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During the last quarter of the last century, and the beginning of the present, a large number of families belonging to the Lutheran Church settled the very fertile and beautiful scope of land west of Loysville.  Blain, a village in Jackson (formerly Toboyne) Township, about ten miles west of Loysville, is located at about the centre of this rich, charming, and densely populated part of Sherman's Valley.  At the close of the last century the members in this region enjoyed already occasional preaching by the Rev. John Herbst, at different places in private dwellings, school-houses, barns &c.  Encouraged by these occasional pastoral visits, and with a view to the building of church and the securing of the stated preaching of the Gospel among them, a piece of land was bought where Blain was afterwards located.  This church-land is part of a tract located by Abraham Mitchel as early as 1762, of which tract James Adams afterwards sold two acres for church and graveyard purposes, as the following extracts from the deed of conveyance show:

"The Indenture made the 10th day of January, 1801, between James Adams of Toboyne Township, Cumberland County, and State of Pennsylvania, of the one part, and Christopher Bower, Henry Zimmerman, Adam Hubler and Peter Brown of the Township, County and State aforesaid, Trustees for building a German meeting-house in said Township, of the other part,-- Now this Indenture witnesseth that the said James Adams, for and in consideration of the sum of twenty-five pounds Pennsylvania currency to him in hand paid by said Christopher Bower, Henry Zimmerman, Adam Hubler and Peter Brown, hath granted, bargained, sold & c.,... a small moiety of land, containing in all two acres without any allowance for roads, &c.,... to the aforesaid Trustees for the foresaid congregation and their successors in office to said congregation or their assigns forever, &c."  Vide Deed-Book, Letter O., p. 497.

Though the members had now land whereon to erect a church, still they had preaching only occasionally.  After Rev. Herbst left in 1801, they were visited successively by Rev. Messrs. Sanno, Osterloh, and it may be by Oberhauser.  Until they had a house of worship of their own, the members here went to Loysville, a distance from eight to fifteen miles, on sacramental occasions.  The young people also attended catechizing at Loysville and were there confirmed.  Some time in 1815, the members secured the pastoral services of the 

Rev. John William Heim,

who organized the congregation.  The first Lutheran Church-Council consisted of the following members:

John Sieger & Henry Zimmerman, Elders.

Abraham Bower, Solomon Bower & John Stambach, Deacons.

In the spring of 1816, the congregation sent a petition to Synod, requesting that Rev. Heim might be recognized as their pastor.  This request was granted by Synod.  The scattered members were now collected and much encouraged.  But the want of a suitable house was soon and deeply felt.  The members were in this section of the valley comparatively numerous , and they were not only necessitated, but also able, to build large church.  The following is a translation of the heading of a German subscription circulated for the purpose of obtaining aid towards erecting the proposed church:

"In the year 1816.  A petition for aid, for the welfare of the congregations, to build a joint German Lutheran and German Reformed church in Toboyne Township, Cumberland County.  As our neighborhood is very inadequately provided with churches for the worship of the Triune God, and as we should not be indifferent respecting this matter, it is highly necessary that we build a house of God, where we can assemble and unitedly engage in praising the Lord for his unspeakable goodness and mercy manifested towards us to this time.  It is our prayer and entreaty that this proposal to build a church may meet with a hearty response and active support, because we should feel it to be our duty to do a good work, and because it is a work so highly necessary.  It is proposed to build the edifice of stone; and all the church-members are requested to contribute towards its erection, and we would also ask our fellow-brethren to help us, so that this good work which we are bound to do, may not remain undone."

"Accordingly," so says the records, "the commencement of this building was made on the 6th of May, in the year 1816."  The following Constitution, though without date, was without doubt written and signed only a short time before the laying of the corner-stone, in which a copy of it was deposited.  It was written in the German language, probably by Rev. Heim, and is singularly difficult to decipher.  Rev. J. T. Williams says:  I confess I never undertook anything so difficult to translate as this Constitution.  It is bad in orthography, bad in syntax, bad all over.  I think I have, however, succeeded in giving the sense, thought I had often to guess it out, for the words and the construction of the sentences frequently convey no sense. "  As we have been informed, one of the members transcribed the Constitution into the church-record in a careless manner, and hence no doubt the difficulty Rev. Williams experienced in translating it.  The Constitution reads as follows:


Church rules.

