All Saints Sunday, November 4, 2018

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:

Clayton Dasher, Runelle Scott, Margaret Hall, Norma Ralph

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.

Reformation Sunday, October 28, 2018


Reformation Day is a high festival of the Lutheran church year, so the col-or 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, we are always listening to the Spirit, always open to being

re-formed. We celebrate that spirit on this day. We hope you will come and join in our joy as we thank God for his Church and celebrate our herit-age as Lutherans.

celebrate our heritage as Lutherans!

Zion Parade Float!

Once again, Zion will enter a float in the Effingham County Fair Parade in Springfield. The Evangelism and Social Ministry Committees are in charge of this project. Fair week is October 22nd-27th. The parade is Monday, October 22nd. Lineup begins at 4:30 p.m. The float, as usual, will start on the side street by Holy Trinity. The parade begins at 5:00 p.m.

We are looking for members to ride on the float. Come, join in the fun!


After many months of prayer for guidance and interviewing, Zion now has a new pastor. The Congregation voted to extend a Call to the Rev. John Benjamin Mandrick, “Pastor Ben”, at a Called Congregation Meeting on September 26th, and Pastor Ben has accepted the Call.

Pastor Ben and his wife, Andi, and their four young children, Liam, Avery, Caroli, and Maxwell, will be joining the Zion family officially on November 15th.

These are exciting times for Zion. We look forward to our new journey with Pastor Ben and his family as the Holy Spirit guides our ministry opportunities in our community and at Zion. Hopefully you will come be a part of the journey.



WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Zion Fellowship Hall

A Called Congregational Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 7:00pm in the Zion Fellowship Hall for the purpose of voting to Call a Pastor. After many months of prayer for guidance and interviewing, Zion now has a Candidate for our new pastor. On September 26th from 6:00pm – 6:45pm, please join the Call Committee and Congregation Council for finger foods, as we have a “Meet and Greet” with the candidate and his family. This will provide an opportunity for you to meet the candidate and to get to know more about the candidate’s background. At 6:45pm the candidate will lead a devotion prior to the start of the congregational meeting. This is a very exciting time for Zion; hopefully you can attend this important meeting.

Backpack Buddy program

At our Anniversary Luncheon, September 23, we will collect funds and supplies for the Backpack Buddy program that we help sponsor at Marlow Elementary School. With the help of Thrivent Action Team grants and generous donations from our congregation, we have been able in the past, to supply weekend meals for 8 needy students during the school year. It costs approximately $35 a week to provide these non perishable food items which are prepared and delivered to the school by Zion members and then anonymously distributed by school staff. We shop for and collect food items that include: ready to eat soup, ravioli, pop tarts, fruit bars, cereal bars and individual serving sizes of fruit, mac and cheese, vegetables, jello or pudding. The containers need to have an easy open lid so that a young child is able to prepare the food with minimal help.

146th Anniversary! Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

It’s Almost Time to Celebrate

our 146th Anniversary!

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Each September, we gather with family and friends of Zion’s congregation to celebrate the blessings God has bestowed upon us. As is our tradition, we will begin our celebration with worship at 11:00 a.m. Our service will be a time to thank God for the many years of service that this church has provided to the community and beyond. It will be a time to pray, sing, hear God’s word and share in the Lord’s Supper.

After worship, we will continue the celebration in the

Fellowship Hall with a buffet luncheon (provided). Please join us for a special day of remembrance as we rejoice in the past and look forward to an exciting grace filled future.

God’s Work, Our Hands

There is an ELCA wide effort called God’s Work, Our Hands that seeks to involve disciples in congregations in doing activities that benefit their local community. Those actions come from our understanding of the Gospel message that in response to God’s grace to us as individuals, we respond to the needs of others. At the same time congregations need to have their disciples, again in response to God’s grace, participate in meeting the needs of the congregation as the gathered together individuals and as an organization. In planning and attempting ministries, there is a need to know how many individuals are willing to give a helping hand. Currently there is an effort to determine which individuals on the membership roll of Zion congregation are willing, according to their individual circumstances, to participate in the ministries of the congregation. What often happens during a membership survey, is that it is determined that some individuals no longer wish to participate or even consider themselves to be a member. Realize that God’s grace and salvation is independent of a name being on a congregation’s membership roll. Names on a membership roll are about who is responding to God’s grace and is willing to participate in God’s work in some manner along with their brothers and sisters in Christ. Pastor Dave Pastor Dave