Calling All Painters and organizers!

We are getting the offices ready with hope and anticipation that we will have a new Pastor shortly. We’d like to put our best foot forward with an organized and useful space in the Parish Center offices. Thanks to Joseph Seewald and Bill Howell for helping Laura to clear out some rooms upstairs, and to…

BRIGHTER LIGHTS – LOWER COSTS 

This week we are implementing the NJ energy savings program called Direct Install.  The Donnelly Company has replaced all of the existing bulbs and fixtures in the sanctuary, the education wing, and Fields Hall with high efficiency LED bulbs.  The cost of the project is being shared by the Direct Install program and Zion, with…

Thrivent Choice Dollars

If you hold Thrivent Financial products, you may have Choice Dollars to donate to a charity of your choice. To determine if you have dollars to donate, log onto your Thrivent account and select Choice Dollars. Follow the prompts to select a charity to receive your donation. This is a simple and easy way to make…

PROPERTY PROJECTS

We have begun sorting out old paper in the office (old bills, bulletins, etc.). If you can help our group of volunteers on Tuesday mornings, please come to the office after 9:30 AM. We also need some help moving old filing cabinets and other material out of the upstairs Parish center offices (calling available youth!)….

Please be sure to stop by the Parish Center offices to look at some of the interesting historical artifacts from Zion’s past. Zion member Helga Schwartz is working on cataloging and preserving many documents, pictures and artifacts for future generations, and has written extensively on the history of Zion in her book “Passing on the…


THANK YOUS:  thank you to everyone who helped in 2017 – we accomplished so many wonderful projects!

You can find me most Wednesdays 4pm ~ 6PM and Saturdays 9AM ~ 12PM working at the church, I can always use an extra set of hands and/or eyes… stop on by!


Faith in Action – God’s Work Continues

As of the official close of our campaign to pay down of the mortgage on Faith Hall, we have received $387,019 in pledges and gifts! This will allow us to both pay down a sizable piece of the mortgage principal and continue to make payments on the remainder.  We thank everyone who has contributed to the campaign in any way, and offer a special thanks to our campaign committee for their time and efforts!

Please know that even though we have officially closed the campaign, we will be more than happy to receive additional gifts and/or pledges. For those who have made pledges, your timely payments will help us keep up with our financial obligations.  Please mark your gifts “Faith Hall” or “Building Campaign“.


TO DO LIST:

Make additional bulletin boards (for Pastor Dan, the Reformation, Faith Hall) (This project is being funded by a Thrivent Grant)

Fix the light fixture in the Furnace Room of the church building

Create a Master Key Plan and Battery Plan

Adjust the Mics on the Lectern and Pulpit

Remove paint splatters on the bathroom floors in the church building

Paint/Spruce up Fields Hall – the goal is a warm and welcoming feel for all – this remains a work in progress (funded by a Thrivent Grant)

Clean and Paint the White Display Cabinet in the Narthex (using leftover supplies from Narthex project)

Finalize a system for housing our Name Tags (Thrivent Grant Project)

Paint the lower ceiling in the Narthex (using leftover supplies from Narthex project)

Paint the breezeway (using leftover supplies from Narthex project)

Assess the pencil holders in our pews (at this point small bits of pencils and other such tiny things have “fallen” in and need to be cleaned out – wondering if there is a better system/product to use?) (Thrivent Grant Project)

Clean carpets in the office area

Clean carpets in Faith Hall classrooms/meeting rooms and upstairs hallway

Replace old exit signs in the church building (Thrivent Grant Project)

Replace the plastic in the large light fixture in the girl’s bathroom in the church building – it’s cracked from age

Spring 2017:

Paint the exposed roof on the Carriage House

Parking lot line striping

Assess new walkway from driveway to church offices

Tidy/Organize the white storage shed, the green shed (aka the carriage house) and the attic (Thrivent Grant Projects)

Items Done Monthly:

Change Light Bulbs

Remove wax from sanctuary carpet

Items Done Quarterly:

Training for facility user groups

Adjust light timers

Items Done Annually:

Winter (Faith Hall carpet cleaning; Lights on (and off) outside Christmas Tree)

Spring (Install Speed Bumps; Exterior Hose Bibs On; Weeding/Yard Clean Up)

Summer (Yard Work)

Fall (Remove Speed Bumps; Exterior Hose Bibs Off; Leaf/Yard Clean Up)

Misc. (Contract Renewals; Inspections)


PROJECTS UNDERWAY:

Complete Front Entrance Refurbishing (This is a Thrivent Grant Project being worked on by Laura Hamilton, Pam Moore and Malainie Stoma)

Repair and refinish stairs and upstairs floors in the Parish Center Office area (This is a Thrivent Grant Project being worked on by Brad and Malainie Stoma)


PROJECTS ON HOLD UNTIL OTHER PROJECTS ARE COMPLETED:

Install locks on the bathroom and guestroom doors in the Parish Center

Spruce up the Youth Room (Thrivent Grant Project)

Spruce up the guestroom (Thrivent Grant Project)

Shelving in Property Office (Thrivent Grant Project)


2017 Budget Items / Future Wish List Items:

Humidifier for the Parish Center basement (Thrivent Grant Project)

New door mats (Thrivent Grant Project)

Masonry work on Griffith house chimney

Electric to carriage house (Thrivent Grant Project)

Lights on new exterior signs (Thrivent Grant Project)

Plant/Mulch around new sign posts (Thrivent Grant Project)

Stone at base of all downspouts (Thrivent Grant Project)

New microphones/sound system assessment (Thrivent Grant Project)

New Faucets in the Faith Hall kitchen (Thrivent Grant Project)

Front Door Lamppost – replace with clear glass and white light bulb for better lighting (Thrivent Grant Project)

Faith Hall patio door issues

Wheel chair accessible ramp into Fields Hall entrance

Automatic Safety Magnetic Closers on Faith Hall interior doors

Nursery School window repairs/replacement


Joseph Pinelli’s Eagle Scout Project ~ Refurbish Front Porch

Work is primarily complete – just the punch list to finalize in the Spring.  A very big thank you to Joe and his crew!


PRESERVATION COMMITTEE:

Zion’s Preservation Plan Grant Approved!

On July 26th, upon recommendation from the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund, the Morris County Freeholders voted to fully fund Zion’s 2017 Historic Preservation Trust Fund grant application for $27,760 for Zion’s Preservation Plan. This grant will fund 80% of the cost of the plan, and enable Zion to access grant funds for projects and priorities identified in the plan for years to come.  We’d like to thank the Historic Preservation Committee, and most especially Renee Feldman, whose dedication and perseverance has paid off in a big way for Zion. Efforts are ongoing to raise the funds to cover Zion’s 20% share of the plan.  Stay tuned to happenings and the LVL Newsletters for more information on next steps in the process of preparing the plan and how you can help.  If you have questions, please contact Renee Feldman at [email protected]

 


As you can see, there is always plenty of work to keep us busy!

We are grateful for any time you may have to give!  Renee (908-310-9154)