Zion Lutheran Church had its beginnings in Church in America (ELCA) and is a member1949 when seven people met to lay the of the 142 congregation East Central Synodgroundwork for a new congregation in the of Wisconsin headquartered in Appleton.Shawano Wisconsin area. On October 9,1949, 49 persons met for the Among Zion’s many ministry programs are;congregation’s first worship service in the men’s and women’s groups, missionaryrented Seventh Day Adventist Church in support, community outreach activities,Shawano. Zion rented the tiny sanctuary for education and benevolences. FamilySunday services and the Seventh Day education and youth activities are led by aAdventists worshiped there on Saturdays. Minister of Family Life and Health Ministry programs by our Parish Nurse. Throughout the year three worship opportunities are offered each weekend. During the summer months an informal outdoor worship service is available at Shawano County Park and Campground located on Shawano Lake. This outdoor service began as an outreach effort for campers, but has become popular to many Shawano Lake residents andThe fledgling congregation struggled visitors as well as many others from thethrough its early years. In 1951 the Mission area that simply enjoy the beautifulBoard of the Wisconsin District ordered outdoor setting…and the aroma from baconZion to be closed because its slow growth and eggs cooking over nearby campfires.did not meet expectations. The firstresident pastor stayed only six months. Zion is now going through a major transition since the retirement of our recentBut the determination, perseverance and Senior Pastor of 27 years. This is a normal,strong faith of a handful of members kept healthy process in such situations and isthe little congregation going. guided by an Intentional, Interim PastorFrom its humble beginning, and a number who also provides regular ministerial duties.of building expansions, Zion has now grown This transition process, possibly extendingto a baptized membership of 1,300. over a year or more, involves the congregation in self-examination and long-Zion is one of over 10,000 congregations range planning in preparation for the callingthat make up the Evangelical Lutheran of our next permanent pastor.