Mardi Gras Pancake Supper

pancakesDid you know that Mardi Gras is also known as the Carnival Season and refers to the events of Carnival celebrations beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday? Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday and refers to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. It’s a time to celebrate and be thankful for our many blessings before we enter the season of Lent and reflect on what God has done for us.

Please make plans to join us for our Mardi Gras Pancake Supper on Sunday, February 10th at 5:00pm. Come indulge and enjoy some warm fluffy pancakes with your choice of sweet toppings. Come and enjoy a time of celebration and fellowship with your church family! WELCA is hosting this event. Please bring a donation to help offset the cost of the meal. Donations that exceed meal costs will be designated for the ELCA Malaria Campaign.

Women of the ELCA

Thanks to everyone who attended and helped with the June birthday party at the Effingham County Nursing Home. We had a great group of helpers to attend and spread some “Zion cheer”!

Six ladies have signed up to attend this year’s Southeastern Synod Women of the ELCA  convention at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA on September 14-16, 2012. The convention theme is “Rejoice in the Lord Always”. Attending convention is a wonderful way to meet and connect with other ladies from our synod, discover the amazing things we accomplish together as Women of the ELCA, and rejuvenate your soul and spirit.

Each year, our leaders select a special in-kind offering to be taken  at convention that benefits a program located near our convention site. This year’s recipient is Wellspring Living in Atlanta, GA. In 2001, Wellspring Living, a 501(c) (3) organization, formed to help  survivors of childhood sexual abuse overcome their broken pasts  and move towards hopeful futures. Their mission is to confront the issue of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation through advocacy,  education and treatment programs for girls and women. Their  programs are a refuge for women and girls who need a chance to  start over. Through therapy, education, life skills and spiritual  renewal, the Wellspring programs give participants recovery tools  for the body, soul and spirit.

Wellspring has requested donations of gift cards to purchase toilet paper, paper towels and household cleaning supplies. They welcome gift cards from Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger, etc… If you would like to donate, please give gift cards to Dana Lee Smith. Anyone can make a donation – even if you are not attending convention!

Ladies, please check the Zionews calendar page and make plans to join in one of our Bible study opportunities. If you’re not sure which one fits your needs, you are invited to visit each group.

Lutheran Youth Organization News

June Highlights

Eleven youth from Zion and 3 youth from Jerusalem attended AFFIRM at Berry College in Rome, GA. They all returned home excited and energized! Thanks to Sheila Windham and Theresa Mobley for serving as bus drivers. Also special thanks to Thomas Folmar and Louise Edwards for serving as travel  assistants.

Thanks to all the youth who participated in and/or assisted with Zion’s Vacation Bible School.

July Events

Saturday, July 14th 1:00pm to 4:00pm: Zion Water Fest!
Come ready to get a little wet and have a little fun as we cool off in the hot summer sun!!! Remember to bring a towel, sunscreen and dry clothes. Please come dressed appropriately to participate in water games and relays. Invite a friend!

Wednesday, July 18th – Sunday, July 22nd: ELCA National Youth Gathering – New Orleans, LA
Anna Lee HeidtHarris, Christian HeidtHarris, Alex Peth and Dana & Dana Lee Smith will be attending the gathering. Please pray for their safe travels!

Sunday, July 29th 12:15pm to 4:00pm: Back to School Pool Party & Cookout
Join us for an afternoon of fun and fellowship! Bring your bathing suit, sunscreen and towel to church. Following worship, we’ll change and head to the pool (located at 5165 GA Hwy 17 South – across from Marlow Elementary). Hotdogs, chips and drinks will be served. Parents are asked to pick up youth at the pool by 4:00pm.

All youth in grades 6 – 12 are invited to participate in youth  activities. For additional information about youth activities,  contact Dana Lee Smith at 665-1377.

June 2012 Lutheran Youth Organization News

April & May Highlights

Nine youth and 3 adults attend the All Georgia Youth Gathering in Covington. Everyone returned home Spirit filled and energized! The group enjoyed having youth and leaders from Jerusalem Lutheran join them on the journey.We had our last Wednesday night Bible study program for the school year. Thanks to all who supported our car wash fundraiser. We appreciate your support!

Daulton and Braden

Congratulations to Braden Thomas-Folmar and Daulton Harris who were confirmed on May 27th. We rejoice in your accomplishment!

Welcome New Youth

We are glad to officially welcome our new 6th graders, Stone Bennett, Lauren Conaway and Jeremy Smith, into the youth program. We look forward to getting to know you and growing in faith together.

