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Board of Christian Education

The Board of Christian Education meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the homework room unless otherwise noted in the weekly bulletin. The Board is responsible for planning, organizing, directintg, and supergvising the educational programs of Zion Lutheran Church. Such programs include, but are not limited to, the Christian Day School, Sunday School,l Adlult Bible Classes, Confirmation, and Vacation Bible School. Objectives of the Board consist of the following:

1. Guiding people to the divine truths found in the Holy Scripture.

2. Leading People to believe in the Triune God and faith in Christ Jesus as their lord and savior Jesus Christ.

3. Enabling people to grow in knowledge of the Word of God

4. Encouraging people to become living witnsses to all that Christ has done for them.

Anyone wishing a meeting or present an item to the Board should contact Sue Klein at 402-461-6080 a week in advance of the meeting so there is time to put it on the agenda.


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We have compiled a list of helpful links so you can find out more about the Lutheran church and services for members.

  • Concordia Seminary - St. Louis, MO
    Concordia Seminary serves the Church and the world by providing theological education and leadership centered in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ for the formation of pastors, missionaries, and leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod.
  • Concordia Theological Seminary - Ft. Wayne, IN
    Concordia Theological Seminary is an institution of theological higher education of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, dedicated primarily to the preparation of pastors for the congregations and missions of the LCMS (and, when appropriate, of her partner churches). Its programs and services offer an understanding of the Christian faith which is Christ centered and Biblically based, confessionally Lutheran, and evangelically active.
  • KFUO Radio
    A world-wide radio station owned by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Listen Live or On-Demand.
  • Camp Luther - Schuyler, NE
  • Heartland Lutheran High School - Grand Island, NE
  • The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
    This is the official website of our denomination - the synod in which we have freely joined and to which we proudly belong.
  • The Nebraska District of the LCMS
    This is the official website of our local denominational district, based in Lincoln, NE.
  • Book of Concord
    The Book of Concord contains the Lutheran Confessions.
  • Christian Cyclopedia
    A one-volume compendium of historical and theological data, ranging from ancient figures to contemporary events.
  • Church Year Calendar
    The Church Calendar reviews Jesus' life, death, resurrection, and the birth of the Christian church on earth, over the course of a year. There are specific Scripture passages read on the particular days of the church year. Christian churches around the world follow the liturgical calendar and lectionary so that many are reading the same passages and observing the same feast days throughout the year. Even churches that do not follow the liturgical calendar most of the year observe Christmas and Easter according to the liturgical calendar, which are the main festivals of the church year.
  • Online Lutheran Hymnals
    This site has over thousands of Christ­ian hymns & Gos­pel songs from our hymnals. You should also try the Cyber Hymnal which contains hymns and songs from ma­ny de­nom­in­a­tions. You’ll find lyr­ics, scores, MI­DI files, pic­tures, his­to­ry, & more.  

Zion Lutheran Church & School
465 South Marian Road
Hastings, NE  68901

Phone: 402-462-5012

Fax: 402-462-5375



Children & Youth Ministries

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In addition to the Religion Classes taught at Zion School by Pastor Warneke, our youth have several other opportunities to learn more about the Word of God and to further develop their relationship with him as their Savior.

Our Youth Bible Study is held on Sunday after the 9 am Worship Serivce. It begins and 10:30 am and ends at 11:30 am. Under the leadership of the Sunday School teachers, the youth sing praises to the Lord, learn more about God's Word, and participate in special events.

At 7 pm on  Wednesdays the High School Youth group meets for prayer, fellowship, and devotions. The Youth group has several special events thoughout the year.  


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The Early Years

Zion's congregation was organized September 4, 1900 with six charter members: W. H. Kruse, George Brungardt, John Staehr, Fred Ruhter, George Lenhart and Emil Polenske.

The congregation has had three house of worship: the old German Baptist church from 1900-13, the old Zion Church on South Denver that was built in 1913, and the present church on South Marian Road that was dedicated October 24, 1971.

Zion has had four school buildings: a small frame building on South Denver, the frame church moved to D & St. Joseph in 1913, the brick school at D & St. Joseph built in 1928; and the present school on South Marian Road that was dedicated October 24, 1971. In 2005 the school enrollment was 105 students in K-8 and 25 preschoolers with nine teachers.

Pastors & Assistants

Fourteen pastors have accepted the call to serve as senior pastors at Zion: Rev. Walter Schmidt from 1900-03, Rev. L. W. Plehn from 1903-07, Rev. Karl Kretschmar 1907-18, Rev Oscar Heilman from 1918-33, Rev. William F. Peters from 1934-48, Rev. David Kreitzer from 1948-58, Rev. James P Wuebben from 1960-64, Rev. Robert Harms from 1964-75, Rev. Ardell McLachlan from 1976-80; Rev. Martin Hoyer from 1981-88, Rev John Mueller 1989-90; Rev. Richard A. Kothe from 1990-2002, Rev. Dan Heuer from 2002-2006, Vacancy Pastor Greg Volzke 2006-10, and Rev. Paul Warneke from 2010 to present.

Pastors have been assisted by five vicars, 1 deaconess and several retired pastors including Rev. Henry F. Pralle from 1972-87 and Rev. Walter Meyer from 1986-92. Rev. Meyer also served Zion as assistant pastor from 1943-46.



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Throughout the year our children, youth and adults are serving our Savior and each other by offering prayers and financial support to several missions. Here are a few examples of our mission work:

  • Russian Orphanage
  • Heartland Lutheran High School
  • Hastings Food Pantry
  • Camp Luther
  • Orphan Grain Train/Project Feed 500
  • Goodfellows Christmas Toy Drive
  • LWML Monthly Mission Projects (Vacation Bible School, Bibles, Shut-Ins Project, Facility Needs)
  • Christmas Angel Tree