Our Savior Lutheran Church (LCMS)

PO Box 2172
Whitney Texas 76692
Pastor: Philip Wottrich
Phone: 254-694-3234

Our Mission

"Rooted, Growing and Fruitful in Christ"

 

History

Through the interest of dedicated Lutherans in the Lake Whitney area, Our Savior Lutheran mission came into being, by God's grace, with the first youth Bible class and a worship service conducted in the Whitney Lions Club building on September 12, 1976. 

There was an attendance of 40 with the Reverend Jerome Teichmiller of Immanuel Lutheran in Clifton serving as the first Pastor.

On Pentecost, May 29, 1977, Our Savior was chartered with 50 members, and by July 1977, at the Texas District Convention, the congregation was formally received into the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. 

Five acres of land on Texas Highway 22, a half a mile west of Whitney, was selected as a building site.  The land was purchased in April 1978 through financial assistance of the Church Extension Fund of the Texas District LCMS.

Construction plans for a Sanctuary were begun in 1979, and a loan from the Texas District Board of Missions was approved in February 1980.  Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on July 6, 1980 and construction began.  The first worship service in the sanctuary was on November 9 1980, with an attendance of 63.  Dedication services were held December 7, 1980.

The congregation became self-supporting in February 1985.

An expanded fellowship hall and office space was dedicated October 9, 1993.  A classroom to assist with youth education was developed within the structure and completed in 1999. 

In the year 2000 our membership stood at 122 baptized and 105 confirmed members.  Average Sunday worship attendance was 67 and climbing.

Over 500 visitors yearly have been accommodated by our presence in the Lake Whitney community.

In 2007 we added a recreational area for all to enjoy.  After Divine Services each Sunday, you can find the youth enjoying the playground.  Adults and Youth, in the Summertime, often enjoy a game of baseball or basketball.  In 2008, the Sanctuary was remodeled.  The organ was returned to the rear of the Sanctuary where it had once been, new carpet was installed, the communion rail was moved, and the location of the pews was altered.

In 2009, a lighted stained-glass cross was hung at the front of the Sanctuary, replacing the original green cross.  The cross was made by one of the members of the congregation.  Statistics for this year were:  144 Baptized Members, 130 Confirmed Members, and an Average Attendance of 82.

In 2010, Our Savior continues to be an integral part of the community, proclaiming salvation in Christ Alone, through Faith Alone, by Grace Alone.  At the beginning of this year, plans were made to establish a building committee to build a new Sanctuary.

 


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