This September “Zion Times” has all of our starting dates and one new program, our Second Saturday
Celebration geared toward families, but all are welcome.

Sept 8….. Lutheran Womens’ Missionary League………………. 1:00pm Undercroft

Sept 9….. Men’s Club………………………………………………………... 8:00am Undercroft

New Second Saturday Celebration:
Family friendly contemporary worship………………. 4-4:45pm Church

Sept 10…. Rededication of Zion Lutheran Early Childhood
teachers and staff……………………………………………... 9:30am Church
Refreshments served afterwards at the Early Childhood Center  ALL ARE WELCOME!

Sept 11…. Early Childhood Registration Day School

Operation Barnabas
Zion cookout for veterans and Nam Knights……... 5:30pm Zion Yard

September 11th Commemoration…………………….. 7:00pm Veterans’ Park

Sept 17…. Church Picnic……………………………………………….……. 10:30am Outdoor Service
Picnic follows service (God willing)

Sept 20…. Confirmation Class Begins……...…………………………. 4-5pm Church

Sept 24…. One Service, family friendly (young children)……. 9:30am Church
and all with Holy Communion—Installation
of Sunday School Staff,  fellowship afterwards

Sept 25…. First Communion Class Begins…………………………… 4-5pm Church

Sept  27…. Home Bound Meeting …………………………………….…. 7:30pm Undercroft


  • In October we return to our regular worship schedule.
  • Worship on Sunday 8am and 10:15am
  • The Last Sunday of the month one service at 9:30am always with “contemporary” music, a family friendly message—always in a Christ centered Lutheran tradition.
  • Fellowship following church in the undercroft.
  • Adult Bible Study begins October 1st between services. Pastor Pranschke will be teaming up with Fred Engleken to teach these classes.
  • Sunday School classes begin October 1st in church at 10:15am


Dear Friends in Christ,

I pray your summer has been restful and refreshing! We have been busy at church all summer and are looking forward to a great year. We have made some changes at church as we have moved to part time church office staffing and we are attempting to improve our communications and modernize them as well. In that effort I invite, and urge, you to visit our church website at  We have made several improvements and are continuing that process.

In the coming weeks we will be implementing some other new ideas at  Zion with social media. We have added access to a mobile giving “app” and will have text giving in the near future. More importantly, we hope to offer several more opportunities to reach people in our day and age with the Life Giving Love of Christ!

Please take a moment now to email us your email! Send it to  (even if you have given it to us before).

Together we are making a difference in our community and in spreading the Gospel.

In Christ,    
Pastor Pranschke



Starting September 12, office hours will be 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. The office will be closed on Mondays through September 25.



Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

Our RISEN and LIVING LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST (and I) continue to call for NEW Zion FAMILY members to volunteer to serve at Sunday morning and Special (LENT, THANKSGIVING and ADVENT) worship services. This month, so far, no NEW people have stepped up and offered to serve.

As I write this column this month, I do so with a saddened (yet joyful) heart. Our dear sister-in-Christ, BETTE THOMAS, was called home to be with her Lord on May 14. Bette was a member of the Quilters & Crafters, sang in the Adult Choir and was a “Shepherd” of the Come to the Manger Ministry. She will be sorely missed by those who knew her and served with her.

Also, GEORGE NORMAN has “retired” from being an usher after many years of service. Thank you, George, for all you did to assist at worship services and all the other things you did at Zion.

WE STILL NEED HELP! Our worship service servants list keeps getting smaller what with people moving, dying or asking to be removed from the list (“retiring”, physical limitations.) In 5 Sunday months, particularly if one or both of our choirs are singing, it is very hard to schedule people to do the tasks that need to be done!


If anyone is even thinking about serving, or needs more information, please contact me.

1. by phone (201-391-4911)

2. any time that you see me

3. by note in the “Come to the Manger” mail slot in the church office.

Thank you for your kind consideration of this request.


