O Taste and See that the Lord is Good

The sun shone through the jar of honey on my window sill, lighting it up from the inside like a lava lamp; liquid gold, slow moving and mesmerizing. I stopped what I was doing. It felt good just to look at it. But, I had to have a taste! There is something soothing in watching honey swirl around on a wooden dipper. As long as you keep it moving, the honey curls around itself in amber waves and folds. It won’t drip. But, when all motion stops, the honey is pulled down by its own weight to drip slowly over a warm biscuit, or dissolve in hot tea, adding an indescribable sweetness to whatever you drizzle it in or on.

Fascinating stuff, honey. Thick and sweet and good, eating honey is something you shouldn’t rush. It is something to savor, and enjoy. No wonder the word of the Lord has been compared to the pleasure of eating honey! Not the “studying,” not the “head knowledge” kind of reading, which is our usual way to read the Bible, but devotionally,
This summer, as you slow down a little from your busy schedule, find the time to stop all motion and sit for a while with God’s word. Read it like you were eating the best honey. Roll it around on your tongue. Savor it. Take pleasure in it. Let its sweetness bring you joy, and delight your heart. O, taste, and see that the Lord is good!prayerfully. Like honey, God’s word is something to take your time with, to savor and enjoy. Psalm 19:10 describes the blessings to be found in God’s word as “More to be desired than gold…sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” The prophet Ezekiel ate a scroll from God, saying, “I ate it, and in my mouth it was as sweet as honey.” (3:3) Jeremiah said “When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight” (Jer.15:16.) If you take the time to really taste it, you will see that the word of the Lord is indescribably sweet!

Summertime Blessings,

Pastor Barb <><

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth
Psalm 119:103

New Member Class June 17th, 2012!

Pastor Barb will offer a new member class on Sunday, June 17th at10:00a.m. in the library in Zion Fellowship Hall for all those who are interested in becoming a member of Zion. If God has been speaking to your heart, and you have been thinking about joining Zion, please talk with Pastor Barb or attend the New Member Class. New members will be welcomed during worship in July.

June 2012 Lutheran Youth Organization News

April & May Highlights

Nine youth and 3 adults attend the All Georgia Youth Gathering in Covington. Everyone returned home Spirit filled and energized! The group enjoyed having youth and leaders from Jerusalem Lutheran join them on the journey.We had our last Wednesday night Bible study program for the school year. Thanks to all who supported our car wash fundraiser. We appreciate your support!

Daulton and Braden

Congratulations to Braden Thomas-Folmar and Daulton Harris who were confirmed on May 27th. We rejoice in your accomplishment!

Welcome New Youth

We are glad to officially welcome our new 6th graders, Stone Bennett, Lauren Conaway and Jeremy Smith, into the youth program. We look forward to getting to know you and growing in faith together.

June Events

Monday, June 11th 9:00am – 12:00pm: Vacation Bible School
Youth are encouraged to help with Bible School activities. Come join the fun!

Sunday, June 17th – Friday, June 22nd: AFFIRM @ Berry College– Rome, GA
The bus will leave Zion at 7:00am on Sunday, June 17th. Youth will need money for a meal on Sunday and a meal on Friday. Also, youth will need money for the key deposit at check in. If you don’t lose your key, this deposit will be returned to you at check out. Youth should pack the following; tennis shoes, bed linens (or sleeping bag), pillow, shampoo, soap, toothbrush/toothpaste, DEODORANT, bathing suit, shower shoes (to wear in the shower), towels, wash cloth, Bible, needed medications and sunscreen. The Zion bus will pick up youth at 12pm on Friday, June 22nd and return home. The group will call for pick up as they get close to home.

Sunday, June 17th 9:45am: Father’s Day Project
Join us in Sunday School to complete a special project for all the men in our congregation. Come lend a helping hand!

Plan Ahead

July 18th – 22nd: ELCA National Youth Gathering – New Orleans, LA

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

Cemetery cleaning and mowing will be held at 8:00 a.m. Saturday,June 2nd

Cemetery cleaning and mowing will be held at 8:00 a.m. Saturday,June 2nd. If you are available Friday afternoon we can get a head start on the Saturday project. We appreciate your support in helping keep our cemetery tidy.

Summer time is here and Zion needs everyone’s help keeping our church grounds looking good. We need volunteers to mow the church grounds. Zion has a new garden tractor that makes the job easy. Sign up for one week, or more, as your time permits. We need everyone’s help. See Craig Pittman to sign-up.

Congratulations Graduates!

Zion offers a big “CONGRATULATIONS” to all our members graduating.

From Savannah College of Art & Design:
Katie Pittman – Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sequential Art

From Georgia Southern University:
Katie Sikes – Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education

From Lenior-Rhyne University (Hickory, NC)
Jadelyn Kopf – Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.

From South Effingham High School:
Ben Sikes

A reception will be held immediately following worship service on Sunday, June 3rd in the Fellowship Hall to congratulate and recognize all our recent graduates. Please plan to stay after the Worship service that day to celebrate with them.


Our theme this year is “Adventures onPromise Island.” Come join Kamalei, Hunter, Madi and Cooper the Dog as we discover God’s lifesaving love! This year’s classes will be for ages 4 to 11. Youth ages 12 and up will meet with Pastor Barb for one hour, then assist with activities. As always, the nursery will be available for children of volunteers age 3 and under.

Please register your children for VBS and be sure to tell your friends and/or bring them with you! We have a week of fun activities planned and would love to share these with you and the community. Forms will be placed in the rear of the Church and may be turned into Rebecca Heidt, Joy Hutcheson or April Smith.

Water Slide from VBS 2011

Monetary donations are being accepted at this time to help with costs associated with snacks, crafts, and water day. If you would like to donate to Zion’s VBS fund, please designate on your offering envelope or give to Rebecca, Joy or April. If you wish to volunteer, it is not too late. We are still in need of help with/volunteers for:


  • VBS set-up on Sunday, June 10th at 4:00p.m.
  • VBS clean-up on Friday, June 15th – after closing program
  • Group Leaders
  • Floaters (to assist wherever needed)
  • Donations for snacks & crafts

The whole congregation is invited to the Friday night 7:00 p.m.closing program with hot dog supper. A sign-up sheet for sides and toppings will be posted in the narthex. This is a great opportunity for us to showcase what the children learned at VBS during the week. Also, “Chipwrecked” is our movie for the night, so plan to stay and watch our movie out under the starts starting at 8:30 p.m.

Thank you, and we look forward to having a fun filled week exploring God’s love together with our new friends! Please contact Rebecca (601-2469), Joy (663-8746), or April (727-418-7655) if you have any questions.