On February 28, 2021, the United Presbyterian congregation gathered with Zion’s First to begin worshiping
together – in person and online. With financial stability and plans to create a unique congregation with both
Lutheran and Presbyterian affiliation, there is excitement and joy. The leadership of both groups seek a new
identity and clarity around common purpose. The hope is to create a new name along with a more connected
and concrete ministry in the community where the congregation worships.
ZF has a small number of people but a faithful, committed and active congregation.
The building is located one half block away from the former UP Maplewood address. It is adjacent to the
Center for Hope – a community nonprofit serving need-based area residents with food and other practical
In a year of frustration, disappointment, loss, and confusion, the reality that the Holy Spirit is not bound by any
limitations, including the pandemic, became abundantly clear. As conversations have progressed, it became
apparent to everyone that by giving up some cherished aspects of congregational life, there would be a greater
blessing in cooperative relationship and mutual support. There is much to learn, more to be determined and a
future radiating with hope.
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask
or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.