Sunday, May 6th at 10:00 a.m., everyone is invited to join with other Effingham Churches to participate in the 139th Annual Sunday School Convention at the Methodist
Campground in Springfield. Line up is at 9:45 a.m. Zion has a long history of participation in the Sunday School convention, but will also observe our regular Sunday morning schedule of Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and worship at 11:00 a.m. for those not attending the convention. If you go, please take a covered dish to share for the meal
following worship. Those who worship at Zion can make it to the campground in time to be there for the meal. If you have questions about this event, contact Emma Lee Dasher. (912-658-0431)
Daylight Savings time has begun for most people in the USA. Hopefully, by now most everybody has made the slight of hand adjustment to all their time marking instruments (aka clocks). The only part that we really changed were our clocks. The sun itself continued with the same pattern it has had for eons. It is an illusion that we “saved” any time. It is also a misconception that a congregation in the 21st Century can function without a majority of the disciples and members contributing their personal time, abilities, and financial resources to support the overall ministry of the congregation and the larger church. You will be hearing more about the Stewardship Committee that is taking shape. The basic purpose of the committee is to help inform the congregation about the need for disciples and members to manage their time, abilities, and financial resources so that a portion can be used in the ministry of the church. For a congregation time, abilities, and money are the building blocks of ministry. Stewardship is about using what you have received to support ministry.
Holy Week Activities
Palm Sunday: March 25th – 11:00 a.m. Worship
Maundy Thursday: March 29th – 7:00 p.m. – Holy Communion
Good Friday: March 30th – 8:00 p.m.- Solemn Service of
Easter Egg Hunt: March 31st – 2:00 p.m. on Zion’s Lawn
Easter: April 1st.
Sunrise Service – 7:00 a.m. Bonfire in Zion Park
Sunrise Breakfast – Following the service – Served by our Youth
Sunday School – 9:45 a.m. – For all ages
Festival Worship – 11:00 a.m. – Alleluia!
Annual World Day of Prayer March 2nd 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. On March 2nd at 7:00 p.m., Marlow Methodist will be hosting the service. Powers Baptist, Meldrim Methodist, and Zion Lutheran will join with them to lift up our voices and prayers with others around the globe, praying for our world. Make plans to attend this inspiring multi-faith prayer opportunity! For more information, contact Emma Lee Dasher at 728-3222.
Ash Wednesday Service Lent 2018 begins on Wednesday, February 14th with our traditional Ash Wednesday Service. Our chancel will once again return to purple paraments and wooden cross as we enter the 40 day Lenten season. Our service will be at 7:30 p.m. on the 14th with communion and the imposition of ashes.
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, February 11th 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 fund raiser event. Please bring a donation. All money collected will help the Youth Group with their expenses to attend All GA, AFFIRM, and the National Youth Gathering.
Youth Souper Bowl/Scout Sunday, February 4th, 2018! Sunday, February 4th, 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!
By the time you read these words, the season of Advent will be over, and the calendar year of 2017. The cycle of time continues to mark off the passage of opportunities. People have the choice of
regretting those missed opportunities or they can realize that more opportunities are possible in the next season or calendar period. May God’s grace relieve you of the guilt of having missed opportunities to share the message of God’s love with others. As the months in 2018 slip on by, may you recognize and act when you do have an opportunity to share with someone the difference it makes in your living to live as a disciple of Jesus the Christ. Perfect opportunities to share rarely occur and so sharing during an ordinary opportunity is the best time in 2018.
Three Expressions of the Church
People speak of the Church as if it were a specific organization and/or location. The church is where serving the needs of people occurs. Much of that caring occurs when congregations meet for worship and for small group meetings. Yet there is also the caring for others through activities of the Synod such as the financial support of Lutheran Services of Georgia. Yet again there is caring for others through activities of the ELCA such as Lutheran Disaster Response. Three different worldly expressions of the Church.
It is said that Martin Luther was responsible for introducing the use of Christmas trees in the home, in Germany. We don’t know if this is factual however, according to the legend, on his way home one evening, Martin Luther was so overcome by the beauty of a fir tree and stars in the sky, he wanted to tell his family about it. However, upon returning home, words failed him, so he went out and chopped one down and brought it home to share with his family. To mimic the stars that hung over the manger where Christ was born, Martin Luther decorated the tree with candle tapers. This was thought to be the first traditional Christmas tree in Germany. Regardless of the origin, the Christmas tree today, is used in celebration of the commemoration of Christ’s birth.
Once again our very talented children & youth will be performing a Christmas Program on Sunday, Dec. 10th. All participants must arrive at 3:30 p.m. for costumes and dress rehearsal. The play will begin in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m. We look forward every year to having our youth tell the Christmas story in creative ways, and invite you to come and experience it with us! Offering collected will go to Lutheran Disaster Response. Bring finger foods to share for fellowship afterwards. If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Parrish or Sheila Moon. All children and youth are encouraged to be a part of this production.