Food and Fellowship at our Lenten Evening Series

March 10th – April 7th

5:30 p.m.

The Worship and Music Committee is sponsoring a time of Food and

Fellowship after Pastor Ben’s Evangelism Series.

Using different themes each week, we invite you to join us in this

opportunity to visit with friends, new and old, and try something a bit

different.

March 10: A Sunday Sundae: Our committee will provide the

fixings for vanilla ice cream “sundaes” and a

beverage…you get to make it your own way.

March 17: Bring your favorite “dip”….we provide chips and beverage.

March 24: Initial It – bring a food that starts with one of your initials

(a finger food).

March 31: Just Desserts: Bring your favorite dessert to share.

April 7: Pizza Party: Pizza and drinks provided.

To help with preparation and clean up, please bring your food ready to serve so that we all can join in Pastor Ben’s program. Thank you!

Mardi Gras Pancake Supper!

It’s time to celebrate and be thankful for our many blessings before we enter the more solemn season of Lent, when we reflect on all that our God has done for us.

Please make plans to join us for our Mardi Gras Pancake Supper on Sunday, March 3rd at 5:30 pm. Come! Indulge! Enjoy some warm, fluffy pancakes with your choice of sweet toppings, and the good company of your church family! Our LYO is hosting this fundraiser event. Please bring a donation. All money collected will help the Youth Group with their expenses to attend All GA and AFFIRM.

Zion to Provide Effingham Nursing Home Worship

On Sunday, March 3rd, Zion will lead the Worship Service for the residents of Effingham Care Center in Springfield. Plan to be at the nursing home by 3:20 p.m. to sing songs, pray, worship and visit with these dear folks. It is always a blessing for us to serve in this way, and we know you will be truly blessed as well.

FROM OUR PASTOR

The Season of Epiphany is drawing to a close, with Transfiguration of our Lord the first Sunday in March. Ash Wednesday comes right after beginning the Season of Lent. Some may be asking what is the Season of Lent or how do I explain this season to my non-church family or friends. The Church Season of Lent is a focused time of discipleship normally involving individualized fasting and corporate dedication to deepening the community’s relationship with God. It is the time of the year that we encourage and pray for each other to be self-reflective on the things in life that draw us away from spending time in relationship with God. It is not that we don’t engage in discipleship all year round. It is during Lent that

we make a dedicated effort to go deeper than we have before, try something new in our walking with the Lord. It is when we are all striving together and encountering new struggles that we need each others support to persevere toward Easter Sunday. Then we can all rejoice in the victory of Jesus Christ over Death and Sin.

Now, I am sure that each of us has our traditional ways of practicing Lenten discipleship. By this time you have already finished your Girl Scout cookies and removed the last of the chocolate from the house. You have steeled yourself for the forty days to come of not eating out, or purchased your devotional study that you will engage in during Lent. However, I am going to make a special appeal this year to make Sunday School a part of our Lenten discipleship. Yes, I know that Sundays are supposed to be feast days and do not actually count towards the forty days of Lent. Even so, making the commitment to come to Sunday School for the season of Lent will enrich the season that is normally spent removing things from your life by adding an extra Christian fellowship time. The groups that we currently have are great and the education committee plans to introduce a new group looking at Christian music videos starting the first Sunday of Lent. For the season of Lent there will be breakfast offered before/ during Sunday School as well. Of all the seasons of the church this season gets the most attention because of its reputation in the world as a time of fasting. However, not all discipleship is based in denial of worldly pleasures. Some discipleship is based in spending time in the community of faith supported by the Love of God. May God bless your Lenten Season.

God loves you and so do I,

Pastor Ben

Annual World Day of Prayer

March 1st at 7:00 p.m.

Every year, on the first Friday in March, Christians all over the world gather in houses of worship to offer their prayers for world wide justice and peace. Each year, the World Day of Prayer is planned by a different country, which chooses the theme for the day. This year the ladies from Slovenia prepared the program.

On March 1st at 7:00 p.m., Zion Lutheran will be hosting the service. Powers Baptist, Meldrim Methodist, and

Marlow Methodist will join with us to lift up our voices and prayers with others around the globe, praying for our world. Make plans to attend this inspiring multi-faith pray-er opportunity!

From The Pastor – February 2019

Grace and Peace, to you, from our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is a year that we get to have a longer Epiphany season reaching all the way through the month of February. Ash Wednesday is not until March 6th and Easter falls on April 21st. So what will we do in the month of February; as we will not yet be in the season of Lent? What sort of spiritual discipleship should we, as people of God, be engaging in during this season of epiphany? The season itself has much to do with the revelation of Jesus Christ to the people. We started with the star and the wise men, but we make our way deeper into Jesus’ ministry through the Gospel of Luke. While most of us are familiar with Jesus’ ministry, this Epiphany season gives us an opportunity to read and study together the early ministry of Jesus told through the Gospel of Luke. All of the Gospels are good, but many times we end up mixing them all together instead of reading them one at a time in their entirety. For all the Gospels give their own perspective of Jesus Christ that should be received as it was revealed to them. The Gospel of Luke is no different; it portrays Jesus Christ in a different way from the other three Gospels. Only the Gospel of Luke continues the story of revelation past the resurrection and appearing of Jesus Christ into the Book of Acts. Luke wants the reader to know the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit and the continuity between the past, the present, and the future. This may open our eyes and ears to allow the Holy Spirit to give us an epiphany this season. So let us set time aside, in our personal Bible study moments, to read the Gospel of Luke, allowing space for the Lord to challenge our memories of how the story goes, and read with fresh appetite the revealing of Jesus to the people.

May God bless your study times and please share your experiences of

revelation with me and others at the church.

God loves you, and so do I;

Pr. Ben

Youth Souper Bowl/Scout Sunday

February 3rd, 2019!

Sunday, February 3rd is our Youth Souper Bowl of Caring and Scout Sunday. Each year, the Zion Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) and thousands of youth across the nation collect donations for local charities on a day in which most in our country spend money on the Super Bowl football game. Our Zion Youth will collect an offering in soup kettles following the worship to fight hunger locally through Manna House. Checks should be made out to “Zion” for Souper Bowl of Caring. They are also collecting canned foods to donate as well. Please help spread the word, and bring a few extra dollars for the soup pot!

In celebration of our youth, it is our tradition to welcome our Boy and Cub Scouts to our worship on Youth Souper Bowl Sunday, to hear an update of their activities by their Scout Leaders and to lift the Scouts up in prayer. This is always an uplifting service! We look forward each year to the opportunity to pray with the Scouts, whose ministry we support throughout the year.

That evening at 6:00 p.m., the LYO will also be hosting their annual Super Bowl Party! It is a fun event where youth are provided with food and activities all the while watching the biggest football game of the year, the Super Bowl. All youth, grades 6th through 12th, are invited to attend a night of food, fun and football!