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.

146th Anniversary! Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

It’s Almost Time to Celebrate

our 146th Anniversary!

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Each 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 exciting grace filled future.

God’s Work, Our Hands

There is an ELCA wide effort called God’s Work, Our Hands that seeks to involve disciples in congregations in doing activities that benefit their local community. Those actions come from our understanding of the Gospel message that in response to God’s grace to us as individuals, we respond to the needs of others. At the same time congregations need to have their disciples, again in response to God’s grace, participate in meeting the needs of the congregation as the gathered together individuals and as an organization. In planning and attempting ministries, there is a need to know how many individuals are willing to give a helping hand. Currently there is an effort to determine which individuals on the membership roll of Zion congregation are willing, according to their individual circumstances, to participate in the ministries of the congregation. What often happens during a membership survey, is that it is determined that some individuals no longer wish to participate or even consider themselves to be a member. Realize that God’s grace and salvation is independent of a name being on a congregation’s membership roll. Names on a membership roll are about who is responding to God’s grace and is willing to participate in God’s work in some manner along with their brothers and sisters in Christ. Pastor Dave Pastor Dave

LWR School Kit bags are ready to be filled!

Thanks to our Quilting Angels, once again, we have School Kit bags to fill with school supplies for children who otherwise would have to start school without the basics. A list of the required supplies as per Lutheran World Relief is in each bag which are available in the

narthex. Bring your filled School Kit bags back by Sunday, August 12th to be blessed during the worship service, and we will send them on their way in the LWR truck. Somewhere in the world, a child will thank you!

Items needed to fill the School Kits:

 Four 70-sheet notebooks of wide – or college – ruled paper

(no loose-leaf paper)

 One 30-centimeter ruler or a ruler with centimeters on one side and 12 inches on the other

 One small pencil sharpener

 One blunt scissors

 Five unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers (secure together with a rubber band)

 Five black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink) (secure together with a rubber band)

 One box of 16 or 24 crayons

 One 2½” eraser.

* No logos on these items please.

Thank you for all your help!

“Rally Day/Promotion Sunday/Breakfast” August 5th, 2018 

Rally Day is the beginning of the new Sunday School year!! This year we will have promotions followed by a Sunday School “Open House” on Sunday, August 5th at 9:45 a.m. We would like to invite you to come by and see what your child’s class will be learning about this year. We also have two Adult Sunday School Classes to meet a variety of learning styles. Come by and check out what we have available for you !!

At the Sunday School Open House we will provide you with a Breakfast meal including a breakfast casserole, toast, fruit and sweet treats including Danish rolls and donuts, and beverages consisting of coffee, tea, milk, and juice.

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!!! The Sunday School teachers will be commissioned at the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Classes will start the following Sunday. This will be a special morning for promotion to the next grade for our children and special fellowship before church. Let’s all plan to Rally Around our youth and show our support for our Sunday School Teachers as well!! Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Thank you for your support.

The Christian Education Committee


During our 11:00 a.m. worship service, we will send our children back to school with our blessings! Pastor Dave will offer a blessing on our children, teachers, school personnel, backpacks, brief-cases, computer cases, etc. “We will also celebrate

Fellowship Sunday with a cookout of hot dogs and hamburgers, with all the trimmings, as well as a “Back to School” Celebration with activities such as a “Water Slide” – so be sure to bring towels and swim suits!!

The signup sheet for the meal is in the narthex. Hope you can join us for all the fun!!

2018 Vacation Bible School Wild Ride Down Splash Canyon!!

Thanks to all who helped make VBS a wonderful experience for all who attended. A total of 65 were enrolled: 35 children, 12 LYO helpers and 18 adults.

The children learned about God’s Promises to us. They learned the best Promise was sending Jesus to be our Savior. They learned that God is always with us. Sir Luther and Eddy the Otter were our guides down the River.

The kids loved the music this year and they learned sign language for all of the songs. They are really quick learners and did an awesome job.

A very special thanks to the Middle and High School students who stayed on site and helped. We couldn’t have done it without them. Every one of them worked hard and made our VBS a success. Our church can be very proud of our young people.

Our Mission this year was Manna House. Manna House provides food and a thrift store for the needy. We collected $217.00 and a raft full of 26 canned goods as well as a random donation for $50.00 .Thanks to everyone for your generous support.

Friday was Water Day. What a fun day! That evening we had a hotdog supper with the VBS closing program following.

Thanks to everyone who helped plan, set-up, volunteered, assisted with the hotdog supper and closing program. A special thanks to those who stayed and helped with clean-up afterwards.

Tricia Parrish, Sheila Moon – Co-VBS directors

Sunday School Convention! Sunday, May 6th

Sunday, May 6th at 10:00 a.m., everyone is invited to join with other Effingham Churches to participate in the 139th Annual Sunday School Convention at the Methodist

Campground in Springfield. Line up is at 9:45 a.m. Zion has a long history of participation in the Sunday School convention, but will also observe our regular Sunday morning schedule of Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and worship at 11:00 a.m. for those not attending the convention. If you go, please take a covered dish to share for the meal

following worship. Those who worship at Zion can make it to the campground in time to be there for the meal. If you have questions about this event, contact Emma Lee Dasher. (912-658-0431)