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In The News – 3/17/2013

Mar 17, 2013   //   by zike   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments

Zion is pleased to welcome Pastor David Basset to the pulpit.

Loaves and Fishes received the good news that their Non-Profit status was reinstated. Their next board meeting is April 4.

Zion’s new council meets tomorrow – Monday, March 18 – at 7:00pm. Thank you to Barbara, Ted and Mike for continuing for another term on council, and thank you to Linda and Ellen for volunteering to be our new alternates. Joan, Eubie, and Leah Ann are in the second year of their term, and Dave remains treasurer. Next Sunday we will find out who was elected President and Secretary at the meeting.

Lutheran Day at Great Adventure is scheduled for Monday, July 1. Please speak to Barbara Lucas if you would like tickets.

This Wednesday will be the last mid-week worship at Ellen’s House. Holy Week worship is as follows:
Palm Sunday, 9:00am, Pr. Paul Brndjar
Maundy Thursday, 7:30pm, Pr. Paul Nordeen
Good Friday, 7:30pm, Pr. Arnd Braun Storck
Easter Sunday, 9:00am, Pr. Arnd Braun Storck

Today (Sunday)

9:00am

Worship
 11:30am Spanish Ministry
Tuesday

8:00pm

NA Meeting
Wednesday

7:30pm

Worship @ Ellen’s
Thursday

7:00pm

Spanish Ministry
Friday

8:00pm

NA Meeting
Sunday (3/24)

9:00am

Worship –Supply Pastor: Pr. David Basset

Altar Guild: Jackie Matyasovski

Communion Asst: Lisa Grohsman

Reader: Jackie Matyasovski

In The News – 3/10/2013

Mar 10, 2013   //   by zike   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments

Zion is pleased to welcome Pastor Braun-Storck back to the pulpit.

Our sympathies go out to Dave Lucas and his family on the death of his mother. The Wake and Funeral are on Tuesday.

June Snyder is home and hopes to join us at worship soon.

Christ Vitone is back in HUMC with an infection in his shunt and expects to be there a couple of weeks.

Loaves and Fishes received the good news that their Non-Profit status was reinstated. Their next board meeting is April 4.

Thanks to everyone for a very interactive and productive Annual Meeting. Hopefully we will accomplish all the items on our “to do list” for this year.

Thank you to Barbara, Ted and Mike for continuing for another term on council, and thank you to Linda and Ellen for volunteering to be our new alternates. Joan, Eubie, and Leah Ann are in the second year of their term, and Dave remains treasurer. We will learn who is president after their meeting Monday, March 18, 7:00pm.

Lutheran Day at Great Adventure is scheduled for Monday, July 1. Please speak to Barbara Lucas if you would like tickets.

Today (Sunday)

9:00am

Worship
Worship Committee Meeting

11:30am

Spanish Ministry
Tuesday

8:00pm

NA Meeting
Wednesday

7:30pm

Worship @ Ellen’s
Thursday

7:00pm

Spanish Ministry
Friday

8:00pm

NA Meeting
Sunday (3/17)

9:00am

Worship –Supply Pastor: Pr. David Basset

Altar Guild: Joan Pierce

Communion Asst: Chris Vitone

Reader: Ellen Grexa

 

Emil Socha (1927-2013)

Mar 5, 2013   //   by zike   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments

Emil Socha a lifetime resident of Garfield, passed into life eternal on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the age of 85. Prior to his retirement in 1984, he worked in the shipping department of Continental Can Company in Passaic for 31 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean Conflict, receiving the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, and was a life member of the Garfield V.F.W. Benda-Roerich Post 2867. He was a lifetime member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Garfield, a member of the national A.A.R.P., an avid Yankee baseball fan, and was inducted into the Garfield Baseball Hall of Fame. Emil was the devoted son of the late Andrew and Anna (nee Luckach) Socha, dear brother of John Socha of Garfield, and the late Andrew Socha, Johanna Molchon, and Helen Gavlak. Emil is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service Tuesday, 10 AM, at the Kamienski Funeral Home, 207 Ray Street, Garfield, officiant Rev. Janet Blair. Interment Lodi Cemetery in Lodi. Visiting Monday 2-4 and 7-9 PM.

