Funeral for Melinda Heidt

Melinda Almeda Barner Heidt

January 30, 1942 – January 07, 2019

Marlow – Melinda Almeda Barner Heidt, 76, passed away January 7, 2019 at Memorial Health.

The Effingham County native was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, where she was active in W.E.L.C.A.,  the senior citizens group, Sunday School, and Christian Education.  She was very involved in the community where she volunteered for many years.

Her greatest joys in life were being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and baking, especially for those she loved.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hurley Jefferson Barner and Lucy Taylor Barner; sisters, Geraldine Latham, Joann Smith, and Priscilla Burnsed; brother-in-law, Ewell Heidt; sisters-in-law, Magdalene Mooney, Birdie Strickland, Minnie Butler, Odell Wise, Doris Wallace, Sonia Siebert, and Amelia Dominy.

Survivors include her husband, Charlie J. Heidt; children, Sondra Einig (Gerry), Phyllis Heidt, Debbie Heidt (Bonnie Presley), Rebecca Heidt (David Harris), Charlene Bulovic (Mirko); brother, Rev. William Barner (Kay); grandchildren, Jake and Jack Einig; Anna Lee, Christian, Charlie, Melina, Ella, Rebekah Rae, and Belle HeidtHarris; Luka, Eva, and Lazar Bulovic; sisters-in-law, Lida Peth, Mary Harden, and Maree Patrick; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, 121 Noel C. Conaway Road, Guyton, GA 31312. Mrs. Heidt will lie in state from 10 a.m.

Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers remembrances may be given to Zion Lutheran Church, 121 Noel C. Conaway Road, Guyton, GA 31312.

Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel. 754-6421

Pastor Ben Mandrick’s Comments

May old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind” The old Scottish New Year‟s song may be at hand but many wonderful things come with the New Year as well. The church‟s annual meeting is approaching. I will be starting to teach the middle school Sunday school class at the beginning of the New Year at 9:45 am every Sunday morning. Also we will be calling a meeting soon for all parents and youth who are considering beginning confirmation. Confirmation is the process in which baptized youth claim (or confirm) the statements of faith made for them during their baptism. It is our way as a church to help the youth grow in their faith journeys, toward realizing how special and important faith in Jesus Christ is to everyday life. Many of us still remember our own confirmation classes and the fun of being part of a group of youth all learning about the faith together. Others of us from different church backgrounds may be wondering what confirmation class is all about. All are welcome to come and sit in during class and participate with our youth in learning about the grace found in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Be on the look out for other new opportunities to get plugged into the life of the church. It‟s a new year why not try something new this year?

Everyone at Zion is super welcoming and friendly. So be brave this New Year join in with the choir, come help with the youth, come join WELCA, try coming to one of our many Sunday school classes. There are lots of different ways to be with us here at Zion, make some time to give it a try; odds are you’re going to love it. Grace and peace,

Pastor Ben

LET’S GO CHRISTMAS CAROLING!

On Sunday, December 16th, Zion Lutheran Youth invites you all to come caroling with us! We will be visiting the elderly members and friends of our congregation and serenading with all the love our vocal cords have to offer! All of Zion is welcome to participate. We leave Zion at 3:15 p.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. for our LYO and 80+ Senior Dinner.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Once again our very talented children & youth will be performing a Christmas Program on Sunday, Dec. 9th. All participants must arrive at 3:30 p.m. for costumes and dress rehearsal. The program 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 in memory of Norma Ralph. Bring finger foods to share for fellowship afterwards. All children and youth are encouraged to be a part of this production.

The Advent season Begins Sunday, December 2nd.

Each week, we will light a new candle on the wreath. One candle is lit the first week, two candles the second, three candles the third, and all four candles the fourth week. On Christmas Eve, the end of Advent, we will light all four candles plus the Christ Candle in the middle. Each week, the light grows a little brighter, reminding us that the light that is Christ grows stronger every year as we await his return on the Last Day! We in-vite you and your family and friends to come and experience the joy of Advent as we wait in anticipation of that glorious day!

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

WEAR RED !!!

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!