An Invitation to Become a Part of the Zion Family!

During the worship service on September 18, 2011, we will welcome our newest brothers and sisters in Christ into our faith community! If you would like to become a member of Zion, Pastor Barb will be happy to talk with you about it! Please let her know if you are interested, and she can answer any questions you may have. We invite all of the current members of Zion to be present that day, to welcome our new members in person, to introduce yourself, and to get to know them a little better over punch and cookies after the service. Hope to see you there!

Youth For Hire Project

The ELCA National Youth Gathering will take place July 18-22, 2012. We have 7 youth and 2 adults that are making plans to attend. The Gathering happens every three years and in 2012 we will return to New Orleans, LA. The theme will be “Citizens with The Saints”. At the 2009 Gathering in New Orleans, over 30,000 participated in various service projects to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina. The ELCA has made the decision to return and provide more opportunities for youth to help. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity as youth can immediately see the benefits of what can happen when we all work together. It is also an awesome experience to gather in worship and take over a city with over 30,000 other Lutheran youth!

We estimate that the trip will cost about $1,200 per person. So, we need to do a lot of fundraising! Church council has approved for youth to begin our “Youth for Hire” fundraiser this summer. For a donation, youth have agreed to work doing various small jobs such as babysitting, yard work, cleaning, etc. This will also provide an opportunity for youth to experience what it is like to work towards a goal and what it feels like to enjoy the benefits. There is a complete list of youth names, contact numbers and jobs on tables in the entrance of the education building and church building. This project will continue through next summer. So, if you’ve been putting off those extra chores because you need an extra hand…..we’ve got “Youth for Hire”! For additional information, please contact Dana Lee Smith at 728-3227. We really appreciate the support from our congregation!!

Pentacost Sunday June 12th

This year, the Day of Pentecost falls on June 12th,, so don’t forget to wear red to church that day! Pentecost is a “floating” festival, which means it falls on a different date each year. It is celebrated on the fiftieth day after Easter (7 weeks x 7 days = 49 plus Easter Sunday = 50) which is where it gets its name. Fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection, the Holy Spirit came down with the sound of a mighty, rushing wind, and alighted on the heads of the apostles in the form of a tiny flame. (The twelve were no longer called disciples, which means followers, but apostles, which means ones who are sent.) The apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in the different languages, or “tongues” of the travelers who had poured into Jerusalem to celebrate the Festival of Weeks. The travelers came to bring their first fruits of the harvest in thanks to God for delivering them out of Egypt, and to remember when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. They each heard the good news of Jesus’ resurrection in their own language, so they could understand it, and three thousand people came to believe that day! For this reason, the Day of Pentecost is called the birthday of the Church. We will be celebrating Pentecost with candles and flames and red balloons and special music, so be sure to come to church that day and wear something RED! If you want to read about it, this event is recorded in the Book of Acts, Chapter 2.