Military Care Packages

by admin on July 13, 2014

militaryZion 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), cheap flip-flops (shower shoes sizes 6-11), pens, pencils, crosswords, word finds and Sudoku. Contact Mark Baier  if you have any questions or need more information.

Military Care Packages

Please let us know what you can contribute (even if it is not on the list)

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Church Picnics

by pastorbarb on July 1, 2014

basketI 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 on that first, wonderful picnic of the year, that basket is not to be found! And, so, like camping gear, you end up going out and buying a new one, because it just isn’t a picnic without loading up a beautiful wicker basket with all the stuff for a meal to be eaten out in God’s great outdoors.
This year, I was fortunate in that I didn’t have to go buy a new picnic basket to replace the one I was sure we had, somewhere. I received one from a friend who must have misplaced hers, and went and bought a new one, and gave the old one to me. It’s great the way that works! This one is much nicer than our old one, and bigger, too! With plenty of room for plates and cups, and forks and spoons, and salt and pepper and a pretty checked tablecloth to lay it all out on! And, of course, the food! Ice cold lemonade in a jar, baked beans and fried chicken, cold slaw and apple pie with cheddar cheese to top it off. Or, watermelon, if I’m eating healthy! Man, it makes me hungry just thinking about it! But, it doesn’t have to be much to make it a picnic. A peanut butter sandwich and an apple, if eaten outside under an oak tree and shared with a friend, turns simple fare into a feast fit for a queen! It’s the fresh air, and sunshine, and the company you keep that makes a picnic a picnic.
That is why I think the ultimate picnic is the Church Picnic, where friends gather in Jesus’ name on the church grounds to bless and share a meal outdoors. Everyone brings a covered dish or a dessert to pass, but all are welcome, even if they didn’t bring a thing, and you sit around and laugh and talk, and eat till you can’t eat anymore, and, somehow, there is always enough, and no one goes home hungry. Just like that first church picnic in the Bible, when the only one who thought to bring anything was a small boy, who offered up his lunch. Jesus took his meager offering, sat everybody down on the grass, blessed and broke the food into pieces, and turned the late afternoon into a picnic! Gathered around Jesus, they laughed and talked and ate their fill as they watched the sun go down.

And somehow, there was more than enough for everyone, and no one went home hungry. They called it a miracle.  I call it living in God’s abundance.  Because, when simple food is blessed and shared with a friend, eaten outside, with God all around, somehow there is always enough for everyone.  Oh, if only we could have a Church Picnic and invite the whole world to gather around Jesus, and sit down together on a grassy hill, and break bread together – what a picnic that would be! If only everyone could lay down their weapons long enough to take a bite of bread and a sip of wine, and we could laugh and talk – really talk together as we watched the sun go down, because it is hard to speak angry words when your mouth is full of good things. Then, maybe, if only for a moment, we would have peace, and for the first time, the world would know what true freedom means.

May God bless all your picnics, this 4th of July and always,

Pastor Barb <><

And all ate and were filled;  Mark 6:42

 

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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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Blood Drive!

May 31, 2014

Zion and the American Red Cross are teaming up on Thursday, June 5th, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.for a blood drive to collect much needed donations of blood. All blood donated stays in our own community to help those who will need it in the future. The Red Cross is in need of all blood types. […]

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Love to Tell the Story – Tell the Story You Love

May 31, 2014

We sat over our morning coffee, discussing last night’s episode of Bones, one of our favorite TV series, and half way through our conversation, I started to laugh, because I realized that we were talking about what happened in the lives of the characters in that story as though they were real – as though […]

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A Mother’s Heart…

May 7, 2014

One of the best descriptions I ever heard about mother- hood was from Cathy Guisewite, who said: “The story of a mother’s life: trapped between a scream and a hug.” I know  what she means. Thinking back to when I was raising my own children, I remember the screams: the temper tantrums of the terrible […]

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