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Elliston Zion United Methodist Church has served rural Ottawa County for 151 years. Worship services are offered at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. A church breakfast is offered at 9 a.m. each Sunday, followed by church school at 9:30 a.m. Classes are available for every grade level, young adults, middlers, and seniors. Zion offers a number of mid-week study and fellowship opportunities, including a Tuesday morning women's fellowship, a Wednesday mid-day Bible study, and a mid-week gathering for teens. Zion is involved in a wide variety of missions, including an annual trip to Cap Haitian, Haiti; a food distribution program once each month; seasonal gleaning in the summer, and a number of multi-denominational activities in the Ottawa County area.

Our Staff

Pastor Diana Mathias
    Pastor

LisaAnne Gregg
    Lay Leader/Office Support/Treasurer

JoAnne Craft
    Lay Servant/Lead Team

Patricia Young
    Leadership Team Chair

Adam Pfeiffer
    Leadership Team Assistant Chair/PPRC

Melissa Gregg
    Lead Team/Missions Coordinator

Barbara Markley
    Lead Team

Mary Stulpin
    Lead Team

Kathy Kaylor
    Lead Team

Dylan Fletcher
    Lead Team

LogoElliston Zion UMC
18045 W. William St. Map
Graytown, OH 43432
Phone: 419-862-3166
Email: aol.com@ellistonzionoffice

Worship Times!

Sunday breakfast: 8:30 AM

Sunday school for all ages: 9:00 AM

Sunday Worship: 10:00 AM

Women's Fellowship: 7 a.m. Tuesdays in at Ignite Coffee House on SR 51 in Genoa.

Tuesday morning prayer at 8:30 AM at the church

The LIGHT Neighborhood Pantry is open to residents of Ottawa County on the 2nd Weds. of each month from 5 to 7 PM. Please bring a photo ID or household bill. Food items and personal care items are available.  Prayer and spiritual guidance are also offered.  

 

 

Church History

By Kenneth Leist

Church Historian (2011)

 

The history of the Elliston Zion Church is actually a history of four separate groups. The original members came from the Aaron Street Mission of Cleveland, Ohio; the organizers of Elliston Zion; Toussaint Charge, Blackberry Mission, and Rocky Ridge Church. The story of the growth and development of our present church is related to these groups, their dedication to the work of the church, the needs of the community, and mainly God’s will and kingdom.

The founding father of Zion was August Peter, a fireman on the Lake Short Railroad who came to this area from Cleveland. He worked on runs between Cleveland and Graytown, transporting farm produce and lumber from the large wooded areas of the Great Black Swamp. At the time, sawmills were scattered throughout the township.

Seeing the fine homesteads in the area, he decided to quit the railroad and clear land and set up a homestead of his own. He returned to Cleveland after staking a claim, for the purpose of bringing his wife, Catherine, and other members of the Aaron Street Mission of the Evangelical Church. The first family to return with him in the spring of 1861, was the Fred Lenz family. Robert Spalt and Conrad and Catherine Bittner followed soon after and were joined four months later by Henry and Helena Peter. 

The group brought a tradition of worship and glorifying God from the Aaron Street Mission, where they all had been members. Upon their arrival; they began holding prayer meetings and Sunday School classes.

The group was visited by members from the nearby Lindsay Church in Sandusky County; Daniel Kern, Elias Loose, and Peter Kemmerling. They were followed by Frederick Zeller, a pastor on the Sandusky Circuit, who organized the church. Henry Peter was named first class leader, and Peter Spalt was named exhorter. Over the next few years other families from the Aaron Street Mission arrived and increased the size of the congregation. During this period a group from the Lorain Area arrived, led by Martin Boss; a shipbuilder. Mr. Boss went to the Bono Shipyards for employment, but soon became dissatisfied there, and decided to homestead in the township. He then returned to Lorain to bring his family to his new home and to induce others to join him.

In 1863 the Elmore Circuit was established, and Elliston Zion was recorded as the Benton Appointment. The groups first met in the homes of Conrad Bittner, Henry Peter, and Fred Lenz. In 1865, a log church was built on the Conrad Bittner Farm about a half mile north of the Village of Elliston. Fred Lenz selected the location following a four-week revival. He had involved himself in personal prayer and meditation, listened to Christian music, then traveled to the Bittner farm. He later told others he set a stake there when he heard music and said, “Here is where we will build our church.”

 The church was completed and dedicated by J. J. Kopp. The log church was used until 1873.

