Mt Zion Methodist Church (1870-Present)



 The Mt Zion Methodist Church in California was established in 1870 according to a sign in front of the church building.



In the Loyal Missourian:

Listed R Bush as pastor and L H Reynolds as superintendent from April 21, 1880 to April 6, 1881

Listed R Bush as pastor and Milton Wood, superintendent from April 13, 1881 - June 22, 1881

Listed R Wilson as pastor and Milton Wood, superintendent from June 29, 1881 - February 15, 1882

Listed John Hill as pastor and Milton Wood, superintendent from February 22, 1882 - end of December, 1882 when it ceased publication


From Goodspeed's 1889 History of Cole, Moniteau, etc Counties, Missouri:

On page 377 under California it states: The religious organizations comprise the Baptist, Catholic, Christian, German Evangelical Lutheran, German Lutheran, the two divisions of Methodists and Presbyterian, with one colored Baptist and two colored Methodist societies.


In the May 6, 1886 California Democrat:

The colored Methodists have been holding a revival at their Church for some time past, and as a result of the meetings, two converts were immersed in Griner's pond west of town, Sunday afternoon and several were baptized by sprinkling at the Church in the morning. The baptizing at the pond was witnessed by a large congregation.


In the December 1, 1917 Moniteau County Herald:

Helping the Colored Folks

The Epworth League of the Methodist Church deserves much credit for its efforts to help the congregation of colored Methodists by such meetings as the session of the young people's society which the Epworth Leaguers conducted for the colored people of the colored Methodist Church recently. The colored people are on the upgrade; the church having conducted church fairs during the past two Thanksgiving seasons and there being much interest in the affairs of the organization.


With the help and encouragement of all the Christian people of California, the small number of colored people here will continue on the upgrade. There is plenty of work for all of them here and nearly all of them are industrious; you see very few negroes loafing. But people are too much inclined to turn the colored man over to the lower elements of the community. This lines up nearly all the colored folks on the side which does not stand for advancement and the things which make for a better California. This same condition is true in almost every part of the country. Yet with reasonable encouragement the negro makes wonderful progress toward a higher plane.


As of 2012:

Listed in the Area Church Services section of California Democrat as having worship every 2nd and 4th Sundays at 9:00 a.m. Rev. Aaron S. Madondo, pastor.


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