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Quihi Century

When I went out to capture the sunflower shot I posted a few days ago, I decided to take advantage of the evening light and run over to Quihi to capture a shot of this historic church. The Quihi Bethlehem Lutheran Church building is celebrating it's 100th anniversary this year and the historical marker in front of the building provides the following info about the congregation and building. "BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN CHURCH The Rev Christian Oefinger, serving as pastor of the Castroville Lutheran Church, led in founding this congregation in March 1852. The first church building was dedicated in 1854, coincidental with a synod convention held in Castroville. Bethlehem Lutheran Church hosted synod meetings in 1869, 1875, and 1894. The present brick structure, dedicated in 1914, was built largely by parishioners, St John's Lutheran Church of New Fountain. Founded in the late 1850s by the Rev A. Kitterer and served by Bethlehem's pastors, merged with the congregation in 1949."