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Our Mission

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

March 10
New Adult Bible Study – Developing the Spiritual Life of Children – Sundays at 9:45 a.m. in the Lower Level
March 6 – April 10
Lenten Midweek Worship, every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary
March 6 – April 10
Simple Supper, every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
February 22-24, 2019
At Camp Lakeview in Seymour, IN
Contact: Chris Graves

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Recent Articles

The Importance of the Family Retreat to Me

by Madalyn Graves


The Family Retreat at Camp Lakeview has been going on since I was a baby. Each year I can look forward to the peace and serenity that comes with going to camp for a weekend. During this weekend I can forget about my problems outside of camp and focus on my relationship with God and with my family. At the Family Retreat while we do have fun ziplining, arts and crafting, and shooting arrows there is a heavy focus on worship.

This retreat gives me a chance to reconnect with my family after being away at college in Chicago. With my family, church family, and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church family we have fun and also grow in our faith. We have focused times during Saturday night bonfire and Sunday morning worship. During those times we talk with our families and go deeper into our faiths.

What I find so amazing about this retreat is that it is open to all families. Families with kids in college and families with toddlers and everything in between come to this retreat. All of them are at different places in their faith, and this retreat is a good way to just sit down and talk about that without the ticking clock of the real world.

What gets me coming back year after year, while, yes, is the halting of my outside problems, is the little moments. Moments like Saturday morning pancakes, taking my friend’s money that he posted on the target at archery, games of gaga ball played in the dead of night, and singing songs like Sanctuary.

At Camp Lakeview with the still lake water, fresh air, and the silence of the forest I know that there is no need to rush. Any problems I have get swept to the side for the weekend. This is not a time for worry and fear. Instead it is a time for having fun and rejoicing in what God has done for us. And this is why I come back year after year. Even now that I am all the way in Chicago.

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National Youth Gathering 2019

by Jason Hoyt
This summer nine youth from Zion, plus two more guests (more on that below), will be going to the LCMS National Youth Gathering. The gathering is held every 3 years in various locations around the United States. Past host cities have included Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans and San Antonio, among others. This year the gathering will be held for the first time ever in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The gathering will be held from July 11th through 15th and, our team will stay in town one extra day. We’ll use that day to share some time together, “inwardly digest” the events of those few days, and also tack on a trip to Mall of America for some fun social time as well. While not yet determined exactly, the congregation can expect a special presentation by our youth and counselors soon after we return to share with you a small portion of our experience.
The National Youth Gathering is an awesome and huge event and will see approximately 25,000 youth and another 5,000 adults (counselors and staff) all in downtown Minneapolis, and mostly within walking distance of U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the NFL Vikings that opened in 2016. The event will start on the evening of July 11th with a “mass event” inside U.S. Bank Stadium where all participants will gather to kick off the weekend. Each evening of the gathering will also end with a mass event at the stadium. On the morning of the 15th there will be a closing service at the stadium, again attended by all participants. During the three days between the opening and closing events there will be conferences held in the nearby convention center. There are four conference sessions per day, and there are far more conferences available (dozens available) than one can attend in the three days. There are a wide variety of topics and speakers at these conferences, and there is easily “something for everyone” all weekend long.
Of special note, for this year’s gathering, Zion will also be hosting two youth from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aurora, IN. Their two youth are very excited about this opportunity to attend the gathering, and we are very excited to be able to partner with another church and welcome their youth into our Zion family. The youth from St. John’s have already been to Zion for a Sunday School and late service as well as the MLK weekend lock-in, held on January 19th. They are planning to come to some other events between now and this summer so our youth can build those bonds that will help all share in the gathering experience as part of the Zion Family. In total, we will have eleven youth and four chaperones going to the gathering.
At this time our ask from the Zion congregational family is quite simple, and just the same as in 2016, please PRAY. Pray that we WORSHIP through our words and deeds during any activity. Pray we LEARN through all of these experiences. And, lastly, pray that our youth and leaders continue to GROW. We look to grow in our understanding of each-other, in our own personal lives as they are enriched, and most importantly we want to GROW in our faith and understanding of Him who provides all these great things and who brought us to hope, salvation, and eternal life.

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Get Connected through our Family Ministry Activities

by Chris Graves
Zion has monthly activities for families to help them get to know one another better and grow together. This time to relax and step away from life’s distractions has been a great opportunity to get connected with family and friends. We welcome others to join us! 
We will be having a Dessert Potluck on Saturday, January 26, 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Bring a dessert to share and if you want, a favorite game to play.  The adults will mingle, eat dessert and play games.  There will be free childcare in the Zion nursery!
Everyone is invited to our annual Family Retreat.  This year’s retreat will be February 22-24 at Camp Lakeview in Seymour, IN.  Families will spend time together worshipping, singing camp songs, making crafts, playing games, studying the Bible, and doing other fun camp activities (weather permitting).  Pick up a registration form in the Zion Atrium.  This event is for babies through grandparents.
Bring your favorite game(s) on February 12 and March 15, 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Also bring a snack to share, if you want, and your own drinks.  All ages can have fun playing games together — our youngest participant so far has been age 2 and our oldest participant has been in her 80’s!
We will show an outdoor movie right here at Zion!  On May 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m., a kid-friendly movie will be shown in the Zion Courtyard and we’ll pop some popcorn.
For more information about any of the above activities or to RSVP, contact me at cgraves@zionlc.org.  I hope you can join us!

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