God’s blessings as you study His Word this season!
Sunday School continues for ages 3 through adult with both virtual and in-person options. Join us this week! Classes meet in-person Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:15 following COVID protocols.
For virtual options recorded lessons for children can be found in our Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/2929378880495711. Adults can join in on Sunday mornings via Zoom at 9:30 (Zoom ID #392-337-129). If you are looking for additional materials for your child, please contact Rachel Mosser (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you and God’s blessings to you!
Save the date! Vacation Bible Schoolis coming to ZionJuly 19-23, 2021 from 9am to 11:30am each day.
We are planning for an in-person VBS this summer, following CDC recommendations for safety. Vacation Bible School is open to children ages 3 thru entering 5th grade. Older children are welcome to volunteer as helpers. Registration forms are now available in the back of the church or download below. They can be returned to the church or school office or directly to Rachel Mosser (email@example.com).
We are also looking for teen and adult volunteers for the week. Please contact Rachel Mosser by email or by phone (618) 363-5700 if you would like to volunteer! Thank you!
Sunday Morning Bible Study: "God's Word for Today"
Mr. Miller would like the congregation to know Sunday Morning Bible Study continues in-person at 9:30am in the school cafeteria and simultaneously on Zoom using ID#392-337-129. Currently, we are examining three minor prophets of the Old Testament - Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah. The study guide is available in the link below. Paper copies are distributed in class. Not attending Bible Class? Now is a good time to start!
In an effort to help the community, Zion Lutheran is selling shirts as a fundraiser. 100% of proceeds from the shirt profits are being used to purchase gift cards from local restaurants. These gift cards will then be given to our community front line workers including employees at our hospital, doctor's offices, senior living residences, and first responders...
Please join us for the first Zion Family Campout, August 13 & 14, 2021, at Rustic Acres Campground (12246 Binney Road, New Douglas). A sign-up sheet is located in the Church Narthex so we can have a headcount for planned activities. To reserve a campsite, please call 217-456-1122 or book online at rusticacrescg.com. When booking online, please apply the discount code: ZION. Please make reservations by June 13, 2021.
Private Prayer & Sacrament
Due to public worship on hold, private prayer and sacrament with the pastor will be made available by appointment during these hours:
The morning sessions will be offered in pastor's office in the parish center. Afternoon and evening sessions will be located in the sanctuary. Assisting the afternoon and evening sessions will be one of our Zion elders. Members interested in meeting with pastor should call the church office or pastor in advance to be scheduled.
The situation of this epidemic is dynamic; new announcements, new changes continue to unfold far beyond even our imagination. Yet our confidence is in our gracious and loving God. His promise given in Psalm 91 to all who abide in Him is to keep you in all your ways. By the Spirit's guidance, our careful, wise thinking and decisions mindful of the best care of our congregation's members, the ministry of Zion Lutheran will be served well in the coming days. To God be the Glory!
~ Pastor Kelly G Mitteis, Zion Board of Elders, Administrative Council of Zion
Verse of the Day
CHURCH TOGETHER, WORSHIP RETURNS
And so the redeemed of the Lord will return and come with joyful shouting to Zion; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
These words from Isaiah 51.10 describe the joy that will be ours on the Day of our Lord's return. Joy shall fill our hearts when our Lord gathers us to Himself in our heavenly home. The words may also serve us today, as very soon we will enter His gates and courts together in praise.
As we return to public worship on Saturday/Sunday June 20-21 . . . For our peace of mind and for the sake of good order, let me share the following guidelines:
Wearing face masks in church will be according to the conscience of the individual.
Hand sanitizer will be available as you enter and exit the church. All doors will be made open for the same purpose.
Upon entering the sanctuary, you will find the following:
Every other pew will be closed to seating.
Bulletins will be placed in advance with proper spacing. Sit only where you find them.
Families wanting to sit together may do so accordingly – please watch for distance and body spacing.
Offering plates will be located on a stand in the narthex, in back of church.
For those who are alone or in pairs, consider entering the pew from the outside rather than center aisle. All pews will be wiped down between services.
Service folders/bulletins will not be handed out. You will find them already on pew. The entire service will be printed out – NO hymnals will be used.
The service liturgy will be kept more brief than usual. Hymn singing will be limited to opening and closing hymn. The decision on wearing a mask while singing is left to members but please be respectful of others space if you sing loudly!
Holy Communion will be served in a ‘continuous flow' order. One side of the sanctuary at a time. Along with our communion assistants, I will mask for the entire service of communion. Members will be asked to usher themselves, remember to keep good spacing. Pastor will serve the host (with gloved hands) directly into your hand-Please place one hand over the other in the form of a cross to receive. The wine will be placed, individual cups, upon the communion rail to either side. Please avoid touching the rail. Trash receptacles for the empty cups will be found to either side.
Following distribution of the sacrament, the service will close with the benediction, announcements, and departing hymn.
Church in Quarantine Member Visits: While we continue having service at home, Zion members are invited to come in for prayer, sacrament, & confession with Pastor. Please call the church office or Pastor Mitteis to schedule a time.
Our Good Shepherd has gifts of life for His flock. Forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are ours to receive in His holy Name. To God be the Glory!