Martin Luther’s Christmas Tree

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.


Once again our very talented children & youth will be performing a Christmas Program on Sunday, Dec. 10th. All participants must arrive at 3:30 p.m. for costumes and dress rehearsal. The play 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 Lutheran Disaster Response. Bring finger foods to share for fellowship afterwards. If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Parrish or Sheila Moon. All children and youth are encouraged to be a part of this production.


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.

Pastor Dave Rasmussen’s Comments…

An author did a radio interview about the research she did for her new book. The subject matter was about where and with whom we are willing to place our trust. We need to trust our institutions such as food companies and government. The food produced by a company needs to be safe to eat and its contents needs to be what is on the ingredients label. Even peanut butter produced by major food companies use to be made up of only about 75% peanuts until the FDA set the standard much higher. When people stop trusting a company, people are more likely to stop being customers of that company. Would you get into the car of a total stranger? The author also wrote about some internet companies that work with the concept that their customers mostly trust not the company, but the opinions of people who are already customers of the company. As an example think of ride sharing companies. They have grown because of people trusting the opinions of others that getting into a car driven by a stranger is OK. The church as a social institution in our society is not as trusted as it once was in the past. What is therefore needed now is for members of congregations to speak about it being OK to worship in a congregation of strangers. The month of December is an opportunity for you to invite others to come and worship.

Pastor Dave

Funeral Arrangements for Clayton Dasher

Edwin Clayton Dasher

October 28, 1937 – November 06, 2017

Marlow – Edwin “Clayton” Dasher, 80, passed away November 6, 2017 at his home.

The Effingham County native retired from CSX Transportation where he worked for 44 years. He was a lifetime member of Zion Lutheran Church where he served on church council, sang in the choir and served in various other capacities. He was a 50 year member of Guyton Masonic Lodge. Clayton was active in scouting throughout most of his life. He was a former Scout Master for Troop 691 of Marlow, GA. He also served on behalf of Zion as the Charter Representative for Club Scout Pack 691 and Troop 691. He was awarded the Silver Beaver for his work in scouting and he was a part of the Coastal Empire’s first scouting Wood Badge class. Clayton served on the board of the Effingham County Fair and he served as a board member for the Effingham County Farm Bureau. He was a member of the Ebenezer Trustees, a member of the Effingham County Historical Society and a volunteer with Ebenezer Alive. Clayton enjoyed spending time outside and he was known for making cane syrup.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Doyle and Maude Conaway Dasher; sisters, Leona Helmey and Sarah Hamaker; brother, James Dasher.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Emma Lee Zipperer Dasher; daughter, Dana Lee Dasher (Dana) Smith; grandson, Evan Smith; brother, Lowell (Naomi) Dasher; sister-in-law, Martell (Mike) Hall; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Friday at Zion Lutheran Church. Mr. Dasher will lie in state from 3 p.m.

Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers remembrances may be given to Zion Lutheran Church, 121 Noel C. Conaway Rd., Guyton, GA 31312. Remembrances may also be given to Cub Scout Pack 691 or Boy Scout Troop 691, 121 Noel C. Conaway Rd., Guyton, GA 31312.

Thomas C. Strickland & Sons
Funeral Home
Effingham Chapel

All Saints Sunday, November 5, 2017

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

Reformation Sunday, October 29, 2017


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!

Pastor Dave’s Comments

Over a period of 500 years viewpoints have changed. On Sunday, October 22 at 5 p.m. in the afternoon Roman Catholics and Lutherans in the Coastal Empire have the opportunity to gather together to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This is not a celebration of we were right and you were wrong, but of celebrating the gospel message of God’s grace being proclaimed by Christians. It is a gathering of people to celebrate that we have all felt God’s grace in the midst of our living.

Certainly we Lutherans should celebrate our denominational birthday of 500 years, but it is also important for our witness to the communities around us that you participate in this gathering of Christians at St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Savannah on October 22. Think of it this way, this is an opportunity to show the un-churched that regardless of our differences we can gather together and accept each other as Christians. This is a special opportunity and you need to make a special effort to be a part of this specific celebration.

There will also be a special opportunity on Sunday, October 15 at 3 p.m. at St. Peter the Apostle congregation on Wilmington Island, for the final discussion about the Reformation and the relationships between Lutherans and Roman Catholics in more recent times.

~~Pastor Dave

Rally Day/Promotion Sunday

August 6th, 2017

Rally 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 6th 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 a breakfast casserole, 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

Blessing of the Backpacks, July 30th!! 

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!