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.


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


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!

Zion Parade Float!

Once again, Zion will enter a float in the Effingham County Fair Parade in Springfield. The Evangelism and Social Ministry Committees are in charge of this project. Fair week is October 22nd-27th. The parade is Monday, October 22nd. Lineup begins at 4:30 p.m. The float, as usual, will start on the side street by Holy Trinity. The parade begins at 5:00 p.m.

We are looking for members to ride on the float. Come, join in the fun!


After many months of prayer for guidance and interviewing, Zion now has a new pastor. The Congregation voted to extend a Call to the Rev. John Benjamin Mandrick, “Pastor Ben”, at a Called Congregation Meeting on September 26th, and Pastor Ben has accepted the Call.

Pastor Ben and his wife, Andi, and their four young children, Liam, Avery, Caroli, and Maxwell, will be joining the Zion family officially on November 15th.

These are exciting times for Zion. We look forward to our new journey with Pastor Ben and his family as the Holy Spirit guides our ministry opportunities in our community and at Zion. Hopefully you will come be a part of the journey.



WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Zion Fellowship Hall

A Called Congregational Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 7:00pm in the Zion Fellowship Hall for the purpose of voting to Call a Pastor. After many months of prayer for guidance and interviewing, Zion now has a Candidate for our new pastor. On September 26th from 6:00pm – 6:45pm, please join the Call Committee and Congregation Council for finger foods, as we have a “Meet and Greet” with the candidate and his family. This will provide an opportunity for you to meet the candidate and to get to know more about the candidate’s background. At 6:45pm the candidate will lead a devotion prior to the start of the congregational meeting. This is a very exciting time for Zion; hopefully you can attend this important meeting.

Backpack Buddy program

At our Anniversary Luncheon, September 23, we will collect funds and supplies for the Backpack Buddy program that we help sponsor at Marlow Elementary School. With the help of Thrivent Action Team grants and generous donations from our congregation, we have been able in the past, to supply weekend meals for 8 needy students during the school year. It costs approximately $35 a week to provide these non perishable food items which are prepared and delivered to the school by Zion members and then anonymously distributed by school staff. We shop for and collect food items that include: ready to eat soup, ravioli, pop tarts, fruit bars, cereal bars and individual serving sizes of fruit, mac and cheese, vegetables, jello or pudding. The containers need to have an easy open lid so that a young child is able to prepare the food with minimal help.