Sunday School Convention! Sunday, May 7th

Sunday, May 7th at 10:00 a.m., everyone is invited to join with other Effingham Churches to participate in the 138th 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.

Reformation 500: Geo -political World of the Reformation

Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017 Time: 3:00pm

Place: Messiah Lutheran Church, 1 West Ridge Rd, Savannah

Seminar Speaker: Dr. Byron Boyd

Dr. Byron Boyd will focus on the political world of Luther’s time, examining the factors outside the church that led to the eruption of the Reformation. The church at that time was heavily tied to government and politics. Dr. Boyd has taught at Savannah Country Day since 1982 and Armstrong since 1984.

 

 

Lent – Holy Week – Easter

On the 5th Sunday evening in Lent, April 2nd at 5:30 p.m., there is a Lenten program in the Fellowship Hall followed by a light potluck meal. Please make plans to join us in this spiritual and penitential journey. During the final week of Lent we will celebrate Holy Week. Please join us as we honor the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us so that we may have eternal life.

Palm Sunday: April 9th – 11 a.m. Worship – Baptism – New Members received – Reception following

Maundy Thursday: April 13th – 7 p.m. – Communion Service and Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday: April 14th – 8 p.m. – Solemn Service of Remembrance Easter

Egg Hunt: April 15th – 2:00 p.m. on Zion’s Lawn

Easter: April 16th – (Bring flowers for outside cross)
Sunrise Service – 6:45 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!

Lenten Program 2017

Lent 2017 begins on Wednesday, March 1st 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 7:00 p.m. on March 1st with communion and the imposition of ashes. On 5 Sunday evenings, beginning on March 5th at 5:30 p.m., there will be a Lenten program in the Fellowship Hall followed by a light potluck meal. Please make plans to join us in this spiritual and penitential journey.

Lenten Services

Lent 2017 begins on Wednesday, March 1st 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 7:00 p.m. on March 1st with communion and the imposition of ashes. On 5 Sunday evenings, beginning on March 5th at 5:30 p.m., there will be a Lenten program in the Fellowship Hall followed by a light potluck meal. Please make plans to join us in this spiritual and penitential journey.

Pastor Dave’s Comments

It has been the trend that by the end of February the physical fitness centers have fewer people in them even though January is typically a month of increased membership and participation. After the holidays people often feel the need to exercise (get rid of those extra holiday pounds) and so they head to the fitness center. But the newness wears off faster than the pounds wear off and people choose to spend their time in other places. To be in appropriate physical shape (a healthy condition, not a pro athlete’s condition) requires one to participate regularly in physical activities. So it is also with your spiritual fitness. Regular attendance at worship along with time spent in personal and/or family devotions are positive ways to help one’s spiritual fitness. As we enter into the Lenten season on March 1 with Ash Wednesday, there will also be the opportunities to strengthen the congregational fitness by participating in those special weekday worship opportunities and the Sunday evening Lenten devotionals. Come and share faith and fellowship as we strengthen the spiritual aspect of the congregation.

Pastor Dave

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 pancakesSupper on Sunday, February 26th at 5:30pm. Come! Indulge! Enjoy some warm, fluffy pancakes with your choice of sweet toppings, and the good company of your church family! Our WELCA is hosting this fund raiser event. Please bring a donation. All money collected will be given to the Youth Group to help with their expenses to attend All GA, AFFIRM, and the National Youth Gathering.

Youth Souper Bowl/Scout Sunday, February 5th, 2017!

Sunday, February 5th, is our Youth Souper Bowl of Caring and Scout Sunday. Each year, the Zion Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) and souperthousands 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 Girl 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!

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

cropped-10433196_10155014252950160_8630091949154276867_n.jpgOnce again our very talented children & youth will be performing a Christmas Program on Sunday, Dec. 11th. 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 Manna House. Bring finger foods to share for fellowship afterwards. If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Parrish or Emma Lee Dasher.

Note from Pastor Dave

Almost 40 years ago two Voyager spacecrafts were launched to  explore interstellar space. Included on the spacecraft were  recordings of sounds and images from Earth that other intelligent  life might interpret to get an idea about humans. Recently several  people were discussing if the opportunity came to create another recording of sounds and images of earth what would people want to include this time. Technology has greatly increased the capacity of recordings and so there was the possibility of many more things  being included. But one person among the group suggested that  more data (images and sounds) does not necessarily convey an  accurate portrayal of human life. She talked about human beings as more than what we read, more than the music we listen to, or capture as photos. We are greater than the sum of activities we engage in while living.

As Christians we individually need to be able to convey a meaningful portrayal of our Christian faith. Worship is needed, but faith goes beyond worship. Christian faith goes beyond the words print-  ed on paper and called the Bible. Christian faith is more than a name on a membership list. Faith is more than the sum of our  activities. It is what we do because we realize that Christ has  redeemed us from our sins. Faith is how we live day by day and  treat other people as we are motivated by acknowledging the eternal love and grace of God.

In the vastness of space no creature may ever find the Voyager spacecraft and understand those recordings. However, your daily living will be seen by others and hopefully be interpreted so that  they too will want to participate in the Christian faith because it has real meaning as revealed through you.

Pastor Dave