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GERMAN (GRACE) METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Over the next twenty years, membership in the church declined as people moved west or joined the larger English-speaking Methodist churches in Dubuque. Despite declining membership, a new church was built in 1885 at the corner of 17th and Iowa streets.
With the outbreak of WORLD WAR I, Governor William Lloyd Harding issued the Babel Proclamation in 1918. This act outlawed the use of foreign languages in public, over the telephone, in school, and in religious services. The name of the church was formally changed to Grace Methodist Episcopal Church and later Grace Methodist Church. The "Frauen Verien" became the Ladies' Aid Society.
The loss of the distinctive German character of the congregation and the financial strains caused by the GREAT DEPRESSION led again to a decline in membership. In July 1965, Grace Methodist Church officially became part of ST. LUKE'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.