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Agape at St. Paul’s in East Windsor in May

Apr 16, 2015   //   by zike   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments


In support of the Bosnian IST Ministry, Agape will be performing at St. Paul’s in East Windsor, NJ on May 3rd.  In past years, we’ve had a few of our youth join in this ministry.  Donations and a free will offering will be held to support the New Jersey Synod’s Bosnia IST Ministry.

Agapé will be on the main stage of the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit this summer (as he has been for many previous Youth Gatherings).

He is also a former (and future) Travel Team member of the Bosnia IST and is an ardent supporter of this ministry.

For more information about Bosnia IST go to

For more information about Agapé, go to


Looking for God?

Apr 15, 2015   //   by Janet Blair   //   General, Pastor's Blog, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments

Dear Friend,

Are you looking for God?

That might seem like a strange question. But if you listen to your heart, you might find a restless longing to find meaning through relationship with God. People seek relationship with God through prayer, worship, Scripture, relationships with other people, even communing with nature and practices like meditation and contemplation. A very long time ago, St. Augustine wrote, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” Sometimes we’re looking for a place for our hearts to rest without even knowing it. Sometimes we need a little guidance to know what path to follow.

You are invited to join a warm, caring group of fellow seekers at Zion Lutheran Church in Garfield. We are a supportive, welcoming community in Christ, and we would love to meet you. We are a Reconciling-in-Christ congregation, which means we have made a decision to welcome LGBTQ people into full fellowship in our community. Everyone is welcome. Just as Jesus welcomed saints and sinners, people with and without means, people of diverse backgrounds, those who were happy and successful and those who struggled, we also feel called to provide a loving, accepting church home for everyone, including you. Jesus lived, died and rose for all of us. When we seek, we discover that God has been looking for us all along. You are invited to be part of learning what that means for our lives.

We are proud of the many faithful, vibrant pastors who lead our worship from week to week. Join us! We worship at 9:00 am, and coffee follows at 10:15. Or if you’d just like to meet some friendly people, feel free to just show up at 10:15 for coffee and good company.

I am available to speak to you if you would like to know more about us. You can reach me at (646) 321-3737 or email me at

If you’re looking for a pastor for a baptism, wedding, or funeral, we are available to help you.

We would like to hold you in prayer! We look forward to meeting you soon.

Yours in the welcoming love of Jesus,

Pastor Janet E. Blair

Faith and Farewell

Apr 9, 2015   //   by zike   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments

One of Zion’s favorite visiting pastors, Pr. Jack DiMatteo has authored a book about saying goodbye to our aging parents. The book is titled “Faith and Farewell”, and Pastor Jack explores this emotional subject drawing from his own personal experiences.


Check out Pastor Jack’s website at:

Seafarers International House

Apr 9, 2015   //   by zike   //   General, Uncategorized, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments

One of our Pastors, Arnd Braun-Storck talks about his Seafarers International House Ministries. Zion is very fortunate to have him as a fairly regular supply Pastor and we certainly applaud his efforts with the Seafarers.

Second Quarter-2015 Pastoral Supply

Apr 8, 2015   //   by zike   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments
Date Supply Pastor
05/03/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
05/10/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
05/17/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
05/24/2015 Jack DiMatteo
05/31/2015 Paul Nordeen
06/07/2015 Paul Nordeen
06/14/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
06/21/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
06/28/2015 Jack DiMatteo
07/05/2015 LAY SERVICE
07/12/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
07/19/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
07/26/2015 Jack DiMatteo
08/02/2015 Paul Brndjar
08/09/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
08/16/2015 Barry Benson
08/23/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
08/30/2015 Jack DiMatteo
09/06/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck

