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THE 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF ZION

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The Year 2005 Marked the 250th Anniversary since the founding of Zion Lutheran Church of the City of Baltimore.

    The 2005 Anniversary committee worked for many months in preparation for the variety of events that were held to showcase Zion Church as a place where the history of Baltimore has been both made and preserved.

The events listed at the bottom of this page were some of the highlights of the banner year.

We invite new visitors to take the Virtual Tour of Zion Church. Much of the story of Zion is available directly on our History Link

Bernie Penner and the Zion History Club have been meeting to preserve memories from the last century to be published at some future date.  Please contact them if you have anything to contribute. 

The 250th Zion Anniversary Logo was created by church member and graphic artist, Ray Ridenour.

Volunteer "Quilters" turned this logo into a beautiful Zion Anniversary Quilt that currently hangs in the church sanctuary.

 


ANNIVERSARY YEAR EVENTS:

Saturday March 5, 12 and 19th at 3-4:30pm
THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF DIETRICH BONHOEFFER
Link to Zion's Page on Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Three adult education events were co-sponsored by the Baltimore City Conference of the Delaware-Maryland Synod, ELCA, featuring presentation and discussions with Victoria Barnett, Dr. Eric Gritsch and others.


Saturday, March 5, 2005, 3 pm
PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION WITH VICTORIA BARNETT
Victoria Barnett is a graduate of Indiana University (Bloomington) and Union Theological Seminary (New York). Her field of expertise is the history of the churches during the Holocaust. She also lectures and teaches on the topics of bystanders, religion and violence, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. She has been a consultant to the Church Relations Department of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D. C. since 1994. She is associate general editor of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works series, English edition (Fortress Press). She is presently pursuing a doctorate in the area of religion and conflict at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. She is the author of For the Soul of the People: Protestant Protest Against Hitler (Oxford University Press, 1992) and Bystanders: Conscience and Complicity during the Holocaust (Greenwood Press, 1999). She was also editor and translator of And the Witnesses were Silent: the Confessing Church and the Jews, by Wolfgang Gerlach (University of Nebraska Press, 2000), and of the new revised English edition of Eberhard Bethge's Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography (Fortress Press, 2000).


Saturday, March 12, 2005, 3 pm
PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION WITH DR. ERIC GRITSCH: BONHOEFFER’S VIEW OF THE CHURCH: 
SERVANTHOOD AND SERPENTHOOD

The Rev Dr Eric W Gritsch is Professor Emeritus for Church History and former Director of the Institute of Luther Studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg. The author of numerous standard works on Luther, the Reformation and Lutheranism serves on the board of the Ecumenical Institute in Strasbourg, France and holds a teaching chair at the Melanchthon Institute in Houston, TX. He is a member of Zion Church.


Saturday, March 19, 2005, 3 pm
PRESENTATION OF 
BONHOEFFER. A FILM BY MARTIN DOBLMEIER
DISCUSSION WITH DIRECTOR/PRODUCER MARTIN DOBLMEIER
Martin Doblmeier is an award-winning documentary producer whose work has appeared on such networks as ABC, CBS, BBC, the Disney Channel, and Arts & Entertainment, as well as PBS. Recent productions of his company, Journey Films, include: A View from the Mountain, a two-hour special on the life and legacy of Thomas Jefferson, broadcast nationwide by PBS in April 1995, A Time To Build, a one-hour documentary about changes in religion in Eastern Europe since the fall of Communism; it aired on ABC and more than 100 PBS stations in 1992, winning the Silver Award at the Houston International Film Festival, Grounds for Peace, a one-hour documentary on the challenges to peace in Northern Ireland, which aired on PBS stations on Good Friday in 1991. Doblmeier holds a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University, and his film production company is located in Alexandria, Virginia. 


Saturday April 9th at 5pm
ECUMENICAL SERVICE

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's martrydom with
Preacher: Father TIMOTHY KULBICKI, OFM Conv., Vice Rector and Ecclesiastical Praeses, Associate Professor of Church History, St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore


Saturday April 16th at 9am-2pm
 Annual Meeting of the Lutheran Historical Society
of the Mid-Atlantic

The Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic will sponsor its Spring Program, “The History of German-American Lutherans and their Worship,” at Zion Lutheran Church, 400 East Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD, on Saturday, April 16, 2005 from 9 AM until 2 PM.  Presenters Dr. Randall P. Donaldson, associate professor of German at Loyola College of Maryland, and Rev. Holger Roggelin, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, addressed the history and theology of early German-American Lutheran pastorates and of German language worship in America. The program also featured a tour of Zion Church, now in its 250th year of service to the Baltimore community. It is Maryland’s only congregation to continue weekly worship in the German language.


