Distribution of Holy Communion on Sunday, November 29, 2020

You are invited and encouraged by Zion Lutheran Church to sign up for “Distribution of Holy Communion” on Sunday, November 29, from 10:45 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (with the last group entering at 11:45 a.m.).

To view the online sign-up sheet and to reserve your element setting, please click on the link below. Or you may call Zion’s office (715-735-7898) and ask for assistance in reserving your element setting.

TO ENSURE THAT EVERYONE STAYS HEALTHY AND SAFE PLEASE CAREFULLY READ THE UPDATED PROTOCOLS FOR DISTRIBUTION OF HOLY COMMUNION THAT ARE BELOW.

Distribution will be “No Contact”. We have 5 tables for each time slot with a maximum of 4 people per table from the same household. Tables can be filled with an individual, a couple or family groups. If your family/household has more than four members, please sign up for more than one table. When signing up you will be required to answer “Which do you need? Wine, grape juice, bread, gluten free or a chair?”. It is of utmost importance that you inform us of what you need (wine, bread, grape juice, gluten-free wafers or a chair). (Chairs have been added so that we can control one time use only.) You will not be able to sign up unless you include your answer in the space provided.

Please do not come if:

  • You have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • You have been in contact with someone who has been tested but has not yet received their COVID-19 test result.
  • You have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • You are waiting for your COVID-19 test result.
  • You are not feeling well.

When arriving for Holy Communion:

  • Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your reserved element setting time (we will have chairs available for those who need one).
  • Social distancing and masks are required (masks, of course, will be removed during the consumption of the elements).
  • The service will last about 5 minutes.
  • While waiting for your turn, please be sure to practice physical distancing by keeping yourself at least 6 feet away from other members of Zion (the exception being members of your immediate household).
  • An usher will greet you at the main entrance and will guide your entry.
  • Exit will be out the north (office hallway) door.
  • All doors will be open for no contact entrance and exiting.
  • Windows will be open and exhaust fans will be on for optimum ventilation.
  • All tables will be sanitized before/after each table is prepared for the next group.
  • Chairs will be one time use only.
  • Blessing of our young members who have not received First Communion instruction will be done from a distance of no less than 6 feet.

If at any time you feel this procedure exceeds your comfort level for safety, but you still wish to receive Holy Communion, please contact Pastor Keith. Obviously, safety for all is our primary concern. Patience and graciousness are always welcome as we continue to experiment with this new form of worship. As always, if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns please send an email to: zion@newbc.rr.com or call Zion’s office.

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Announcements for Sunday, September 20, 2020

The announcements for Sunday, September 20, 2020 are now available.

For distribution of Holy Communion on Sunday, Sept. 20th; 67.5% of tables are open for a reservation. Follow the link i the announcements or contact Zion’s office, Melissa will gladly assist you!

Tenebrae Worship Tonight

We will be holding a worship service this evening beginning at 7:30 on Facebook Live. There will be hymns and times of prayer as well as the traditional extinguishing of the lights and the reading of the Seven Last Words that Jesus spoke from the cross. You are not only invited to join us but also to consider ways that you might extinguish lights in your house, or possibly extinguish 7 candles as we will do in our worship area.

Worship on Sunday will also be available through FB Live at 9:30 a.m. I’m thrilled to share with you that Bill Tipple will be playing trumpet to some of our hymns. “Yay!! Thanks Bill!”

This is a strange and difficult time. Who could ever imagine not being together on at this holiest time of the year. And yet, how Christ-like we are as we sacrifice our time together and the familiar not only for our sake, but, more importantly, for the sake of countless others in our community. Christ is with us even when we cannot be together physically.

A blessed Easter to you all.
Pastor Keith

Cancellation Notice

It is with great sadness that Zion announces the cancellation of its worship services effective immediately. At the present moment, we are planning an 8-week suspension. Just as we hope that it might for some reason be less than 8 weeks, we also hope that it will not be more! We will all stay tuned to what the CDC and government officials are recommending. As stated this past Sunday, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts, we make the sacrifices that love demands, and one of the most loving things we can do presently is to refrain from being in close contact with one another.

We do plan to have some kind of live worship available on Facebook Live on Sunday mornings at 9:30. What exactly that will look like has yet to be determined, although I have had calls that the puppets need to be considered. We’ll see.

This is a time filled with challenges, and we will be making it up as go along because this is new for all of us. Fruits of the Spirit will be in high demand: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Who knew this would be so timely?)

At Zion, we hope to use the time to do some LONG overdue “spring cleaning;” going through files, scanning documents, putting things in order. This extended “Sabbath time” that has been placed on all of us is certainly an opportunity to retool. I hope it can be so for you.

Obviously, most of Zion’s expenses will still go on. It troubles me that I need to point this out, and I hoped to avoid doing so, but I just can’t. Only about a 25% of our active households use electronic giving and not quite 50% make an annual pledge. Obviously, with the economic uncertainties occurring along with this pandemic, we are all anxious about our financial health. Therefore, in light of all of this, please consider keeping up on your regular giving to Zion. If you do not yet give electronically, you can do so very easily in the interim by going to Zion’s webpage and clicking on the DONATE button. It is super easy and VERY flexible. You can start and stop whenever you want. If you need help getting electronic giving set up, our Financial Secretary, Karen Houdek, is more than glad to help. Her number is: (715) 735-7180. You are also welcome to mail in your donations. Thank you so very much for your consideration of this.

Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions, concerns or needs. My cell number is 715-587-7898.

With you in the hope and peace of Christ,

Pastor Keith

Concert Announcement!

On Sunday, January 26, 2020 Jason Gray will be performing a concert at Zion! Doors open at 2:00 p.m. and the concert is set to begin at 3:00 p.m. Jason Gray is an American contemporary Christian singer-songwriter. A free will offering will be collected.

Check him out on YouTube.

2019 Mission Endowment Fund Brochure and Application

The 2019 Mission Endowment Fund brochure and application are now available.

Please share these materials with your favorite non-profit organization!

Please note, the application deadline is June 1st.

Mission Endowment Brouchure

Mission Endowment Fund Donation Request Form