God’w Work. Our Hands

God’s Work. Our Hands.

 For several years now, the ELCA has promoted a program known as “God’s Work. Our Hands.”, a single day of volunteer labor in local communities by Lutheran Congregations.  Each individual congregation chooses a mission project in the community.  Projects take place on the Sunday after Labor Day, Sunday, September 9, a day usually designated as “Rally Day” or “Homecoming” in the church. There is an excellent opportunity for our members to participate in the ELCA’s day of service while spending some time on projects at our own Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center. Come to Cross Roads after church and stay for lunch and an afternoon work time. Projects are available for all skill levels!

You can find more information at https://crossroadsretreat.com/gods-work-our-hands/.


In Memoriam

We like to extend our sympathy to Rhea Burke and her family for the death of her father, Ferrell Ray Carnes, on August 14 at the Salem Regional Medical Center in Ohio.

We’d like to also extend our sympathy to Betty Hurd and her family on the death of her husband Russell Hurd,  a longtime Zion member who had retired to Virginia.


Thank You from the Blaine Family

Ellen, Brad and Kim and their family would like to extend their thanks to the congregation and to all who attended Barry’s memorial service and luncheon Tuesday. They would especially like to thank all of those who served at the church service, set-up the luncheon, and prepared the delicious food. It was lovely to see so many from all walks of Barry’s and the family’s lives, and the family is overwhelmed with gratitude to all, and heartened by the support they have received from so many.


Dehumidifier Needed

The Parish Center dehumidifier was ruined in the recent flood in the Parish Center basement. If you have one you can donate to the church, it would be greatly appreciated! It is important to keep the humidity low in the basement!

Short-term Volunteers Needed!

Long Valley Christian Nursery School will holding “Welcome and Registration” days on September 6, 7 and 11th through the morning and early afternoon.  They have invited us to set up a display in their registration area to promote the church and especially the Sunday school.  We are looking for a few “table sitters” who can be present with our display to welcome people, hand out materials and answer questions. Could you give an hour (or two or three) of your time to be one of our table sitters?  Please take a look at the attached schedule  and if you can help, call the church office. Thank you!

School Supplies for LVCAP

We have one more month to collect school supplies for LVCAP. A list of items needed is available in the Narthex. We will distribute them at the food pantry in August. Thank you! For questions please see Judy Bumpus.


Your trash is our treasure!

It’s never too early to plan for our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox packing events! Please remember to collect your shoe boxes (two-piece preferred), old wrapping paper, and plastic pill bottles. You can drop them in the office anytime. Thanks!