For Many Years, Oh God of Grace!

"The purpose of this congregation is to share the true Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, throughout our membership, our communities and the world."


Zion is....a congregation of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. The LCMS was chartered in 1847 and Zion joined Synod in 1880. 

Zion was chartered in 1873 and is one of the oldest continuous congregations of the LCMS between here and the west coast. 

Zion is....a Christ centered, Bible believing congregation. Based on the tenets of the Lutheran Reformation - Grace Alone, Faith Alone and Scripture Alone - Zion's focus is always the blood that Christ has shed for us.

Zion is....a congregation committed to Christian education and youth. Even before having their first pastor, classes were being held in a sod cabin.

Zion is....a rural congregation with great diversity. Locally, Zion draws members from Aurora, Bradshaw, Hampton, Henderson,  Hordville, Grand Island, Marquette, Polk, Sutton and York. The diversity of the congregation is reflected in the occupational pursuits of Zion's members.

Zion is....a mission minded church having shared members to start Immanuel, Polk: Salem and St. Peter, Hampton; and having helped St. Paul, Central City. Mission starts were considered in Bradshaw and Sutton. Currently Zion is sponsoring a preaching station in Aurora. Mission groups at Zion have been active in Gospel outreach and support as well as social ministry.














Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 24th. There will be regular church service that morning and the Children’s Christmas Eve Program that night at 6:00pm. We celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior! If anyone is interested in helping with program music or practices, please talk to DCE Ben.













Merry Meatball Mania-LWML will host the annual Christmas meal in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, December 3, following worship. Everyone is invited to join us for a variety of meatballs, cheesy potatoes, salad and desserts. Come join us and “have a ball”!

LWML Project Christmas Hope-Please consider helping the York Pregnancy and Family Resource Center by taking a "need" from the Christmas Tree, purchasing the item and bringing it to the container at the entry of the church. Needed items include clothing and diapers in various sizes and wipes. Thank you for giving hope, encouragement and support to mothers, fathers, babies and families in need!

Elizabeth LWML-Lutheran Women Purplemercial Mission Moment-A check for $1,000 was sent to the LWML NE South District Mite Account! Thank you for joining us in the mission!

Elizabeth LWML-Lutheran Women in Mission-met last Tuesday and planned the group’s Christmas events … Merry Meatball Mania (12/3), The Twelve Days of Christmas Singing Skit, The Christmas Tree Project for York Pregnancy and Family Resource Center, the Christmas Stocking Project for a church or community family, shut-in Christmas project and Christmas Caroling with the Zion Youth. (12/17) Please join us in these events and projects as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

 LWML is collecting plastic bags for Orphan Grain Train. They use these bags to make mats for people in warm, damp climates. There is a container in the room off the entrance of the church for collecting the plastic bags. Thank you!



If your child plans to play any special instrumental music prior to the program, please let DCE Ben or Kathy know by Sunday, December 17th.  We also need to know 1) what instrument and 2) what the name of the song will be.


CHRISTMAS PROGRAM PRACTICES - (8:50 to 9:50am, Meet in the Sanctuary)

* DEC 3 - Children will practice music during the Sunday school hour.

* DEC 10 & 17 - Children will practice music and parts during the Sunday school hour.

* DEC 24 - Dress Rehearsal will happen during the Sunday school hour.


PARENTS - Please try to have max participation if your children plan to be at the program.

Speaking parts will be emailed out & handed out to kids at Sunday School.

We need teachers & parents available during practices to help wrangle kids and to practice parts.

If you are interested in helping with program music or practices, talk to DCE Ben.



Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 24th.  There will be regular church service that morning and the Children’s Christmas Eve Program that night at 6:00pm.  We celebrate the birth of our Savior!  

Children and Teachers are asked to arrive at 5:30pm that day to line up and get costumes on.  We will meet in the Fellowship hall for warm-up, bathroom, and lining up.  The program is for kids in Pre-K thru Middle school.


** Parents: Reminder that if children are sick or have fevers, please keep them out of children activities on those days.  We are trying to minimize the spread of germs to other families and volunteers.




SUNDAY SCHOOL (8:50-9:50am)  -  Grades PreK thru 12th

Sunday School/Bible Class opportunities for everyone-During the month of December the students in Grades PreK-8th will be meeting in the church sanctuary at 9:00 AM to practice for the Christmas Eve Program which will be December 24, 2023 at 6:00 PM at Zion. The High School Students will be meeting in the west Sunday School room, the Adult Bible Class in the Conference Room and the Young Adult Class in the Fellowship Hall.

