Pastor’s Corner

CONFIRMATION INSTRUCTION this Wednesday

Confirmation instruction will continue after school at 3:40 pm Wednesday, October 18th. Our topic of conversation  is: Getting to Know the Gospels. If you would like to sign up to be the “second adult” during the confirmation classes, or can volunteer  to bring snacks, the sign-up sheet is located on the Education Board in Fields Hall, or email Pastor Dan at [email protected]. We would especially appreciate a few mentors as volunteers!  We still need the kids to sign-up for worship assistants slots, so parents please stop in at pick-up, and bring your calendar. All students will be assigned to serve in worship, so now is your chance to select your dates.

 

Barry Blaine has a new room number

Our friend Barry Blaine continues to recover from some significant health challenges, and is now receiving in-patient therapy at the Kessler  Rehabilitation Center.  If you would like to send a note to let him know you are thinking of him, he can be reached at : 201 Pleasant Hill Rd., Chester, NJ, 07930, Room 216 (note the new room number). The phone number at Kessler is (973) 252-6400. We send our thoughts and prayers to Barry, Ellen and their family, and hope he is up and around soon!

 

Fall Fest and Zion Rocks

The LVCNS Fall Fest this past Tuesday was a great success! The weather was beautiful and the crowd was big!  Thanks to all the Zion folks who helped make the day special for the kids. The kids enjoyed painting rocks for our Kindness Rocks project “Zion Rocks”.  Some of the beautiful rocks painted for VBS 2.0 will live in the LVCNS garden—check them out!  Those that the kids painted during Fall Fest will be scattered throughout the town. If you are about town and turn a painted rock over and see #zionrocks, be sure to take a picture to post to our Facebook page,  “#zionrocks”!  Be sure you tell all of your friends to be on the lookout for Zion’s Rocks and let’s see how far Zion kindness spreads! Look for more information at the

ZionRocks Facebook page and in the upcoming November LVL newsletter.

 

Transition Survey Deadline

We hope all of you are hard at work completing your Transition Surveys! 65 people have taken the survey so far—what about you?? You may complete the survey online by going to  the following URL: http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/zionlongvalley, or pick up a hard copy in the Narthex and return it to the box also located in the Narthex. The survey deadline is October 23rd.  If you have any questions, please contact a member of your Transition Team: Bill Howell, Dottie Weis, Maddie Bataille, Megan Davis, and Diane Rochotte.

 

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

It’s already time to order Christmas poinsettias for the Sanctuary ! Please use the bulletin insert to place your orders for Christmas. Plants will decorate the sanctuary and be available to take home after the Christmas services. You may place your orders in the collection plate and make checks payable to Zion.

If you would also like plants that you can take home for the holiday season, you may order directly from LVCNS by using the order forms in the Narthex. Payment for those orders may be made directly to LVCNS, and you will receive a voucher to pick up your plants before Thanksgiving. Completed forms may be given to LVCNS or placed in the LVCNS mailbox in the Parish center. In either case, all orders are due by November 7th. Proceeds will benefit the LVCNS Playground and Garden project. If you have any questions see Marilyn Hibler or contact Laura in the office.

Fall College Connection Care Packages

Kerri Bataille will be organizing the College Connection Care packages this year. Please forward any address changes you have for your students toKerri Bataille at [email protected]. You can also fill out the form in the Narthex and drop it in the collection plate or in Laura Hamilton’s box in the Parish Center. We don’t want anyone to miss out on the legendary Zion care package! Also, if you are able to sponsor the mailing costs with a Thrivent Action Team grant, please let Kerri know. Thank you!

October Is Collection Month For Shoe Box Stuffers!

Our Operation Christmas Child shoe box packing party is fast approaching on November 4thPlease mark your calendars and join us to pack our boxes! During October we are collecting donations of: toiletries, small toys, and games, art supplies, hard candies, school supplies, small stuffed animals. Beanie Babies in new condition that have been collecting in your attics would be perfect! Please place your donations in the bins located in the Narthex, and mark them for “shoe boxes”. Once again, we must thank Jeanne Howell for sewing hundreds of cute “hygiene roll-ups” for our boxes!  We also have pre-wrapped boxes to fill and bring in if you prefer. For more information contact Laura Hamilton at [email protected]com or in the church office.