Parish Life

Shoe Box Wrap –up

Thanks so much to all of those who joined us last Sunday to wrap and pack shoe boxes, and to all those who donated items for our boxes and $ to ship them! We do have a bunch of “semi-filled” boxes that could be completed, so if you missed the packing party and you would like to complete a box, please pick one up in the Splash Room and return to the office on Tuesday, November 13th, so they can be delivered to the drop off location during the National Collection Week, November 12th-19th. As we have in the past, we will track our boxes to see where they end up! If you have any questions, please contact Laura Hamilton in the office or by cell at (949) 533-6614.

Secret Prayer Partner

The annual Secret Prayer Partner event will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 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 at [email protected]

Shoebox Packing Party Sunday Nov 4 10:30am to 4pm (public at 11:30)

Please join us Sunday, November 4th in Faith Hall for our Annual Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Packing Party! We will begin packing and crafting after Sunday school until 4 PM or until we run out of stuff! Come, bring friends, wrap, pack and have fun! See you there! We have almost 100 empty shoeboxes to pack and our goal is to pack them all!

It’s not too late to bring some things for our boxes. Hygiene items (toothbrushes and covers, combs, brushes, floss, wash cloths, bar soap – no toothpaste or liquids please), art and school supplies, socks and small toys, small stuffed animals and dolls, toy cars, puzzles and activity sets all make great things for our boxes. (Only new toys please)!

Zion Lutheran Church sponsored a “Baby Sitting Evening” Saturday, October 27th

Adults and youth from our congregation watched some of our youngest members and their siblings, so parents could have an evening out. Niah and Joe Bonina, Greg and Meg Callow, Stephen and Megan Davis,Michael and Victoria Dougherty, and Chris Sorenson and Missy Sgambati all enjoyed dinner out. Meanwhile, back in Faith Hall, Santo and Dominic Bonina, Melissa, Isabella and Robbie Brobst, Brian and Judy Bumpus, Emmett Callow, Amelia and Aiden Davis, Aston Dougherty, Malainie Hibler-Stoma, Burt and Marcia Horner, Darcy, Magnus and Delaney Sorenson, and Emalyn and Sophia Stoma had fun and games, play dough time, block building, supper, a video and a fabulous evening all around!

Confirmation-Mentor Night and Community Supper

      On Wednesday evening, November 28th, we will have the opportunity to “break bread” together with our first “Confirmation-Mentor” night of the program year!  (See above!) Following the meal, the community is invited to stay and visit while our confirmands and their mentors move across to Field’s Hall for conversations directed by the pastor. The food is always good, the fellowship is always fun.  Come and be a part of the community!

“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.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am very eager to arrive in Long Valley and begin as pastor to Zion Lutheran Church!  My first day will be Christ the King Sunday, November 25th, which is the final Sunday of the church year.  In a show of hospitality and to accomplish a smooth transition, Pastor Dan will overlap with me for a day or two, which I appreciate very much! I’m excited about making Long Valley our home, and getting to know our neighbors and the surrounding communities, but I especially look forward to getting to know the members and households of Zion. May God bless this new chapter at Zion, that together we might be faithful in bearing the gospel to the world.

Pastor Ingrid Wengert

Take a trip down “Memory Lane”

Join the Parish Life Group for a “Trip Down Memory Lane” on a new date,  Friday, November 16th  at 1:00 pm in Faith Hall, there will be a live version of “Getting to Know You”. Bring your old photos—graduation, wedding and even baby pictures. The group will try to guess “who is who”, and reminisce about the old days. It’s sure to be an afternoon of laughs! Contact Vi Muriello for questions at [email protected].