Mother’s Day is Blanket Sunday 

Let’s celebrate our Mother’s on Sunday, May 13th and remember their warmth and kindness by dedicating blankets in their name to the Project Comfort Fund.  Your special gift of $5 will enable the Lutheran World Relief Organization to supply blankets to those who are facing hardship. To dedicate a blanket, please return the bulletin insert by Sunday, May 6th. All checks should be made payable to “Zion Lutheran Church” and placed in the collection plate along with the dedication form. Dedications will be listed in the May 13th bulletin. For questions please contact Christine Stabile at [email protected].


April Kitchen Shower

Our kitchen is in need of a few items to supply our two coffee hours at church each Sunday. Please consider picking up an item or two during your next shopping trip from the following list: Coffee, Small dessert plates, Dessert sized or regular Napkins, Plastic forks (no spoons or knives), Sugar packets, and Hot chocolate packets.  Perishables that are needed on an ongoing weekly basis are whipped butter, whipped cream cheese and half gallon of milk.  Thoughts, questions, concerns please contact Christine Stabile at 908-684-9025 or [email protected]. Thank you!!



We have a few items that have been turned in to the office – one of which is a set of keys. If you have lost something, contact Laura in the office.


The Chester Baroque Orchestra 

The Chester Baroque Orchestra (in residence at Zion Church) will present its fifth Spring concert on April 29th, 2018 at 4 pm at the Church.  The group is directed by Dr. Richard Maximoff, and will perform works by Vivaldi, Scarlatti and others of the eighteenth century.  We are happy to welcome Kris Lamb, an early music specialist, performing Scarlatti’s Concerto for Transverse Flute.  There will be a reception following the concert.  There is no admission charge.  For more information, please visit www.chesterbaroque.com, or email us at [email protected].


Zion Historic Preservation Plan

John Bolt and his team are continuing their work on the Zion Historic Preservation Plan. This past month, Dr. Helga Schwartz met with Margaret Newman, a Historic Preservationist on the Bolt team who is concentrating on detailing the various historical renovations to the church building over the years. Specific concerns include the foundation of the church and any renovations to it, as well as access to the foundation underneath the Narthex. Helga has turned over all historical documentation she collected to write her book “Passing on the Faith” to the historian, and this information, when returned, will be preserved and available for viewing in the glass display cabinets now located in the Adult Forum Room. We thank Helga for all she has done, and continues to do, to preserve Zion’s history for our future generations. The Bolt team is on schedule to submit to Zion a preliminary plan in April, and then the final plan to the Morris County Historical Preservation Committee in June. If you would like to be involved with the Preservation Committee, please contact Marlena Schilke at [email protected]


Reduce energy cost

The property team has been exploring ways to reduce energy costs. Among the projects under consideration are solar panels on the church buildings and re-lamping the premises for more efficient lighting. Exploration includes grant funding sources from the state of New Jersey , and involves a detailed process which includes analyzing current usage. Please contact Burt Horner at [email protected] if you have questions.


March for Our Lives The March for Our Lives

is a non-partisan, student led event to combat gun violence. All ages are welcome. The national march takes place in Washington DC , but we have an opportunity to participate locally in one of two sister marches at local county seats this Saturday. The Morristown March for our Lives will begin at Town Hall  (200 South Street) in Morristown at 11 pm on Saturday, March 24th. The Newton March for Our lives will take place on the Green (at the intersection of Routes 94/206 and Spring St) in Newton from 12 noon to 2 pm.



Do you have Thrivent Choice Dollars waiting to be donated to a charity of your choice? Log onto your Thrivent.com account to determine if dollars are available. Dollars earned in 2017 are available to donate until March 31 of 2018. Zion is registered to receive choice dollars – just type in the church name and location and designate the dollars!  Based on member recommendations, Zion received $1,644 in charitable outreach funding in 2017 which benefits the 2018 Youth gathering Fund. An enormous thank-you to those members who directed their dollars Zion’s way!

Help us double our impact

Thank you to all who participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring. In addition to the canned food items collected, $130 in cash donations were also collected and have traditionally benefitted the Dover Soup Kitchen. We would love to be able to match our donations to the LVCAP food pantry with a Thrivent Action Team project grant. If you can apply for one, or would like to learn how, please contact Laura in the office or Peggy Burke at [email protected] 


LVCNS Tricky Tray Results and thank you

LVCNS’s “Feel the Love” Tricky Tray was truly a success!!! The event raised over $10,000!! The Nursery school will be able to use this money to continue its fantastic enrichment program that allows children to participate in extra-curricular activities at school, including: Yoga, Karate, Nutrition, Art and Spanish. In addition, LVCNS will be purchasing outdoor, creative play materials. Thank you again for your continued support of the LVCNS community.  ~ The LVCNS Tricky Tray Committee