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5:00 pm Swahili/Kinyamulenge Service In-Person (Music Room)
7:00 pm Mizo Service In-Person 
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This Sunday is Second Sunday!
Join us for worship at 10:00 and stay for lunch afterwards.  Food is provided but if you'd like to bring a dish to pass, we'd welcome it.  People love to try different kinds of food.  And there will be a lot of different dishes to choose from.  Come and share the feast with us this Sunday.  

April 24th Events
April 24th is Clothed by God: Zion Spring Give Away of Clothes and other Items AND Mizo Youth Car Wash Event!  The Car Wash will start at 10 AM and go all day. The Clothed by God Event will be from 10AM-1PM. Both will be held at Zion in the parking lot!

Zion/STARS Pool Night at Cascade Falls in Ankeny
Come and play with your friends from Zion and the STARS kids at Cascade Falls Aquatic Center in Ankeny.  The date is July 7; the time is 7:15-9:15 p.m.  We've rented the big pool and the lazy river.  You are welcome to ride a bus from Zion around 6:30 p.m.  Or find your own way to Cascade Falls, 2350 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy, Ankeny, IA.

Bring a Friend to Zion Sunday May 9
We want to invite you to begin praying about whom you will invite to the Will Graham Celebration event in October.  Pick up a brochure today in the lobby with a handy page where you can write the names of people you're praying will attend and come to Christ.  In addition, please invite a friend to Zion.  May 9th is a Second Sunday so it's more of an event and you can even ask them to stay for lunch afterwards.  Pray about whom you can invite.

Giving to His Church is Giving to Him
It’s been quite a year for everyone and now we’re beginning to emerge.  Please don’t forget to give to Zion.  We’re starting to see a slow-down in giving and we don’t want to have to cut back on the ministry we share.  So please, if you’re behind in your giving, please give.  If you’ve been blessed with extra, share something to stimulate the Lord’s work at Zion.  Thank you. 

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
April 15: Celebration Prayer Gathering
April 22 or 23: Ladies Night with Kendra Graham
May 4: Evangelism and Follow-up seminar at Zion 7-9 pm
May 15: Christian Life and Witness Course Breakfast 8-10 am
May 27: Celebration Prayer Gathering 7 pm
June 7-26: Christian Life and Witness Courses
August 21: Follow-Up Breakfast and Workshop  8-10 am
August 28: Pursuit: Christian Life and Witness Course for Students
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
IOWA Celebration: Friday, October 1, 7:00 pm
                            Saturday, October 2, 10am KidsFest
                            Sunday, October 3, 6:00 pm Student Night

Will Graham Prayer Gathering April 15th 7 PM
Just like Zion hosted the first prayer gathering in March, this is a time for all to come together as one church and pray for the State of Iowa, the local church and the upcoming Iowa Celebration. There will be a time of worship and focused prayer. All are welcome to attend. Venue: First Family Church 317 SE Magazine Rd, Ankeny, IA 50023.

Ladies Night with Kendra Graham (wife of Will Graham) April 22nd or 23rd 7PM
Before Iowa Celebration, bring your friends and loved ones for soul-stirring worship and an inspiring message from special guest speaker Kendra Graham. Pray together for your community and the upcoming Celebration, fellowship with other women, and enjoy a dessert buffet. Both nights will be the same program, so choose which night you would like to attend and RSVP by April 19. Venue: First Church of the Open Bible, 2200 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310.

Sharing Hope in a Crisis Seminar 
May 1 @ 8:00 am - 4:15 pm
The one-day Sharing Hope in Crisis (SHIC) seminar is intended for anyone and everyone in the church. All of us know a friend, neighbor or co-worker who is struggling with a life crisis. This seminar will help you know what to say and what not to say when people grieve, and how to compassionately and appropriately share the love and hope of Jesus Christ. This training is also beneficial for counselors, first responders and church leaders who face suffering people on a regular basis.  This seminar will be held at Walnut Creek Church – Windsor Heights 900 64th Street, Windsor Height, IA 50324. The seminar is led by members of the Crisis Response Team of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. 

Christian Life and Witness Course at Zion: June 10, 17 and 24, 7-9 pm
CLWC will reignite your faith and empower you to live a life that radiates God’s love. Discover the victory He has for His children and equip yourself to share it with others through this dynamic course. You’ll also find practical help in reaching the next generation for Christ. The course is taught by representatives of the Bill Graham Evangelistic Association. This is an excellent resource for us to learn how to disciple people and share our faith. The Course is three weeks long and runs from 7-9 p.m. Zion pastors cannot emphasize the benefit of this course enough!

