Zion is a hidden gem of a church located just outside of the tiny town of Thayer, Nebraska. The cornerstone reads "Ev. Luth. Zions Kirche U.A.C. 1904" - obviously a church founded by German immigrants. The best I can gather is that U.A.C. stand for the "Unaltered Augsburg Confession." It seems this was a Lutheran sect that was eventually absorbed into the Missouri Synod? Any reader insights?
Note the pressed tin ornamental roofing imprinted with the fleur-de-lis on the steeple.
A wonderful view of the church is available from the actual town of Thayer.
While the interior of the church is relatively spartan architecturally, the various liturgical elements are elaborate and full of detail.
All of the sanctuary furnishings feature an intricate gothic detailing, contrasting well with the simple gothic design of the actual church structure.
The church's altar features the well-known statue of the Risen Christ.
A wonderfully intact tracker action Kilgen pipe organ resides in the gallery.
More information about this organ, including a stoplist is available here.