“Jerome says, ‘Hi’”… This is what Tina added as I ushered her into the STARS closet to get a Zion sweatshirt. She had not gotten one at Christmas, she said, and her mom wanted one, too. Her mom was short and kind of small so maybe a medium would do...
Zion: Where Nations Give
Let us remember God's faithfulness as we joyfully continue to give to His ministry at Zion.
Zion: Where Nations Pray
Let us join together in prayer on the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We continue this great endeavor Saturday, November 2, 2019. It is an open house style as you are welcome to come and go as needed. Fasting is optional. With great anticipation, let us see what our Lord will do!
Zion's Office Hours
Zion office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 am - 3 pm. Donations may be dropped of during office hours.
Zion's office will be closed for Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, 2019.
If you have an emergency, please contact Pastor John at 515-720-9426.
Celebrating God’s Faithfulness: Zion is 160!
This evening there will be a special international potluck at 5:00 pm followed by an evening of praise and worship from 6-7:15 pm Zion's worship team will be joined with Ankeny’s Prairie Ridge Church. Please return this evening to continue the celebration!
Today we welcome Rev. Billy Young and his beautiful wife, Vera, to Zion. Pastor Young has been a good friend to Zion and we've enjoyed visiting his congregation, Reconciler's Worship Center on 31st Street, at least three times in recent memory.
Pastor Young was born and raised in rural Mississippi on a farm his parents owned. Billy says he had the greatest parents in the world. They were strong Christians and made certain he grew up follow Jesus. He remembers walking to church every Sunday and hearing the singing before he even got there. They also taught him not to hate and to forgive people, even when other people hurt you, which happened a lot in the rural south. In the 60s he was active in the civil rights movement and was arrested for peacefully marching in Memphis, TN, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. Young is a veteran of Vietnam.
Billy came to Des Moines in 1970 for a two week vacation which turned into a 50 year residency. He and his brother, Bobby, had several businesses including a towing business and a cleaning business.
Twenty years ago Billy became a pastor and began his ministry at Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church where his brother Bobby, now serves as pastor. Billy went to help out at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church on 31st Street and eventually became pastor there, changing the name to Reconciler's.
Pastor Young is a mighty prayer warrior and has demonstrated the power of prayer over the years of his ministry.
Billy and Vera have six grown children and too many grandchildren to count. After raising their own family, Billy and Vera adopted four children and raised them. They are now grown and out of the house. So they adopted four more and are raising them now. They have two nine year olds, a seven year old and a six year old.
Welcome, Pastor and Mrs. Young! Thank you for your faithfulness to Jesus and his kingdom and to the city of Des Moines. Thank you for being an example to all of us of a life well lived in Christ.
Bless a child this Christmas
We also ask for your help in providing 300 Christmas gifts for the kids. We'd like to be able to give them the choice to choose a gift again this year. We would gladly accept toy donations or monetary donations. Do you know coworkers or other organizations that can help? We have received checks from Prairie Ridge Church and from Gloria Dei Lutheran to help us already. Please help us bless a child this Christmas. Contact Pastor John for more information. Thank you!
Operation Bethlehem December 22
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem he had no place to lay his head. As his followers, we would like to give Jesus a birthday present of beds for those who are currently sleeping on the floor and have no place to lay their heads. When he was born, 2000 years ago, we didn't recognize Jesus and welcome him, but now, we know him and see him in the faces of the very least.
Help us bless the poor this Christmas. Join us for a breakfast casserole and card writing on Sunday December 23rd at 10 AM. Then at 10:30, come and sing some carols, get some instructions and start delivering beds. The 9:00AM service will be held as usual. The 10:30AM service will be a shortened worship service, dismissing early to deliver beds.
This is a great opportunity that allows participants to enter into the homes of those in need, offer prayer and fellowship, assemble the beds and bless the families and individuals who receive them. This is our fourth year of blessing people in this way and we believe we have established a good track record of blessing those who need it most.
The cost of a bed is about $115. That includes a box spring, bed frame and single mattress and shipping from the manufacturer, Midwest Mattress/Midwest Sleep LLC, in Toledo, Iowa. Can you help us buy some beds? We would really like to give away at least 65 beds this year.
In past years, we were able to provide some pillows, bedding, and blankets to go along with the beds. We are also in need of these items. If you are interested in donate or volunteer, please let us know. Contact information: or 515.270.8142 and leave a message. You can also text 515.720.9426. Thank you for your generosity!
The beds will arrive at Zion on December 16 in the morning and we could use your help unloading the beds and storing them in the cafeteria for delivery on Sunday. If you can help, please, please, please, let us know.
Join us for Thanksgiving dinner at noon on November 21. Pastor Van Lai Ringa will speak about the Mizo people of our congregation. We especially invite Mizo members to attend. Turkey, dressing, potatoes and gravy will be provided. Bring a side dish if you can.
The team will gather Saturday, November 23, at 9 am in the fellowship hall regardless of the weather to prepare and distribute sack lunches and other necessities to our Des Moines area homeless. They truly are our brothers and sisters in Christ. You will find they are much like us with their own hopes and dreams. Please consider joining this ministry.
Warm up to the Season: Clothing Give Away: Zion has been blessed with beautiful clothes from Ashworth Baptist and Once Upon a Child. We are planning a clothing give away for Sunday afternoon, November 24th. We will need volunteers to help sort and fold clothes. Please contact Kim at 270-8142 or . Thank you!
Christmas Program: The children’s Christmas program is scheduled for December 8th. We are very grateful for Katie Scott’s leadership! If your child or young adult would like to participate, please contact . We need volunteers to help with costumes and we need choir members. Thank you so much!
Practice for the Christmas Program will be Saturday, December 7th from 10-noon
Clothes Closet is partnering with Once Upon a Child and Ashworth Road Baptist! They are graciously giving Zion wonderful second hand clothes for our Clothes Closet! We are in need of room attendants to help with the Clothes Closet! The more volunteers, the more we can have the Closet open! We are currently open M-Th, 10 am - noon. Contact the Zion office if you are interested.
Mark Your Calendar
November 17: Zion's 160 Birthday Celebration
November 18: Pastor’s Reading Group Merle Hay 11:30 am
November 19: Pastor’s Reading Group Zion 6:30 pm Room 166
November 21: Third Thursday Potluck Noon
November 23: Homeless Outreach 9 am
November 24: Warm up to the Season: Clothing Give Away Fellowship Hall
November 27: No Stars Programming
December 7: Children’s Christmas Program Practice 10-noon
December 8: Children’s Christmas Program 10:30 am
December 15: Welcome Christmas: Caroling/Dinner/Worship 3:30 pm
December 18: No Stars Programming
December 22: Operation Bethlehem
December 25: Christmas! No Stars Programming
January 1: No Stars Programming