Pastor’s Thoughts

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].


Child Evangelism Fellowship Internship

The Child Evangelism Fellowship in Northern New Jersey has an opportunity for a paid summer internship that might be of interest to a student in this congregation. If you know of a student who would consider investing the summer in ministering to boys and girls while encouraging and mentoring high school students, and developing leadership skills, please pass this information along to him or her.  A description of the position, including instructions for applying, is available at Resumes are due by March 24, 2017. For more information please contact Twyla Pellegrino, Local Director, Child Evangelism Fellowship of NJ, North Jersey Chapter at 973.265.4447 or

College Connection Update

We sent 23 care packages to our out-of-town students. Looks like they were a big hit!

“Hello, Thank-you very much for the surprise box full of snacks. I’m very grateful for this. Thank-you for thinking of me and including me. Thanks, Gavin Burke

“Dear Zion Family, Thank you for the wonderful box of snacks!! It’s fun to receive packages and know that people back home are thinking of me!” Thanks again! Victoria Stabile

“Dear Zion Members, Thank you so much for my Valentine’s Day care package! It was a lovely and truly appreciated surprise! My roommates and I have been enjoying all of the goodies over the past couple of days. Thank you so much for thinking about me while away at school.” Best, Ashley Sauer

“Dear Zion, Thank you so much for the Valentine’s Day care package! It was so unexpected and very, very delicious!! My roommates loved eating all the snacks and I appreciate it so much that you guys think of me! Hope everything is going well!! Love, Claire Hamilton


Boy Scout Pack 136 to join us for worship

Zion is  “Chartered Partner” of the Patriots’ Path Council Boy Scouts of America, and  we sponsor Pack 136. They will be with us for worship and will be greeting churchgoers this Sunday.  We have also asked members of the congregation who are affiliated with scouting in any way to wear their uniforms Sunday as a show of support for these young men.  Please welcome them to worship on Sunday!