On Sunday July 12, local historian and author Mike Marotte III welcomed Union General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain – the hero of Gettysburg's Battle of Little Round Top – to Zion Reformed Church. His address centered on the importance of strong and caring Mothers throughout history

The city was Chambersburg, Pennsylvania — at the time a small town located at an intersection of thriving agriculture, commerce and local-made goods, a junction for travel to the busy cities of the north or south. A stop-over point perhaps, as travelers sought rest while on their way further west over

the mountains of the rugged and ever-expanding “western

Frontier” of a new nation.

Originally founded in 1764 as a fort, the town was settled by Colonel Benjamin Chambers, just 15 miles north of the line later officially surveyed by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon.

Quickly after its founding, the town grew with an influx

of German immigrants. They migrated from the Palatinate area of Germany to the Cumberland Valley, an area that so closely resembled their homeland. Their German Reformed faith came with them.

Without a building, they gathered first in the Inn (and tavern) of
Nicholas Snider  – in the northwest corner of the town Square – and with help from a Rev. Faber of Hagerstown,

Maryland, formed a congregation in 1778.

Pastor Bob has 'brought to life" General Chamberlain for 15 years across the country through his first person accounts

To encourage the local settlers, Col. Chambers deeded land for a church and graveyard in 1780, at the intersection of South Main Street and what was then German (now Liberty) Street. The first building was a log schoolhouse. In 1811, the construction of the present structure was begun – with most work completed by 1813.

Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places, Zion Reformed Church today continues to serve as a house of praise to God.

Zion is historically unique, in that it is one of three local
'Rose Rent Churches.'  In its deed is the stipulation that each June, the congregation pay the annual rent of one rose from the church grounds to a descendant of the Chambers family, “in perpetuity.”

Church School9:30 AM
Regular Worship10:45 AM
Summer Worship9:00 AM

    * Summer worship begins the First Sunday          in July and ends with Labor Day Weekend

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Soon this piece will make its way to local visitor centers and Chambers to help us spread the news of our history, heritage and family activities here at Zion!

Don't forget to help support the many missions of Zion while we are apart! Our assistance to those less fortunate continues during our pandemic, as well as our financial needs for the ongoing upkeep of our church. Continue your gift-giving by sending your check to: Treasurer, Zion Reformed Church, 259 S. Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

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We will be conducting our Thanksgiving Eve worship

Wednesday Nov. 25 at 7:00 PM with our chandelier service.

However, we are suspending indoor services for the next four Sundays after Thanksgiving (Advent season). On December 2, Consistory will make a determination regarding Christmas Eve services planned for Dec. 24 at 7:00 PM.

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Zion Reformed Church, UCC • 259 South Main Street • Chambersburg, PA 17201

A Church in the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ
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'Nearly 250 Years of Service to God'
Zion Reformed Church        
of The United Church of Christ
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania         

Pastor Bob Mcfarlane and Joan present the rental rose to ninth generation family member young Maggie, with an assist from Katie Gartenberger, seventh generation family member of town founder, Col. Benjamin Chambers and his wife Jane

All ends well as Zion pays its annual 'rose rent' for another year!

The unique tradition of paying rent for the grounds and building with a single-stem rose taken from the Church's grounds dates back to 1780

Pastor Bob Mcfarlane and Joan Pogue at left, select and cut the rose as called

out in the original deed, for the Church's annual 'Rose Rent'  for 2020

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