In the annual report for the church; W. H. Pfieffer made the following report in 1873: “Our loyal people in Elliston, by the help of God, erected a new church, which was dedicated Dec. 29, 1872.”

Mr. Pfieffer gave the first sermon on Saturday evening, and the next day Bishop Yeakel led a dedication service and announced that $600 was needed to dedicate it free of debt. J. W. Walkey; Presiding Elder, preached that evening and, speaking in English, said the church had received more than enough to pay all debts.

“On Monday,” Mr. Pfieffer wrote, “we conducted The Lord’s Supper. The people are praiseworthy and full of joy and gratitude to God. The church is a frame building (34’ X 50’); but , only sixteen feet high; whereas, it should be four feet higher..

“An awaking took place in the new church, sinners were converted and a good number received into the church. And too, the brothers and sisters have stepped deeper into the stream of God’s love….At Stoney Ridge the Lord also came to our aid….The Toussaint Class is eager to pursue the Lord’s work. They will erect a new church this summer…”

 In 1895 a new parsonage replaced one which had been destroyed by fire. In 1905 the old frame church was in need of serious repairs; therefore, it was decided to replace it with the current brick building. Bishop Thomas Bowman presided at the dedication, and Charles

Wohlgemuth became pastor in 1907. Through his continued efforts and successes the Ottawa Circuit was dissolved, and Elliston Zion became a full charge. The following year Blackberry Church was closed and the building sold. The Blackberry congregation then joined Elliston Zion Church.

Conference sessions were held at Zion in 1911and 1919. At the Eire Conference Session, the Golden Jubilee or 50th Anniversary was held. The present parsonage was built in 1925 at a cost of $7,358. After completing $3,000 worth of repairs, including the digging of the church basement under E. W. Yaecker, a reopening service was held with J. R. Niergarath presiding. The 75th Anniversary was celebrated by Zion’s pastor, L. H. Naumann, during Holy Week of 1936. Participating in that service were E. W. Yaecker, pastor for fifteen years; C. L. Allen, District Superintendent, and former pastors; Dr. H. R Heininger, Naperville, Illinois; who gave the morning message on Easter Sunday.

 From this congregation; August Peter and W.A. Tabbert joined the ministry in the Eire Conference. One of the Meinke daughters married Rev. S. R. Schieb. W. W. Peter became a noted medical missionary to China.

 A very important part of our present congregation came from the former Rocky Ridge Evangelical United Brethren Church when it closed in 1957. This church was first mentioned by L. Sheuerman, pastor of the Fremont Mission in a report dated December of 1863. He stated that:

 “…the people; German backwoodsmen, had not heard a preacher in several years.”

He said, however, that they “received the precious Gospel with hearty expressions of praise and thanksgiving, and yielded their all to the Lord. I was glad to make my way to these people through any kind of weather”. The new appointment was transferred to the Perrysburg Circuit in 1864 and this was the beginning of the Rocky Ridge Charge”.

Records also show an appointment located on Toussaint Creek, but it is not known where that church was actually located. It is mentioned in 1863. A church was built under W. H. Pfieffer in 1873 and dedicated as Trinity Church. The appointment was discontinued in 1893 and the building was sold. It was under the Erie Conference. It seems highly probable that those members came either to Rocky Ridge or Elliston after the closing.

 In 1880, J. J. Bernhart, a pastor on the Ottawa Circuit, took up Blackberry as an appointment. In 1888 a small frame church was dedicated by Presiding Elder, J. D. Seip. The church closed in 1910, and its holdings were sold. The members transferred to Elliston Zion, and proceeds from the sale were sent to Rocky Ridge Church for repairs to its parsonage.

 In the spring of 1927 a balcony was erected in the sanctuary, and the basement was improved with a rear entrance added. By July, 1928, this work was finished.

 In the fall of 1930, improvements were made to the church building. A new asbestos shingle roof was put on, the church was painted and decorated inside and out, and the current stained glass windows were installed, replacing older frosted-glass windows.

 On March 17, 1944, the Progressive Sunday School class was organized. It continued to serve under that name until 1998, when it combined with the Win-a-Kuple Class, which itself had existed since 1952. A third class, the Christian Servants Class, which had started in 1962, folded together in 2004 into a group called the Christian Ambassadors, which continues to study together to this day in Elliston. Through it all, the class functioned as a traditional study of the gospels.

