Zion has many different ways to grow your faith, which will be right for you?

Sunday School

Sunday School Classes are offered year-round for all ages, infants through adults between the worship services every Sunday from 9:40 am until 10:40 am.  All are welcome.

We are always trying to learn how to live out God’s call to service.  This year in Sunday School we are doing this by talking about “TEAM.” In addition to the important Bible lessons taught each week, each class has a team name and a coach who is helping the students work on their team ministry project.  For example, the 5th and 6th graders are raising money for a church in Cleveland, while the High Schoolers are collecting snacks for an after school program for at-risk teens. 

As a whole, the Sunday School is working on ministry together, too.  On the first Sunday of each month, our Sunday School offerings are going to God’s Global Barnyard a ministry of the ELCA.

Our teachers are using a curriculum called “Living the Good News.” This gets parents and children on the same page because the children’s Bible lessons cover the same Bible passages that the parents study in their class and that we all study in worship.  When families talk about their Christian faith, good things happen.  Sunday school lessons become life lessons, lived out all week long.   

Other classes include a class for the adults led by Pastor Jim Watson on the topic of the day, and a class for 0 to 3 year olds and their parents.  The kids play and the parents talk about ways to build faith in themselves, their families, and their children.

Sunday School registration is always open.  Call any of the Sunday School leaders below, and we’d be happy to give you more information, answer your questions, and send you registration materials for Sunday School. 

New Beginnings

This is for all who are…

  • Feeling that God might be calling you to something new; or
  • interested in deepening Christian faith and beliefs; or
  • Considering membership at Zion; or
  • Just curious about Lutheran beliefs and traditions:

You’re invited to Zion’s “New Beginning Course with Pastor Jim, running on three Saturday afternoons from 1 pm to 3 pm. This is a time to get together an talk about our experiences and beliefs, church basics, and what it means to be a Christian in the Lutheran tradition. For some people, this could lead to being baptized or starting or renewing membership at Zion. For others, it may be a “faith refresher,” a form of “adult confirmation,” or a chance to share ideas. There are no obligations or expectations. All are welcome, including family and friends.



Zion has been blessed with many wonderful ministries, events, and groups. 

Each of our ministries is a valuable part of one of six teams.  This better organizes their work and invites participation.  The teams are Worship, Spiritual Growth, Outreach and Ministries, Congregational Life, Facilities, and Financial. 

Together, these six teams embody, support, and represent the work of our church.

You are welcome to serve on any of these teams.  Contact our Church office by phone: 330-483-3873 or

Worship Team – Team Leaders Sherry Dey and Bryan Penvose

These are the people involved in planning and implementing our Sunday worship and special worship events such as Lent, Holy Week, etc.  These include the Deacons, Altar Guild, Worship and Music Committee, Lay Worship Leaders, Acolytes and Ushers, Sr. and Jr. Choirs.

Spiritual Growth Team – Team Leaders Hope Hellwig and Deb Olinger 

These are the people who support our members as they learn more about faith.  They help provide instruction opportunities.  They support members to become teachers of faith in their lives.  These include the Sunday School Staff, Board of Education, VBS, Library administrators, Milestone Ministries, Homebuilders (as teachers of faith to their children), Mentors, and nursery helpers.

Outreach and Ministries Team – Team Leaders Mary Ann Dalgleish and Hannah Severence

These are the people who provide opportunities, events, and training to fulfill the goal of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in our community and throughout the world. To this end the team supports many and varied activities, such as Operation Homes, the annual Passion Walk, Sole Hope for Uganda, church picnic, and support for the Oaks Family Care Center.

Congregational Life Team – Team Leaders Bob Graf and Jonathan Graf

These are the people who help the congregation keep their lives stable and balanced so they are healthy and ready to do the ministry they are called to do.  This includes the Elders, Prayer Warriors, Care Team, Home Visitation Team, Meal Ministry Team, Newsletter Committee, Bulletin, Website, Hospitality Ministry, Mutual Ministry, Fair Trade table, and those many groups who provide mutual support to one another: Women’s Bible Study, Men’s Bible Study, Luther League, Book Club, Seekers, etc.

Facilities Team – Team Leaders Paul Dey and Richard Hill

These are the people involved in making sure our spaces are ready and inviting to do the ministry we are called to do.  This includes the Cemetery Committee, Landscaping Committee, the ever helpful Trustees, and the Aesthetics Committee.

Financial Team – Team Leaders Barb Schumacher and Jack Malicki

These are the people involved in ensuring that our members’ contributions are protected and available for the ministries we are called to do.  This includes the Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Counting Team, Annual Audit Team, Memorial Committee, Budget Planning Team, and Endowment Fund (elected to post).

Good News & Brews

Adapted from the “Pub Theology” model, Good News & Brews is Zion’s casual, open-to-anybody, gathering for conversation and friendship. We talk about all kinds of topics related to God, church, community, and life in general. Food and drink are optional, your choice. We usually meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month, starting around 7:00 pm at Corkscrew Saloon, 811 W. Liberty in Medina. We hope to see you there! It’s always appreciated if you can RSVP by the previous Sunday to Jackie Wolff or Pastor Jim.


Seekers is an adult Bible Study group that meets Wednesday evenings at 6:15 from September through May. They have used many studies over the years, from Genesis to Revelation; to Science and Creation; to growing older; to how to pray. They are presently studying the miracles of Jesus. The group enjoys lively discussion and fellowship.

As a result of studying the book of Acts, the Seekers group felt the call to be active in serving and went on five mission trips as a group. Their 5-day mission trips were to Konnarock, Virginia; Camp Frederick in Rogers, Ohio, two years; and to Camp Mowana in Mansfield two years.

The Seekers members are no longer able to take on a long mission, so in 2018 the group began providing a meal for an addiction recovery group at Oaks Family Care Center. They have also cooked and served meals for Project Munch at the Salvation Army in Medina.

Book Club

Looking for your next great read? There are so many wonderful spiritual books and religious authors. You may visit our lending library to see Zion’s full collection.

Current read: the Bible