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Our Beliefs

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Our Beliefs

  • God - We teach that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

  • Jesus Christ - We teach that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully human, who by His death on the cross has redeemed us.

  • The Holy Spirit - We teach that the  Holy Spirit's gifts are available for all.

  • Human Nature - We teach that people are sinful and need God's grace.

  • Salvation - We teach that Christ provides salvation.  This salvation is a free gift.

  • The Bible - We teach that through the Bible we hear God speaking to us.  The focus is God revealed in Jesus Christ, the living word.

  • The Church - We teach that we are a part of a holy community made up of fellowship of people in the global church.

  • Prayer - We teach that God answers prayer and we call upon God for guidance, wisdom and healing.

  • Sacraments: We teach that Jesus instituted Holy Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We celebrate Communion every Sunday and all are welcome to communion.


Our Faith

Zion is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Northern Illinois synod.  The ELCA is a Christian denominations, with about 4 million members and nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
8765 W Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631


Northern Illinois Synod

Bishop Stacie Fidlar

Rock Island Synod Office
Augustana College
Sorensen Hall 258a
639 38th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201


Our Values

  • Grace: Unconditional love and mercy

  • Outreach:  Building partnerships at and beyond Zion to express Christian community with words and actions

  • Discipleship: Daily following the ways of Christ

  • Stewardship: We respond to the grace of Christ by sharing our time, talent and treasures

  • Community: Strengthening Christian relationships at and beyond Zion

  • Justice: Intentional advocacy, reconciliation, and building a community of peace

  • Inclusivity: we welcome all people regardless of age, class, culture, ethnicity, race, age, gender-identity or sexual orientation

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