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1st Communion Celebration on Sunday, May 7th at the 10:15 a.m. Worship Service

Welcome to the Lord’s Table!

Cassie Espinoza

Abigal Goetz

Hailey Nicholson

Taylor Nicholson

Daniel Ricciardella

David Terwilliger

Ava Whyard

In addition, we will have the Confirmation of Nicholas Goetz on this day. The day will be very special. Sunday School will not be held because we encourage all of our families with children to attend., support and see what they have to look forward to!

On Wednesday, May 10 we will have our last 1st Communion gathering for the summer (we will resume classes in September.) There will be a pizza  party starting at 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Parents and caretakers are invited to join in. We must have a headcount in order to have enough food. Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, May 5th by calling the church office (201-664-1325) or emailing us at zionlutheranwestwood@gmail.com.

 

Zion is hosting an informal gathering of Christians for prayer, witness and sharing of their gifts and talents on Wednesday, May 3 from 7—8 p.m. Any and all are invited. Our sisters and brothers from all of the Westwood Clergy Association churches are being invited and encouraged to attend. This now monthly gathering was begun at St. John A.M.E. Church two months ago. St. John and Lebanon Baptist have hosted thus far. Mt. Zion Baptist has hosted a similar gathering. It promises to be an hour of sharing our faith and hope in Christ. Please come. We will have the A/C on!

 

Thursday, May 4th is the National Day of Prayer. The Westwood Area Clergy Council is encouraging all residents to set aside a special time to pray that day, in addition to your normal prayer time, to remember our national and all people. Our local churches with bells will be "ringing" a time for prayer at 6:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. When you hear the bells, remember to pray!

 

THE CHRISTIAN VOLUNTEER

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.

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,” PHSICAL 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!

PLEASE HELP TO ALLEVIATE MY PROBLEMS, ALL OF YOU THAT ARE NOT PRESENTLY SERVING! I PRAY THAT YOU WILL DO SO.

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.

TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!

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)

 

REQUEST FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVERS

Please let me know:

A. By Sunday, May 14 — What services you cannot service in June.

B. By Sunday, June 11 — What services you cannot serve in July.

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

D. 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

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ZELCOWA MISSION TO GHANA

Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

A lot was accomplished during my last trip.  In addition to working on the school building, the teachers assembled art easels, made dual sided blackboards/whiteboards and painted the window and door frames for two of the classrooms. There is a lot of positive excitement about the school within the community.

I also met with one of my students from St. Paul’s Lutheran School and ZELCOWA will be supporting his efforts to help the disabled in Ghana.  

LIVING SPRING ACADEMY PROJECTS

We are still on schedule to finish the first floor superstructure by the end of June. We finished pouring the concrete for two more classrooms in March. We met our fundraising goal for April. The forms that held the cement for two classrooms were taken down and reused for the remaining classroom ceiling and staircase in April. The finish cement coat for the walkway will be poured in June. The next step is to install the remaining forms and doors. The majority of the funding for this phase is the school’s responsibility. We also will be applying the finish coat of cement on a class by class basis. Since the price of cement is temporarily reduced, we hope to stockpile as much as possible within the next month.

NEW JERSEY MISSIONS

We made our last school year donation of supplies to Newark. This will enable them to have the needed materials to complete the school year. This summer, we will be collecting supplies for an elementary school in Galway Twp., NJ. They will be distributed when school re-opens in September. 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY

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

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

WE ARE STILL COLLECTING HP CARTRIDGES.

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

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

Thank you again for your continued support.

In Christ,

Barbara Tobiassen

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HOMEBOUND MINISTRY

“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”  Isaiah 55:12

Many thanks to our Girls Choir for their uplifting Palm Sunday Concert entitled “You Are Mine”.  The concert was recorded for several of our Homebound members.  What a joy it is to hear God’s praises ringing in homes and nursing homes!!!  Thank you, Girls Choir!!

Special thanks to Zion’s Early Childhood Center for your handmade colorful Easter decorations that were delivered to many of our “Adopted Grandmas & Grandpas”.  Because you cared, Easter was a little brighter and many hearts overflowed with love.

Bringing comfort and memories, Easter Lilies were delivered to those bereaved Homebound families who experienced the loss of a beloved Homebound family member this past year. 

Sponsors, please note: Mother’s Day gifts, beautiful sets of soap and handmade washcloths, made and donated by our Zion Quilters, are now available outside the Homebound office for delivery to your Homebound member.  Thank you, Quilters!!

Sponsors, mark your calendars: our “end-of-year” Sponsor Barbeque is being planned for Wednesday evening, May 24th, at 6 pm in the undercroft.  We will be collecting playing cards and puzzle books for “Friends of Phil’s Friends”.  Fun is expected!!

If you know of a homebound Zion member or a family friend who would benefit from a monthly visit, many prayers, and a Christian friendship, please speak to Pastor Pranschke.  Also, prayerfully consider volunteering for Homebound Ministry….there are many opportunities to serve our Lord and the family of Zion (visiting, computer work, bereavement, baking/cooking, secretarial duties, etc.).

Extra special birthday wishes and blessings are sent to Homebound Member Nancy DeMeola who is turning 100 on May 9th!  Birthday blessing are also sent to Homebound Member Hank Wehber (5/29).  “In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.”  Psalm 33:21

Prayer shawls make great gifts for graduates, newlyweds and new moms & dads too!  They are the perfect Spring gift for anyone wishing to be “wrapped in the love of Jesus”.  Thank you to our Zion ladies for your time, talents and prayers, crocheting and knitting these beautiful handmade shawls and lap robes!!  If you, a loved one or a friend would like to receive a prayer shawl, please contact Homebound Coordinator Donna Bott through the church office (201-664-1325).

Homebound Ministry has many files of information on elder topics such as lifeline, meals-on-meals, advanced directives, living wills, pre-arranged funerals, home care, hospice care and alternative living environments.  We are here to share elder information and strive to improve the quality of life for our Homebound members and friends.

Homebound Ministry thanks all those who continue to generously support our efforts.  We praise God as we are blessed with the opportunity to bring His love and goodness to those in need.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”  (Proverbs 3:5&6)

In Christ,

Kim Zupfer                      Donna Bott

Homebound Ministry    Homebound Coordinator

 

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