LWR School Kit bags are ready to be filled!

Thanks to our Quilting Angels, once again, we have School Kit bags to fill with school supplies for children who otherwise would have to start school without the basics. A list of the required supplies as per Lutheran World Relief is in each bag which are available in the

narthex. Bring your filled School Kit bags back by Sunday, August 12th to be blessed during the worship service, and we will send them on their way in the LWR truck. Somewhere in the world, a child will thank you!

Items needed to fill the School Kits:

 Four 70-sheet notebooks of wide – or college – ruled paper

(no loose-leaf paper)

 One 30-centimeter ruler or a ruler with centimeters on one side and 12 inches on the other

 One small pencil sharpener

 One blunt scissors

 Five unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers (secure together with a rubber band)

 Five black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink) (secure together with a rubber band)

 One box of 16 or 24 crayons

 One 2½” eraser.

* No logos on these items please.

Thank you for all your help!

“Rally Day/Promotion Sunday/Breakfast” August 5th, 2018 

Rally Day is the beginning of the new Sunday School year!! This year we will have promotions followed by a Sunday School “Open House” on Sunday, August 5th at 9:45 a.m. We would like to invite you to come by and see what your child’s class will be learning about this year. We also have two Adult Sunday School Classes to meet a variety of learning styles. Come by and check out what we have available for you !!

At the Sunday School Open House we will provide you with a Breakfast meal including a breakfast casserole, toast, fruit and sweet treats including Danish rolls and donuts, and beverages consisting of coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

We invite you to come fellowship with us and we know you will get as excited as we are about what God has to teach us this New Sunday School Year!!! The Sunday School teachers will be commissioned at the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Classes will start the following Sunday. This will be a special morning for promotion to the next grade for our children and special fellowship before church. Let’s all plan to Rally Around our youth and show our support for our Sunday School Teachers as well!! Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Thank you for your support.

The Christian Education Committee

BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS  JULY 29TH! 

During our 11:00 a.m. worship service, we will send our children back to school with our blessings! Pastor Dave will offer a blessing on our children, teachers, school personnel, backpacks, brief-cases, computer cases, etc. “We will also celebrate

Fellowship Sunday with 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” – so be sure to bring towels and swim suits!!

The signup sheet for the meal is in the narthex. Hope you can join us for all the fun!!

Holy Week Activities

Holy Week Activities

Palm Sunday: March 25th – 11:00 a.m. Worship

Maundy Thursday: March 29th – 7:00 p.m. – Holy Communion

Service

Good Friday: March 30th – 8:00 p.m.- Solemn Service of

Remembrance

Easter Egg Hunt: March 31st – 2:00 p.m. on Zion’s Lawn

Easter: April 1st.

 Sunrise Service – 7:00 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!

Annual World Day of Prayer

Annual World Day of Prayer March 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Every year, on the first Friday in March, Christians all over the world gather in houses of worship to offer their prayers for world wide justice and peace. Each year, the World Day of Prayer is planned by a different country, which chooses the theme for the day. On March 2nd at 7:00 p.m., Marlow Methodist will be hosting the service. Powers Baptist, Meldrim Methodist, and Zion Lutheran will join with them to lift up our voices and prayers with others around the globe, praying for our world. Make plans to attend this inspiring multi-faith prayer opportunity! For more information, contact Emma Lee Dasher at 728-3222.

Mardi Gras Pancake Supper!

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!

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!

Martin Luther’s Christmas Tree

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.