February Note From Pastor Dave

by admin on January 30, 2016

The congregation’s 2016 Annual meeting was held on January 10th with reports being received and ballots cast and counted. A whole year of ministry by a congregation cannot be represented by written reports as those pages reflect the organizational structure of the congregation.

Congregations are actually people. People with lives that at times are difficult and at other times joyous, sometimes boring and sometimes exciting, and most times normal, with everyday tasks being accomplished. Yet in those ordinary days we live as Christians by God’s Grace and witness through our daily living that being a Christian is more than going to “Church” on Sunday.
Here is an adaptation of a posting on the Facebook page of “imsoblesseddaily” that is offered as food for your thoughts:

  • A congregation is not a building, though a building can be used by a congregation.
  • A congregation is not about Sunday, but a congregation should not forsake meeting together.
  • A congregation is not about one person or personality though every congregation should be pastored.
  • A congregation is not about size or growth, but every congregation is called to make disciples.
  • So do not think of a congregation as an address or location, rather think of a congregation as mobile and on the move.
  • Do not think of a congregation as something planted or built, but rather think of a congregation as something deployed.
  • Do not think of this congregation as where you spend one hour a week but what you do every day of the week.
  • A congregation is the hands and feet of Jesus the Christ. Feet go and hands do. You are Zion Lutheran congregation.
  • Now go and be the church where you live and work.

Zion Lutheran has a mission statement that concentrates those many words into a single sentence, “We gather to worship, grow in faith, and go to share the good news of God’s Grace.” Zion Lutheran is about serving through our ordinary lives.

Pastor Dave Home: 912-232-6215 Cell: 912-596-55466


Interim Pastor Dave Rasmussen’s Comments

by admin on December 27, 2015

Pastor Dave Rasmussen Pastor Dave Rasmussen

The words “Pastor Dave” may sound like you have heard them before and that is possible        because for 30+ years I served as Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Garden City and recently served as an interim  pastor at Jerusalem Lutheran at Ebenezer. There is also the possibility that “Pastor Dave” sounds familiar because Pastor Dave Hendrix served in     Effingham County at the Clyo Parish and has retired and lives in  Effingham County.

During the coming months, I hope to learn your names as we work together to carry on the ministry of Zion Lutheran and to do the difficult work of seeking what ministries God would have this congregation aim to accomplish. Let us all seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit through intentional prayer, respectful conversations, and thoughtful consideration of this congregation’s potential ministries that can utilize the abilities and resources of disciples within the congregation.

An interim pastor is like a called pastor in that an interim pastor   functions as a preacher, pastoral care giver, and organizational leader etc.,  but within a temporary time line. What is also different is that my wife, Frances and I have a home in Chatham County and I have a study in our home in Chatham County and that is where I will be spending  time preparing for Sunday worship and other tasks.  I am usually available through phone calls to the home number 232.6215 or (cell) 596.5466.

I look forward to working with you to accomplish Our Lord’s ministry as we begin this New Year of 2016.


Pastor Dave


(There will be a reception to welcome Pastor Dave following the January 3rd worship service. Please plan to attend and thank him for serving as Zion’s interim pastor.)



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