We have a rich history at Zion and are excited about the future. We invite you to see where we came from, where we are, and where we are going!
History Beliefs and Faith
Zion was established in 1836 by German immigrants, and many of today's members are descendants of the church's founders. The church was originally called German Evangelical Protestant St. Zion Church and worship took place in members' homes. The first dedicated building was a log cabin at 6233 E 100 North with the Rev. Rice as the first pastor. The cornerstone for the current building was laid in October 1929 with church members pledging 25 cents per brick. The first service in the new building was on Good Friday, 1930, and the church was dedicated later that spring. In 2016, Zion marked its 180th anniversary with a special celebration. In 2018, the church voted to leave the United Church of Christ and change its name back to Zion Evangelical.
Zion holds to the basic beliefs of the faith as expressed in the Apostles' Creed. We believe:
*The Bible is the infallible, inerrant, inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
*God in His grace and mercy sent His only Son Jesus Christ to redeem the world from sin and death. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and there is no other name by which we may be saved (Acts 4:12) and no other way to heaven and the Father (John 14:6).
*God loves all men (1 John 4), but those who do not have faith in Jesus are lost to condemnation (Matt. 25: 31-46). Therefore, we are called to share our faith in Jesus, and bring His love to others (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19-20).
You can find a more detailed Statement of Faith by clicking here.
There are plenty of ways to help Zion shine the light of Christ in our community. If you have any interest in any of the following areas, contact the church using the form at the bottom of the page:
Bread & Blessing: A monthly meal (2nd Thursday of every month) for shut-ins and the needy, with some food delivered. Contact Kathy Wright.
Hymnsing at Waldron Health & Rehab: A weekly (Thursday morning) opportunity to visit with residents and bring them God's love through music. Contact Brad Schultz.
Vacation Bible School: We partner with Blue Ridge Christian Union Church and our VBS is typically held the middle week of July. Contact Michelle Yonts.
Good News Club: An opportunity to bring the good news of Jesus to kids at Loper Elementary; weekly in March and October. Contact Brad Schultz.
Christmas Program: Providing Christmas presents, food and necessities to area children and their families. Party hosted by Zion in early December. Contact Becky Dulworth.
Brianna's Hope: A faith-based alcohol and drug recovery program that meets every Tuesday at 6pm at Cornerstone Church in Waldron. Contact Brad Schultz.
Overseas Missionaires: Zion supports the Ner family in the Philippines, the Tiendrebeogo family in Burkina-Faso and the H. family in Israel. If you would like to pray for them, learn more about them or support them financially, you can find more information by clicking on the links below: