Zion’s 140th Anniversary Sunday!

 

It’s time to gather together to rejoice in the 140th anniversary of our congregation. This year there will be a special Heritage  celebration of Zion’s ministry. On Sunday, September 23rd, our congregational family and friends are invited to worship at 11:00 a.m. in our beautiful sanctuary. Feel free to dust off those Salzburger fashions and wear them if you wish! After worship, we will gather together in the Fellowship Hall to enjoy a wonderful luncheon buffet prepared and served by Dana Smith and his excellent hospitality committee. There will be a short program during the meal highlighting the milestones of our church  family.

The next Sunday, September 30th, we welcome  the bishop of our Southeastern Synod, Bishop Julian Gordy to a congregational breakfast, Sunday School and  worship. Bishop Gordy will be available to share with us information about our synod. He will be  leading worship with Pastor Barb at 11:00 a.m.  Please join us as we thank God for the rich  heritage of our past and rejoice in His blessings  as we plan for our future together.

Clouds from 10,000 Feet

We lay on our backs in the cool grass, two ten-year-olds, shading our eyes from the sun with one hand  and pointing at cloud-shapes with the other. “There!   A Cheshire cat! See its grin?” “Yes! And, look   there! An elephant, standing on its hind legs!” “Where?” There!” “Oh, I see it now!” And the afternoon melted away as quickly as the shape-shifting clouds that formed and reformed in the eyes of our imagination. “What do clouds feel like?” I wondered. “Can I sit on them, like the baby angels in the pictures in my Bible? And, is God up there looking down from the other side?”

That summer day of my youth came flooding back, making me smile, as I leaned forward in the plane, glad to have a window seat. I held my breath as the earth fell away and the plane soared up, up, up into the clouds. What a joy to see those cloud-sculptures again from a birds-eye view!  At 10,000 feet, I am eyeball to eyeball with a box turtle, a baby dragon, a fish swimming in the deep, blue sky. And, I can feel God hovering on the sunny side of the clouds, so real I expect to see him behind the next one, or the next. And, I understand what moved Pilot Officer Gilespie Magee to pen his poem entitled High Flight. He wrote,

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds… Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

I do feel closer to God when airborn; the plane slicing through the clouds like a hot knife through butter. So intense is his presence when I fly that it’s as though I can reach out and touch God’s face, just as surely as he has touched mine.    There is a book from the 1300’s called The Cloud of Unknowing that speaks of our longing to know God despite what seems like a thick cloud between us. “Knock on that cloud!” the author says. “Beat on it with your fist until God sends a beam of his love to cut through the darkness and pierce your heart. Then, you will know God better than anything man can tell you.” I don’t think we have to work at it that hard. I think that the longing, the simple upward glance, is all it takes for God to reveal himself to us. God wants us to know him. That is why he sent Jesus, so that all might come to know God by his love. You don’t have to beat at the clouds with your fist. You don’t have to soar above the clouds to touch and be touched by God. God comes down! God will always come down! God longs to meet you where you are, on land, on sea, in sky… All you have to do is open your heart, and let his love come in.

Blessings, Pastor Barb <><
“Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:23

Trunk or Treat

3rd Annual Trunk-or-Treat

Wednesday October 31, 6:00 – 9:00PM

5:00 p.m. Trunk Setup (or earlier if you need)

6:00 p.m. Festivities Begin

7:00 p.m. Costume Contest & Trunk Judging

7:30 p.m. Pumpkin Judging

(7:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Haunted Trail Encore)

Join us Halloween Night for lots of fun and trunkfuls of treats. We will have a Bounce House, Face Painting, Spin Art, Haunted Train Rides, the Spook-tacular Costume Contest, Karaoke, a Pumpkin Decorating Contest, & an award for the Most Boo-tiful trunk.We will raise funds to support our new Military & Truckers ministries by having folks vote for their favorite trunk, costume, & pumpkin with coins and cash. The costume, trunk, & pumpkin with the most “votes”wins and 100% of money used to vote goes to our ministries.Our Spook-tacular Costume Contest will begin at 7:00 p.m. withprizes for the top 3 costumes. Please arrive by 6:45 p.m. to sign-up and get your entry number before the contest begins.We will also have a station with pumpkins and supplies available on a first-come basis to decorate your own pumpkin. For those who want to enter in the Pumpkin Contest, make sure you come early enough togive yourself time to complete your pumpkin for judging at 7:30 p.m.Again this year, we’ll have a grand prize for the Most “Boo-tiful” trunk.