Women of the ELCA – December 2011

Get out your favorite cookie recipe! All ladies are invited to make cookies for packaging. These “cookie tins” will be distributed to those 80 and over and those who are ill in our
congregation. Bring your cookies to our packing night on Sunday, December 4th at 7:00pm. This is a great opportunity to spread some holiday cheer.

Our Angel Tree project is up and running. Please check out the display in the entrance of the fellowship hall. The money raised from this project will go to the ELCA Disaster Response to buy seed for replanting in flooded countries in Central America. There are many items for sale. This is a great way to help out others and complete your holiday shopping.

Newly elected officers:
President: Dana Lee Smith
Vice President: Melinda Heidt
Secretary: Cheryl Pannal
Treasurer: Emma Lee Dasher
Committee for Community: Mary Lou Thomas
Committee for Growth: Sherri Pittman
Committee for Action: Lida Peth

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.

Lutheran Youth Organization News – December 2011

Calling all Carolers!!!! If you enjoy singing and spreading some holiday cheer, please make plans to join us for our annual Christmas Caroling trip. We invite all congregation members to join us for caroling and dinner. Please let Dana Lee know by Sunday, December 11th if you plan to attend so that transportation and dinner arrangements can be made.

December Events
Wednesday, December 7th 6:00pm – 7:30pm: LIFE! (Living in Faith Everyday) Come to LIFE! Join us for Bible study and fun as we discover how to put our faith into action.
Saturday, December 10th 10:00am – 12:00pm: Christmas Program Practice This is our dress rehearsal for the Christmas Program. This will be our only group rehearsal. We need everyone to attend so that we can put the final touches on our production.
Sunday, December 11th 5:00pm: Christmas Program Invite your friends and family to attend!
Sunday, December 18th 4:00pm – 8:00pm: Christmas Caroling It’s Christmas Caroling time! We’ll leave Zion at 4:00pm. We’ll travel to the Effingham Care Center and visit some of our homebound members as we spread a little Christmas cheer! We’ll return to Zion as we host a special dinner for our special 80 + year old members.

Plan Ahead
Sunday, January 8th: Social/Service
Wednesday, January 18th: 6:00pm – 7:30pm: LIFE
Sunday, January 22nd: Social/Service

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.

Christmas Caroling

Get your singing voices ready! It’s time for Christmas Caroling! Zion’s youth will go Christmas Caroling on Sunday, December 18th. We’ll meet at the church at 4:00pm. We’ll arrive back to church by 6:30pm for dinner. This is a youth sponsored event, but we invite anyone who wishes to join in singing to attend. Please contact Dana Lee Smith at 728-3227 if you wish to attend.

Christmas Cantata Presented Christmas Eve!

This year’s Christmas Cantata entitled “Holy Night of Miracles” will be presented by Zion’s Adult Choir during the Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service on Saturday, December 24th at 7:00 p.m. Lloyd Larson’s music is a blending of familiar carols with new Christmas anthems. The choir has been practicing for months under the gifted direction of Dana Lee Smith.

One miraculous night in Bethlehem changed the course of human history forever, a baby came to earth as God in human form. “Holy Night of Miracles” is a reminder that the hope born on that first Christmas night is still needed today and ultimately found in the miraculous Child born in Bethlehem so many years ago. May we realize anew the powerful promise that one of God’s greatest gifts, represented in this Holy Child, is that of hope – hope for today, tomorrow and for all eternity!

November 2011 Women of the ELCA


Our quarterly meeting will be held on Sunday, November 13th immediately following the 11am worship service. This will be a brief meeting as we make plans for the remainder of the year, receive project and circle updates, have elections, and plan for another year. We’ll also hear a brief convention report. If you currently are not involved in one of our Bible study groups, this would be a great opportunity to drop in and find out what Zion WELCA is all about. 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.

WELCA Convention A Big Success!

Click on the Photo to see more photos from the event.

Emma Lee Dasher, Melinda Heidt, Cheryl Pannal, Norma Ralph and Dana Lee Smith attended the Southeastern Synod Women of the ELCA convention September 16th – 18th at Guntersville State Park in Alabama. We had a wonderful time experiencing our theme “Renew Your Heart”. We enjoyed attending workshops and engaging with other women from around our synod. Jean Minkin from Trinity Lutheran in Lilburn, GA was elected president and Norma Reed from Nativity Lutheran in Bethlehem, GA was elected vice president. Pat Cunningham from St. Paul’s Lutheran in Savannah, GA was re-elected to serve on the board. Thanks for all of your prayers for a safe and successful meeting!

Here at Zion, WELCA continues to carry on several ongoing projects. Please save your Campbell’s soup labels (any product from Campbell’s company) and your pop tabs. These items can be placed in the small cubby in the entrance of the fellowship hall. We are also collecting empty prescription bottles. There is a collection basket in the entrance of the fellowship hall. We also sponsor wedding showers and baby showers throughout the year. If you would like to donate towards gifts and refreshments for these events, please contact Melinda Heidt at 728-3288.

All women of Zion are members of WELCA. You are invited to take part and get involved in your organization. Please let me know how we can help to get you involved. Bible study meeting times and locations are listed in Zionews.

