Solid Ground

by admin on August 2, 2014

“How are you doing?” I asked. “Oh, up and down.” he said.  “Yep, that’s life.” I said.  Later that day, as  I shuffled between two hospitals, I realized just how true that statement was.  I rode the elevator up in one hospital to pray for a quick delivery for a woman in labor.  I rode the elevator down to go to the emergency room in another hospital to pray for a quick recovery for  a man who had had an accident.  Moving between the two was like being on a roller coaster ride. One minute, I was riding high, waiting for a baby to be born.  The next, I was riding low, waiting for MRI results.  And I thought about how much of life is lived in spurts – in ups and downs -  in celebration and distress.

You can tolerate roller coasters for brief periods of time, but,   after a while, you have to get off and walk around on solid ground again; catch your breath, and regain your balance. It’s that steady, middle of the road, every day routine that keeps us sane. And, it’s knowing that sooner or later things will return to “normal” that  helps us endure the ride.

I love the imagery in the Bible of God as a rock; a firm foundation; that steady, solid ground on which I can stand when I need to get off the roller coaster of life and get my bearings.  On those days when I am careening through life, screaming at the top of my lungs with my hands in the air, it helps to know that God is always there;  a never-changing presence that I can depend on to keep me centered.

Whether it is a high or a low, a celebration or a distress; in all the ups and downs of life, remember that God is with us through it all, loving us, holding our hands, speaking an encouraging word, and keeping our feet on solid ground.

May the image of God as our rock and our salvation bring you comfort in all your ups and downs!

Blessings,  Pastor Barb   <><

…and He set my feet upon a rock, making my footsteps firm.  Psalms 40:2b





Back Pack Sunday August 3rd

by admin on July 28, 2014


We encourage all children and teachers to bring their backpacks or book bags to church for a special blessing. During the church service on August 3rd, Pastor Barb will bless the backpacks and book bags for an inspirational start to the new school year. She will also offer a blessing for all who work towards the education of our children in any way.


Sunday School Promotion / Rally Day

July 27, 2014

You and your family are invited to participate in the Sunday School Promotion event on August  10th during the Sunday School opening in the social hall. Children will receive participation certificates and those transitioning into the kindergarten and into the youth class will be given a study bible appropriate for their age level. We will […]

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Military Care Packages

July 13, 2014

Zion will be collecting items from now until December to assemble and send care packages to the military overseas. Items needed are: baby wipes, foot powder, body powder, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, body wash, soap, shampoo, playing cards, darts, snack foods such as crackers, cookies, beef jerky, single serving drink mixes of Kool Aid and Crystal Light, white socks (ankle high), […]

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Church Picnics

July 1, 2014

I have been blessed with a number of picnic baskets in my life. They are one of summer’s staples that just  seem to disappear over the winter months. You know you put it in the attic, on the shelf, in the shed, or in the closet, but when summer arrives, and you are ready to go […]

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Come to The Family Table Sunday, June 29th, 5:00pm.

June 22, 2014

Zion invites all ages to come to a new, exciting, and different faith experience on every 5th Sunday, called the Family Table. At the Family Table, we will pray, sing, play, and break bread together. We will enjoy making art, singing music, and exploring God and our faith. All the activities will center on a theme […]

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Kim Peth Funeral Arrangements

June 19, 2014

Kimberly Zittrauer Peth, 51, passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Effingham Hospital. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, W.E.L.C.A., Marlow chapter of the Farm Bureau, and was a retired Bus Driver with Effingham County Board of Education. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sandra R. Zittrauer. Survivors include her husband […]

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Its been a busy week at VBS

June 13, 2014

Jump over to Facebook to see pictures of each days activities   Post by Zion Lutheran Church ELCA. Post by Zion Lutheran Church ELCA. Post by Zion Lutheran Church ELCA. Post by Zion Lutheran Church ELCA. Post by Zion Lutheran Church ELCA.

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Lutheran Youth Organization News

June 12, 2014

by Trey Davis May Highlights: We participated in the 135th annual Sunday school convention, and played some flag football afterward. For the first time we had a Relay for Life team.  Thank you to everyone that came out to support our team and the cause. We also had a great opportunity to give back to a fellow member […]

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June 8th Worship Service

June 9, 2014

We rejoice today that George Czajkowski, Courtney Foote, Brennan Heck and Jeremy Smith have completed their study of Luther’s Small Catechism and wish to confirm their faith through the Rite of Affirmation of Baptism. These four youth have fulfilled the requirements necessary to take this next step on their spiritual journey, and we invite you to support them with your […]

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