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Pedro M. Nuncio, the first pastor of the Iglesia Evangelica Mexicana, Picoso, Wilson County, Texas — circa 1911
Apple Pie and SalsaAugust 20, 2014 3,292 views 1 comment
I have written about the church in Picoso several times. Now there is renewed interest in the ledgers from that church by other family members. That makes me feel good because like I said before, there is a lot of information in them. Even though there are not that many of us around anymore that are mentioned in them, there are many descendants that can take pride in reading about their ancestors.
Soon after I started my column in the Wilson County News, I wrote about the church. In April 2008 I wrote that the founding fathers met in the home of Pedro Martinez for a whole year while they made plans for and completed the church building. From the very first meeting on July 19, 1908, they always started their meetings with a prayer service. At that first meeting my grandfather Jesus G. Muñiz presided. After a hymn was sung and Psalm 19 was read, my grandmother Manuelita said a prayer. After that, the pastor, Pedro M. Nuncio, read from Scripture. The business meeting followed.
The minutes do not mention how they came to select him or if he was appointed by the “mother” church in San Antonio. Mamá would show us his picture many times, and now I am blessed to have it. It is one of those pictures on heavy cardboard. On the back is a handwritten inscription that translates more or less into the following: Greetings for Christmas and the New Year to our brother and sister in Christ -- J.G. Muniz and Manuelita de Muñiz and signed Pedro M. Nuncio and wife. It is dated Dec. 23, 1911, Elmendorf, TX. I assume that is where they lived.
I hope this puts to rest any misconception raised by my nephew Rudy about the church in Picoso being a Methodist church, which he wrote not once, but twice. I spoke at length to Rudy and he realizes his mistake, especially in the article in which he posted the seal of La Iglesia Evangelica Mexicana, Wilson County, Texas, right above the article! The seal speaks for itself. It was, you might say, a “slip of the tongue.” I told him I make mistakes too, and I don’t mind being corrected.
However, I found something very interesting among Mama’s memorabilia, which ties the two churches in later years. I have a copy of a bulletin from the Methodist church dated May 28, 1944, which paid tribute to my “Papagrande José,” Mamá’s father who had passed away four days before. He had been attending the Methodist church before he got sick. Two of my aunts were living with him here in town, as was my cousin Nereo, who was around my age. A poem was printed in his memory.
Most of the families that had been members of the church in Picoso had either moved to town or to San Antonio. So it was a surprise to me when I read the agenda for that week which noted that on Friday there would be a service in Picoso. The pastor of the Methodist church at that time was the Rev. Carlos Garcia. I remember him well. I assume that he was the one who conducted the service out there. I am very anxious to know what families he served. I know that my Tio Ramón, Papá’s brother, and his family still lived out there at that time. And members of the Martinez family have always lived out there, because their ancestor, Pedro, owned a lot of property in that area. It has been divided and passed down from generation to generation.
On the day of the celebration of El Mesias’ 100th anniversary, I took a copy of that church bulletin and a picture of my grandfather, José Donato Pacheco, and gave it to the historian because they belong in the El Mesias archives.
If there is anyone who remembers attending services on Friday night at the church in Picoso in the mid-’40s, I would love to hear from you. I can be contacted through the Wilson County News office. I hope that El Mesias Church records from that era reveal the names of families being served by its pastor.
Julia Castro, a retired Head Start teacher and mother of 10, lives in Floresville with her husband, Henry. Her email is email@example.com.
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