The History of Zion Lutheran Church
It all began on November 20, 1859 when a number of citizens of the Evangelical Lutheran Confession gathered together at a place called "Excursion Hall". That's the day "ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH" came into existence. Pastor C. A. Fritze was called on January 29, 1860!
Several years later in 1867 they built a modest sized sanctuary as the first permanent structure for regular worship service and fellowship. The structure has been added to and altered over the past 150 years to form the church structure used today. The two sides of that first church building are still standing and still cradling those that gather to worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The following contains much of the 150 year history of Zion Lutheran Church, including a chronology of major milestones, the pastors who have served Zion, and many other interesting events and facts related to the growth of Zion Lutheran church!
Thanks to the Historical Data Committee for the many many hours spent researching and documenting this valuable historical information!
Margaret Butler - Jeanette Ricci - Louise Ryan
Zion Lutheran Church sanctuary expansion 1931
This picture was taken in 1931 right after completion of the Sanctuary expansion. The front wall shown in the picture is actually brand new. If you look closely you may notice that the carriage lights on each side of the door are not yet installed. They were installed a month or two after this photo was taken. You can also see on each side of the new bell tower are temporary roof planks used to help the construction people work on that tower. This new front wall was built eight feet further toward Philadelphia Avenue, giving the church it’s first Narthex. This allowed for a hat and coat area as well as an extra set of doors to keep the cold weather out of the Sanctuary. This wall will stand for the next 35 years (‘til 1966) when it was torn down and another front wall was built yet another 8 feet further toward Philadelphia Ave. The 1966 front wall still stands today.