Ash Wednesday Service Lent 2018 begins on Wednesday, February 14th with our traditional Ash Wednesday Service. Our chancel will once again return to purple paraments and wooden cross as we enter the 40 day Lenten season. Our service will be at 7:30 p.m. on the 14th with communion and the imposition of ashes.
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! 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!
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.
The first Sunday in Advent, December 3rd, at 5:30 p.m., there will be a joint Advent Service at Jerusalem with other Lutheran churches. Zion’s choir will be joining with the other choirs to sing an Advent Cantata. At 3 p.m. fun activities are scheduled. A meal will be available at 4:30 p.m. The Soup and Baked Goods Meal will be $5.00. Please make plans to attend and enjoy interacting with our fellow Lutherans.
All Saints Sunday, November 5, 2017
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:
Malah Pack, Vi Buckner, George Shepard.
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 29, 2017
WEAR RED !!!
Reformation Day is a high festival of the Lutheran church year, so the color of the day is RED! This is always a meaningful worship service for us who continue, 500 years later, 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 heritage as Lutherans!
During our 11:00 a.m. worship service, we will send our school children back to school with our blessings! Pastor Dave will offer a blessing on our children, teachers, school personnel, backpacks, briefcases, computer cases, etc.
A picnic/hotdog cookout for the entire congregation will follow the Sunday Service. Make plans to receive this special blessing to help start your school year off right!! Bring a friend!
Mighty Fortress This year’s Vacation Bible School will be from Monday, June 5th-Friday, June 9th, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. The theme is “Mighty Fortress”. At Might Fortress, kids learn that God is their refuge and strength. Friends may fail them, but God promises to be their rock and their salvation — their fortress and sure defense. In Jesus, the victory is won! Children ages PreK through 5th and youth grades 6th-12th are invited for a week of spiritual, summer fun! Please contact Tricia Parrish at 912-713-5706 or 858-2093 if you have any questions, or would like to help in any way.
Everyone is invited to join with other Effingham churches to participate in the 138th annual Sunday School Convention at the Methodist Campground in Springfield. Line up is at 9:45am. Each church delegation walks in together as church names are called. You don’t have to be a Sunday School participant to attend. Zion has a long history of participating in this special event, but will also observe our regular Sunday morning schedule at Zion with Sunday School at 9:45am and worship at 11:00 am for those not attending convention. If you go, please take a covered dish to share for the covered dish meal following worship. Once again, we’ll share a meal with our Corinth Baptist Church friends. We’ll eat across the street in the exhibit building on the Effingham County fairgrounds. Paper goods and utensils will be provided. Those who worship at Zion can make it to join us for the meal after worship. If you have questions about this event, contact Dana Lee Smith (912-665- 1377) Sunday School Convention Delegate.