Lent comes from Old English for “lengthen,” as the days lengthen in spring. It is a season of preparation for Easter. Even though the character is solemn and reflective, it is not without joy, for Sunday is always a day of resurrection. Sundays are not included in the forty days of Lent, and we symbolize this by referring to Sundays in Lent, not Sundays of Lent. Even in this more somber season, we still gather on Sunday to acknowledge, celebrate, and give thanks for Christ’s victory over the forces of evil, death and darkness.
Join ELCA Lutherans from all over New Jersey for “Faith, Hope and Love: Building Safer and More Welcoming Congregations for LGBTQ+ Youth.” on Saturday, March 23rd. This incredible annual event is filled with worship, music, workshops and more. Don’t miss this fun, educational opportunity from 9 AM to 3:30 PM at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Ewing. Lunch is included. Questions? Interested in attending? Contact Emily Rochotte. Registration ends Monday March 18th.
It’s that time of year already! Please use the form in the Narthex to order Easter flowers from Donaldson Farm in Hackettstown. All orders are due by April 7th. Flowers will adorn the altar for Easter week and then may be taken home or donated to the homebound.
In order to increase participation in Zion’s ministries and also give people an opportunity to use their gifts for the sake of Christ’s ministry, we’re trying something new: A “help wanted” section. As most people simply don’t volunteer after seeing something in writing, the end goal is for parishioners to personally invite others to participate in ministries where their gifts and talents are needed. Here are a couple of the critical ministries that currently need support. Also, if you are interested and would like to learn more, just reach out to the contact person.
Sunday Ushers for 10:30am: At heart, ushering is about hospitality. Ushers greet people with bulletins, help people who look lost and assist with the offering. Ushers are trained “on-the-job” and work with experienced folks who guide them. Currently, Pastor Ingrid is scheduling all worship assistants, so contact her if you are interested in helping.
Eucharistic Ministers: We are also in great need of a few more . Eucharistic Ministers to bring Communion, on Sunday, to those who cannot get to church. Zion has a faithful, vital ministry of visiting those who are hospitalized or homebound. Some Eucharistic Ministers visit on a weekly basis, and others do so on a monthly basis. They are paired up with experienced Eucharistic Ministers until they’re ready to go out on their own or with a partner. Judy Bumpus and Linda Tucker coordinate Eucharistic Ministers.
The Villa at Florham Park, a part of Lutheran Social Ministries of NJ, invites you to an educational program presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. Join us Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 10:30am to 12:00pm for a program on the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s.
The Villa is located at 190 Park Avenue, Florham Park, NJ. Please RSVP to The Villa (973)867-1514 or Beth Gebhart at (609) 699-4133, [email protected].
Ingrid Wengert’s family and special guests on January 13, 2019 to Celebrate her Installation as the Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church. We thank Bishop Tracie Bartholomew for presiding over the Installation and beloved Pastor Bruce Davidson for preaching the sermon. Pastor Ingrid takes her place in the history of Zion, becoming the 30th Pastor of Zion and only the second woman to lead the congregation. Guests joined in a celebratory pot-luck luncheon in Faith Hall following the service.
Please visit our Facebook page for lots more pictures of the event!
We thank the Bumpus, Denzler, Tucker and Howell families for serving communion to our hospitalized and homebound members and friends each week.
February 3: Betty Rush and Marcia Davidson; February 10: Annual Meeting;
February 17: Cathy DiLello, Ann Rahmann and Linda Tucker;
February 24: Christine Stabile
February: Malainie Stoma
Each Sunday, the presiding minister and sometimes the acolyte wear a white robe called an alb. “Alb” is the Greek word for “white” and its origin in worship cannot easily be discerned. No great change has taken place in its shape since the ninth century. However, its connection with baptism goes back to the 4th century when the newly baptized wore white garments as a symbol of being clothed in Christ’s forgiveness and love. Worship leaders wear them today as a reminder of baptism; that is, we’re all clothed in Christ’s forgiveness & love.