 Through most of this period of the church’s history, the dominant language was German. Services were conducted completely in the German language until around 1938, and all church records up to the beginning of World War II were in German.

 In 1945, while Rev. E. F. Braden was pastor, a two-car garage was built next to the parsonage. The project cost $1,000.

 During the pastorate of H.D. Kern, extensive improvements were again made to the church basement. New restrooms were added, a kitchen area was remodeled, and a new heating system was installed. The dedication service took place on June 1, 1947, with Superintendent Arondt and children from the Flat Rock Children’s Home as special guests.

 In 1948 a new Hammond electric organ was purchased by the Y.F. under the leadership of Rev. Charles Holzworth. This was a memorial project in memory of Orland Dipman, who died in World War II, and other leading members or past members. The organ was later replaced, but the original memorial plaque remains on the south wall of the sanctuary near the front entrance and the sound system station.

 In 1952, during the pastorate of Rev. Clyde Huther, the interior of the church was redecorated and a new layer of brick was added to the exterior of the church at a cost of $12,000. A rededication service took place in November, 1953, with Bishop Fred Dennis officiating.

 In 1957, Rev. Earl W. Leist was assigned to Zion and would become its longest serving pastor. In all, he held the position for 25 years. In the same year that he arrived, Rocky Ridge Church closed, and many members transferred to Zion. The Win-a-Kuple Class also redecorated the basement and added new light fixtures. The kitchen at the parsonage was expanded, new cupboards were added, and several rooms were redecorated. The work was dedicated in April, 1958.

 In June of 1960, the church purchased the Robert Bast property north of the parsonage and east of the church for $10,500. The house was used as a parish house for office space, Sunday School classrooms, and upstairs storage. Improvements totaling $1,000 were made in September. Sidewalks were added, and a new north drive was installed. The property was dedicated by Superintendent John C. Seadle.

 Several projects were undertaken for the 100th anniversary of the church during 1960 and 1961. First the exterior of the church was redecorated, and lighting was added to the parking lot at a cost of $525. In November, 1960, new glass and aluminum doors were purchased for $600. In January, 1961, the interior of the church was redecorated at a cost of $950. In March that year, the youth fellowship purchased and erected a bulletin board in front of the parsonage.

 A special celebration of the centennial was held from March 19 to 26, with services conducted by Rev. Leist, Superintendent Rev. Dan Corl and Superintendent Rev. John Seale, Sr. Bishop Paul Herrick, of Dayton, served as a special guest speaker at morning and afternoon services.

 New light fixtures were added to the sanctuary, a gift from the family of Clarence Bringe, and the Progressive Class joined with the Bringe family to donate a cross for the altar, collection plates, and candle holders.

 On April 23, 1968, in Dallas, the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist Episcopal churches merged to form the United Methodist Church, and Elliston Zion became part of this newly formed denomination.

 In May of 1979, a new garage was added to the parsonage by Arthur Young, a member of the church. Derrel White did the electrical work, which was paid for through the general fund, aided by a large donation from the Win-a-Kuple class and Matt Sells. A number of members helped with the work.

 During the years 1980-1983, many changes and upgrades were made in preparation for the church’s 125th anniversary in 1986. In 1980, storm windows were placed over the stained-glass windows, and new shrubs were planted. In 1981, a new fence was installed, and new appliances were purchased for the parsonage. In 1982, the church and parish house were painted, and the United Methodist Men joined with men from Trinity United Church of Christ to put up new signs for both churches along State Routes 163 and 579. In 1983 the church pews were stripped and the seats padded, and other church furniture was refurbished, with funding provided by the Win-a-Kuple class. The parsonage garage was completed and dedicated that same year.

 The church honored Rev. Earl and Selena Leist on Sunday, May 16, 1982, two days before his 65th birthday. Following the Sunday service, a community dinner was held at Trinity UCC. Rev. Leist later told his son, Ken, that the event was one of the greatest kindnesses ever shown to him and his wife. After 25 years of service to Zion UMC, he was retiring.

 Rev. Richard Smith came in 1982 to replace Rev. Leist. He was active in a radio ministry in the area.

 The week of April 1-8, 1984 was the bicentennial of the United Methodist Church. The local United Methodist Women made a banner depicting a circuit rider. The banner hung in the sanctuary until 1995.

 In 1985, a new Allen Organ was purchased for the sanctuary and dedicated on Sept. 29. This completed preparation for the 125th anniversary, which was celebrated on April 27, 1986.

