Where are they now? “Catching Up” with some of our recent graduates who are out in the work-world…….

Zachary Bumpus has served in the US Air Force for 4 years. He is a photojournalist in the public affairs department. Last spring he passed his sergeant’s exam and over the past year has taken the coursework required to become a Staff Sergeant. On June 1, 2019, Zach will sew on his staff sergeant stripes! Zach is currently stationed at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam.

Emma Hamilton is now the Special Assistant to the White House Liaison of the Department of Defense in the Pentagon, Washington DC.

We’d like to recognize and congratulate our 2019 High School and College graduates,and highlight their achievements. We are so proud of all of our Zion youth!

Mitch B. is graduating from West Morris Central High School and will be attending the University of Iowa in the Fall to study exercise science and plans to study physical therapy in the future.

Sophia D. is graduating from West Morris Central High School. She will attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received the Presidential Scholarship.

Jenna H. is graduating from the Purnell School. She will attend Messiah College and major in Music Business.

Katie F. is graduating from West Morris Central High School and will study biochemistry at Susquehanna University this Fall.

Allison K. is graduating from West Morris Central High School. She will attend the University of Delaware’s School of Nursing in their ROTC program with plans to be an Army Nurse.

Nathan M. is graduating from West Morris Central High School. He will be attending Boston College and majoring in Biology, and Spanish with plans to attend Medical School. He will also be on their Division 1 Fencing team. Nathan received the Pete Angus Soccer Scholarship, Morris County NJ Scholar Athlete Award, Morris County Professional Counselor Association Caring Student of the Year Award, NJIFA First Team All-State for Men’s Foil Fencing, NJAC First Team All-Conference for Men’s Foil Fencing, National Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society.

William M. is graduating from West Morris Central High School this year. He will be attending The Citadel military college of South Carolina in the Fall. He will be participating in their ROTC program.

Alexandra S. is graduating from West Morris Central High School and will attend the Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.

Kelly P. graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. She will be working for the Northrop Grumman Corporation in Azusa California.

Kailene B. graduated Cum Laude the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a minor in Spanish.

Matt D. is graduating from Coastal Carolina University on August 9th with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies – Organizational Development, with a minor in Resorts/Tourism. He will be working with LHWH Advertising, a Public Relations Agency in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Jayne H. received her Master’s in Accountancy from Rider University. She will be working at Deloitte in September.

John H. graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Political Science degree. He is searching for a job related to public policy research and statistical polling analysis.

Congratulations to all of our graduates and we wish you all the best for your bright futures!


We are looking for volunteers to participate in our Habitat for Humanity work day on June 17th.  No experience is needed and there are jobs for everyone age 16 and older.  What a great way to spend a summer day!  Our work-site will be 121 Main Street, Succasunna, and you can read about the families here:

Please sign up in Fields Hall, or contact Candice Snyder at: [email protected] or (973)945-4363 for additional information. We hope you can join us!

Stakeholders Dinner this Saturday

On Saturday, May 4th at 5PM Please join Zion’s Senior Youth for their 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering Stakeholder Dinner Annual Fundraiser. Dinner will feature: Appetizers, Salad, Roast Beef , Carving Station, Baked Potato Bar, Vegetables and Rolls. More details will follow in upcoming publications. For questions please see Jance Denzler.


Amazon Smile

Your Amazon Purchases Can Help Donate Money to Zion!

Zion has recently joined Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile is a program that donates funds to charities. When one orders goods through Amazon Smile, Amazon gives a small fraction of the purchase price to the registered Amazon Smile charity of the customer’s choice. One-half of one percent (.5%) of the price of your selection is donated by Amazon. This DOES NOT increase the price of your purchase. Instead it is a way for Amazon to direct their charitable giving, which they fund through their proceeds, to organizations that are of interest to their customers.

Many churches have taken advantage of the Amazon Smile program. In fact, 658 churches identified as Zion Lutheran Church are registered with Amazon Smile. So while ordering one’s purchases through Amazon Smile is as easy as ordering through Amazon without using Smile, the very first step may seem a bit confusing but hang in there Search for Amazon Smile or click here:

Under the normal search bar there is a small link to make your choice using the phrase Supporting. Click and enter Zion Lutheran, Long Valley and you’ve selected our congregation. Once you’ve selected Zion Lutheran Long Valley, all future purchases made through Amazon Smile will have .5% of the purchase price donated to Zion Lutheran Church in Long Valley, NJ. You will not have to search through the charity list again, as long as Zion remains your selected charity. One may change one’s charity preference at any time on the Amazon Smile page. If you accidentally use the site, you will be asked if you wish to go through Amazon Smile to donate to your charity.

Thank you for supporting our congregation through your Amazon Purchases!

Youth Ministry Zone March 2019

Joseph Snyder, Sophia Stoma, Jacqui Fritsch, Sarah and Allie Rooney, and Emalyn Stoma create beautiful Easter panels for our special quilt!

Tora Olsen creates her pretzel during the Annual Pretzel Breakfast. The humble pretzel has become a symbol of fasting before Easter, originally made from unleavened bread and twisted to resemble praying arms.

Amelia Davis shows off her jar of Spiritual Vitamins, containing Lenten verses. Children will read one a day during the Lenten Season to hear the good news of Jesus!

Michael and Edward Strebel create more beautiful Easter panels for our LWR quilt during the Sunday School Pretzel breakfast on March 10th.

Shrove Tuesday Fun

On March 5th, between helpings of delicious pancakes, bacon and fruit prepared by the Youth Group, the Sunday school children created special panels with an Easter theme that will eventually be sewn into a quilt for Lutheran World Relief.

Allie Rooney with Lyla Weth and Joseph Snyder