We believe that the Bible is the inspired error-free, living and powerful Word of God.

We believe in the Holy Trinity - one God in three distinct Persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that it is truly Christian to confess the Creeds which express the truths of God in concise form. These are The Athanasian, The Nicene and The Apostles. We believe that all people, including infants, are to be baptized.

We believe that Holy Baptism indeed has power to save, as the Bible clearly teaches.

We believe that Christ is really and truly present "in, with, and under" the simple bread and wine of Holy Communion in a miraculous, supernatural, and sacramental manner. Because the Bible teaches that improper reception of the Body and Blood of Christ can have devastating consequences, we practice Closed Communion. We invite non-members to inquire further regarding this Biblical practice.

We believe that the Church as Pastor and people gathered around the Word and Sacrament is to proclaim to each other and to the world the Gospel of forgiveness of sins through faith in Christ Jesus. Therefore we hold regular services on Sundays, during Advent and Lent, and other special days, and we send our offerings through LCMS district and national organizations in support of mission efforts both at home and abroad.

We believe that Christian Education is extremely important. Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and Sunday morning Adult Bible Classes are offered, as well as special adult instruction and occasional topical Bible Studies during the week.

We believe that God is the giver of all that we are and have. As a Bible believing congregation, we seek to "give as we have been given" in all areas of our lives. We believe in the Biblical teaching of "first-fruits, percentage giving" in the area of financial support of the Kingdom, and in good stewardship and proper use of our gifts and talents.

We believe that the Christian life is lived in daily repentance and faith.

We believe that prayer is the faithful activity of Christ's redeemed people and that all prayers prayed in faith and according to God's will are answered.

Zion Lutheran Church, Pleasant Plains IL

Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod



We have resumed Sunday Worship Services. effective June 7, 10:15 a.m. (with the following changes)

We have resumed Sunday Morning worship services. The June 14 service will include hymn singing and Holy Communion. The below guideline are in place.  The situation is fluid. Please watch this website for updates.


  • Worshipers of all ages are expected to wear face coverings
  • In order to facilitate social distancing, we will block off 50% of the pew seating.
  • Face Covering can be removed when receiving Holy Communion.
  • We will limit the people at the Communion rail to six (or one family unit)
  • Standing (no kneeling) at the Communion rail
  • There will be a table set up where you can deposit your tithes and offerings when you enter or exit. This is in lieu of passing the offering plate
  • We will resume hymn singing
  • There will be adult Bible class but no Sunday School classes June 14
  • There will be no indoor fellowship hour for now
  • Members please practice social distancing whenever possible
  • It is very important that we obtain an accurate record of who is attending (in case an outbreak occurs). So please fill out an attendance card, and place it in the designated area when you exit.

The above are the initial guidelines for our first return to a Sunday morning worship. All items are subject to change as conditions change. Thank you for reviewing and understanding.


Recordings of Sunday Services

As Sunday services have now resumed (albeit with modifications), we are now posting recordings of the Sunday service in lieu of the weekly devotion messages that were posted while services were suspended.


Sunday service from Aug 30, 2020 (Youtube link)

Aug 23, 2020 (No video available)

Aug 16, 2020 (No video available)

Sunday service from Aug 09, 2020 (Youtube link)

Aug 02, 2020 (No video available)

Sunday service from July 26, 2020 (Youtube link)

Sunday service from July 19, 2020 (Youtube link)

Sunday service from July 12, 2020 (Youtube link)



Sunday Service

Sunday School and Adult Bible Study 9:00 a.m.

Divine Worship 10:15 a.m.




525 N Cartwright St
Pleasant Plains IL
Phone: (217) 626-1282
Fax: (217) 626-1953
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 The church is located across the street from Pleasant Plains High School.





Rev. Donald Pritchard



Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

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Central Illinois District, LCMS

Zion Lutheran Church is in the Central Illinois District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

Springfield Lutheran High School

Lutheran High School in Springfield, Illinois. Empowered by God, Lutheran High School, builds a Christ centered family to equip students spiritually, intellectually, and physically for services to God and society. Zion Lutheran Church is a member of Springfield Lutheran High School Association.


The Central Illinois Lutheran Camp Association. The camp is located in rural Cantrall, IL, about 10 miles north of Springfield IL. It exists to foster and strengthen faith in Jesus Christ and relationships with others in a unique outdoor setting.

Concordia Publishing House

The publishing arm of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. CPH offers a wide range of products including items for curriculum, adult Bible study, Vacation Bible school, youth materials, music resources, professional and consumer books, periodicals, software solutions and worship resources. CPH publishes the Lutheran Service Book Which is the hymnal Zion Lutheran Church uses.

Higher Things

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Issues, Etc.

Issues Etc. is a radio talk show hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio. Topics include; Soldiers and their families, good works, the federal government and science, gossip, Christianity in Sudan and more. Podcasts are available on their website.

Brothers of John the Steadfast

The Brothers of John the Steadfast brings together Lutheran laymen to defend and promote the orthodox Christian faith which is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, provide financial support for Christian news media (e.g. Issues Etc.) and to support other endeavors selected by its membership that defend and promote the cause of confessional Lutheranism.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML)

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