 The church celebrated its 125th anniversary in 1986 with a service conducted by Rev. Richard Smith and presided over by Toledo District Superintendent Vance Summers. In March, masons had come to the church to remove its cornerstone, and its contents were displayed at the service. It contained a German Bible, an evangelical prayer book, a Catechism, a list of memberships in classes, and a list of members of the administrative committee and the trustees. It also contained coins from 1901 to 1905. Water had damaged some of the materials.

 A reader read the history of the church and described the contents of the box from the cornerstone. During the meal following the service, items from the box were displayed, and the box was later resealed and placed in the south wall of the sanctuary, containing all the historical material and new items from the historical period up to 1986.

 On Sunday, Nov. 30, 1986, through the efforts of Jean Smith, one of the church’s most revered celebrations, a special annual Hanging of the Greens service, began. That service has become an annual community tradition which fills the church on the evening of the first Sunday of Advent each year and which allows every person present to participate in honoring Christ’s birth. The service, now supervised each year by Kim Traver, has become the largest community celebration of the Advent season each year. 

 When Rev. Smith left the church, Rev. Jerry Cole arrived. Rev. Cole began to work toward construction of a new fellowship hall, which could handle activities housed in the church basement and parish house. After much discussion, it was decided to proceed.

 In 1988, the church proposed to buy 1.918 acres from George Kuhlman’s farm for $5,750. The issue was approved, the property purchased, and District Supt. Vance Summers dedicated it.

 In 1989, the church basement was remodeled, a new altar table purchased from Sauder Manufacturing, and the exterior of the church again painted. The altar table remains in use to this day.

 In March, 1990, the sanctuary was redecorated, with new carpeting, new altar paraments, and the addition of a sanctuary clock and a decorative tree. Outside, 22 evergreen trees, a gift of Esther Myerholtz, one of Zion’s most dedicated Christian teachers, were planted in honor of her 80th birthday. On Sept. 30, 1990, District Supt. Dr. Fred Heath dedicated the improvements.

 Several improvements were made during 1990 to 1992. The Win-a-Kuple class replaced the windows in the parsonage. In 1991, the Earl and Selena Leist Scholarship Fund was established, offering funds to college students who wanted to continue their education. The fund has continued to help students without interruption since that time. That same year, Robert Boss painted the stained glass window frames and installed aluminum frame coverings on them. Overhead fans, a gift from the Progressive Class, were installed in the sanctuary.

 Charles W. Smith enhanced the church’s worship with several handcrafted pieces of furniture, including a kneeling bench in 1992 and a baptismal font in 1993. In 1995, he constructed a new cabinet for the sound system that was donated by the Win-a-Kuple class.

 In 1992, after examining the church’s existing ministry and looking to future ministries, the administrative council voted to examine a building program.

 This decision set off a years-long process. The United Methodist church requires congregations to vote to explore construction, to develop a preliminary plan for congregational approval, to finalize that plan for yet another vote by the congregation.

 Zion began its work with an informal poll in which 51 out of 63 votes favored investigation of the project in phases. A temporary building committee was established, and its members included Lloyd Behm, Dick Iffland, James Smith, Rollin Barshall, Charles Kaylor, Charles Smith, Howard Lohr, Myron Schiller, and Pastor Jerry Cole.

 Several committees were formed to facilitate this work. The lives of the committees varied, but they operated roughly between Jan. 1, 1993, through July 1, 2002.

 Eventually, Lloyd Behm was named chairman of the building committee, and Howard Lohr vice chairman. Janis Smith was placed on the committee to serve as its secretary, and Jean Smith, Merle Carr, Jay Helwig, and Barbara Markley were included as members. Mr. Helwig and Ms. Markley were added at the committees first meeting. A number of subcommittees, with varied functions, were named. They included:

 Study committee: Jean Smith, chairperson; Darling Mensing, and Willard Witt.

 Finance and promotion committee: Janis Smith, chairperson; Richard Iffland, Marion Rudes, Marge Bringe, and Jay Helwig.

 Plans and Construction committee: Rollin Barshel, chairman; Merle Carr, Carol Scharer, Al Boss, Howard Lohr, and Barbara Markley.

 On January 9, 1994, the congregation approved preliminary drawings and plans at a conference presided over by Rev. Joe Miller, of Woodville UMC. By a vote of 40 yeas, 11 nays, and one abstention, the project was approved and a financial campaign begun. On Feb. 7, the official financial draw was started. The church also received a report on May 12 that $91,576 was needed to bring the parish house up to standards — but this would not improve insulation, heating, water, or access. That report led the committee to formally decide to proceed with planning for a new addition to replace the parish house.

