Pastor’s Corner

Let Your Opinion Be Known!

The church council is looking for church members to fill positions on the Church Council for 2018 AND positions on the Call Committee that will interview new pastoral candidates. We will be passing out “suggestion slips” this coming Sunday in your church bulletins and ask that you fill out the slip with ONE suggested person for council and ONE suggested person for the call committee. Slips can then be deposited in the appropriate box in the narthex of the church and will be reviewed by our current council as we seek volunteers for both sets of positions. If you can’t be at church this coming Sunday, feel free to email or call Pastor Dan with your suggestions.


Blue Christmas Service

The newly formed bereavement group “Comfort My People” and members of the Stephen Ministry will be hosting a special ecumenical service of worship for those who have suffered loss AND for those who would simply appreciate a quiet and contemplative service during the “hustle and bustle” of the Christmas season. The service will be held at Zion on Thursday, December 21st at 7:00 pm. Father Mike from St. Luke Parish, and Pastor Amy Lincoln from Highland Presbyterian Church will be joining us. The service will include scripture readings, storytelling and the lighting of candles in memory of those who we have lost. Everyone from the greater Long Valley community is welcome and encouraged to attend. If you would like more information on this or the “Comfort My People” bereavement group, please contact Pastor Dan at [email protected].


Bible Study this Tuesday 12/19

The Tuesday Bible Study Group will meet this coming Tuesday, December 19th at 12:00 pm at Pezzo Pizza, in Long Valley, for lunch before our study begins at Zion at 1:00.There will be no Bible Study on December 26th while the group takes a break for the Christmas Holidays.


2018 Stewardship Drive

Our Luther Rose is improving! Please help us to return it to full color by putting your financial pledge for 2018 into the box in the Narthex. If you forgot to bring in your card, there are extras beside the box. We are also attaching the 2018 Time and Talent Sheet to 12/17 issue of Happenings. Please print it out, fill it in and return it to the pledge box as well. If you have a talent that you are willing to share that is not on the sheet, please write it in!



It’s not too late to order and dedicate poinsettias for the altar this Christmas season!  We have ordered 60 poinsettias for the altar, but have only received orders and dedications for 47. If you would like to place an order, please fill out the red order form in the Narthex, or contact Laura in the office as soon as possible. If you have already ordered poinsettias, we thank you and please remember to place your donations in the offering plate. The profits for the sale of the poinsettias this season will benefit the LVCNS playground fund.


One Service Only and No Sunday School December 24th and 31st

Because Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve both fall on Sundays, we will be holding one morning service only at 9:15 am on both of these Sundays. Come and celebrate the season with us as we gather for worship each week! We encourage our children to come and enjoy the beautiful music and these special services with the congregation in the Sanctuary during this time. Sunday School classes will resume on Sunday, January 7th.


Long Valley Christian Nursery School

First Friends ProgramThe LVCNS has just a few spots left in the “Mommy and Me” program (19 months—2.5 years old), and the NEW one day “First Friends ( 2 1/2 -3 years old) class –  both starting in January.

Tricky Tray – The LVCNS is offering advertising in the “Tricky Tray” fundraiser program to friends and families who own or run their own family businesses.

For more information on both of these items, please see the fliers located in the pre-school entry for more information.


2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Shareholder Dinner

Mark Your Calendars! Saturday, January 20th at 5PM. Dinner will be served by Zion’s 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering attendees, and will  feature appetizers, caesar salad, a roast beef carving station, a baked potato bar, vegetables, rolls and a fabulous dessert! “Free Will” donations will be accepted, suggested donation $25 per person. Reservations will be taken during coffee hours on January 7th and 14th,  or contact Jance Denzler at (908) 672- 9747 or [email protected]