Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
9000 Menard Ave
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: 708 422-1433
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"We lost our home during the recent hurricane. Without the generous support of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and its volunteers, I don't know how we would have coped during those difficult times."
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We're here to welcome you. Please stop by during these hours:
Sunday English Lang Svc: 9:30
Sunday Lithuanian Lang Svc: 11:00
Sunday School: 10:30
Wed Bible Study: 11:00 - Lithuanian lang
Preschool/Daycare: Mon-Fri 7-6
Our current leaders have been volunteering in their communities for many years, and they bring with them an incredible ability to lead, inspire and care for those that need it.
With over 50 years of volunteer experience among them, our leaders provide Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church with the inspiration and direction to keep the organization moving forward and expanding in new areas based on our community's needs.
Rev. Martin Keturakaitis
Bio: Lithuanian services had been conducted in Chicago since 1903 by the Rev. Martin Keturakaitis, pastor of Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Collinsville, IL. He came to Chicago each month to bring the message of Salvation in the Lithuanian language to those early immigrants until December 4, 1910, when they formally organized Zion Lithuanian Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.
Rev. John J.D. Razokas
Bio: In June 1911, the Rev. John J.D. Razokas was installed as the first pastor. Under his leadership the Lithuanian paper “Pasiuntinys” (Messenger) was printed, and the Sunday School Primer was published as well as the first Constitution still used by the congregation today. In early 1921 pastor Razokas was untimely called to eternal rest.
Rev. Dr. Valdas Ausra
Bio: Under his guidance, Sunday School is offered once again. Bible Study groups in both Lithuanian and English are active and we continue to seek ways to welcome the new immigrants into our church.
Rev.Dr. Valdas Ausra has been pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church since 2002. He was instrumental in establishing the “Spindulelis” day care center, a kindergarten class, a ping-pong club, a German club, as well as, a place that welcomes people seeking answers to secrets of the Bible. Through his efforts, the church is also a meeting place for the Lithuanian Association for Psychological and Spiritual Support to assist those in need of help.
Rev. Ausra is vice-president of Lithuanian Human Services USA, founder and president of the Lithuanian Association for Psychological and Spiritual Support, president of Lithuanian Lutheran Student Fund, and a variety of other organizations. Even as he is extremely involved in many Lithuanian organizations, he never declines to help a person in need. He received his Ph.D. on May 16, 2010 from The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.