 On Oct. 2, a Koinonia Group was formed and met at different homes to discuss building plans. Charles Smith, the church’s financial secretary, was named treasurer of the building committee. On May 28, the district church extension committee met with Zion’s committee, and finally, on Dec. 4, Phase II was started. A special church conference approving drawings for the building, 44-0, with one abstention. The congregational conference voted, however, to place a number of restrictions on the plan. Spending was to be limited to $400,000, and the church was required to have at least half of the actual cost in hand before construction could begin. Borrowing was to be limited to $50,000.

The members and friends of Zion had already raised or pledged $134,479 during a campaign and were well on their way to raise the $200,000 needed to begin work.

On Oct. 29, 1995, Dr. Robert Ball, the Toledo District Superintendent, presided over the annual church conference, and the church voted to purchase 9.2 acres adjacent to the present property. The property roughly extended from the north property line of the church west to Packer Creek and south to the Norfolk-Southern Railroad tracks. This property would be used for the new building and for future growth. Part of the newly purchased land was rented to Wes Gahler and his family for farming operations.

Rev. Tom Schwind replaced Rev. Cole in 1998 and continued working toward the new building.

It was in his tenure that a member of the congregation, Barbara Smith, came forward to request permission to begin a children’s choir called Kingdom Kids. Rev. Schwind approved, and the program took shape with such success that the children were often asked to perform at venues outside the church.

The group began to receive donations, and all funds raised were used to support mission programs, including an orphanage in Russia and relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Eventually, Pastor Schwind and his wife, Beth, recruited a team of volunteers and added a biblical component to the children’s activities called Pioneer Club. This eventually became began a regular Wednesday evening program in which children shared dinner, studied the Bible, made crafts, and participated in songs, games, and drama projects. The program, open to students from four years of age through high school, evolved and changed over the years, finally becoming known during the tenure of the church’s next pastor as the WOW! (Waz Up on Wednesday!) program.

The new addition to the building was completed and dedicated in 2001.

Under Rev. Schwind’s leadership several young families began attending and several study groups were added. The church began to offer two worship services, a contemporary service and a traditional one. A church secretary was hired and a worship team was formed. 

 Rev. Schwind was replaced in 2005 by Rev. Barbara Jean Pope, the first woman pastor in Zion’s history. 

 District Supt. Rae Lynn Schleif asked the church’s pastor-parish relations committee and administrative council to consider taking on a part-time retired elder. The Rev. Lawrence Keeler, a newly retired pastor from Walbridge accepted the position as a 30-hour-a-week job, and the church was able, because of reduced expenses, to balance its books for the first time in several years. In addition, debts that had mounted in the previous two years were paid off.

 Rev. Keeler chose to continue a process, Natural Church Development, that had started under the guidance of Rev. Pope, and the church began to focus intently on improving its worship service. Rev. Keeler convinced the church to resume the use of live music — it had been discontinued some years earlier because of financial pressures — and two members of the congregation, Lorene Klingbeil and Amy Sutter, agreed to serve as church organist and pianist.  By the end of 2009, worship attendance had risen from the mid-50s each week to the mid-70s, and growth continued in 2010, with worship attendance reaching 80 a week.

 The church school, which had lost several of its adult classes in the early and mid 1990s, began the long process of re-establishing a complete Christian education and small-group fellowship program. Rev. Keeler urged men of the church to hold monthly breakfasts, and they began to consider various mission tasks. In 2010, the men purchased study Bibles for use by teens in the church, and in 2011, they voted to hold a special dinner to raise funds for groups working with children and teens, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, an organization that had a strong local chapter in the Genoa schools and which sent a contingent to worship regularly in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

 The church school established several new classes, including one for toddlers, another for young adults, and a third for adults reaching middle age. The young-adult class, under the leadership of Ron Smith, thrived and grew, and attendance in the more than doubled, particularly after a breakfast was added in 2010. A group for teens was re-established in the last half of 2010, conducting a half-dozen different programs for teens.