In The News – 3/3/2013

Mar 3, 2013   //   by zike   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments

June Snyder was scheduled to be released from the hospital on 3/2.

Loaves and Fishes received the good news that their Non-Profit status was reinstated last week. Their next board meeting is scheduled for April 4th.

Thanks to every on for a very interactive and productive annual meeting. Hopefully we will accomplish all the items on our “to do” list for this year.

Thank you to Barbara, Ted and Mike for continuing for another term on council, and thank you to Linda and Ellen for volunteering to be our new alternates. Joan, Eubie, and Leah Ann are in the second year of their term, and Dave remains treasurer. We will learn who is president after the first meeting in two weeks.

Lutheran Day at Great Adventure is scheduled for Monday, July 1. Please speak to Barbara Lucas if you would like tickets.

Weekly Calendar:
Today (Sunday) 9:00am Worship / 11:30am Spanish Ministry
Tuesday 8:00pm NA meeting
Wednesday 7:30pm worship at Ellen’s
Thursday 7:00pm Spanish Ministry
Friday 8:00pm NA meeting
Next Sunday- 9:00am Worship / 11:30am Spanish Ministry
Supply Pastor – Pr. Arnd Braun Storck
Altar Guild – Jackie Matyasovski
Communion Assistant – Jackie Matyasovski
Acolyte –
Reader – Mike Zadoroznyj

Worship Committee – next meeting Monday, March 11, 7:30pm
Council – Next meeting Monday, March 18, 7:00pm

We&#39re Revising Zion&#39s Constitution

Jan 21, 2013   //   by zike   //   Council's Blog, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments

ConstitutionWe’re revising Zion’s Constitution to better represent the needs of our Congregation while keeping in line with the requirements established by ELCA. The first reading of the Constitutional and By-Laws changes to Zion’s Constitution will be presented at a special meeting at 12:30pm on February 10, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church. The Constitutional Committee members have approved the draft and it has been reviewed by Zion’s council. It is hoped that the constitution will be ratified by our congregation at the annual meeting, scheduled for February 24, 2013 directly after services. Download a copy of The Zion Constitution- Revised Complete.

A Dialog Between a Student and a Professor

Apr 16, 2012   //   by zike   //   General, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments

I found this post on Facebook of all places.  I thought that I would share it here, since I think that many of you will find it interesting.

A Dialog Between a Student and a Professor

Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?

Student : Absolutely, sir.

Professor : Is GOD good ?

Student : Sure.

Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?

Student : Yes.

Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

(Student was silent.) Read more >>

Easter Greetings

Apr 4, 2012   //   by zike   //   Pastor's Blog  //  No Comments

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

 

The first reading from Easter Sunday is from Acts. It is Peter’s sermon to the household of Cornelius, a Gentile whose house God sends Peter to. The whole experience with Cornelius is an education for Peter – a real eye-opener. That’s because Peter had believed that people had to convert to Judaism to be Christians. But in a dream, Peter sees all kinds of animals coming down from the sky on a sheet, and a voice says to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.” Peter answers, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is profane or unclean.” The voice says, “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.” This happens three times, and the sheet with the animals is taken up into heaven.

 

Peter is greatly confused by this dream, but when he is called by God to visit Cornelius, he understands that God is telling him that the good news of Jesus Christ is for all people, both Jewish and Gentile. In his sermon, Peter witnesses to what has happened to Jesus of Nazareth. He speaks of how Jesus “went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” He was crucified, God raised him on the third day, and he appeared to the disciples after his resurrection. Peter says, “He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead.” Peter now finds himself preaching to the people, although not in the way he expected to. He expected to be preaching to Jews. But here he is witnessing to an officer in the Roman army and his family. This experience completely changes Peter’s approach to preaching the gospel.

 

We are also given the challenge of sharing the gospel with our neighbors. Like Peter, we may be surprised to discover who those neighbors are. God challenges us to think of new ways to reach out to our neighbors, to serve and to share the gospel. Our joy on Easter is not just something we get to enjoy alone. Being a Christian is not all about what the church can do for me, but what God has already done for us. How do we respond to that great gift of grace? That’s the challenge for us as we seek to live out an Easter faith.

