Church History Written in 1980

The seating capacity of the nave (main auditorium) when our pews arrive is designed to accommodate 175 adult worshippers. The size of the nave is forty feet square, including the chancel (altar area) and two rooms for heating, cooling and storage.Along the west side are the kitchen and the Sunday School rooms. The Sunday School rooms are designed for Sunday School classes and social activities. The folding doors can be opened up to provide seating space for another 40 worshippers.

Directly east are two offices, rest rooms, a meeting room and a utility room.

The narthex will serve as traffic center for entering and departing worshippers, with space for a bulletin board, memorial plaque, registration stand with a container for the Memorial Book, and coat racks.

The beautiful stained glass window, a memorial, was designed by Pastor Stenbeck and manufactured by Mr. David Burns. In keeping with the theme of Forward in Remembrance, it clearly shows the means of grace through which the Holy Ghost reaches and teaches the children of men the way of salvation—the Holy Scriptures and the Sacraments.

The construction of the building symbolizes the open freedom in which people are connected with the various phases of the worship service. How easily open and free is the ministry with the congregation. Here in this sanctuary the people can approach the throne of grace with the fullest of confidence that we may receive mercy for our failures and grace to help in the time of need.

We are grateful for the “churchly design” of our new house of worship. We appreciate the willingness of the firm of Pellham-Phillips Associates of Springfield, Missouri to bear in mind our Lutheran heritage.

For a good construction job on the church the members of Zion are indebted to Countryside Builders of Bolivar. Care and concern was their daily watchword.

Further, the members of Zion Lutheran are deeply grateful to Wommack Monuments Company for the furnishing of the cornerstone gratis to the church.

And so, with “team work” from the start to the finish, under the blessing of God, the day He has granted to us has come to pass.

Members of the Building Committee: Chairman Gene Ankrom., Mrs. Lin Ebling, Thomas Moore, George Pruitt, Ron Selvey, Mrs. Alan Ynnek, Pastor Mark Stenbeck and Pastor Clarence Stenbeck.