BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS  JULY 29TH! 

During our 11:00 a.m. worship service, we will send our children back to school with our blessings! Pastor Dave will offer a blessing on our children, teachers, school personnel, backpacks, brief-cases, computer cases, etc. “We will also celebrate

Fellowship Sunday with a cookout of hot dogs and hamburgers, with all the trimmings, as well as a “Back to School” Celebration with activities such as a “Water Slide” – so be sure to bring towels and swim suits!!

The signup sheet for the meal is in the narthex. Hope you can join us for all the fun!!

2018 Vacation Bible School Wild Ride Down Splash Canyon!!

Thanks to all who helped make VBS a wonderful experience for all who attended. A total of 65 were enrolled: 35 children, 12 LYO helpers and 18 adults.

The children learned about God’s Promises to us. They learned the best Promise was sending Jesus to be our Savior. They learned that God is always with us. Sir Luther and Eddy the Otter were our guides down the River.

The kids loved the music this year and they learned sign language for all of the songs. They are really quick learners and did an awesome job.

A very special thanks to the Middle and High School students who stayed on site and helped. We couldn’t have done it without them. Every one of them worked hard and made our VBS a success. Our church can be very proud of our young people.

Our Mission this year was Manna House. Manna House provides food and a thrift store for the needy. We collected $217.00 and a raft full of 26 canned goods as well as a random donation for $50.00 .Thanks to everyone for your generous support.

Friday was Water Day. What a fun day! That evening we had a hotdog supper with the VBS closing program following.

Thanks to everyone who helped plan, set-up, volunteered, assisted with the hotdog supper and closing program. A special thanks to those who stayed and helped with clean-up afterwards.

Tricia Parrish, Sheila Moon – Co-VBS directors

Sunday School Convention! Sunday, May 6th

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)

Pastor Dave’s Comments

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.

Pastor Dave

Holy Week Activities

Holy Week Activities

Palm Sunday: March 25th – 11:00 a.m. Worship

Maundy Thursday: March 29th – 7:00 p.m. – Holy Communion

Service

Good Friday: March 30th – 8:00 p.m.- Solemn Service of

Remembrance

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

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.

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, 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!

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!