Parish Life

The Zion Annual Benefit Christmas Craft Fair – A Way to Give Back

This year we will hold our third annual benefit craft fair on Saturday, November 11th from 9 to 3.This effort was established to give financial assistance to an individual or family in need. Last year well over $4500 was raised to assist a local resident with funding to help her procure a therapy dog. This year we will divide our proceeds between the Sarah’s Fight for HOPE Foundation, which has begun meeting in Faith Hall this year, and the 11th Hour Rescue. This is a great opportunity to be able to give back to our community. We have been so very blessed!!! Last year several members and outside friends donated their time and items they had made to our fair. Please know that all items and the proceeds of everything sold is donated. We would be happy to provide vendors with a table. If you would like to be a part of our effort or have any questions, please contact Jeanne Howell at 908-879-4764 or [email protected]


Bereavement Support Group

Zion Lutheran Church is planning to begin a bereavement support group for the community of Long Valley.  At this point we hope to see the group meeting on the fourth Sunday of each month.  If you are interested in seeing such a group and/or would like to attend, we will be holding an “organizational meeting” this coming Thursday, September 28th at 10 am in the Adult Forum room of Faith Hall.  Please come and join us!


Worship Assistants

September Worship Assistants, and Coffee Hour Hosts have been assigned based on Time and Talent sheets and past volunteers. We will also be asking confirmands to volunteer as worship assistants when confirmation classes start in September. We fully expect that there will be changes.  It is important that if you cannot or don’t want to serve, please make every effort to find a substitute, and/or contact Laura Hamilton in the office, or Malainie Hibler Stoma at [email protected] or 908-752-3094, or Vi Muriello at [email protected] for Coffee Hour hosts, as soon as possible. We do our best to staff each service and appreciate all of those who so willingly serve each Sunday to make worship a positive experience for members and visitors to Zion.

Zion isn’t Zion without all of you!


500 years of Reformation

Did you know . . . that Martin Luther was not the first person to call for reform and to find himself in trouble with the Roman Catholic Church?  Nearly 100 years before Luther posted his 95 theses, John Huss, a Czech priest, spoke out boldly against what he saw as corruption in the church.  Huss was eventually executed by the church for his radical views.  In the same manner, John Wycliffe believed, like Luther, that Holy Scripture should be available to the common people in their own language.  Wycliffe, an English priest, also found himself embattled for translating the Bible from Latin into English and for speaking out against the church over 100 years before Luther.

So why did Martin Luther spark the reformation when Huss and Wycliffe were not able?  Quite simply, it was due to “technology”. The movable type printing press was invented and came into use, in Germany, at about the time Luther (a prolific writer) was posting arguments against the church. Before long Luther’s works compiled a large part of all printed work in Germany. If he had been putting out record albums in this age, he would have had multiple “platinum” recordings!  Had his work not been widely shared in printed form throughout all of Europe, the Protestant Reformation might not have taken root for decades or even centuries into the future.  Luther enjoyed the Renaissance period status of a current rock star.  This superstar status also garnered him protection from the higher levels of the church and certainly saved his life on more than one occasion.

Council Changes in Progress

We thank Larry Salvatore for volunteering to fill the Secretary position on the executive council  after the departure of Jance Denzler.   New council members are considered temporary until voted on by the congregation at the next congregational meeting in January, 2018. Contact Fred Humcke at [email protected] if you are interested in serving Zion as a council member now or in the future


Celebrate with us as we receive two children into the life of the church through the sacrament of Holy Baptism!

On Sunday, September 3rd during our 9:00 am service of worship we will baptize Logan Charles Dietlein, son of Jennifer and Michael Dietlein. The Dietleins live here in Long Valley.

On Sunday, September 10th during our 9:15 am service of worship we will baptize Troy Alexander Rettberg, son of Jason and Melissa Rettberg of Hackettstown.

As with every baptism here at Zion Church, the congregation pledges its presence and support to those baptized as they grow in Christ.  Let us all make a special effort to get to know these new families and to support them as members of our loving community.

Change is coming to Zion!

Please join us for a Contemporary worship service at 9:00 am September 3rd—our last of the summer worship schedule.

Beginning on Rally Day, September 10th, Zion’s worship schedule will change! We will continue to conduct our contemporary worship service at 8:00 am, but we will now hold our traditional service at 9:15am during the Sunday School hour. Sunday school children will be dismissed to class after participating in the opening in the Sanctuary at 9:15am instead of 9:00 am.

Parents may then stay for the remainder for the service.

Nursery Care will now be available for both the 8:00 am and 9:15 am services.  We hope this makes it easier for parents of Sunday School and young children to join us for services each week.  Please look to the weekly Happenings emails for all the latest news and information about worship at Zion.


Norman W. Nelson Service Information

Norman W. Nelson Professional engineer, Air Force veteran, of Chester Norman W. Nelson, 86, of Chester Township, N.J., died Sunday at Morristown Medical Center. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church, Schooley’s Mountain Road, Long Valley, N.J. Born in Chicago, Ill., Norman was a son of the late William and Edna (Baumgartner) Nelson. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois (BS) and Stevens Institute of Technology (MS, PhD). Before his retirement, he worked as a professional engineer for Exxon Research and Engineering in Florham Park, N.J. Norman was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Long Valley, N.J., the Morris Center YMCA, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He loved skiing, physical fitness, gardening, and financial planning. Norman is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marilyn (Winterfeldt); three sons, David, Bruce and his wife, Christine, and Paul; one daughter, Christine Nelson, and eight grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 23 East 26th St. New York, N.Y. 10010, in memory of Norman. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, N.J. 07840. Online condolences may be made at


Confirmation instruction will begin after school at 3:40 pm on Wednesday, September 13th. If you would like to sign up to be the “second adult” during the confirmation classes, or can volunteer to bring snacks, the sign-up sheet is located on the Education  Board in Fields Hall, or email Pastor Dan at [email protected]. We would especially appreciate a few mentors as volunteers!