By Heather Meade
January 2, 2014
A site on the Ohio Historical Societies List of Historic Places, St. Peter’s is a unique Darke County treasure. Where else can a church survive 108 years after its closing? This log church covered by clapboard siding is truly unique to have survived and the below letter from her trustees hopes to secure this landmark for the next 100 years.
As we gather to celebrate the birth of the Christ child many of us allow thoughts of our ancestors to creep into our conscience like the familiar scent of fresh pine or an old ornament that has decorated our trees for more years than we can remember.
You can almost hear the crunch of the snow under the runner of the sleigh as it makes its way to St. Peter’s for the Christmas Eve service.
The familiar sounds of the church bell cuts through the cold, crisp air to all the farms around the church beckoning us to worship.
The black wood stove warms the church as the crackling sound fills the meeting room. The old copper coffee pot has been heating waiting for the circuit pastor to arrive.
The fresh cut tree sits by the organ and the first strands of “Silent Night” drift through the room.
What wouldn’t we give to be a part of that setting! But what if the next generation of Darke County families doesn’t have the same opportunities as we have to come home to historic St. Peter?
To insure that never happens we need your help to raise funds to continue to maintain the church and the cemetery as those whom have come before us have done.
Please consider a Christmas gift this year to support our historic legacy known as St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Your gifts may be sent in care of Richard Shumaker: 5958 Children’s Home Bradford Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331.
We the trustees of St. Peter’s thank you for your generosity and look forward to welcoming you home again on September 21, 2014 for our annual homecoming.
May this season of His birth renew you, and brings you God’s peace.
St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church trustees