Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going: The Past, Present, and Future of Zion UCC
Our Past...In 1857 a group of German immigrants, rooted in the Evangelical Church of Germany, joined to form Zion Evangelical Church. Later, the Evangelical churches merged with the German Reformed churches to create the Evangelical and Reformed Church. In 1957, another merger occurred between the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational-Christian Churches. The new denomination was called the United Church of Christ. The motto of this newly formed United Church of Christ became, "That all may be one." This hope is at the center of our belief at Zion United Church of Christ. We hope, pray, and work for the day that Jesus Christ unites all his people as one professing body, tied together by the love and compassion of Christ.
Our Present...As a member of the United Church of Christ, congregations retain the authority to form their own faith history and understanding as they are led by their relationship with Jesus Christ. Every congregation covenants with other member congregations for the purposes of mutual support, wider ministry, accountability, and pastoral leadership resources. Zion United Church of Christ takes seriously its responsibility to be a covenant member within the denomination, participating in its programs and supporting its mission. Zion believes in modeling our understanding of the faith: Seek first the kingdom of God and God's love for all creation. Through God, we seek areas of commonality and unity.
Our Future... The members of Zion desire to be faithful members of the community of Jesus Christ. Our hope rests in Jesus' promise of a New Realm. As such, we desire to find ways to make the New Community a reality in our world. Our desire is to provide a place where people will feel close to God and each other, while also providing opportunities for people to participate in the ministries to which God has called them