Growing up at Zion

By on February 12, 2018 in News & Musings

My parents, Edwin and Mildred Carlson, became members of Zion in the early 1930s. I am the youngest of their six children. Growing up we had wonderful role models. We attended Sunday school here and were all confirmed by Pastor Martin.

At one time our father was a deacon (at that time they had deacons and trustees). Our sister, Mary, taught Sunday school for a while and later on Bev and I taught Sunday school for some years. At that time there were so many children in Sunday school we had classes in every nook and cranny – even on the stairway landing! Through the years Earl, Bev and I were on various committees and on church council. Earl ushered for many years – Bev was also an usher and served on the Altar Guild.

Zion is like an extended family – we worship together, pray for one another, and laugh and cry together. As we sing in the beautiful hymn,  “Blest Be the Tie That Binds.“

When we celebrated Zion‘s 90th anniversary, a former student intern and his family sat ahead of us. “Why are they celebrating their 90th anniversary?”  The reply was “because they don’t know if they will make it to 100.” And now we are planning for Zion’s 125th! THANKS BE TO GOD!

Darlene Carlson

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