Prior to 1885, the German Lutherans living around the village of Cleghorn, Wisconsin (seven miles south of Eau Claire), worshipped in private homes and in the public school building. They were served by a pastor who traveled to several congregations in northwest Wisconsin. Zion was formally organized in 1895 and a church building was constructed. A parish hall for extra church activities was constructed in 1948 and later remodeled to serve as the congregation’s house of worship. As church membership increased, it was resolved to build a new church building on the corner of State Highway 93 and County Road HH. The present church was dedicated in 1979. Zion’s membership has expanded beyond its rural nature and German roots to include people from town and country and from different backgrounds. This is the work of the Holy Spirit who calls all people by the Gospel and brings them together in Christ to receive the good things of God’s house.
ABOUT THE LUTHERAN CHURCH—MISSOURI SYNOD
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is a family of 2.6 million Christians, gathered in more than 6,000 congregations throughout the United States. Our church body was founded more than 150 years ago by a small band of immigrants in America who were dedicated to preaching and teaching the Gospel of the forgiveness of sins through Christ alone. The founders of our church body were from Missouri, Ohio, and other states (later reduced to “Missouri” in our church’s name). Our congregations are united in an association of Christian fellowship called a “Synod,” which means “walking together.” Every congregation is self-governed and unique. We believe and teach the same Biblical truths, but our congregations also reflect the diversity of the people we serve. We are a family gathered from all nations, united in the wonderful truth that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.
ABOUT THE PASTOR
Reverend Timothy Moe was installed as Zion’s 21st pastor in January 2010. Pastor Moe is originally from the Chicago area. He graduated from Concordia University-Wisconsin in 1986 and from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1990. His vicarage (internship) year was spent in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During his 22 years of pastoral ministry, Pastor Moe has also served congregations in Osseo, Wisconsin and Duluth, Minnesota. He received five units of Clinical Pastoral Education and served as chaplain for the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire and Barron, Wisconsin. Pastor Moe is married to Janice and has a daughter, Laura.
Pastor Moe’s vision statement is found in Micah 6:8:
|“He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly, and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.”