Feast on Pancakes this Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner is BACK!  Tuesday, February 13th starting at 6pm join us for pancakes, sausage, bacon, hash brown casserole and fruit salad.  A “free will donation” will be taken and  proceeds will benefit the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Fund.



After many conversations and an informal survey, the Worship Committee recommended to the Church Council that the Sunday morning schedule return to its

previous format: 8:00 am Contemporary Worship, 9:15 am Sunday School Hour,

10:30 am Traditional Worship. We will retain a bit of the opening format for Sunday school with an opening children’s song and a short message from Pastor Dan.  The changes will take place the first Sunday in March—March 4th.

First Communion Today

The congregation will welcome 5th grade children to the Sacrament of Holy Communion with a special ceremony at the 9:15 am service. As such there will be no Sunday school for the 5th and 6th graders. The fifth graders will sit with their families for the service and receive communion with them. The sixth graders and their families are encouraged to attend the 9:15 am service in support of their classmates. Please welcome the children and their families this morning.


Scout Sunday is February 25th

Zion’s charter pack, Cub Scout Pack 136 will participate in services on Sunday, February 25th. Scouts may participate at either the 8:00 or 9:15 service, and all scouts, as well as past scouts and leaders, are encouraged to participate and wear their uniforms.  For more information,  please contact Melissa Brobst at [email protected]


Sunday School Bells

As a special treat, the Sunday School students will be ringing the bells at the beginning of the 9:15 am service on February 11th during the opening and children’s song. Bell ringing is open to all age groups, any children who do not want to ring could watch or sing along. There are 14 small bells for younger/smaller people, and 7 bells which are bigger and heavier. The students will be rehearsing during Sunday School and be ready for parent pickup at the normal time (10:30 am). Mark your calendars for February 11th!


FIRST COMMUNION Class This Coming Saturday

The second of our First Communion classes for fifth graders will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 10th. Parents are also invited and urged to attend. The congregation will then welcome these students to the sacrament with a special ceremony on Sunday, February 11th at our 9:15 am service. Please see Pastor Dan for questions.



We look forward to seeing our Confirmation students next Wednesday, February 7th after school at 3:40 pm.  Our topic of conversation will be: Is believing in Jesus the only way to get to heaven?  If you would like to sign up to be the “second adult” during the confirmation classes, or can volunteer to bring snacks email Pastor Dan at [email protected].



2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Shareholder Dinner this saturday

Make your reservations for the 2018 Youth Gathering Roast Beef Shareholder Dinner NOW!  We are taking reservations for the dinner to be held on Saturday, January 20th.  Suggested donation is $25 per person for this fine, served meal, accompanied by appetizers, salad, dinner and dessert.  Bring a friend!  Payment not due until the evening of the event.  Reservations are needed so we make the proper amounts of food.  Reservations can be made by emailing, calling or texting Jance Denzler at [email protected] or (908) 672- 9747Thanks for your support of the 10 high school students attending this trip!

Confirmation Classes This Wednesday 1/17

Confirmation instruction will take place after school on Wednesday, January 17th at 3:40 pm. Our topic of conversation is: If Jesus was God, why did he have to die? If you would like to sign up to be the “second adult” during the confirmation classes, or can volunteer to bring snacks email Pastor Dan at [email protected].