Zion has enjoyed being part of the Colome community for almost the city's entire existence. The first official Lutheran service was held July 4, 1909 by Pastor Witt from Norfolk, NE. He led four families in worship in a vacant building. How far God has brought us since then!
The first resident pastor came in 1911. Pastor Martin Wagner was installed as a missionary and officially organized the Zion congregation on November 12, 1911. The six charter members were G. Blakkolb, G. Brinkmann, H. Lutt, C. Rock, F. Rock, and Geo. Weiler.
The first church building was completed the winter of 1912. English and German services were held until 1923. Membership increased following the discontinuation of worship in German. Thus a new and larger facility was needed. The building was completed at a cost of $8,500 and was dedicated on November 9, 1924. This is the building across from the school that served as our church home until 2002.
In 1927 a one room school house was purchased and moved to the church site in Colome. 23 students attended the school its first year. Through the years the school had difficulties finding teachers from time to time but operated until 1951, when it closed because of a lack of students.
1968 marked the beginning of building a new parsonage. The new parsonage that resides today at 306 W. 1st Street was dedicated on June 8, 1969.
During the late 80's plans either to remodel the existing church or to build new began under Pastor Mark Krause. Pastor Delmer Harders was instrumental in continuing that vision of a new worship facility that would provide for our needs into the future. On August 19,1992 the congregation set a goal for funds to be collected prior to building. Thanks to the generous nature of many of the members, past and present, God brought that hope and prayer into reality for His people here.
Land was purchased north of Highway 8 on February 15, 2002 after extensive title work that needed to be done. A special Groundbreaking Service was led by Pastor White on May 19, 2002. Construction began almost immediately and was completed for dedication on November 3, 2002. This is our church home today.
In all, 15 local pastors, as well as ten teachers, have been privileged to serve Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colome. We are proud to be part of Colome's history and look forward to be a part of this now century old community for years to come.