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Services for February 2021
10:00 am English Service In-Person and Livestream
11:00 am Swahili/Kinyamulenge Service In-Person and Livestream
1:00 pm Mizo Service In-Person and Livestream
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Will Graham Celebration

Evangelist and grandson of Billy Graham, Will Graham, will have a Celebration at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, October 1, 2, and 3, 2021. 

Zion is committed to help and has already been called on to provide teaching space for evangelism training classes.  

Zion has also committed to being the first Will Graham Celebration Prayer and Worship event to be held Thursday, February 18th at 7 pm.  Please join us! 


Lots of Snow Means Bigger Bills

The bill for the historic snowfall and 3 other snow events is here: $1,575. We were so blessed the last few years with little snow.  But now, wow!  Zion is very active in ministry and we have so much going on in our building that helps people and glorifies God.  However, none of it generates revenue.  So we’re asking for a little extra help from you to keep us open when it snows!  


PLEASE PRAY: There was a coup in Burma/Myanmar this week.  Many of our Mizo members are very sad to see the darkness return to their homeland.  Please be in prayer and ask the Lord to be glorified even in these hard times.  Below is a brief article from World Magazine about the coup:

International leaders condemn Myanmar coup

President Joe Biden on Monday threatened to impose sanctions on Myanmar, also known as Burma. The Burmese military arrested government leaders and seized control earlier in the day. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres criticized the coup, and Britain said the UN Security Council would likely hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday.

What happened in Myanmar? In addition to government head Aung San Suu Kyi, the military detained President Win Myint, members of the ruling party’s Executive Committee, lawmakers, and other senior leaders, party spokesman Myo Nyunt told The Irrawaddy news site. Television signals across the country and phone and internet access in the capital of Naypyitaw were cut. The coup leaders also grounded passenger flights. The military said it plans to hold an election in a year and would give power to the winner.

Upcoming Youth and Children’s Events 
Easter Breakfast Fundraiser!  Sunday, April 4.  Help send our youth on a mission to Denver!  Easter Breakfast is back and will be served on Easter morning.  Even if you don’t physically attend, you can still give.  

Quad4 Trivia and Silent Auction Fundraiser. May 8, 2021.  The doors open at 5:30 and the event is 6-8:30pm This will be a hybrid event.  In other words, you can sponsor an in person table and come and enjoy fellowship and fun at Zion, or, you can be at home and Zoom in!  Help us raise money to send 100 kids to Bible camp!  

Vacation Bible School!  Tentatively planned for June 7-10 in the evening.  Grades PK-6.  Section for older kids 7-12 as well.  

Youth Service Trip to Colorado!  June 13-19 .  Help us send 18 Zion youth and 4 chaperones to Denver where they will work on various projects for local ministries, worship, fellowship and do Bible Study.  Trip concludes with a fun experience in the mountains of Colorado.   

Bible Camp at Ingham Lake, Grades 4-6, June 27- July 2.   Camp is on for 2021.  The kids really missed their time away with Jesus and are eager to get back to camp this year.

Bible Camp at Ingham Lake,  Grades 6-12, July 25-30.  We are seeing so much fruit in the junior high and high school students.  Going to camp really helps them want to walk with Jesus and give their lives to him.  

Two more chaperones needed for the Youth Service Trip.
Join Pastors Nancy Fasse and Boaz Nkingi as they take 18 youth to Denver and then to the mountains.  We’re looking for one male and one female chaperone to join them.  Dates are June 13-19.  Please ask the Lord if you should go.  This will be a life changing trip for you and for the youth and for Zion.  We were so excited to go last year and had to cancel.  We are so happy to get back on track.  

Can we bless Pastor Billy Young and Reconciler’s Worship Center?
This last snow caused the flat roof at Reconciler’s to leak and brought down part of it in the inside.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful and make Jesus smile if we could bless our brothers and sisters and help them pay for the repairs?  If the Lord is pulling at the strings of your heart to help, contact Pastor John or make a donation using the designation “Reconciler’s.”   There is only one Church in Des Moines, the Church of Jesus and we are all members together.

New Service:  Once a month on Saturdays 6-7

Zion is launching the Greater City Service on Saturday nights.  This service is open to everyone.  Our special target audience is older STARS kids who have graduated from high school and are lost in the adult world and not attending church.   Our last service was January 16, 2021.  Join us for our next service on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

We need a coach
We're looking for someone who could work with young kids on a Zion soccer team.  We have a lot of interest in a 10 year old team and perhaps interest in a 7 year old team.  Coach training would be provided by FCA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

We have the opportunity to either participate in a Des Moines Parks and Rec league or in a FCA league.  Everybody loves soccer and we have so many kids who would like to play.  If interested, please contact Pastor John

Mission Trip to visit Syrian Refugees in Jordan
We had been planning this trip before COVID struck and have had to move it a couple of times.  Our new dates are August 6-20, 2021.  These dates are completely flexible right now so if you can fit in some time in August and are interested, please contact Pastor Brad Miller  .  We are hoping to make a trip to the Holy Land too.

Crusade comes to Des Moines
Evangelist and grandson of Billy Graham, Will Graham, will have a Celebration at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, October 1, 2, and 3, 2021. 

Zion is committed to help and has already been called on to provide teaching space for evangelism training classes.  We want you to know about this event that will bring churches together from all over our city and region.  We hope you'll consider volunteering.  More information on volunteer needs will be forth coming.  We will also be taking an offering to help cover the costs of the Celebration.  Please pray for the success of this event.  Please consider which of your unbelieving friends you could invite to this eternity changing event.

First Saturday Prayer
Shouldn't we be more prayerful during a pandemic?  Come every first Saturday from 10-12 and pray for our world and our nation and our church.  It is an experience you will not soon forget.  Join us February 6th at Zion.

