|Pictured: Pastor Tim Jarick of Ipswich, flanked by Mr Selwyn Headrick and Mrs Kath Yarrow, who both attended the Bethlehem Church as children.|
A ceremony was conducted at the Stone Quarry Cemetery, in which a plaque was laid to commemorate the historic Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
The Church operated from 1873 to 1940, and was located about 300 metres to the south of the Cemetery, in an area now incorporated into the New Hope mining operations.
The first church building of bush timbers was dedicated and named “Bethlehem Lutheran Church” by Pastor Heiner on Monday, May 26, 1873 and services were conducted until August 18, 1940.
After the last service was held in the Stone Quarry Church, the members transferred their membership to the nearby St Matthew’s Church, Rosewood, which had opened in 1930.
The church building was dismantled by carpenter Alwyn Stollznow, assisted by Willie and Alf Bulow of Toogoolawah, and taken by train from Rosewood to Toogoolawah.
The building was re-erected and re-dedicated as the “Cornerstone Lutheran Church, Toogoolawah” on October 20, 1940 by the District President Pastor Max Lohe, assisted by Pastor Ludwig Doehler of Lowood, and Pastor Gerhard Dohler of Ipswich.