What's Happening at Zion


Weekly Sermon Text

Gospel of Mark

(Mark 1:14-20)

Jesus Announces the Good News

14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”18 At once they left their nets and followed him.

19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.


Third Thursday

On September 20 you will have the opportunity to hear Allie Tubbs' winning History Day presentation on Katheryn Koob, the extraordinary Iowan held captive in Iran for 444 days. Come at Noon, for potluck and stay for the program. Bring a dish to share.

Sunday School

Volunteers Needed; We need teachers  and volunteer helpers, sign up on Sunday mornings in the Lobby or call the church at (515)270-8142.

Start Times: Sunday school for all classes, both kids and adults, starts On September 16th from 10:30-11:30 AM. If you have a kid, from preschool - 12th, attending Sunday, please stop by the Lobby to fill out registration form for your child.

First Communion Classes: Starts September 12th. For any kids wanting to learn about Holy Communion. three sessions: Wednesday evenings in September 12th, 19th and 26th. First Communion Celebration on Sunday September 30th. Classes begin with a meal at 6:00 PM

Confirmation Classes: Begins Wednesday, October 24th; for grades sixth - twelfth. Any students interested in learning about the Christian faith. Class times are at 6:00-7:45 PM For more information, please contact Pastor John.

The Washboard 

Who: Volunteers needed:

  • Welcome table(1-2)
  • Laundry unit(1-2)
  • Greeters

What: Serving our community by washing, drying and folding laundry.

When: First Monday & Friday 2-6PM every month.

Where: Zion Lutheran Church; North side of the church.

Contact: Reach out to Jay Rademacher if you would like to volunteer. (515) 720-3704 


Walk for Graduation: As a Graduation Walk volunteer, you'll be paired with a Des Moines Public Schools staff member and other volunteers to visit the homes of middle and high school students at risk of dropping out. You'll connect personally with the student and their family, share powerful information about the importance of a diploma, and help them return to the path that leads to graduation. Sign up at

Adult Discipleship 

Women's Circle: Ladies, please join us every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 9-10:30AM, for a women's community circle group. This is a great way to connect with women from Zion and other churches. A circle is a safe space to come together and share our hearts with one another. Our circle will be a place where we can share what is going on with us and grow together. Please RSVP if you need childcare. The circle is facilitated by Sherilyn Rittgers and Dee Martin. Any questions, please contact Sherilyn at  .

Men's Breakfast, Bible Study; is for the early riser! Join this welcoming group of guys every Wednesday at 7AM. A delicious breakfast is served, followed by a bible study that always promises great conversation.

Sunday Morning Bible Study; 

The Book of Acts - Acts of the Holy Spirit and the Apostles

Bring your bible and join us for a journey through the New Testament book of Acts and some of the apostles Paul's letters to the Christians communities. We will meet in room#170, lower level at 10:30 AM Facilitators include, Pastor Tina and Intern Nancy Fasse.

The Daniel Plan- Bible Study

Join this fun, 6 week group bible study on the book, The Daniel Plan; written by Rick Warren, Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr. Mark Hyman, focus on the 5 Essentials of Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends; and work toward your health and wellness goals in a supportive group led by Life  and wellness Coach, Julie Smith. Visit for more information or email Julie at   to sign up. It happens on Mondays from 6:30-8:00PM; starting date is October 1st.

Other Exciting News

See Zion in the Rise Up book! Zion's debut on CBN is now part of a TV segment used as curriculum to challenge other churches to take the leap of faith and "Do Something Beautiful for Jesus", outside their comfort zone. We're excited to announce Rise Up is now available on Amazon and also direct from CBN! the links are or

Upcoming Special Events 

Q Commons happens October 25th. For more information check their website at or check our page at scroll down to find listing.



This is a Letter from John Dovinh, missionary to Cambodia;

Greeting From Cambodia

Dear brothers and sisters,

What I had to hear to my heart and mind at all the time these word; "Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
    does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done? (Proverbs 24:11-12. NIV)

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14. NIV)

Vietnam, Cambodia, they still disturbed by weather and a man...! Troublesome, heated up by political and territorial problems for months and years! Cambodia has changed their laws, those have much affect to the immigration & visas. Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese/Cambodians are kicked out of Cambodia, to go to Vietnam, even these Vietnamese who have already been Cambodian citizens for years. Many "immigrant" Cambodian-Vietnamese, don't have jobs and don't have places to live when they leave Cambodia and come into Vietnam. Our Vietnamese-Cambodian Christians are having many more difficulties. A number of these Vietnamese-Cambodians and native Vietnamese who have taken refuge in Cambodia and Thailand came to Vietnam are put into jail because they are Christians, Evangelists, Preachers. We pray for them, visit and give help.

The new VISA law in Cambodia caused me more difficulties, and I have to pay much more than before.

The places we rent for bible classes, church gathers and worship services cost much more than before. We had to close a number of locations. The financial supports to our LAMS, as you knew, is very humbling. It is hard to continue to work longer, like I want. However, I trust the Lord. At this time I tried to stay here for work, two months more, August & September. I'll return to Des Moines in the first week of October.

I do not know when my next trip to South East Asia/Cambodia yet. But I trust the Lord and I encourage our Christian brothers & sisters in these less free countries that our Lord said: Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Amen!




John Dovinh




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