Ministries

Adult


Bible Studies


Zion offers a wide variety of opportunities to study God’s Word.  Here is a listing of some of the available studies.

Narthex Bible Study (Sunday Morning)
This Bible Study meets in the Narthex (the open entry area of the church) every Sunday at 8:45 a.m.  During the Summer, when the worship time changes, we meet at 8:00 a.m.   This study is led by one of the pastors and covers a wide variety of subjects including books of the Bible.  The newsletter will have specific details of the topics being discussed. 

W-17 Bible Study (Sunday Morning)
This Bible study meets in one of our larger classrooms (W-17), located on the west side of the church in the new Fellowship Hall edition.  This Bible study typically deals with topical studies of God’s word.  Sometimes videos are used in support of the topic presented.  Judy Gronbach is the current leader of this Bible Study.  This too meets at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Chapel Bible Study (Sunday Morning)
This Bible study meets in the Chapel, which provides and quiet and uninterrupted opportunity to study God’s Word.  This study is led by either one of the pastors or a lay member.  Subjects covered include books of the Bible and current topics.  This study meets at 8:45 a.m. and usually dismisses for the summer. 

Women’s Bible Study
This Bible study meets on Tuesdays.  Participants can choose between a 9:30 a.m. session led by Angela Naeve, or a 6:45 p.m. session led by Judy Gronbach.  This study is a video driven study and deals with many contemporary issues.

Ladies Wednesday Morning Bible Study
One of the pastors leads the Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study.  We meet from September through May at 10:00 a.m. in the Narthex (the open entry area of the church).  This group usually studies one of the books of the Bible and may cover either one or two books a year.  This is a relax study that provides for plenty of discussion, that often varies from the book that is being discussed. 

Lifelight Bible Study
This nine or ten session Bible Study meets twice a year – in the Fall and in the Winter.  Life Light Bible Study gives the participants the opportunity to learn through study at home and class participation.  The topics include books of the Bible and other topics such as ministry, worship and creation.  We meet on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. 

Men’s Bible Breakfast
Men’s Bible Breakfast meets on the third Saturday of each month at 7:00 a.m.   We meet at Miller’s Landing in Humboldt for breakfast (ordered from the menu), Bible study and fellowship.  The bible study topics include a biblical discussion of current events and issues facing the church along with selected portions of Scripture.  The Iowa District West holds a Men’s Ministry breakfast in the spring and fall which our men join for that day.  The Men’s Bible Breakfast is open to all men of the congregation.   Please join us one Saturday morning.

Prayer Chain


Our gracious Lord has given us the beautiful invitation to offer our prayers to Him.  St. Paul writes to young Timothy, “I urge… that requests, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for everyone.”  Zion’s Prayer Chain is an important part of our congregation’s ministry. 

Members submit prayer requests to one of the pastors, the church office or by email, these requests are then passed on through the Prayer Chain.  The email prayer chain has proven effective as the same prayer is passed on through the church office at the same time to all its members.  Prayers may be for members of Zion as well as non-members.  If you would like to be added to the Prayer Chain, please contact the church office for more information, 515-332-3279.

To send a prayer chain request please email zion@goldfieldaccess.net or call 515-332-3279.

Funerals


During the time of a funeral, seemingly much of life may seem turned upside down.  During this time of crisis Zion exists to share the Gospel and thereby tells a message of hope, of life, of victory, for those who die in Jesus.

Our normal policy is to conduct funerals for members or their family at the church.  The family, on certain occasions, may decide to have the service held Funeral Home.  A Funeral Committee, under the supervision of the Board of Elders, is prepared to service a lunch, either before or after the committal service.  The pastors may conduct a funeral service for a non-member at the funeral home.  The members of Zion are here to minister to the grieving family in this their time of sorrow.  We witness to the living hope that is found in our resurrected Lord and Savior Jesus - who is the source of eternal life.

LWML


Lutheran Women s Missionary League (LWML) The LWML focuses on affirming each woman in her relationship with Christ to enable her to be in ministry among the people of the world. For 60 years the organization has been encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to financially support global missions.  The group meets to discuss local activities, and has an emphasis in the support of mission and ministry throughout the world by means of mite box offerings. These mite box offerings have funded tens of millions of dollars in mission grants since 1942. The Gemutlichkeit Dinner (a traditional German meal) brings all women together to serve this early December fund raiser. All dinner proceeds support mission ministries.

Choir


The Adult Choir, established over 60 years ago, is open to all confirmed members. It sings twice monthly (Sept. through May), and more often at Christmas time and Passion Week.  Choir practice is at 7:15 p.m. in the chapel (or 6:30 p.m. during Advent and Lent).

