About            

What to Expect in Worship

 

Our worship services are in a traditional liturgical style. Songs are accompanied by our organist, with special music provided by the Adult Choir, Sunday School children, and other small ensembles. Once a month (usually on the 4th Sunday) our folk/country worship band SonRise leads our singing. Our worship schedule can be seen on the home page.

 

We participate in worship with spoken responses and singing. Several scripture readings are read and a sermon is proclaimed. We celebrate Holy Communion weekly. All the baptized (including children) are welcome to receive this meal of grace.

 

A children's message is part of every service. While we do have a supervised nursery available during the service, we treasure the presence of children in worship!

About our Community

 

Zion is a vibrant congregation where people of all ages can know Jesus and make Jesus known.

 

Responding to God's gift of grace, love, and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, we are committed to serving others in Jesus' name through ministries in our community and around the world. 

 

For more than 125 years, Zion has been at work in Lake Crystal to help our community grow in faith, find encouragement, and experience caring fellowship. 

What We Believe

 

As part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we are part of a tradition that emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians, and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer, Martin Luther. The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.3 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. We are part of the Southeastern Minnesota Synod, a regional network of 168 congregations with a total of 117,000 members.

 

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Our Pastor
Jan Crissinger is an ordained teaching elder (pastor) in the Presbyterian Church, USA (1984) and has served four Lutheran congregations through contract with the Southeast Minnesota Synod of hte ELCA. Prior to herwork as in interim pastor, Pastor Jan served as a hospice chaplain and staff chaplain at St. Mary's in Duluth and St. Mary's in Rochester. She is the mother of two:  Susannah (Gabe Aguayor) and Victoria (Trent West) both of whom live and owrkin Minneapolis. Pr. Jan is "owned" by her 14 year old black lab, Olive and a 9 year old barn cat named Loki. Together they enjoy working on their 1890's house in St. Peter--although Pr. Jan always ends up doing most of the work. 
Our Staff
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Kristi Grindstaff
Office Manager
Sheldon Meyer
Organist
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Jimmy Nickels
Custodian