 Rev. Keeler also urged the church to focus intently on mission work, and he took teams from the church to Haiti, in 2009, 2010, and 2011. The groups worked with a mission in Cap Haitian called Living Hope. They worked with children in Haitian schools, undertook two construction projects, including painting one school inside and out, and conducted a Vacation Bible School in 2011 for 148 children. In all, the groups raised more than $12,000 for mission work in Haiti in 2010 and 2011. Meanwhile, the church had continued two mission projects that were already in place – Operation Christmas Child and gleaning of pickles for distribution to soup kitchens. In 2010, Administrative Council Chairperson Patricia Young recruited a team of volunteers to run a food-assistance program called Angel Food Ministries, which provided monthly grocery baskets at prices far below those in local stores.

 In 2011, the church turned its attention to ministries for youth and children. Memorial gifts made it possible for the church to purchase and install a playground area as part of the Sesquicentennial celebration, and the administrative council voted in August to hire James Nevel, a candidate for ministry in the Maumee Watershed District, to work on children’s and teen ministries. 

 

Small groups and mission

 

 Small groups and mission are an integral part of Zion’s history.

 A dartball team has operated without interruption since the late 1930s at Zion.

 Men’s and women’s groups operated for much of the church’s history under various names. Since 1968, both became part of the United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men ministries. The UMW supported countless missions, including Friendly Center in Toledo, and a member of Zion, Jean Smith, now heads the board of the Friendly Center Guild. The men participated in district activities, and from that a gleaning ministry developed that has helped soup kitchens in Toledo for years.

 Patricia Young began an “Angel Food” ministry project in 2010 to provide food at reduced prices to all who need it, and she is now studying the possibility of greatly increasing the church’s pantry operation.

 Melissa Gregg and Christie and Carrie Andryc began an active annual project to support missions to Haiti. The church’s annual Haiti Dinner and Scrapbook Crop have become major fund-raising ventures each spring.

 Barbara Smith leads an adult choir in the church.

 WOW, a Wednesday evening children’s program, operated for more than 10 years.

 Rev. Tom Schwind began a Tuesday prayer group during his tenure, and Rev. Keeler resumed regular Tuesday-evening prayer gatherings in 2011. 

 

 

The “classes” at Zion

 

 One must mention, at some point, the history of some of Zion’s Sunday School classes. When my father, Rev. Earl Leist, came to Zion on Aug. 10, 1957, he was impressed by the strong class structures in the church. Here is a bit of history:

 

WILLING WORKERS: This was the oldest group. Teachers included June Grahl, Fred Eppling, Beryl Schiller, and Ed Tank. These members were active in developing an ethic of strong Christian service.

 

LOYALTY CLASS: This class included some of the oldest members of the church. It was taught at various times by Ed Tank, John Stick, Howard Lohr, and Rev. Leist. Class members carried out much of the work of the church, and many served as officers.

 

PROGRESSIVE CLASS: This class was active in the period 1960-1990. Many members served on a building committee in the 1990s. Teachers included Lloyd Behm, Howard Lohr, Earl Moore, Ervin Klingbeil, Helen Lewis, Charles Smith, and Loren Schiller.

 

WIN A KUPLE CLASS: This class raised more funds for projects than any other group. It bought pianos, an organ, paint supplies. It paid to recover pews, decorated the parsonage, remodeled the parish house, installed sidewalks, built a parsonage garage, and completed many other projects. The group raised funds through an annual sale of nuts. Every Monday from late September until Christmas, the group would meet at Myron Helwig’s hardware store and pack tons of nuts in one-pound packages for sale throughout the community.

 

CHRISTIAN SERVANTS CLASS: This class was taught by Edna Magsic for many years and later by Randy and Kenneth Leist and Lorine Klingbeil. Many current leaders (2011) were members of this group.

 

FRIENDS OF FELLOWSHIP CLASS: This group’s teachers included Myron Helwig and Jeann Smith. The class tried to serve young married couples and post-high school single persons.

 

 In addition, Zion provided classes for children and youth. These classes performed Christmas programs, Children’s Day Programs, and trained young people in the name of God. It is almost impossible to name all the people who volunteered to teach children. A few of the most prominent were Dorothy Behm, Laura Dipman, Marcella Klingbeil, June Grahl, Ola Mae Moore, Donna Witt, Barbara Markley, Jean Smith, Lillian Gregg, Wilma Behm, Carol Mesker, Virginia Barshel, Dora Schiller, and Nona Boss.

 Zion also currently provides two weekday study groups for adults. Patricia Young leads a Women’s study and fellowship group that meets each Tuesday in a Elmore restaurant, and Chuck Smith teaches a Seniors Bible Study group most Wednesday mornings at the Smith home in Elliston.