Concordia German Evangelical Church and Rectory - National Register of Historic Places Ref # 78003055, date listed 19781214
. 20th and G Sts., NW.
. Washington, DC
. Concordia United Church of Christ was founded in 1833 as the German United Evangelical Concordia Congregation. It was founded by German immigrants who claimed a plot originally designated for a Lutheran church by developer Jacob Funck in 1768. Coming from Prussia where the Lutheran and Reformed churches had been united as one "Evangelical" church, these immigrants sought to remain united above doctrinal differences. Evangelical for Germans held different meaning than for the typical usage today, in German "Evangelisch" has simply meant Protestant. This congregation ministered faithfully to the German-American community in Washington. John Philip Sousa, the famous composer and bandleader, was the son of a Bavarian mother and was baptized at Concordia. The first building was dedicated in 1834. A second building was built on the same site in 1891, which has been extensively renovated and remains in use. All services were held in German until 1898, when English services began. German services were forced to be discontinued due to anti-German sentiment in World War I, but were resumed once the war ended. By 1930, English services became predominant. Following World War II, with the influx of postwar German immigrants and refugees, there was a resurgence of interest in the German ministry. Despite many people moving to the suburbs in the 50's and 60's, the congregation remained committed to staying in the city. (1)
. References (1) The United Church
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