I had occasion last week to visit Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at the corner of Front and Ludlow Streets in downtown Hamilton, Ohio. The church celebrated its 170th anniversary on August 12, 2013. Zion is firmly rooted in the past, yet continues to grow into the future.website says, "The cornerstone of the first church building, on the southwest corner of Front and Ludlow streets, was laid in 1844. By 1863, the church membership had grown considerably to 675 and it was necessary to provide more room. After much consideration it was decided to sell the old church and lot and build a new church on the opposite corner. In due time a new church, with school and parsonage on the first floor and the sanctuary on the second, costing $27,000, was the splendid property of the congregation. In mid-summer of 1866 this building was dedicated to the service and glory of God."