Parish Life

Bible Study this Tuesday 4/24

The Tuesday Bible Study group will meet next on April 24th. All are welcome to join in! The group meets at 12:00 pm at Pezzo Pizza, in Long Valley, for lunch before our study begins at Zion at 1:00.


Sunday Activities today

The Adult Forum and “Coffee and Christian Conversation” for Sunday school parents groups take place at the 9:20 am today. Please feel free to grab a cup of coffee and join in the conversation.




“Comfort My People”, Zion’s bereavement support group for those in the Long Valley community who have suffered losses of any kind meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 10:00 am.  The next meeting will be on April 26th. We welcome any and all who have suffered a loss to join us in the Adult Forum room of Faith Hall.  Pastor Dan will be leading these times of sharing. The group is using materials from the Center for Loss and Life Transitions written by Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD. If you or someone you know has interest in the group and would like to attend the sessions, please contact Pastor Dan.


2018 Youth Gathering Update!





2018 Youth Gathering Update!
The mission projects associated with the youth participation in the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering have been distributed and are being evaluated. More information about the projects and how you can support the youth will be forthcoming in the May edition of the LVL Newsletter.
Thanks for your continued support!

Jance, Emily, Brooklyn, John, Jenna, Alexandra, Blanca, Emily, Bella, Sarah, Maddie and Danielle

Faith, Hope & Love: Building Safer & More Welcoming Congregations for LGBTQ Youth

Zion Lutheran Church was represented by Emily Rochotte at the New Jersey Synod sponsored event “Faith, Hope & Love: Building Safer & More Welcoming Congregations for LGBTQ Youth” at St. Paul Lutheran Church in East Windsor on March 17. Attended by congregational leaders of all ages, seminary students, and youth, attendants participated in discussions, workshops and presentations lead by Bishop Traci Bartholomew, members of the New Jersey Synod LGBTQ+ Task Force and leaders of LGBTQ+ organizations. Topics included: LGBTQ+ and Scripture 101, Introduction to Gender Identity and Expression, How to become a Reconciling in Christ Congregation, and others ways to create safe spaces for our LGBTQ community within the church.

Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to continue this conversation at Zion. If you are interested in speaking with Emily about her experience or ways Zion can continue this conversation please contact Emily at (862)324-3630 or [email protected]

Marjorie Mueller

Marjorie Mueller, mother of Marcia Davidson, just celebrated her 92nd birthday!

Happy Birthday Marjorie! Marjorie moved from East Harwich, Massachusetts three years ago and currently resides in the Colonial Manor in

If you would like to send a note to Marjorie,
her address is :
1627 Route 517
Colonial Manor
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Barry Blaine

Zion friend Barry Blaine (pictured here with his dog Molly) is undergoing some major health challenges. His wife Ellen, a long time Zion member, would like to share some thoughts about there experience with the congregation.

“At this joyful time of year of our Dear Lord’s Resurrection, I felt the obligation to share with you the results of you many, many prayers for Barry. He may not be the Barry Blaine that we once knew but he certainly did come a long way from being in the I.C.U. on a ventilator, oxygen, feeding tub, 7 IV bottles, etc., etc., and every system of his body affected. Never, ever give up! We may not always get the results we would like but we must still learn to allow our Dear Lord to be “in charge!” He did return for us though not himself. Peace be with All! Thank you never seems enough to express our family’s gratitude for one’s love, compassion and prayers. We also learned that Zion has a very special, caring Pastor Dan, who renders endless empathy and compassion to us all.” ~ Ellen

If you would like to send a note to Barry, his address is :
84 Cold Hill Road
Holly Hill Manor, Room 18
Mendham, NJ 07945

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]