December 3, 10, 17, 24 – Christmas Program Practice (NO Sunday school classes)

** Sunday, December 24 – Children Christmas Eve Program (6pm… children show at 5:30pm)

December 31 – No SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES… Christmas Break

January 7, 14, 21, 28 – Regular Sunday Classes


The Young Adult Class is using their gifts to bless others this holiday season. Last Sunday they made freezer meals (chicken pot pies and peach cobbler) to give away. This Sunday they will be assembling Thanksgiving meal baskets including ham, yams, green bean casserole, dinner rolls and pie. You are welcome to join us in these servant events. Ryan and Tammie Bamesberger


ALL YOUTH (6-12th grade):  


Thanks to all the adults who helped drive and chaperone, and for all of our Middle and High School Youth who helped rake a bunch of yards!  Trips to the dump hauled a LOT of leaves!  God gave us some awesome weather and we are so thankful for the opportunity to serve those who need a helping hand!


Our high school and middle school youth families (parents and siblings too) will be meeting at Zion to do some Christmas caroling on Sunday, December 17th.  Meet at church at 4:00pm and we will carpool over to East Park Villa in Aurora to go caroling to residents there.  A second team of carolers will be going to a few shut-in homes near Bradshaw.  Zion members are invited to join in on the caroling!

** After Caroling - Youth will gather back at church for a potluck party and a white elephant gift exchange.  Please bring an item to share for the potluck and Youth bring a wrapped gift (value $10-15).  

Parents, please check your email for updates as more planning details are sent out.

 YOUTH  & PARENT MEETING- Wednesday, Jan 3

We will have our January meeting on Wednesday, January 3rd at 6pm.  This meeting is for parents  and youth who are in 6th-12th grade.  Your presence is important so we can plan appropriate events, that youth want and hear specific youth event details.  Please plan to attend and bring your family calendars.

Middle School Stuff...  (6-8th graders)


As we prepare for the Christmas program, we will hold off on normal Sunday school hour, but encourage kids to be at all the December program practices, so they can be ready for their part.

  High School Stuff... (9-12th graders)

ADVENT MEAL FUNDRAISERS- Wednesdays, December 6, 13, 20

In December, the High School youth will be serving our Advent meals from 5:30-6:30pm followed by 7pm Advent Services.  Mark your calendar, more details will be sent via email and text.  



The current Bible study for the Adult Class that meets in the sanctuary is “Kingdom Living in Our Culture.”  We encourage everyone to take these opportunities to grow together, holding fast to the confession of our hope.  DCE Ben, Kathy Gloystein and Melanie Klute.


WOMEN OF THE WORD (W.O.W.) – W.O.W-Women Of the Word continues the  Bible study, "Be Still & Know",  a study of rest and refuge by Deb Burma. We are unpacking the promises found in Psalm 46 and fulfilled in Christ, examining stormy situations, and reviewing narratives from the Gospels, where Jesus meets various women in the midst of their turmoil. Deb Burma is a follower of Jesus, a pastor's wife, and a mom. She's a blogger, a women's ministry leader and a self-proclaimed coffee/chocolate connoisseur. Above all, she is a grace-filled child of God. She lives in Columbus, Nebraska. We invite all women to join us every Tuesday morning at 8:00 AM at Zion Fellowship Hall. If interested, contact Kathy Gloystein @ 402-416-7753


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING: D6-2 All-District Teams - Wyatt Dose, Evan Pankoke (1st Team), Eli Arndt, Bryce Joseph, Tyler Mollevik (2nd Team), Brayden Dose (Honorable Mention); Aleah Vinkenberg - awarded Aurora P.E.O. chapter's $2,500 scholarship; Kinleigh Ekhoff - Nebraska Cattleman's Classic Reserve Supreme Champion Heifer Showman; Eli Arndt, Coach Alex Dose, Brayden Dose, Porter Dose, Wyatt Dose, Landen Hansen (student mgr.), Bryce Joseph, Tyler Mollevik, Evan Pankoke & the Hampton Football Team (6-3) - #9 and #10 in Final Lincoln Journal Star & Omaha World-Herald Class D-6 ratings; Zach Miller - selected for the All-State Chorus on Nov. 16-18; Riggs Newton & Heartland JH Quiz Bowl - won Championship of Seward Quiz Bowl Meet; Rylan Dietz, Kiersten Joseph, Taryn Stettner, & Hampton One-Act Team - CRC South Conference Runner-Ups in Conference Meet.

York News Times Top 5 Football Statistical Leaders – Brayden Dose – 4th in Passing (42 completions, 108 attemps, 733 yards, 12 TDs) 

 Eli Arndt, Blake Brown, Coach Alex Dose, Brayden Dose, Porter Dose, Wyatt Dose, Landen Hansen (Student manager), Bryce Joseph, Tyler Mollevik, Evan Pankoke & the Hampton High Football Team (6-3) – #10 Class D-6 ratings in Omaha World-Herald; Kaleb Ostrander, Weston Panko, and the Heartland FFA Jr. Livestock Judging Team – 3rd place* at District Contest (*Qualified for State FFA Livestock Judging); Zach Miller (29th) & the Heartland FFA Land Judging Team – 8th at State Contest on October 25th.



