Youth Souper Bowl/Scout Sunday, February 5th, 2017!

Sunday, February 5th, is our Youth Souper Bowl of Caring and Scout Sunday. Each year, the Zion Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) and souperthousands 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 Girl 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!

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

cropped-10433196_10155014252950160_8630091949154276867_n.jpgOnce again our very talented children & youth will be performing a Christmas Program on Sunday, Dec. 11th. All participants must arrive at 3:30 p.m. for costumes and dress rehearsal. The play will begin in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m. We look forward every year to having our youth tell the Christmas story in creative ways, and invite you to come and experience it with us! Offering collected will go to Manna House. Bring finger foods to share for fellowship afterwards. If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Parrish or Emma Lee Dasher.

Zion Parade Float!

Once again, Zion will enter a float in the Effingham County Fair Parade in Springfield. The Evangelism and Social Ministry committees have designed a creative float to go along with the Fair theme. Fair week is October 17th – 22nd. The parade is Monday, October 17th. Line up begins at 4:30 p.m., with the parade starting at 5:00 p.m. We are looking for members to ride on the float.

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144th Anniversary! Sunday, September 25th, 2016

It’s Almost Time to Celebrate our 144th Anniversary!
Sunday, September 25th, 2016

church-anniversaryEach 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 awesome event.

“God’s work. Our hands. Sunday” September 11, 2016

568619A5A3B4436FADEBEF8FB08CE674Get ready to serve! “God’s work. Our hands. Sunday” September 11, 2016
On Sunday, September 11th, 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 ask those who have them to wear their official “God’s work. Our hands.” T-shirt. You can also wear your Thrivent shirt. If you need a Thrivent Shirt you can contact Emma Lee Dasher or Mary Lou Thomas. On Sunday, September 11th, everyone is asked to bring a sack lunch to eat following worship. Our Social Ministry Team is researching a really great service project, and we will let you know what they have decided in the September Zionews. Whatever we do, there will be plenty of work for all ages and abilities. Mark your calendars and join your ELCA family for this special day of service!

Rally Day/Promotion Sunday – August 7th, 2016

Please join us for “Rally Day/Promotion Sunday” August 7th, 2016

rally-dayRally Day is the beginning of the new Sunday School year! This year, we will have a continental breakfast followed by Sunday School Promotions on Sunday, August 7th at 9:45 a.m. We would love for you to come by and see what we have available for you! We will provide a Continental Breakfast including coffee, tea, milk, juice, Danish, fruit, and donuts for you and your family. 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! Pastor Dave will commission Sunday School teachers at the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Looking forward to seeing you there! Thank you, The Christian Education Committee.

February Note From Pastor Dave

The congregation’s 2016 Annual meeting was held on January 10th with reports being received and ballots cast and counted. A whole year of ministry by a congregation cannot be represented by written reports as those pages reflect the organizational structure of the congregation.

Congregations are actually people. People with lives that at times are difficult and at other times joyous, sometimes boring and sometimes exciting, and most times normal, with everyday tasks being accomplished. Yet in those ordinary days we live as Christians by God’s Grace and witness through our daily living that being a Christian is more than going to “Church” on Sunday.
Here is an adaptation of a posting on the Facebook page of “imsoblesseddaily” that is offered as food for your thoughts:

  • A congregation is not a building, though a building can be used by a congregation.
  • A congregation is not about Sunday, but a congregation should not forsake meeting together.
  • A congregation is not about one person or personality though every congregation should be pastored.
  • A congregation is not about size or growth, but every congregation is called to make disciples.
  • So do not think of a congregation as an address or location, rather think of a congregation as mobile and on the move.
  • Do not think of a congregation as something planted or built, but rather think of a congregation as something deployed.
  • Do not think of this congregation as where you spend one hour a week but what you do every day of the week.
  • A congregation is the hands and feet of Jesus the Christ. Feet go and hands do. You are Zion Lutheran congregation.
  • Now go and be the church where you live and work.

Zion Lutheran has a mission statement that concentrates those many words into a single sentence, “We gather to worship, grow in faith, and go to share the good news of God’s Grace.” Zion Lutheran is about serving through our ordinary lives.

Pastor Dave Home: 912-232-6215 Cell: 912-596-55466

Pictures from 2015 VBS

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Christmas Play a Success!

Thank you to everyone who helped in any way, it was a lot of hard work but worth it when you see the children put on a great show! Here are some pictures from the play:

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