Monday April 25th thru May 18th
Herzliche Grusse/Heartfelt Thanks

People speak German, listen to German, read and write German.  But how do you show German?  In a multi-media exhibition, that's how!  One that was touring worldwide presented the German language in a format that captures your imagination, whether you speak German or not!  The exhibition wss packed with examples that show how the study of German and Germany can be an enjoyable and sensual experience.  An exhibition by the Gothe-Institut, in the Adlersaal.


Saturday April 30th
MayFest

Unfortuately, in 2005 the Mayfest was cancelled due to bad weather.

Traditionally, a Maibaum (May Pole) in Zion's Garden is the focal point for family activities like singing, folk dancing, a kasperltheater (puppet theater), Kaffe and Kuchen (German sweet treats) and Maibowle (May Punch).


Thursday May 5th
SpringFest

Held again in Zion's Garden with Bratwurst, it was another refreshing outdoor flower and herbs market with indoor flea market.


Sunday May 15th at 11:15am
Bilingual Penecost Service

With participation of Bishop H. Gerard Knoche, Delaware-Maryland Synod, ELCA.


Sunday June 5th at 11:15am
Homecoming Service

11:15 am Bilingual Worship Service
Followed by Reception and Fellowship in the Adlersaal


Sunday August 28th at 11:15am
Mission Fest

In connection with the Global Mission Event of the ELCA.


Thursday September 8th from 11am-2pm
GartenFest 

A Fall event in Zion's garden, enjoying the lunch featuring Bratwurst and a flea market.


Sunday October 2nd 5pm
MICHAELIS-FESTGOTTESDIENST

Celebrating St. Michael and All Angels Ecumenical Vespers Service with Bishop Rolf Koppe, Hanover/German, head of the foreign and Ecumenical Affairs Department of the EKD (Evangelical Church in Germany), we gave thanks for 250 years of worship in German in Baltimore. It was Co-sponsored by the German Society of Maryland, The Society For the History of Germans In Maryland, Zion Christ Inner Harbor and St. Mark's Churches.  An Anniversary reception (co-sponsored by the German Society) after the service was held in the Adlersaal.


Sunday October 16
AIRCHTAG- Festive Bilingual Anniversary Service
Was followed by a congregational meeting at The Engineers' Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion.


Sunday, October 16

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION LUNCHEON

Was held at the Engineers’ Club at 11 West Mount Vernon Place


Sunday, October 16

The Württemberg Chamber Orchestra of Heilbronn's 
Concert at Zion Church

Concert at Zion

The Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn came from Germany to the East Coast in fall 2005 as part of the international festivities in conjunction with the transatlantic exhibition “Adolf Cluss: From Germany to America, Shaping a Capital City Worthy of a Republic.” .  


Wednesday October 26 at 4-7pm and Thursday October 27th at 11am-2pm
Sour Beef
For generations, Zion's homemade Sour Beef dinners and luncheons have been packed events.  This year they were accompanied by an authentic Bavarian Beer Hall in the Adlersaal.


Sunday November 13th from 7-9pm  
LUTHERFEST
"Luther's View of History and Time" a Presentation by Dr. Eric Gritsch was to commemorate Martin Luther's birthday.  A hearty supper of Bratwurst, beer, cider, bread, and potatoes finished with a German dessert was sure to please.


Saturday November 26th from 10am-4pm and Sunday November 27th from 12noon - 4pm
8th ANNUAL CHRISTKINDLMARKT
Shoppers were again able to feast on authentic German foods and stock their pantries with imported holiday goodies including Stoolen, Lebkuchen, Advent calendars, and Gluhwein.
Craftspeople displayed their handmade snowflakes, Santas and elves, floral arrangements, along with real Erzgebirge figurines, smokers and steins.


ZION CHURCH OF THE CITY OF BALTIMORE
City Hall Plaza
400 E. Lexington Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
410-727-3939
E-Mail Address:  zionbaltimore@aol.com

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