Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of East Petersburg
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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 Evangelical Lutheran Church—East Petersburg—Pennsylvania
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church—East Petersburg—Pennsylvania

Monday, February 27
Tuesday, February 28

20% of all food purchases (alcohol excluded) will be donated to Relay for Life.

Invitations are available in church. In order for the purchases to qualify, invitations must be presented at J.B. Dawson’s when dining.

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—Pennsylvania

Saturday, February 11

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.

Our Upcoming and Recent Services

January 29, 2023

Saturday, December 24, 2022
The Nativity of Our Lord

Sunday, December 18, 2022
The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 11, 2022
The Third Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 4, 2022
The Second Sunday of Advent

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church—East Petersburg—Pennsylvania

The Nativity of Our Lord

Sunday, December 25, 2022
Christmas Day Service
with Holy Communion
10:30 a.m.

Saturday, December 24, 2022
Christmas Eve Service
with Prelude Music and Holy Communion

6:45 p.m.
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.

7:00 p.m.
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.

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Petersburg

Steven Witter

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church—East Petersburg—Pennsylvania

Sarah Cahoe

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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