Clothing and furniture donations are not being accepted at this time.
This Sunday, March 29th, tune into Facebook Live at 9 a.m. to participate in the Zion United worship service. Zion Lutheran Church Des Moines
The worship service will be posted on our YouTube channel as well! Zion United Where All Nations Worship
Message from the Board of Spiritual Oversight(BSO)
Boaz Nkingi has accepted the position of Zion Director of Student and Youth Engagement & Worship Leader effective March 1, 2020. Thank you Boaz for your patience with our process and for answering God's call. We thank God for the outstanding job you have done leading our worship team, and your commitment to Zion's mission, vision and values. We look forward to your leadership in ministry with Zion youth! Praise God!
Message from the Board of Spiritual Oversight(BSO)
A recap of the Zion mid fiscal year financial update was shared during the worship services the last 2 weeks and at a congregational financial forum on January 26, 2020. Offerings from July to November were lower than budget but December was more which brought us close to 1/2 of annual budget of $460,000 by 12/31/19. Thank you to everyone that contributed your time, talent and treasure to support this amazing ministry! All expenses were current on 12/31/19, except mortgage interest owed to Zion Trust Fund. Also thank God that we recently found the youth pastor that we have been praying and searching for!
Another new update is that Zion has received a individual gift designated to bring the Trust Fund paid up to date, because the member appreciates how much the Trust Fund board is helping Zion by making our mortgage payments manageable. The member has also pledged an ongoing gift for 2 years to lower the amount needed to fund the Youth Minister. We still need to increase our general offerings to cover remainder of the ongoing costs, so please prayerfully consider increasing your offering by 10 % if possible. Online giving can be made or changed directly on the Zion website. If you have questions on how to change your electronic offerings, please contact the Zion Financial Secretary, Allison Saba at
or the BSO at
We are so excited to announce that will be creating a coffee shop in the south part of the lobby by the welcome center. This coffee area is in addition to the wonderful coffee that we are served in the fellowship hall. We are moving the donation area to the north part of the lobby. It is our hope that we will have an outbuilding (some day) for our donation ministry.
Zion Announcements (When activities Resume):
First Communion Classes
Are your children asking about the meaning of communion? Plan to attend two classes, designated especially for children in grades 1-6 and their parents. Each class includes a large group teaching time by Pastor John, followed by small group discussion and time for interaction. Parents are asked to attend both classes with their child/ children. If you would like to sign up or have questions contact Pastor John at
Classes will take place March 31 and April 7 from 6:30-8:00 PM. First communion will be celebrated at the Maundy Thursday service on Thursday, April 9.
Lent, Holy Week and Easter at Zion
Thursday, April 9: Maundy Thursday Authentic middle eastern dinner at 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP for dinner. Either chicken or lamb cooked by our own Karim and Hanna Jawda. Service with foot washing and first communion celebration at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 10: Good Friday Services at noon and 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 12: Easter Second Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. Meal to follow. Please invite your family and friends.
40 Days of Prayer
All Zion is invited to participate in 40 Days of Prayer beginning April 15 and ending May 24. You are invited to come pray at Zion, Monday - Saturday during the 40 days. Prayer times are 11-noon and 6:30-7:30 pm. Prayer will take place in the Music Room.
Come and pray for Zion, our community, city, nation and world. On May 6, First Saturday Prayer from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. will take the place of the 40 Day Prayer times.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Zion this summer: Zion will be hosting VBS June 15-18 from 5:30 to about 8:00 pm each night. If your interested in volunteering please contact Josh Saba email
New: Women's Bible Study
You are invited to a Women's Bible Study! This group is being led by Isaura Luong and Judy Walford. Depending on interest and availability, Isaura and Judy hope to have the study in the evening (no child care will be provided). If you are interested, please contact
Isaura Luong 515-402-6464 or Judy Walford 515-480-6191.
Raccoon Valley Partners LLC is hiring for Des Moines area McDonalds. They are seeking 350 full and part time positions. Please call Janice at 515-371-9637 or Karina at 515-452-7098.
Zion's Stitch and Chat Quilt Group
Please consider joining this amazing group of women. They have wonderful fellowship while providing beautiful quilts for On With Life, Zion's Bed Project, Hope Ministries, Riverside Bible Camp quilt auction and more! No experience necessary! Join them most Friday mornings 9-11 am in room 162 (lower level).
Bethany Christian Services gives away free diapers the last Friday of the month. They are located at 316 E. 6th St., Des Moines.
You're invited to join the Zion choir! Everyone is welcome to join! Please contact Pastor Boaz.
Breakfast at Zion
Breakfast at Zion is another answered prayer! So many of the children are counting on us for a warm, delicious breakfast every Sunday morning. Alicia McRoberts and family provides the fresh fruit and Allison Saba is your contact person for providing the delicious and popular egg bakes! If you would like to provide egg bakes, please contact Allison Saba at
If you would like to volunteer on Sunday mornings to help make coffee, serve egg bakes and clean up, please contact Bonnie Taylor at 515-344-6036. Thank you!
More Volunteer Opportunities
Are you looking for ways to serve HIM by serving others? Let us know your passion and we'll help make the connections! Currently we need substitute teachers, kitchen/serving help, clothes closet helpers, bus drivers and offering counters. Thank you! Contact the main office at 270-8142.
Learn to Drive the Bus
If you're interested in learning how to drive a bus, contact the Zion office or Pastor Robert. Pastor Robert is an experienced instructor.
Zion will be hosting Christ for the City's Urban Plunge Ministry. Urban Plunge groups will be staying with us June 6-12, 21-26, 26-28, July 17-19, July 31-August 3.
"For over 20 years Christ For the City International has been sending people into the world to transform lives and cities for the Glory of God. The Urban Plunge sends over 1,500 youth every year into 9 different cities within the United States."
Urban Plunge will spend the night at Zion and during the day they will, "[s]pread the Word of God, and the love of Jesus on a week-long or weekend trip with eternal significance." They will "[e]xperience new cultures within the USA, work with the homeless and those in need, discover your ability to serve others outside your comfort zone, discover God's call for your life, and have life-changing impact within local communities." https://cfci.org/urban-plunge/
Upcoming at Zion
March 31: 1st Communion Class 6:30-8:00 pm
April 4: First Saturday Prayer 10-2 pm
April 12: Easter
April 13: Easter Monday Office Closed
April 18: Homeless Outreach 9 am
May 2: First Saturday Prayer 10-2 pm
May 10: Second Sunday Service and Potluck
May 16: Homeless Outreach 9 am
June 6: First Saturday Prayer 10-2 pm
June 14: Second Sunday Service and Potluck
June 15-18: VBS 5:30 pm -8:00 pm
June 20: Homeless Outreach 9 am