Pastor Ingrid would like to text a daily prayer beginning in the Fall. She’ll simply group text the prayer to all the interested pray-ers. Please text her or sign-up to share your interest.

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…

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…

Believe it or not, I’ve now been serving at Zion for six months! I am amazed at the amount and variety of ministry done by this small congregation. As I mentioned in a sermon, the caring has probably struck me the most. I’ve frequently witnessed a deep sense of compassion and concern for those who…

Declining Christianity & Fear of the Future

In recent years, Christians in the U.S. have heard depressing news about statistical trends. It can be summed up with a grand overview by Religion News Service “During the post-war, baby-booming 1950s, there was a revival of religion. Then came the societal changes of the 1960s, which included a questioning of religious institutions. The resulting…

Declining Christianity & Fear of the Future In recent years, Christians in the U.S. have heard depressing news about statistical trends. It can be summed up with a grand overview by Religion News Service “During the post-war, baby-booming 1950s, there was a revival of religion. Then came the societal changes of the 1960s, which included a…

WORSHIP INSIGHT: Acolyte

The word acolyte is derived from the Greek word akolouthos, meaning companion, attendant, or helper. The Acolyte ministry has its roots in the Hebrew scriptures, where the prophets Samuel and Elisha are seen assisting Eli, the Levite priest. At the late service, acolytes wear a worship robe called an alb, Latin for white, which is…

WORSHIP INSIGHT: New Members

We rejoice to receive new members into our congregation today! We use the “Affirmation of Baptism” service that is also used when youth are confirmed. Baptism, which signifies membership in the body of Christ goes with us wherever we go, so today our newest members will affirm their baptism in this particular expression of the…

WORSHIP INSIGHT: Sanctus

The “Sanctus” happens during the Communion liturgy and begins “Holy, holy, holy…” The word “holy” in Latin is “sanctus.” It’s one of the oldest elements of the liturgy of which we have written evidence by St. Clement of Rome who died about 104 A.D. The first part of the Sanctus is from Isaiah 6:3, which…

WORSHIP INSIGHT: Confirmation

Confirmation ministry “is a pastoral and educational ministry of the church that helps the baptized – through Word and Sacrament – to identify more deeply with the Christian community and participate more fully in its mission.” Confirmands have concluded a 2 year program through which they’ve learned about the small catechism, scripture and gotten to…