Come! Celebrate Epiphany with the Bishops!

This year, the annual ELCA Bishop’s Academy is coming to Savannah! 65 bishops and their spouses will visit our area. On Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, Zion is invited to worship with the bishops at 7:00 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran in Savannah. On Sunday, Jan. 5th, Zion will host six of our bishops and their spouses at worship, with a congregational meal to follow provided by Dana Smith and his crew. Dessert will be our traditional Epiphany Cake, made by Melinda Heidt, and whoever gets the jelly bean in his or her piece gets to be King or Queen for the day! On Monday, January 6th, the Day of Epiphany, Zion is invited to an evening worship at Jerusalem at 7:00 p.m. Newly elected Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will preach, and the Zion and Jerusalem Adult Choirs will be singing together. We know you will be blessed by these awesome opportunities to fellowship and worship with our ELCA bishops from synods all over the United States. If you need a ride to any of these events or have questions, please contact Pastor Barb.

2013 Christmas Play replay

If you are unable to attend our Christmas play in person, you can watch it below:

Video streaming by Ustream

Zion Sunday School

Christmas Program


 “Angels We Have Heard”

Created by: Dave Clark & Jayme Thompson

Prelude                                   Dana Lee Smith

Welcome                                        Amy Young


Sonshine Singers

Baby Jesus Is Here” and “J-E-S-U-S

Scenes 1-4



Scenes 5-6


Closing Blessing                            Pastor Barb


Fellowship and Food

Lutheran Youth Organization – December 2013

News by Trey Davis
November Highlights:
We continued our Wednesday “Youth nights.”
We had a great time at our Lock In. 17 of our youth attended and they
brought 5 of their friends! Our Team Building games were a big hit!
We had a very successful spaghetti fundraiser for
our events. We would like to thank the congregation for all their support.

December Events:
Wednesday, December 4th “Youth Night” 5:55 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Make sure you have finished eating by 5:55 so we can start on time.
Sunday , December 15th : Christmas play: Be at the church by 3:30.
Sunday, December 22nd: Christmas caroling: 3:15
Every Sunday in December: Sunday school starts at 9:45. Come join
us as we explore God’s call to us in our everyday lives!!!
This month our youth will be sending Christmas cards to our shut-ins
and personalized cards to soldiers for our service project.
Upcoming events
Look out for our January event TBA!
Souper Bowl /Scout Sunday February 2, 2014!!!
All youth grades 6 – 12 are invited to participate in youth activities.


Zion welcomes its newest members into our church family of faith! On November 10, 2013, we welcomed Hadley Grace Vandenhouten, infant daughter of Brett and Misti Vandenhouten and Turner James Vandenhouten, infant son of Sean and Katie Vandenhouten through the Rite of Holy Baptism. On November 24, 2013, Christopher and Courtney Foote, (the children of Joseph and Rebecca Foote) and Rebecca Foote joined us through the Rite of Holy Baptism. Debra Foote, the wife of Stan Foote, joined us through Affirmation of her Baptism. We thank God for you! If you would like to become a member of Zion or you or your children are in need of baptism, contact Pastor Barb – 677-7011.

Southeastern Synod WELCA Convention Recap

It was a great time, from the bus ride there to the bus ride home. We saw friends we only get to see twice a year, yet it is always like old home week! Around 185 folks attended the convention, and every motion recommended passed. The workshops were very interesting, and everyone got something different from them. A total of $6,121.00 was collected for 2013 from the four states in our synod – GA, TN, MS and AL – to benefit Lutheranch. Also, 31, 628 lbs. of donated items were collected for LWR: 3,655 quilts, 2,383 personal care kits, 3,164 school kits and 6,017 baby kits. Some of the ladies got a toy fish for their meal at the banquet! (Yep! They ordered catfish!) The rest of us had pork chops! If you did not make the convention this year, think seriously about going next year. Then you won’t miss all the hugs, friendly chats, meeting new friends, lots of STUFF in your bags and the satisfaction of being part of an awesome group of Women! Hope to see you there next year! Norma Ralph, Delegate

December 2013 Senior Citizen Update


November Birthdays!
November Birthdays!

Chaplain Ramsey Mannon from the Sheriff’s Department presented a very interesting program for the fifty-one folks attending our November meeting. He shared many helpful safety tips for when we are travelling, shopping, or while at home during the holidays – and the year around. “Always be aware of your surroundings!” he advised. The Thanksgiving meal prepared by Charlie & Melinda Heidt, Cheryl Pannal, Sheila Moon, and Elliott & Georgia Foss was delicious! Thank you to them and everyone else who brought food to share and/or helped clean up afterwards. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, Dec. 18th, at 11:30 a.m. A Christmas meal will be provided. New toys (up to $5) will once again be collected to be given to needy children of all ages through DFACS. (The toys should not be wrapped.) If you don’t want to shop for a toy, you may bring several dollars to donate towards the purchase of toys. Bring a friend, and come on out for good food and fellowship during the holiday season!