Rincon Christmas Parade

Zion will participate in this years Rincon Lions Club Christmas Parade. The 28th Rincon Lions Club Christmas Parade will be Saturday, November 20th. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the Macomber Ball Park on Lexington Avenue, proceeds to Fourth Street, continues left onto Ga 21, turns left on Ninth Street and ends back at the ballpark.

A lifetime of service to Effingham County’s children is being recognized this year with the choice of Rob and Debbie Porterfield as grand marshals of the annual Rincon Lions Club Christmas parade.

Lutheran Youth Organization News

October Highlights
Thanks to our Fair Booth Committee; Autumn Conaway, Anna Lee HeidtHarris, Christian HeidtHarris and Alex Peth. The booth really looked great!

Also, thanks to all the youth who helped with and rode/walked with our float in the Fair Parade. Our float won first prize!

During October we also celebrated Confirmation with Autumn, Anna Lee and Christian. Great job!!

November Events

Wednesday, November 3rd 6:00pm-7:30pm: Youth Bible Study Join us for music, Bible study and fun! Remember, the meal is from 5:15pm to 6:00pm.

Saturday, November 6th 8:00am-12:00pm: Zion Fix-It Day Please join us as we do our part to make our grounds look their best! Bring your gloves, rakes and yard working tools.

Saturday, November 13th 2:00pm-5:00pm: Fall Festival at Zion If you are interested in helping with games, please contact Dana Lee. Plan to come join in the fun as we celebrate Fall.

Wednesday, November 17th 6:00pm-7:30pm: Youth Bible Study Bring your Bibles as we have fun exploring God’s word.

Sunday, November 21st 4:00pm-until: Surprise Service Day! Join us as we celebrate Thanksgiving through service. We’ll spend the afternoon sharing God’s love. Come enjoy the “surprise”. Following this, we will travel to Bethesda Methodist to participate in a special Joint Thanksgiving Worship Service at 6:00p.m. with local churches.

Plan Ahead

Wednesday, December 1st 6:00pm-7:30pm: Youth Bible Study

Sunday, December 12th 6:30pm: Christmas Program

Wednesday, December 15th 6:00pm- 7:30pm: Youth Bible Study

Sunday, December 19th 4:00pm-8:00pm: Christmas Caroling All youth in grades 6 – 12 are invited to participate in youth activities.

For additional information contact Dana Lee Smith

November 2010 WELCA Update

Hey ladies….wanna have some fun? St. Paul’s Lutheran in Savannah will be hosting a Lutheran Ladies Lock In on Friday, November 12th. The night will begin at 6pm in Hoffner Hall. Throughout the night there will be activities such as working on Lutheran World Relief quilts, projects for Lutheran Services of Georgia and of course, lots of fun. Everyone is encouraged to bring a favorite snack or appetizer to share. For those who want to stay all night, you can bring a sleeping bag and/or lounge chair if you wish. You are encouraged to attend even if you can’t stay all night. It is sure to be a fun night and it’s a great way to connect with other Lutheran ladies in our area. (I’ve been told that what happens in Hoffner Hall stays in Hoffner Hall!) Please contact Dana Lee at 728- 3227 or 665-1377 if you would like more information or if you would like to carpool.

There will be a joint WELCA and LMM meeting at 7:00pm on Sunday, November 14th. The program will be the report from our WELCA convention in Marietta, GA. There will also be reports from each of our circle groups. The Evening Circle will be serving refreshments following the meeting. Please mark your calendars and come learn more about what your organization is doing.

All Saints Sunday

All Saints Sunday is a celebration of those who have lived and died in the faith and is observed this year on Sunday, November 7, 2010. This will be an opportunity for Zion Church to remember and give thanks to God for the lives and service of these members. During the service, we will light a candle and have a moment of prayerful silence in memory of those who have died since last All Saints Sunday: Ruth Griner, Charles Zipperer, William Zipperer, Wilmer Ray Nease and Neil Morgan, the son of Darrell and Kim Morgan. Everyone is invited to bring flowers and place them by the communion rail before worship, & then place them on graves of loved ones at the conclusion of the service in the cemetery.

A Love Feast…

Ah, Thanksgiving! The table so full of platters of food that there was barely room for the plates so we could sit down and eat and enjoy it! And, my grand mother, smiling, but bleary eyed from staying up late making pies and getting up early to get the turkey in the oven in time to be done by the time we all arrived. That is one of my favorite memories of Thanksgiving – a table filled with food prepared with love…a love feast!

How eagerly Grandma waited for the sound of little feet on the porch; for the sound of a tiny fist knocking at the door as we grandchildren arrived! She’d hurry to the door, drying her hands on a towel as she went, flinging it open to welcome us in. And we’d all sit down and eat together; a meal that fed more than our bellies – that also fed our souls. We were family. We belonged together. For those few hours, we had everything we needed, and we were thankful.

There is nothing quite like sharing a meal to draw people close. Jesus understood that. Much of his ministry was spent around a table, eating and drinking with people from all walks of life, getting to know them through the warmth and comfort of sharing a loaf of bread and a cup of wine. He went to people’s homes to meet them where they lived. He stood at their doors and knocked, waiting patiently, hopefully, for them to open up and let him in. Not everyone did. Some were skeptical. Some were afraid. Some were ashamed of what he might find hidden there. For whatever reason, not everyone was able to open the door and allow Jesus into his or her life.
But, some met him on the doorstep as though they had been waiting for him all of their lives. “Come in! Come in! You are welcome here!” For them, Jesus came in, sat down, and ate with them – a meal that fed more than their bellies, that also fed their souls – a feast of love.
Today, Jesus still stands at the door and knocks. How will he find you? Do you hide behind the door of your heart? Are there rooms that are locked and barred? Do you hear Jesus, gently knocking, but don’t dare to open the door and let him in because of fear of what he may find? Don’t be afraid. The one who stands at the door and knocks loves you! He knows all about you already! He comes for no other reason than for you to get to know him.

We are here. Zion’s door is open. We have set a place at the Lord’s table for you. Come! Get to know the Jesus that we know and love – the one who provides us with a love feast, every Sunday – the one who feeds our souls. We are family. We belong together. For all eternity, we have everything we need. And, we are so thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving!                                         Prayers, Pastor Barb <><

Listen! I stand at the door and knock; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. Revelation 3:20

Children’s Christmas Program – Star of Wonder

Christmas will be here before you know it! Members of our youth and children’s groups will be performing their annual program on Sunday, December 12, at 6:30pm. This year’s program is entitled “Star of Wonder”. Shining stars from Zion’s Youth Group and children’s choir will be taking the stage to help remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. The offering collected at the program will go to help needy families in our community. To prepare for the program, the children’s choir will be practicing until 4:00pm on their regular Wednesday rehearsal days. We will also have play practices on Sundays, Nov. 7th, 14th, and 21st right after worship. A lunch will be served. Check your bulletins for additional practice times, if needed.

Fall Festival Is Coming!

This year, our annual Fall Festival will be on Saturday, November 13th, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. We are delighted to present The Pace Brothers who will be providing entertainment for our special event. As always, there will be music, games, food and fun for all ages. If you would like to help with this event, make a donation to help cover expenses, and/or provide baked goods for the treat walk, please contact Dana Lee Smith at 728-3227.