Zion Ski Trip Jan 19th!

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Church Family & Friends Mankato Ski Trip

Saturday, January 19, 2019

We will be leaving Zion Church early Saturday morning. Questions? Contact Pastor Derek

Youth (7th Grade – College)
Member: $10
Guest: $15

Kids (Kind. – 6th Gr) & Adults
Kids: $33
Adults: $33

All permission slips and payments need to be filled out and handed in to the church office. Payment is for lift ticket and rentals. Any other purchases – upgrades, lessons, etc. – will be up to each individual.

Download release form here

You will need money for snack and meals, so please plan accordingly! Contact Pastor Derek with questions

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Preparing For Worship Jan 13

PreparingWorshipWe will be using the following songs and passages from the Word of God in our corporate gathering this Lord’s Day. Please prayerfully use these resources to prepare your hearts to “come into His gates with thanksgiving and enter His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4).

The Word of the Lord:
I Chronicles 16:8 – 11
John 3:18 – 21
II Corinthians 4:4 – 6
Psalm 36:5 – 12
Numbers 6:22 – 24

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
We Gather Together
Psalm 27
More Love to Thee
I Timothy 1:17

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Sermon: “Amazing Love”

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January Update & Calendar

Zion_NewsletterOur January edition of the Zion Chronicle can be viewed and downloaded here. The Zion calendar for the month of January 2019 can be viewed here.

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2019 Bible Reading Plans

ligonier_bible5 Day Bible Reading ProgramLet’s commit to letting God’s Word saturate our thoughts and minds for the year ahead! May the Word of the Lord be our firm foundation, a light to our path, and guide us in His grace!

Read through the Bible in a year with readings five days a week.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


52 Week Bible Reading Plan

Read through the Bible in a year with each day of the week dedicated to a different genre: epistles, the law, history, Psalms, poetry, prophecy, and Gospels.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF


5x5x5 New Testament Bible Reading Plan

Read through the New Testament in a year, reading Monday to Friday. Weekends are set aside for reflection and other reading. Especially beneficial if you’re new to a daily discipline of Bible reading.

Duration: One year | Download: PDF
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This Week At Zion Jan 7

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We exist to make disciples of Jesus Christ by proclaiming the Gospel
in the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God in north Iowa and beyond.

The week ahead for Jan 7 – 13 at Zion…

This Week
Monday
1:00 p.m.            Zion Staff Meeting

Tuesday
9:00 a.m.            Prayer Group
2:00 p.m.            Concord Care Ministry
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Preparing for Worship Jan 6

PreparingWorshipWe will be using the following songs and passages from the Word of God in our corporate gathering this Lord’s Day. Please prayerfully use these resources to prepare your hearts to “come into His gates with thanksgiving and enter His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4).

The Word of the Lord:
Psalm 90:1 – 2
Exodus 20:1 – 18
Romans 8:1 – 4
Psalm 119:17 – 24
Numbers 6:22 – 24

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs:
Another Year Is Dawning
In Christ Alone
Day By Day
I Love You, Lord

Means of Grace:
Congregational Prayer
Sermon: “Delighted in His Word”
(No communion this Sunday since Holy Communion was served on Christmas Day)

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Advent 2018 Schedule

advent-webAs things get more and more busy closer to Christmas, we don’t want you to forget all the exciting opportunities at Zion during this Advent season!

Friday 12/21

The office is open tomorrow, so contact us for any final details before a busy week with Christmas!

Friday night, the Jr. & Sr. High are invited for the Midnight Party at church! Dec21Midnight Continue reading

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Worship Canceled for December 2nd | Advent Party postponed

cancellationAll Zion activities for Sunday, December 2, 2018 are canceled due to inclement weather. There will be no Sunday school or worship service.

You can find the announcement at KIMT, KIOW, and on our social media channels. Please feel free to share this information with others.

advent-webAlso, please note that our Advent Party is postponed to a later day and time yet to be determined. We will not be meeting today, but please stay tuned to your email and our website for updated details.

Please trust the Lord and stay safe during this winter time!

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Why Did We Sing Psalm 107?

congsingLast Sunday, as a congregation we lifted up our voices to a song not found on the CCLI’s “Top 40” – a metrical version of Psalm 107. Ever sung it? Unless you’ve spent time in a church that is being Reformed by the Word of God, chances are you haven’t.

