Then & Now: Zion Lutheran finally gets gym

The Zion Lutheran Christian Day Church, shown here in 1942,
was built in 1928 at D Street and St. Joseph Ave. It was the
church's third school. This building was closed in 1971 when a
new school opened on South Marian Road. In July, members of
Zion Lutheran Church held a groundbreaking event for a new
gymnasium and performing arts center at the existing school.

THEN: In 1970, members of the Zion Lutheran Church broke ground on a new church and education center far from their small residential church.

The new complex, which would replace the small church and school at 401 S. Denver Ave., created controversy for some who wondered how they could build the new facility in a corn field on Marian Road.

Construction commenced and the church, which included a gym, and school were built. The adjoined building still serves the Zion Lutheran community to this day.

NOW: More than 40 years later, the dream of a separate gymnasium and additional space at the school will soon be a reality.
In July, members of Zion Lutheran Church and school hosted a groundbreaking event for the new performing arts center and gymnasium to be built to the southeast of the existing school.

Longtime church members Marilyn and Harold Kelly of Hastings remember the controversy 45 years ago and said there was some of the same with this new project. The dream of a separate gymnasium has been around as long as the building itself.

To read more, see Friday's Hastings Tribune or the Tribune e-edition.>>>

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