The Advent season begins Sunday, Nov.29, 2015
The symbol of Advent is the evergreen wreath – a circle that has no ending and no beginning. This represents for us eternal life. On the wreath are four candles, which reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world. Each week, one of our families will light a new candle on the wreath and explain the meaning of their candle, and lead us in prayer. One candle is lit the first week (11/29), two candles the second (12/6), three candles the third (12/13), and all four candles the fourth week (12/20). On Christmas Eve, the end of Advent, we will light all four candles plus the Christ Candle in the middle. Each week, the light grows a little brighter, reminding us that the light that is Christ grows stronger every year as we await his return on the Last Day! We invite you and your family and friends to come and experience the joy of Advent as we wait in anticipation of that glorious day!
All Saints Sunday is a celebration of the life of our members who have lived and died in the faith during the past year. This year, All Saints Sunday will be observed on Sunday, November 2, 2014. During the 11:00 worship service, we will light a candle, ring a bell and have a moment of prayerful silence in memory of those who have died since last All Saints Sunday. This year, we remember Paul Sedelmeyer, Kim Peth, Shirley Spayd, Kathleen Conaway, and Stephanie Casto. Everyone is invited to bring flowers in memory of a loved one and place them at the communion rail before worship. You may then take them home or place them on the graves of your loved ones at the conclusion of the service, which takes place at the Zion Cemetery.
The Sweetgrass Angels, Elaine O’Connell Lake, Velma Polk, and Penney Lynn Smith, will bless us with their wonderful singing voices during our 11:00 worship service on October 19th. The Sweetgrass Angels are a professional singing group that performs a wide variety of music, from the 40’s to the present, disco, beach, shag, country and gospel. Don’t miss this great opportunity to let the Sweetgrass Angels lead you in praising God through song! Come, join us, and be sure and bring a friend! Thanks to Gloria Sheppard for arranging for her friends, the Sweetgrass Angels, to come and worship with us!
WEAR RED !!!
Reformation Day is a high festival of the Lutheran Church year, so the color of the day is RED! This is always a meaningful worship service for us who continue in the footsteps of the great reformers of the Church. The ELCA is known as the Church that is Always Being Made New, and as such, is always listening to the Spirit, always open to being re-formed. We hope you will come and join in our joy as we thank God for his Church, and celebrate our heritage as Lutherans!
Zion invites all ages to come to a new, exciting, and different faith experience on every 5th Sunday, called the Family Table. At the Family Table, we will pray, sing, play, and break bread together. We will enjoy making art, singing music, and exploring God and our faith. All the activities will center on a theme from selected Bible readings. Our Family Table time will end by sharing a meal together. Each Family Table is independent and stands on its own, so if you miss one, you can still join in the fun at the next one.
Our first Family Table is on Sunday, June 29th at 5:00 pm in the Zion Fellowship Hall. The theme is “Broken Vessels” . We recognize that we are all clay pots, but that God designed each of us for a special purpose, and will make good use of us even in our brokenness. Our art project will be making clay pots.
If you have any questions, contact Amy Young, Sunday School Superintendent, at (912-667-1482).
We rejoice today that George Czajkowski, Courtney Foote, Brennan Heck and Jeremy Smith have completed their study of Luther’s Small Catechism and wish to confirm their faith through the Rite of Affirmation of Baptism. These four youth have fulfilled the requirements necessary to take this next step on their spiritual journey, and we invite you to support them with your prayers as they affirm their baptismal vows today.
Each Sunday evening of Lent we will meet a Master Craftsperson from Jerusalem in the year 33 A.D. These individuals unknowingly create the very items that are used for Jesus’ crucifixion. We will explore the Complex emotional relationship between the objects they create and the One for whom they were destined.
March 9: A leather tanner fashions a whip by Pilate’s order. March 16: A weaver’s purple cloth mocks Jesus’ kingly claim.
March 23: Judas and John purchase wine from a winemaker for Passover, unaware that a cup from the same batch will quench Jesus’ thirst as he hangs on the cross.
March 30: Blacksmiths craft the crucifixion nails and the sword that will pierce Jesus’ side.
April 6: A stonecutter makes Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb, which will hold Jesus’ body.
Come and join us as we experience this unique perspective on Jesus’ final days, and learn what this may mean for us, today. The offerings for Lent will go to benefit ELCA World Hunger. The service is from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m., followed by a fellowship meal. Please bring finger foods to share.
Scout/Youth Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday. We welcome our Boy and Girl Scouts to our worship, and receive an update of their activities by their Scout Leaders. 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. Our LYO Youth led
the entire service, except for communion. Each 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 collected an offering in soup kettles following the worship to fight hunger locally through Manna House. They also collected canned foods to donate as well. It is always a blessing when our Youth lead the worship.
Each 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!
is also February 2nd. We will give special recognition to those who participate in our scouting program here at Zion.