Our Town: Zoar

Herald Correspondent

Several from the Zoar congregation returned last Saturday from Washington, D.C. They spent the week touring places of interest on their eighth-grade trip.

Dean and Darren Trummel took nearly a van load of Bibles and Christian literature to Butler, Illinois, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, to Love Packages. Sandra Hopf of Jasper collected most of the load of Bibles, dictionaries and other Christian material. If you have Bibles or Christian literature that you would like to donate, you may contact the Trummels at 812-536-5345 or Sandra Hopf at Jasper.

Colton and Wyatt Polley celebrated their birthdays on Sunday with a pizza party at the home of their grandparents, John and Janet Hemmer. Pizza and desserts were served to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. The boys are the sons of Doug and Jenny Polley.

The Holland Fest began at Holland Park Friday evening. The schedule for the next three days was choked full of events and happenings. Zoar had a float in Saturday’s parade. Church services were held in the Henke Pavilion at Holland Park, Sunday. Zoar worshiped with their friends from other churches in the community.

A number of persons attended the Southridge-North Posey game Friday evening and witnessed the crowning of the homecoming queen. Grace Meece from the Zoar congregation was a senior member of the court.

Haley Langebrake and Samuel Collins were married Saturday evening in an outdoor ceremony at the Corner House Event Barn near Rockport. Dinner and dancing followed at the event barn. Parents of the couple are Randy and Lynette Langebrake and Doug and Lori Collins.

Leighton Jade Reese was baptized Sunday morning at Holland Park following the morning worship service.  Leighton was born May 7, 2019, in Evansville and is the daughter of T.J. and Lauren Reese. Leighton has a sister, Dakota Mae. The grandparents are Dave and Mary Reese and Keith and Nikki Wheeler; great-grandparents are Pat and Linda Mullen, Shirley Reese and Ed and Joan Wheeler. Leighton’s sponsors were Jordon Duncan and Paul Wheeler.

Church history

The Christmas Eve service at the church has always been a much anticipated event. Most of the customs we observe now began many years ago. The young children are given “pieces or speeches” to recite on Christmas Eve. A pageant is still given by the older youth and adults. In the past, the sanctuary of the church was decorated with two tall cedar trees.  The trees were garlanded in strings of popcorn and lit with real wax candles. The trees looked beautiful, but someone had to stand guard with the means of putting out the fire should one of the candles ignite the tree branches. At the close of the service, oranges and bags of candy were given to each one attending the service. This tradition continues today, but the fruit now is often an apple.

The first Christmas Eve organ music in the church was in the year 1879. The minister at that time, J.T. Severinghaus, brought an organ to the church for his daughter to play for the service. The church bought its first organ in 1885.

As we celebrate our 175th anniversary on Oct. 13, we invite any who wish to come and join us. If you plan to join us for the noon meal, we need your reservation. The meal is being served on a freewill offering basis.

We also are asking anyone who wishes to buy a mum in memory of or in honor of someone to call the church office before next Sunday. The cost of the mum is $15. These will be used to beautify the church on the day of the celebration. If you purchase a mum, it will be yours to take home following the day’s activities.

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