June Events

Monday, June 11th 9:00am – 12:00pm: Vacation Bible School
Youth are encouraged to help with Bible School activities. Come join the fun!

Sunday, June 17th – Friday, June 22nd: AFFIRM @ Berry College– Rome, GA
The bus will leave Zion at 7:00am on Sunday, June 17th. Youth will need money for a meal on Sunday and a meal on Friday. Also, youth will need money for the key deposit at check in. If you don’t lose your key, this deposit will be returned to you at check out. Youth should pack the following; tennis shoes, bed linens (or sleeping bag), pillow, shampoo, soap, toothbrush/toothpaste, DEODORANT, bathing suit, shower shoes (to wear in the shower), towels, wash cloth, Bible, needed medications and sunscreen. The Zion bus will pick up youth at 12pm on Friday, June 22nd and return home. The group will call for pick up as they get close to home.

Sunday, June 17th 9:45am: Father’s Day Project
Join us in Sunday School to complete a special project for all the men in our congregation. Come lend a helping hand!

Plan Ahead

July 18th – 22nd: ELCA National Youth Gathering – New Orleans, LA

All youth in grades 6 – 12 are invited to participate in youth activities. For additional information about youth activities, contact Dana Lee Smith at 665-1377.

March 2012 WELCA Update

WELCA Leadership Conference

Thanks to all who participated and made a donation at Zion’s Mardi Gras Festival. A total of $125.00 was collected for Lutheran World Relief kits. Thanks to your generosity, we can reach out to others by providing some basic necessities! The ladies of our cluster also enjoyed the leadership training event that Zion hosted. We thank WELCA synod board member Norma Reed for leading this event. Thanks to all who helped to provide snacks and lunch.

We need your used/cancelled stamps! Please don’t throw them away! We collect these stamps and send them to the Sons of Norway Lodge.This organization collects stamps from all across the world and sends them to the Tubfrim organization in Norway. Since its inception in1928, Tubfrim has been raising money to help children. Originally started to aid children afflicted by tuberculosis, the organization nowworks to improve the quality of life for disabled children and youth as well. Sons of Norway members have been an integral part of Tubfrim’s success since 1986. They clip and send used stamps to Tubfrim, which sells them to dealers and collectors. Just cut or tear the stamps off the envelopes, leaving a slight margin (approx. 1/2inch) to keep the perforation intact. Damaged stamps (damaged perforation, edges etc.) are worthless and are thrown away. So, save those stamps and place them in the collection box in the entrance ofthe fellowship hall.

Ladies, please check the Zionews calendar page and make plans to join in one of our Bible study opportunities. If you’re not sure which one fits your needs, you are invited to visit each group. We would love to have YOU involved! All Zion women are members of WELCA. We invite you to take part & get involved in your organization. Bible study meeting times and locations are listed in Zionews.

March 2012 Lutheran Youth Update

February Highlights

Thanks to youth for leading the service on February 5th. We had a wonderful Scout Sunday and Souper Bowl Sunday celebration. We collected a total of $304.96 for Manna House. The youth also enjoyed gathering for our annual Super Bowl game party. Nine youth enjoyed joining Jerusalem Lutheran for a joint lock-in. We had fun getting to know each other. Thanks to Trey Davis and Thomas Folmar for serving as adult leaders.

March Events

Sunday, March 4th 12:15pm – 1:15pm: Car wash Fundraiser
Youth will host a carwash immediately following worship service.We need everyone’s help – parents too!!

Wednesday, March 21st 6:00pm – 7:30pm: LIFE (Living in FaithEveryday) – Come join Bible study!! Remember, the meal starts at 5:15pm. Youth should be finished eating by 6:00pm.

Plan Ahead

April 27th – 29th: All GA – 6th thru 12th grade
Completed Form with Deposit due by Sunday, March 4th

June 17th – 22nd: AFFIRM – 6th thru 12th grade
Completed Form with Deposit due by Sunday, April 1st

January 2012 Lutheran Youth Organization News

“Souper Bowl” Sunday
Each year thousands of youth across the nation collect donations for local charities on a day that most in our country spend money on the Super Bowl football game. We’ll collect money after Sunday School and after 11am worship for Manna House. Manna House is our localfood pantry that Zion helps to support. Help spread the word and askeveryone to bring a few extra dollars for the soup pot! This is also Scout Sunday. We will give special recognition to those who participate in our scouting program at Zion.

