Zion Lutherans Celebrate the Church’s German Heritage – Osage County Online

Zion Lutherans Celebrate the Church’s German Heritage

Members of the Zion Lutheran Church prepare for Germanfest in authentic German attire, left to right, Donna Silver, Burlingame, and Toni and Larry Wendling, Lyndon.

VASAR, Kan. – In the late 1880s, several Lutheran families in the area of ​​what is now Vassar Village, founded in 1886, requested that a Lutheran pastor from the Topeka area come to preach the Word of God and baptize their children.

The first divine service took place on March 30, 1884, nearly 140 years ago, in the home of Fred Matthias. Zion Lutheran Church was officially organized in 1893 as “Die deutsche evangelische lutherische Germeinde ungeaenderter Augsburgischer Konfession zu Vassar, Osage County, Kansas”.

Zion Lutheran Church will showcase its German heritage and history with a celebration in the Vassar community from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2022, outdoors in the block just west of the church. The event will include German food, a polka band, a beer garden, children’s activities and local artisans selling their work. The event is open to the public. For more information, see www.facebook.com/zionlutheranvassar.