dorchesterstpeters    Church History


The congregation known as St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dorchester WI, began under the leadership of Missionary W. Christian Schilling of Stevens Point around 1877. The first services were held in the public schoolhouse by about a dozen families.  On September 19, 1880 a small group of German Lutherans met after services and upon Christ's Word the St. Peter congregation was founded.  The first church was compleated in late 1883 it was a 36 feet long 26 feet wide and 16 feet high wooden structure.  This structure served untill the curent church was built in 1903.  The new church was built in the shape of a cross 91 feet long 41 feet wide with 20 foot side walls.  Four large timbers support the bell tower which houses a 1550 lb bell with the following inscriprion


"When I swing, God's Praises Sing, When I Toll, Pray, Heart and Soul."

Other interesting features of St. Peter include the the beautiful Cathedral Stained Glass windows. The windows near the altar depict the Lord's Supper, the Ten Commandments, the Holy Scriptures, and the Lamb of God.  The altar, pulpit, and the marble baptismal font are all still used from when the church was built.


German was the primary language used at worship for over half a century.  It wasn't until 1911 that they voted to have an English service every four weeks. They slowly transitioned from German to English over the years with the last German service being held in 1952.


Over the years we have worked to keep our facilities up to date with modern technology without sacrificing the rich history built by those that came before.

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