February Events
Wednesday, February 1st 6:00pm – 7:30pm: LIFE! (Living in FaithEveryday!) Come join us for Bible study! Remember, meal starts at 5:15pm. Youth should be finished eating by 6:00pm.

Sunday, February 5th 11:00am worship: Souper Bowl SundayYouth will lead the entire service and collect money for the national “Souper Bowl” campaign. All youth are asked to be there by 9:45am.

Sunday, February 5th 6:00pm – 9:00pm: Super Bowl Party – Youth/Parent Meeting At 6:00pm there will be a brief youth/parent meeting. I have registration forms for All GA and AFFIRM. Information about these events and a youth program update will be shared. Youth are invited to come join an evening of football, cool commercials and fun! Pizza and drink will be provided. Bring your favorite snacks and desserts to share. Also, bring any fun games you have and bring a friend!

Wednesday, February 15th 6:00pm – 7:30pm: LIFE! Come join Bible study!!

Plan Ahead
April 27th – 29th: All GA – 6th thru 12th grade
June 17th – 22nd: AFFIRM – 6th thru 12th grade

February 2012 WELCA Update

Our regular quarterly meeting will be held immediately following worship on February 12th. All ladies are asked to join in this brief meeting to get anupdate on the work of your organization. Please planto attend! Zion will host a Leadership Training Workshop for all ladies in ourconference on Saturday, February 25th from 9:30am to 2:00pm. This workshop will be led by Southeastern Synod Women of the ELCA board member, Norma Reed. All ladies are invited to take advantage of this opportunity. As host, we will provide morning snacks and lunch. Please RSVP to Dana Lee Smith at 728-3227 by Friday, February 17th if you would like to attend. Also, let her know if you are interested in helping with snacks and/or lunch.

Please check the Zionews calendar page and make plans to join in one of our Bible study opportunities. If you’re not sure which one fits your needs, you are invited to visit each group. We would love tohave YOU involved! All Zion women are members of WELCA. You are invited to take part & get involved in your organization. Bible study meeting times and locations are listed in Zionews.

December 2011 WELCA Update

Thanks to all who made, packed, and delivered Christmas cookies. Because of you, 28 containers of homemade cookies were given to our 80+ years members and shut-ins for Christmas!

Another new year is hear! As you begin this new year, think about how you can get involved in all that WELCA has to offer. Remember, every female member of Zion is automatically a member. All ladies are encouraged to take part and become involved in one of our women’s groups at Zion. It’s a great way to get to know others and make a real difference. One way that you can make a difference is through our special Love Offering. All WELCA units from churches in the Southeastern Synod collect a special offering during the year. This year’s Love Offering will be collected to support Luther Ranch Retreat Center.

All women of Zion are members of WELCA. You are invited to take part and get involved in your organization. Bible study meeting times and locations are listed in Zionews.

December 2011 LYO Update

December Highlights

LYO Singing Carols

Thanks to everyone who joined us in caroling! We had a wonderful group of 34 carolers! Special thanks to Effingham chapter of Thrivent for providing money to purchase gift bags filled with goodies to distribute while caroling. Also, thanks to WELCA and all those who helped to prepare the meal for the carolers and all our 80+ year old guests. We all had a great time!

January Events
Wednesday, January 18th 6:00pm – 7:30pm: LIFE! (Living in Faith Everyday)
Come join us for Bible study! Remember, meal starts at 5:15pm. Youth should be finished eating by 6:00pm.

Sunday, January 22nd 12:15pm – 2:00pm: Planning for Souper Bowl Sunday
Bring a sack lunch to church. Following worship, we’ll eat and make plans for Souper Bowl Sunday service.

Sunday, January 29th 12:15pm – 2:00pm: Souper Bowl Sunday Rehearsal
Bring a sack lunch to church. Following worship, we’ll eat and rehearse for Souper Bowl Sunday. Youth are in charge of leading worship on Souper Bowl Sunday.

Plan Ahead
Sunday, February 5th: Souper Bowl Sunday – Youth Lead Worship
Sunday, February 5th: Youth Super Bowl Party
April 27th – 29th: All GA – 6th thru 12th grade
June 17th – 22nd: AFFIRM – 6th thru 12th grade

All youth in grades 6 – 12 are invited to participate in youth activities. Our youth program meets on most 1st and 3rd Wednesdays for Bible study. We meet on 2nd and 4th Sundays for service and social projects. For additional information about youth activities, contact Dana Lee Smith at 665-1377.