Pastor’s Thoughts

Lost keys – Casa Zion

There is a set of keys labeled “Casa Zion”  in the church office. If you are the owner of these keys, please contact Laura Hamilton in the church office to retrieve your keys!


Last Choir Practice

The Zion choir will have its last practice this Thursday, June 1st. Practices will resume in the fall.  If you have any questions or would like to be part of the choir, please contact Marilyn Hibler at 908-852-1437.

Copycat Panera Creamy Tomato Basil Soup Recipe


  •  1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  •  1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  •  1 tbsp crushed garlic
  •  1 14 oz can chicken broth {or 2 cups}
  •  2 Tbsp sugar
  •  ⅓ cup butter
  •  1 cup heavy cream
  •  15-20 Basil leaves, chopped



  1. Combine the tomatoes, broth, and garlic bring to a boil and let boil for 10 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the sugar and butter and mix until they are dissolved, melted and well combined.
  3. Very slowly pour in the heavy cream while simultaneously stirring until all the cream is combined and the soup is creamy.
  4. Stir in the basil.
  5. I like to serve it hot garnished with a dollop of pesto and freshly grated Parmesan cheese!

Recipe by The Pinning Mama at



The Congregational Dinner and Confirmation Mentor Night is this Wednesday, May 31st.  Join the confirmands and their mentors for a Kielbasa/Pie​rogi casserole dinner which starts at 6​pm!  Stay for the fellowship while the confirmands adjourn with their mentors for conversations.  A  “Free Will Offering” will go towards the ELCA Youth Gathering fund. All are welcome and please bring a friend!

Final Sunday school 5/21

It’s hard to believe, but our final Sunday school class of the year is May 21th! We hope you will join us for the celebration during the Sunday School hour, beginning at 9:00 in Faith Hall.  Also, next Sunday, May 28th, we will move to our “summer worship schedule” with one service at 9:00am – alternating Contemporary and Traditional formats.  May 28th will be a Contemporary service

5/17 Confirmation Class

Confirmation Classes will meet again  Wednesday, May 17th, with students gathering at about 3:30 for snacks before class begins. The topic of discussion will be: Can I be a Christian without going to church? Just a reminder: Confirmation rehearsal and Mentor Night will be May 31st, and Confirmation services will take place on June 4th at 9:00 am.


LVCAP Food Drive Coming in May

Zion’s designated month to stock the LVCAP Interfaith Food Pantry is May. We will be looking for a sponsor for a matching Thrivent Action Team Project grant so we can maximize our food donations.  More information to follow in upcoming “Happenings” emails and the May LVL Newsletter.


The food pantry needs your help

LVCAP has filled its Shopper, Emergency Fund Coordinator, and Food Drive Coordinator positions. They would like someone to assume the position as LVCAP Coordinator, which will be vacant as of the end of April, 2017. They also need someone to help with communications and social media posts. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Susan Spina at [email protected].