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Phone: (210) 688-3090

Email: zion@zionsa.org

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30-5:00 and Friday 8:30-3:00.

Mailing Address: 9944 Leslie Road San Antonio, TX 78254

We are located at loop 1604 and Braun Rd

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Rev. A. B. Weiss (Pastor)

The Rev. Weiss was installed as the first full-time pastor of Zion Lutheran Church of Helotes on May 3, 1937.  He was the ninth pastor to serve Zion.

Pastor Arthur B. Weiss was born August 7, 1895 in Brenham, Texas.  He was a graduate of Texas Lutheran College, Sequin, Texas and studied for the ministry at Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa and Mt. Airy Seminary.  He was ordained as pastor of the Iowa Synod July 23, 1918.

He became active in Lutheran missionary work in West Texas serving congregations at Lockney, Wilson, Post, Slaton and Southland, Texas between June of 1919 and April 1929.  It was during this time in West Texas that Pastor Weiss married Elsie Sprain on May 19, 1920.  A daughter Helen and a son Victor were born to this marriage.

This was the time of transition in transportation methods.  Rev. Weiss’ predecessor in this field had used horses and buggy.  Prior to that, horse and saddle or a stagecoach furnished transportation, unless the missionary walked.  Pastor Weiss introduced the automobile to the missionary field of West Texas.  William Flachmeier wrote in his book, Lutherans of Texas in Confluence, "Pastor Weiss was the first motorized missionary on the Texas panhandle."

From this endeavor he accepted a call to Salem Lutheran Church of Onion Creek, Texas in April 1929.  It was from Onion Creek that he moved to Helotes in 1937.

During Pastor Weiss’ tenure at Zion Lutheran Church the congregation grew and became a strong congregation.  The Luther League was organized June 28, 1938 and the youth of Zion were an active part of the local, area, and District activities.  A parsonage was built in 1941 and Rev. Weiss is credited with being responsible for the beatification of the "church yard".

Rev. Weiss served the congregation faithfully for over eleven years until he accepted a call to Bethlehem Lutheran Church at Round Rock, Texas.  He also served congregations at Odessa and Olney, Texas after he left Helotes.

Social services was a major interest of Rev. Weiss.  He was one of the 13 original members of the Good Samaritan Society organized on September 11, 1924.  The name was later changed to Lutheran Aid and Orphan Society.  As stated in William Flachmeier’s book, "The purpose of the Society was to provide for orphans, crippled folks, and old people who have no care or home."  While he was at Onion Creek, during the years 1933 to 1935 he served as President of the Lutheran Welfare Society, later to be known as Lutheran Social Services.

Pastor Weiss retired from active ministry in August of 1965 and passed away seven months later on March 29, 1966.