Please RSVP for Parent’s Night Out in Faith Hall

Five children are registered for the babysitting evening to be held in Faith Hall on April 28th from 5-8pm. Adults from our church family are ready to spend a fun evening with them. If you have had, or will have, a child baptized at Zion in 2015, 2016, 2017 or this year,  and would like to have your newly baptized child and any siblings participate in this free evening, please contact Judy Bumpus at  (908) 684-0391 or  [email protected], or Melissa Brobst at  (908) 867-7358 or

[email protected] as soon as possible. Thanks!


2018 Youth Gathering Update!





2018 Youth Gathering Update!
The mission projects associated with the youth participation in the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering have been distributed and are being evaluated. More information about the projects and how you can support the youth will be forthcoming in the May edition of the LVL Newsletter.
Thanks for your continued support!

Jance, Emily, Brooklyn, John, Jenna, Alexandra, Blanca, Emily, Bella, Sarah, Maddie and Danielle

Faith, Hope & Love: Building Safer & More Welcoming Congregations for LGBTQ Youth

Zion Lutheran Church was represented by Emily Rochotte at the New Jersey Synod sponsored event “Faith, Hope & Love: Building Safer & More Welcoming Congregations for LGBTQ Youth” at St. Paul Lutheran Church in East Windsor on March 17. Attended by congregational leaders of all ages, seminary students, and youth, attendants participated in discussions, workshops and presentations lead by Bishop Traci Bartholomew, members of the New Jersey Synod LGBTQ+ Task Force and leaders of LGBTQ+ organizations. Topics included: LGBTQ+ and Scripture 101, Introduction to Gender Identity and Expression, How to become a Reconciling in Christ Congregation, and others ways to create safe spaces for our LGBTQ community within the church.

Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to continue this conversation at Zion. If you are interested in speaking with Emily about her experience or ways Zion can continue this conversation please contact Emily at (862)324-3630 or [email protected]

Get Your Game Face On ~

Vacation Bible School is Coming!
The weather might not say summer is on the horizon, but the calendar does! Join us July 16-20 for “Game On: Gearing up For Life’s Big Game” as children and volunteers experience God’s presence in our everyday lives. Whether you can volunteer all week or a couple hours one day, there is a job for you!  Know a child who isn’t quite old enough to attend VBS? Join us for the new Vacation Bible School Junior, a one day program to introduce children ages 0-3 to the fun of Vacation Bible School! Please see the attached forms for child and volunteer registration. If you have questions or would like to help, please contact Emily Rochotte at [email protected]

Sunday School Lenten Project Wraps up

Our Sunday school students have been busy during Lent earning and donating change for the Heifer Project.  Our final collection took place on Palm Sunday.  We are pleased to announce that the kids raised $543.32!!!! Thank you to all the kids who participated and used some very clever methods to raise funds, including some little artists who sold quite a few paintings for donations! We will take a vote during the Sunday school opening when Sunday school resumes after Easter to decide what kind of animals we will purchase to put in our Ark. Thank you to all of the adults for your support of our Sunday school children as they reach beyond their immediate surroundings to help children and families in need around the world. If you’d like to match our Sunday schoolers’ donations or to learn more please see Laura Hamilton. You may also visit for more information on the Heifer Project.



The Zion Youth Group is continuing the tradition of offering a Pancake Breakfast for all who would like to join us on Easter Sunday, April 1st, between the hours of 8:30-10:15 AM in Faith Hall. They will serve pancakes, sausages, home fries, scrambled eggs, juice and an assortment of goodies that you won’t want to miss. Please feel free to bring a guest or other family members.  It is a “free will offering” event which will benefit the 2018 Youth Gathering, and we hope to see you all there. More information will be made available in the upcoming “Happenings” emails. Please contact Jance Denzler at [email protected] if you would like more information, or would like to help.

Sunday School Service Day Thank you!

We thank all the Sunday school families who helped out with the coffee hour last weekend, as well as those who donated and helped pack the College Connection boxes. Special thanks to Marie Strebel, Christine Stabile, Kerri Bataille, and Pastor Dan (who made some beautiful wooden cross necklaces for each box). Thanks also to the Sunday School kids for making the pretzel ornaments and handmade cards and helping to pack the boxes.  25 boxes chock full of goodies and love were sent out to our kids! If you have ideas for College Connection, please contact Laura Hamilton in the office.