Cantata

The Zion Senior Choir will present a Christmas Cantata Service on Sunday, December 17th at 9:15 AM.  Come join us and hear the music of Christmas.  The Cantata contains a fresh arrangement of carols and beautiful new songs to capture the spirit of Christmas.  For more information contact Marilyn Hibler

Save the date for holiday events!

Community Tree LightingThe Annual Community Tree Lighting takes place here at Zion on December 3rd at 5PM (note that set-up time begins at 3PM). The tree lighting ceremony and concert will be followed by a reception in Faith Hall prepared by the Garden Club of Long Valley. The Long Valley Junior Women’s Club will feature the Holiday Happenings Gingerbread House Contest entries and winners. Join us for a wonderful holiday celebration. If you have any questions or can help with set-up and clean-up, please contact Jeanette Baker at (908)852-3334.

 

Prayer Partners

The annual Secret Prayer Partner event will be held on Saturday, Nov.18 at 3:30 pm at the home of Dottie Weis,  14 Flintlock Drive, Long Valley.  Please bring a small gift for last year’s prayer partner if you had one.  New partners will be chosen and new people are always welcome. Please bring a favorite appetizer to share.  Beverages will be provided.  Let’s get together to relax and enjoy each other’s company as this busy time of year begins.  Please let Dottie know if you can attend by calling, 908 876-3240 or by email, [email protected].

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Update

We appreciate all that participated in packing 62 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child this past Saturday and again Sunday morning! The children enjoyed filling the boxes with unique items and necessities, and crafting prayer boxes and cards to personalize each gift for a child in need somewhere in the world. (Last year our boxes went to Ecuador!) We are still requesting donations to cover the shipping. Each box costs Samaritan’s Purse $9 to ship, and it would be a blessing to send our boxes fully-funded. Shipping envelopes are located in the Narthex.
 
We will be working on the remaining boxes Thursday afternoon in the Splash Room from 3:00pm to 5:00pm if anyone wants to join us. You may still pack your own boxes and bring them in to the church by Sunday, November 12th in time for them to be delivered during National Collection Week, November 13th to November 20th. (We do have boxes and extra hygiene wraps available). Note: boxes cannot contain toothpaste or candy this year. Toothpaste we have collected will be donated to LVCAP food pantry). All boxes will be blessed in church during the 9:15 Children’s Sermon this Sunday. For more information, contact Laura Hamilton at [email protected] or in the church office.

 

Friday Night Movie!!!

Please join us Friday night,  November 10th at 7:30pm sharp, a 30 minute video, “The Morning Star of Wittenburg: The Story of Katharina von Bora , wife of Martin Luther” will be shown in the Sanctuary followed by “Luther-Mythbusting-10 things you thought you might have known about Luther”.  Please contact Doug Koeppen if you have any questions at [email protected].

 

Worship This Sunday 10/29

Zion will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with one Traditional Service of worship at 9:15 am. There will be no Adult Forum orSunday School this Sunday, and families are encouraged to attend church with their children for this important celebration. During the service Zion’s choir and bell choir will combine to present the premiere performance of a new composition written especially for Zion by our own Christian Humcke. The composer has combined voice, organ, and bells into a joyful and powerful arrangement of Martin Luther’s hymn “A Mighty Fortress”. The congregation will be invited to join in and sing along with the choir. The readings for this Sunday are: Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalm 46 and John 8:31-36.

Following the 9:15am service on October 29th there will be a “Reformation Luncheon” in Faith Hall. Come and sample sumptuous German food catered by Schwindts, as well as other standard fare. Contact the church office to RSVP so we can get a good head count for the caterer.

The Zion Annual Benefit Christmas Craft Fair

This year we will hold our third annual Zion Benefit Craft Fair on Saturday, November 11th from 9 to 3. This year we will divide our proceeds between the Sarah’s Fight for HOPE Foundation, which has begun meeting in Faith Hall this year, and the 11th Hour Rescue. We are requesting cookies or brownies individually wrapped for sale.  If you would like to be a part of our effort , have crafts you can donate, or have any questions, please contact Jeanne Howell at 908-879-4764 or [email protected]. Please deliver all donations of baked goods or items to be sold in the morning on Friday, November 10th in Faith Hall. 

 

 

REFORMATION SUNDAY CELEBRATION

Come and join us for a very Lutheran celebration on Reformation Sunday, October 29th! Please note that there will be only one church service on the 29th at 9:15am and no Sunday School. We encourage all Sunday School families to attend this important celebration. During the service, Zion’s choir and bell choir will combine to present the premiere performance of a new composition written specially for Zion by our own Christian Humcke. The composer has combined voice, organ, and bells into a joyful and powerful arrangement of Martin Luther’s hymn “A Mighty Fortress”. The congregation will be invited to join in and sing along with the choir.

Following the 9:15am service on October 29th there will be a “Reformation Luncheon” in Faith Hall. Come and sample sumptuous German food catered by Schwindts, as well as other standard fare. Sign-up sheets are available in Fields Hall or you can contact the church office. Join us as we ring in the reformation and celebrate how the faith and perseverance of one person changed the world – and that person just happened to be Lutheran!

October Is Collection Month For Shoebox Stuffers!

Our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing    Party is fast approaching on November 4thPlease mark your calendars and join us to pack our boxes! During October we are collecting donations of : toiletries, small toys, and games, art supplies, hard candies, school supplies, small stuffed animals. Beanie Babies in new condition that have been collecting in your attics would be perfect! Please place your donations in the bins located in the Narthex, and mark them for “shoe boxes”. Once again, we must thank Jeanne Howell for sewing hundreds of cute “hygiene roll-ups” for our boxes!  We also have pre-wrapped boxes to fill and bring in if you prefer. For more information contact Laura Hamilton at [email protected]com or in the church