Ash Wednesday Service Lent 2018 begins on Wednesday, February 14th with our traditional Ash Wednesday Service. Our chancel will once again return to purple paraments and wooden cross as we enter the 40 day Lenten season. Our service will be at 7:30 p.m. on the 14th with communion and the imposition of ashes.
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, February 11th 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 fund raiser event. Please bring a donation. All money collected will help the Youth Group with their expenses to attend All GA, AFFIRM, and the National Youth Gathering.
Youth Souper Bowl/Scout Sunday, February 4th, 2018! Sunday, February 4th, is our Youth Souper Bowl of Caring and Scout Sunday. Each year, the Zion Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) and thousands of youth across the nation collect donations for local charities on a day in which most in our country spend money on the Super Bowl football game. Our Zion Youth will collect an offering in soup kettles following the worship to fight hunger locally through Manna House. Checks should be made out to “Zion” for Souper Bowl of Caring. They are also collecting canned foods to donate as well. Please help spread the word, and bring a few extra dollars for the soup pot!
In celebration of our youth, it is our tradition to welcome our Boy and Cub Scouts to our worship on Youth Souper Bowl Sunday, to hear an update of their activities by their Scout Leaders and to lift the Scouts up in prayer. This is always an uplifting service! We look forward each year to the opportunity to pray with the Scouts, whose ministry we support throughout the year.
That evening at 6:00 p.m., the LYO will also be hosting their annual Super Bowl Party! It is a fun event where youth are provided with food and activities all the while watching the biggest football game of the year, the Super Bowl. All youth, grades 6th through 12th, are invited to attend a night of food, fun and football!
By the time you read these words, the season of Advent will be over, and the calendar year of 2017. The cycle of time continues to mark off the passage of opportunities. People have the choice of
regretting those missed opportunities or they can realize that more opportunities are possible in the next season or calendar period. May God’s grace relieve you of the guilt of having missed opportunities to share the message of God’s love with others. As the months in 2018 slip on by, may you recognize and act when you do have an opportunity to share with someone the difference it makes in your living to live as a disciple of Jesus the Christ. Perfect opportunities to share rarely occur and so sharing during an ordinary opportunity is the best time in 2018.
Three Expressions of the Church
People speak of the Church as if it were a specific organization and/or location. The church is where serving the needs of people occurs. Much of that caring occurs when congregations meet for worship and for small group meetings. Yet there is also the caring for others through activities of the Synod such as the financial support of Lutheran Services of Georgia. Yet again there is caring for others through activities of the ELCA such as Lutheran Disaster Response. Three different worldly expressions of the Church.
It is said that Martin Luther was responsible for introducing the use of Christmas trees in the home, in Germany. We don’t know if this is factual however, according to the legend, on his way home one evening, Martin Luther was so overcome by the beauty of a fir tree and stars in the sky, he wanted to tell his family about it. However, upon returning home, words failed him, so he went out and chopped one down and brought it home to share with his family. To mimic the stars that hung over the manger where Christ was born, Martin Luther decorated the tree with candle tapers. This was thought to be the first traditional Christmas tree in Germany. Regardless of the origin, the Christmas tree today, is used in celebration of the commemoration of Christ’s birth.
Once again our very talented children & youth will be performing a Christmas Program on Sunday, Dec. 10th. All participants must arrive at 3:30 p.m. for costumes and dress rehearsal. The play 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 Lutheran Disaster Response. Bring finger foods to share for fellowship afterwards. If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Parrish or Sheila Moon. All children and youth are encouraged to be a part of this production.
The first Sunday in Advent, December 3rd, at 5:30 p.m., there will be a joint Advent Service at Jerusalem with other Lutheran churches. Zion’s choir will be joining with the other choirs to sing an Advent Cantata. At 3 p.m. fun activities are scheduled. A meal will be available at 4:30 p.m. The Soup and Baked Goods Meal will be $5.00. Please make plans to attend and enjoy interacting with our fellow Lutherans.
An author did a radio interview about the research she did for her new book. The subject matter was about where and with whom we are willing to place our trust. We need to trust our institutions such as food companies and government. The food produced by a company needs to be safe to eat and its contents needs to be what is on the ingredients label. Even peanut butter produced by major food companies use to be made up of only about 75% peanuts until the FDA set the standard much higher. When people stop trusting a company, people are more likely to stop being customers of that company. Would you get into the car of a total stranger? The author also wrote about some internet companies that work with the concept that their customers mostly trust not the company, but the opinions of people who are already customers of the company. As an example think of ride sharing companies. They have grown because of people trusting the opinions of others that getting into a car driven by a stranger is OK. The church as a social institution in our society is not as trusted as it once was in the past. What is therefore needed now is for members of congregations to speak about it being OK to worship in a congregation of strangers. The month of December is an opportunity for you to invite others to come and worship.
Edwin Clayton Dasher
October 28, 1937 – November 06, 2017
Marlow – Edwin “Clayton” Dasher, 80, passed away November 6, 2017 at his home.
The Effingham County native retired from CSX Transportation where he worked for 44 years. He was a lifetime member of Zion Lutheran Church where he served on church council, sang in the choir and served in various other capacities. He was a 50 year member of Guyton Masonic Lodge. Clayton was active in scouting throughout most of his life. He was a former Scout Master for Troop 691 of Marlow, GA. He also served on behalf of Zion as the Charter Representative for Club Scout Pack 691 and Troop 691. He was awarded the Silver Beaver for his work in scouting and he was a part of the Coastal Empire’s first scouting Wood Badge class. Clayton served on the board of the Effingham County Fair and he served as a board member for the Effingham County Farm Bureau. He was a member of the Ebenezer Trustees, a member of the Effingham County Historical Society and a volunteer with Ebenezer Alive. Clayton enjoyed spending time outside and he was known for making cane syrup.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Doyle and Maude Conaway Dasher; sisters, Leona Helmey and Sarah Hamaker; brother, James Dasher.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Emma Lee Zipperer Dasher; daughter, Dana Lee Dasher (Dana) Smith; grandson, Evan Smith; brother, Lowell (Naomi) Dasher; sister-in-law, Martell (Mike) Hall; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Friday at Zion Lutheran Church. Mr. Dasher will lie in state from 3 p.m.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers remembrances may be given to Zion Lutheran Church, 121 Noel C. Conaway Rd., Guyton, GA 31312. Remembrances may also be given to Cub Scout Pack 691 or Boy Scout Troop 691, 121 Noel C. Conaway Rd., Guyton, GA 31312.
Thomas C. Strickland & Sons
All Saints Sunday, November 5, 2017
All Saints Sunday is the day we honor the memory of our loved ones who have lived and died in the faith. This is an opportunity for us at Zion to remember and give thanks to God for the lives and service of our members who have gone to live with the Lord in the past year. This year, we remember:
Malah Pack, Vi Buckner, George Shepard.
During worship, we will light a candle and ring a bell as their names are called. We will also light a candle in memory of others, whose names are in our hearts. All are invited to bring flowers in memory of a loved one who has died to place by the communion rail before worship that day, then place them on the graves of those buried at Zion, or take them home after the service.