  December 2023  
Upcoming Events


10:00 AM
Merry Meatball Mania
11:30 AM
following worship services


WOW Bible Study
8:00 AM
@ Zion Fellowship Hall


WOW Bible Study
8:00 AM
@ Zion Fellowship Hall
Circuit Pastor's Meeting
8:30 AM
@ St. John Waco


DCE Meeting
10:00 AM
Ladies Aid
11:00 AM
Bible Search

Special Mission Sunday is December 31. The Special Mission Focus for the month of December is Living Water Rescue Mission in York, Nebraska. The Purpose of the Mission is to equip the hurting and the homeless to become responsible, contributing members of the Church and society by providing food, shelter, and guidance to those in need. Please consider an extra "loose offering" on December 31. (Loose offering is all cash not in a designated envelope or a check with "special offering" in the memo. You can also give through Vanco online or through the Vanco App. Just use the drop box and designate "Special Missions".)

Meals for Moms

Meals for Moms (and other families) has been an outreach for the last several years. A special thank you to all who have been a part! When we are aware of a new baby or other circumstance, we call some of our volunteers and ask for a frozen meal. (We give a two week notice.) Those meals are delivered to the fellowship hall and then we deliver them to the families. If you would like to be added to this outreach or have any questions, contact Loa Winter (402-694-1777) or Kathy Gloystein (402-416-7753) or sign up in the entry of the church.


What is the greatest gift you could give your family this Christmas? Consider giving them a written statement of your faith in Christ in the form of a blessing. Remember Zion members have access to the Vanco Mobile App as another way of giving to the church. In your App or Google Play Store, search for Vanco Mobile Faith Engagement. Tap to find your organization. Enter Zion Lutheran Hampton. The invite code is 4MEKCN. Begin giving to SUNDAY Giving, Endowment, Special Missions-Once Now, Once, on a future date, Every Week, Every Two Weeks, Monthly, Quarterly, Annually. Vanco Online can also be accessed through the church's website: zionhampton.com If you have any questions, contact Stephanie Buller or Kathy Gloystein

Benevolence Fund

ZION FAMILY BENEVOLENCE FUND - was established to help individuals or families in time of need. Zion Family Care Account was established to help individuals or families in time of need. If you are aware of any need in our church or communities, contact Pastor Feddern, Shane Dose, or Kathy Gloystein. The fund stands at $581.91. Donations are always welcome. “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” Hebrews 10:24.

Adult Bible Study Zoom

ADULT BIBLE CLASS invites everyone to join them via Zoom on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am.  To receive an invite, please send a text to Deanna Feddern, (402) 340-9405, with your Name and Email address by 5:00 pm, the day before, on Saturday. Thank You! 

150th Anniversary

ZION’S 150TH ANNVERSAY –   https://vimeo.com/bandbvideo/review/864476512/f9d01223c7

ZION’S 150th ANNIVERSARY ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:  Circle 5 Feed Yard, Henderson, NE: Tents; Cornwall Auction: 2 Picnic Tables; Village of Bradshaw: Tables & Chairs; Panko Family: Table Decorations (Wooden Churches); JW Catering, York: Our Catered Meal; B&B Productions, Brian Kreikemeier, West Point, NE:  Zion’s 150th Anniversary Video; Burton Enterprises: Trash Service; Gary & Carol Lewien: Zion’s Custodians; Walter's Painting Inc., Lincoln: Painting Zion’s Interior; Zion’s Board of Trustees (Cory Schulze, Mitch Hansen, Kurt Troester): Numerous hours working on Zion’s campus; Zion’s Organist: Erik Geilenkirchen; 150th Anniversary Banner: Made by Diana Schulze & Sharon Klute; The Old Homestead Floral, Aurora: Altar Flowers; Pictorial Directory:  Sharon Klute, Deanna Feddern, Laurie Stuhr: 150th Anniversary T-Shirts:  Chandra Blase, Jean Blase; Photographers: Brad & Staci Dietz; North Printing & Office Supply: Worship Folders; H2Grow Landscape: New landscaping in front of church; Special Guests:  Rev. Dr. Russell Sommerfeld, Guest Speaker; Rev. Mark Etter, Rev. Loren Cooper, Former pastors of Zion-Hampton; 150th Anniversary Committee: Jean Blase, Pastor Feddern, Sharon Goertzen, Lynn Gloystein, Mark Klute, Sharon Klute, Steve Klute, Boyd Stuhr Jr., Diana Schulze, DCE Ben Venteicher, & Nichole Wetjen.