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Sesquicentennial Events


Zion (Shaffer's) Lutheran Church, 1861 - 2011


Zion (Shaffer's) Reformed (UCC), 1861 - 1981


Sunday October 23
150th Anniversary of Church Dedication


9:00 AM Coffee and Fellowship

9:30 AM Holy Eucharist,
with solos by Diane Betlyon, Dawn Boose, and Jerry Fuhrman

Former Seminarian, Rev. Matthew Schuster, STS, preaching.

Link to Pr.Schuster's Anniversary Sermon

Covered dish lunch followed:
Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans and beverages provided.

A group photo was taken that day. The photo disk was written in DVD-R format, meaning that it is viewable only on a computer with a DVD-R drive. It cannot be viewed through a CD-ROM drive nor on a television DVD player. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience.

Keepsakes of the 150th Anniversary are available.

A "Cat's Meow" wooden replica of the church is available for purchase.

The sign-up for the next order has been placed in the Narthex. Cost is $10.00 each. An order form is also available through this web site.. Please note that this order cannot be placed until there are twelve pieces reserved.

There may be other future orders depending on interest: each of these will also require a minimum of twelve (order total, not per person).


Previous Anniversary event:

On Sunday evening July 10 an outdoor musical event was held. Local Bluegrass Gospel group Set Free performed at 6:00 PM. This event concluded with a "make your own ice cream sundae" social.

Zion (Shaffer's) Sunday School, 1859 - 2009



The remainder of this page is maintained as an archive of events which took place to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Zion Shaffer's Union Sunday School.

April 26
Sunday closest to the founding date of April 24 (1859)

9:00 AM Old Time Sunday School (Holy Communion at 10:15 AM)

All gathered in the Nave for a Sunday School session with hymns, scripture, and reflections on the Zion (Shaffer's) Sunday School by its leaders.

Those attending received a keepsake plus an additional candy ticket for the Picnic!


August 9
Family Day Picnic in the Picnic Woods

11:00 AM Holy Communion using Vacation Bible School songs.

The Picnic menu featured many of the foods offered at the Shaffer's Picnic, held on a Saturday in August until the mid 1960's. Menu included chicken corn soup, burgers in sauce, and Carman's ice cream.

Games for children and adults and the old time Candy Store


October 11
Rally Day

9:00 AM Coffee Fellowship
9:30 AM Rally Day Festival Service of Holy Communion

Dr. Charles Glatfelter, Professor Emeritus, Gettysburg College, guest speaker

Link to Dr. Glatfelter's Anniversary address "Church, School, and Burying Ground"

"Of the Lands and Seasons" folk tune setting of the Liturgy and recognition of all past and present Sunday School Teachers.