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The Suburbanite
  • St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church to mark 165th year

  • St. Jacob’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will celebrate its 165th anniversary with a special worship service and festivities beginning at 9:30 a.m. July 15.


    Worship will include liturgy used from 1847 to the present. Special music will be provided by the church choir.

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  • St. Jacob’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will celebrate its 165th anniversary with a special worship service and festivities beginning at 9:30 a.m. July 15.
    Worship will include liturgy used from 1847 to the present. Special music will be provided by the church choir.
     Former pastor Rev. Herbert S. Garnes III and former intern Rev. Tom Rutherford also will take part. Brunch will follow at 11 a.m. in the building’s Garnes social hall.
    Former parishioners, friends and members of the community at large are invited to attend. However, reservations for the brunch are required.
    The day will include a scavenger hunt for children, a history display and a tour highlighting the changes made to the building over the years. It will include St. Jacob’s 1888 sanctuary — remodeled in 1976 — the Werstler quilt dating to the 1930s and the building’s “History Wall” tracing St. Jacob’s progress from 1847 to 2002. A newly compiled book on the subject also will debut.
    On that date, St. Jacob’s will undertake a new mission project in which a special collection lasting 165 days will be taken to support Iglesia La Trinidad, a Spanish-speaking, Lutheran mission congregation in Canton Ohio. That church’s pastor, Rev. Miguel Acosta, also will take part.
    St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church was founded July 10, 1847, and its present building was erected in 1888. During its earliest years, St. Jacob’s shared a minister with several other area congregations, including St. John’s Lutheran in Uniontown, Emmanuel Lutheran in Hartville and Holy Trinity Lutheran in North Canton.
     For a time, it also shared a building with a Reformed congregation of what is now St. Jacob’s Community Church on State Route 43 in nearby Cairo.
    The two congregations ultimately went their separate ways — the Lutheran group having purchased the half interest of the Reformed congregation which then erected its own worship facility.
    St. Jacob’s called its first full-time pastor, Rev. Robert S. Kelly, in 1964.
    He was succeeded by Rev. Garnes, who served from 1970 to 2007. The church’s present pastor, Rev. Dr. Leah K. Schafer, has been with the parish since July, 2008.
    St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church is located at 1460 State St. N.E. between State Route 43 and Market Ave. NE in Lake Township. Register on-line at www.stjacobselca.org or call 330-877-2676, Tuesday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.