PK3 - 5th Grade
Sunday School is a very important part of Christian education at Zion. During their years in Sunday School, students dive into Bible stories and are immersed in an experience that changes every month but is always filled with the message that Jesus loves them. Students in Preschool through 5th grade meet in the Undercroft area under the Sanctuary from 9:15am-10:15am (in between worship services). Sunday school meets from September – May.
Midweek Kids is a Wednesday evening opportunity to take a deeper dive into the Bible. This year we're discovering what the letters of John tell us. Join us from 6:15pm-7:15pm for a video lesson, activity, and breakout session which rotates each week and features a different gift of someone in our congregation.
Middle school is the time that we run our Confirmation Ministry, or "Basics of the Faith." Students 6th-8th grade are in this age range. Prior to the start of the year (usually around the beginning of August) we hold a Confirmation Camp – a two 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.
We hold classes on Wednesday nights for students in this age group. A lot of the learning is experiential, meaning we use experiences to foster retention. Through these classroom experiences students grow with God and with one another.
We also have Sunday morning Bible study combined with the high school students at 9:15am.
Middle school students are regularly 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 on a regular but more spread out basis. 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!
Adult Education (Starting September 6th)
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 Mike's Sunday morning class is for adults of all ages and meets in our Blends Christian Living space. Our topic to begin the year will be the Six Chief Parts of Luther's Catechism. Join us at 9:15am on Sunday's!
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 are exploring the Gospel of Matthew and what makes it unique. Whether you come every week or only once in a while, you are always welcome and we will be enriched by your presence!
Parenting Group with the Buetow's meets Sunday mornings at 9:15am. This year we are diving into some Old Testament stories but will also be including the Epistle and Gospel readings from each week. There is always space for more and we hope you'll join us! The nursery can be staffed so any kids 2 and under can have fun and stay busy right next door! Our group is made up of parents with newborns through High School seniors.
Tuesday's at 10am with Pastor Brelje bring a mix of knowledge, discussion, humor, and study. This year we will start out with the book of Romans and move into the book of Proverbs. This class is for adults of all ages.
Wednesday's on Zoom at 8:30pm, every other week with Aaron, young adults in college or beyond are welcome to jump in on some discussion and connecting. If interested, please contact Aaron at firstname.lastname@example.org. This discussion is for adults 18-30.
On Wednesday night Pastor Mike will host a group that discusses Isaiah. Join us at 5:15pm for a meal before the class begins at 6:15pm
The Saturday morning men’s group will meet on Zoom at 8am. Email email@example.com to be included! This year we will resume our discussion on the Gospel of John. As we grow together through this class we also discuss how to be better fathers, husbands, neighbors, friends, and people of faith.
Small Groups (Starting September 10th)
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. Before we begin our regular groups, we will be having a 4 week special study on the Gospel reading for the week. Groups will not form until after this time AND this is only a 4 week commitment, so if you want to try it out, this is a great time to do so!
After those 4 weeks, here are our offerings this year:
Chuck's EOW Sunday Night (6:30pm - 8:00pm) at Zion. We will be going through "40 Verses to Ignite your Faith." This is a relaxed and discussion based study.
Linda's group will meet Sunday mornings at 9:15am. This year we will discuss "Women of the Bible." From Eve to Esther in the Old Testament and from Elizabeth to Pricilla in the New Testament we will use a variety of sources with the Bible as our main focus. As we study, we will search for important truths that God wants us to discover and apply to our own lives today.
Dave's group will meet Wednesday evenings at 6:15pm (starting October 11). A series on how Jesus unlocks some of life's major challenges. Each session will equip you with Biblical, practical, and relatable application relating to different challenges like worry, anger, judging others, facing temptation, etc. Be inspired and encouraged to approach each of these challenges with confidence, power, and wisdom of Jesus, who is always worthy of our worship even amidst the difficulties in our own life.
Pastor Brelje's small group will meet Wednesday at 4:30pm (ends October 4th).
For more information on any of these classes or to "sign up" please contact the Church Office!