Annual Congregational Meeting

Annual Congregational Meeting on February 10, 2019

It’s that time of year again! Ministry Leaders should have already received an email request to complete relevant Annual Report sections. Please do so and return to Laura in the office as soon as possible. Thanks so much!

January 13th—Rite of Installation

On January 13th Pastor Ingrid will be installed as the permanent pastor of Zion Lutheran Church. Please join us for a single service at 10:30 am. Bishop Tracie Bartholomew will preside over the Rite of Installation, and Pastor Bruce Davidson will preach the sermon.

Pastor Ingrid will take her place in the history of Zion, becoming the thirtieth Pastor of Zion and only the second woman to lead the congregation.

We invite the congregation and guests to join in a celebratory pot-luck luncheon in Faith Hall following the service. Please be sure to sign-up on the board in Fields Hall so we can get a good head count. Contact Marge Scudese if you’d like to help.

Pastor Ingrid’s Installation

Pastor Ingrid will be installed as pastor of Zion on Sunday, January 13th at 10:30 AM. 

Note: There will be no 8:00 AM service on that day.  Pastor Bruce Davidson will preach and Bishop Tracie Bartholomew will preside at the Rite of Installation. Let’s turnout to celebrate this milestone in the life of Zion!  More details to come in the January LVL newsletter.

Community Tree Lighting Next sunday

The Community Tree Lighting will take place here at Zion on December 2nd. The Long Valley Junior Women and the Garden Club have put together a schedule of events that are happening town-wide – culminating with the tree lighting and cookies in Faith Hall. Please see the fliers for all the events associated with the day on the bulletin board in Fields Hall! We are looking for volunteers for the evening to set-up, usher (we need about 4), 2-4 folks to help with a kid’s movie in Fields Hall, and some folks to help control traffic in the parking lot and direct people into the sanctuary, etc. If you can help or have any questions, please contact Megan Davis at [email protected] or by cell at (908) 798-8168, or Laura in the office.

Bereavement Group

Our grief support group, “Comfort My People” will meet on the fifth Thursday in November rather than the usual fourth Thursday due to Thanksgiving Day. We invite those who have suffered loss of any kind to join us on November 29th at 10:00 AM in the Adult Forum Room of Faith Hall.  We share our stories and look to insights from “Understanding Your Grief by Alan Wolfelt.”

“Save the Date” for December

Sunday, December 2—Long Valley Christmas Tree Lighting Mark your calendars!  The lighting of the official Long Valley Christmas tree on our front lawn will take place on Sunday, December 2nd. The program begins in the church sanctuary and will feature once again musical talent from throughout the Long Valley Community.  After the lighting of the tree, we will enjoy a reception by the Long Valley Garden Club in Faith Hall.

Sunday, December 9—Sunday School Christmas Pageant and Pot Luck. Rehearsal will take place December 8th at 10 AM, and costumes will be given out that day.  If you would like to play an instrument  beginning at 3:30 before the pageant, please contact Marge Scudese at (908) 867-0912.

Saturday, December 22—For this year’s “Blue Christmas” service, we will be joining with The Church of the Messiah Episcopal Church on Rte. 24 on Saturday, December 22ndWatch for further information on this deeply meaningful service designed for those for whom the Christmas Holidays are not so joyful.

Please make note of these special worship events in November:

November 11th— Sacrament of Baptism for Aston Michael Dougherty and Reception of New Members at the 10:30 AM service.

November 18th— Pastor Dan Schroeder will preside and preach over his last service as Interim Pastor here at Zion. Sunday school and all other educational activities will be cancelled for that Sunday. The service will be followed by a pot-luck goodbye luncheon for Pastor Dan and his wife Jenny. Please join us to thank Pastor Dan for his two years of faithful service to Zion. 

November 25th— Please join us to welcome Pastor Ingrid Wengert as she preaches and presides over her first services here at Zion.