Pray for Other Churches
We here at Zion are one congregation in the larger Church of Jesus Christ. We are called to be one expression, the best expression possible, of His Church in Iowa. For over a year a number of Pastors have been praying together as to how we can re–present Jesus Christ better together in this Central Region of Iowa. God is doing something special in Iowa.  

We believe God The Father will look on us with favor as He sees his sons and daughters serving together just as He designed us. It only seems right and appropriate that we at Zion this morning should have the opportunity to pray for these pastors and their spouses as a congregation.

Today we pray for Evangel Foursquare Chapel, located at 4019 E 42nd St in. Des Moines.  We pray for Evangel's pastor, Pastor Brenda Shafer and her husband, Mark.  

Evangel Foursquare Chapel is believing the Lord that there will be a great influx of new or re-committed Christians surrounding the Will Graham Celebration.  They are stepping out in faith and increasing the size of their sanctuary to accommodate 33% more people.  They are getting ready for a great harvest of souls.

Pray that their preparations for this joyous event would be blessed and pray that the congregation would be prepared for the future harvest of souls. 

Give Today to Help the People of Burma
Part of being part of the body of Christ is that what happens to our brothers and sisters happens to us.  We are one Body, united in Christ.  We bear one another's burdens.  Right now, many people in our congregation are suffering because of things happening in Burma.  We have many Karen children and students in our ministry.  We have many Mizo (Chin) members.  People in Burma are courageously resisting a military coup.  They are staying home from work as a protest and flooding the streets.  As a result, many are out of food.  We are raising money to send to trustworthy sources who will use it to distribute food to the hungry.   More than 400 people have died in the protests so far.  Now the violence has spread to other regions as the Burmese military bombs civilians in villages.   We'll have a short presentation from LalrinSanga next week during the announcements. 

For now, read more below from World Magazine:

Myanmar military continues airstrikes in Karen state by Onize Ohikere  Posted 3/31/21, 02:39 am

The military junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, killed six people and injured 12 others during Tuesday’s airstrikes. Some 12,000 people are internally displaced after weeks of violence, and as many as 3,000 fled into neighboring Thailand over the weekend before being sent back by Thai officers. The Karen National Union, which represents the Karen minority, said military ground troops are advancing into the territory from all fronts and vowed to respond.

Why the escalation in fighting? Fighting began in late December as the military built new roads and camps in violation of a ceasefire agreement. On Saturday, Karen forces attacked a military outpost, killing 10 soldiers and capturing 8. That night, the military dropped bombs on a village in Papun District, the first airstrikes in 20 years, according to Free Burma Rangers. The military is also responding with deadly force to anti-coup protests in major cities. On Tuesday, the Three Brothers Alliance –– which represents guerrilla armies from other minority Rakhine, Kokang and, Ta-ang regions –– threatened to abandon a ceasefire if the attack on protesters continues.

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Youth and Children’s News
Upcoming Youth and Children’s Events

Quad4 Trivia and Silent Auction Fundraiser.  Save the Date: May 8th at 6 pm.  The doors open at 5:30 pm. 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 kids to Bible camp and other spiritual experiences.  

Vacation Bible School!  VBS is tentatively planned for June 7 -10 in the evening. The alternate date is July 12-15.  There will be a section for both PK-6 and 7-12th.

Youth Mission Trip to Colorado! June 13-19. Help us to send 18 of our youth and 4 chaperones to Denver. The youth trip is to unite the different youth groups within Zion who do not normally hang out together by strengthening their relationship with God and each other as they work on various projects for local ministries, worship, fellowship, and Bible Study. This will give them an opportunity to build lasting relationships that will help build up our church as one body in Christ. Trip concludes with a fun experience in the mountains of Colorado. We need two chaperones (one male/one female over 25 years old) to join Pastor Boaz and Pastor Nancy on the trip. 

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.  

Last Wednesday was STARS Easter Celebration! Pastor John gave the glorious gospel presentation and there were Easter Egg Hunts for children of ALL ages! Thank you for all the volunteers who make these mission critical moments happen! 

Sunday School at 11:00.Due to concerns about the virus, we do not have enough volunteers to run our usual Sunday School. The in-person option will look and feel like Vacation Bible School and will be held in the cafeteria and outside.

Adult Education:
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.

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:  May
A monthly reading and discussion group with Pastor John continues May 18.  The book is called Practicing the Presence of God.  A paperback is available:   ISBN-10:  1631710001 Problem Child Press 2018ISBN-13: 978-1631710001.   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 12 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18 or in person at Zion.   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.
April 11: Lv 15; Ps 18; Pr 29; 2Th 3
April 12: Lv 16; Ps 19; Pr 30; 1Ti 1
April 13: Lv 17; Ps 20-21; Pr 31; 1Ti 2
April 14: Lv 18; Ps 22; Eccl 1; 1Ti 3
April 15: Lv 19; Ps 23-24; Eccl 2; 1 Ti 4
April 16: Lv 20; Ps 25; Eccl 3; 1Ti 5
April 17: Lv 21; Ps 26-27; Eccl 4; 1Ti 6

INSTE: INSTE is 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.

