Zion Work Day: October 9th 11AM-When it’s done
Join us for a Zion work day as we clean/finish projects inside/outside of Zion. Byker Mark will be providing roasted chicken and roasted pork for lunch!
THIRD THURSDAY. Take a trip through the Holy Land through the eyes and camera lens of Mike McCarthy and Bonnie Taylor. See where Jesus was born and taught, died and rose again, where the Christian Church was born and Peter and Paul walked and preached. You won’t want to miss this! Come and bring a friend. It’s Thursday, October 21, at noon. An October lunch will be provided; you can bring sides if you want to. Masks will be expected except while we eat.
Let the Nut ‘n Honey Sale Meet Your Baking and Gift-Giving Needs
The Mhezi Ministry Team is running its annual sale of high quality nuts, candy, and honey. Pick up order forms from a Team member before or after worship or from the Zion office. Nut/candy orders are due September 30 and honey orders are due October 11. Proceeds support students from the Mhezi Parish in Tanzania to attend post-secondary school.
Support a Mhezi Secondary Student
A new school year in Tanzania starts in January. The Mhezi Ministry Team is looking for individuals, families, or small groups to sponsor students to attend 4 years of secondary school. Sponsors provide $100 per year and have the opportunity to develop a relationship with an individual student through mail. For more information, contact Karen Walters at 515-371-8135 or
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. You are invited to participate in the following events:
Will Graham Celebration Event Calendar
September 26: Celebration Prayer Gathering Walnut Creek Downtown
September 28: Celebration Prayer Gathering
September 29: Celebration Worker Rehearsals ushers, volunteers
September 30: Supervisor and Counselor Rehearsal 6-7:30 pm Supervisors; 7:30-9:00pm Counselors
Friday, October 1, 7:00 PM – Featuring Aaron Shust & CeCe Winans
Saturday, October 2, 10:00 AM – KidzFest Featuring GoFish and The Quest Saturday, October 2, 7:00 PM – Featuring Aaron Shust & The Afters
Sunday, October 3, 6:00 PM – Student Night Featuring Aaron Shust, Skillet & Flame
Opportunities for Prayer:
Sunday Night Prayer on the Steps of the Capitol 8:00PM
Join your fellow believers from across the city on Sunday Nights this spring and summer at 8:00 on the west steps of the capitol building. The brief service lasts about 30 minutes. Bring a lawn chair. The event, which began last year, really makes one understand how wonderful the body of Christ is. Believers from every part of town and from every kind of church sow up to worship Jesus and pray for our city, state, nation and world. Come and join us!
Central Iowa Prayer Team
Join fellow believers from other churches in central Iowa who join together once a month on a Thursday night to pray for our city, state, nation and world. All are members in the Central Iowa Pastor’s Network, which Zion helped found. For more information, contact Pastor John.
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 October 2, 2021 at Zion.
Praying for Other Churches
This week we're praying for North Pointe Church on 100th Street in Johnston. North Pointe is hosting an I-Coach tutoring program that Boaz runs on Monday afternoons. North Pointe has a great heart for the poor and refugees and donates furniture to Zion to help families. They are also active in International Missions. Please pray that North Pointe would continue to preach and stand firm in the Truth of the Gospel; that they would be successful in making disciples who make disciples; that they would grow in love for one another, the Church of Jesus Christ, and the Lord Jesus Himself.
Youth and Children’s News
September 15: STARS returns 5:40-7:35 PM
September 19: Fall Sunday School at 11:30-12:30.
We meet in the cafeteria and move to our classrooms. We are teaching preschool-junior high. There will be no organized Sunday School classes during Second Sundays. This allows everyone to enjoy the united service and international luncheon together!
STARS/Greater City Youth Dance and Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, October 16th at 7PM!
Men’s Breakfast Bible Study Men’s Breakfast Bible Study is for the early riser! Join this welcoming group of guys every Tuesday morning at 7 am. The men meet at Freedom Blend Coffee for breakfast and Bible study.
