Zion Lutheran School - News & Events

Important Upcoming ZLS Events

December 10 5:30 – 7:30 Live Nativity
December 11 6:30 School Board Meeting
December 11 Home BBall games
December 12 BBall games at Litchfield
December 14 Little Italy’s Night
December 17 2:30 Christmas Program (Praise Him)
December 17 4:00 Christmas Program (Joyful Noise)
December 18 3:00 – 7:00 American Red Cross Blood Drive (Zion gym)
December 18 BBall game at Troy
December 19 BBall games at Bethalto
December 20 7:00 Band Concert (5th – 8th grade)
December 22 9:00 Christmas Program (Praise Him)
December 22 9:30 Christmas Program (Joyful Noise)
December 22 1:45 Early Dismissal
Dec. 23 – Jan. 3 No School


The Zion apparel online store is ready to go with more new designs! The website has been set up for us by Creative Flair in Litchfield. Here is the link to our school's very own website: www.creativeflaironline.com/zion T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, polos, jackets, and hats are all available! Orders may be placed from now through Dec. 3 for a Dec. 18 pickup – just in time for Christmas! Contact Mrs. Meade if any questions.


Zion Lutheran School will be presenting two different Children’s Christmas Programs on Sunday, December 17. The Praise Him Choir (4 year old Preschool – 2nd grade) will present their Christmas program at 2:30 pm. The Joyful Noise Choir (3rd – 8th grade) will present their Christmas program at 4:00 pm. Both programs will be held in the church sanctuary. The Praise Him Choir will present their program for a second time on Friday, December 22, at 9:00 am and the Joyful Noise Choir will present their program for a second time at 9:30 am. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.


On Thursday, December 21st, the 3rd – 8th grade students will Christmas Carol with Pastor Mitteis and their teachers at Heritage nursing home and some businesses on Main Street. Please be sure your child dresses for the weather that day!


Save the Date! PTL Trivia Night will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Concordia Hall. We will need a few volunteers for that evening – judges, servers, and runners. Start putting your trivia team together and watch the information sheet for more details!

From the Desk of the Prinicpal


Happy New Year! Yes, with Advent we start a new year. Our church liturgical calendar always begins with Advent. It is fitting as everyone is preparing right now. We are preparing travel plans, gifts, Christmas programs, and cookies. Most of all, we are preparing for the coming of our Lord. Don't wait until January 1 for your New Year's resolution. If you have been looking for a perfect time to add a family devotion into your daily routine at home, the perfect time is here. I'd suggest Love Came Down from Lutheran Hour Ministries. You can download your copy at www.lhm.org/advent/. These are written for families of all ages, sizes, and needs. So, if you are looking for the "Gift that keeps on giving," God's Word is that gift.

Have a blessed weekend!

In Christ,
Mr. Manning

A note from Pastor Mitteis


My how times have changed. 67 years ago today (October 19, 1960) Martin Luther King was arrested at Rich's department store in Atlanta during a sit-in demonstration. As a result, he was sentenced to four months hard labor for an unrelated traffic violation. Over the course of his 39 years . . . his home was bombed, he was beaten, stabbed and jailed, received countless death threats and then was killed by an assassin. He lived and died for the beliefs that define and capture the essential core of our nation's Declaration of Independence, beliefs founded in Holy Scriptures. All people are created equal and are equally loved by God who makes no distinctions. Martin Luther King's nonviolent movement for social change was met with hatred, violence, murder, and injustice. This year we look back 500 years and remember Martin Luther the 16th c. priest who took on the greatest powers of his day for the sake of the gospel. Martin Luther King is also remembered as a preacher, known for sermons calling for a new day when little boys and girls (black and white) would be able to join hands and sing an old spiritual, Free at last, free at last. Thank God almighty we are free at last.

At Zion, our mission is to prepare our children to one day be Christian leaders. Certainly for this mission the study of history is important. History . . . Context is also essential to understanding the story of God as given us in the Bible. When I think about the lives of our 'Luthers' I am reminded of what the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 13: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God and those that exist have been instituted by God.

FINAL THOUGHTS * Jesus taught and practiced obedience to those in authority. ** We are to honor God over those in authority; we must disobey laws that contradict the teachings of God's Word. *** Although laws can be changed for the good through human action . . . hearts can only be changed through God's love.

Have a great weekend – Stay in His grace and care.

Pastor Mitteis
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View below for what's happening at Zion Lutheran School and upcoming Lunch menus
Saturday - 12/9
Girls BBall in Belleville (C Team)
Sunday - 12/10
5:30 – 7:30 Live Nativity
Monday - 12/11
6:30 School Board Meeting
6:30 BBall at Home vs. Prairietown (Girls C)
7:30 BBall at Home vs. Prairietown (Boys C)
Tuesday - 12/12
6:30 BBall at Litchfield (Girls C)
7:30 BBall at Litchfield (Boys C)
Wednesday - 12/13
8:30 Chapel
1:00 Advent Service
7:00 Advent Service
Thursday - 12/14
Little Italy’s Pizza Night
Lunch Menu:

Monday 12/11
Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Tomato Soup, Crackers, Mandarin Oranges, and Milk
Tuesday 12/12
Pony Shoe – Hamburger, French Fries, Cheese Sauce, Corn, Pineapple, and Milk
Wednesday 12/13
Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes & Gray, Green Beans, Mixed Fruit, and Milk
Thursday 12/14
Corn Dog, Baked Beans, Chips, Grapes, and Milk
Friday 12/15
Sloppy Joe, Potato Smiles, Carrots, Brownie, and Milk
*Whole wheat bread is available each day as well.