Hello Everyone,

We are experimenting with ways that we can be in community during social distancing.

There are two opportunities that we are going to try using a video conferencing service called Zoom. Right now, we are using the free version of Zoom which limits the time to 40 minutes.
These times may not work for you, but as we learn how to use Zoom, we will increase the opportunities (times/days) for community interaction. If you have any problems getting on to Zoom, please let Pastor Jeff know (pastor@zionlutheranct.org).


I’m also exploring the possibility of doing a video conference bible study if the need to social distance continues. Any feedback is always appreciated!


Be well, Pastor Jeff


1. Virtual Coffeehouse with Pastor Jeff tomorrow (Thursday March 26) at 2:00 – 2:30 pm. A chance to “virtually” sit together to chat and check in.
2. Lenten Midweek – Today (Wednesday March 25) 6:30 – 7:00 pm. We will have an opportunity to try to do what we did on the first two Wednesdays of Lent.
Zion Lutheran Lenten Series
Lent 2020 “By Faith”
Week 4 The Faith of Israelites
The bulletin is attached – CLICK HERE


The reading is Hebrews 11:1, 29-40


1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
29By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. 30By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. 31By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.
32And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets – 33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. 36Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented – 38of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.
39Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect.


Questions to consider:
1. What promises from God give you hope and keep you needing to trust in Him (Hebrews 11:39)?
2. What do you learn about difficulty and persecution from these verses?
3. While none of us seeks difficulty, how might these verses encourage you to endure when you face trials and persecutions?
4. From this chapter, what do we learn about faith and works?
5. How would their faith encourage ours?
6. How would you explain their faith to someone who did not understand faith in God?


Pastor Jeffrey Stalley
Zion Lutheran Church
531 Woodruff Street
Southington CT 06489