Worship Times Sunday School Bible Study
Sunday at 10:15 AM Sunday 9:00 AM Thursday 7:00 PM
(Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday) For ages 3 to Adult September - May
Wednesday at 7:00 PM Catechism Class
(Communion 2nd & 4th Wed.) Sunday 9:00 AM
September - May
Welcome To Our Church
Zion began in 1861 not as an organized congregation, but as a Preaching Station that was served by J.N.G. Streckfuss, John Miller and others during the time they were students at Concordia Theological Semiary and provided many services for believers in Columbia City. Rev. Christian Reichardt accepted the call of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Whitley County and also served the little group known as Zion. In 1866, Zion constructed the original church on Ellsworth Street where they worshiped for nearly one hundred years. 1986 saw the completion of the current building at the corner of Main and North Streets which included a fellowship room and classrooms. From humble beginnings, Zion has grown into a loving family of believers who seek to gather friends and grow disciples, so that we all would receive forgiveness, life and salvation. Through Word and Sacrament, we receive those gifts in our life together. Our family of believers welcomes you to join us so that together, we would receive Christ's gifts of life and salvation each and every Sunday!
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church is in the Indiana District of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS).
From the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod website :
With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
Being Lutheran,our congregations accept and teach Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.
God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.
The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.
What does Synod mean?
The word Synod in The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod comes from Greek words that mean walking together. The term has rich meaning in our church body, because congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod. Though diverse in their service, these congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions which they believe are a correct interpretation and presentation of Biblical doctrine. Contained in The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, these statements of belief were put into writing by church leaders during the 16th century. The simplest of these is Luther's Small Catechism. The Augsburg Confession gives more detail on what Lutherans believe.