Zion's first worship service was held on February 25, 1883. At this time Zion did not exist as an organized church but a service was held at another congregation's building, given in the native tongue of a large German population. Prior to this service, worship in German was not available in Clinton.
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church was formally organized on March 4, 1883.
Zion began as a congregation for those of German heritage to be able to congregate with those of the same heritage and worship at a service in their language.
In 1886 the Zion Day Care, which had been in operation since Zion was organized, had its own building built for the education of the children of Zion members.
In 1888 the Zion Luther League was organized.
When Wartburg College relocated from Mendota, IL to Clinton in 1894, Zion became their "Mother Church."
Many Wartburg faculty and students participated in Zion's activities allowing the congregation interaction which helped enrich the cultural and educational climate of the community.
In 1896 the Ladies' Aid Society was organized.
In 1899 the first pipe organ was installed.
In 1918, due to the anti-German sentiments of World War I, an English worship service was introduced. By 1923, Zion was offering two separate worship services each week, one in German and one in English.
In 1938 the church building was rebuilt.
In 1943 Zion began broadcasting worship services on KROS radio.
In 1953 a new and larger Parish Hall was constructed.
In 1966 construction began on a new sanctuary and larger parish hall. The new construction joined the previously separate buildings.
In 1974 Zion began holding worship services on Saturday evenings as well as Sunday mornings.
In 1981 the Zion Day Care was established. Over the years, Zion Day Care would evolve to become Zion Child Care and Preschool.
In 2007construction began on the Zion Child Care building which would move the programming from the Parish Hall to its own building.
In 2013 construction began on an addition to the Sanctuary and Parish Hall. This addition served to add office space, an updated Library, and a main gathering area.
As Lutherans, our belief is centered around our confessions and our prayers. Our primary confession is the Apostles' Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Our primary prayer is the one that Jesus taught his disciples, The Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
As Lutherans, we follow the teachings of Martin Luther who lived in the 1500′s. His teachings centered on scripture that teaches – we are saved by grace alone and by the holy and precious blood of Christ.
Worship in the Christian assembly is biblical. Biblical language and imagery have historically been adapted and shaped to form the language through which God’s people pray, sing, and address both God and one another. A common lectionary – a shared list of biblical readings – connects worshiping communities through the use of the same readings on the same day, while assisting the assembly in encountering the breadth of the scriptures.
To read more about Lutheran beliefs, you may visit: http://www.elca.org/Faith/ELCA-Teaching/Luther-and-Lutheranism
Pastor Mark has served as the pastor of Zion since February of 2018. Having grown up in Sheldon, Iowa, and having graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, he is enjoying being back in Iowa after serving three congregations in the state of Illinois for almost 35 years.
He and his wife, Nancy, have been married since 1980 and are parents of a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren – all who live in the state of Iowa.
Pastor Mark has a passion for leading worship, preaching, working with, teaching, and relating to people – especially children and young people. He looks forward to meeting you!
Amanda Deuermeyer was born and raised in Clinton, Iowa. She is a graduate of Clinton High School.
Amanda has a teenage daughter, Peyton, who keeps Amanda on her toes.
In her off time, Amanda enjoys being involved with programs that help those in need in her community, spending time with her daughter, and reading anything she can get her hands on.
Kelly Bork was born and raised in Clinton, Iowa. She is a 1994 graduate of Mater Dei High School.
Kelly started with Zion Child Care Preschool in 1997 as a child care teacher while attending Clinton Community College. She graduated in 1999 from CCC with her Associates of Arts Degree. She took quite a few courses at the college in early childhood and elementary education for her electives.
In October of 2001, Kelly became the Assistant Director and in July of 2008, she took over as the Director. Kelly and her husband Ray were married in 1999. They have two children together named Morgan and Landon and Ray has 3 adult children.
Kelly truly enjoys working with the staff, children, and their families here at Zion. She feels so blessed to have been able to work with such great people over the years and cannot imagine doing anything else.
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Pat was born and raised in Clinton. While he has lived in other parts of the country in his early adult life, he has been back in Clinton since 1987.
Pat married his wife, Tracy, in 1998. Their blended family consists of two adult sons (Tim and Nick) and an adult daughter (Rebecca).
In his free time, Pat enjoys spending time with Tracy on the river in their boat or at their family's cabin.