Weddings


Marriage is the life-long union of one man and one woman.  A church wedding asks God’s blessing upon the couple as they begin their life as husband and wife.  The ceremony is a worship service celebrating God’s love and the couples love for each other.  Prior to the wedding the pastors meet with the couple for pre-marriage counseling.  Counseling usually discusses the biblical plan for marriage, an inventory discussing the human characteristic of bride and groom,  and includes a time to plan the wedding service itself.  Please contact the church office as you plan your wedding as the office will know the availability of dates for the wedding.

We the church has published a wedding manual detailing the procedure for weddings at Zion.

Legacy - Endowment Fund


Interested in supporting, long-term, the ministry of Zion?  If  so, please consider our legacy and endowment fund.   The fund is established to support those things outside of the church general fund and is overseen by a committee.  The fund has the potential to help build youth programs, adult ministries, music, technology, evangelism, the buildings and the grounds of the church, and more.  Please consider donating to the fund, and see the included pdf below.

Endowment Fund

Youth


LYC


LYC is the active arm of our youth ministry program, encompassing grade levels 9 to 12.  As part of the mission of the group they regularly meet for bible study and fellowship Sunday mornings at 8:45 a.m. in the youth room above the kitchen in the Fellowship Hall. Sometimes the group will meet on Wednesday evenings.

During the year they are involved in a wide range of activities ranging from the weekly meetings, fundraising, service events, Iowa District West Youth Gatherings, it has participated in National Youth Gatherings, and mission trips.

For more information feel free to join us on a Sunday or Wednesday morning or contact Keri Burmeister at kerrykeri@wccta.net and 515-368-5540, or Pastor Aaron at pastora@goldfieldaccess.net and 515-890-7558.

Jr. LYC


The 5th-8th grade students (Jr. LYC) are invited to attend monthly activities held mainly on Sunday afternoons or evenings. The activities consist of servant events and other fun events.  Also, the Sunday morning 8:45 bible study hour, on occasion becomes a time for service events in the community.

Jill Soenen is the current leader of Jr. LYC and can be reached at 890-2987 or jillsoenen@gmail.com.

Confirmation

Zion has a three year confirmation ministry for grades sixth, seventh and eight.  The first two years of the program confirmands review the bible using a book entitled, “My Journey in Faith.”  The third year confirmands go over Luther’s Small Catechism.  Confirmation classes are held on Wednesday evenings, which is church night in Humboldt.  Prior to being confirmed, usually on the first Sunday in May, the confirmands are examined before their parents and representatives of the Board of Elders.  Thrivent holds a banquet for the confirmands which is served by the seventh grade.

If you are thinking of joining our inquiring about our confirmation program please call the church office at 515-332-3279.

Sunday School


Youth ages 3 to 8th grade are involved in our Sunday School hour, beginning an 8:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings.  The Sunday School hour consists of music, class activities and lessons, and memory work.  The music that the youth practice on Sunday mornings is often performed for the congregations at the 10 a.m. service following Sunday School.  Please join us as we learn more about Jesus.

Pre-School


An early childhood experience enhanced by Christianity provides a child with an added richness to their Preschool experience. Not only are their mental, emotional, social and physical needs recognized, but also their spiritual needs.



Zion Preschools' year begins after Labor Day and ends the middle of May. The program was established in 1981 and is fully licensed by the Department of Human Services. There is a morning class and an afternoon class. The classes meet three days a week, on Monday and Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:30-11:00 or afternoon 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Children who will be three years old by September 15 are eligible for preschool. Those enrolling must be potty trained and capable of caring for their own personal needs.



Zion Lutheran Preschool admits children of any race, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities at the school.

Trinity Lutheran Church

Trinity Lutheran Church

Zion Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran Church have a ministry partnership that began in 2007.  Trinity sits in a beautiful section of Iowa countryside southwest of Humboldt.  Under the ministry agreement one of the pastors of Zion serves Trinity one day a week, as well as providing the all of the worship services. 

Please join us for events at Trinity.  Service times are 11:15 a.m. during the school year, and 8 a.m. during the summer.  Sunday School will meet at 10 a.m. during the school year. 

Trinity also has an active LWML group, bi-monthly Elders and Council meetings, weekly Sunday School classes, and a scenic country location to grow in God’s word and grace.

Trinity Lutheran Church will be Celebrating it’s 125th Anniversary on Oct. 30th at the 10 a.m. service.  Join us for a time of celebration, remembering, and fun.  More details about the event will be added soon.

Trinity Lutheran Church
1446 Johnson Ave.
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

515-546-6331 or call Pastor Aaron at 515-890-7558, or Pastor Raether at 515-890-7449.

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