Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of East Petersburg

Sunday, October 23

The Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church 175th Anniversary Special Service

Pastor Angela Hammer
Opening Liturgist

Pastor Kent J. Krause
Pastor Mary Margaret Ruth


Pastor John Smaligo
Preaching Minister

Pastor Pamela Carnes
Presiding Minister

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Petersburg

(From center [bottom] left to right) Pastor Mary Margaret Ruth, Pastor Angela Hammer, Pastor Kent J. Krause, Pastor Pamela Carnes, Pastor John Smaligo

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church welcomed all pastors and congregants who joined us for our 175th Zion Anniversary.

The preaching pastor for this event, former Zion Pastor John Smaligo, served local churches and also served as the Lancaster County Council of Churches Executive Director before accepting the January 2002 call at Zion Lutheran. He was pastor until October 12, 2008.

Pastor Smaligo spearheaded multiple programs to bolster the well-being of the community and to help those who were in need—meal programs, foreign outreach, youth programs, etc.

Blaine Shahan | LNP Staff Photographer

175 Faithful Years


Zion Evangelical Lutheran marks milestone with music, fellowship

Original LNP September 10, 2022 story was edited.

“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.

Church History

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.

Virtual Worship

There are online options for viewing the weekly services. We invite you to worship with us via YouTube Livestream at the link below. We broadcast our live, Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. Worship will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Call in for audio: 1 (646) 558-8656. When prompted, enter the meeting ID.

Our Community

Welcome to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Petersburg — Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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.

Grab & Go Lunch

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.

Zion Clothing Bank
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Monday

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.

Grab & Go Lunch
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Monday

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.

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Petersburg—Rizzetta's Tones

Sunday, December 11, 2022
3:00 p.m.

Rizzetta's Tones

Rizzetta's Tones will be performing a free will offering concert at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church—December 11, 2022. This Celtic and folk band is a quartet comprised of 'fraternal twin' hammer dulcimers, silver flute, high & low whistles and guitars. The band often heightens it productions with button accordion, autoharp, Greek bouzouki, mandolin, ukulele, as well as doumbek, cajon, djembe, and other percussion instruments.

All four members take turns singing lead and background vocals on songs—both poignant and humorous. Their repertoire includes music from Ireland, Scotland and the United States, drawing as well from the traditions of Finland, Brazil, France, Macedonia and many other lands.

Forging new arrangements and writing their own material, Rizzetta's Tones presents audiences with a pleasing twist, while respecting musical traditions.

We welcome all to join us for this special, free and no-reservation event.

Our Upcoming and Recent Services

November 27, 2022

Sunday, November 20, 2022
Christ the King Sunday

Sunday, November 13, 2022
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, October 23, 2022
175th Anniversary Sunday

Our Worship

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.

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