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Missional COmmunity GroupS & ALPHA

Missional COmmunity Group (MCG)

In addition to walking through God’s Word together weekly on Sunday, we utilize a sermon discussion guide to help our discipleship groups process what we learned and apply it to our lives throughout the week.

Click below to access the weekly Sermon Discussion Guide or pick up a copy in the Dock Lobby. The guides are typically updated on Thursdays. If your group meets after that, find the correct guide under "Last Week's" link. 


Oct 5 - Dec 14 Fall Alpha • Weekly on Wednesdays • 5:30-7pm

If you’re exploring faith or are new to Christianity, come join us at Alpha! Alpha is a safe place where people can ask questions, express doubts, and explore faith. Designed around dinner, a video talk, and conversation, Alpha is a welcoming environment for those seeking or doubting Christian faith.

We are also looking for Alpha facilitators! If you're interested in learning more, please email us!


sisterhood & hero makers connecting events • january 21st • april 15th

Meet zion event &
membership class

On Sunday, October 30, we will be hosting a two-part event for anyone interested in learning more about Zion or becoming members.

  • The first part is our "Meet Zion Event." During this event, we will all enjoy lunch and share an overview of Zion Lutheran Church, each ministry at Zion and introduce you to the Zion Staff.
  • The second part will be a Membership Class for those who would like to become members.

You are welcome to join for either part of the event, or both! If you are interested in becoming members, we do ask that you attend both parts of the event.

other happenings

Going Beyond Simulcast with Priscilla Shirer until October 24th

The Going Beyond Simulcast that aired on September 24th is available for free until October 24th using promo code FREEACCESS.

If you’ve felt empty and undone lately, prepare to meet God here—in your living room, local coffee shop, church, or wherever you study best.

Join thousands of women across the globe in this one-day event where you’ll experience whole-hearted teaching straight from God’s Word, worship, and prayer to inspire and challenge you to listen for His voice in your life. Because when we seek Him, we’ll find Him.

To learn more, go to:
The 25th Anniversary of 'Stand in the Gap' by Promise Keepers • October 4th

On October 4, 1997, the world witnessed an event unprecedented in our nation’s history. Hundreds of thousands of men–some say as many as three million–descended on Washington, D.C., and gathered on the National Mall. For six hours, these men prayed for their nation. They prayed for their families. They confessed their sins. They prayed that God would act mightily in their lives, and that they would have the courage to stand in the gap. This incredible event was known as “Stand in the Gap,” and in honor of its 25th anniversary, we’re producing a new documentary looking back at the day the lives of thousands of men were changed forever.

The 25th Stand in the Gap Anniversary Documentary will air worldwide on October 4, and you’ll be able to watch it online–for free.

To learn more, go to:



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Short Term Mission Trip

Hurricane Ian Response in Sarasota, FL

8 Days of Hope is looking for volunteers to serve in Sarasota, FL in response to Hurricane Ian until October 29th. We would like to send a team from Zion to assist! The primary work will be removing debris, removing trees, mucking out homes, and assisting families with whatever they need. Show up with a willing heart to serve wherever/however!

Please sign up as your commitment to attending this mission trip. If you have questions, please email

Pray for the families that were affected and that God would move mightily through His people over the next few weeks!

Please note, you must be 18+ to serve.

About the Trip:

A Typical Day: Breakfast will be served at 6:30am. We will spend 10-15 minutes together through worship and devotion before headed out to serve. Lunch will be delivered or taken to job sites. Dinner will be begin at 6pm.
Dates: Depart Clear Lake on Sunday, October 23rd around 1:30pm and return to Clear Lake on Thursday, October 27th around 7:30pm. Flights are out of Minneapolis.

Cost: The cost includes airfare, bags, and travel to/from the airport and site. It does not include three meals that'll be on your own during travel days. Right now, we estimate the cost without meals to be around $400. Trip Flex is not included in this cost. If your trip is canceled before one week before departure, then you will be refunded minus a $50 fee. If it is within one week, there is no refund. Three meals will be on your own during travel periods. 8 Days of Hope will provide food and lodging for the days we are on site. A fundraising opportunity on the mornings of 10/16 or 10/23 may be possible.

Arrangements: We will be staying at Bayside Community Church at 8200 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL. Lodging will be by gender. Please bring a sleeping bag or twin air mattress to sleep on.

What should I bring?

  • Rapid Response Shirt (if you don't have one, one will be provided)
  • Bible
  • Case of Water (We'll have to discuss the best way to do this with flying.)
  • Gloves
  • Cot, sleeping bag, twin air mattress, linens, pillow, blanket, etc.
  • Towel and Toiletries
  •  Any tools that may be useful for removing debris or mucking out a home (again, that you can fly with)

Please review the Volunteer Release Form here: VOLUNTEER RELEASE (

Please sign up by October 14th.

christmas by the lake outreach

December 3rd: Mark your calendars! Zion is once again partnering with the Chamber of Commerce through our Christmas by the Lake Outreach. Last year, 70+ volunteers reached and served an estimated 3,000 people. It was AWESOME! This year, we'll need even more help and want you to be a part of this joyous occasion. Join us in Loving This City! Sign up information with shift times will be coming soon!


October 8th: Join Joppa for a Work Day in Des Moines! Volunteers are invited on the second Saturday of each month to come serve Joppa, sort donations, move and assemble furniture, clean the facility, and more. Shifts are from 9 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm. Lunch is provided.

donate to the share shop

October 24th: The Share Shop is gearing up to love and serve our community with the annual Winter Outerwear Drive & Distribution. Each year, this mission collects and distributes 1000+ gently used or new winter outerwear items.
Bring your gently used or new coats, snow pants, boots, and accessories of all sizes to Zion on 4th before October 24th. Items will be distributed on Saturday, October 29th from 10am to 4pm at First Congregational Church at 923 Buddy Holly Place.

hospitality at the sanctuary

Provide and serve treats on Sundays after the Traditional Service.

ESSENTIAL SUPPLY DRIVE FOR northern lights homeless shelter

October 26th: Partner with ZKids during the month of October and bring in toiletries and other essential supplies (like shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) to the Zion on 4th building by October 26th. ZKids will pack these items as part of their monthly mission and will deliver them to Northern Lights Homeless Shelter in Mason City.


To learn more about our Celebrate Recovery Ministry or our engagement in Global Missions, click on the buttons below. 



  • Oct 5 - Dec 14: Alpha Class • Weekly on Wednesdays
  • October 30 - First Steps Class & New Member's Class
  • October 30 - Quarterly Missional Community Group Leader Training
  • Celebrate Recovery on Thursdays  


  • November 18 - Seek Night 
  • Oct 5 - Dec 14: Alpha Class • Weekly on Wednesdays
  • Celebrate Recovery on Thursdays (no CR on November 24) 


  • December 3 - Christmas by the Lake Outreach
  • Oct 5 - Dec 14: Alpha Class • Weekly on Wednesdays
  • Celebrate Recovery on Thursdays


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