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Zion's 125th Anniversary  1893-2018

125th Anniversary Calendar
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Quasquicentennial Minutes
     August
Next Meeting of the
125th Anniversary Committee

Zion 125th Anniversary Committee - The current planning team is open to any and all who have ideas and a desire to roll up your sleeves and lend a hand. Join us at the next meeting on
September 4th at 6 pm.

July 1st

Quasquicentennial Minute – Pastor Carl H. Olson arrived in 1948. He served until 1956. During his pastorate plans were drawn up for a new west entrance. This project was never completed, but a building fund was started. During Pastor Carl Olson’s time at Zion, Clyde N. Norrgard, son of Mr. & Mrs. Verner Norrgard, also accepted God’s call to become a pastor. He graduated from Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, and attended Augustana Theological Seminary in Rock Island, Illinois. He was ordained on June 17, 1956. His first parish was in Vinton, Iowa.



July 8th

Pastor Carl Olson resigned in 1956. Zion was served by several interim pastors until Pastor Frank Lunn accepted the call in 1957. He served until 1966. During his pastorate, a parish education building was constructed and a new heating plant was installed at the cost of $76,000. When he left, only $8,000 remained unpaid on the building. Pastor Lunn was a good and faithful preacher and an excellent teacher of the Word. He was the first pastor to occupy an office in the new addition(Prior to this time, the off ice ha been in the parsonage.) Later he became pastor of Emanuel in Bock.


July 15th




Pastor Elroy Bloomquist was called and arrived at Zion on February 1, 1967. He served our parish until August 1985, a period of 18 years. This was the longest tenure of any pastor in the parish.

July 22nd

In 1968, Zion celebrated its 75th Anniversary. A new pipe organ was installed in the balcony by the Reuter Organ Company of Kansas. Zion's first pipe organ was installed in October of 1941 and was located in the front of the sanctuary.

July 29th

Quasquicentennial Minute – In the 1970’s Zion underwent many changes. The Sanctuary was completely remodeled, the chapel and the library were finished in the education wing and the kitchen and parlors were also redone. The outside of the building was stuccoed and re-shingled.


July 29th

Professor Mark Granquist, Luther Seminary Speaks Sept. 20 - What is true faith and how do we sustain it amidst the challenges of daily life? Back in the 19th century, our church ancestors also struggled when forming the Lutheran Church in Minnesota. Join us at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 20, in Zion’s Fellowship Hall for an evening of “The Immigrants and Their Faith,” presented by Mark Granquist. Granquist is a Professor of the History of Christianity at Luther Seminary, a position he has held since 2007.  Granquist has served in parish ministry as well as Lutheran higher education since his ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in 1988. He will lead an hour’s discussion on the real people who struggled with their faith while building and maintaining their communities in the midst of a very new and very different world from that of their homeland. We'll look into their lives and their churches, and think about how the ways they dealt with their faith two centuries ago might help us understand our current challenges and questions. Free will offering and refreshments served.


August

125th Home Hosted Dinner

In celebration of Zions's 125th Anniversary, Mark and Jean Boggs will be hosting a dinner at their home on Saturday, August 18, at 4:00 pm. Please sign up on the clip board during church or call the church office, so they can plan appropriately. Hope to see you there!

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Quasquicentennial Minute 

August 5th

 In 1970 Zion had the opportunity to receive 12 acres of land bordering the Recreational Park. Zion decided to turn down the opportunity because of back taxes and assessments but then changed their decision after being approached by Key Row Community Inc. who wanted to build a low income facility on the property. Key Row Community Inc. paid the back taxes and assessments and Zion donated the property to Catholic Charities to build the Key Row Apartments.





"Milaca's Best" Cookbook! Looking for a great recipe for Swedish Meatballs? How about a gift for newlywed?  Or how about just some great  recipes for some "comfort food?" Pick up a copy of Zion's newest cookbook, "Milaca's Best!" This is a 125th Anniversary fund raiser to reduce the debt.

August 12th


Quasquicentennial Minute – In 1979 Zion decided to purchase a bus for $1,600 and to sell the parsonage. Pastor Bloomquist built a home in Milaca. The congregation also decided to sponsor a Hmong family. On March 15, 1980 members drove down with the bus to welcome Lee Pao Yang (28), his wife (26), their three daughters (ages 5 ,3, 1 ½), and his mother (70). The congregation provided housing in the parsonage. They collected household items and furniture, clothing, and money to support the family. Lee Pao Yang was hired as janitor for a short time. When the parsonage was sold in June of 1980 the family moved to St. Paul to be closer to family members. The congregation was given a Hmong needlepoint hanging which Zion still has hanging in the church.

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