Pastor Ben Mandrick’s Comments

May old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind” The old Scottish New Year‟s song may be at hand but many wonderful things come with the New Year as well. The church‟s annual meeting is approaching. I will be starting to teach the middle school Sunday school class at the beginning of the New Year at 9:45 am every Sunday morning. Also we will be calling a meeting soon for all parents and youth who are considering beginning confirmation. Confirmation is the process in which baptized youth claim (or confirm) the statements of faith made for them during their baptism. It is our way as a church to help the youth grow in their faith journeys, toward realizing how special and important faith in Jesus Christ is to everyday life. Many of us still remember our own confirmation classes and the fun of being part of a group of youth all learning about the faith together. Others of us from different church backgrounds may be wondering what confirmation class is all about. All are welcome to come and sit in during class and participate with our youth in learning about the grace found in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Be on the look out for other new opportunities to get plugged into the life of the church. It‟s a new year why not try something new this year?

Everyone at Zion is super welcoming and friendly. So be brave this New Year join in with the choir, come help with the youth, come join WELCA, try coming to one of our many Sunday school classes. There are lots of different ways to be with us here at Zion, make some time to give it a try; odds are you’re going to love it. Grace and peace,

Pastor Ben

LET’S GO CHRISTMAS CAROLING!

On Sunday, December 16th, Zion Lutheran Youth invites you all to come caroling with us! We will be visiting the elderly members and friends of our congregation and serenading with all the love our vocal cords have to offer! All of Zion is welcome to participate. We leave Zion at 3:15 p.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. for our LYO and 80+ Senior Dinner.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Once again our very talented children & youth will be performing a Christmas Program on Sunday, Dec. 9th. All participants must arrive at 3:30 p.m. for costumes and dress rehearsal. The program 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 Manna House in memory of Norma Ralph. Bring finger foods to share for fellowship afterwards. All children and youth are encouraged to be a part of this production.

The Advent season Begins Sunday, December 2nd.

Each week, we will light a new candle on the wreath. One candle is lit the first week, two candles the second, three candles the third, and all four candles the fourth week. On Christmas Eve, the end of Advent, we will light all four candles plus the Christ Candle in the middle. Each week, the light grows a little brighter, reminding us that the light that is Christ grows stronger every year as we await his return on the Last Day! We in-vite you and your family and friends to come and experience the joy of Advent as we wait in anticipation of that glorious day!