W H A T   W E   D O 

Our Mission

 
 
Together We

Worship

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

Grow

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

Serve

We are an outpost where
ministry and mission in
the name of Jesus is alive.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
O U R   G O A L
 
 
“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

Pastor

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Our Events

 
 
 
Summer
Bible
Studies
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oasis
Retreat 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
starting June 2
 
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
 
 
June 17-20
 
Vacation Bible School
Dinner: 5:30 – 6 PM
VBS Program: 6 – 8 PM
 
For children Pre-school through 5th Grade
 
 
 
June 28-30
 
Youth will come together for Zion’s annual high school youth retreat at Lakeview Ministries for zip lining, canoeing, horseback riding, campfire devotions and more. 
 
Registration deadline: June 16
 
 
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

What Does My Confirmation Mean to Me?

by Chris Graves, Will Thorbhan, and Jack Hoerth
 
Confirmation is a period of spiritual growth and instruction for a young person, usually in middle school, where they learn about the Christian faith, grow in knowledge of the Bible and in relationship with God, and ultimately “confirm” the faith as their own and are “confirmed” as members of the church.  Zion’s confirmation program, like most other Lutheran churches, is a two-year program that takes place in middle school.  I am the coordinator of Zion’s confirmation program and teach some of the classes.  Other confirmation class teachers are Pastor Jason Hoerth and Don Hoffmann.  While the Rite of Confirmation is certainly a milestone in the faith life of a young person, it is not intended to be a “graduation” in any way.  In fact, it is quite the opposite: a commitment to a lifelong journey of growth in the Christian faith, of knowing God more personally and understanding His Word more clearly and deeply. Each year, confirmation students write an essay about a topic related to the Christian faith and instruction.  This year, the topic was “What does my confirmation mean to me?”  The essay is intended to encourage kids to think more deeply about their faith and be prepared to share knowledgeably on some aspect of it.

 

Witness Essay by Will Thorbhan:

My confirmation means to me that you shall be baptized, read the bible and believe in God. Some spiritual gifts that I want are knowledge, bravery, and to stand up to bullying. You should know that when you die you will go to Heaven because God gave his only son Jesus to die for us. You should always listen to God. You should follow God’s law. You should follow God’s word. You should worship God. You should pray when you do the wrong thing or the right thing. The Holy Spirit gives each and everyone a different gift that they should use wisely. You should say your amens. You need to forgive others as they forgive you. Appreciate what he did for you. God only blesses those that forgive, and he curses those that don’t. You need to love him because he loves you. We know how to listen to God. God works with us a lot.

My favorite thing to me about my confirmation is that I am baptized, read the Bible and believe in God. This is important to me because it is what I believe and it helps me tell other people that I know what I believe.

 

Witness Essay by Jack Hoerth:

My witness essay is about my favorite bible verse. Which is Jeremiah 29:11. For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.

The reason why I picked this verse is because I am going through my teen years, so I have to make some key decisions in my future. Where to go to college? What job? Who to marry? This verse says that God will take of that for me. What is his ultimate plan? I don’t know yet but I will find out the answers to all those questions. The key to making God-pleasing decisions is to ask yourself: In which direction is God leading me? I need to listen to God in these next few years and even after that.

The context for this verse is that Jeremiah is writing letters to the exiles and he says in verse 10: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill my promise and bring you back. The Israelites did some very bad things: worshiped other gods, sexual impurity, and lots of other bad stuff. But when they were exiled God forgave them and still loved them and this verse says that God will give them back everything because he loves them.

God will fulfill his promise to me and all Christians just like to the Israelites. The purpose of the exile is so that we see the need for a Savior and we know that God will take us to a better place than the first when we die. God will also lead us through the desert and provide for us, we don’t have to worry about anything. Because God’s plans will not harm but prosper us until he fulfills his promise and takes us to heaven.


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Making Beautiful Music

by Janet Gora

 

Back in the day, the church was looking for musicians for Wednesday evening Lent services and asked members of the Praise Team if they could help out.  I had always loved harmony and thought that Lutheran hymns had such interesting chords, especially Lenten hymns, so I figured it might be pretty cool to sing a hymn without instruments in order to bring the harmonies to the forefront.  

As everyone knows, Dyann Cooper has a beautiful voice with perfect pitch so I thought she would be great to sing the melody.  I had just met this cool new guy, Brad Lark, and knew he had a great voice and sang harmony so I asked if they wanted to sing one song together and they fortunately agreed.  Our first, (and still favorite) song, was “Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted.”  The haunting words and beautiful harmony had us all hooked from the first note.

