Zion owes much to the legacy of Baltes Pickel (1687-1765). Pickel was present at Zion’s first service, a successful farmer, landowner, and a lay leader of the congregation in its formative years. In addition to lending Zion his time and talents throughout his life, Pickel ensured Zion’s future by remembering the church upon his death. In the hard times during and after the War, Zion was helped, perhaps sustained, financially by the income from a legacy of one thousand pounds left by Pickel. Throughout the entire nineteenth century, the Pickel legacy was a substantial part of the church's income.
Many long-time members will fondly remember Helen and Marion Waldron. These sisters left a generous portion of their estate to the church in 1996, which helped to fund the renovation of the Christian Education Building and bolster the newly re-established Endowment Fund along with contributions of other founding members.
Today, this Fund is managed by Thrivent Financial Trust. Half of the Endowment’s growth each year is used to fund the ministry and mission work of the church. Recently, Zion’s new website, the internship of Janis Mays-Holder, and special training for Stephens Ministers were made possible by proceeds from the Endowment Fund.
The Endowment is highlighted on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and All Saints Day each year when members are encouraged to consider a contribution as an ongoing tribute to loved ones.
The Endowment Committee can help your family draft a Family Mission Statement to create goals for your legacy. Please contact Geof Close with any questions.
Zion would not be what it is today without countless hours volunteered, talents shared, and the generosity of Baltes Pickel, the Waldron sisters, and the many faithful members in our midst today. Thank you for your commitment to doing Christ's work through Zion's ministries and missions.