Pastor’s Corner


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.


Join us this Wednesday, March 20th for our traditional mid-week Lenten Soup Supper and Service. Supper will start at 6:15 PM in Faith Hall, and we will proceed to the sanctuary for Lenten Vespers at 7:00 PM. We need two “soup-makers” each week. Please sign up on the sheet in Fields Hall if you are interested. Please see Pastor Ingrid for more information.


Laura Hamilton will be out of the office from Thursday, March 20 through Monday, March 25th celebrating her mom’s 80th birthday in Chicago. If you can help out by stopping in the office on Thursday or Monday to handle the mail and check the voicemail, both Laura and Pastor Ingrid would appreciate it! If you have an emergency please call Pastor Ingrid on her cell phone at (215) 692-2091.


The Adult Forum will meet this Sunday from 9:20 AM in the Faith Hall to discuss “How to Be Prepared for Workplace or a Community Active Shooter”. Given the reality of shootings in our communities, begin to learn how to prepare for, react to and recover from “active shooter” incidents. Led by Beth Gebhart, Executive Director, Mission Advancement of Lutheran Social Ministries of NJ.


Sunday school will meet at 9:15 am today in the Sanctuary. Students worked on making jars of “Spiritual Vitamins” as a Lenten project last Sunday. If your child did not get to make one last Sunday, they can stop by the Splash Room after Sunday school and make one or take home the supplies. We will be providing seasonal verses throughout the year to “refill” their jars, so we would like every Sunday school child to have one!


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.


Please check your accounts to determine if you have Thrivent Choice Dollars remaining from 2018!  The last day to donate those dollars is March 31!  Zion is a designated recipient for the dollars, and Choice Dollars are used to help finance the Youth Gathering. Go to or call (800) 847-4836 to find out if you have 2018 Choice Dollars to designate. Don’t miss this opportunity to help fund our youth program!