Our Town: Zoar

Herald Correspondent

Tai Muldoon and sons, Hudson and Easton, Richmond, arrived Friday evening to spend the holiday weekend with their grandmother, Delores Hemmer and other family members. They returned to their home on Sunday afternoon.

A baby shower was held Saturday at the church for Canaan Preston. A buffet luncheon was served to the guests. The afternoon was spent designing and making onesies and head bands for the expected baby girl.

The Weitkamp reunion was held Sunday at the church. A smaller than usual crowd attended the event. Statistics indicate that the family is growing and thriving with five weddings, 13 births and only six deaths for the past year. An election of officers was held with Jeff Wellmeyer elected as president, Robie Weitkamp as vice president and Beth Goeppner as secretary-treasurer. Beth is replacing her mother, Ruth Carlisle, who had held the position since age 16. Ruth passed this summer. It was decided that the reunion would purchase a mum to decorate the church for the 175th celebration in October. The Weitkamp game was played and among prizes offered were copies of old photos of family members supplied by Kathleen McGregor.

Sixty-two ministers and lay pastors have served the Zoar United Methodist Church since its beginning. The language of the church began changing from German to English in the 1920’s. The first English Bible for the church was purchased in 1904. In the early years, the church was lit by kerosene and gas lamps. Road conditions were something to be dealt with and Reverend L.H. F. Ackerman was the first minister to have a car. The previous three pastors had all used the same horse to reach the church for services. The church will observe the 175th anniversary on Oct. 13. Plan to be with us on that day.

Reservations are being taken now for the catered meal to be served at noon on the day of the celebration. Reservations may be made by calling 812-536-2920 or the church office at 812-536-4862. The meal will be provided on a free-will offering basis. Orders are being taken for mums that will be used to decorate the sanctuary on the day of the celebration. The cost of each mum is $15.

Fundraising continues for the new building in the church grove. Donations for this project are welcomed.

EPIC begins Sept. 15 with grades one through 12 welcomed to attend. Supper will be served at 6 p.m. Something new has been added this year. An adult Bible study will take place during the time the children are busy with EPIC. The adults are invited to have supper with the kids at 6 p.m. and the study will begin at 7 p.m. Pastor Keith will lead the study. This will be open to members of the congregation and anyone else who is interested.

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