Parish Life

Cantata

The Zion Senior Choir will present a Christmas Cantata Service on Sunday, December 17th at 9:15 AM.  Come join us and hear the music of Christmas.  The Cantata contains a fresh arrangement of carols and beautiful new songs to capture the spirit of Christmas.  For more information contact Marilyn Hibler

Save the date for holiday events!

Community Tree LightingThe Annual Community Tree Lighting takes place here at Zion on December 3rd at 5PM (note that set-up time begins at 3PM). The tree lighting ceremony and concert will be followed by a reception in Faith Hall prepared by the Garden Club of Long Valley. The Long Valley Junior Women’s Club will feature the Holiday Happenings Gingerbread House Contest entries and winners. Join us for a wonderful holiday celebration. If you have any questions or can help with set-up and clean-up, please contact Jeanette Baker at (908)852-3334.

 

CROSSROADS IS HIRING FOR THE SUMMER

Know someone looking for a summer job? The Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center 2018 Summer Staff Application is now live! Located up the road, off of Pleasant Grove road, Cross Roads is looking for faithful young adults who love to work with youth, who feel called to make a positive impact on the lives of others, and want to have loads of FUN! Apply today for a life-changing summer! If you know of strong potential applicants direct them to the camp website http://crossroadsretreat.com/employment/. Any questions can be directed to [email protected]

Poinsettia Order Deadline is December 1st

You still have time to order and dedicate Poinsettias for the Christmas season! The church needs about 60 poinsettias every year to decorate the altar. Plants may be taken home after the holiday services. Please pick up the appropriate forms in the Narthex and drop the orders and checks in the collection plate or Laura Hamilton’s box. If you have any questions see Marilyn Hibler or contact Laura in the office.

 

“Coffee Hour Craft” Mission Project This Sunday

The Sunday schoolers will team up to make candy bags on Sunday, November 19th after Sunday school during coffee hour in Fields Hall. Kids will make candy bags and cards to go in our College Connection care packages which will be packed on Sunday, November 26th. (We’ll take your left-over Halloween candy!) So parents, take a few minutes to have a cup of coffee while your kids connect with our far-flung college students!

 

ANNUAL GIVING TREE IN THE NARTHEX

The Annual Giving tree for the Market Street Mission is up in the Narthex. They are asking for 15 shirts. If you would like to participate, please take the top star and write your name on the bottom one. Gifts need to be returned to the Narthex by December 3rd. LVCAP did not have a list of families in need for us this year, however, Old Farmers Road school in Long Valley is collecting gift cards for some local families in need. Donations to their effort would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Maryellen Zwingle or Sarah Scudese.

Bible Study Tuesday 11/14

The Tuesday Bible Study Group will meet again this coming Tuesday, November 14th at 1:00. The group will meet at 12:00 pm at Pezzo Pizzain Long Valley for lunch before our study begins. We will focus our study on the lectionary passages for the following Sunday (please see the schedule in the November LVL Newsletter).

 

Prayer Partners

The annual Secret Prayer Partner event will be held on Saturday, Nov.18 at 3:30 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, [email protected].

Congregational dinner and “Mentor Night”

Everyone is invited to gather in Faith Hall next Wednesday, November 15th at 6:00 pm for a delicious meal prepared by the “Kitchen Cuties”. Following the meal, our confirmation students will have an opportunity for conversation with their appointed mentors. At the same time as the confirmation conversations, those who remain in Faith Hall will receive a presentation of highlights of the congregational survey by our Transition Team. So come and enjoy food fellowship and information!  A “free will offering” will be taken for the meal with any profits going to the Sr. High Youth as they prepare for their trip to the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas.