While many are coming and going on vacation and such during the summer, we must not forget that our church budget continues throughout the entire year. Our thanks to everyone who has given generously to the church! Please do everything you can to keep up your financial support during the summer months.
Thrivent Financial has issued a challenge to churches. We hope Zion is up to the challenge! We are happy that Thrivent Action Team seed money was hard at work this summer in our VBS Mission program, but there are many more Zion events coming up that could benefit from Thrivent funds, or perhaps you have your own event in mind.
Please read the following from Thrivent if you are interested in participating in an Action Team, and contact Peggy Burke at [email protected] if you have any questions.
“Summer’s finally here, and you have the power to make an impact in your community! Between now and the end of August, we want to see you lead a Thrivent Action Team for a cause you care about. AND there’s a friendly summer competition surrounding your generous actions. By inputting the promo code NJTAKEACTION18 during the application process, you’ll help us track your project and make it count for a competition across congregations like yours, right here in New Jersey. The church with the most Thrivent members leading Action Teams by the end of August will win a special celebration event to recognize their powerful work! Ask a council member if any action teams are needed for a church event. Apply by August 14 to receive your materials in time.”
If you hold Thrivent Financial products, you may have Choice Dollars to donate to a charity of your choice. To determine if you have dollars to donate, log onto your Thrivent account and select Choice Dollars. Follow the prompts to select a charity to receive your donation. This is a simple and easy way to make a contribution by just “clicking” your keyboard keys! Zion would love to be the beneficiary of your Choice Dollars, and donating to Zion builds the Youth Fund for the next Youth Gathering in 2021! So far in 2018, Zion Lutheran Church has received $1,302 through the Thrivent Choice® program.
by Helga Schwartz
Independence Day, the Fourth of July, will be here soon. We’d like to look back to 1776, the founding of our Nation, which is 16 years younger than our church! Zion was organized in 1760. Distinguished preachers were among the ministers who served the people of the “Valley”. Among those ministers were members of the Muhlenberg family beginning with the “Father” of the American Lutheranism, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg. His eldest son, John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg followed in the footsteps of his father and became our minister from 1769 to 1771. In March 1771 he received a call from Woodstock, Virginia, where in 1776 he gave his famous sermon on the text:
“There is a season to every purpose under heaven”, ending with the words: “a time to preach and a time to pray, but there is also a time to fight, and that time has now come.”
At the end of the service he exchanged his pastoral robe for a military uniform. Peter Muhlenberg earnestly espoused the cause of the Colonists and he joined the Revolutionary Army. The day after his sermon, he led a force of three hundred men enlisted from his own congregation. Those men became the nucleus of the Army’s Eighth Regiment. He accepted General Washington’s commission as Colonel and remained in the army until the close of the war, by which time he occupied the position of Major General. As early as before the founding of our
Republic, he was a patriot with a distinguished political and civic career.
John Peter Muhlenberg died October 1,1807.