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West Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA)
West Zion
West Zion Lutheran Church
West_Zion Cemetery_Records (PDF 122.38 kb)

Physical address: 29050 357th Ave

Mail: 32150 290th St

Hancock, Minnesota 56244

Office Phone: (320) 239-2430
or Phone (320) 634-1945
Fax: 320-843-2785
Pastor Jackie Harvestine


To find out if church is cancelled, listen to the following radio stations. Morris radio station KKOK (93.7) and Benson station KSCR (93.5/1290KBMO)


Pastor Jackie Harvestine
Church Interior
Altar of West Zion Lutheran Church.
Church Cemetery
Cemetery of West Zion Lutheran Church
Cemetery Records of West Zion Lutheran (PDF 744.38 kb)
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Weekly Events

Information below is provided by this organization

From Sunday, March 18th To Sunday, March 25th


Sunday, March 18th

  • 5th Sunday in Lent Service
  • 9:00 Worship at East Zion
  • 10:00 Coffee at East Zion
  • 11:00 Worship at West Zion
  • 3:00 Clergy Recital at Fron


  • No Events Reported


  • 11:00 Pastor's Text Study in Morris


  • 10:30 Chapel Service at Minnewaska Lutheran Home


  • No Events Reported


  • No Events Reported


  • 9:00 WWZ meeting at Donna Rustad's


  • Palm Sunday
  • 9:00 Worship at West Zion
  • 10:00 Coffee at West Zion
  • 10:00 Sunday School at W.Z.
  • 11:00 Worship at East Zion

History Of West Zion Lutheran Church

Norwegian immigrants of Langhei and Hoff townships of Pope County met on November 22, 1871 in a log schoolhouse near what is now the south part of the East Zion Cemetery and voted to organize a church . They named themselves Zion Congregation with two districts – East and West. Services were held in area farm homes until Thore Thoreson Maanum donated three acres to the West District in 1875. A cemetery was begun and the first church in the District was erected. Services could be held only in the summer because of lack of heating

In 1882, it was decided that both East and West districts should provide themselves with a church. After making that decision, the Zion congregation met in November 1883 and decided to become two separate congregations with their own church officers and budgets. A bigger church was built in 1893, with the steeple to be 100 feet from the foundation to the top capable of seating 600 people. This church was used until 1948 when the present day church was built. West Zion, along with its sister congregation, East Zion, have continued for 132 years to share in the spreading of the Gospel in our community and world.

West Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA) is located 12 miles south of Starbuck and 5 miles west on Pope County Highway 2.

West Zion has a 4 person lift, making the entire church building handicapped accessible. A directory has been erected in the cemetery with a map and a complete book listing all burial records.

We are an active congregation with a Sunday School, choir, a women’s group – watch for our food and craft booth at Heritage Days. We have scheduled an Annual Home Grown Chicken Supper .

We invite you to join us on Sunday mornings for worship (see schedule above)


Annual Church Events

Fall Pork Loin Dinner

Church Secretary Appreciation Day

Christmas Party at Naigs

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Salad Luncheon

Quilting Group

Game Day

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