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Rededication of the Jacob VanBuskirk Vault

Sunday, September 15, 2013, 6:00 pm

St. Peter's Cemetery

In the spring of this year, one of our youth took on the reconstruction of the crumbling foundation of an important gravesite in our cemetery. Matt Pellegrino completed this project with the help of family and friends several months ago. It is the gravesite of the Reverend Jacob Van Buskirk, officially the second pastor of St. Peter’s. Van Buskirk, however, was already involved in outreach that led to the founding of our congregation. What’s more, he was the first pastor ordained in the Ministerium of Pennsylvania who was also born in this country. He may well have been the first native born ordained Lutheran Pastor in North America. On the evening of Sunday, September 15, we will dedicate the new tomb and the two historic markers that tell the tale. The dedication will take place at 6:00 p.m. on site in the cemetery. We expect John Peterson from the Lutheran Archives Center in Philadelphia and Joanne Matthews from the North Wales Historic Society as special guests.     

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