Rural Nebraska Church Poster
While meetings were being held already in 1879 to establish a Lutheran congregation in the Plymouth area, it appears that the official organizational meeting was likely held on August 30, 1880. At that meeting it was decided to purchase five acres of land from School District 43 to be used for a church and cemetery. The land was one mile west of Plymouth where our cemetery and former parsonage are still located. Pastor Henry Klokemeyer of DeWitt was called on September 20, 1880, as the first pastor. In the summer of 1882 the first church building was constructed. On May 20, 1913, this building, which has served the congregation as a house of worship for over 30 years, was struck by lightening and totally destroyed by fire. It was then decided to build a new church on the northwest edge of Plymouth on land donated by Otto Knoche. This building was dedicated on April 16, 1914. In 1971 an enclosed front entrance was build and in 1991 an addition attached to the northeast side of the church was constructed. Our Lutheran Elementary School was opened in 1903 and has served students continuously until the present, except for several years after World War I. In 1998 a preschool was started in the church basement.