Zion offers a wide variety of ministries with education at the center of them all. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for all ages to utilize their God-given gifts and talents to provide fellowship, fun and growth in the Word of God.
Sunday Education Hour
There’s something for everyone ages 3 years old through adults on Sunday mornings during the Education Hour between the Sunday morning services (9:15am-10:15am)!
Sunday school—Sunday School for 3 year olds-8th grade will begin September 9th and end for the school year May 5th.
Adult Sunday morning Bible study—Everyone is welcome to attend this lively, pastor led Bible study! This group meets during the Education Hour between the Sunday morning services (9:15am-10:15am) with a break usually in the summer.
Bible Study Options
Adult Instruction Class—A class for those wishing to become members of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod or just wishing to review or deepen their understanding of Lutheran theology. This class is led by one of our pastors and is held on an “as requested” basis, usually a couple times a year. Please contact the church office if you are interested in participating in this class or to find out when it meets.
Women’s Tuesday Morning Study—This friendly group meets at 7:30 on Tuesday mornings during the school year and would love to welcome you. Their topics vary so please contact the church office for the current topic or just drop in!
Men’s Thursday Morning Study—Join this active group of men at 7:00 on Thursday mornings during the school year as they work through various topics! Contact the church office for the current topic or just stop by.
Bible Study at Countryside Living—Reaching out to members and non-members alike, our pastors conduct a weekly Bible study at the Countryside Living community on Monday afternoons at 2pm.
Lifelight Bible Study— LifeLight studies provide an active 9-week exploration of entire Bible books and topical themes of Scripture. Uncover Bible truths from the little details to the big-picture teachings. LifeLight follows a simple, three-step format for personal, group, and lecture-based study that complements all kinds of learning styles. Watch your newsletter and bulletin for the next Lifelight class!
Table Talk – This is a theology discussion group open to those in their 20s & 30s. The group meets on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 6pm. Watch church publications for information each month.
Lutheran Youth Fellowship—LYF is our high school group. They meet on Sunday mornings during the Education Hour between the Sunday morning services (9:15am-10:15am). Along with casual weekly Bible study discussions, this group also participates in other activities such as various service projects and fundraisers to support their summer mission/educational excursions. Chris Fischer is our LYF leader.
Kids for Christ—Students in the 3rd-8th grades are invited to take part in our KFC groups. The group is divided into a younger group of 3rd-5th graders and an older group of 6th-8th graders. Both groups meet monthly during the school year. This group relies on parental involvement as they hold a wide variety of activities ranging from fun outdoor activities to service projects and fundraisers supporting the week-long summer church camp at Camp Minneboji (held at Camp Okoboji, Milford, Iowa at the end of June). Contact Melissa Mayer for information about the younger group or Wendi Schnabel about the older KFC group’s events and opportunities.
Midweek Confirmation Classes—The goal at Zion is to confirm students by the end of the 7th grade if they have completed the confirmation requirements. To help students be prepared for this we offer Midweek Confirmation classes on Wednesdays during the school year from 6:00-7:30pm for grades 3rd through 7th (or until confirmed.) Further information will be given prior to the beginning of classes each fall.
Dartball Team—Do you enjoy a little friendly competition? Then this is the group for you! A combination of throwing darts and playing baseball make this game a winner! Zion’s team(s) will compete against teams from other LCMS churches in our circuit and perhaps even the state tournament. This is a fall/winter activity, watch the newsletter and bulletin for information or contact John Jerke for more information.
Mission & Service
Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML)—Every woman of Zion is invited to take part in the LWML! There are 3 Circles (groups) who meet to share in Bible study and fellowship monthly. Choose a group that meets your schedule needs or friendship interests! Each Circle also has a wide variety of different service projects that they undertake and together they all contribute their offerings (mites) to carry out mission projects on a state/national/international level.
The LWML is also responsible for maintaining the church kitchen and serving meals in conjunction with funerals held at Zion. The LWML meets as a whole quarterly on the 3rd Thursdays of Jan., April, July, & Oct. at 7pm. Sharon Rehorst is the contact for LWML in general.
LMWL Dorcas Circle—Meets the 1st Thursday of Sept.-May at 7pm in the Noah’s Ark room upstairs in the ed wing. Contact Joy Schley about Dorcas Circle.
LWML Lydia Circle—Meets the 1st Thursday of each month except July & August at 7pm at various members’ homes. Contact Marjean Reichert about Lydia Circle.
LWML Martha Circle—Meets the 1st Thursday of each month except July & August at 1:30pm at Countryside Living. Contact Marian Letcher about Martha Circle.
Other Ways to Serve
Outreach Team—Do you have a desire to share the gospel with others? Then the outreach team is the place for you! Meeting on Tuesdays at 6:30pm this group goes out into the community and to our members sharing the gospel and offering support. New faces are always welcome! Contact the church office for more information.
Altar Guild—Would you like to help serve a meal to the entire congregation? It’s easier than you may think! Preparing communion is one of the main activities of the Altar Guild. They also prepare the altar linens, paraments and flowers, as well as making banners and preparing for baptisms. They meet on the 1st Thursdays of the months of Sept., Oct., Nov., March, April and May. They would love to welcome new members, contact Lyla Jerke.
Ushers & Greeters—A couple of the simplest and most easily overlooked ministries are those of ushering and greeting, yet they provide so much warmth and order to our worship services! All men of Zion, past the 7th grade, are encouraged to sign up to usher. It doesn’t take special training and yet is such an important part of good order.
Anyone, man or woman is able to be a greeter. If you can have a friendly smile and a welcoming word for those coming into our worship services you would make an excellent greeter! Bryan Flanagan is our head usher and Tracy Fink is the person to contact about greeting.
Women’s Chorus—Zion’s women’s chorus welcomes new members and shares their music with the congregation frequently. They practice on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm with a break in the summer. Contact Edie Goldhammer for information about choir.
Handbell Choir – No prior experience is needed to play the handbells! This group practices on Tuesdays at 5:15pm and is open to both men & women. Christine Grimmer is the director and is happy to answer all your questions regarding handbells.
For those who feel called to church leadership, there are opportunities to serve on the Board of Youth and Parish Education, Church Council, the Board of Trustees and the Board of Elders. Members wishing to seek these positions are encouraged to speak with one of the pastors.