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The Old Rock Church
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Norse, Texas

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Old Rock Church near Norse, Texas
The Old Rock Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2005
Old Rock Church interior
Old Rock Church interior

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Rock Church

... The picture you have IS the Rock Church, which is located near Cranfills Gap. (Cranfills Gap is 19 miles west of Clifton, and the church is about 10 miles west of Norse.)

There is a church at Norse, where Cleng Peerson is buried, and where the marker you show is situated. The church is Our Savior's Lutheran Church, still an active congregation, and it is an historic site as well. The church is red brick. ... - Betty Tindall, President, Bosque County Norwegian Society of Texas, June 10, 2002
Our Savior's Lutheran Church Norse Texas
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2003
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Our Savior's Lutheran Church is much older than the Old Rock Church and is a very active church in the old Norse area.

Following is a bit of history on these churchs:

Although Our Savior's Lutheran Church wasn't formally organized until 1869, the first Norwegian Lutheran services were held in the Jens Ringness home in 1867 (a house that has gotten a lot of attention lately, as efforts are underway to get enough monies to do a major restoration on the home). It wasn't until 1871 that they finally managed to obtain a building site for the church, and it would be another 4 years--1876--before the church was actually built.

During the time between 1876 and 1886, the church was variously referred to as, "The Lutheran Church", "The Norse Church", and "The Norwegian Church".

Then, in 1886, when it was decided to build a second church to serve the settlers in the upper part of the settlement, it was decided to name the old church "Our Savior's Lutheran Church" (or "Vor Frelsers Kirke") and name the new one, which they desired be built of rock, "St. Olaf Kirke". The new church was to be built 4 miles east of Cranfills Gap.

In 1917, St Olaf's decided to build another church in the town of Cranfills Gap, naming it St. Olaf's, and the old rock church was then just referred to as, simply, "the Old Rock Church" .

Today, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Norse and St. Olaf's Lutheran Church are very active, but the Old Rock Church only has occasional services. - Doris Werner - Norse area, June 07, 2002
Our Savior's Lutheran Church and Cemetery, Norse Texas
Our Savior's Lutheran Church and Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2003
Webmaster's note: We appreciate Betty Tindall and Doris Werner's identification of the Old Rock Church and for sending us the historical information on the churches.
Norse Churches Forum
Subject: Norse Church
My wife and I went to try to photograph the new church listing at Norse. Your web site said it was 10 miles west of Norse, near Cranfils Gap That is INCORRECT. It is at the community of Norse, about 10 miles east of Cranfills Gap - William L. Early, May 02, 2006


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