Area Churches, Metz-Hagensville Lutheran Parish, Ocqueoc - Hawks - Moltke - Hagensville

Area Churches, Metz-Hagensville Lutheran Parish, Ocqueoc - Hawks - Moltke - Hagensville

In 1880, St. James Lutheran Church of Moltke became the mother congregation of a number of filial congregations. St. John's , Metz and a preaching station in Bismark Township, now known as the Hope Congregation at Hawks. In 1890, the Ocqueoc congregation was started, now known as Trinity Lutheran. In 1902, the two congregations, St. John's, Hagensville and St. Peter's, Metz, called a pastor of their own. The history of the Metz-Hagensville Parish is to some extent a part of the history of St. James Parish of Moltke. It was Pastor Scwan stationed at Moltke, who started the Metz-Hagensville congregations in the year 1880. Both churches remained mission congregations with pastors from the Moltke parish serving them for 22 years. It was in 1902, that the Metz-Hagensville parish became independent, calling a minister of their own. Pastor Thieme was the first minister. St. John's of Hagensville had constructed a modest place of worship after organizing in 1880. Today this building serves as a parish hall. A larger church building was erected in 1906. A basement was built under the church in 1953 and other improvements were made in the present building.

St. Peter's congregation was forced to build a church for worship the second time. The forest fire of 1908 destroyed their first church. The fire also claimed the lives of five people from the little flock. A new and larger edifice was erected in the year 1909 and at the same time the present parsonage was built. The hard-pressed congregation received much help from the sister congregations of the Synod. The building was remodeled and redecorated in the year 1952. In January of 1953 fire again destroyed the parish hall which is now rebuilt.