Sent: Saturday, March 16, 2013 8:22 PM
To: James Muench
Subject: Re: "Muenchberg"
Jefferson City was our home for 40 years. My brother was the pastor of the UCC church, Central Church, in Old Muenchberg for about 30-plus of those years.
Efforts are ongoing to revive the vitality of that neighborhood. The character of the church for most of the years we attended (until just recently since the Rev. Dr. Stephen Buchholz retired and we moved to Maine) was a "high church" with wonderful music, colorful banners and altar cloths and stoles, "klingaboodles" for offering collection, and a celebration of German food during the city's annual Octoberfest on the Southside. Christmases there were memorable with twin 20-foot trees, a bazaar, the works!
The organ was maintained by the Quimby Company of Sedalia, MO, and is considered one of the finest pipe organs in the region. Instrumentalists from the area frequently accompanied this organ and the choirs. All were quality productions.
Both the Rev. Buchholz and myself are direct descendants of Friedrich Muench and Maryiane Borberg, FM's first wife.
Steve led the flock with love and informality within the pageantry and beauty of the 1850s building. That German part of the UCC has all but disappeared now, but it still remains in many of our hearts and minds.
Steve has much information about Central UCC of course that he would share for the web site. The people in Niedergemuenden would be interested in that connection to FM, I believe!
Iris (Buchholz) Roberts
Steve and Becky's contact information: