“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

Check out our Facebook Page for ongoing updates. See everyone at closing tonight.

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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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“God’s Work. Our Hands” Sunday Report

What a fantastic day it was!  After church, on September 7th, thirty two people (20 adults, 12 youth) participated in the annual ELCA work day called “God’s Work.  Our Hands.”  For Zion’s  project, 

32 volunteers ate lunch together, then drove to Wilma Helmey’s yard to “lend a hand.”  After three hours of work, trees “lost” their lower limbs and loads and loads of leaves were raked up and hauled off.  Everyone had a fun time and they were tired, but happy with their  accomplishment.  Wilma was most appreciative. Thanks to all for a job well done!  Zion intends to make “God’s Work.  Our Hands.”  Sunday an annual event, so plan now to be a part of this good work on September 6, 2015!

 

Great day doing God’s work with our hands

Thank you to all the volunteers that came out and helped clean up an elderly member’s yard. Here are pics from that day

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Kim Peth Funeral Arrangements

Kimberly Zittrauer Peth, 51, passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Effingham Hospital. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, W.E.L.C.A., Marlow chapter of the Farm Bureau, and was a retired Bus Driver with Effingham County Board of Education. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sandra R. Zittrauer. Survivors include her husband of 22 years, Bruce Peth; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Chuck Heller and Courtney, Stephen Heller and Brittany Sinclair, all of Guyton, Thomas Peth and Celeste Davenport of Selina, KS; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Louise Edwards and James, Theresa Mobley and Craig, Crystal Heck and Ronnie all of Guyton; 20 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; father, Charles Zittrauer; brother, Chris Zittrauer and Renee, and special niece, Paige all of Guyton; a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins; and mother-in-law, Lida Peth of Guyton Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church followed by funeral services at 12 noon. Everyone is asked to dress casual. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Remembrances may be given to American Heart Association, www.heart.org or American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org

Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home Effingham Chapel (912)754-6421