The Church-rules of the joint congregations are the following:

ARTICLE 1.  The minister preaching in this church shall be of good report; he shall teach according to the Holy Scriptures and the Large and Smaller Catechisms,*  that is, the doctrines he preaches shall be in harmony with the pure Word of Jesus Christ and the Lutheran and Reformed confession of faith; and he shall administer the Holy Sacraments, Baptism and the Lord's Supper and lead an upright and godly life.

*The Lutheran and Reformed Catechisms are meant, as the "confession of the faith" of each congregation.

ART. 2.  The minister and church-council shall see to it that order be preserved in the church, and when children are baptized that their names be recorded in the church-record.

ART. 3.  In the election of pastor, of schoolmaster, of the church-council, and in all matters relating to the church and school, the majority of votes shall decide.

ART. 4.  When the congregation is without a pastor, the church-council shall then invite a minister to preach a trial sermon, so that the congregation may have the opportunity to hear him, and thus be enabled to judge whether he is likely to be useful among them and will prove to be a good witness in doctrine and life.

ART. 5.  The church-council shall exercise care that the minister, who takes charge of this congregation, be and continue sound in doctrine and exemplary in life; if he, however, fail to be so, the council shall then notify the congregation of the fact and admonish the minister, and if he does not reform after having been admonished, he shall then be discharged by a majority of votes.

ART. 6.  The Elders and Deacons of this joint Lutheran and Reformed congregation shall always be elected by a majority of votes, viz.: two elders for the term of six years and three Deacons for the term of three years, by each congregation; the retiring members of the church-council, if they have been faithful in their office, may be re-nominated and re-elected.  The church-council shall lift the collections of the congregation, and once a year make settlement of the money collected.

ART. 7.  The land belonging to the church and the graveyard shall be the joint property of the two congregations; the money obtained by collections shall belong equally to both congregations, and shall be used for the improvement of the church and school-house; the altar-cloth and sacramental service, the keys of the church and such like, shall be held and used jointly by both congregations.

ART. 8.  It shall be the duty of the church-council to take care that the land belonging to this Evangelical Lutheran and Reformed church and school, together with all the buildings thereon erected or that may hereafter be thereon erected, be and continue for all time to come the property of this Lutheran and Reformed congregation.

ART. 9.  The church-council shall, out of love to these congregations, render their service at divine worship free of charge.  When, however, a minister or school-teacher is invited from a distance, if required, his travelling expenses shall be paid by the congregations.

ART. 10.  The pastors shall be elected by their respective congregations.  The Lutherans shall elect their pastor, and the Reformed theirs, and the Lutherans shall support their pastor and the Reformed theirs.

ART. 11.  It shall be the duty of the church-council of each congregation to exercise diligent care that during the time of divine worship and school-term good order be maintained.

ART. 12.  The church-council shall see to it that as regards appointments for preaching, one minister does not interfere with the other.  When one minister has announced an appointment for divine worship, the other shall then make his appointment eight days later, so that all things may be done in peace and order.

ART. 13.  The church-council shall take care that, if two deaths occur near the same time, the one that died first be buried first.  If, however, the friends of the one that died first be not ready to bury, they shall then notify the friends of the one that died last, and these shall then proceed to bury their dead.  If in this matter any one should be negligent and cause strife at or in the church, men shall then be chosen from each congregation, and these men shall settle the case and severely reprimand the guilty.

ART. 14.  In this church the church-council shall permit no person to preach, who has not been examined, found qualified, and been licensed by one of the Evangelical Lutheran or Reformed Ministeriums to perform the duties of the office of teacher or preacher.

That we will be governed by the above rules, we obligate ourselves by affixing our signatures:

Henry Wentz, John Zimmerman; Elders.

Solomon Bower, Jacob Kroemer, Jonathan Faust, Jacob Arnold; Trustees

Jacob Wentz, John Berkir, Jacob Shuman; Deacons.

Hen. Zimmerman, John Garber, Henry Wentz, George Faust; Building Committee.

George Leiby, Daniel Wentz, Daniel Gutshall

Jonathan Sieger, George Stroup, David Kern.

