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History of Grace

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In 1945 a group of loyal Lutherans in McDade, Texas, under the leadership of Rev. A. F. Michalk of Fedor, began preaching services in the Methodist church of McDade because of the many Lutheran soldier sons of our Church in the nearby Camp Swift installation. After that period our people loyally returned to their Fedor church.

In 1951 Rev. L. Karcher resumed the services in McDade in the Lutheran Church there, and during this year the congregation was organized. The Missouri Synod, Texas District graciously helped by employing a student summer  worker  in  the  person  of  Rev. Robert Studtmann  to preach there and to conduct a Christian school.

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In 1956, under the leadership of Rev. G. Naumann, the congregation resolved to move  to  Elgin, and  conducted  services and  Sunday  School in  the  Seventh  Day Adventist Church. The desire for their own church facilities became stronger and in November of 1965, the resolution was made with much prayer and in faith to build their own church on 11th Street at Highway 290. The church is a member of the Texas District, Missouri Synod.

There have been several additions and renovations to the church since its inception. The latest renovation was the construction of the new sanctuary which was completed in June 2002 and dedicated on June 30, 2002. The new sanctuary contains many beautiful stained glass windows and appointments, which you may wish to read about here.

Construction of the New Sanctuary

Dedication of the New Sanctuary