While most Christians think of the Old Testament book of Psalms as important for the worship of Israelites, few Christians think of the Psalms as part of their worship today. Perhaps some realize the importance of praying through the Psalms, or studying the verses as parts of their Bible studies (Psalm 119 gets really long!). But few ever think to sing what was the original songbook of God’s people.

But in Reformed churches, psalm singing is still important. Taking Colossians 3:16 as their cue – “singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” – Reformed churches have emphasized taking the inspired Word of God in the Psalms and putting them to meter so they are singable by the congregation.

Last Sunday we were preparing for Thanksgiving, and so the words of Psalm 107 in meter were especially poignant:

O praise the Lord! For He is good,
His mer-cies still endure;
Give thanks to Him, pro-claim His grace,
From sin and death se-cure

Let them give thanks un-to the Lord
For all His kind-ness shown,
And for His works so won-der-ful
Which He to us makes known

And let them of-fer thanks to Him
The sac-ri-fice of praise!
His works let them de-clare with thanks
In songs our voices raise!

Is an-y wise? Then heed with thanks
The mer-cies of the Lord!
And may we grate-ful-ly re-ceive
With thanks our lov-ing Lord!

Clearly, Psalm 107 allows Christians to sing God’s Word back to Him in the form of inspired thanksgiving! Continue reading

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Voting In Christ For the Midterms

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Elections are upon us again, and it is always important for Christians to remember something about who they are: we are dual citizens (Ephesians 2:19). As we think about how our citizenship from heaven (Philippians 3:20) teaches us about voting for earthly kingdoms, there are several things we want to consider. Use the following articles and links to grow in thinking carefully about how to vote this year.

Psalm 107: A Brief Meditation For Election Week

The motto, “In God We Trust,” was still embossed on their coins, but they had made covenants with other rulers out of a short-sighted obsession with temporal security. They were no longer concerned about holiness, righteousness, justice, and peace. They had changed, calling good evil and evil good. No longer was God and his kingdom their reference point; instead, they became their own lords and chose rulers who mirrored their own hypocrisy. They refused to raise their eyes to heaven. Israel demanded some political arrangement that would satisfy their narcissism. But there is only one problem, the psalmist registers: pompous rulers die, just like everyone else. Once their breath leaves them, their big plans come to an end.
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How should Christians approach election day?

With just a few days to go until Election Day, Americans are increasingly turning their focus to politics. According to the US Elections Project, in 2014 (the last midterm election), approximately 37 percent of eligible voters actually made it to the ballot box. Elections are an important avenue for Americans to register their opinions about the direction of the nation and their local communities.

Given that, I was recently asked how Christians should think about the elections and how we should engage this moment. My answer: Be informed, not ignorant; be discerning about politics, not dogmatic; and dialogue without dehumanizing.
Continue reading at the Ethics & Religious Liberties Commission

Political Jesus: Voting and Trusting

You may have noticed that everyone has an opinion about which candidate evangelical Christians should support. I don’t know about you, but I get frustrated when I overhear brothers and sisters in Christ describe one candidate as inherently superior to another…

At the end of the day, even the breath of the best politicians will depart and return to the earth and all of the promises they made and the plans they had will fade away with them. This is true for all of us. But it is not true of King Jesus. Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. Trust not in presidents.
Continue reading at Core Christianity

Honor God 2018

The Family Leader wants Christians to remember to make this election count by honoring God. It can start with something as practical as finding out where your precinct/polling place is. It is knowing why Christians ought to care for this responsibility. And so much more!
Continue reading at The Family Leader’s HonorGod 2018

Zion Resources: How Can We Vote to the Glory of God?

As Christians, who in God’s providence reside in the United States, we should have a desire for God’s will to be done here on earth as it is being done in heaven (Matt. 6:10). As citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem, we need to keep in mind that we are strangers and exiles in this world who are looking for a heavenly country (Hebrews 11:13-16); nevertheless, we do reside here in the United States for now as ambassadors of Christ, representing King and country. So, like every other earthly citizen in our nation, we have a responsibility to be faithful citizens.

As we consider Tuesday’s elections, we must remember that this world is passing away (1 John 2:17). Our mission is not to establish Christianity as the state religion through elections; nor is it to impose Christian doctrine through legislation. Our mission is to proclaim the glorious gospel of Christ so that people may be transformed by the power of God’s gospel to become true worshipers of Jesus Christ and citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem.
Continue reading at Zion Resources

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