Celebrate with us as we receive two children into the life of the church through the sacrament of Holy Baptism!

On Sunday, September 3rd during our 9:00 am service of worship we will baptize Logan Charles Dietlein, son of Jennifer and Michael Dietlein. The Dietleins live here in Long Valley.

On Sunday, September 10th during our 9:15 am service of worship we will baptize Troy Alexander Rettberg, son of Jason and Melissa Rettberg of Hackettstown.

As with every baptism here at Zion Church, the congregation pledges its presence and support to those baptized as they grow in Christ.  Let us all make a special effort to get to know these new families and to support them as members of our loving community.

Confirmands to Travel to Crossroads for “Low Ropes” this Saturday

Our Confirmands will travel this coming Saturday afternoonAugust 26th to Crossroads Camp and Retreat Center to do some team building in preparation for our coming year of confirmation instruction. We are scheduled to be there at 1:30 pm and will leave Zion at 1:10 pm and will return to the church around 3:45 pm for snacks and discussion. Confirmands: If you haven’t communicated to Pastor Dan whether you will or will not be attendingSaturday’s event, please contact him or call the church office! Parents:  We need two or three drivers to transport our teens to Crossroads. If you can help out, please let Pastor Dan know at [email protected].


Crossroads Camp and Retreat Center is holding their annual Giant Church Picnic today.  Registration begins at 2pm and closing worship is at 6:30 pm.  Come and experience all your favorite camp things: Giant swing, Rock wall, canoeing, worship and food! Cost is $12 per person, $35 maximum cost per household.  For more info or to register visit


Hymn Sing 2

Zion will offer a second “Hymn Sing” on August 23rd at 6:30 PM with Wine and Cheese to follow. Submit your favorite hymns using the form inserted in the bulletin, or contact Malainie Hibler-Stoma at [email protected].


Gospel Music this Thursday

If you are interested in learning some new songs, Zion Senior Choir’s Sarah Ochocki has scheduled a Gospel Music Workshop, scheduled forThursday nights at 7:00 pm through August 3rd. This is an opportunity for people to explore some new music and be together. For more information, please contact Sarah at [email protected].

VBS 2.0 Thank-You

We thank those who joined us last Wednesday for VBS 2.0.  Folks of all ages from Zion and some of our building partners enjoyed working work on some of our favorite mission projects.  Our new project – “Kindness Rocks”, was a huge hit!  Look for more information on our special rocks in upcoming Happenings.

Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World

The Public Broadcasting System has created a documentary on the life of Martin Luther that will be aired on PBS stations late this fall.  We have a chance to see an advance showing of the film at the AMC Headquarters Plaza 10 in Morristown on Monday, August 21st at 7:30 pm.  In order for the theater to show the film, they need to have pre-sales of 100 tickets.  Cliff Rollins of Trinity Lutheran in Dover has made arrangements and is hoping that the Lutheran churches in the area will be able to hit the 100 ticket mark. To reserve a seat and be counted in the pre-sales numbers, please visit:

Pastor Dan is planning to attend.  If anyone is interested in making it a “night out”, he would be willing to set up dinner at a restaurant somewhere near the theater.  Drop him an email or text if you are interested at [email protected] or (860)539-3478