In His Service,

Richard Johnson, Scheduler

A person’s steps are directed by the LORD, and the Lord delights in his way. Psalm 37:23 (GWN)



Please let me know:

A. By Sunday, July 16 — What services you cannot serve in August.

B. By Sunday, August 13 — What services you cannot serve in September. (Note: September 3 is Labor Day weekend Sunday and September 17 is the church picnic).

Thank you for your kind consideration of this matter.

Richard Johnson, Scheduler



Brothers and Sisters in Christ:


We met most of our June goals. The cement was poured for the remaining ground floor classroom and staircase. We also installed the staircase railings. Construction of the remaining door and window frames (complete with security bars) began and will be installed the first week of July (depending on the weather). We will be pouring the finish  cement coat for the walkway during the same time interval. Our goal for the summer is to be able to “Open the Doors With Doors.” We are currently raising money to purchase the ten classroom doors (two per class) and hope to install them before school opens in September. The school is raising the funds for the installation. This will give us a total of eleven secure classrooms and an office storage room. We will still need to apply the finish coat for the classroom floors and stucco the interior and exterior walls in order to complete the ground floor.

Thanks to all who support this mission. You are integral part in spreading God’s word to these children.


This August, we will be collecting supplies for two schools in New Jersey. One is a primary school in Galloway Twp and the other is a high school in Newark. We need 3” x 5” note cards, notebooks,  loose leaf paper, colored pencils and pens.


Your prayers, time and contributions all help. We are grateful for any assistance.

Blue Moon Cafe Fundraiser

Blue Moon Café in Woodcliff  Lake is again hosting a community night for ZELCOWA. If you can not make it on October 23 you can still help ZELCOWA and the children of Living Spring Academy in Ghana. This year, they are including an e-gift card sale that runs in conjunction with our Community Night. The sale starts now and ends on October 23. ZELCOWA will earn 20% of sales generated using this unique link in addition to the community night! The e-gift cards are sold in $25 denominations and you can choose the date on which it is sent. Just go directly to the e-card link: to purchase the e-cardnations and you can choose a future date to send it or go to Blue Moon’s Community Night web page.

Here are some ways in which you can help without touching your budget:

1.  WE ARE STILL COLLECTING EMPTY HP CARTRIDGES. You can drop them off in our box located in the back of the church.

2. AMAZON SMILE donates a portion of your online purchase to ZELCOWA.

3. AMERICAN EXPRESS MEMBERS GIVE will donate $10 for every 1,000 points designated to ZELCOWA.

4.  BOILING SPRINGS SAVINGS BANK has included ZELCOWA in its CAP program. See me or Cheryl for more details.

Thank you again for your continued support.

In Christ,

Barbara Tobiassen



Homebound Ministry hosted a "Strawberry Dessert Social" on Tuesay evening, June 6th. It was an evening of food and fellowship as delicious strawberry shortcakes made with homemade whipped cream and vanilla ice cream, along with coffee, tea and strawberry lemonade, were served to all who came!! In addition, over 35 scrumptious strawberry shortcakes were delivered to our Homebound members and friends. Our Homebound members, caregivers and friends eagerly anticipate these sweet, homemade, long-time "Zion favorites" every year! Many hearts were filled with joy!! Precious thanks to all who came, all who helped set up and prepare, and all who helped serve, and  ...all who helped clean up!! You all made it a "berry special evening"!!

Congratulations to our recent Confirmands and Graduates!! You are in our prayers as you take the next step into your future, following the path God has prepared for you.  We welcome you to join us in Homebound Ministry; if you are considering becoming a Homebound Sponsor, please speak to Pastor Pranschke or any Sponsor.  There are many opportunities to serve.  Do you have an extra hour or two a month to visit a lonely friend…run an errand…listen with your heart…bring a treat…read God’s Word…share a birthday…play a game…hold a hand…join in prayer?  Summer is the perfect time to spread “Sonshine”!!  Come and join us!!!!

