God’s Work, Our Hands

Sunday, September 15 

Come join us after worship on Sunday, September 15 to put our hands to work to help a member of our congregation with needed yard work. Bring a bag lunch and we will eat together following worship then we will head out to Carol Hyslop’s house to remove some downed tree limbs, remove an old fence, and trim the grass and bushes. We will provide the tools but you may want to bring gloves. All ages are welcome. 

A Month of Service and Celebration

September 2019 

The month of September provides our congregation and friends with many opportunities to celebrate and serve. On September 15th, our congregation will participate in a day of service as a part of the ELCA “Gods Work Our Hands” celebration. Our WELCA delegation will travel to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on September 19th for their annual convention. We will end the month with a brunch after worship on September 29th to remember our 147th anniversary as a congregation. 

In addition to these planned events, we invite you to help us build a wall…of cereal! For the past several years, our congregation has sponsored children from Marlow Elementary School who have been identified by school personnel as needing nutritional assistance on weekends during the school year. We started helping 6 children and that number has continued to grow. With the financial gifts of our congregation and Thrivent grants we have provided individual sized, easily prepared and nutritious food each week that students can carry home. Each bag contains two breakfasts, main courses, fruits, vegetables, snacks and drinks. These are delivered anonymously by school staff to the students. During September, we would like to collect small packages of cereal to build that wall on the communion rail. Communion will be by intinction during the month and we can watch that wall grow each week. So…start checking out the cereal aisle in your grocery store. Samples are located in the narthex! 

It’s Almost Time to Celebrate our 147th Anniversary!

Sunday, September 29th, 2019 

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 brunch (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 

BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS

“Rally Day/Promotion Sunday/Breakfast”
July 28th!
We will celebrate Rally Day which is the beginning of the new Sunday School year!! This year we will have a Sunday School “Open House” at 9:45 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served after the open house.
During our 11:00 a.m. worship service, we will send our children back to school with our blessings! Pastor Ben will offer a blessing on our children, teachers, school personnel, backpacks, brief-cases, computer cases, etc. Sunday School Teachers will also be commissioned.
.A cookout of hot dogs and hamburgers, with all the trimmings, as well as a “Back to School” Celebration with activities such as a “Water Slide” will follow the service.
Be sure to bring towels and swimsuits!!
The signup sheet for the meal is in the narthex.
Hope you can join us for all the fun!!

Pastor Note July 2019

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. 

God loves you, and so do I. 

Pastor Ben 

Sunday School Convention! Sunday, May 5th

Methodist Campground

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. 

Holy Week 2019

Palm Sunday: April 14th – 11:00 a.m. Worship

Maundy Thursday: April 18th – 7:30 p.m. – Holy Communion Service

Good Friday: April 19th – 8:00 p.m.- Solemn Service of Remembrance

Easter Egg Hunt: April 20th- 2:00 p.m. on Zion’s Lawn

Easter: April 21st

 Sunrise Service – 6:45 a.m. Bonfire in Zion Park

 Sunrise Breakfast – Following the service – Served by our Youth

 Sunday School – 9:45 a.m. – For all ages

 Festival Worship – 11:00 a.m. – Alleluia!

Hosanna Helpers

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.

Food and Fellowship at our Lenten Evening Series

March 10th – April 7th

5:30 p.m.

The Worship and Music Committee is sponsoring a time of Food and

Fellowship after Pastor Ben’s Evangelism Series.

Using different themes each week, we invite you to join us in this

opportunity to visit with friends, new and old, and try something a bit

different.

March 10: A Sunday Sundae: Our committee will provide the

fixings for vanilla ice cream “sundaes” and a

beverage…you get to make it your own way.

March 17: Bring your favorite “dip”….we provide chips and beverage.

March 24: Initial It – bring a food that starts with one of your initials

(a finger food).

March 31: Just Desserts: Bring your favorite dessert to share.

April 7: Pizza Party: Pizza and drinks provided.

To help with preparation and clean up, please bring your food ready to serve so that we all can join in Pastor Ben’s program. Thank you!