The above "Church-rules" have long since become a dead letter.  Each congregation now manages its ecclesiastical affairs according to the Synod or General Synod of its own Church.

According to the church-record, "the corner-stone was laid on the 23d of May, 1816, being Ascension Day, when Pastor Heim, Lutheran minister, preached a suitable discourse from 1 Pet. 2:6-8, which reads as follows:  'Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner-stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.  Unto you therefore which believe, he is precious:  but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence.' "*

*In his journal, Rev. Heim says:  "On the 23d of May, 1816, laid the corner-stone of Zion Church in Sherman's Valley.  Preached in the forenoon from 1 Pet. 2:6-8.  Hymn:  Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht, &c.  In the afternoon I preached from Rom. 10:17.  Hymn:  Versuchet euch doch selbst, &c.  Baptized five infants."

The church was consecrated in July, 1817, by the name of Zion Church.  On this occasion Rev. Heim and Rev. Conrad Walter of the Lutheran Chruch, Rev. Mr. Helffenstein of the Reformed Church, and Rev. John Linn of the Presbyterian Church, were present and took part in the exercises.

The church-edifice is of stone, a substantial structure, forty-five by fifty feet in size.  It has inside a high gallery on three sides.  The pulpit is high and ascended by a flight of steps and over it is suspended a sounding-board.  The altar, in front of the pulpit, is circular, elevated one step from the floor, and wholly surrounded by a balustrade.  A cupola and bell surmount the church.  We should suppose the church has capacity to accommodate from six to eight hundred persons, and judging from the work expended on it, it must have cost from four to five thousand dollars.  Withal, the internal arrangement is not good.  At the time the church was erected, it was, however, considered a great church as to size and felicitous as to arrangement.

From 1815 to 1849, Rev. Heim preached here regularly once every four weeks, exclusively in the German language.  On the 27th of December, 1849, in his 68th year, the Lord called him from his labors in the church militant to his reward in the church triumphant.  For want of a church-record, we are unable to learn who or how many were from time to time admitted to membership whilst Rev. Heim was pastor of this congregation.  The number must have been large, as at present upwards of two hundred and fifty members belong, at least nominally, to the Blain congregation.  The Lord crowned the labors of his servant, here as elsewhere, with great success.  After the decease of Father Heim, the congregation was vacant about ten months.  In November, 1850, in connection with the Loysville pastorate, the

Rev. Frederick Ruthrauff

commenced his ministerial labors here.  He introduced the use of the English language in preaching, a measure for a long time much needed among this people.  His pastoral labors were crowned with marked success, and under his ministry many were added to the Church.  Soon after he commenced preaching here, he formed a class of catechumens, whom he instructed in the doctrines of religion.  Though he has since jointed the ransomed in glory, he did a good work here, and long hereafter many will dwell on his name with delight, filial affection, and sincere gratitude to God.  He labored diligently; the words he spoke were those of a father, who desires the good of his children; and in all he did and said he pointed to Jesus Christ as the only Savior of the soul.  His words of love will not be forgotten by those who heard them.  The large number whom he inducted into the Church will ever be a witness to his faithfulness and success as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  On the 18th of April, 1851, the following persons were confirmed:

Joseph Wentz; Andrew S. Loy; John Shuman; George Wentz; John Ebert; Joseph B. Garber; William Stambaugh; Peter Stahl; David McCartel; George Ernst; Sylvester K. Baltoser; David Kissler; Henry Gibbons; John Shoemaker; Samuel Klaus; James McCartel; John Sheibley; Margaret Garber; Lucinda Baltoser; Elizabeth Baker; Caroline Loy; Susanna Bower; Eliz. Jane Baker; Jane Gutshall; Magdalene Briner; Lydia A. Wentz; Jane Shoemaker; Mary Gutshall; Catharine Phillips; Margaret Stroup; Margaret Loy; Mary A. Gutshall; Mary Kissler; Sarah Ernst; Mary Schambach; Margaret Kissler; Catharine Klaus; Maria A. Henry; Rebecca Henry; Elizabeth C. Saltzberg; Eliza Ewing; Sarah J. Wentz
Michael Loy*, Mary Loy*, Elizabeth Chestnut* (*by certificate).

