Grace and Peace to you from Christ our Lord. I hope and pray that you have been able to see God with you this summer. In the spirit of keeping company with God, it is often good for us to take time to do a spiritual self care check in. In the moments of life when we feel most isolated or alone is when we can most appreciate the company of God with us. As the summer heat keeps us more and more indoors hopefully you are able to find some time to cool off and rest awhile. In these moments of short rests you likely find yourself drawn to music, television, or your cell phone. These are well and good to resist the boredom of a break in the day, but every once in awhile it is good to use one of those breaks to check in with your self spiritually. Honestly ask yourself some questions:
1. When was the last time I prayed to God? (other than blessing food)
2. Have I read scripture or a devotional lately?
3. Am I struggling with a topic that God could give some clarity?
Reflecting on these questions will help give you a better picture of your spiritual well being; as prayer, studying the Bible, and bringing our challenges to God are all important pieces of our faith life. In the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel God calls out to Samuel who wasn’t expecting to hear God. Samuel was engaged about temple (church) duties when God begins to reach out to him in order to bring about Gods will for the people. Samuel was just going about his business like many of us today but God had other plans for him. Likewise for us, sometimes we aren’t expecting God to engage us and we may not be listening. Its through checking in with ourselves to learn if we might need a little more activity with our faith to help us be better listeners for when God calls. As always God is with us everywhere, we just need to be made aware of the divine presence among us.
Pentecost celebrates the day the Holy Spirit was given to the follow-ers of Jesus so that we have the power and courage to tell others about God’s love. This is why it is called the birthday of the Church. The color of the day is RED.
Wear red as we celebrate and keep the Holy Spirit’s flames of fire burning!
Dear friends in Christ Jesus may God bless you this May, as we continue to celebrate the Easter Season.
Many things are happening in the life of the church and it is an exciting time for the people of Zion. The end of May we will have a New members reception during service followed by food and fellowship. We are quickly approaching Vacation Bible School, which will be the first week in June. Our older youth are preparing for
AFFIRM which is also coming up in June. The Congregational Council has voted to approve the use of the fellowship hall/ education building this June and July to LEAP learning, for summer programming for elementary aged children. They are a private business that was in need of a space to educate and look after children this summer. They will be providing financial reimbursement to the congregation for the use of the space. It will be an amazing opportunity for Zion to experience the joys and struggles of having a school or daycare like group in our space. I am sure we will grow in knowledge from the experience and be able to more accurately discuss any future plans for ways to engage the community through use of our facility.
With so much going on it is easy to get lost in the juggling of all the wonderful opportunities available to us; however, our mission is unchanged. Matthew 28:19-20, is the great commission where the resurrected Jesus sends out his disciples to make disciples of the whole world. This implies meeting people where they are, walking alongside them, loving them as the people God made them. In the midst of doing this we share the driving motivation of our lives; the faith, hope, and love found in Jesus Christ. It is in genuine care and truth that we do anything, not with ulterior motivations for church membership growth or tithing increase. The authentic love of neighbor, for the sake of ministering about the undying love of God for all people.
Sunday, May 5th at 10:00 a.m., everyone is invited to join with other Effingham Churches to participate in the 140th Annual Sunday School Convention at the Methodist Campground in Springfield. Line up is at 9:45 a.m. Zion has a long history of participation in the Sunday School con-vention, but will also observe our regular Sunday morning schedule of Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and worship at 11:00 a.m. for those not attending the convention. If you go, please take a covered dish to share for the meal following worship. Those who worship at Zion can make it to the campground in time to be there for the meal. If you have questions about this event, contact Emma Lee Dasher. (912)-658-0431.
On March 24th @ 1:00pm there will be a Hosanna Helpers ministry opportunity for Zion Lutheran and friends. We have a chance to come help feed and fellowship with underprivileged youth at Forsyth Park in Savannah. We will be providing hot dogs, fruit cups, and chips for the kids to eat; there is a sign up sheet for donations of food and eating utensils for the event. We are asking that all donations be brought in by March 17th so that we know if we are short anything before the actual event on March 24th. The Event will also include a craft to do with the kids. We are still looking for people to come help serve food and help with the craft. If you are interested the sign up is in the narthex in the back of the sanctuary and Misti Vandenhouten (912) 237-1409 can answer any questions.
It’s time to celebrate and be thankful for our many blessings before we enter the more solemn season of Lent, when we reflect on all that our God has done for us.
Please make plans to join us for our Mardi Gras Pancake Supper on Sunday, March 3rd at 5:30 pm. Come! Indulge! Enjoy some warm, fluffy pancakes with your choice of sweet toppings, and the good company of your church family! Our LYO is hosting this fundraiser event. Please bring a donation. All money collected will help the Youth Group with their expenses to attend All GA and AFFIRM.