Zion Church History

A Chronological List of Events

1901

Ladies Aid was organized.

1903

First meeting to plan for church in Hanska. Rev. Skaret started idea."Zion's Scandinavian Lutheran Church was the name that was chosen. Services were held upstairs in Nundahl's Hall, which today is the Municipal Liquor Store. Two lots were purchased for $200.00 where church now stands.

1904

In this year the Cornerstone was laid and all Hanska businesses were closed for this. Sunday School was organized, was held in Public School.

1905

First service in new church was held on Christmas Day.

1912

Packed dirt floor in church basement was covered with a wood floor.

1915

Church bell purchased for $348.00.

1917

Services are now given twice a year in English.

1919

Burning of original mortgage for church of $1,300.00. Total cost was $3,211.00

1920

Four-point parish was set up, Linden, Lake Hanska, Zion, and LaSalle.

1921

Forty-two new families joined church, most ever in any year. Services given in English every third Sunday. Land purchased west of Hanska for cemetery.

1923

Permission to hold confirmation classes in English.

1928

Services were divided equally between the English and Norwegian language.

1936

High steeple removed.

1946

Candlelight services were held for 49 young men and women serving in WW2.

1952

Four-point parish becomes two parishes, Linden-Zion and Lake Hanska-LaSalle.

1953

Started having services every Sunday. Sponsored a missionary family in Madagascar- the Jacobson's. Zion observed its 50th Anniversary. Translated church Constitution and By-Laws from Norwegian to English language. Went to pledge system for funding church. Sponsored a German refugee family- the Karl Huber's.

1955

Women were finally given the right to vote on church matters. Congregations of area agreed to provide a home for the elderly-Luther Memorial Home.

1957

Zion/Linden Parsonage was built and a basement addition put on north side of church.

1964

Church remodeling done- a new entryway, Sunday School classrooms, kitchen etc. Purchased Hammond organ for $2,862.27.

1972

Outside bulletin board was given as memorial gift, also sound system in church.

1973

Purchased electric typewriter, ditto machine, tape recorder, movie & overhead projector.

1977

Lot adjoining church property on south side was purchased from Bill Wurtz for $2000.00

1978

Celebrated 75th Anniversary

1980

Mail distribution rack made by Gerald Bentdahl.

1982

First communion was given to 5th Graders.

1983

Chimes were given as memorial and installed.

1984

North side addition to church over existing basement, stained glass windows added.

1988

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was formed.

1994

Linden conveys its interest in the parsonage to Zion.

1998

A tornado went through rural Hanska destroying/damaging many church members farms.

2001

Vertical Lift was added for handicapped.

2002

New constitution was adopted.

2003

Zion celebrated its 100th anniversary. Cornerstone was opened - items are on display in special glass cases in Zion.

2005

Four point parish reestablished, Linden, Lake Hanska, Zion, and LaSalle

2006

2002 Constitution was revised, approved by congregation, and sent in to the Synod. Parish named Prairie Land Lutheran Parish

2007

Parsonage for pastors is in LaSalle, Zion's parsonage becomes an office for parish.

2008

Enlarged church entryway by removing classroom wall. Added lift entryway. Shingled office roof. Redid entire church kitchen due to damage from water leak under sink. Put in new sidewalk on south side of church.

 

 

PASTORS THROUGH THE YEARS AT ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH

 
 

 

1903-1907:            Rev. G.O. Skaret - started idea of church in Hanska
1907-1908:            Rev. H.O. Hvid - interim
1908-1911:            Rev. Nervig - his confirmation classes ran from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday
1911-1920:            Rev. C.G. Bjelland - is credited with the formation of the LaSalle Church
1920-1923:            Rev. Jacob Thornell - served the four congregations
1923-1928:            Rev. S.G. Simundson - left due to poor health and later became an interim pastor.
1928-1952:            Rev. V.F. Larson - was instrumental in founding Our Savior's Lutheran Church. He served for 24 years, the longest of any of our pastors.

1953-1955:            Pastor Ronald Soderquist - begin sponsorship for missionary Leonard Jacobson
1956-1960:            Pastor Albert Erickson - first pastor to live in new Zion/Linden Parsonage
1960-1966:            Pastor Curtis Fox - held Bible Studies and meetings in home.
1966-1967:            Pastor Buiede - interim
1967-1972:            Pastor Robert Ostergard - was aware of the needs of minority groups and brought underprivileged children in Minneapolis to be hosted by Zion members.

1971-1972:            Pastor Belk-interim
1972-1982:            Pastor James Florence - initiated early first communion for the 5th graders.
1983-1987:            Pastor Richard Thompson - strong with Bible study and youth mission trips.
1988-1998:            Pastor Dennis Preston -was active in community and enjoyed Norwegian Folk dancing. He also spent the years 1994-1995 spent in Norway, helped with tornado disaster in area.

1994-1995:            Pastor Ole Kristiansen - exchange pastor from Norway for one year
1999-2006:            Pastor Marcia Hegna - helped the Lift become reality & guided the writing and adoption of a new constitution using the ELCA Model.

2007:             Pastor Duane Kamrath & Pastor David Webster - interims
Sept. 2007-     Pastors Aaron & Mary Suomala Folkerds

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