The most impressive church in Okarche (among the half-dozen that are here) is probably the Holy Trinity Church and its enclave of lieutenants. Although the building looks more modern than St John's Lutheran farther south, it offers more stained glass windows and a more triumphant overall appearance, though without the classic belltower of its more stately neighbor. Call ahead for permission and even admittance to visit the sanctuary.
The main window of St John's Lutheran is on the south side, with the belltower and entrance facing east, aiming the sanctuary toward the west. Those familiar with my Oklahoma City page (for the First United Methodist Church) will see that both shopped the same vendor for stained glass windows. St John's used the image for its main southern window.
There isn't much to see in Okarche, so unless you've come to visit family or eat at Eischen's Chicken, this town is easy to miss. A jogger could clear the town limits in about seven minutes on US-81. Of the few prominent points on the Okarche skyline, one belongs to St John's Lutheran Church with its handsome red brick design, ornate sanctuary and stained glass windows, and its wonderful belltower.
El Reno lies fifteen miles south of Okarche on US-81, and competes with Kingfisher in number of historic points of interest. Second only to Guthrie in the extent and preservation of its Main Street USA quarter, El Reno attracts visitors to its old frontier Fort Reno, its old turn-of-the-century hotels (now museums) and its Canadian County History museum, all a microcosm of more historically-rich Guthrie. Together with Oklahoma City, all three sprang up overnight as townships as part of the 1889 Land Run.
Kingfisher lies ten miles north of Okarche on US-81. Once passed over as a possible capital city for the 46th state, Kingfisher seems to have more museums and points of interest per capita than all other towns and cities in Oklahoma. Churches, early territorial mansions and other museums lie within this tiny county seat no more than forty miles from Oklahoma City.