Homebound Ministry is proud to partner with our Early Childhood Center in our “Adopt-a-Grandparent” Ministry.  Special thanks to Zion’s Early Childhood Center staff, students and families for caring about and extending God’s love to our Homebound Members and community friends! Our Homebound Members are looking forward to their continued “adoption” by Zion’s Early Childhood Center classes next school year.   “He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”  (Zephaniah 3:17)

Prayer is always needed for all of our Homebound members.  Whether you are vacationing, traveling, camping, or perhaps staying in the area, please remember these special friends in your daily summertime prayers.  “I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.”  (Psalm 17:6)

Homebound Ministry held our end-of-year Sponsor Support “Pineapple Picnic” on May 31st in the church undercroft. Thank you, Sponsors, for all you do!  Our next Homebound Ministry Sponsor Support Meeting will be held in September.  Watch the Sunday bulletin for the date.  New Sponsors are encouraged and welcome!!

We celebrate the Summer birthdays of Homebound members Irma Schnoor (7/21) and Doris Sirovetz (7/25) and Homebound Sponsors Rich Rinda (7/4), Dave Bauernfeind (7/10), Alice Lewis (7/17), Ruth Engelken (7/20) and Erin Collins Ricciardella (8/30).  May your special days be filled with family, friends, love and laughter!

There are many new prayer shawls available for anyone who would like to be “wrapped in the love of Jesus”.  If you have a loved one or know of someone who would like to receive a prayer shawl, please contact the church office (201-664-1325).  Special thanks to all who crochet and knit these beautiful gifts!  Your talents and prayers continue to bring comfort and joy.

Homebound Ministry has many files of information regarding elder care, assisted living and nursing home environments, elder supplies, hospice care, lifeline, meals-on-wheels, pre-arranged funerals and advanced directives, etc.  We are here to share elder information and strive to improve the quality of life for our Homebound members and friends.

Thank you to everyone who continues to generously support Homebound Ministry with your uplifting ideas, efforts, time, prayers and gifts.  You are greatly appreciated and a true blessing to all of our Homebound members and families and our Zion Homebound Sponsors. 

Have a blessed summer!

Kim Zupfer                      Donna Bott

Homebound Ministry       Homebound Coordinator



The Zion congregation is very active throughout the year in its support of the local food pantries.  As donations typically decrease during the summer months, Zion’s continued support is greatly needed.

Grocery Items: canned meat, canned meals, tuna, cereal. oatmeal, pancake mix, syrup, packaged milk, canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly, boxed potatoes, tomato sauce

Condiments:  Ketchup, mayonnaise, oil, vinegar, mustard, flour, sugar

Personal Care:  Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, razors, shave cream, feminine care products

Paper Products:  Paper towels, toilet tissue, napkins, tissues

Should you be unable to shop, please consider purchasing MANNA for ShopRite, Kings or Stop & Shop and donating the card. The purchase of MANNA also benefits Zion. Trader Joe gift cards are also welcome. Gift cards may be put in a sealed envelope marked “Food Pantry” and left in either the Quilters & Crafters or Men’s Club mail slots in the church office.

Thanking you all and wishing you a happy and healthy summer!

Dave and June Bauernfeind & Sean Dillon



Zion had designated the month of May to support the care ministry for cancer patients Phi’s Friends. Zion’s Quilters & Crafters took a very supportive effort, as did our Early Childhood Education Center. Along with many individual members and families we collected a goodly amount of items and a nice monetary collection. On June 12 seven large cartons were shipped to Phil’s Friends national headquarters in Roselle, Illinois. That shipment included the following:

13 fleece blankets

12 crocheted blankets

117 knit caps

93 pairs of fuzzy socks

37 baseball hats

30 decks of playing cards

30 misc. game/puzzle books

1 $25 gift card for JoAnn’s Fabrics

In addition the monetary collection being sent totaled $825!

Thanks to all who helped to support this effort with their time, talent, treasure and prayers for our participation and for this special ministry. May God continue to bless Zion and all those ministries that we as individuals and a congregation support.