Zion Lutheran Church has been preaching, teaching, and sharing the Word of God for over 155 years. Established in 1855, Zion is a member of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). We are a small rural congregation in west central Ohio, one mile from the Ohio-Indiana state line in Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio.
Zion is a two-point parish, partnered with St. John, Hopewell Township, as of 2012.
Zion has an active ministry for people of all ages in our congregation and in our community. Zion’s activities include a Bible Study group, a women’s organization, Chatta-John youth group, and Kingdom Kids. In the community we participate with the Chatt-Area group of churches, and Vacation Bible School.
Sunday School for all ages is held at 9:30 Sunday morning. Three classes meet downstairs for children ages 3 years through 6th grade. Special activities for the children include playing the hand bells, singing, and crafts. An adult class is held upstairs.
Kingdom Kids is a midweek activity for children ages 3 years through 6th grade. They meet the on specified Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. There are also special Kingdom Kids events held throughout the year. The children enjoy hearing or acting out a Bible story and making fun crafts. A meal is always included. An average of 16 children attend each session.
CHATTA-JOHN YOUTH GROUP
Chatta-John is a parish youth group for 6-12th graders. It was organized in 2012. The name represents the two churches that are involved, Zion Lutheran Chatt and St. John Lutheran Hopewell. Meetings focus on strengthening relationships with God while participating in fun activities, devotions, and service projects. They meet a couple times a month.
ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH WOMEN
An organization for Zion’s women dates back to 1923. The organization was originally called Zion Ladies Aid and Missionary Society. Today Zion’s Church Women have a number of Stewardship Projects and serve the church and the community in many ways.
Zion Lutheran Church Women make monetary donations to the following: Lutheran Social Services, Lutheran Homes Society, NALC Disaster Fund, Osterlein Services for Youth, Lutheran World Relief Disaster Fund, Lutheran World Relief (for Health Kits), Wernle Children’s Home, as well as various local organizations.
The women continue to sew and make comforts that are sent to missions around the world through Lutheran World Relief (LWR). Some years they have sent as many as 100 comforts to missions through LWR.
Zion’s Church Women assist the church in many ways. The Social Committee plans food for funeral dinners and public auctions; they see that cards are sent to the sick, shut-ins, confirmands and graduates; they take care of the communion preparations and altar paraments; they often provide gas cards to members with a family illness; they give flowers to the women on Mother’s Day and gifts to the men on Father’s Day; and they deliver plates to the shut-ins at Christmas.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
The Chattanooga Community Bible School is sponsored by Zion Lutheran Chatt, St. John Hopewell, and the Chattanooga United Methodist churches and is typically held in June. Zion and the Chatt Methodist Church take turns hosting the week-long event. The average daily attendance is about 55 students and 25 helpers. A Bible School program is held at the host church the following Sunday. This is a wonderful example of the community working together.
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