“Jerome says, ‘Hi’”… This is what Tina added as I ushered her into the STARS closet to get a Zion sweatshirt. She had not gotten one at Christmas, she said, and her mom wanted one, too. Her mom was short and kind of small so maybe a medium would do...
Let's Do Something Beautiful for Jesus
Everything we do, we do to serve Jesus. We serve Him by serving others.
Here is what we do:
During the summer Zion goes to an apartment complex. We take lunch/snacks, bounce houses, crafts and face painting. We also do a Mobile Clothes Closet, where we bring our Clothes Closet to the people. We throw a big party and serve kids who don't get the opportunity to do fun summer activities. The kids absolutely love it! We have volunteers from all over the Des Moines and Ankeny area. Come join us at these outreaches. Any questions contact the main office at .
We get single beds, box springs and frames from Midwest Sleep, an Iowa bed manufacturer. The beds get shipped to a local warehouse managed by one of our Zion mission partners and then is shipped to Zion courtesy of Two Men and a Truck.
There is never a shortage of people needing beds. We call this project "Operation Bethlehem" because our master, Jesus, was born in a stable and there was no bed for Him or His parents. Since we know Jesus has graciously sacrificed Himself to save us, we seek to honor Him near the date of His birthday celebration by blessing those who also have no bed. Any questions contact Pastor John Kline at 515-270-8142 or email at .
The team gathers on the third Saturday of every month at 9AM in the Fellowship Hall, regardless of weather, to prepare and distribute sack lunches, clothing, coat/hat/gloves, socks, shoes, canned goods, candles, batteries, toilet paper, feminine products, bedding, garbage bags, tents, tarps and bug spray to our Des Moines area homeless.
Summer Bible Camp
During the summer we take about 50-100 kids to Ingham Lake Bible Camp near Okoboji. We hold fund raisers, such as Painting with a Purpose, so that those who can't afford it can go to camp. The kids love camp! They enjoy sleeping in beds and eating 3 meals a day (these are luxuries that some of the kid don't have at home).
They love to swim in the pool and lake, take canoe rides, play outdoor group games, sing, watch skits and visit the camp store. Most of all, they get to experience the amazing love of Christ in a beautiful setting where they are surrounded by God's beauty.
Vacation Bible School(VBS)
Zion's VBS is a four day event that brings our youth and volunteers closer to God. It is an event only made possible by God working through numerous volunteers and donors. Each day VBS begins with a free dinner that leads into a time of worship and praise. Students participate in a rotation of various games, crafts and a bible lesson, and ending in an encouraging message. Joshua Saba is the coordinator for our VBS.
Bread & Furniture Ministry
Every Tuesday and Wednesday Zion picks up bread and sweets donated by HyVee. The donation benefits families from around the community, as well as STARS kids on Wednesday nights. They are free to all in need. If you are in need, come to Zion's north entrance at 4300 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310.
If you are in need of furniture, Zion has furniture. In our main lobby we have furniture of various types: beds, couches, chairs and other such items. We may be able to deliver the furniture to you if you don't have a truck to transport it. Karim Jawda is the coordinator of these ministries contact Karim at or call the church at (515) 270-8142.
Zion's Clothes Closet is a clothing ministry located in the lower level of Zion Lutheran Church. We have gently used clothing, bedding and housewares which are free of charge.The Clothes Closet serves many people of all ages and nationalities. The hours for the Clothes Closet are Monday-Thursday from 10AM-noon. Arlyn & Ruth Boelman
Hosted by Zion Lutheran Church 4300 Beaver Avenue Des Moines will join more than 150 other cities around the world in this one-of-a-kind event that is truly global and local.
- Q commons is an event that happens once a year in communities all around the world. Q commons brings the Q learning experience to cities around the world by teaming up with host partners for a unique evening that combines global talks via broadcast with live local presentations.
- Q Commons is a simulcast style event that combines a global broadcast with live local elements to create an evening that is uniquely global and local. Throughout the two-hour evening, attendees will hear three talks on important topics from recognized presenters via video broadcast, and three live talks from local presenters in their city.
- there will be just enough time for round-table conversations, and Q&A opportunities to digest the content with friends, colleagues and neighbors. It's a fast-paced evening, filled with lots of meaningful content.
- Q Commons has been experienced by more than 40,000 individuals across 15 countries and 5 continents.
For more information or any questions or concerns or how to sign up:
Jordan - Karim Jawda
Tanzania - Bonnie Taylor & Dr. Brad Miller
Cambodia - John Dovinh
Kenya & Uganda - Dr. Brad Miller