This year the congregations at Blain obtained another parcel of land, as the following extracts from the deed of conveyance show:

"This Indenture, made the 1st day of November, 1851, between Arnold R. Fahs and Julia E. his wife, of Jackson Township, Perry County, and State of Pennsylvania, of the one part, and Solomon Bower, Jacob Kremer, David Snyder, and George Souder of Jackson and Toboyne Townships, County and State aforesaid, Trustees of the congregations at Zion's Church, in Jackson Township, County and State aforesaid, of the other part, Witnesseth, that the said Arnold R. Fahs and Julia E. his wife, for and in consideration of the sum of five dollars to them in hand paid by the party of the second part,.... have granted, bargained, sold, &c..... one acre neat Solomon Bower, Jacob Kremer, David Snyder, and George Souder,"  &c.  See Deed-Book, Letter O, p. 498.

In order to render honor to whom honor is due, it is proper to state, respecting this one acre of land, that Alexander F. Toply donated three-fourths of an acre of it to the congregations.  But before making a deed of conveyance, he sold his tract of land adjoining the church property to Mr. Fahs, with the understanding that these three-fourths of an acre were to belong to the congregations.  Mr. Fahs afterwards sold to the congregations one-fourth an acre in addition to the three-fourths.  Mr. Toply had previously donated, and then gave the congregation a deed fro one acre.  The congregations paid Mr. Fahs five dollars for the one-fourth acre he sold to them.

A year had now passed away, and others were found willing to attend a series of lectures on the Catechism.  The Lord smiled approvingly on the faithful labors of the pastor.  The congregation was reviving and prospering.  A deep interest on the subject on the subject of religion was awakened in many hearts.  On the 9th of April, 1852, the following persons were confirmed:

Samuel Bloom; Jacob Briner; John Beistlein; Benjamin Beistlein; George Hohenshilt; Daniel Shoemaker; Peter Yohn; Thomas Stump; Alexander Stump; Benjamin Shoemaker; George McCartel; George Holtz; Sarah Beistlein; Elizabeth Beistlein; Mary E. Brickley; Sarah E. Cless; Eliza J. Ernst; Mary Gutshall; Elizabeth Garber; Sarah Hohenshilt; Sarah Yohn; Sarah Seager; Catharine E. Seager; Susanna Reinsmith; Rebecca Zimmerman; Hannah Zimmerman.

Having served the congregation as pastor for two years, to the great regret of all, Rev. Ruthrauff resigned in November, 1852.  The charge was then vacant about four months.  Having accepted a call, the

Rev. Reuben Weiser

commenced his pastoral labors in the Loysville charge on the 1st of April, 1853.  Whilst he was pastor of this congregation some twenty persons were confirmed; but as their names were not recorded, we cannot give them now.  Rev. Weiser preached here once every three weeks.  About one-half of the preaching was now required in the English language.  Having been pastor of the congregation about two years and a half, Rev. Weiser resigned in September, 1855.  The charge was then vacant about seven months.  Having received and accepted a call, on the 25th of May, 1856, the

Rev. Philip Willard

entered on the discharge of his pastoral labors here.  Rev. Willard toiled incessantly in this part of the Lord's vineyard, and here, as elsewhere in the charge, uncommon success attended his ministry.  Through his instrumentality many were led to Jesus Christ, and now give full proof by their life that they are in the way to glory.  He catechized almost constantly.  No sooner was one class of catechumens confirmed than he formed and instructed another.  Much, very much, of this success was owing to this faithfulness in the lecture-room. Here it was the revivals under his ministry commenced.  Here he was at home.  Not by any labored effort, not by anything peculiarly eloquent in his sermons (though these were always instructive), not by vapid appeals to the feelings of his hearers,---no, in one of these ways did he accomplish what he did; but he catechized as one who feels deeply that he must appear before God and answer for the manner he dealt with the souls committed to his charge.  With him, catechization was not a dead formality.  Truth, the truth as it is in Jesus, with all its life and saving energy, its fulness and glory, was clearly set forth, illustrated, and enforced with unction from on high and amid ardent tears and fervent prayers.  The result of such labors--labors continued from day to day--we have in the large access of members to the Church under his ministry.  The mystery of his success is easily solved.  Would that, in this respect, his example were more generally followed!  In catechizing, as in preaching, a man may be slothful and inefficient, and with all his formal and heartless, spiritless and Christless catechizing, both he and his catechumens may sink to hell; but, on the contrary, in catechizing, as in preaching a man filled with a due sense of responsibility to God and to souls, speaking from the heart to the heart, holding forth the whole counsel of God, and directing the sinner to Jesus Christ as the only Savior, will be successful in leading sinners to Christ, and catechizing will evince itself to be a glorious means of good.  Much, very much, depends on the manner and spirit, the zeal and deep earnestness, the longing of soul and deep desire of heart for the conversion and salvation of the catechumens, in order to success in catechizing.  The life and spirit of Christ must give life and spirit to the instruction imparted, and then the truth will be the power of God and the wisdom of God unto salvation.  But to proceed with our narrative.  In October, 1856, the following were confirmed:

