Sunday School Promotion and Blessing of the Backpacks

On 7/29/12, we had sunday school promotion for our young students. We also blessed the students backpacks for a successful school year. We also heard from our youth that attended the National Youth Gathering and had a great skit by Mya and one of our youth. Click on the photo below to see all the pictures.

Women of the ELCA

Thanks to everyone who attended and helped with the June birthday party at the Effingham County Nursing Home. We had a great group of helpers to attend and spread some “Zion cheer”!

Six ladies have signed up to attend this year’s Southeastern Synod Women of the ELCA  convention at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA on September 14-16, 2012. The convention theme is “Rejoice in the Lord Always”. Attending convention is a wonderful way to meet and connect with other ladies from our synod, discover the amazing things we accomplish together as Women of the ELCA, and rejuvenate your soul and spirit.

Each year, our leaders select a special in-kind offering to be taken  at convention that benefits a program located near our convention site. This year’s recipient is Wellspring Living in Atlanta, GA. In 2001, Wellspring Living, a 501(c) (3) organization, formed to help  survivors of childhood sexual abuse overcome their broken pasts  and move towards hopeful futures. Their mission is to confront the issue of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation through advocacy,  education and treatment programs for girls and women. Their  programs are a refuge for women and girls who need a chance to  start over. Through therapy, education, life skills and spiritual  renewal, the Wellspring programs give participants recovery tools  for the body, soul and spirit.

Wellspring has requested donations of gift cards to purchase toilet paper, paper towels and household cleaning supplies. They welcome gift cards from Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger, etc… If you would like to donate, please give gift cards to Dana Lee Smith. Anyone can make a donation – even if you are not attending convention!

Ladies, please check the Zionews calendar page and make plans to join in one of our Bible study opportunities. If you’re not sure which one fits your needs, you are invited to visit each group.

Follow The Youth at The National Youth Gathering

As Dana and Dana send back pics from the event, we will be posting them on our Facebook page, click on the picture below to be taken to the full album:

View from their seats on Wednesday night.

And throughout these next few days you can watch a live stream from time to time here:


ELCA National Youth Gathering

Citizens With the Saints Logo

“Citizens With the Saints” Anna HeidtHarris, Christian HeidtHarris, Alex Peth and Dana & Dana Lee Smith will attend the ELCA National Youth  Gathering on July 18th-22nd, 2012 in New Orleans, LA. Thanks to all who helped in raising funds to attend by supporting our Youth for Hire program and other fundraisers. We are grateful for such a supportive church family! This event only happens every 3 years and hosts approximately 30,000 youth and leaders. 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 event will also provide opportunities for us to  experience worship and renewal through daily gatherings.  Please pray for safe travels and pray that the Holy Spirit will lead and guide us in this experience!

Lutheran Youth Organization News

June Highlights

Eleven youth from Zion and 3 youth from Jerusalem attended AFFIRM at Berry College in Rome, GA. They all returned home excited and energized! Thanks to Sheila Windham and Theresa Mobley for serving as bus drivers. Also special thanks to Thomas Folmar and Louise Edwards for serving as travel  assistants.

Thanks to all the youth who participated in and/or assisted with Zion’s Vacation Bible School.

July Events

Saturday, July 14th 1:00pm to 4:00pm: Zion Water Fest!
Come ready to get a little wet and have a little fun as we cool off in the hot summer sun!!! Remember to bring a towel, sunscreen and dry clothes. Please come dressed appropriately to participate in water games and relays. Invite a friend!

Wednesday, July 18th – Sunday, July 22nd: ELCA National Youth Gathering – New Orleans, LA
Anna Lee HeidtHarris, Christian HeidtHarris, Alex Peth and Dana & Dana Lee Smith will be attending the gathering. Please pray for their safe travels!

Sunday, July 29th 12:15pm to 4:00pm: Back to School Pool Party & Cookout
Join us for an afternoon of fun and fellowship! Bring your bathing suit, sunscreen and towel to church. Following worship, we’ll change and head to the pool (located at 5165 GA Hwy 17 South – across from Marlow Elementary). Hotdogs, chips and drinks will be served. Parents are asked to pick up youth at the pool by 4:00pm.

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.

Zion’s 140th Anniversary Sunday!

On Sunday, September 23rd, we will be celebrating Zion’s 140th Anniversary! After our regular 11:00a.m. worship service, we will celebrate with a delicious buffet luncheon, prepared by Dana Smith and his Committee.

Donations to help defray the cost of the meal may be placed in the Sunday offering plate and designated for the luncheon. Please invite family and friends to join us as we celebrate 140 years of ministry here at Zion!

Senior Citizens!

Thank you to Linda McDaniel, Effingham County Tax Commissioner, for updating everyone on what  is new in the tax office. (We appreciate her coming home from a Florida vacation to do that program for us.) Thank you to Charlie & Melinda Heidt, Cheryl Pannal for  preparing the delicious meal which 31 folks enjoyed.  Thank you’s also go to those who brought food items to share and/or helped  clean up afterwards.

June Birthdays

Guess what!  It’s time to play BINGO again!  Need some toilet  paper at your house? Then come on out on Wednesday, July 18th,  at 11:30 a.m. to enjoy a good meal, good fellowship and have some “toilet paper fun”. – Bring a friend!

Thank You!

A note from Pastor Barb.  To My Zion Family, I wanted to thank all  of you for your kind words, cards and prayers for me and my family  as we walk with my sister, Alice, who is battling cancer.  Now, my mother, Janet, is hospitalized with heart problems, and is in need of prayers as well.  I will be making short trips to West Virginia to see them both as my sister’s illness progresses, and appreciate your prayers and understanding during this difficult time for me and Bob. I thank God for you every day!  Blessings,  Pastor Barb <><

Thank you to the LYO for the “kisses” you handed out on both Mother’s Day & Father’s Day! You are sooo sweet!

A BIG “THANK YOU” to Joy Hutcheson, Rebecca Heidt and  April Smith for leading our VBS program this year. Thank you all  for creating another year of a terrific Vacation Bible School for our children to learn about God and Jesus!