College Connection Care Package

Here are a few great letters of appreciation from our students for their College Connection Care Packages.  Parents and students—please be sure to provide the office with Fall college addresses as soon as possible so that we can continue this wonderful



“Thank you for the wonderful college care package. I

enjoyed all of the snacks! I hope everyone is well.

Thanks again! Kelly Reibel


Dear Zion Lutheran Church,

Thank you for all of the delicious snacks and the cross from the very generous care package.  I really appreciate it.

Thanks again.  From, Paul Reibel


Members of Zion,

I was quite excited when I picked up my care package from you right before Easter. It is always nice to know that the members of Zion are thinking of all of us at college and putting in the effort to make us feel more connected to home.  Thank you again! Brett Prussack


Dear Zion,

I wanted to send you a thank you email for all the amazing snack packages you’ve sent the past few years.  I absolutely love them and I cannot thank you enough! To whoever has prepared these please send my thank you. It means a lot!

Thank you so much, Connor Duhe


Dear Zion,

Thank you so much for the Easter care package! I had to stay at school for Easter so it was really nice to have it, and all my roommates loved it too!

Claire Hamilton



Thank you very much for the box full of snacks and the wooden cross. I’m very grateful for this. Thank you for thinking of me and including me.

Thanks, Gavin Burke, Stevens Institute of Technology


Claire Hamilton, daughter of Kelly and Laura Hamilton, safely returned from a life-changing experience in Kenya with a group of students traveling on behalf of “Oasis for Orphans”, a Christian organization that operates several orphanages in Kenya. Many thanks to those praying for a safe journey! Claire visited two orphanages while she was there. She was moved by the love and care these children receive, and the joyful spirit in the children who have so very little. She plans to return! Please enjoy some great pictures from her time there in Kenya.

Where are they now? Let’s catch-up with some of our previous graduates and current college students!

Tim Bumpus was awarded the 2018 Gordon Hammes Scholar Award. This award, which is sponsored jointly by Biochemistry and the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry from the American Chemical Society, seeks to recognize those at the bench – graduate students, postdocs, and undergraduates – for the outstanding work they do. Tim was selected as this year’s winner in part based on his recent first-author paper, “Ex Uno Plura: Differential Labeling of Phospholipid Biosynthetic Pathways with a Single Bioorthogonal Alcohol”, published earlier this year as part of the Future of Biochemistry Special Issue. Congratulations Tim!

Emma Hamilton is living in Washington, DC and, after interning, is now working as a full-time staffer for an Indiana Congresswoman. She hopes to work on legislative issues related to the Opioid Epidemic and National Defense.

Claire Hamilton has been named as a 2018 Founders Scholar at Indiana University. She is spending time in Kenya this summer on a mission trip with Oasis for Orphans, a Christian organization.

Kelly Prussack is working as an intern for the consulting firm of Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC.

Join us in Celebrating the News and Achievements of our Zion Students

Connor Andrus is graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in business and marketing. He hopes to find a job which will allow him to remain near some great snowboarding slopes!

Casey Andrus will graduate from West Morris Central High School this spring. He is a junior member of the volunteer fire department in town and this summer will attend county sponsored training.  He will attend the University of Colorado Boulder in the fall. His professional goal is  to become a police officer.

Melissa Bataille has graduated with honors from James Madison University with a Masters Degree in Special Education. She was inducted into Delta Kappa Gamma, an International Society for Women Educators, and received the 2018 Virginia Scholars Award.

Shannon Keller is graduating from West Morris Central High School and will attend the University of Delaware in the Alfred Lerner College of Business.

Matthew Frommeyer will be graduating from West Morris Central High School.  He will be attending Clarkson University this Fall and is majoring in Computer Science.

Eric Prussack graduated in May from Purdue University with a Bachelors degree in Material Science Engineering .

2018 Conformation

On Sunday, May 20th Zion Celebrated THE RITE OF CONFIRMATION
Please Congratulate Our 2018 Confirmation Class:

Left to Right: Pastor Dan Schroeder, Amanda Keller, Julia Hollien, Emily Wallace, Elizabeth Ochs, Catherine Stabile, Kelly Kaltenhauser, Carson Nordmann, Jonathan Jan, Joseph Seewald III, Matthew Ochs


Baptism for Brinley Ryann Basho on June 3rd and Vanessa Marie Landolfi on June 24th. We hope that you will be with us as we recognize God’s grace and love toward these two children and welcome them into the congregation.

Thursday, June 24th,

we will take time to bless those who will be traveling to Houston and the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering and wish them Godspeed as they represent Zion Church in the national gathering of some 30,000 or so youth and adults. We will also be blessing the gifts and mission items that they will be taking to share with other gathering participants and with the people of Houston.


“Blast Off For Books” Houston Literacy Campaign 

Zion’s 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering participants are still collecting new/gently used books for the Houston Literacy Campaign! Book donations and monetary donations will be accepted through early June in the bins located in the narthex. Money collected will be used to buy new books. You may pick up a listing of books being collected in the narthex. For questions please see Jance Denzler.



Zion will honor its high school and college graduates during the worship service on June 17th. We hope to see all of graduates and their families that Sunday!