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Pastor Maryanne attends conference at “oldest continuous” Lutheran Church in America

Pastor Maryanne has been attending a conference for first call pastors at the New Ebenezer Retreat & Conference Center located in Rincon, GA. Located on the property is the Jerusalem Lutheran Church – the oldest “continuous” worshipping Lutheran Church in America. Established in 1733, Jerusalem is located along the Savannah River near Rincon, GA. Lutherans are the oldest protestant denomination, begun in 1517 when Martin Luther challenged the teaching of his times.Jerusalem Lutheran Church is located on the banks of the Savannah River about 30 miles above Savannah. The church building, with walls 21 inches thick, was built in 1767-1769 of materials prepared mainly among the Salzburgers themselves. The bricks were made from clay deposits near the church itself. All that now remains of the original settlement is the church building and cemetery.