Our Church Directory has been updated!

If you would like a copy of the latest edition emailed to you, please check with the church office at 728-3430 or via email at [email protected]

Women of the ELCA July 2011 Update

All ladies are invited to attend our next quarterly meeting immediately following worship on August 14th. This is a time for ladies from each of our Bible study groups to meet together, share information about our current projects and make plans for new ones. If you are not involved in one of our groups, this is a great opportunity to meet us!

WELCA Convention Logo

We have a group of ladies that will be attending the Southeastern Synod Women of the ELCA Convention September 16th – 18th at Guntersville State Park in Alabama. The theme is “Renew Your Heart”. As part of convention, we will collect an “in-kind” offering for Mercy Children’s Clinic (MCC) in Franklin, TN. MCC provides healthcare for children and support for their families regardless of economic status. No one is turned away for inability to pay.

In support of this mission, we are collecting $10 gifts cards from Wal-Mart, Kroger and Publix to share with families to purchase items such as prescriptions, diapers, food or gas. If you would like to donate to this project, please give gift cards to Dana Lee.

Remember……all ladies of the congregation are members of WELCA. Everyone is encouraged to get involved. Check the monthly meeting schedules in Zionews.

“Youth for Hire” Project

Citizens With the Saints Logo

Zion Lutheran Youth Group is making plans to attend the ELCA National Youth Gathering July 18th-22nd, 2012 in New Orleans, LA. This event only happens every 3 years and hosts approximately 30,000 youth and leaders. The theme is “Citizens With the Saints”. The Gathering program is built around three core practices in which participants will be immersed. These core practices are discipleship, peacemaking and justice. Part of this experience will include service to others as we continue working to assist with recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill. Each day of the Gathering, thousands of youth will be out serving others. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make such a large impact and truly make a difference on such a large scale. The Gathering will also provide opportunities for us to experience worship and renewal as we gather daily. We estimate that this trip will cost approximately $1,200 per person. Through Zion’s “Youth for Hire” project, each youth attending is working to raise $500 towards the trip. 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. Please make checks payable to Zion Lutheran Youth. Thanks for helping us to achieve our goal!

As youth information is received, this list will be updated. Please contact youth director, Dana Lee Smith at 728-3227 or 665-1377
if you have any questions about this project.

Alex Peth – 728-3495 Yard Work, Babysitting, Painting, Household Cleaning, Pet sitting
Alex says, “I am willing to do many things. Just call and ask!”
Christian HeidtHarris – 728-9184 or 601-2469
[email protected]
Yard Work, Babysitting, Painting, Household Cleaning, Crafts, Cooking, Office Work, Laundry, Organize Rooms/Closets. Call and ask about other possible jobs, too!
Anna Lee HeidtHarris – 728-9184 or 601-2469
[email protected]
Yard Work, Babysitting, Painting, Household Cleaning, Office Work, Wash Cars, Cook/Bake, Crafts. Call and ask about other possible jobs, too!

Lutheran Youth Organization News – July 2011

July Highlights
Thanks to all who will help and support our spaghetti dinner fundraiser following our annual “Backpack Sunday”. We are very fortunate to have such a supportive Zion family. We also say thanks to those who are supporting our “Youth for Hire” project. Please check the special article in Zionews for additional information.
August Events
Sunday, August 7th 12:15pm-2:00pm: Back to School Pool Party
Bring your bathing suit, sunscreen and towel to worship. Following worship we’ll head out for a hotdog cookout and pool party.
Sunday, August 28th 12:15pm to 1:00pm: Carwash Fundraiser
Come prepared to get wet! Immediately following worship, we’ll wash cars in the parking lot. Parents are invited to help us with this project!
Plan Ahead
Mark your calendars! Our 1st and 3rd Wednesday Bible Study program will resume in September. Come join us as we enjoy games, music and Bible study. Meals will start at 5:15pm each night. Please make meal reservations with Norma Ralph at 912-313-2465. Check Zionews for meal prices.

All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in youth activities. For
additional information, contact Dana Lee Smith at 728-3227 or 665-1377.

Confirmation Classes to Begin in September

Pastor Barb is offering Confirmation Classes every other week from September, 2011 to May, 2012 to any Youth, 7th grade and above, who has not been confirmed. The date and time will depend on the schedules of the participants and their parents. The classes prepare the Youth for the Rite of Affirmation of Baptism, in which they take a vow to accept for themselves the faith commitment their parents made for them at their baptism. The Rite of Affirmation will be on Pentecost Sunday, May 27, 2012. See Pastor Barb if you would like to participate.

Whoa! What’s a Troop Tree?

Our Troop Tree

It is a “tree” with the names and addresses of military folks who are serving our country. In the entrance of the Education Building is a small (for now) green tree to share information about loved ones and friends who are in the military.

Joshua Solomons

Right now we have only Joshua Solomons, graduate from SEHS, 2009. Address: 1148 TC Box 516 APO, AE 09898. Feel free to send him notes, letters, cards, etc. If you have a military someone with whom you wish to share, with pictures and/or address, call Norma Ralph (912-313-2465) or leave information on the tree in the Education Building. God loves you and we are truly blessed!

The Eternal Insomniac

Christian Eye of Providence

It’s night time in coastal Georgia. The sun has rolled over the horizon to blaze on someone else’s house for a while. The moon, cool as a solar nightlight, makes patterns of lace on the lawn. The tree frogs are crooning their lusty love songs in whiskey tenor tones. Sleepy wrens, their heads tucked beneath their wings, listen to the lullaby as they nestle in to dream of seeds and berries. And, I, too, lulled by the music of night, fall gratefully into my bed, looking forward to a good night’s sleep after a day well filled. I am one of the fortunate ones for whom sleep comes easily, and night time is my friend.

