“An Unplugged Christmas!”

An-Uplugged-Christmas-20141“An Unplugged Christmas!”
Sunday, December 14, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.

We invite everyone to come enjoy an evening of song as our very talented children perform the Christmas musical, “An Unplugged Christmas” on
Sunday, December 14th, at 5:30 p.m.
Rehearsal for the musical is on Sunday, December 7th, immediately following worship (lunch will be provided). Those with speaking parts will stay until 3:30 p.m. Others may be picked up at 2:30 p.m.
If another rehearsal is needed, it will be on Saturday, December 13th, 10:30 a.m. – noon.

On Sunday, December 14th, we are scheduling the participants to arrive in waves so that we can streamline the costuming process and reduce the amount of time that our younger participants must wait. We will send notes home with arrival details for each participant. If you do not receive your note by December 7th, please call Amy Young (677-1482) or Rebecca Heidt (601-2469).

We thank all of the youth and their parents for their willingness to share their talents. We are excited to share it with you and encourage you to bring your friends. We will collect an offering that will go to support Family Promise, a program to benefit the homeless in Effingham County.

Please bring Finger Foods to share for fellowship afterwards.


We are asking for your help with refreshments for the event.
A sign-up sheet for finger foods is in the narthex. Thank you!

“God’s work. Our hands. Sunday” September 7, 2014

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“God’s work. Our hands. Sunday”
September 7, 2014

On Sunday, September 7th, Zion will join nearly 10,000 congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in a special day of service. We will put our faith into action by
serving and sharing God’s love. We will be
wearing our official “God’s work. Our hands.”
t-shirts with Zion’s name on the back. Order forms are available in the entrance of the church. The deadline for ordering is August 10th.
On Sunday, September 7th, everyone is asked to wear their Zion shirt to worship and bring a sack lunch to eat following worship. We will be helping an elderly lady in our community with some much needed yard work. The work will involve mowing, raking, trimming, weed eating, picking up sticks, etc. There will be plenty of work for all ages and abilities. Please bring any yard work tools you have, wear gloves and closed toed shoes for this project. Mark your calendars and join your Zion family for this special day of service!

Lutheran Youth Organization News

by Trey Davis

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May Highlights: We participated in the 135th annual Sunday school convention, and played some flag football afterward. For the first time we had a Relay for Life team.  Thank you to everyone that came out to support our team and the cause. We also had a great opportunity to give back to a fellow member by cleaning her yard and various tasks. Afterward she let us go swimming in her pond.  We would like to say a special thank you Ms. Gloria. We also had a successful Spaghetti Fundraiser to finish our month.

Thank you to all who donated to help the youth.


June Events:  June 7th Beach Day- we will meet at the church at 8 a.m. and should return by 2:30 p.m. The youth will call when we are on the way home.

769692June 15th-20th- AFFIRM!!! Youth going need to be at the church  at 4:30 a.m. What to Bring:

Deposit for key. You will get it back at the end of the week as long as you don’t lose your key. You will need money for breakfast and lunch Sunday, Friday for lunch and dinner, pillow and linens or sleeping bag, towels, Bible, POSITIVE ATTITUDE and SMILES, SMILES, and MORE SMILES, rain gear (let’s hope we won’t need it), casual clothing for the week, toiletries, and any medications that are needed, flashlight, and swim suit.















All youth who are moving to the 6th grade are eligible to participate in all youth summer events, and we will formally welcome them when school starts back.


Scout/LYO/Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday

souperEach year, the Zion Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) and 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. Our youth are collecting money through Sunday, February 2nd to donate to the Manna House food pantry. The LYO will be leading the 11:00 service that Sunday. This is always a special treat for our congregation, so please help spread the word, and ask everyone to bring a few extra dollars for the soup pot!

Scout Sunday
is also February 2nd. We will give special recognition to those who participate in our scouting program here at Zion.

Boys, Cubs and Girl Scouts
Boys, Cubs and Girl Scouts

Lutheran Youth Organization – December 2013

News by Trey Davis
November Highlights:
We continued our Wednesday “Youth nights.”
We had a great time at our Lock In. 17 of our youth attended and they
brought 5 of their friends! Our Team Building games were a big hit!
We had a very successful spaghetti fundraiser for
our events. We would like to thank the congregation for all their support.

December Events:
Wednesday, December 4th “Youth Night” 5:55 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Make sure you have finished eating by 5:55 so we can start on time.
Sunday , December 15th : Christmas play: Be at the church by 3:30.
Sunday, December 22nd: Christmas caroling: 3:15
Every Sunday in December: Sunday school starts at 9:45. Come join
us as we explore God’s call to us in our everyday lives!!!
This month our youth will be sending Christmas cards to our shut-ins
and personalized cards to soldiers for our service project.
Upcoming events
Look out for our January event TBA!
Souper Bowl /Scout Sunday February 2, 2014!!!
All youth grades 6 – 12 are invited to participate in youth activities.

Follow The Youth at The National Youth Gathering

As Dana and Dana send back pics from the event, we will be posting them on our Facebook page, click on the picture below to be taken to the full album:

View from their seats on Wednesday night.

And throughout these next few days you can watch a live stream from time to time here:



ELCA National Youth Gathering

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“Citizens With the Saints” Anna HeidtHarris, Christian HeidtHarris, Alex Peth and Dana & Dana Lee Smith will attend the ELCA National Youth  Gathering on July 18th-22nd, 2012 in New Orleans, LA. Thanks to all who helped in raising funds to attend by supporting our Youth for Hire program and other fundraisers. We are grateful for such a supportive church family! This event only happens every 3 years and hosts approximately 30,000 youth and leaders. The Gathering program is built around three core practices in which participants will be immersed. These core practices are discipleship, peacemaking and justice. Part of this experience will include service to others as we continue working to assist with recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill. Each day of the Gathering, thousands of youth will be out serving others. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make such a large impact and truly make a difference on such a large scale. The event will also provide opportunities for us to  experience worship and renewal through daily gatherings.  Please pray for safe travels and pray that the Holy Spirit will lead and guide us in this experience!