Joseph Beistlein; Samuel Smith; Jonathan Beistlein; Jacob Seager; David H. Smith; William Anderson; Solomon Gutshall; Wm. B. Gutshall; Samuel Gibbons; George Beistlein; Elizabeth Wentz; Catharine Wentz; Margaret Wentz; Jane Bower; Sarah Gutshall; Caroline Gutshall; Sarah B. Smith; Mary A. Shearer; Mary A. Ebert; Arabella Beistlein; Sarah Bower; Susanna Shatto; Marg. Hollenbaugh; Eliza Seager; Malinda J. Seager; Nancy Gibbons.

It may with great propriety be said that this congregation, as well as the whole Loysville charge, enjoyed a continual revival whilst Rev. Willard was pastor of it.  God poured out his Spirit on the people, and their hearts were opened to the truth as it is in Jesus, and made them willing to receive it in the love of it.  The lectures on the Catechism were continued and well attended. Everywhere the inquiry was, "What shall I do to be saved?"---and the answer always was, "Repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ."  On the 7th of June, 1857, the following persons were confirmed:

John Brickley; Thomas Reeder; Daniel Anderson; Samuel Kuney; Henry Baker; Abraham Trostle; Catharine Shuman; Esther Philips; Margaret Gutshall; Elizabeth Loy; Mary C. Trostle; Julia A. Bower; Mary M. Brickley; Susan E. Smith; Matilda Wentz; Sarah Gutshall; Rebecca Shoemaker; Caroline Baltozer; Caroline Faust; Margaret Kuney; Elizabeth Shuler.

During the early part of 1858, it pleased the Lord to pour out his Spirit copiously upon this congregation.  A large number professed to have experienced a change of heart, and the members were greatly revived.  The lectures on the Catechism were continued, and the converts were still more fully instructed.  The pastor met them for several months once or twice every week, and under his teaching their views of the doctrines of our holy religion were enlarged, their experience was confirmed, and their duties, positive and relative, were made clear.  Found willing to unite themselves with God's people, on the 25th of April, 1858, the following persons were confirmed:

Christian Streiker; Samuel Weibly; Samuel P. Gutshall; Cornelius Baker; Henry Wolf; Conrad Comp; Simon Gutshall; Andrew Kessler; David Stahl; Andrew Schreffler; George Briner; George Stahl; Samuel Ebert; Henry Allison; Susanna Shuman; Mary Reeder; Mary A. Shoemaker; Susan Bernheisel; Cath. E. Shoemaker; Hannah Gutshall; Hannah Stump; Susan Gutshall; Ann Stump; Susanna Weibly; Sarah A. Stump.

During the summer of 1858, the matter relating to a division of the Loysville charge was agitated.  The charge was too large and laborious for one minister, and Rev. Willard's health began to fail in consequence of incessant and severe application to supply the wants of the members.  On the 26th of October, 1858, a division of the Loysville charge was effected, and he concluded to resign and thus open the way for each charge to call its own pastor.  As he had, however, for some time been instructing a class of catechumens, he continued to meet them a few weeks longer and on the 6th of November 18(5)8, the following persons were confirmed:

Jacob Guttshall; Daniel Leiby; William H. Leiby; Emeline Schreffler; Catharine Baltozer; Lydia A. Gutshall; Clara Stambaugh; Mary A. Gutshall; Mary E. Bower; Susan Schreffler; Flora A. Stambaugh.

