Category Archives: St. Peter’s Church

1910 Coupland, Texas postal card from Rev Krebs of the Lutheran Church


Allen Martinets of Austin found this little gem on E-Bay and submitted it to the Coupland Times.

Someone from St. Peter’s Church or the Coupland Civic Organization might want to add this to their historical collection. Click on the link below to see the front and back. The message appears to be written in German.

Postcard from Rev. Krebs

Students to perform at December 4 Coupland Civic Organization meeting


The Coupland School students will perform Christmas music for the Coupland Civic Organization meeting on Thursday, December 4.  There will be guitar music accompanying the students singing.  Superintendent Gary Chandler will say a few words about school news.  Teachers Mr. Markowski and Mrs. Rumel also will attend.  The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church of Coupland. Following the performance, cookies and punch will be served.

Submitted by Jennifer Dollins

A Visit with the New Pastor of St. Peter’s Church

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Martin Garrison is the new pastor of St. Peter’s Church of Coupland. Today was his first official day on the job. His first sermon as the pastor of St. Peter’s will be on Sunday.

I visited with him a few days ago. My first impression was that he is not as young as I had expected. There was wisdom and maturity behind those eyes. He is very easy to talk to and I spent quite a bit more time than I had intended.

He told me he went to high school in Hurst, which is in the mid-cities area of Dallas-Fort Worth. He attended the University of Texas, studying journalism and computers. He worked in television for a while as a Newscast Director. He also did some commercial copy and was the video editor for Central Texas Gardner on KLRU. That period was eight years of his life. He also did some residential remodeling before he decided to attend the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

I asked what led him to enroll in seminary. He said that because he had attended loving churches as a youth, he grew up to love church. When he was about 30 years old, he was reminded of his love for church by listening to books on tape while doing his remodeling work. He specifically mentioned Gilead, a novel by Marilynne Robinson. He also said that Bobbi Kaye Jones, a Methodist pastor in Austin, encouraged him.

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St. Peter’s Church Says Hello to Easter & Goodbye to Pastor Dietz

Submitted by Pastor Frank Dietz:

Palm Sunday: 13 April – in addition to lifting palms the congregation will observe the Rite of Confirmation with five lively young people. All are welcome.

Good Friday is at 7 p.m. for a service marking both Maundy Thursday and Good Friday with a Table (Communion) and Tenebrae (increased shadows) service concluding in a reflective darkness and meditation.

Easter Sunday: 20 April – Early sunrise at 7:30 and 8 a.m. breakfast for any and all.

Festival Service with Communion at 10:15.


(It is a “farewel time” for sojourning interim pastor & teacher Frank Dietz and Karen as they return their focus and lives to New Braunfels)


This Week at St. Peter’s Church of Coupland – New Generations

Submitted by Pastor Frank Dietz:

At St. Peter’s on the hill it will be a busy, interesting, and challenging day!

In worship, five confirmands will present some of their faith convictions and discoveries as part of the homily preceding Communion. The Rite of Confirmation will be observed next Sunday, 13th as part of Palm Sunday worship.

In the afternoon, United Church of Christ congregations of the Brazos Association (bringing people from as far east as Washington County, as far south as I-10, and from Colorado County and west of Austin) will meet for worship, fellowship and discernment. A major item of business is the Ecclesiastical Council for ordination candidate Martin Garrison. For 2 years Martin worked with older youth at St. Peter’s, providing some special local interest. A splendid meal follows as part of the hospitality and welcome being planned. Pianist Nina McIntire who has just come from Germany will share her giftedness as well.

Come one and all!


This Week at St. Peter’s Church of Coupland – Building Bridges

Submitted by Pastor Frank Dietz:

This Sunday on the hill in Coupland at St. Peter’s UCC…..we’ll take a visual, scriptural and contemporary look at Jesus’ visit with the Samaritan woman at the well and his offering of “living water” for her life and our lives. In the 4th Gospel, this is a profound shaping of the way Jesus and his followers shouild be experienced. Indeed, he is barrier breaking and bridge building, so apt for our own troubled and troublesome times…..from local to global and back again!

All are invited to come join the song, prayer, discernment and welcome! 10:15 a.m……. No matter who you are or where you’ve been on your life journey, you are welcome at St. Peter’s! Remember, God is still speaking, . . . !!!

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