The Advent season begins this month!

The symbol of Advent is the evergreen wreath which represents eternal life. On it are four candles,which remind us that Jesus is the light of the world. Each Sunday in worship one of our families will light a candle on our Advent wreath.

One candle is lit the first week (11/27), two candles the second(12/4), three candles the third week (12/11), and all four candles the fourth week (12/18). On Christmas Eve, the end of Advent, we will light all four candles plus the Christ Candle in the middle. Each week, the light grows brighter, and reminds us that the Light that is Christ grows stronger every year as we await his return in all his glory, on the Last Day!

Advent/Christmas Poinsettias

Poinsettias will be used in the Chancel area on the 4th Sunday of Advent (Dec. 18) through New Year’s Day. If you would like a poinsettia given “in honor of” or “in memory of” someone, please complete an order form (see pg. 15 in this newsletter) and return the completed form withyour check to Rene’ Atkinson. Please make check payable to Zion Lutheran Church. The forms are available in the narthex, education building, and in the newsletter. The poinsettias will be ordered from a local nursery and delivered to the church with the pot wrapped. The cost of a poinsettiais $ 11.00. Order Deadline: December 4th.

November 2011 Children’s Choir

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Our children are doing such a great job with their singing during our worship service! Our congregation is so blessed as they give glory to God in song! We are so proud of them! If you have a child in kindergarten – 5th grades, we would love to have them singing in the choir. We meet after school every Wednesday that school is in session. They ride in from Marlow Elementary on the school bus. If you have any questions about choir, please contact Melinda Heidt at 728-3288.

Funeral Arrangements for “Mama Minnie”

Our beloved Minnie Lee Helmey Zipperer, “Mama Minnie” passed away yesterday evening.

Minnie Lee Helmey Zipperer being crowned "Epiphany Queen" at Zion's Epiphany Party.

Funeral Arrangements are as follows:

Viewing will be at Strickland Funeral Home in Rincon on Saturday Evening, November 12, from 6-8 pm.

Funeral Service will be at Zion Lutheran Church on Sunday, November 13th, at 3 pm.

Obituary information:

Minnie Lee Helmey “Mama Minnie” Zipperer Guyton – Minnie Lee Helmey “Mama Minnie” Zipperer, 94, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Effingham Care Center.

Mrs. Zipperer was born in Marlow on October 21, 1917 to the late Ward Leroy Helmey and Emma Amelia Fetzer, and was also preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, John Henry Zipperer, son, John Roland Zipperer, sister, Hilda Collins, brothers, Leroy, George, Harley, Walton, and Ralph.

She was a lifetime member of Zion Lutheran Church where she was in women’s W.E.L.C.A, member of the Graduate Sunday School, and previously taught Sunday School. She was a homemaker, kept numerous children in her home for many years, and was a seamstress. She was an active member of the Marlow Farm Bureau, a member of the Effingham County Fair Association, and was active in P.T.A. for many years.

Survivors include her children Emma Lee Dasher (Clayton) and Martell Hall (Micheal) all of Guyton; daughter-in-law, Brenda Pack (Larry) of Ellabell; grandchildren, Holly Zipperer of Hatfield, PA, Wade Zipperer (Mandy) of Guyton, Adam Pack (Daniella) of Pooler, Richard Hall (Karen), Melissa H. Osteen (David), Dana Lee D. Smith (Dana) all of Guyton; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters, Clifford Jackson, Ellen Danker, Bessie Studier; brother, Jack Helmey; sisters-in-law, Wilma Helmey and Ollie Mae Zipperer all of Guyton.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the staff at Effingham Care Center who helped with her care. Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Zion Lutheran Church. Mrs. Zipperer will lie in state from 2 p.m. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Remembrances may be given to Zion Lutheran Church Land Fund, 121 Noel C. Conaway Road, Guyton, GA 31312. Friends may sign the online register

Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home Effingham Chapel (912)754-6421

November 2011 Senior Citizens

EVERYONE had fun playing BINGO at our October get-together! Each person won at least one roll of toilet paper. – Many won several rolls. – And Maudene Graham was the “Grand Champion” winning the most rolls. (Check with her if you need toilet paper at your house!!)

Forty-four folks enjoyed the delicious meal prepared by Charlie Heidt, Cheryl Pannal, and Georgia Foss. Thank you to them and the others who brought food and/or helped clean up afterwards. It wasa wonderful time of fun & fellowship.

Lakewood Subdivision is one of the pilot communities already recycling

The program on Wednesday, November 16th will be learning about the new recycling program coming in several months to Effingham County. We will be told what all to save and how it gets recycled. Come & get educated. Folks start arriving at 11:30 a.m. & we eat at noon. Bring a friend to enjoy the activities!

Manna House Food Baskets for Thanksgiving 2011

Manna House is in need of these items for their annual Thanksgiving baskets…

Stuffing Mix,Mashed Potatoes, Canned Turkey Gravy, Canned Carrots, Pumpkin, Mac & Cheese, Cranberry Sauce, Canned Green Beans, Yellow Cake Mix, Icing, Yams.

You can leave these items in the ZFH in the basket or give them to Norma Ralph. Any questions or if you know anyone who is in need of a Thanksgiving basket, please call Norma at 912- 313-2465.

Come to LIFE! on Wednesdays

We have the same great line-up on most 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, it just has a new name: LIFE! (Living in Faith Everyday!)

This is to better reflect our Wednesday activities: our family-style meal (5:15pm), youth Bible study (6:00pm), adult Bible study (6:00pm),and our revamped K-5th program (4:00pm) that focuses on Confirmation material. We invite you to Come to LIFE! on 1st and3rd Wednesdays, and there’s no better time than the next ones on November 2nd and 16th.

Dinner is open to all who enjoy great fellowship and delicious food. Dinner is $5 for ages 11 & up, $2 forages 4-10 and free for children 3 and under; themaximum is $20/family. For planning purposes, we ask that you make reservations with Norma Ralph (912-313-2465). Even if you forget to make reservations, all are welcome, always!

“K-5 Kids” is for children grades K-5. After the meal, Dana Lee Smith will lead a Bible Study class for Youth (grades 6-12). Pastor Barb will lead the Adults in a Bible Study and discussion of the readings for the upcoming Sunday worship service.

Youth Holiday Help!

What’s that you hear?

The holidays are drawing near!

Baking, decorating, cleaning the house,

More work than can be done by this mouse!

Help, you declare

As you sit and stare!

Where will I find someone to rake?

Who will come to help me bake?

Zion Youth “Work for Hire” you say?

Well that could really make my day!

Lower that stress level and pick up the phone, Alex, Christian, & Anna Lee won’t make you do it alone!

So, give them a call and schedule today, Hurry up and don’t delay!

For additional information, please contact Dana Lee Smith at 728-3227.