Fast forward eleven years later, and we know over 25 songs and still love to blend our voices together.  Harmony is such a beautiful, fleeting occurrence that happens only with diligence and unity between people pursuing the same goal of making beautiful music.  There’s not a better sound than voices combining in perfect harmony.  It sometimes brings shivers down my spine.

But most importantly, we hope we are giving people an opportunity to prepare spiritually for the service as they quietly meditate on the words and think about the sacrifice that Christ made for each of us.  

We invite you to join us at 6:50 before each Wednesday service to take a deep breath, point your heart towards God and focus on the true meaning of Lent amidst a profusion of beautiful minor chords.  


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Lent – What is it Really About?

by Pam Blankenship
 
I often think of Lent as the Christian’s New Year’s resolution. Like a New Year’s resolution, giving up something for Lent seems like a great idea – a perfect time to renew and set new goals for our Christian life. Certainly, 40 days of Lent sounds much more achievable than 365 days of a New Year’s resolution. And, if you can maintain the sacrifice for 40 days, you’ve probably set the record over those who attempted a New Year’s resolution.

 

As someone who didn’t grow up in the Lutheran faith, who didn’t grow up celebrating Lent each year, I have never really bought into the idea of giving something up for Lent. It puzzles my mind that I should give something up when Jesus Christ gave the ultimate sacrifice. He gave up his life, so that I could be free from sin and sacrifice.

 

As you may have guessed by now, there are many times I give up nothing for Lent. Because of that I get a fair amount of ribbing from other Christians, my husband included, saying that I’m just taking the easy way out. Some years I have given up something, and I feel I lost what should have been my focus. A sweet dessert has never sounded so good as when I gave dessert up for 40 days of Lent. And, I can’t wait for Easter to arrive – not because it’s an amazing time of celebration to remember He Has Risen! – but because I can’t stop thinking about that yummy dessert. I want my focus to be elsewhere.

 

While I still don’t buy into the idea of giving up something for Lent, through the years I have gained a better understanding of what Lent means in the Christian faith. With the season of Lent upon us, I wanted to gain some further perspective, so I turned to the ever handy Google. My search turned up “about 150,000,000 results”. As you can imagine there was a vast range of topics. Some were focused on what to give up for Lent – even the mention of a secular lent, where non-Christians like the idea of self-reflection and sacrifice to better themselves. My 5th Grader backed up this idea today by telling me how her school friends are giving up things and adding in a punishment if they can’t stick with it. This secular version loses the real focus of what Lent means.

 

I was pleased to note there were many Christian definitions that capture the meaning of Lent. LCMS.org says, “Lent serves not only as a time to meditate on the suffering that Christ endured on our behalf but also as an opportunity to reflect upon our own Baptism and what it means to live as a child of God.” Catholic.com states that Lent is “a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.” UMC.org says, “Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter.” Concordia Publishing House provides a video (https://youtu.be/RkqHQGdPwMo) that explains “Lent is a solemn season clearly set apart to contrast powerfully with Easter Sunday, when our alleluias return, loud and clear, in celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and the new life we have in Him!” Proverbs 31 Ministries’ video (https://youtu.be/ED73UwfiDgU) offers information for those less familiar with Lent, answering, “have you ever really thought about why Lent matters? And how does Jesus fit into all this?”

 

So, with all the ranging views of Lent – what is it really about? As we know Lent is the 40 days (not counting Sundays) leading up to Easter. Though the first thought for many is, “what will I give up for Lent” that’s not what it’s really about. It is about sacrifice – the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. It is a time for us to meditate on our sin and His extraordinary is gift of forgiveness when we don’t deserve it. It is an opportunity for us to focus on our relationship with God. It is a time to prepare our hearts for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.

 

As we head into this Lenten season, I’m already getting questioned from my kids about what I’ll give up this year. Whether I give something up or not isn’t the point – where I put my focus is. For this season of Lent, I choose to place my focus on the cross – spending time in God’s Word, praying and remembering Jesus’ gift to me. I challenge you to use these next 40 days for intentional reflection and preparation for Easter, whether that means spending more time in God’s Word, more time in prayer, more time in worship, or giving up something. And, I’ll add to that challenge, don’t let it end in 40 days. Take time all year long to remember the sacrifice Jesus made, spend time in His Word, in prayer and grow in Christ.


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