Up in Athens, I imagine my eldest son, bleary-eyed from work and study, staring at the computer screen, playing games or working on his thesis while his daughter laughs in her sleep in the next room. There is no reason for him to lie down yet, for he knows that sleep will not come. He is one of those for whom sleep is a tease; an ill-behaved puppy off the leash, skipping and dancing around his feet, but staying just out of reach. He has insomnia, and for him, nights can be long.

What must it be like to never have to sleep? To hover over the earth, keeping your eye on every thing, every minute of every hour? That is what the Bible says God does – that not only does God never sleep, but God never even gets weary! The mind boggles…

Even though we are made in the image of God, it speaks to God’s “otherness” to know that God never has to get a little “shut-eye”; never has to doze off for a minute, or catch a cat-nap here and there, to keep alert, like we do. No wonder the Eye of God has become a well-known Christian symbol! Not the more recent image taken by the Hubble space telescope, but the ancient image that has long been a symbol of Divinity, shown in the image above. The eye of God is set in the middle of a triangle. The triangle represents the Trinity – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Rays of light stream out from it to represent God’s infinite holiness.

You’ll find an example of the Eye of God on the back of a US dollar bill! It’s the small triangle on the left hand side, hovering above the pyramid. According to Wikipedia, our forefathers added the Eye of God to The Great Seal of the US, to show that God was overseeing the birth of a new nation. That’s why they wrote “Annuit Coeptis” above it, which is Latin for “He has favored our undertaking.” That is an interesting fact. But, for Christians, the symbol stands to remind us that the all-knowing and ever-present eye of God is always upon us, guarding us and keeping us in his loving care.

God is the Eternal Insomniac; keeping constant watch over all his creation, day in and day out! What a comfort it is to know that we are always and forever, under his watchful eye. So, whether you are sound asleep or wide awake, rest easy, My Friend! For the Eye of God is upon you, and he cares for you!

Blessings as the new School Year begins,

Pastor Barb <><

Behold, he that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
Psalm 121:4:

Zion Community Park Dedication and Ice Cream Churn Off a Big Success!

On July 23rd, Zion hosted a Fun Day beginning at 5:00 p.m. and everyone was invited to attend! We had an Ice Cream Churn-Off with prizes for the Chosen Frozen!

There was outdoor Games such as dodge ball and the Marshmellow Relay

Dodge Ball
Marshmellow Relay

some yummy grilled food prepared by our grillmasters: Brett and Bryan Vandenhouten

Our Grillmasters
our Playground Dedication
Blessing of the Park
and the movie on the big screen.
Gathering for the Movie

The schedule was as follows:

5:00 PM Playground open
5:30-6:30 PM Organized games
6:30 PM Playground Dedication
7:00 PM Food fresh from the grill
7:30 PM Churn-off tasting and judging
8:30 PM Movie on the big screen

Churn-Off Judging Categories

The 9 ice cream entrants.

Best All Around
Melinda Heidt
Strawberry

Most Unique
Team Gran Gran
(Victoria Davis, Trey Davis,  Nellie Freyermuth, John Blong)
Pretzel M&M Vanilla

Creamiest
Lida Peth
Cherry Vanilla

Some of the great prizes for winners include: Studier Kart Racing passes (family of 4), free professional photo session and 8×10 print, a free oil change from Hutcheson Automotive, Premier Jewelry, a roadside hazard kit, and more.

We had hotdogs, tea, and lemonade and we enjoyed affordably priced sodas, chips, popcorn, and candy available at our concession stand.

Concession Stand

We also roasted marshmallows around our new fire pit!

Roasting Marshmellows

The playground and fire pit are dedicated in memory of Wilmer Ray Nease, Louise Nease Kessler, Neil Morgan, Sarah Hamaker and Wayne Wright. There were many others who donated funds and hands-on labor to make this project a reality. We acknowledged them, as well. Our thanks goes out to Gloria Sheppard who has organized and worked so hard to accomplish this.

Playground Dedication, Zion Fun Day and Ice Cream Churn-Off

Save the date for Saturday, July 23rd! Zion will be hosting a Fun Day beginning at 5:00 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend! We will have an Ice Cream Churn-Off with prizes for the Chosen Frozen! There will be outdoor Games, some yummy grilled food, our Playground Dedication and the movie on the big screen.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 5:00 PM Playground open
  • 5:30-6:30 PM Organized games
  • 6:30 PM Playground Dedication
  • 7:00 PM Food fresh from the grill
  • 7:30 PM Churn-off tasting and judging
  • 8:30 PM Movie on the big screen

Churn-Off Judging Categories

  • Creamiest
  • Most Unique
  • Best All Around

Some of the great prizes for winners include: Studier Kart Racing passes (family of 4), free professional photo session and 8×10 print, a free oil change from Hutcheson Automotive, Premier Jewelry, a roadside hazard kit, and more.

We’ll provide hotdogs, tea, and lemonade; bring your own extras or enjoy affordably priced sodas, chips, popcorn, and candy available at our concession stand. We’ll also be roasting marshmallows around our new fire pit! The playground and fire pit are dedicated in memory of Wilmer Ray Nease, Louise Nease Kessler, Neil Morgan, Sarah Hamaker and Wayne Wright. There were many others who donated funds and hands-on labor to make this project a reality. We will acknowledge them, as well. Our thanks goes out to Gloria Sheppard who has organized and worked so hard to accomplish this. So, grab a friend, and come on out and help us ask God’s blessings on this beautiful addition to Zion’s grounds!