Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
144 7th St
Morden, MB R6M 1E2
Zion is a congregation of 160 communicant, 220 baptized members located in the heart of downtown Morden. On an average Sunday morning we have around 70 people in the pews from every age group. Our street address is 144 7th St (between Stephen St and Thornhill St), right next to the Kenmore Theatre in Morden, just down from the Thornhill Grocery/CO-OP gas station.
Divine Service: 11 am
Sunday School: 10 am
A Brief History of Zion
The history of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church goes back well over a century, to when the first Lutheran settlers homesteaded in what is called the 1-6 district, served by the Brown post office. Although the Emmanuel Evangelical congregation in 1-6 was a part of the Evangelical and Reformed denomination (later to become part of the United Church of Christ in the United States) the members by and large considered their congregation to be Lutheran. Zion Evangelical church in Morden was formed when members affiliated with Emmanuel began to move to town for work or other reasons. Both congregations co-existed, sharing ministers, until around 1962 when the little country church was closed down due to the improvement of transportation and the lack of numbers in the country to keep the little church open.
In the mid-1960’s under the direction of Pastor Koehler from Portage, Zion Evangelical Church joined the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, adding the word “Lutheran” to the congregation’s name, and forming a dual parish with Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winkler, 7 miles east. Under this arrangement, the church has had resident pastors for the last 40 years or so. Zion still owns and takes care of the Emmanuel cemetery in the 1-6 district, and many of Zion’s current members live in the 1-6 district or grew up there. Our former building was at the corner of Stephen and 10th, but in the late 1970’s it was deemed to be insufficient for the congregation’s needs, and it was at that point that the current building was purchased from the Pentecostal church and renovated to serve as the Lutheran Church.