The confirmation of these persons, and the administration of the Lord's Supper on the day following, closed the ministerial labors of Rev. Willard at this place.  He had with great acceptance served this congregation about two years and a half.

The new charge, consisting of the Zion and St. Paul's congregations, and now known as the Blain charge, was then vacant about four months.  Having received and accepted a call, the

Rev. John T. Williams

as the first pastor of the Blain charge, commenced his ministerial labors on the 1st of April, 1859.  He located at Blain, and preaches here once every two weeks.

Early in the spring of 1860, the charge erected a fine parsonage at Blain for the pastor.  This was highly necessary, and the congregation deserve great credit for the manner in which they accomplished this needful work.  Every charge ought to have a parsonage.  It saves expense, and is a great convenience to pastor and people.

Having been carefully instructed, in the spring of 1860 the following persons were confirmed:

John Baker; Andrew Shearer; Baltzer Beistlein; Mr. ---- Beistlein; Adaline Stroup; Eliza Jane Shearer; Malinda J. Boltosser; Miss ---- Ebert.

This congregation requires about one half of the preaching in the German language.  But as there are no German schools in this community, the use of the English language will gradually supersede that of the German, and will finally supplant it altogether here, as it has done in nearly all the other Lutheran congregations in the county.

As the old Church-rules or Constitution had long ago become obsolete, and the congregation was in a manner without any rules for government and discipline, in November, 1860, the Formula appended to the Lutheran Hymn-Book was adopted, not without opposition, as the Constitution of the congregation.  At the same time a move was made towards having the congregation incorporated.  We may well ask, how can a congregation manage its affairs properly, and administer discipline fairly without a Constitution?  The pastor did well in urging the adoption of a Constitution.  To have the congregation incorporated was also a move in the right direction.  From the charter of incorporation, dated January, 1861, we make the following extracts, exhibiting the position of the congregation as to doctrine and government:

"That whereas they (the members) have associated themselves together for the purpose of worshipping Almighty God according to the faith and discipline of the Lutheran Church in the United States of America, and for said purpose, &c. ---Art. 2.  This church acknowledges itself to be a member of and belonging to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Central Pennsylvania, and as such recognizes the Augsburg Confession of Faith as a substantially correct symbol of its faith, and the Constitution and Discipline adopted by the congregation as its rule of government and discipline.---Art. 3.  The pastor, or pastors, of said church shall be elected as the Constitution of the church prescribes, and must be a member of an acknowledged Evangelical Lutheran Synod of the United States, or if not a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Central Pennsylvania when elected, he or they must unite with it at its first meeting thereafter, and a refusal to do so shall be regarded and taken as a resignation." &c.

Having been carefully instructed for some time in the Catechism, on the 3d of May, 1862, the following persons were confirmed:

George Stum; George Fry; Elizabeth C. Briner; Lydia Gutshall; Catharine Shuman; Mary A. Stahl; Mary A. Kessler.

Much labor is required to make all the members of this congregation efficient.  Many of them, living a considerable distance from the house of God, are very indifferent and do not attend the ordinances of the sanctuary, nor concern themselves about the interests of the church and their souls, as it is their duty to do.  As the charge is reduced, and as the pastor resides among the members, it is to be hoped that the large Lutheran population in that region will be gradually brought into a state of progress and activity.  There are in the congregation many most excellent men, whose hearts are alive to every good cause and who are willing to do their utmost to elevate the congregation in piety, intelligence, and Christian benevolence; but there are also many who care but little about these things, and whose hearts are not lighted with wisdom from on high.  The present pastor has already accomplished much in the way of general reform, and the hope is entertained that in future still more will be accomplished by him.  To this end may God bless his labors, and stir up the hearts of all the members to prayer and every good work!

"Lord, shall we lie so sluggish still!
And never act our parts?
Come, holy Dove, from the heav'nly hill,
Renew and warm our hearts.

"Then shall our active spirits move,
Upward our souls shall rise;
With hands of faith and wings of love
We'll fly and take the prize."

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