Zion is launching the Greater City Service on November 21, 2020, from 6-7pm. This service will be held on the third Saturday of every month and 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. Worship will be led by Mizo and Swahili youth as we build a new worship team just for this service. Pastor Boaz and Pastor John are working on this project. Let us know if you would like to help.
Nut ‘n Honey Pick-up
If you ordered nuts or honey from the Zion Mhezi Team, they will be available for pick-up at the church this Sunday 10:00 – 10:30 am and 11:30 - 11:45 am. If you prefer curbside pick-up, call Karen at 515-371-8135 or Ray at 515-322-7953when you arrive at the church during those times. There are several nut items available for sale, if you missed ordering or need more. These include pecans, walnuts, mixed nuts, pistachios, bridge mix, dark chocolate almonds, a few bags of 11 other items, and boxes of pecan clusters, Mint Meltaways, and Sea Salt Caramels.
Time to think about Christmas!
Things will be different this year because of COVID but we are still planning to do our Christmas ministries. Here is what we’re thinking so far:
STARS Christmas Party.
We’re looking for gifts for 250 kids in the STARS program on Wednesday night. Each year, we raise funds and ask for toys so that each student can go to the Christmas store and choose two gifts and also receive a Zion hoodie sweatshirt, which they wear year round.
- We’re looking for new toys. For kids ages 6-16. You can bring them to the church office.
- We’re looking for partners to help us bring in toys. Do you have a business or a person in your network who could help gather toys?
- We’re looking for financial donations to help us pay for gifts for the older kids in our program. Shoes, make up kits, headphones, etc.
- We’re looking for financial donations to help us pay for this year’s Zion United hoodie sweatshirts. Last year we gave away 386 hoodies. Cost is $15. Buy one for yourself and one for a child!
- We’re looking for volunteer personal shoppers to come on the night of the party and help each child pick their gifts and get their sweatshirt.
Operation Bethlehem Bed Give Away, Sunday, December 20
Even though COVID dominates the news, the story is that there are still many people with continuing need. One of those needs is beds. At Christmas we remember how Jesus, our Master, God in the flesh, was born in a stable because “there was no room for him.” He didn’t have a bed. Now that we know Jesus, we want everyone in our city to sleep on a bed. So at Christmas we try to fill what need we can. We hope to purchase 75 beds again this year, as we did last year. Each bed is given to a Zion team to deliver and assemble. This year, we’re looking for ways to deliver that will keep everyone safe. We’re thinking of assembling the beds before taking them to the door of the house and handing them across the threshold instead of entering the house. We are still coming up with ideas.
- We need approximately $7500 to purchase the beds. Donations should be marked, “beds.”
- We need around 10 teams of people with trucks, trailers or other vehicles who can deliver multiple beds. If interested, please contact Pastor John.
Live Nativity at Zion on Christmas Eve, 5-7 p.m.
Instead of a “Welcome Christmas Party” this year, we thought we’d head outside and do a live nativity for Zion and for our neighborhood. This is a great chance opportunity for us to be
together outside at this holy time of year and for us to do a bit of evangelism as well. Details pending. If you’re interested in helping, contact Pastor John.
Christmas Eve English Service - Drive In - 7:15 p.m. and In Person at 5:00 p.m.
Right after the live nativity we’d welcome members and guests to a Christmas Eve Service in your car. We want everyone to be able to participate in Christmas Eve. We all need the hope and joy that is the message of Christmas. We hope to have cocoa and cider and cookies (need volunteers, please!). We’ll distribute candles for Silent Night. If the weather’s temperate, you sit in a lawn chair. If it’s cold, we’ll be in our cars. We’ll have a choir or carolers and we’ll make the best of this COVID Christmas. We guarantee it will be a service to remember. Because of the cold and the need to keep engines going, the service will probably be around 35 minutes in length. Hopefully that means that you can bring the kids and then get them home and off to bed.
Once again, our chief motivation is to provide a worship service for people who aren’t able or comfortable coming into the building because of COVID.
We are also pleased to offer an in-person service for those of you ready to celebrate a more traditional Christmas Eve. This candlelight service will be held in the sanctuary at 5:00.
Christmas Outreach to Muslims
We are hoping that as, in year’s past, we’ll be able to receive enough toys and gifts that we can share the abundance with Muslim children. This year we’re hoping to have a special evening where we can invite families we know and have served this year as well as some new families. We plan to serve cocoa and cider and cookies and do a gospel presentation about the meaning of Christmas before sending the kids with a personal shopper to pick out a toy.
- We will need volunteers to help with the food and beverages and volunteers to help as personal shoppers. If interested, talk to Pastor John.
- We will need your help raising enough money and collecting enough toys to make this happen.
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 May 7-21, 2021. These dates are completely flexible right now so if you can fit in some time in May and are interested, please contact Pastor Brad Miller
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 November 7th 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.
STARS resumes December 2, 2020
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 11:30.
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.
Life Line Screening
Zion is hosting Life Line Screening for you and members of the community on December 3, 2020. https://www.lifelinescreening.com/community-circle
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event at Zion Lutheran Church on 12/3/2020. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call toll-free 1-888-653-6441 or visit http://lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word circle to 79797.
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
The team will gather Saturday, November 21st, 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 re-opens Tuesday, December 1st.
The Clothing Closet opens for shoppers 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!
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.
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.
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).
Study With Us
Men's Breakfast Bible Study
Men's Breakfast Bible study is for the early riser! Join this welcoming group of guys every Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. A delicious breakfast is served, followed by a Bible book study that always promises a great conversation.
Pastor's Reading Group
A monthly reading and discussion group with Pastor John continues November 10th with Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe. ISBN 978-0-312-42757-3. You can order the book from Beaverdale Books. Beaverdale Books can be reached at
The meeting will be held by Zoom at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10. Please contact Pastor John to receive log-in credentials.
January's book is Learning the Virtues that Lead You to God, by Romano Guardini, Fraternity Press. January date is the 12th. Hopefully we can go back to meeting face to face!
4 CHAPTER GROUP (M'CHEYNE)
Here are your weekly readings! Share your questions and thoughts with Polly Pattison at 991-7173.
Nov 22: 1Ch 17; Jas 4; Jonah 1; Lk 6
Nov 23: 1Ch 18; Jas 5; Jonah 2; Lk 7
Nov 24: 1Ch 19-20; 1Pe 1; Jonah 3; Lk 8
Nov 25: 1Ch 21; 1Pe 2; Jonah 4; Lk 9
Nov 26: 1Ch 22; 1Pe 3; Mic 1; Lk 10
Nov 27: 1Ch 23; 1Pe 4; Mic 2; Lk 11
Nov 28: 1Ch 24-25; 1Pe 5; Mic 3; Lk 12
November 21: Homeless Outreach 9am
November 21: Greater City Service 6-7 pm
December 3: Life Line Screening
December 5: Zion United Prayer 10am-noon
December 5: Christmas Dance for Youth
December 9: STARS Christmas Party
December 10: Christmas Muslim Outreach
December 19: Homeless Outreach 9 am
December 20: Operation Bethlehem Bed Delivery
December 24: Live Nativity 5-7 pm
December 24: Christmas Eve
*In-Person Service 5pm
*Drive In Service 7:15 pm
May 7-21, 2021: Mission Trip to Jordan