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 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.

Click below to view Sunday School Advent Project video

 
Middle School

 

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 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. 

We hold classes on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings 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. 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.

 
High School

 

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!

 
Adult Education

 

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 are exploring some of the Old Testament prophets and their application today. 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 going through "The Five Love Languages of Children." 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! 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 are focusing on the origins and gift of the historic prayers of the Church. This class is for adults of all ages.

  • Tuesday's online at 6:30pm covers an overview of the entire Bible and how it fits seamlessly together. Each week features a presentation of a particular book. This can be viewed at anytime during the week and discussion happens via email. To be added to this list, please contact the church office. This class is for adults of all ages.

  • "Wednesday Night Specials" will start at 6:15pm and will include a rotation of topics. The 2nd Wednesday of the month will deal with physical, emotional, and spiritual issues adults of all ages will encounter. The 3rd Wednesday of the month will address Christian care giving. We will have a variety of special topics and programs planned on other Wednesday's throughout the year.

  • The Saturday morning men’s group will meet in person and on Zoom. This year we are discussing 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

 

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 2nd and 4th Wednesday Nights (6:15pm - 7:20pm) at Zion and online. We will listen to various podcasts throughout the year and discuss them. This group meets as a hybrid class with a Zoom option. (Starts in October)

  • Chuck's Sunday Night (6:30pm - 8:00pm) at Zion. We have a variety of Bible stories to discuss!

  • Linda's group will meet virtually through Zoom on Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm - 8:30pm. We are looking at Women of the Bible, specifically the Book of Esther and the Book of Ruth.

For more information on any of these classes or to "sign up" please contact the Church Office!

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