Help Wanted!

A while back, volunteers from our congregation refinished the floors on the second floor of the Parish Center. To accomplish this project all of the furniture and file cabinets were squeezed into one room.  Before we can move the furniture and cabinets back to the two ‘vacant’ rooms we need to finish painting these two rooms.  We are looking for some volunteers give us a few hours of their time to complete the painting. This can be done at your convenience. Just give Bill Howell a call and let him know when you can help out and he will make sure materials (paint,  brushes, rollers) are available. The committee can also use help on a variety of indoor and outdoor projects. If you can spare a few hours of time to help the Property Committee identify savings and keep Zion in tip-top shape, please contact Bill Howell at [email protected], (678)232-2730 or (908) 876-0078.

Direct Install

Zion’s church council has voted to approve Zion’s application to participate in an energy saving program sponsored by the State of New Jersey called “Direct Install”. The plan has been approved by the state agency in charge of administering these grants and will be instituted soon. The plan entails replacing bulbs and fixtures in the church, Fields Hall and the preschool area. The plan does require a cost share on Zion’s part, but should result in substantial savings on our utility bills. Give Bill Howell a call for more information at (908)876-0078 or (678)232-2730.

Property Changes

In 1972 (46 years ago) our church entered into an agreement with Washington Township regarding the use of the grassy field behind the church for recreational purposes. In return, the Township has mowed the lawn during the summer and has also plowed the parking lot during the winter months. A few months ago, Zion was notified by the Township that they no longer required the use of our property. The Township agreed to continue to plow our parking lot during the 2017-2018  winter months. The task of mowing the lawn and plowing the parking lot is now the responsibility of the church.  Arrangements have been made to have the mowing and plowing done by outside vendors. Over the past few weeks the, Township has removed the backstop and the fencing in the infield area. The infield will also be re-seeded. The two sections of fencing in the outfield will remain intact.

gardeners in residence

The grounds are spectacular this year, so if you see our “gardeners in residence”, Helga and Reinhard Schwartz, be sure to thank them for all the hard work that goes into keeping Zion looking so lovely!


Zion’s church council has voted to approve Zion’s application to participate in an energy saving program sponsored by the state of New Jersey called “Direct Install”. The plan has been approved by the state and will be instituted soon. The result should net substantial savings on our utility bills.  Please see the June LVL for the details.  Also, Washington Township has removed the infield fencing and will be replacing the clay infield with topsoil and will reseed the area. The two fences in the outfield will remain.  Give Bill Howell a call for more information at (908)876-0078 or (678)232-2730.


Our spring clean-up has begun and some folks are working hard around Zion’s property to spruce it up after our tough winter!  The broken window in the church will be replaced in the next few weeks. A couple requests have been made of all of our members, friends and building users: Please make every effort to stay on the blacktop when using the in/out driveway. The ruts along the drive have been filled again, but this seems to be an ongoing issue. For smokers we would appreciate the use of the “butt receptacle” located by Fields Hall. As always, we can use help with ongoing maintenance. If you or your group is interested in helping out with gardening or other projects this spring, please contact Bill Howell at [email protected] or contact Laura Hamilton in the church office at [email protected] We will be happy to put you to work!