Sunday school is a very important part of Christian education at Zion. During their years in Sunday school, students are immersed in the message that Jesus loves them and died on the cross for them. Students in Preschool through 5th grade meet in the Undercroft area under the Sanctuary from 9:15am-10:15am (in between worship services). A typical lesson includes the Bible story, activities, and music. In Sunday school, students learn familiar Bible stories as well as a few unfamiliar ones, along with lessons or principles associated with the Bible story. Two times per year, students and parents are invited to do Family Sunday School, in which we take a break from our normal programming and grow spiritually as a family unit. The Sunday School students will also present Advent messages the few weeks prior to Christmas. Sunday school meets from September – May.
Middle school is the time period that we run our Confirmation ministry. Students 6th-8th grade are in this age range. Prior to the start of the year (usually around the end of August) we hold a Confirmation Camp – a three day camp in which we introduce the themes for the year, have team building activities, and grow as a group. It is also the time in which we give first communion instruction to the 6th grade students. During the Middle School years we reinforce what was taught in Sunday school as well as dive deeper into Lutheran theology. Besides the Bible, we use Luther’s Small Catechism and a Confirmation textbook to get deeper into Biblical principles. Our goal with Middle School ministry is to better equip students as they mature along their faith journey. The process has already started but this is a checkpoint to refresh and energize for the high school years that lie ahead of them.
We hold classes on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings for students in this age group. A lot of the learning is experiential, meaning that we use experiences to reinforce retention. Through these classroom experiences students grow with God and with one another. Wednesday night and Sunday morning classes are different and students are encouraged to attend both.
Once a month, Middle school students are invited to come together for a social event or a service project. These vary throughout the year.
Any high school student is more than welcome at Zion! We meet once a week on Sunday morning at 9:15 for Bible study, and again for fellowship or service projects once during the month. If you would like more information about the events please contact the Church Office.
During our meeting time, we strive to provide a positive and safe environment where students are not judged by their abilities or social status, rather an environment where all students are accepted based on the fact that they are all forgiven, children of God! Our focus is on strengthening relationships with God and relationships with one another. We often get into some deep, but fun discussions!
Come and see for yourself what goes on at Bible study and other events! Whether it s a fun evening, a day of serving, digging into God's Word, or just hanging out, YOU are invited to join us!
Zion has a lot of opportunities for Adult Education. We believe that education is important to your relationship with Christ. Our classes are centered around relationships. There are many options when looking for a class. We offer Small Group Bible studies, Sunday morning classes, and weekday classes. Here is a list of our classes:
Pastor Tim's Sunday morning Bible class is for adults of all ages and is a comfortable place to meet other people at Zion. This year we look at the unique approach Matthew makes in his gospel. Whether you come every week or only once in a while, you are always welcome and we will be enriched by your presence!
Young Adult/College students have an opportunity to meet once a month for Bible study and an occasional social event. We meet on the second Sunday each month at 9:15am. This year we will talk about how our future professions can connect to our faith-life.
Parenting Group with the Buetow's meets Sunday mornings at 9:15am. This year we will start with a study on Christian parenting. We do a variety of studies and are open to new ideas. There is always space for more and we hope you'll join us! The nursery is staffed so any kids 2 and under can have fun and stay busy right next door!
Linda's Group meets Sunday mornings at 9:15am in the classroom up the stairs and down the hall. Each year we discuss different topics about the Bible or faith. This year we will discuss The Story of Scripture.
Tuesday's at 10am with Pastor Brelje bring a mix of knowledge, discussion, humor, and study. This year we are studying 1st Peter and will learn who we are and how to conduct ourselves as God's different people in this world.
A NEW Women's Bible study kicks off this year from 9am-11am. This is a brand new opportunity as we go through a study called "Wisdom for Mothers." This is a 10 week course but come as you can! Childcare, refreshments, and materials are provided!
Our Wednesday night adult class meets from 6:15pm - 7:30pm. This class uses contemporary writers to explore issues of faith. This year we will talk about C.S. Lewis and the book "The Four Loves" while supplementing it with passages from Frederick Buechner. Our goal is to see how God uses the gift of words to touch our lives and encourage a daily life of faith. Come as often as you can!
The Saturday morning men’s group tackles the Epistle lesson for the next day and helps you dig deeper into the meditation on Sunday. As we grow together through this class we also discuss how to be better fathers, husbands, neighbors, friends, and people of faith.
Three principles help explain the purpose of our Small Group Bible Study Ministry.
Zion offers a variety of groups for a variety of people. Groups meet at a variety of times and cover a variety of topics! This is a great opportunity to make new friends at Zion and contribute to the overall health of our Zion family. The Small Groups are also encouraged to do a social activity in the summer as well as get together with all the other participants in Small Groups for an annual Christmas activity.
Connect with God and other Christians.
Grow in your faith as you explore His Word for your daily life with Christian friends.
Serve together in simple and meaningful ways. Put love into action as a way to strengthen your own faith as well as meet the needs of others.
Small Groups are a great way to grow in your personal relationships: with Christ and with one another. Here are our offerings this year:
Dave's Wednesday Night (6:15pm - 7:30pm). A look at 1st and 2nd Peter. Persecution is evident in the world today and in particular with Christians. Even in our own country persecution is an every day occurrence toward Christians. Peter was a wonderful example of a person who suffered in many physical ways, beaten, jailed, threatened, and eventually crucified. Peter wrote to the church offering hope, comfort, confidence, and urging loyalty to Christ. He expounds on trials and encourages Christians to live Holy lives during difficult times. He also shares the proper attitude to have when in the midst of suffering. We can learn a lot for our own lives in the writings of Peter.
Toni & Joe's Sunday Night (6:30pm - 8:00pm). Ten Women of the Bible. This group meets every other Sunday as we discuss specific women in the Bible. We don't know all their names. Some are referred to only by nationality. Some become queens, others lived on the fringe of society. One gave birth to a nation and another gave birth to the Messiah. As we study the lives of women in the Bible, we find important truths that God wants us to grasp. These women show us a God who sees who we are and loves us for who we are. Join us when you can!
Chuck's NEW group will meet when a group has formed and decides which day works best! Chuck will take us through Kathie Lee Gifford's new book "The Rock, The Road, and the Rabbi." We will look at her journey through the Holy Land and her discovery of a deeper faith.
For more information on any of these classes or to "sign up" please contact the Church Office!