Friends in Christ,
The time is upon us! On October 7th Zion’s candidate for its next settled pastor will be here at the church to lead worship at 10:30 am. Everyone will have the opportunity to join the candidate in the joyful worship of God, and then all confirmed members of Zion will be asked to vote whether they want to receive the candidate as their next called pastor in a special called congregational meeting. Rev. Scott Schantzenbach, Assistant to the Bishop, will lead the meeting. Because of the special service and congregational meeting, there will be no Sunday school classes on the 7th .
You will have an opportunity to meet the candidate informally on Saturday, October 6th here at the church at a reception hosted by the Church Council in Faith Hall. The reception will begin at 6:30 pm and will run to 9:00 pm. We urge you to come on Saturday and engage the candidate in conversation, and to ask any questions that you might have. The candidate has been vetted and recommended by the Bishop and staff of the New Jersey Synod, has undergone interviews by the Call Committee and the Church Council, has been observed leading worship by members of the Call Committee and finally has been recommended unanimously by the Call Committee and Council to the congregation for final approval.
We offer our sincere thanks to the Call Committee for the hours and hours of work put into creating a profile of our congregation, creating and rehearsing questions to be posed to the candidate, and then working with the candidate in interviews, discussions and observations. We also give thanks to the Transition Team for their preliminary work in gathering data and “preparing the way” and to the church council for the review and approval our church profile and the candidate. Seldom in the life of a congregation is there as important an event as this. We ask all of Zion’s members and friends to come to the service of worship on the 7th. Then, we ask all confirmed members of Zion to give serious reflection to the matter and to vote. (Confirmed Members are those adults who have joined Zion Lutheran Church through affirmation of faith and those who, as youth, were confirmed here at Zion. If you are not sure of your membership status, please contact the church office. Laura or Pastor Dan can check the database.)
This should be a joyous celebration in the life of the congregation. Let’s fill the sanctuary to overflowing and worship God with fervor!
Grace and peace,