First Quarter 2015 – Pastoral Supply

Feb 17, 2015   //   by zike   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments
Date Supply Pastor
01/04/2015 Paul Nordeen
01/11/2015 Jack DiMatteo
01/18/2015 Lay Service
01/25/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
02/01/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
02/08/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
02/15/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
02/18/2015 Ash Wednesday Jack DiMatteo
02/22/2015 Paul Nordeen
03/01/2015 Paul Nordeen
03/08/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
03/15/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
03/22/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
03/29/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
04/02/2015 Maundy Thursday Paul Nordeen
04/03/2015 Good Friday Paul Nordeen
04/05/2015 Easter Paul Nordeen
04/12/2015 Paul Nordeen
04/19/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck
04/26/2015 Arnd Braun-Storck

Second Quarter 2014 Pastoral Supply

Mar 22, 2014   //   by zike   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments
Date Supply Pastor
04/06/14 Jack Dimatteo
04/13/14 Arnd Braun-Storck
04/17/14 Maunday Thursday John Melin
04/18/14 Good Friday John Melin
04/20/14 Easter John Melin
04/27/14 Lou Dunkle
05/04/14 Jack Dimatteo
05/11/14 Sue Ann Riley
05/18/14 Arnd Braun-Storck
05/25/14 Arnd Braun-Storck
06/01/14 Jack Dimatteo
06/08/14 Arnd Braun-Storck
06/15/14 Arnd Braun-Storck
06/22/14 Arnd Braun-Storck
06/29/14 Arnd Braun-Storck

Volunteer Worship Schedules: April, May, June

Mar 20, 2014   //   by zike   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments
Date Altar Guild Communion Assistant Acolyte Reader
04/06/14 Joan Pierce Volunteer Volunteer Ellen Grexa
04/13/14 Jackie Matyasovski Jackie Matyasovski Volunteer Ted Sudol
04/20/14 Leah Ann Spinelli Leah Ann Spinelli Volunteer Lou Spinelli
04/27/14 Jackie Matyasovski Lisa Grohsman Volunteer Linda Paladino
05/04/14 Jackie Matyasovski Jackie Matyasovski Volunteer Ellen Grexa
05/11/14 Joan Pierce Jackie Matyasovski Chris Vittone Volunteer
05/18/14 Dave Lucas Dave Lucas Volunteer Jackie Matyasovski
05/25/14 Jackie Matyasovski Jackie Matyasovski Chris Vittone Ted Sudol
06/01/14 Joan Pierce Leah Ann Spinelli Volunteer Ellen Grexa
06/08/14 Jackie Matyasovski Lisa Grohsman Chris Vittone Jackie Matyasovski
06/15/14 Jackie Matyasovski Jackie Matyasovski Volunteer Ted Sudol
06/22/14 Joan Pierce Jackie Matyasovski Chris Vittone Linda Paladino
06/29/14 Jackie Matyasovski Leah Ann Spinelli Volunteer Lou Spinelli

In The News – 2/3/2014

Feb 3, 2014   //   by zike   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments

Jane McCready joined Zion’s congregation for Worship Sunday. Jane is the first recipient of Zion’s Scholarship Fund. Jane hails from Westwood, NJ and is in her final year of seminary at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. She is a welcome member of Zion’s extended family and we wish her well.

Jane McCready - Zion's first Scholarship recipient.

Jane McCready – Zion’s first Scholarship recipient.

Volunteer Worship Schedules – July/August

Jun 30, 2013   //   by zike   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments
Date Altar Guild Communion Assistant Acolyte Reader
7/5/13 Jackie Matyasovski Leah Ann Spinelli Chris Vittone Jackie Matyasovski
7/14/13 Jackie Matyasovski Chris Vittone Volunteer Ellen Grexa
7/21/13 Joan Pierce Jackie Matyasovski Chris Vittone Mike Zadoroznyj
7/28/13 Jackie Matyasovski Lisa Grohsman Volunteer Jackie Matyasovski
8/4/13 Jackie Matyasovski Dave Lucas Chris Vittone Barbara Lucas
8/11/13 Jackie Matyasovski Jackie Matyasovski Volunteer Ellen Grexa
8/18/13 Joan Pierce Lisa Grohsman Chris Vittone Sarah Zadoroznyj
8/25/13 Jackie Matyasovski Chris Vittone Volunteer Jackie Matyasovski

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