God’s Work, Our Hands

There is an ELCA wide effort called God’s Work, Our Hands that seeks to involve disciples in congregations in doing activities that benefit their local community. Those actions come from our understanding of the Gospel message that in response to God’s grace to us as individuals, we respond to the needs of others. At the same time congregations need to have their disciples, again in response to God’s grace, participate in meeting the needs of the congregation as the gathered together individuals and as an organization. In planning and attempting ministries, there is a need to know how many individuals are willing to give a helping hand. Currently there is an effort to determine which individuals on the membership roll of Zion congregation are willing, according to their individual circumstances, to participate in the ministries of the congregation. What often happens during a membership survey, is that it is determined that some individuals no longer wish to participate or even consider themselves to be a member. Realize that God’s grace and salvation is independent of a name being on a congregation’s membership roll. Names on a membership roll are about who is responding to God’s grace and is willing to participate in God’s work in some manner along with their brothers and sisters in Christ. Pastor Dave Pastor Dave

LWR School Kit bags are ready to be filled!

Thanks to our Quilting Angels, once again, we have School Kit bags to fill with school supplies for children who otherwise would have to start school without the basics. A list of the required supplies as per Lutheran World Relief is in each bag which are available in the

narthex. Bring your filled School Kit bags back by Sunday, August 12th to be blessed during the worship service, and we will send them on their way in the LWR truck. Somewhere in the world, a child will thank you!

Items needed to fill the School Kits:

 Four 70-sheet notebooks of wide – or college – ruled paper

(no loose-leaf paper)

 One 30-centimeter ruler or a ruler with centimeters on one side and 12 inches on the other

 One small pencil sharpener

 One blunt scissors

 Five unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers (secure together with a rubber band)

 Five black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink) (secure together with a rubber band)

 One box of 16 or 24 crayons

 One 2½” eraser.

* No logos on these items please.

Thank you for all your help!

“Rally Day/Promotion Sunday/Breakfast” August 5th, 2018 

Rally Day is the beginning of the new Sunday School year!! This year we will have promotions followed by a Sunday School “Open House” on Sunday, August 5th at 9:45 a.m. We would like to invite you to come by and see what your child’s class will be learning about this year. We also have two Adult Sunday School Classes to meet a variety of learning styles. Come by and check out what we have available for you !!

At the Sunday School Open House we will provide you with a Breakfast meal including a breakfast casserole, toast, fruit and sweet treats including Danish rolls and donuts, and beverages consisting of coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

We invite you to come fellowship with us and we know you will get as excited as we are about what God has to teach us this New Sunday School Year!!! The Sunday School teachers will be commissioned at the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Classes will start the following Sunday. This will be a special morning for promotion to the next grade for our children and special fellowship before church. Let’s all plan to Rally Around our youth and show our support for our Sunday School Teachers as well!! Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Thank you for your support.

The Christian Education Committee