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WELCOME TO ZION!
God's grace welcomes you, no matter who you are or where you came from - and so do we!
We believe that Jesus Christ is the true Savior of all people. By his perfect life, innocent death and triumphant resurrection he saves all lost sinners even without our help. Jesus Christ makes us special people, right with God and ready for life. We learn from the Bible, God's authentic message of grace and guidance for us. 
 
WHAT TO EXPECT
    What's a service like?
  • We offer worship opportunities on Saturday evening and on Sunday morning.  While there may be times that these services differ a bit in style, they are both considered a "traditional" worship service.
    What to wear?
  •  There is no dress code, we'll just be happy you came to celebrate Jesus with us! 
    What about Holy Communion?
  • In order to confess our common faith, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church practices “Close Communion”, meaning that we reserve participation in this Sacrament for the members of our congregation or congregations within our doctrinal fellowship. (Those congregations must be affiliated with the WELS – Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod or the ELS – Evangelical Lutheran Synod.)
     
    Our position on this matter is not always clearly understood. It is not that we wish to deny fellow believers from the blessings of the Lord’s Table. Nor is it our intention to be separatists, or to set ourselves up as judges of the faith in the hearts of others. On the contrary, as a church, which bears the name “Evangelical”, we want nothing more than to bring others to the point where we may partake of Holy Communion together in the unity of faith. The very purpose of our existence as a Lutheran congregation is “to make disciples of all nations”.
     
    However, it is precisely because of our emphasis upon teaching the “whole counsel of God” that we do not randomly admit people to the Lord’s Supper. We welcome the opportunity to teach newcomers what the Bible says about the Sacrament of the Altar. It is the true body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ together with the bread and wine, given to us by Christ himself, to make us certain of the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. We are happy to further explain this teaching, together with many other teachings, with you at your convenience. Please make contact with our pastor for such an appointment.
     
    When we bear in mind the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:27, it becomes clear that our position is not loveless, but loving: “Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.” Therefore, to permit a person to do something, which may bring him or her harm, is not an act of love but an act of carelessness.
    Offerings
  • Our members respond to their Savior’s love with offerings that are given joyfully and generously. We want everyone to give out of love for our Savior and not "reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:7). Their cheerful gifts support the mission and ministry of our congregation. While visiting us at Zion,  please know that we do not expect you to contribute to our congregation’s work. However, if you would like to give an offering to the Lord in response to His love to you, we are happy to receive it and put it to work in God’s kingdom.
    What about the children?
  • Children are welcome at Zion!  So please don't be afraid to bring them into the service. We offer a brief Children's Devotion for the younger members as part of our worship service.  At the invitation of pastor, children are invited to come forward to the front of the church to hear this special message.  
     
    However, we do realize that children can become restless.  While we do not have a designated "nursery room", you are invited to use the area in the church hall (lower level) if the need arises. You are able to view and hear the service from there.  

    We also offer a Sunday School program for children ages 4-11.  Sunday School meets Sunday mornings, between worship services, at 9:15 AM in the Illinois Lutheran School building (behind church).

     
    Where are the restrooms located?
  • There are two restrooms located in the church hall (lower level).