Church announces Jubilee Celebration

HOLLAND — In celebration of the 175th year of the founding of the Zoar German Methodist Church, the members of Zoar United Methodist Church announce its Jubilee Celebration of worship, praise and fellowship to be held Sunday, Oct. 13.

The festivities begin at 9 a.m. with a jubilee worship celebration of special music, recognitions and celebration in the Zoar UMC Sanctuary. A fellowship gathering with time for visiting follows at 10:30 in the fellowship area. A celebration meal, featuring fried chicken and all the trimmings, will complete the day of Thanksgiving. The meal will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Current and past members and friends from the community are invited to share in this day of jubilee.  Reservations for the catered meal are requested and will be taken until Oct. 1. The celebration meal cost will be a freewill donation. Reservation contacts are Delores Hemmer at 812-536-2920 or the Holland-Zoar Parish Office at

Immigrants from Ladbergen, Tecklenburg, Westphalia, Germany, under the leadership of circuit riding ministers, established Zoar Kirche in 1844. Circuit riders, H. Koeneke and Konrad Muth, “converted” many early settlers in outdoor camp meetings held around the Dubois-Pike County line. By 1838 members met in the homes of the Katterjohn and Fenneman families. Established in 1844, and organized as part the German Methodist Conference of the Methodist Church, Zoar originally served with the Huntingburg and Holland congregations in the Huntingburg Charge. 

While it is not known who selected the congregation’s name, it traditionally is noted as referencing Genesis 19:23 — “The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.”

Today’s Zoar UMC serves the community with various ministries from the

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