Vacation Bible School June 8-12, 2015!

by admin on May 29, 2015

Vacation Bible School June 8-12, 2015!

hometown-nazareth-vbs-logo-og-imageAt Hometown Nazareth, kids get to meet Jesus’ mother, Mary, and hear her stories of Jesus’ boyhood. As kids hear Mary tell about how she knew that Jesus was God’s Son, they’ll explore how they can stand up for their faith in everyday life. Come, join in the fun, with crafts, games, and snacks all designed to get to know Jesus better!

When: June 8-12, 2015

Time: 9:00 – Noon– ZFH

Ages: PreK (must be 4 by Sept. 2015 and potty trained) through 8th grade.

The 6th, 7th & 8th grade class will travel off site to lend a helping hand in our community. (These are the grades that your child completed for this school year.)

HELP NEEDED!! If you would like to volunteer in any way, please contact Tricia Parrish , Chair of Christian Ed Committee, at 858-2093 or 713-5706.

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Confirmation Day…

by pastorbarb on May 12, 2015

confirmationWe are moving, and for the past month, every spare moment has been spent sorting and packing our stuff; deciding what to keep, and what to throw away. In the closet under the stairs, was a box marked “Barb – from a former life. Keep.” I had forgotten what was in it. So, I pulled it out, opened it up, and became lost in time. There were old year books, my orange and black pom-poms (Go Chiefs!), a rainbow-colored bandana, a peace sign necklace and a 45 vinyl record from my Acapella Choir days. And, there was my old, worn Bible that my parents had given me on my Confirmation Day!

I ran my finger over my name, engraved in gold letters on the front cover, then opened it up to the first page. There, in my mother’s handwriting, was written, “Presented to Barbara on her Confirmation, May 29, 1966, from Mom & Dad.” I sat back on my heels, and thought about my Confirmation. For two, long years, I spent every Tuesday evening in class with my pastor and several other 7th & 8th graders, memorizing the Small Catechism, and learning what it meant to be Lutheran. After all that written and memorization work, we still had to correctly answer random questions taken from the Catechism as we stood, sweating in our white robes, before the whole congregation! It was nerve-wracking, and yet wonderful, because, from that day on, I was no longer a child in the eyes of the Church, but an Adult Member.

I placed the Bible carefully back in the box with a smile. “How fitting” I thought, “that this Bible should be kept in a box labeled “from a former life.” My Confirmation had made a profound impression on me, and my life was never really the same again. And, now, I am privileged to help other young people prepare for their own confirmations in what is called the Rite of Affirmation of Baptism, which we at Zion observe on the Day of Pentecost. Each of them, in their own way, says, “When I was baptized, someone made promises for me about God. But, today, I make those promises for my self.” Then, I, along with their parents, lay my hands on them in blessing, fanning into life the flame of the Holy Spirit that has dwelt in them since their baptisms.

It is an awesome thing to see the Spirit take wing and move in their young hearts as it did in mine, as they leave the former life behind to move into the future that God has prepared for them. One day, they will pass the faith on to other young people. And so it goes, from generation to generation. Of such is the work of the Holy Spirit, and of the Church.

May you and yours be blessed this Pentecost season,
Pastor Barb <><

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God,
which is in you through the laying on of my hands… 2 Timothy 1:6

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Holy Week Schedule

April 2, 2015

Holy Week Schedule Maundy Thursday: April 2nd – 8:00 p.m. – First Communion and Stripping of the Altar Good Friday: April 3rd- 8:00 p.m.-Solemn Service of Remembrance Easter Egg Hunt: April 5th – 2:30 p.m. on Zion’s Lawn Easter: April 5th ◘ Sunrise Service – 7:00 a.m. Bonfire in Zion Park ◘ Sunrise Breakfast – […]

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Consider the Lilies…

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I held the lily bulb in my hand.  There was nothing beautiful about it.  Brown and dry and odorless as it was, there was nothing that hinted at what it would become.  But, when  buried deep in the dark, dank earth, a miracle begins! The silent forces of life gather for a glorious resurrection.  A […]

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These 40 Days..

February 12, 2015

The rain is falling, soft and steady, soaking deep, deep, down into the dark earth. The grey clouds spread like a blanket above the trees, blocking out the sun. It’s the kind of day that makes you want to crawl into bed, pull the covers up to your chin and stay there;  deliciously warm and […]

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Ballroom Dance Lessons

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A Year of “Firsts”…

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I flipped the cover over on my brand new calendar, and there it was – January 1, 2015 – the first of 365 days, without a mark on it!  A whole, new year stretched out ahead of me, full of endless possibilities!  Who knew what lay ahead? I closed my eyes and thought about what […]

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Christmas Play a Success!

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Christmas Memories

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There is something about Christmas that brings out the child in all of us. I must admit that even though my children are grown and gone, I still find it hard to go to sleep on Christmas Eve. I lie awake, far into the night, and think about Christmases past – more now than I […]

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