Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

"Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren
to dwell together in unity."                     Psalm 133:1
3101 CR 417
Taylor, TX 76574

Mergers and Changes

On December 21, 1947, the congregation voted to merge with St. John's Lutheran Church of nearby New Bern. Prince of Peace was selected as the name of the new congregation on February 15, 1948. Within a year, the New Bern Church and Parish House was relocated to Wuthrich Hill. Using some old lumber from the old St. James Church, the present parsonage was built and dedicated in August, 1949.

 

Many other changes were taking place during the second 50 years of this church. In 1952, German services, typically held on alternate Sundays, were limited to the fifth Sunday of the month and on Good Friday. On January 19, 1958, the congregation voted to discontinue all German services.

 

A committee was appointed in 1964 to oversee the grounds and cemetery. Later in 1977, bylaws were drafted to establish a Cemetery Association offering perpetual care. Another important church addition from this period was the installation of colored glass windows.

 

The Three Way Plan was adopted on July 15, 1970. This plan united Prince of Peace with Immanuel (West Taylor) and Zion Lutheran (Sandoval) as a single parish served by a single pastor. Regular Sunday morning worship services were held independently. Vacation Bible School and special services were jointly held at alternating locations. Zion was dropped in 1977, leaving the remaining two churches in the parish.

 

This chapter in church history ended with the 75th Anniversary celebration on June 6, 1971. The theme of this event was "In the Cross of Christ I Glory, Towering O'er the Wrecks of Time."