175 Faithful Years
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” is a beloved Christian hymn with lyrics celebrating God’s steadfast love. That’s why Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church chose its title for the theme of its 175th anniversary celebration.
“We started thinking about God’s faithfulness to us as a congregation,” says Mary Chesters, anniversary committee chair and 18-year church member.
The East Petersburg church has a slew of anniversary celebrations scheduled. They kick off Sunday and continue on Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23. A variety of events will take place each Sunday to honor the church’s long-standing history at its original location, 1905 Broad St., East Petersburg.
Founded in 1847, the church had just 16 members at the time of its inception. By 1960, membership grew to 425. Today, there are 208 members.
“The building underwent several remodeling projects over the years, from its first electric lights to the addition of a choir room in the 2000s.
Today, the three-floor brick building includes the sanctuary, office, classrooms, library, choir room and fellowship hall. A cemetery and memorial garden are located behind the church.
Church historian and 31-year church member Kim Gable did extensive research about the church.
“She created a wonderful historical museum in our library with photos and pictures to chronicle the past 175 years,” Chesters says.
We are a congregation serving Lancaster County for more than 150 years with a ministry of worship, education, fellowship, and Christian service. This is Christ’s church. There is a place for you here.
Our Church Family at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church is a nurturing community of believers. We worship and praise God and embrace the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We share our time and talents to enrich our church experience through personal commitment and involvement.
As part of our Zion Community Outreach, we feature Grab & Go meals that are served each Monday of the year from 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Invitations are available in church. In order for the purchases to qualify, invitations must be presented at J.B. Dawson’s when dining.
The Zion Clothing Bank is available every Monday from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or by appointment—call the Parish Office at (717) 569-1359. Donations are greatly appreciated throughout the year.
This is a no-contact option to ensure the safety of all participants. Zion partners with other local churches and groups from our area to prepare and serve the meals.
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $25 donation
Come to Zion and enjoy doing your craft the entire day to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS).
Spend the day doing your favorite hobby—scrapbooking, painting, quilting—whatever you love doing. It is your day to enjoy time for yourself. The day will include lunch, snacks, laughs and friendship. Come when you care to and leave when you must. All the money raised from your registration will be donated to NMSS. You will share a table with another person. Our space is limited so let us know as soon as you can by returning your reservation with $25.00.
Sunday, December 25, 2022
Christmas Day Service
with Holy Communion
Saturday, December 24, 2022
Christmas Eve Service
with Prelude Music and Holy Communion
Prelude: music was performed by the Senior Choir, organist and Director of Music James Riggs, cellist Steven Witter and flautist Sarah Cahoe. The musicians presented arrangements of familiar tunes such as The Ukrainian Bell Carol, Once in Royal David’s City, The Holly and the Ivy and Angels from the Realms of Glory.
The Christmas Eve candlelight service was held at 7:00 p.m. During the service, our congregation sang many familiar carols with organ, flute and cello accompaniment—finishing the service with a meditative Silent Night, followed by a festive Joy to the World.
Our Sunday worship begins at 10:30 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist is celebrated the first Sunday of every month and on the Festival Sundays of the liturgical year. A nursery for young children is provided each Sunday and at all summer worship.
Members are invited to volunteer to serve in one or more of the following ways as part of the congregational worship team: Acolyte; Torch; Cross and Bible Bearers; Altar Care/Altar Guide; Assisting Minister; Usher; Greeter. Sign-ups for volunteer positions and times of service are in the main building hallway.Learn More
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