FAITH

KEEPING THE FAITH IN GOTHA

May 5, 2020

When you think of Gotha, you probably imagine beautiful houses on the lake, Yellow Dog Eats and the gorgeous white church. The town of Gotha originally served as a German settlement in the year 1885. Though the growth of the town did not pick up until the 1960-80s, the town did develop its own character up until that time. The white church or chapel in the town center remains a centerpiece and icon to this day. Founded by Lutherans who still own the property, the church is now rented out by a bilingual Hispanic church in the area which ministers to residents who speak both English and Spanish. Though Coronavirus may dampen religious services, the church still continues online with virtual services. The church is pastored by Emmanuel Lugo who is from the denomination of Apostolic Churches.

 

Despite the fact that the original German-American community is all but extinct in the area, the is just as charming now. When the wilderness of Gotha originally met the settlers from a small town in Germany, nothing could be better for the community. A new town hall was built and the town witnessed real and substantive growth. The work of that  growth proceeds today at lightning speed and will undoubtedly progress in the future. The most admirable thing about the community of Gotha is its enduring small town charm, despite the changes in the times. With Coronavirus many things change, but in Gotha, the centerpiece of the town will always be a place of pride, whoever occupies the buildings. Only the destruction of these structures themselves could alter the nature and character of the town. Until that day, yellow dogs, chickens and smiling residents will continue to cross the road to the sunny side of every Gotha street.

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