† The Lutheran church is the oldest and one of the largest Protestant denominations in the world.

† The central confession for Lutherans around the world is that “we are justified by God’s grace through faith.”

† We confess that there is nothing we can do to earn God’s love, and we cannot even choose God, or in Martin Luther’s words “I believe that by my own understanding or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to him, but instead the Holy Spirit has called me through the gospel…” (Small Catechism, Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed)

† Lutherans confess that the means through which God’s gives grace is in (with, and under) the Word & Sacraments, so we gather each Sunday around the Word and Communion

† Zion is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), which includes 3,563, 842 members, 17,460 leaders (pastors & deacons) in 65 synods including 9,252 congregations, 26 colleges, 7 seminaries, and over 250 social service agencies in the United States.