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Together We


We are a worshipping
community of sinner-saints
saved by grace alone.
Together We


We are a family of Christ where
people grow together in 
discipleship and fellowship.
Together We


We are an outpost where
ministry and mission in
the name of Jesus is alive.
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“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19-20). We are passionate about sharing the love of Jesus with others.

Jason Hoerth


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Our Events

Socks & Underwear!
now through September 1
Join us throughout the summer to study God’s Word. Classes are offered for all ages.
Adult Bible Study – The Gospel of Luke
Youth Bible Study – Discovering God’s Way of Handling Money
Children’s Bible StudyToy Bible Stories
Sundays at 9:45 a.m. in the Lower Level
July 25
Women’s Guild Planning Meeting
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
in the Fellowship Hall
All women are invited to participate in planning for the next year’s Women’s Guild activities.
Socks & Underwear Needed!
Board of Human Care is collecting socks & underwear for the month of July to be distributed by the FreeStore Food Bank. 
Place items in the donation bin in the Atrium.
Contact: Jan Remmele
July 11-16
Pray for our youth and adults as they travel to Minneapolis for the 2019 National Youth Gathering to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity.
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Recent Articles

Looking Forward to the National Youth Gathering

by Halle Randall and Ava Blankenship

After months of preparation, the 2019 LCMS National Youth Gathering (NYG) will be in full swing tomorrow night. NYG provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity. Our youth and leaders will meet at the airport at 7 a.m. for their flight to Minneapolis, where they will spend the next six days together. Two of our own who will be attending, Halle Randall & Ava Blankenship, each took a few minutes to share some thoughts about their expectations. While they each have varying perspectives, one being a leader and one a student, both have made some sacrifices in order to attend and both are looking forward to the upcoming trip.

This is not the first time Halle has been to NYG. She says, “I am so excited and blessed to be attending the 2019 NYG with Zion. Zion has been such a light to my life ever since I moved to Cincinnati from Akron. I have been a member of Redeemer back home since I was born, so switching my membership to a new church was a big step for me. However, Zion has filled the need for a good church in my life, and I am so thankful for that. I jumped right in volunteering with the youth because that is something I have always been passionate about. Even when I was a youth myself, I was very involved in my church and youth group. I knew that this year was a NYG year, so I applied to be a chaperone and I was ecstatic when I got a spot as an adult leader. I have been to the last three NYG’s (two as a participant and one as a YAV), so it was important to me that I go to this one in some capacity. I cannot wait to experience the growth in faith that I know will take place in the students, other chaperones, and myself as well. There is just something about being together with so many people of the same faith worshiping the same God that makes a person overwhelmed with joy, adoration, and awe.”
Halle views this as an opportunity to build on her relationships. She says, “I am looking forward to being with the kids and getting to know each of them better. I know a few of them well, but most of them I have only met a handful of times. I am a big people person, so getting to know new people is one of my favorite things. I am also looking forward to the mass events. They are held each night of the gathering, and we get to sing, listen to amazing speakers, and connect with each other. They always stand out to me the most from each gathering I have attended.”
Ava is also excited to attend NYG. She explains, “I’m so excited to go to NYG and get closer to my peers and grow in my faith. I know others who have gone to previous gatherings; they have said being together with fellow believers around your age and worshipping together is an extremely empowering experience.”
Saying you want to attend NYG may be easier said than done. Halle explains, “Being able to attend the gathering was quite a process for me. This year, I am an AmeriCorps Member at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. I serve in Public Programs in the Education Department. When I told me supervisors that I would be attending the NYG back in January, they were very reluctant to let me take time off in the heart of summer camp season. That is our busy time of year, and most people are not able to take time off then. They did not approve my time off request form until mid-May, which was stressful considering I was the primary adult leader. I was relieved when my supervisors finally approved my trip, and even though I will miss the craziness of summer camp, I am so excited to be heading to Minnesota with a great group of people for an experience of a lifetime.”

Ava too had some commitments that conflicted with NYG. She explains that her decision to attend NYG did not come easily. She says, “Going to the National Youth Gathering is very important to me. When I was younger, I heard about how older youth had attended NYG, so I have always wanted to go. The gathering only happens every three years, and as an incoming Freshman I know I will be a Senior the next NYG. I know that Senior year may bring with it other conflicts and I may not be able to go. It is important to me to go now – even if it means giving up things like pre-season soccer and it costs a lot of money, that my parents made me earn to pay for the trip.“

For the next six days, as Halle, Ava and the other leaders and youth from Zion and St. John’s come together with thousand from across the country in fellowship, service, worship and time in God’s word, we ask that you pray for them. Prayers are needed – for safe travels, for growing faith, for fun, for fellowship and for blessings of this event.


