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15888.)
 
Location. 28° 55.485′ N, 98° 32.105′ W. Marker is in Jourdanton, Texas, in Atascosa County. Marker is on Oak Street (State Highway 97) 0.3 miles east of Jourdanton Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1702 Hwy 97 E, Jourdanton TX 78026, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ralph Roy Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Jourdanton (within shouting distance of this marker); Atascosa County Courthouse (approx. mile away); Atascosa County (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Atascosa County Courthouse (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Atascosa County Jail (approx. 0.8 miles away); Jourdanton United Methodist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Martin Abstract Company (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jourdanton.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2012, by John A Hensarling of Campbellton, Texas. This page has been viewed 414 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 22, 2012, by John A Hensarling of Campbellton, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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