Zion United Methodist Church

History

          Zion United Methodist Church began in May, 1843 as a designated preaching appointment of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. Through a series of denominational unions which established the Evangelical United Brethren Church in November 1946, and the United Methodist Church in April 1968, the church became a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church.

          Zion Church was started under the leadership of Rev. Samuel Enterline, who was appointed pastor of the Lebanon circuit, which extended from Sinking Spring, Berks County, to Lebanon, including Shaefferstown, Fredericksburg, and several house preaching appointments. After several attempts to preach in Myerstown failed, finally in the spring of 1843 a service was conducted at the corner of Main and Railroad Streets.

          Following the service, Rev. Enterline received an invitation from a Mr. John Daniel to preach in his home. When the invitation was given, Mr. Daniel was apparently under the influence of liquor, causing Rev. Enterline to say to him, "Perhaps when you are fully sober you will not want me to preach in your house." However, the pastor was assured that it would be entirely agreeable. A service was held at the Daniel home on Sunday, April 25, 1843 and ever since then, April 25th has been recognized as Anniversary Day.

          Zion United Methodist Church, where faith and friends meet, continues to be a vital witness for Jesus Christ in Myerstown and the surrounding community. Our mission is to make, mature, and mobilize disciples for Jesus Christ.