Rev. Thomas Dunkle

  Called as

  23rd Pastor of

  Zion Reformed Church

If the pandemic has kept you apart from us, please help support the many missions of Zion! Our assistance to those less fortunate continues during these challenging times, and our financial needs for the ongoing upkeep of our church continues. Be a part of our gift-giving. Send your check to: Treasurer, Zion Reformed Church, 259 S. Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

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

A Church in the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ
Phone: (717) 264-2854
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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

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

Click here to visit Zion Reformed Church's videos at our YouTube channel!

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

Click on the flyer at the left to download, read and printout our new Zion Reformed UCC church brochure. This piece is now available at our local visitor centers and Chamber,

to help us spread the news of our history, heritage and family activities here at Zion!

Pastor Bob Mcfarlane and Joan present the 2020 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

'Nearly 250 Years of Service to God'

   Now With Off-Street Parking for our Worshipers and Visitors

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Zion Reformed Church        
of The United Church of Christ
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania         

 Our Sanctuary and Social Rooms are Handicap Accessible

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

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.”

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.