Update on Zion's "Save the Eagle" Campaign

  • Posted on: 22 August 2017
  • By: ddubois

Dear Friend of Zion:

Maintaining a historical church such as Zion is a difficult job. There are many things that need our attention on a regular basis. This is compounded by the fact that our congregation, although stable, is not what it was years ago.

This marvelous piece of property, celebrating more than 262 years is showing its wear. For the most part our congregation takes care of items requiring immediate attention, however, there are some things so precious and relevant to the German community, that we need to reach out and ask for your support. This is the case with the ‘Eagle’.....the Eagle that was sculpted by renowned artist Hans Schuler, is rapidly deteriorating. The Eagle graces the entrance of our Parish Hall, which was built in 1912. The preservationist has estimated a cost in the area of $30,000. We have successfully obtained a grant for $15,000....a matching grant. We need to come up with the other $15,000.

That’s where you come in. We need to expedite our efforts (we need to raise the funds before the grant expires). We would like to offer you the opportunity to create a lasting memorial at Zion. Those contributing $500 will have their name engraved on a plaque which will be mounted at the entrance of the Parish Hall. You can create a one line memorial to your parents, someone who attended Zion, your favorite pastor at Zion or even your German club. Please do not misunderstand, any and all donations will be accepted and are greatly appreciated regardless of the amount.

Please consider donating. This is a win-win situation. Zion saves a one hundred plus year old Schuler sculpture and you memorialize a loved one (if you look around Zion...there are many memorial plaques that have lasted more than 100 years).

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me or the church office.

If you would like to donate online, please visit our Go Fund Me page.

Sincerely,

Shelley Arnold