The Sunday School children packed 19 care packages during Sunday School in the Splash Room on Sunday, February 10th as part of our ongoing “Mission Project Ministry” Thanks to the generosity of the congregation, the care packages were chock full of great snacks and goodies for our college students, along with sweet notes from the Sunday school kids. We hope that our college students know they are missed!

If you have any ideas for Mission Projects our Sunday schoolers could undertake, please contact Laura Hamilton in the office.


Cheryl Fritsch and Marge Scudese help the kids shop for goodies and create cards to fill the care package boxes!


Dear Zion Family,
Thank you for the
wonderful box of snacks! Getting a package during a busy week really makes your day better. It’s always nice to know that your church back home is thinking of you. Special thank you to Layla and Amelia for the cards!
Thanks again!
Victoria Stabile

CONGRATULATIONS to Zion’s own Julia Trethaway!!!!!

Trethaway blows away field in 3,200
Rich Bevensee for the Star-Ledger
West Morris junior Julia Trethaway had her eye on the school record book when she toed the starting line for the NJSIAA girls indoor track Meet of Champions 3,200 meters. But she wasn’t chasing a time. When Trethaway blew away the field on Sunday at the Bennett Center in TomsRiver — running the second mile entirely alone — and captured her first M of C title in a U.S. No. 88 10:32.55, she was mostly excited about the company she was keeping.

“This means so much,” said Trethaway after running the fourth-fastest time in meet history. “Kylene Cochran is one of the best runners to come out of my high school and she won a (M of C 1,600) state title in 2014. I never thought I could do that, so to be up there with a runner like that is amazing.”

Trethaway and Cochrane are the only West Morris girls to win an indoor M of C title. Pingry’s Nicole Vanasse, the defending champion, placed second in U.S. No. 12 10:39.93 and North Hunterdon’s Emily Nugent, the Group 4 champion, was third in N.J. No. 5 10:45.86. Randolph’s Abby Loveys, who missed the group meet with the flu and therefore did not qualify for the M of C, would have been Trethaway’s biggest threat. Loveys ran a 10:34.25 at sectionals. But her absence didn’t slow Trethaway, who ran as if someone was breathing down her neck.

“That was just pure adrenaline,” said Trethaway of being able to run so fast alone. “I just felt so good and I wanted it so bad. I have been dreaming of this since forever. I knew it was my chance, so I told myself to do whatever it takes.”


A big thank you to the Sunday Schoolers who packed our College Connection Care packages this past Sunday, and to all who helped out and donated the goodies for the boxes. We mailed 20 boxes full of snacks and loves notes to our college kids to let them know we are thinking of them this Valentine’s Day! Parents: Please update the office with your child’s college address—we hate to leave anyone out! Additionally—let the office know if there is anything “newsworthy” that we can share. Help Zion celebrate and share in the success of our young members, as well as keep our data base up-to-date!


2/10 is Scout Sunday and we celebrate and honor all who participate or have participated in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. Zion holds the Charter for Cub Scout Pack 136. We have 6 Dens from Pack 136 and 10 Girl Scout Troops that meet at Zion on a regular basis. Welcome Scouts!


Zion’s youth have been hard at work cleaning and painting the youth room and are excited to be able to spend time in their own place! They are looking for congregation’s support to help them finish up the room by furnishing it with bean bag chairs and lamps. Donations of any amount are incredibly helpful. If you’d like to “purchase” a specific item, a donation of $20 will get us a lamp and a donation of $30 will get us a chair. Please make checks out to Zion Lutheran Church and include Youth Group in the memo line. Thank you so much for your support of Zion’s Youth.
Please contact Emily Rochotte at if you have any questions.

ELCA Youth Gathering Annual Shareholder Dinner

Saturday, May 4th at 5 PM
Please join Zion’s Senior youth for our 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering Annual Shareholder Dinner
Featuring: Appetizers, Caesar Salad, Roast Beef Carving Station, Baked Potato Bar, Vegetables and Rolls, Fabulous Desert!
All served by Zion’s Youth Gathering Attendees, Free Will donations accepted, suggested donation $25 per person. For questions please email [email protected] or by phone at (908) 672-9747.

February Youth Group Outing Snow Tubing on Saturday, February 23rd

February Youth Group Outing Snow Tubing on Saturday, February 23rd

We’re hitting the slopes to go snow tubing at Big Boulder Mountain in Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania. Bring your friends, all are welcome. Please RSVP as soon as possible to Emily Rochotte.

A $15 deposit is due by February 10th to hold your spot. An additional $15 will be due the day of the trip. For families with two or more attending youth, the cost is $25/youth ($15 deposit, $10 due day of).

Cash or checks will be accepted. Please make checks payable to Zion Lutheran Church Subject: Snow Tubing. Both permission slips must be filled out and turned in on the 23rd. No youth will be left out if cost is a restraint for your family. To have the cost of the trip waived please contact Youth Leader Emily Rochotte at [email protected] or (862)324-3630 or Pastor Ingrid Wengert at [email protected] or (215)692-2091