Zion Lutheran Church

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Zion Lutheran Church



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This folder contains an ecumenical letter, various letters, a congregational historical record, a piece of Zion Lutheran Church stationary, a written history of Zion Lutheran Church, a bulletin from 1959, bulletins from the dedication in 1959, a church relations visit summary, centennial celebration booklet, centennial envelope, newspaper clippings, centennial church history booklet, installation bulletin of Louis J. Schneider 1994, holy communion service guide 1981, dedication service 1959, installation service for Robert L. Rodin 1988, invitation to Rodin's installation, and church history 1897-1992 booklet.

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Zion Lutheran Church had its beginnings in 1897 when Frank E. Sack, speaking only German, was sent by the Michigan Synod to Medford. The congregation was organized in 1898 and the church was erected in 1901. By 1913 one English service a month was held, and by 1924 all services were held in English. The pastors at Zion also served in Grants Pass and Lake Creek. A pastoral vacancy for 18 months in 1936-1937 coupled with extreme financial difficulties almost destroyed the congregation. The church was sold on May 19, 1936, and the congregation rented for some months before refinancing and reclaiming of the property could be accomplished. Since that time the church has prospered, an educational wing has been added and church staff has been added.

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