By Ivan Raconteur
Zion Lutheran Church has been a part of the Mayer community since 1883, and the congregation is celebrating its history with a series of events including a 125th anniversary celebration Sunday, July 13.
The day will begin with an outdoor worship service at 10 a.m.
The school will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13 to allow members of the congregation and community to view displays and photographs that illustrate the church’s history.
The displays will include more than 160 photos of couples who were married in the church, and more than 30 actual dresses that were worn by women who were married at Zion. Several of these were worn by both mothers and daughters who got married at the church.
There will also be photos of nearly 100 confirmation classes that studied at the church.
Last January, a committee that includes Kathy and Gary Hoese, Liz Beiersdorf, Marlene Magnuson, Ronald Hoese, and Jolene Guetzkow, began meeting to plan events for the 125th anniversary.
The committee put together a CD that includes more than 400 photos showing the history of the church. The CD will be available on July 13. For those who prefer, the group also produced a 200-page photo book that will be available during the celebration for a cost of $18.
The display will also feature drawings made by members of the congregation depicting what they think the new church will look like.
Senior Pastor Lucas Woodford said the church is putting together a campaign to raise funds for a new church.
He said the goal is to accomplish this in the next three to five years.
To round out the celebration, the church plans a chicken dinner at the Mayer Community Center Sunday, July 13 beginning following the service. Cost is $10 for ages 11 and older, $5 for children five to 10 years old, and children younger than five are free.
There will also be a silent auction at the community center.
The church will feature several guest preachers as part of its anniversary celebration this year. They include Pastor Mark Peske, Sunday, July 20, Michael Schuette (a Zion member who is currently attending seminary) Sunday, Aug. 10, former pastor Peter Meier, Sunday, Sept. 14, and Don Luedke in November or December.
There will also be an outdoor service on property the church purchased as the site of a future church building. This will take place Sunday, Sept. 14 to commemorate the week the church conducted its first service 125 years ago.