Pastor's Reading Group:
October 5 at Noon A monthly reading and discussion group with Pastor John continues. Our next book is Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism's Looming Catastrophe. By Voddie T. Baucham, Jr.. Salem Books. ISBN 978-1-68451-180-8.
After that we'll read Ernest Hemingway's novel, The Old Man and the Sea. We will meet on November 9 at noon to discuss. You can order the books from Beaverdale Books or the bookseller of your choice. Beaverdale Books can be reached at
or 515.279.5400. Feel free to gather at Zion on the dates indicated or contact Pastor John for Zoom invitations.
4 CHAPTER GROUP (M’CHEYNE)
Here are your weekly readings! Share your questions and thoughts with Polly Pattison at 991-7173.
Sept 26: 2Sa 22; Gal 2; Eze 29; Ps 78:1-37
Sept 27: 2Sa 23; Gal 3; Eze 30; Ps78:38-72
Sept 28: 2Sa 24; Gal 4; Eze 31; Ps 79
Sept 29: 1Ki 1; Gal 5; Eze 32; Ps 80
Sept 30: 1Ki 2; Gal 6; Eze 33; Ps 81-82
Oct 1: 1Ki 3; Eph 1; Eze 34; Ps 83-84
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!
Clothed By God
The Clothing Closet is in need of a Ministry Leader and volunteers to sort/fold/restock the clothing closet. Please contact Pastor John. The Clothing Closet is open for shoppers most Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to noon. We are accepting donations during office hours. Thank you!
Furniture Ministry: Due to the decrease in demand, we are no longer accepting couches and chairs. Other donations may be dropped off Monday-Thursday, 9-3.
The team will gather Saturday, September 18th 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.
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. We will continue to work with Pastor Boaz and Icoach to assist with tutoring. We are in need of your prayers, education resources, finances and volunteer tutoring hours. Thank you! Kim
Greater City Service: Once a month on Saturdays 6-7
Zion launched 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. Join us for our FALL Dance and Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, October 16th at 7PM.
Please join the Mhezi team for their monthly meetings. Their meetings are held the third Tuesdays of the month at 7:00pm in the Library.
Week of September 26, 2021
*4:00-8PM ICoach Tutoring (off campus)
*4:30-6 PM HS Boys Bible Study
* 6 PM NA Rm 174
*7:00 PM AA Cafeteria
*7AM Men’s Bible Study. Freedom Blend Coffee
*4-8PM ICoach Tutoring
*6 PM AA Cafeteria
*6:30PM AA Music Room
*6:15-7:15 PM NA Rooms 153, 158
*9:00 am Quilters
*6PM AA Music Room
*4-8PM ICoach Tutoring
*6 PM AA Music Room
*7 PM AA Library
*8 PM AA Cafeteria
*6-9 PM Mizo Women’s Service- Sanctuary
*7PM AA Basement Area
*7PM Alanon Youth Room
*10PM-3 AM Kinyamulenge Prayer Vigil- Youth Room
*9AM AA Music Room
*10-2PM Mizo Prayer-Sanctuary
*5-8PM Kinyamulenge Youth Service-Music Room
*10AM English Service-Sanctuary
*11:30-12:30PM Sunday School-Cafeteria/Classrooms
*ll AM Kinyamulenge Service-Sanctuary
*1 PM Mizo Service-Sanctuary
*5PM Swahili/Kinyamulenge Service-Music Room
*7PM Mizo Service-Sanctuary
*7 PM AA Basement Area
September 25: Greater City Youth Service 6PM
September 26: Will Graham Celebration Prayer Service 6PM
October 1-3 Will Graham Events
October 2: First Saturday Prayer 10-noon
October 5: Pastor’s Reading Group Noon
October 9: Zion Work Day 11AM-Finished
October 16: Homeless Outreach 9AM
October 16: STARS/Greater City Dance and Fundraiser 7PM
October 21: Third Thursday Luncheon and Program Noon
October 23: Women’s Conference 3-7PM
November 9: Pastor’s Reading Group Noon