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God’s Intervention in My Life

by Jerry Porter
Back in 1962, I was stationed in Birkenfeld, Germany at the 2133 Communication Squadron while in the US Air Force. Like many other Young soldiers I was now on my own for the first time. Being over 21, I could enjoy the nightlife offered by the German people. It became a regular thing to go out after work each night and enjoy a few “nectar of the god’s.”
When I newly arrived at the station the Commander invited groups of us to his house and asked us different personal questions about where we were from and one question ask us about our faith. Nothing else was said about it. His name was Major Lewis J. Colburn, a benched B52 pilot.
After being there for a few months, our party nights got more frequent. Problems in our jobs began suffering. One day our Commander invited five of us back to his house for supper. He brought up our work and then talked to us about our responsibilities. He mentioned if we had forgotten about our church background and if we had ever gone to the base church services. Somehow the conversation got around to attending a service. He mentioned that perhaps we should try attending. He said he would go with us if we might be interested. We knew he was Jewish so we called his bluff. We met him that weekend, and he did show up. They offered some activities that we could attend. I chose to go and got back to going regularly. I still went out at nights but not as often. Problems at work cleared up and I began attending regularly.
I still think that this little intervention returned me to the Christian base my parents had instilled me.

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Praising God for Vacation Bible School

by Kara Hoerth and Jamie Schwartz
This week we are praising God for another wonderful week of Vacation Bible School here at Zion.  What a blessing it was to be a part of this ministry as we watched the church come alive with families, children, and volunteers for four nights of joyful praise to God for his love and faithfulness shown to us through his “Miraculous Mission“.
This year approximately 45-50 children blasted off each night to hear how Jesus saved the world.  Each evening began with a child friendly dinner and progressed through a series of activities or “stations” which helped to spread the evening’s common theme, each station with a unique twist.  Children from preschool to fifth grade were divided into “crews” based on their age and moved through the stations together to discover God’s message and his promises to them.  We moved through the Bible together using Opening, Starry Night Bible Storytelling, Bible Challenge Observation Station, Blast off Games, Galaxy Snack, Wonderful Creation Crafts, and Closing to celebrate God’s truth with our kid’s.
With help from Zion’s 50 volunteers (that’s right, 50 volunteers!), we were awash in laughter, fellowship, and joy as we moved through the lessons of God’s creation, God’s promise of a Savior, Jesus the Savior is Born, and Jesus is Risen and Reigns eternal.  With these stories we moved through the Old and New Testaments showing children that God is good, he is faithful, and God keeps his promises.  The children learned that God created them with a purpose, he is true to his word, Jesus came for them, and that God accomplished His miraculous mission to save the world through the death and rising of his own Son.  All of these things were miracles.  They were reminded that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever which means miracles are alive and happening today!  We are a part of this miraculous mission, and we have stories to tell.  Our prayer for these children is that during this week they felt God’s love for them and will feel moved to share his love with those around him.
Of the 45-50 children reached at VBS this year, 85% of those children were from outside of Zion’s congregation.  Kara and I love leading this ministry as it provides such a unique way for Zion to spread their witness into the community around us.  There is so much joy happening from the moment those families run into the building until the closing that evening.  The church is alive with God’s love.  With this ministry, we are reaching and serving several return families each year.  These parents feel comfortable in our church, with our volunteers, and most importantly with the message their kids are receiving when they are here.  It is a living example of Christian fellowship at it’s best; engaging young and old, fostering examples of mentorship and support as we go out into the world and become God’s hands and feet.
While the last decoration has come down, and the spaceships have returned to Zion, we have heard from several families that their children are still speaking of Vacation Bible School, singing the music, and talking about what they learned.  We would like to thank all of our volunteers for the time and effort they put in to support this ministry.  Without them, this wonderful week surely wouldn’t have been possible.  Of all the God sightings seen this week, all of them pointed back to the witness these kids had seen and heard through our amazing team of volunteers.  We are so blessed to come together and provide such an amazing time for our families.  We are already praying over next year, and we ask that you do the same.  Blessings on the rest of your summer.  We are hoping all of you that helped pull this week off are catching some much needed rest.
Until next year,
Kara and Jamie

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