142nd Anniversary!

anniversaryEach September, we gather with family and friends of Zion’s congregation to celebrate the blessings God has bestowed upon us. As is our tradition, we will begin our celebration with worship at 11:00 a.m. on Sept 14th. Our service will be a time to thank God for the many years of service that this church has provided to the community and beyond. It will be a time to pray, sing, hear God’s word and share in the Lord’s Supper. After worship, we will continue the celebration in the Fellowship Hall with a buffet luncheon and a short program by Pastor Barb. Please join us for a special day of remembrance as we rejoice in the past and look forward to an exciting grace filled future.

“God’s work. Our hands. Sunday” September 7, 2014

ourhandsGet ready to serve!
“God’s work. Our hands. Sunday”
September 7, 2014

On Sunday, September 7th, Zion will join nearly 10,000 congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in a special day of service. We will put our faith into action by
serving and sharing God’s love. We will be
wearing our official “God’s work. Our hands.”
t-shirts with Zion’s name on the back. Order forms are available in the entrance of the church. The deadline for ordering is August 10th.
On Sunday, September 7th, everyone is asked to wear their Zion shirt to worship and bring a sack lunch to eat following worship. We will be helping an elderly lady in our community with some much needed yard work. The work will involve mowing, raking, trimming, weed eating, picking up sticks, etc. There will be plenty of work for all ages and abilities. Please bring any yard work tools you have, wear gloves and closed toed shoes for this project. Mark your calendars and join your Zion family for this special day of service!

The Family Table: engaging your faith as a family

familytableCome to the Family Table: engaging your faith as a family.
On Sunday, August 31st at 5 p.m., we invite you to join us in the Zion Fellowship Hall for the second of our 5th Sunday events called the Family Table. Family Table is a new, exciting and different faith experience designed for all ages. We explore God and our faith, pray sing, create, and break bread together. The atmosphere is relaxed, kids can be kids, and everyone has fun learning together as God’s family. The Family Table ends with a shared meal.
The evening’s activities center on a theme from selected Bible readings. The theme for this event is:
God Lights Our Path.
The Art Project for the night is: stepping stones
as we discover how God lights our path and guides our steps.
Each Family Table stands on its own, so if you miss one, you can still join in the fun at the next one.
At the event, we have a Thankful Basket for you to share your thankfulness with others. You can make a gift of yourself, by writing a promise to use your time or talents to help or visit someone, or you can bring a gift of your things, like canned food, a pair of socks, or money. Thankful Basket items are given to deployed military and local charities such as Family Promise, Manna House, Backpack Buddies, or People Helping People.
If you have questions, contact Amy Young, Sunday School Superintendent, at 912-667-1482 or email
[email protected]

Solid Ground

“How are you doing?” I asked. “Oh, up and down.” he said.  “Yep, that’s life.” I said.  Later that day, as  I shuffled between two hospitals, I realized just how true that statement was.  I rode the elevator up in one hospital to pray for a quick delivery for a woman in labor.  I rode the elevator down to go to the emergency room in another hospital to pray for a quick recovery for  a man who had had an accident.  Moving between the two was like being on a roller coaster ride. One minute, I was riding high, waiting for a baby to be born.  The next, I was riding low, waiting for MRI results.  And I thought about how much of life is lived in spurts – in ups and downs –  in celebration and distress.

You can tolerate roller coasters for brief periods of time, but,   after a while, you have to get off and walk around on solid ground again; catch your breath, and regain your balance. It’s that steady, middle of the road, every day routine that keeps us sane. And, it’s knowing that sooner or later things will return to “normal” that  helps us endure the ride.

I love the imagery in the Bible of God as a rock; a firm foundation; that steady, solid ground on which I can stand when I need to get off the roller coaster of life and get my bearings.  On those days when I am careening through life, screaming at the top of my lungs with my hands in the air, it helps to know that God is always there;  a never-changing presence that I can depend on to keep me centered.

Whether it is a high or a low, a celebration or a distress; in all the ups and downs of life, remember that God is with us through it all, loving us, holding our hands, speaking an encouraging word, and keeping our feet on solid ground.

May the image of God as our rock and our salvation bring you comfort in all your ups and downs!

Blessings,  Pastor Barb   <><

…and He set my feet upon a rock, making my footsteps firm.  Psalms 40:2b