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Our June Healing Service

Jun 2, 2016   //   by Jackie Matyasovski   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments

Our next healing service is this Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at 4:30pm.  Join us and bring your prayer concerns…all are welcome!

CPR Training May 21, 2016

May 9, 2016   //   by Jackie Matyasovski   //   General, Pastor's Blog, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments

Join us on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 11:00 am for CPR training and receive a FREE CPR Anytime Kit so you can share the skills you learned with your family and friends.  Training is provided by Hackensack UMC.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Call Pastor Janet Blair at 646.321.3737 today to reserve you space!

Healing Service May 14, 2016

May 6, 2016   //   by Jackie Matyasovski   //   General  //  No Comments

Are you in need of a healing touch?  Perhaps someone you know and love is?  Join us on Saturday, May 14th, at 4:30pm for a healing service that includes the laying on of hands and a personalized prayer for healing.

The One Who Serves: A Reflection on the Words of Jesus

Mar 10, 2016   //   by Jackie Matyasovski   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments

Please come join us for a contemplative reflection on the Gospel using the ancient practice of Lectio Divina on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 10am to 12pm.  Breakfast will be served.  All are welcome!  While registration is not required, we’d love to know that you’re going to attend so we can plan accordingly.  For more information or to register, please call Pastor Janet Blair at 646-321-3737.

The Power of Evil Comes to Judas

Feb 17, 2016   //   by zike   //   General, Pastor's Blog, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments

Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve; he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money. So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present.

Luke 22:1-6


In the scripture assigned for today, Jesus is on his way to the cross, a journey that is appropriate for us to contemplate during Lent.


In this passage from the gospel of Luke, the festival of Passover, the feast of Unleavened Bread, is near. During this holy time, we find that that those people who should be most attuned to holiness are focusing their efforts on finding a way to kill Jesus. Why? Because they are afraid of the people, who are threatening to make Jesus powerful. The chief priests and the scribes are afraid of the power of Jesus, and they are afraid of the power of the people. The people are no longer under their own control. Their evil desire to protect themselves results in their efforts to put Jesus to death.


So into this situation comes the willing figure of Judas. Luke makes us give second thought to the character of Judas and his betrayal of Jesus. The scripture says that Satan “entered into Judas.” Tradition has it that this was the downfall of Judas, that his behavior and his suicide that followed show that he was condemned. But the situation raises questions. Judas is identified as one of the twelve. He is one of Jesus’ closest friends. What can have driven him to betray Jesus? In Luke, it’s not just the money. In fact, the money seems to be an afterthought, a reward for his betrayal.


Could God have a role in Judas’ betrayal of Jesus? In Acts 1:16, Peter says, “Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas.” Could Judas have been just a tool of the situation that called for betraying Jesus, which resulted in Jesus ultimately being put to death and then rising from the dead for our salvation? In fact, if Judas had not betrayed Jesus, would we be saved today?


Yet there is the matter of Satan. Whether or not we think Satan was a person, Luke seems to say that a force other than God influenced him in his actions. So if this force controlled Judas, was he really responsible for what he did? And if he wasn’t responsible, can we then say that his actions were a result of his sin?


I think we can’t help looking at our own sin. It is hard for us to explain where it comes from. It is hard for us to know whether Satan is outside us or within us. It is hard for us sometimes to know why we do what we do. St. Paul wrote, “I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do” (Romans 7:18-19). I think that Judas was in fact responsible for his own actions, just as we are responsible for our own actions. But sin is hard to explain. How can we resist it when we don’t even understand it where it comes from?


We can only resist sin by falling back into the redeeming arms of Jesus. Jesus died for you and me. And whether or not Judas’ sin was forgivable, he represents our entire world of sinners, for whom Jesus died. What do you think of the idea that Jesus died for you and for me, but also for Judas?


The problem was that Judas took matters into his own hands to try to control events – why this happened is not clear. Who was responsible, God, Satan, or Judas himself? We cannot know. But one thing we can be sure of is that we cannot trust ourselves. We can only trust God. Trust in God will allow us to put ourselves in Jesus’ arms, and Jesus will keep us safe. We need Jesus to save us from the power of sin. And he will! Lord Jesus, guide us, protect us, save us. Amen.


Pastor Janet Blair

First Quarter 2016 – Pastoral Supply

Dec 13, 2015   //   by zike   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments
Date Supply Pastor
Jan 10 Beth Orling
Jan 17 Arnd Braun-Storck
Jan 24 Gordon Huff
Jan 31 Arnd Braun-Storck
Feb 7 Gordon Huff
Feb 10 (Ash Wed) Arnd Braun-Storck
Feb 14 Arnd Braun-Storck
Feb 21 Paul Nordeen
Feb 28 Arnd Braun-Storck
Mar 6 Barry Benson
Mar 13 Arnd Braun-Storck
Mar 20 (Palm Sunday) David Burke
Mar 24 (Maundy Thur) Arnd Braun-Storck
Mar 5 (Good Friday) Arnd Braun-Storck
Mar 27 (Easter) Lou Dunkle
Apr 3 Arnd Braun-Storck
Apr 10 Carol Brighton
Apr 17 Arnd Braun-Storck
Apr 24 Carol Brighton

Zion To Host Stress and Nutrition Talks

Sep 30, 2015   //   by zike   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments


Last Quarter 2015 – Pastoral Supply

Sep 12, 2015   //   by zike   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments
Date Supply Pastor
09/13/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
09/20/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
09/27/2015 Lou Dunkle
10/04/2015 Lou Dunkle
10/11/2015 Paul Nordeen
10/18/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
10/25/2015 John Melin
11/01/2015 Aaron Richter
11/08/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
11/15/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
11/22/2015 LAY SERVICE
11/29/2015 John Melin
12/06/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
12/13/2015 David Burke
12/20/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
12/24/2015 Paul Nordeen
12/27/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
01/03/2015 David Burke

Our Beloved Brother Ted

Jun 22, 2015   //   by zike   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments


We mourn the passing of our dear brother and friend, Ted Sudol. Ted joined the Church Triumphant on Friday, June 19, 2015. Our coffee hours just won’t be the same without his wonderful conversation. We will miss him greatly, but I am certain that he will be joining us each Sunday in spirit.

Ted’s parents, Thaddeus C. and Julia (Takach) Sudol, were one of the founding families of Zion Lutheran Church. Ted is the brother of Judy Estok, brother-in-law of John Estok and devoted uncle of Suzanne Estok. A funeral service is planned for Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 10:00 AM at Zion Lutheran Church, 111 Midland Avenue, Garfield, NJ 07026. Interment will follow at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus. The family will receive relatives and friends Tuesday 2 – 8 PM at Vander Plaat- Caggiano Funeral Home Inc., 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410, 201-797-3500. For additional information, please visit

Ellen Grexa Retires as Zion’s Organist

Apr 26, 2015   //   by zike   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments
Ellen Grexa's Retirement Brunch

Ellen Grexa’s Retirement Brunch

Today, Zion honored Ellen Grexa for her 31 years of faithful service as organist in our congregation. Ellen is retiring, but I’m sure that she’ll be attending worship with her friends here at Zion. We’ll miss her playing, but maybe now we’ll get to hear her singing! Good Luck and God bless you Ellen in any of your future endeavors!


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