Drop in Homework Time at Zion 
We have bandwidth for 20 students to do their virtual class work and homework in the cafeteria. New tables and chairs, socially distanced, are available for participants. This is one way we can help students will no internet at home. Zion, I-Coach and Greater City Foundation are available to help students Monday-Friday from 9-3pm. We will be providing this service until the schools fully re-open. 

Wednesday Night STARS is for grades 4-12. What? No programming for younger kids? Right now, because of COVID concerns, we do not have enough teachers available for the younger kids.  If you'd like to help us, please let us know and we'll add back as much as we can. We really need some men to help with 4th and 5th grade boys as well. Older kids will have the option of a Bible track or Youth Group track.

Thanks to David Schaeffer, Mizo Youth and Elim Lutheran Church in Randall, Iowa, we will be able to provide reading tutors for a select number of elementary school students (K-3).

Sunday School at 11:00.
Due to concerns about the virus, we do not have enough volunteers to run our usual Sunday School.  Sunday school will feel like Vacation Bible School and will be held in the cafeteria and outside. As always, we need more volunteers.

Greater City Foundation
Greater City Foundation is a 501(c)3 education non-profit with mission to create a Greater City through assisting immigrant, refugee and urban-core students with their education, food assistance, physical/mental health needs. Three students have completed educational evaluations and we are currently tutoring two young men. We are in need of your prayers, education resources, finances and volunteer tutoring hours. Thank you! Kim

Homeless Outreach
The team will gather Saturday, February 20th and March 20th , 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. Team members will be wearing masks and gloves.                                  

The Clothing Closet
The Clothing Closet opens for shoppers most Tuesday and Wednesdays from 10am to noon. We are accepting donations during office hours. We need volunteers to sort/fold/restock the clothing closet. Any questions, contact Grace Kline. Thank you!

Third Thursday
We are missing our monthly fellowship, but looking forward to getting together again as soon as it's determined to be safe.  Your program ideas and other input are welcome for our future meetings.  Call Faith and Bill Sherman 278-2242.

Furniture Ministry: Is open for donations and distributions.

RightNow Media 
Our church has access to an extensive, new video library called RightNow Media! It's like the "Netflix of Video Bible Studies" and has a HUGE library of faith-based videos. Let us know if you are interested and we'll walk you through the sign up process! We pray that RightNow Media will be a blessing for you and your family.  

Adult Education:

Men’s Breakfast Bible Study
Men’s Breakfast Bible Study is for the early riser! Join this elcoming group of guys every Wednesday morning at 7 am. A delicious breakfast is served, followed by a Bible book study that always promises a great conversation.

Women’s Bible Study
The women's bible study group invites Zion women to join us as we begin a new study on Tuesday, January 26. You can invite a friend too! Following the Messiah is a video-based study that allows you to see the gospel through a different lens as two men explore the places where Jesus lived during His life on Earth. Get up close to the ruins of the ancient city of Capernaum, take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, and walk through the arid wilderness of Judea. Our group meets for discussion on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, from 6:30-8pm, via Zoom. Want to try us out first? Join us on January 12 at 6:30pm for fellowship via Zoom. Contact Julie Smith,  , for more information

Pastor's Reading Group: February 23
A monthly reading and discussion group with Pastor John continues February 23 with a Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.  You can order the book from Beaverdale Books. Beaverdale Books can be reached at   or 515.279.5400.  

The meeting will be held by Zoom at Noon. on Tuesday, February 23.  Please contact Pastor John to receive log-in credentials.


Here are your weekly readings! Share your questions and thoughts with Polly Pattison at 991-7173.

Feb 21: Ex 4; Lk 7; Job 21; 1Co 8
Feb 22: Ex 5; Lk 8; Job 22: 1Co 9
Feb 23: Ex 6; Lk 9; Job 23; 1Co 10
Feb 24: Ex 7; Lk 10; Job 24; 1Co 11
Feb 25: Ex 8; Lk 11; Job 25-26; 1Co 12
Feb 26: Ex 9; Lk 12; Job 27; 1Co 13
Feb 27: Ex 10; Lk 13; Job 28; 1Co 14

Feb 28: Ex 11:1012:21; Lk 14; Job 29; 1Co 15

INSTE: New Class Starts January 21.  Register now!
What is INSTE?  It's an acronym for Institute of Theology by Extension.  The curriculum was developed by friends of Zion, Drs. Nick and Leona Venditti.  Pastor John is looking to INSTE to provide consistent biblical and theological training to our members and provide a way for us to develop the next generation of leaders at Zion.

The group meetings will be online by Zoom. Neither rain nor snow, or any pandemic will keep us from meeting. You may contact us by phone or text: Leona (515-988-2047) or Nick (515-988-2255).

Upcoming Events:
February 18: Will Graham Celebration Prayer Service 7 pm
February 20: Homeless Outreach 9 am
February 20: Greater City Youth Service 6-7 pm
February 23: Pastor John’s Reading Group noon via Zoom
March 1: Will Graham Celebration training  10 - noon
March 6: Zion United Prayer 10-noon
April 3: Zion United Prayer 10-noon
April 4: Easter Breakfast Fundraiser
May 1: Zion United Prayer 10-noon
May 8: Quad4 Trivia and Silent Auction Bible Camp Fundraiser 6pm
June 5: Zion United Prayer 10-noon
June 7-11: VBS
June 13-19: Youth Service Trip to Colorado
June 27-July 2: Bible Camp at Ingham Lake (Grades 4-6)
July 25-30: Bible Camp at Ingham Lake (Grades 6-12)
August 6-20: Mission Trip to Jordan









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