Zion Lutheran Church had its beginnings in From its humble beginning, and a number1949 when seven people met to lay the of building expansions, Zion has now growngroundwork for a new congregation in the to a baptized membership of 1,300.Shawano Wisconsin area. On October 9,1949, 49 persons met for the Zion is one of over 10,000 congregationscongregation’s first worship service in the that make up the Evangelical Lutheranrented Seventh Day Adventist Church in Church in America (ELCA) and is a memberShawano. Zion rented the tiny sanctuary for of the 142 congregation East Central SynodSunday services and the Seventh Day of Wisconsin headquartered in Appleton.Adventists worshiped there on Saturdays. Among Zion’s many ministry programs are; men’s and women’s groups, missionary support, community outreach activities, education and benevolences. Family education and youth activities are led by a 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 atThe fledgling congregation struggled Shawano County Park and Campgroundthrough its early years. In 1951 the Mission located on Shawano Lake.Board of the Wisconsin District orderedZion to be closed because its slow growth This outdoor service began as an outreachdid not meet expectations. The first effort for campers, but has become popularresident pastor stayed only six months. to many Shawano Lake residents and visitors as well as many others from theBut the determination, perseverance and area that simply enjoy the beautifulstrong faith of a handful of members kept outdoor setting…and the aroma from baconthe little congregation going. and eggs cooking over nearby campfires.
Zion is now going through a majortransition since the retirement of our recentSenior Pastor of 27 years. This is a normal,healthy process in such situations and isguided by an Intentional, Interim Pastorwho also provides regular ministerial duties.This transition process, possibly extendingover a year or more, involves thecongregation in self-examination and long-range planning in preparation for the callingof our next permanent pastor.