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Monday-Friday at 10:00 a.m. Live Stream Lenten Devotion/Prayer Time on the Shepherd of the Hills Facebook page
Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Live Stream Worship Service on the Shepherd of the Hills Face book page.

Susan Hopp, Secretary

West Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA)
West Zion
West Zion Lutheran Church

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West_Zion Cemetery_Records (PDF 122.38 kb)

Physical address: 32150 290th St
Hancock, Minnesota 56244

Office Mailing Address:28745 Co. Rd. 10,

Starbuck, MN 56381

Office Phone: 320-239-4195
or Church Phone (320) 634-1945

Pastor Steve Carmany


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 Steve Carmany
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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Church Information Disclaimer

From Sunday, Jun 9th 2024 To Sunday, June 16th


Sunday, June 9th

  • 3rd Sunday After Pentecost
  • Communion
  • 9:30 Worship at SOTH


  • No Event Reported


  • 1:30 WWZ at Norma Jeitz's


  • No Event Reported


  • 6:00 Zoom Bible Study
  • 7:15 W.Z. Council Meeting


  • 12:00 Daily Devotions over KSCR Radio


  • June 7-8 SW MN Synod Assembly


  • 4th Sunday After Pentecost
  • Communion
  • 9:30 Worship at West Zion
  • 11:00 Worship at East Zion
  • E.Z. Council Meeting

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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