Martin Luther’s Christmas Tree

It is said that Martin Luther was responsible for introducing the use of Christmas trees in the home, in Germany. We don’t know if this is factual however, according to the legend, on his way home one evening, Martin Luther was so overcome by the beauty of a fir tree and stars in the sky, he wanted to tell his family about it. However, upon returning home, words failed him, so he went out and chopped one down and brought it home to share with his family. To mimic the stars that hung over the manger where Christ was born, Martin Luther decorated the tree with candle tapers. This was thought to be the first traditional Christmas tree in Germany. Regardless of the origin, the Christmas tree today, is used in celebration of the commemoration of Christ’s birth.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Once again our very talented children & youth will be performing a Christmas Program on Sunday, Dec. 10th. All participants must arrive at 3:30 p.m. for costumes and dress rehearsal. The play will begin in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m. We look forward every year to having our youth tell the Christmas story in creative ways, and invite you to come and experience it with us! Offering collected will go to Lutheran Disaster Response. Bring finger foods to share for fellowship afterwards. If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Parrish or Sheila Moon. All children and youth are encouraged to be a part of this production.

JOINT ADVENT CANTATA AT JERUSALEM

The first Sunday in Advent, December 3rd, at 5:30 p.m., there will be a joint Advent Service at Jerusalem with other Lutheran churches. Zion’s choir will be joining with the other choirs to sing an Advent Cantata. At 3 p.m. fun activities are scheduled. A meal will be available at 4:30 p.m. The Soup and Baked Goods Meal will be $5.00. Please make plans to attend and enjoy interacting with our fellow Lutherans.