Contact Drs. Nick and Leona Venditti to sign up for the next class. You may contact them by phone or text: Leona (515-988-2047) or Nick (515-988-2255).

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!

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. This endeavor starts again March 1, 2021. We are in need of your prayers, education resources, finances and volunteer tutoring hours. Thank you! Kim

Office Volunteers Needed
We are looking for office volunteers! While our office manager is working for home, we are looking for help filling in.  We are currently open Monday through Thursday from 9AM - 3PM. Please call the office  at 515-270-8142 or email    if you would like to help. Thank you! 

Cleaning Position: We are looking for someone to clean the church 4-6 hours per week. Tuesday/Thursday or Tuesday/Wednesday. Please contact Kim at .

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

The Clothing Closet 
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: Is open for donations and distributions. Donations may be dropped off Monday-Thursday, 9-3. 

Homeless Outreach
The team will gather Saturday, April 17th 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.  

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 May 1, 2021 at Zion.

Greater City Service:  Once a month on Saturdays 6-7
Zion is launched 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.   Join us for our next service on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

THIRD THURSDAY.  It’s time to get together again!  We’ve missed our fellowship for a year, and feel it’s safe to resume our meetings.  Leona and Nick Venditti will speak about their missionary experiences in Spain at noon on Thursday, April 15.  No potluck this time; lunch will be provided.  

Mhezi Meetings
Please join the Mhezi team for their monthly meetings. Their Zoom meetings are held the third Thursday of the month at 7:00pm.  Please contact Ray Keith to get your Zoom invitation.

Mission Trip to visit Syrian Refugees in Jordan
We had been planning this trip before COVID struck. 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. 


Upcoming Events:
April 15: Third Thursday Noon Gathering
April 15: Mhezi Zoom Meeting 7PM
April 15: Will Graham April Prayer Gathering 7PM at First Family Church, Ankeny
April 17: Homeless Outreach 9am
April 17: Greater City Youth Service 6-7 pm
April 22 or 23: Will Graham Celebration: Evening with Kendra Graham 7PM at First Church of the Open Bible, Des Moines
May 1: Zion United Prayer 10-noon
May 1: William Graham Celebration Event: Sharing Hope in a Crisis at Walnut Creek Church, Des Moines
May 8: Quad4 Trivia Night Camp Fundraiser 6pm
May 9: Bring a Friend to Church
May 15: Homeless Outreach 9 am
May 15: Greater City Youth Service 6-7 PM
May 19: STARS Ends
May 20: Third Thursday Meeting Noon
May 20: Mhezi Zoom Meeting 7PM
May 22: Life Line Screening at Zion
June 5: Zion United Prayer 10-noon
June 7-10: VBS (Alternate Week July 12-15)
June 13-19: Youth Service Trip to Colorado
June 27-July 2: Bible Camp at Ingham Lake (Grades 4-6)
July 7: STARS Cascade Falls 7:15-9:15 PM
July 25-30: Bible Camp at Ingham Lake (Grades 6-12)
August 6-20: Mission Trip to Jordan


Launch for Pastors, Volunteers 5-7 pm at The Bridge, Johnston
March 28: Youth Mission Trip Meeting: 12:30 pm
March 31: STARS Easter Party & Gospel Presentation
April 1: Maundy Thursday Service 6:30 pm
April 2: Good Friday Service 6:30 pm
April 3: Zion United Prayer 10-noon
April 4: Easter Breakfast Fundraiser
April 6: Pastor John’s Reading Group 12 Noon
April 15: April Prayer Gathering 7PM at First Family Church, Ankeny
April 17: Homeless Outreach 9 am
April 17: Greater City Youth Service 6-7
April 22: Will Graham Celebration: Evening with Kendra Graham 7PM at First Church of the Open Bible, Des Moines
May 1: Zion United Prayer 10-noon
May 1: Will Graham Celebration Event: Sharing Hope in a Crisis at Walnut Creek Church, Des Moines
May 8: Quad4 Trivia Night Camp Fundraiser 6pm
May 15: Homeless Outreach 9 am
May 15: Greater City Youth Service 6-7 PM
May 19: STARS ends
June 5: Zion United Prayer 10-noon
June 7-10: VBS (Alternate Week July 12-15)
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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