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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
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 School||9:30 AM|
|Regular Worship||10:45 AM|
|Summer Worship||9:00 AM|
* Summer worship begins the First Sunday in July and ends with Labor Day Weekend
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
Pastor Bob has 'brought to life" General Chamberlain for 15 years across the country through his first person accounts
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
Our Cherished Chandelier Will Be Unlit This Year
Since 1977, Zion's chandelier has been an integral part of our Thanksgiving Eve and Christmas Eve Services. These are the only two occasions when it is lowered and lit, at the Holiday seasons.
In remembrance of the many we have lost to the COVID-19 pandemic throughout all of 2020, this Christmas Eve it will remain unlit in their memory. We have lost far too many mothers, brothers, fathers and sisters – old and young alike – throughout our nation and including here in our own hometown and surrounding communities. May its darkness this Christmas Eve be a sign of our continued hope for better days ahead for all of us.
Click on the flyer at the left to download, read and printout our new Zion Reformed UCC church brochure.
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!
Our Sanctuary and Social Rooms are Handicap Accessible
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
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.
We are suspending indoor services in our sanctuary
until Sunday, FEBRUARY 21. We will return to Worship then, which is the First Sunday of Lent - at 9:30 am for Sunday School and at 10:45 Worship.
When you attend please wear your face mask and
practice social distancing. A basket is provided at the
rear of the Sanctuary for your goodwill offering.
We thank you for your support!
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Our Worship schedule has changed due to COVID-19.
Our Church is open only for Christmas Eve Services, and will not re-open for worship indoors until January 10.
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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.