September 2011 Lutheran Youth Organization News

August Highlights

Thanks to everyone who supported our Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser. After expenses, we raised almost$300!

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Also thanks to all who helped us raise $243 at our car wash!

LYO Car Wash

In addition to our fundraising activities, we managed to enjoy a “Back toSchool” pool party and cookout.

September Events

Wednesday, September 7th 6:00pm – 7:30pm: Youth Bible Study
Wednesday meal and Bible study program begins. Join us for games,music and fun as we kick off our Bible Study program. The meal beginsat 5:15pm. Please make meal reservations with Norma Ralph at(912) 313-2465.

Sunday, September 11th 9:45am – until: Anniversary Sunday
Join us for Sunday School, worship, fellowship meal and fun as we celebrate Zion’s anniversary. Please make plans to attend and join in this special occasion!

Wednesday, September 21st 6:00pm – 7:30pm: Youth Bible Study
Join the fun as we continue to grow and learn together.

Sunday, September 25th 12:15pm- 2:00pm: God’s Work – Our Hands!
Youth will meet to work on the fair booth for the Effingham County Fair.If you are interested in being a part of this special outreach, please join us! Bring your lunch to church, we will meet immediately following the service.

Plan Ahead

Wednesday, October 5th 6:00pm – 7:30pm: Youth Bible Study
Sunday, October 9th 12:15pm – 2:30pm: Work on Fair Booth
Saturday, October 16th 9:30am – until: Put booth in the Effingham County Fair
Sunday, October 23rd: Social – TBA

Please Note!!!! All youth who are assigned as crucifer and acolyte are asked to meet in Pastor Barb’s office at 10:50am for a time of instructions and prayer. All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in youth activities. For additional information, contact Dana Lee Smith at 728-3227 or 665-1377.

Women of the ELCA July 2011 Update

All ladies are invited to attend our next quarterly meeting immediately following worship on August 14th. This is a time for ladies from each of our Bible study groups to meet together, share information about our current projects and make plans for new ones. If you are not involved in one of our groups, this is a great opportunity to meet us!

WELCA Convention Logo

We have a group of ladies that will be attending the Southeastern Synod Women of the ELCA Convention September 16th – 18th at Guntersville State Park in Alabama. The theme is “Renew Your Heart”. As part of convention, we will collect an “in-kind” offering for Mercy Children’s Clinic (MCC) in Franklin, TN. MCC provides healthcare for children and support for their families regardless of economic status. No one is turned away for inability to pay.

In support of this mission, we are collecting $10 gifts cards from Wal-Mart, Kroger and Publix to share with families to purchase items such as prescriptions, diapers, food or gas. If you would like to donate to this project, please give gift cards to Dana Lee.

Remember……all ladies of the congregation are members of WELCA. Everyone is encouraged to get involved. Check the monthly meeting schedules in Zionews.

Lutheran Youth Organization News – July 2011

July Highlights
Thanks to all who will help and support our spaghetti dinner fundraiser following our annual “Backpack Sunday”. We are very fortunate to have such a supportive Zion family. We also say thanks to those who are supporting our “Youth for Hire” project. Please check the special article in Zionews for additional information.
August Events
Sunday, August 7th 12:15pm-2:00pm: Back to School Pool Party
Bring your bathing suit, sunscreen and towel to worship. Following worship we’ll head out for a hotdog cookout and pool party.
Sunday, August 28th 12:15pm to 1:00pm: Carwash Fundraiser
Come prepared to get wet! Immediately following worship, we’ll wash cars in the parking lot. Parents are invited to help us with this project!
Plan Ahead
Mark your calendars! Our 1st and 3rd Wednesday Bible Study program will resume in September. Come join us as we enjoy games, music and Bible study. Meals will start at 5:15pm each night. Please make meal reservations with Norma Ralph at 912-313-2465. Check Zionews for meal prices.

All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in youth activities. For
additional information, contact Dana Lee Smith at 728-3227 or 665-1377.

Youth For Hire Project

The ELCA National Youth Gathering will take place July 18-22, 2012. We have 7 youth and 2 adults that are making plans to attend. The Gathering happens every three years and in 2012 we will return to New Orleans, LA. The theme will be “Citizens with The Saints”. At the 2009 Gathering in New Orleans, over 30,000 participated in various service projects to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina. The ELCA has made the decision to return and provide more opportunities for youth to help. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity as youth can immediately see the benefits of what can happen when we all work together. It is also an awesome experience to gather in worship and take over a city with over 30,000 other Lutheran youth!

We estimate that the trip will cost about $1,200 per person. So, we need to do a lot of fundraising! Church council has approved for youth to begin our “Youth for Hire” fundraiser this summer. For a donation, youth have agreed to work doing various small jobs such as babysitting, yard work, cleaning, etc. This will also provide an opportunity for youth to experience what it is like to work towards a goal and what it feels like to enjoy the benefits. There is a complete list of youth names, contact numbers and jobs on tables in the entrance of the education building and church building. This project will continue through next summer. So, if you’ve been putting off those extra chores because you need an extra hand…..we’ve got “Youth for Hire”! For additional information, please contact Dana Lee Smith at 728-3227. We really appreciate the support from our congregation!!