 

Blessings to you this Lent and Easter! May the spirit of the Resurrection, the spirit of love and grace, guide us in our faith and our work.

Pastor Janet E. Blair
Vice Pastor

OurZion Supports RSS

Mar 23, 2012   //   by zike   //   Zion's Blog  //  No Comments

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You may have noticed that little orange symbol up in the right corner of our OurZion banner.  That symbol represents that our website publishes an RSS feed.  RSS is an acronym that stands for “Really Simple Syndication”, and allows folks that are interested in posted messages on our website, to be notified of the content without having to visit the site directly.  Users can essentially subscribe to a website.

Do I Require Special Software?

Well, that depends. In most cases no. Many modern Mail programs such as Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail, or Mozilla Thunderbird support RSS, and an RSS can be easily added to these email programs.  Also many Internet browsers also allow you to subscribe to an RSS feed.  If you have current versions of Internet Explorer or Firefox you’re all set. Alternately some people choose to use what is known as a newsreader or news aggregator to subscribe to RSS feeds.  The simplest one to get going is Google Reader.  The best part is that it is free. We like free.

Why Subscribe At All?

The main reason to subscribe to feeds is to save time. By adding subscriptions to sites with topics or blogs that you’re interested in one convenient location (if they support RSS), saves you the trouble of having to go to each site individually.  If you’re anything like me, I have quite a broad set of interests, so RSS works very well for me.

So, experiment a little – have fun!

 

2012 Zion Church Council

Mar 23, 2012   //   by zike   //   Council's Blog  //  No Comments

Congratulations to Barbara Lucas on her election as President of Zion’s Church Council, and also to the rest of the church council for their dedication and service.

Your 2012 Zion Lutheran Church Council

Rev. Janet Blair Vice Pastor
Barbara Lucas President
David Lucas Treasurer
Mike Zadoroznyj Secretary
Ted Sudol Member
Eusebial Rodriguez Member
Leah Ann Spinelli Member
Joan Pierce Member
Lisa Grohsman Alternate

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF CONGREGATION COUNCIL MEMBERS

 

The Congregation Council shall have general oversight of the life and activities of  this congregation, and in particular its worship life, to the end that everything be done in accordance with the Word of God and the faith and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The duties of the Congregation Council shall include the following:

 

  1. To lead this congregation in stating its mission, to do long-range planning, to set goals and priorities, and to evaluate its activities in light of its mission and goals.
  2. To seek to involve all members of this congregation in worship, learning, witness, service, and support.
  3. To oversee and provide for the administration of this congregation to enable it to fulfill its functions and perform its mission.
  4. To maintain supportive relationships with the pastor(s) and staff and help them annually to evaluate the fulfillment of their calling or employment.
  5. To be examples individually and corporately of the style of life and ministry expected of all baptized persons.
  6. To promote a congregational climate of peace and goodwill, and, as differences and conflicts arise, to endeavor to foster mutual understanding.
  7. To arrange for pastoral service during the sickness or absence of the pastor.
  8. To emphasize partnership with the synod and churchwide organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as well as cooperation with other congregations, both Lutheran and non-Lutheran, subject to established policies of the synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
  9. To recommend and encourage the use of program resources produced or approved by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
  10. To seek out and encourage qualified persons to prepare for the ministry of the Gospel.

A Brand New OurZion

Mar 22, 2012   //   by zike   //   Zion's Blog  //  No Comments

It’s always an undertaking creating, moving and launching a new website.  Although I have called it a revision in the past, quite frankly, about all that remains of the old OurZion website, is the domain name.

I really tried to get a clean, modern look going along with things that will make the website useful.  The About and Blog pages have RSS news feeds added to them, so there should be fairly current stuff going on there.  The addition that I personally like the best is the Calendar – this thing will be very useful.

Notice that we also now have a blog. If you feel that you would like to contribute to the blog, please drop me a note and we’ll get you going.

So, enjoy the new digs!

Peace,

Mike Zadoroznyj – Webservant

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